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NEW APP LAUNCHES TO MATCH AVAILABLE PLAYERS WITH TEAMS IN NEED

‘Find A Player’ app takes the hassle out of managing your sports team, and provides individuals with a way to play more of the sport that they love or to try something new Find A Player, a new app designed to take the pain out of organising and finding players for sports matches and games, has launched after raising £150,000 via a recent crowdfunding initiative. The app enables sports team captains to organise their games in one easy process, and links up people looking for a sports game to join with local sports events in need of bodies. Find A Player allows users to create a profile listing the sports they are interested in playing, their day-to-day availability, their skill level, and their maximum distance they’re happy to travel. The app then matches games and events looking for individuals with users that fit their profile. It’s perfect for people new to an area, looking to get into new sport and for those happy to be available as a ringer to play more of the sports they love. It also makes managing a breeze and replaces the need for sending hundreds of whatsapp or text  messages to sort out the team line-up. Managers simply input their game details and add their players,  the Find A Player system takes care of the rest. At the touch of a button, a manager can see who’s playing, who’s still to reply and anticipate when they may have a shortfall. If the all too common problem of not having enough players occurs, then they can utilise the app to find that much needed ringer....

Click and Snap a Pocket Selfie Stick

  This Pocket Click Stick is incredibly easy to use, plug it in and it’ll automatically detect your smartphone model. Allowing you to take photos at the click of a button. Extending to 66cm for those larger group selfies, it also folds up to a compact 17cm to easily store away in your pocket or bag. No Bluetooth pairing or batteries are needed, simply strike a pose and click!   Buy the Selfie Stick Now Click...

Natural Retreats CairnGorm Mountain Opens for 2015-6 Winter Season

Scotland’s favourite ski resort opens with exciting new upgrades and family friendly offerings January 2016…// Natural Retreats CairnGorm Mountain is now open for the winter season! The resort team looks forward to welcoming snowsports enthusiasts and showcasing CairnGorm Mountain’s exciting new upgrades. Natural Retreats Cairngorm Mountain has gone to every effort to ensure the best possible experience for everyone this season. In addition to launching its own in-house ‘Snow School’ making it easier than ever to book lessons, visitors can expect many further improvements, including: new fencing to catch more snow, a new beginner’s ski-tow, mechanical reliability improvements to many of the existing ski-tows, new ski hire stock, mini-me Burton Riglet snowboards that even under-fives can learn on, a new comfortable kids area near the Base Station where families can meet their ski instructors and return to throughout the day should tired little legs need a rest, and a new ‘grab-and-go’ Storehouse Express for speedy snacks on the slopes. Famed for its beauty and skiing heritage, CairnGorm Mountain is the UK’s most popular snowsports destination and has been attracting skiers for over 50 years. It has 30km of ski runs, 11 lifts, a fully maintained freestyle park and its new on-site Snow School caters for everyone, from beginners to experts. The snowsports season typically runs from December until April, depending on the weather. Visitors don’t need to have their own ski or snowboard equipment either, everything can be hired on the mountain – including outer clothing.  The only items that cannot be hired are hats – but these are available to purchase in the shops on the mountain. Natural...

Win Tickets to Super Lap Scotland Finale and Paul Walker Tribute

Super Lap Scotland Finale and Paul Walker Tribute Sunday 20th September. It’s finally here… the SLS Championship Final takes place on Sunday 20th September. All the previous hard work, counts for nothing as the top drivers in each of the six SLS classes compete for 2015 titles, and the King of the Hill overall Championship. The event, will also play host to our second running 2Fife-2Furious festival – featuring the Paul Walker Tribute, replica cars from the 2Fast-2Furious movies, Hot Hatch Sessions, Show ‘n’ Shine Competitions, Kevin Carmichael Stunt Show, Drift the Hill Competition and once again we’ll be raising funds for Reach Out Worldwide – Paul Walker’s own charity. More information on the Knockhill Website Click here Fill out my Wufoo form!...

Tech21 launches Evo Mesh Sport Iphone 6

Tech21 launches Evo Mesh Sport for Iphone 6 and 6 plus Quality 95% Design 90% Materials 80% Feel 95% Value 95% % Overall Score  Fantastic Overall this product is fantastic. Read our full review below. October 2014 saw the release on the Iphone 6 and 6+, both are a pretty radical shift from the Iphone norm. It would seem that the term ‘bigger is better’ is now the norm in the smart phone community. Big can also be beautiful as both devices are very aesthetically pleasing. However sometimes in the quest for aesthetic perfection the ergonomic needs come 2nd. A bigger phone means harder to hold; add to this the new rounded corners and you have a recipe for disaster. Although robust a drop from any height is going to cause damage, at least a chip or scratch or at worst a screen shatter. The solution is to use a case, for apple devices there are virtually limitless option. That being said with a device that cost ‘from £500+’ you don’t want to scrimp on protection. Tech 21 bring an array of choices to the table but for this review we will focus on the Evo Mesh Sport The look & feel As you can see from the video below the case is slender with lots of subtle textures to make holding the case a pleasure. The rubberised plastic feel gives the Iphone a much needed gripping surface. Something I was very impressed with is the button shells, in general these can really impede the functionality of the buttons but in this case they work superbly even when the screen...

The international games: Gourock starts the Highland Games season in Scotland

Gourock Highland Games, now in its 59th year, once again marked the start of the Highland Games season in Scotland. And the season kicked off with an international theme. The expanded field of heavy athletes proved a highly popular series of events with Icelandic athlete Heisi Geirmundsson scooping the top prize. And on the piping completion, the Pipes and Drums of Basel from Switzerland wowed the crowds on the field and in the streets around Gourock. For, thanks to local coach company McGills, a new open top bus took bands, including the Swiss band, around Gourock playing from the open top deck of the bus. The three pipe bands which made the round trip to perform in Gourock Town Centre were Pipes & Drums of Basel, Tranent & District and Uddingston Strathclyde. With a large cruise ship, MSC Splendida visiting Inverclyde for the first time, many visitors to the Gourock Highland Games came from outside of Scotland. One of the traders in the new food and drink village, The Wee Fudge Company, took to social media site Twitter after the games to highlight the range of nationalities attending the games. They said: “Huge thank you to everyone who came to buy at @GourockHGames - we had a fab day …. fudge off to Australia, USA, Austria, France, Italy, Holland, New Zealand … and Gourock! We had a great day - despite our west coast weather forecast being accurate!” Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland Director of Events said: “Scotland is the perfect stage for events and we are delighted to have supported the Gourock Highland Games again this year with a...

SportsAid Scotland awards talented young figure skaters

Four young figure skaters who are based and train in Scotland, have been awarded financial grants from SportsAid Scotland to support their travel and training costs. Lana Bagen and Danielle Harrison who are both part of the National Ice Skating Association (NISA) performance squad, have both received a £1,000 grant. NISA development squad athletes, Ruaridh Fisher and Greig Smith have also been awarded £1,000 and £500 respectively. It is the first time that the two male skaters have received the award. Ruaridh Fisher commented: “Skating is my passion, and until now the bank of Mum and Dad financed my skating activities. The financial award will assist with my travel costs and entry fees to enter more competitions across the rest of the UK and some Internationals to gain experience and benefit from greater competition at a higher standard.” Greig Smith added: “I really enjoy skating, and hope one day I will be one of Scotland’s sporting stars. The grant will allow me to go to more competitions across Scotland and England that I wouldn’t have been able to do before.” Working in partnership with the charity, The Robertson Trust, SportsAid Scotland provides financial assistance in the form of grant awards, ranging between £500 and £1000, to talented sporting youngsters who are already competing at national level, and ranked within the top three nationally within their age-group. The finance given is to help the athletes with their travel and training costs, and will hopefully assist them in becoming Scotland’s future sporting stars. Duncan Hamilton, Chief Executive of SportsAid Scotland, said: “We would like to wish these four young figure skaters all...

Tech 21 Iphone 6 cover review

Tech 21 Iphone 6 cover review With D30 Impactology Quality 95% Design 80% Materials 70% Feel 90% Value 90% % Overall Score  Fantastic Overall this product is fantastic. Read our full review below. October 2014 saw the release on the Iphone 6 and 6+, both are a pretty radical shift from the Iphone norm. The changes in IOS 8 and Android L or Lollypop have seen Android & IOS closer than ever in terms of interface design and now device size. It would seem that the term ‘bigger is better’ is now the norm in the smart phone community. Big can also be beautiful as both devices are very aesthetically pleasing. However sometimes in the quest for aesthetic perfection the ergonomic needs come 2nd. A bigger phone means harder to hold; add to this the new rounded corners and you have a recipe for disaster. The 6 + is so big that one handed use is from the start line is a no no. However the 6 is tantalisingly compact enough it make one hand use possible for those of us with larger hands. Stretching your thumb across the device means the phone is more likely to slip from your hand, combine this with the phones curved edges makes the phone pretty precarious in the hand. Although robust a drop from any height is going to cause damage, at least a chip or scratch or at worst a screen shatter. The solution is to use a case, for apple devices there are virtually limitless option. That being said with a device that cost ‘from £539′ you don’t want...

An interview with Alistair Darling

What is the legacy of the Commonwealth Games 2014 for Scotland and the UK? One of the conditions that are imposed if you are hosting an event on this scale, such as the Olympics or Commonwealth Games is the legacy. If you look at the Olympics, there has been some disappointment despite the great triumph that they were, that many of the training facilities that these athletes used to train are now closing due to funding drying up. You can’t get to Olympic or Commonwealth standard with the basic facilities. I can only hope that facilities around Scotland don’t have to close but the worry is that people say we aspire to do even better next time, you even know where the next biggest success will come from so it is unfortunate when local councils have to cut the funding. Theoretically we are all signed up for a very good legacy and I can only hope it happens, but there is a risk that funding dries up. I have visited a few of the sites and from what I have seen the East End of Glasgow has got a lot from the Games, both in terms of the velodrome and also the gymnastics centre, there has also been a lot of building of houses for example the athletes village Glasgow and in particular the East End have had a lot of money put into them. I have no authority over this but from what I have seen a lot of local people were contacted for work relating to the games. The real legacy of the games is we going...

Innergie LifeHubT Review – Charge 3 usb devices in 1

Innergie LifeHubT Review Giving you the ability to charge 3 USB devices with 1 product We all know the problem of too many cables but nowadays that problem is not just confined to behind the TV. Most of us have multiple handheld devices from phones, tablets and many other handhelds. Nearly all these devices use USB chargers with the option of a power brick. Even with multi adapters the plug space and cable tangles soon become a nightmare and you can feel like a prisoner on your own sofa. The Innergie LifeHub offers a fantastic solution to free up some cable real estate. In its simplest for the Innergie LifeHub is a USB hub connected to a plug. You can see from the image below that the product has a coiled plug giving the Innergie LifeHub  great reach. However the USB pod that houses the 3 separate USB charging ports can also be detached to add further length and flexibility to the product. Where this product really comes into its own is in the travelling market. You have all the same issues with wires in a hotel but with fewer sockets and in general you will be carrying more handheld devices  that require daily charges. Personally when travelling I carry the following devices Smartphone Partners Smartphone Tablet Kindle (Paperwhite) Digital Camera Very few hotel rooms have enough sockets to accommodate charging these items. The problem is further amplified when travelling abroad with foreign power sockets. Having the Innergie LifeHub abroad meant that every night myself and my partner where able to charge both our smartphones and tablet or camera....

Downfield Delight as Robb Claims Fairstone Scottish Amateur Title

Meldrum House’s Chris Robb tonight claimed his biggest amateur title, the Fairstone Scottish Amateur Championship at Downfield, and made it three-wins-in-a-row on home soil in 2014.   The 23-year-old saw off the challenge of Glenbervie’s Graeme Robertson 4&3 in their 36-hole final, played out in difficult, wet conditions over the superb former Open qualifying venue in Dundee.   Having won the East of Scotland Championship at the end of June and then the Cameron Corbett Vase on the Scottish Golf Union’s Men’s Order of Merit, Robb put the seal on a superb month’s golf after securing the nation’s flagship amateur event.   Joining a roll of honour that includes Charlie Green, Colin Montgomerie, Stephen Gallacher and Dean Robertson, Robb takes the trophy back to Aberdeen for the first time since the second of David Law’s Scottish Amateur wins in 2011.   Robb, a former Boys’ international, completed his college career at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga earlier this year, earning All-American honours, and has continued his form in some style on Scottish soil.   Behind by two holes early on against ex-Great Britain & Ireland cap Robertson, Robb moved three ahead by the 13th only to see his lead reduced to just one at lunch after a topsy-turvy opening 18 holes.   The north-east player restored his three-hole advantage in the first eight holes after lunch - thanks to a hat-trick of birdies from the sixth - only for Robertson to claw his lead back again. However, Robb’s 15-yard chip in at the short 30th ultimately proved crucial, before he saw the game out on the 33rd.  ...

UK’s Metro Bank ramps up lending to challenge bigger rivals

Britain’s Metro Bank said on Wednesday its lending had more than trebled at the end of the second quarter compared with a year earlier, and more than half of its lending was to businesses. Founded by U.S. entrepreneur Vernon Hill, the bank has been championed as an alternative to Britain’s ‘big four’ lenders - Lloyds Banking Group, Royal Bank of Scotland, Barclays and HSBC. Metro Bank, which launched in 2010 as Britain’s first new high street lender for more than a century, said its lending amounted to 1.16 billion pounds at the end of June, up 216 percent year on year. Metro Bank has 27 branches in London and the southeast of England, with 5 more due to open this year. Read more here: Yahoo Politics News...

With GOP runoff over, Perdue and Nunn face off

ATLANTA (AP) — Now that Georgia Republicans have settled on businessman David Perdue as their nominee for the state’s open Senate seat, the real battle begins with a marquee match-up in the fall against Democrat Michelle Nunn that could help determine control of the chamber. Read more here: Yahoo Politics News...

Bank of England mulls case for and against raising rates early

Bank of England officials discussed this month whether there was a case for an early interest rate rise, but there were concerns about hurting the recovery, minutes of their policy meeting showed on Wednesday. The nine members of the Monetary Policy Committee voted unanimously to keep interest rates on hold, as expected by economists in a Reuters poll. The policymakers agreed that the recovery was looking more assured, though there were some tentative signs of a slight slowdown that had been forecast for the second half of the year. The ongoing weakness of wage growth was becoming more striking - especially against a backdrop of strong employment growth - making it hard to judge the degree of slack in the labour market. Read more here: Yahoo Politics News...

Long tours not good for preparations, says Van Gaal

(Reuters) - New Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has bemoaned the club’s lengthy pre-season tour to the United States and said it is not helping preparations for the English domestic campaign. United play Los Angeles Galaxy at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Wednesday and then have at least three more matches in Denver, Washington and Detroit as part of the International Champions Cup. They could play a fourth, in Miami on Aug. 4, if they reach the final after the matches against AS Roma, Inter Milan and Real Madrid. “More or less, yes,” Van Gaal told British media in the United States, when asked whether the demands were hindering his work. Read more here: Yahoo Sports UK...

Judges in health care rulings vote party line

WASHINGTON (AP) — In rapid succession, six federal judges on two appeals courts weighed in on a key component of President Barack Obama’s health care law. Their votes lined up precisely with the party of the president who appointed them. Read more here: Yahoo Politics News...

House, Senate chart separate courses on border

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats and House Republicans are moving separately to slash President Barack Obama’s $3.7 billion emergency spending request for the southern border, but they’re unlikely to end up with a deal that could pass both chambers. Read more here: Yahoo Politics News...

Google has to face US privacy suit over new user data policy

A California court has allowed a privacy class action suit against Google to continue, though only in part. After evaluating each claim of each sub-class in the suit, Magistrate Judge Paul S. Grewal has allowed two claims of the “Android Application Disclosure Subclass,” which includes all persons and entities in the U.S. that acquired an Android-powered device between Aug. 19, 2004 and the present, and downloaded at least one Android application through the Android Market or Google Play. On March 1, 2012, Google introduced a single, unified policy that allows the company to comingle user data across accounts and disclose it to third-parties for advertising purposes. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read more here: PC World Magazine Latest News...

Intermediate Capital raises 1 billion euros in June quarter

Intermediate Capital Group raised a net 1 billion euros in the June quarter to boost its total assets under management to 13.3 billion euros (10.4 billion pounds), it said on Wednesday. The group added it had recorded the first close for its U.S. Private Debt Fund and raised $450 million and also expects a first close of third Asia Pacific Mezzanine Fund over the next few weeks. Read more here: Yahoo Politics News...

Soccer-Long tours not good for preparations, says Van Gaal

New Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has bemoaned the club’s lengthy pre-season tour to the United States and said it is not helping preparations for the English domestic campaign. United play Los Angeles Galaxy at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Wednesday and then have at least three more matches in Denver, Washington and Detroit as part of the International Champions Cup. They could play a fourth, in Miami on Aug. 4, if they reach the final after the matches against AS Roma, Inter Milan and Real Madrid. “More or less, yes,” Van Gaal told British media in the United States, when asked whether the demands were hindering his work. Read more here: Yahoo Sports UK...

Soccer-Shakhtar move Champions League games away from Donetsk

Shakhtar Donetsk will shift their headquarters to Kiev and play their Champions League and domestic games in the western city of Lviv to escape from the Ukraine’s strife-torn east, CEO Sergei Palkin confirmed. The Ukraine champions were forced to move from Donetsk, a major industrial city in the East which has become a stronghold of pro-Russian separatists who are fighting army forces controlled by the government. Shakhtar opened the new season with a 2-0 win at rivals Dynamo Kiev in the Super Cup game in Lviv on Tuesday. The conflict, which was brought into sharp focus by the downing of a Malaysian Airlines flight near Donetsk last week, has rocked the club, with six of its players refusing to return to the country. Read more here: Yahoo Sports UK...

CEO: Sterling staying on a ‘disaster’ for Clippers

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Coach Doc Rivers has said he’ll resign from the Los Angeles Clippers if Donald Sterling remains owner, the team’s interim CEO testified, saying such a move would be a “disaster” for the franchise. Read more here: Yahoo Sports UK...

Baseball standings

July 23 (Infostrada Sports) - Standings from the MLB on Tuesday AMERICAN LEAGUEEASTERN DIVISION W L PCT GB 1. Baltimore 55 44 .556 - 2. NY Yankees 51 48 .515 4 3. Toronto 52 49 .515 4 4. Tampa Bay 48 53 .475 8 5. Boston 47 53 .470 8 1/2 CENTRAL DIVISION W L PCT GB 1. Detroit 55 42 .567 - 2. Cleveland 51 49 .510 5 1/2 3. Kansas City 49 50 .495 7 4. Chicago White Sox 48 53 .475 9 5. Minnesota 45 54 .455 11 WESTERN DIVISION W L PCT GB 1. Oakland 61 38 .616 - 2. LA Angels 59 40 .596 2 3. Seattle 53 47 .530 8 1/2 4. Houston 42 58 .420 19 1/2 5. Texas 40 60 . … Read more here: Yahoo Sports UK...

Black Cap Williamson banned from bowling

New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson has been banned from bowling his occasional off-spin in international cricket because of an illegal action, New Zealand Cricket said on Wednesday. “I will concentrate on changing whatever’s necessary to return to the bowling crease,” Williamson said in a media release. “It’s never nice, going through this sort of process but it will be worth it if I can manage to bowl again at international level.” Williamson, 23, has taken 24 wickets in 34 test matches, 23 wickets in 54 one-day outings and three wickets in 19 Twenty20 appearances for New Zealand. “Kane’s disappointed, clearly – anyone in his situation would feel the same way,” said New Zealand coach Mike Hesson. Read more here: Yahoo Sports UK...

Headley wins it in 14th inning of Yankees debut

NEW YORK (AP) — Chase Headley hustled to New York, eager to help his new team right away. That’s exactly what he did — about 4 1/2 hours after pulling on his pinstripes. Read more here: Yahoo Sports UK...

Asia stocks rise as focus shifts from risk aversion, Aussie spikes

By Shinichi Saoshiro TOKYO (Reuters) - An index of Asian shares touched a fresh three-year high on Wednesday as some markets focused on company earnings more than geopolitical tensions while the Australian dollar spiked on stronger-than-expected inflation data. “Despite yesterday’s strong rebound in Europe, we look set to start on the back foot this morning after a slightly negative reaction to the latest earnings announcements from Microsoft and Apple, after the bell last night,” Michael Hewson, chief market analyst at CMC Markets, said in a note. Apple Inc posted a smaller-than-expected 6 percent rise in quarterly revenue, while Microsoft Corp MSFT.O said it aims to get its loss-making Nokia phone unit to break even within two years after it reported a 7 percent dip in quarterly profit. Violence continued in Gaza, but hopes rose for an easing of tension in Ukraine after pro-Russian rebels handed the flight recorders and victims’ remains from a downed Malaysian airliner to international authorities. Read more here: Yahoo Politics News...

French parliament adopts disputed rail reform

The French parliament has formally adopted a railway reform intended to prepare the sector for liberalisation and which triggered a 10-day strike last month. The bill was approved during an overnight session with votes from the ruling Socialists, Greens and moderate left-wing allies. The move will bring state-owned railway company SNCF and track owner RFF into the same holding company and is to prepare the system ahead of European Union moves to introduce more competition into Europe’s transport routes. Railworkers fear the reform will lead to job losses and an erosion of their current privileges. Read more here: Yahoo Politics News...

Olympics-PyeongChang organisers appoint interim head

The head of the South Korea Olympic Committee will step in to take over interim leadership of the 2018 PyeongChang Games following the surprise resignation of two senior officials. Kim Jung-haeng will take charge until a full-time replacement is found for Kim Jin-sun, who abruptly resigned as president of the committee on Monday in the middle of a review by the Board of Audit and Inspection (BAI). An official at the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism denied the BAI review was the reason behind Kim Jin-sun’s resignation, which followed the exit of the vice president and secretary general of the committee, Moon Dong-hoo, who quit earlier this month. Kim Jung-haeng, 70, assumed power as the most senior of the six vice presidents remaining on the organising committee for the country’s first Winter Olympics, the Yonhap News Agency reported on Wednesday. Read more here: Yahoo Sports UK...
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