Xiu Yang (pronounced ‘sheow yaang’) is the Chinese art of self-cultivation. For centuries the aims of xiu yang have been improved health, a long and happy life and harmony with the natural world.


When flying, the instruction for a sudden decrease in cabin pressure is to fix your own mask first, then help others, in first aid the first thing you are trained to do is check for danger to yourself before attempting to help someone else, and on the battlefield every soldier knows to use the field dressings of the injured soldier before breaking into your own.


Before we can be of use to others we have to cultivate a culture of self care, take care of yourself and then you can begin to look outward and see if there is anyone else needing care or attention.


Self care is more than an occasional visit to a spa or a pizza, it should be practiced continuously so that it becomes as natural as breathing – in fact practising breathing is one of the first things we do in yoga – deep nourishing breaths into the lungs and a full exhale to remove any toxins and waste products from the lungs and the body.


In her recent book “Xiu Yang – Self-Cultivation for a Happier, Healthier and Balanced Life” Mimi Kuo-Deemer explains how to  really take care of oneself from the context of the Dao, the religious and ethical teachings of the Chinese, through yoga and qigong and suggestions of appropriate foods she sets out a daily schedule of diet, exercise and philosophy to bring the body and mind into harmony with nature.


This is exactly the same as the philosophy behind Seasonal Yoga.


In Seasonal yoga we work with the traditions of Chinese Medicine – the five elements, and the body clock – to bring the body and mind into harmony not only with the seasons but also with the time of day.


The gentle exercise that yoga and qigong provide ensures that the body maintains its functionality throughout life, and can extend the life of the body well beyond the usual boundaries of modern living.


Through yoga, breathing, mindfulness and movement we can firm up the body, loosen tight joints and ensure a clear run of energy (qi in TCM or prana in yoga terms) through the body keeping the organs nourished and vital and removing waste products efficiently and effectively.


By taking care of ourselves we can ensure we’ll still be around to take care of others for a while yet.


YPI 2019 Event at Perth Concert Hall.

The biggest annual gathering of pupils from across Scotland has taken place addressing issues such as mental health, isolation, LGBTQ+ and period poverty.

More than 1000 young people involved in The Wood Foundation’s Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) celebrated their achievements at the Perth Concert Hall.

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They were joined by a further 200 delegates from the education, third and public sectors for an afternoon of inspirational talks, performances and music.

More than 15 schools took to the stage to represent the issues they secured YPI grants for and share what they have achieved through the programme this academic year, as well as challenging their peers to consider how they will continue their own philanthropy. The theme of this year’s event was #generationchange, exploring the ways in which young people are impacting the society of today and creating the society of the future.

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Sir Ian Wood KT GBE, Chairman of The Wood Foundation, said:

“In this digital world, our generation of young people are undoubtedly ready for change and it is through initiatives such as YPI that we can support them to achieve just that.

“The maturity and confidence shown by the young people at this year’s event was again very impressive.

“The central tenet of philanthropy is caring, using time and skills to make a difference. This was clear to see at the National Event and gives me a great degree of hope for the future.”

The event’s keynote speakers were social justice and human rights campaigner Amal Azzudin and social entrepreneur Alan Mahon. Entertainment was provided by Edinburgh singer-songwriter Callum Beattie.

Amal Azzudin was one of the Glasgow Girls in her school years who campaigned on behalf of classmates facing asylum issues. She has continued to be an advocate and activist and now works in the third sector. She said:

“I believe that it is vital for young people to have a safe space where they can engage, discuss and share ideas regarding issues that they care about through programmes such as YPI. Young people have the ability, courage and bravery to create positive change for themselves and others. They just need the opportunity, platform and determination to do so.

“I hope my story inspired some of the young people at the event; I know that theirs have inspired me.”

The active citizenship programme was introduced to Scotland in 2008 by The Wood Foundation. Since then, almost £4m has been awarded to grassroots, social service charities championed by young people. In the region of 175,000 young people have been empowered and the programme is currently active in 250 Scottish secondary schools.

This year alone more than 30,000 young people have taken part in YPI with £750,000 being shared among hundreds of charities in each of Scotland’s 32 local authority regions. An entire year group in a school take part. The young people are tasked with researching issues impacting their communities, identifying local charities and creating impactful, creative and convincing presentations. One group from each school secures £3000 for the charity of their choice.

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THE intu Braehead shopping and leisure destination contributed £305.1 million to the local economy last year according to a new report.

And a total of 8415 jobs were also supported by intu Braehead – representing 7% per cent of all jobs in the local area.

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The company’s research on its contribution to the local economy will be published in intu Braehead’s Corporate Responsibility highlights report, which is being issued by the centre later this month. (July)

intu owns many of the UK’s largest and most popular shopping centres and the research by planning and development consultancy Lichfields measured each centre’s economic contribution to reveal the value Britain’s best-loved retail destinations bring to their local areas.

It found that including intu’s employees, people working in retail and in areas linked to running its centres, such as delivery and maintenance, intu supported a total of 132,950 jobs and contributed £4.8bn to the UK economy last year. This is an increase on 128,490 jobs and an economic contribution of £4.6bn in 2017.


The number of people employed in retail at intu centres also grew by more than 4%, from 96,350 in 2017 to 100,652 in 2018.

Matthew Roberts, intu chief executive, said: “Retail is a sector that Britain can really be proud of. The best shopping centres employ people in a wide variety of jobs across the length and breadth of the country and are catalysts that create economic and social value.

“intu supports more than 130,000 jobs and contributes billions to the prosperity and wellbeing of communities around the country. Flagship centres such as intu Braehead play an important role in the lives of communities across the UK, not only in terms of the jobs we create but also the taxes we generate as well as the causes we support to improve the lives and wellbeing of people in our neighbourhoods.”

intu’s total contribution to local charities and community organisations also reached £1.7m last year thanks to initiatives to help people into work, to make its centres more accessible and to support activities that promote health, wellbeing and social inclusion.

intu Braehead also engaged in community projects to improve outdoor spaces at schools and sheltered housing complexes in 2018. The centre’s partnership with Cardwell Nurseries, the landscaping contractor at intu Braehead, has been focused around staff volunteering and skills-sharing in the community.

As well as donating funds during the past two years, intu Braehead and Cardwell Nurseries staff  have spent 385 hours working on community projects.

Peter Beagley, regional centre director with responsibility for intu Braehead said: “We play a major role in the community and take our responsibilities very seriously to make a positive impact in our area.

“Our staff volunteer for good causes and we make regular donations to local groups from our Community Fund.

“We’ve also donated to the local foodbank, supported a campaign to alleviate period poverty by supplying women’s sanitary products, created gardens for schools, care homes and hospices, and donated school uniforms to families.”

Scotland stars Erin Cuthbert (l) and Jo Love (r) join U19s Coach Pauline Hamill and Captain Amy Muir to promote the tournament


Scotland will play host to the 18th UEFA Women’s Under-19 Championship this July with the tournament offering a great football experience for all the family.

Scotland stars Erin Cuthbert (l) and Jo Love (r) join U19s Coach Pauline Hamill and Captain Amy Muir to promote the tournament

Staged across four host venues between 16 – 28 July 2019, the tournament will see the future heroes of women’s football compete to be crowned champions of Europe – with tickets starting from just £2 for adults and £1 for kids.


Seven other European nations – Belgium, England, France, Germany, Netherlands Norway, and reigning champions Spain – join Scotland as hosts with matches taking place at Forthbank Stadium (Stirling), McDiarmid Park (Perth), Firhill (Glasgow) and St Mirren Park (Paisley).

Women's World Cup star Erin Cuthbert has given her backing to the tournament having previously graduated from Scotland's U19 set-up

Scotland start their campaign against France on Tuesday, 16 July, before taking on Norway (Friday, 19 July) and Netherlands (Monday, 22 July) to complete Group A. The winner and runner-up from each group will progress to the Semi Finals, with the final at St Mirren Park on Sunday, 28 July.

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The tournament offers the perfect opportunity for families and those looking to experience live football for the first time, to enjoy high quality action at family-friendly prices. Group stage matches are priced at £2 for adults and £1 for concessions with the Semi-finals and Final priced at £5 & £2 respectively.

Scotland’s matches will also see the inclusion of a family fanzone, with inflatables, face painting and giveaways to keep all the family entertained pre-match.


Tickets are available now via www.scottishfa.co.uk/wu19euro 


About the UEFA Women’s Under-19 European Championship

The Tournament runs from 16 – 28 July 2019 and consists of eight Nations:- Belgium, England, France, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Scotland (hosts) & Spain (holders).   

The matches will be played at McDiarmid Park (Perth) Forthbank Stadium (Stirling), Firhill (Glasgow), with the opening match & final taking place at St Mirren Park (Paisley). 

The finals will act as UEFA’s qualifier for the 2020 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.


UEFA Women’s Under-19 Championship Fixture Schedule


Visit:-  www.scottishfa.co.uk/wu19euro

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A spokesperson for Glasgow Airport said: “Following further talks, Unite has agreed to suspend the planned industrial action for Friday 5 and Thursday 11 July. This is to allow Unite to conduct a consultative ballot with its members on our improved offer which we hope will result in a positive outcome. The ballot will be conducted between Thursday 4 and Tuesday 9 July.”

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THIS YEAR a new death-defying and extreme circus is descending on the UK as part of it’s European tour.  A one-of-a-kind performance, that has been five years in the making and features some of the most talented performers in the world.

Merging modern and contemporary styles with extreme stunts and classic clown escapades, audiences will be amazed by the jam-packed Circus Extreme with show-stopping performances that will have you on the edge of your seat, when not falling off it with laughter.

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Acts include the Danguir Troupe, who will be performing a high wire and double wheel of death stunt which has never been seen before in the UK, with leader of the troop, Mustafa Danger, flying in all the way from Africa for the performance.


Just back from its European tour, the extreme FMX team will be bringing you its jaw-dropping stunts to the Big Top as our pilots fly through the air displaying cliff-hangers, nac nacs and supermans to name a few.   Battling for air space, our resident riders are sure to get the adrenaline pumping as they defy gravity with incredible mid-air backflips.


Our stunt riding team will also be performing the Globe of Death. The most death-defying act ever completed, as the group experience G-force similar to that of a fighter pilot. Watch as they loop vertically and horizontally all while encased in a mesh sphere. This really is one for the petrolheads!


Henry the World famous Prince of Clowns, a legendary figure in the circus industry, will be keeping the audience amused throughout the show.


On top of this there will be the Cloud Swing flying Trapeze, Whirl Wind Jugglers and lot’s lots more. This really is an event with something for everyone, if you’re a petrolhead, theatre-goer, thrill seeker or wanting to see one of the greatest shows of its time, make sure to get your tickets fast.

VIP Ringside – £36 – Concessions £32

Deluxe Ringside – £30 – Concessions £26

Grandstand – £26 – Concessions £22

Side View – £18 – Concessions £16

Rear View (Restricted) £12 – Concessions £8


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Thursday 25th July to Sunday 4th August.


Thurs 25th 7.45pm

Fri 26th 3pm & 7.45pm

Sat 27th 3pm & 6pm

Sun 28th 2pm & 5pm

Mon 29th 3pm & 7.45pm

Tues 30th – No Shows

Wed 31st 3pm & 7.45pm

Thur 1st 3pm & 7.45pm

Fri 2nd 3pm & 7.45pm

Sat 3rd 3pm & 6pm

Sun 4th 12 noon & 3pm

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One of Scotland’s best-known Gaelic singers has signed up to help promote the town’s hosting of the world’s largest celebration of Gaelic culture – the Royal National Mòd – in 2022.

Award-winning singer, dancer, journalist and TV presenter Joy Dunlop has joined the Mòd Phàislig Local Organising Committee, which is planning the nine-day festival, due to return to Paisley three years from now in October.

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And Joy is already helping develop Renfrewshire’s next generation of traditional music talent – by tutoring some of the young people involved with Gaelic music group Fèis Phàislig

Fèis runs a year-round programme of activity giving young people a chance to get involved in the Gaelic arts – and will be showcasing their talents with an interactive performance called Stramash as part of the programme for Sma’ Shot Day, this coming Saturday.

Joy took a break from rehearsals with Fèis to look ahead to the Mòd 2022. The event – run by An Comunn Gàidhealach – will be in Paisley for the second time, having debuted here in 2013.

The previous event was the second-largest in Mòd history, with 8,000 people over nine days, a £1.4m economic impact for the area, and a tremendous festival atmosphere around the town.

Joy said: “I’m really looking forward to Mòd Phàislig in 2022. We had a great Mòd in Paisley last time and I’m sure we will have excellent events again.

“Paisley is a central location which will help take the event to new audiences and there is already some really great Gaelic cultural talent in the town, as I know from working with Fèis Phàislig.”

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And any residents looking for a free taster of what is to come should go to The Bungalow in Shuttle Street between 2 and 5pm on Saturday to for Fèis’s first-ever Stramash event.

Some of Scotland’s top traditional musicians will join young up-and-coming talent for a bumper afternoon of music and interactive performances for all ages, with space for dancing.

The Ceilidh Trail group will perform new material ahead of their summer tour and will invite audience members to learn a Gaelic song or two and become part of the band for the afternoon.

Stramash will also return to Paisley later in the year with a free show as part of the Spree festival

Fèis Co-ordinator Grant McFarlane said: “We’re delighted to be part of this year’s Sma’ Shot Day and to bring some traditional music and Gaelic to the event.

“We’ve got a full afternoon of music planned and can’t wait to welcome everyone in for a song, dance or just to enjoy the tunes!”

Sma’ Shot Day is one of the world’s oldest workers festivals and will take place on Saturday between 12pm and 5pm, with around 50 events across 20 different venues in an all-new event site in the area around Shuttle Street, New Street and Brown’s Lane

The parade leaves Brodie Park at noon, led by the tuck of the Charleston drum and throughout the day, the streets around the historic Sma’ Shot Cottages will come alive with music, theatre, poetry, crafts and lots of family friendly activities.

All events are free to attend. More information and full bill – including parade route, road closures, and a detailed FAQ for the event, is at www.paisley.is

Planned strike action at Glasgow Airport tomorrow (Wednesday 3 July) between 8am and 12 noon has been suspended to allow for more talks to take place from today.

A Glasgow Airport spokesman said: “Unite has confirmed it has suspended the planned industrial action for Wednesday 3 July in order for further talks to take place.

“Industrial action is still planned for Friday 5 July between 9.30am and 1.30pm during which our robust, compliant and safe contingencies will be in place to ensure passengers continue to be unaffected by the actions of Unite.”

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Details of Glasgow Airport’s offer on pay and pensions:

  • A pay increase of 3% for 2019 back dated to January and a guarantee of 3% for 2020 – this would represent four years in a row a 3% pay deal has been offered;

  • Guaranteed bonus payment of £600 paid immediately;

  • Compensation package of 30% of base plus shift pay for the remaining final salary pension (Defined Benefit scheme) members, with a guaranteed minimum payment of £7,000; and

  • Final salary pension members will move to one of the UK’s leading Defined Contribution (DC) pension schemes which features employer contributions of up to 16%.

YOUNGSTERS can have a barrow-load of fun playing at being construction workers in a new building site made especially for them.


Or they can jump start the summer holidays by driving around a mini town in toy cars on marked roads with traffic lights and their own petrol station.

The building site has been created in Soar at intu Braehead and the mini driving school is at the central atrium of the intu Braehead shopping centre.

All the free activities, which are ideal for families to enjoy, run from June 29 to August 13.

And anyone signing up to the intu Family Club during the summer will be invited to exclusive days of activities and prizes.

Youngsters who fancy being a construction worker for a day will have tons of fun when they grab a hard hat, clipboard and get ready to start their working day.

Once on site they can ride a dumper truck dodging cones on the way, start digging in a sandpit and building with bricks. There are plenty of tools, like jackhammers and wheelbarrows to help them get to work.

Meanwhile in the shopping mall instead of driving mum and dad mad when they go shopping, the kids can drive themselves around the specially-created driving school track with mini traffic lights, burger shack, petrol station and general store.

Marketing manager of intu Braehead, David Lyon said: “We’ve created an exciting new world for families who let their imaginations run wild as they become builders for the day or scoot around a mini-town in their cars.

“The construction site and roadway are just like the real thing and families always enjoy taking part in the fun event together. They’ll really love the free activities we’re putting on for them this summer.”


Hundreds of professionals from across the country’s beauty sector gathered on Sunday July 30, at Marriott Hotel in Glasgow to celebrate their success.

The 2nd Scottish Beauty Industry Awards 2019 provided a platform to acknowledge everyone that works tirelessly to keep us looking stunning.


The awards showcased doctors, dentists, aesthetic clinics, hair and beauty teams and spas amongst others that take care of our appearance with innovative treatments and services.

The Scottish beauty industry is a growing sector and these awards were dedicated to those who promote excellence, set the trends and turn our dream looks into reality.

The competition was fierce but Nikmakeupartist, Nicola Keegan won the Makeup artist of the year category and took the trophy home.

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“ I truly have a passion for my Industry and love how using makeup application can enhance and increase ones self confidence. It makes me so happy seeing my clients reactions. Really blessed to be following my dreams and being commended for it.

Irfan Younis, CEO of Creative Oceanic, said: “The beauty sector plays a vital role in the country’s economy and enhances the local community by employing hundreds of staff.

“The winners reflect the creativity and talent that flows within the beauty sector. These specialists inspire others when it comes to the big and competitive world of beauty. 

“It is important to acknowledge these specialists for their hard work and let them know that their dedication to the profession doesn’t go unnoticed.

“We would like to congratulate all finalists and winners for their achievements and we hope that they will keep up their amazing work.”