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Kaleb Joseph is a young man who is no stranger to adversity. He was raised in a dynamic household, one of eleven siblings and the only child between both parents. With the dysfunction this created, Kaleb turned to basketball as an escape, seeking approval and... More

Kaleb Joseph is a young man who is no stranger to adversity. He was raised in a dynamic household, one of eleven siblings and the only child between both parents. With the dysfunction this created, Kaleb turned to basketball as an escape, seeking approval and stability from coaches and his teammates, often leading to couch-surfing to attend practices and games. His hard work paid off when he received his first Division 1 scholarship offer as an eighth grader, eventually becoming one of the top 10 point guard recruits in the country.

Kaleb’s dream came true when he committed to play at Syracuse University. However, the reality was far different. As the projected college basketball freshman of the year, Kaleb faced intense pressure and expectations that proved to be overwhelming. Rather than being a source of joy and excitement, basketball became a source of anxiety and stress. He struggled to cope with the highs and lows of his elite career and began seeking other ways to escape. Unknowingly, he fell into the same pattern of generational trauma that marked his family’s history. Feeling responsible for breaking his family’s generational chains through his success, Kaleb became paralyzed by his anxiety to the point that he became afraid to show his face on campus after being named one of Sports Illustrated ‘s top 10 most disappointing players after his freshman season.

When the pain of feeling like he let his family down became insufferable, he sought relief in unhealthy coping mechanisms, ultimately leading to an addiction that went unnoticed by everyone around him. Despite having a degree in Healthy Lifestyle Management and Emotional Intelligence, he was unable to acknowledge the issues in himself that he had been trying to prevent and heal in other athletes. After hitting rock bottom, Kaleb was aided by the help of two former NBA players in recovery who knew the struggles ahead in pursuit of turning his pain into purpose.

Knowing all too well that he is not alone in his experiences and struggles, Kaleb now travels across the country sharing his story. Through his Self Help Tour, he passionately helps teams and individual athletes develop the tools necessary to identify, process and manage their emotions. Through emotional intelligence workshops, life coaching, and coach consulting, Kaleb is helping athletes of all ages lean into vulnerability, build self-awareness, and cultivate a sense of identity that can carry them through all of life’s adversities both on and off the court.

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On May 13, 2010, DreamWorks Studios formally announced that a major motion picture based on Mississippi native Kathryn Stockett’s bestselling novel The Help would be filmed in Greenwood, Mississippi. We became home for several months to cast members such as Emma Stone, Bryce Dallas Howard, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Mike Vogel, Allison Janney, Sissy Spacek, Jessica Chastain, Ahna O’Reilly, Cicely Tyson, Dana Ivey, Chris Lowell, Aunjanue Ellis, Leslie Jordan, Mary Steenbergen, and many more. Take the self-guided driving tour and see the locations used in the film, where the stars stayed during filming of the movie as well as hot spots for cast and crew sightings. Group tours available.



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In doing some research Joel Baptista, a board member of the foundation, came across a reel of the Self Help Tour. He filled out a short questionnaire and submitted in hopes that someone would reach out. One evening he received a phone call from Kaleb Joseph, founder of the Self Help Tour. They had a 15 minute conversation and within that conversation there was a connection. At the end of their conversation Kaleb stated “I need to be involved, I am 100% on board.” This was the beginning of a collaboration where our foundation sponsored several speaking engagements of the Self Help Tour at local area high schools and colleges. This collaboration fit the mission of our foundation and has been an experience beyond our expectation. 

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The overwhelming response and engagement of students is eye opening. As Kaleb speaks, the crowd is so silent that you can literally hear a pin drop. As Kaleb tells his story, the students become more comfortable. And when he asks the audience if anyone resonates with what he is saying, that one student raises his/her hand and creates a chain reaction of vulnerability. Mental Health is a conversation that these young adults need to have. It is our mission to bring that awareness and conversation to your students. 

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Exploring new destinations and immersing ourselves in different cultures is an enriching experience that many of us crave. Whether we’re planning a vacation or simply looking for a unique way to spend our free time, travel often finds its way to the top of our to-do lists. And while guided tours have long been a popular option, there’s a growing trend that offers a more independent and personalized approach – self-guided tours.

Unlike traditional guided tours where you follow a guide and a predetermined itinerary, self-guided tours provide the freedom and flexibility to explore at your own pace. They offer the perfect blend of structure and autonomy, allowing you to create your own adventure while still benefiting from expert guidance and local insights.

In this article, we’ll delve into the concept of self-guided tours, explore their advantages, discuss how they work, offer tips for planning a successful self-guided tour, and highlight some popular destinations where you can embark on this exciting style of travel.

So, if you’re ready to break free from the confines of a traditional guided tour and embark on a journey of self-discovery, join us as we unravel the world of self-guided tours.

Definition of a Self-Guided Tour

A self-guided tour is a form of travel where individuals or small groups explore a destination without the presence of a tour guide. In a self-guided tour, you are in control of your own itinerary, activities, and pace, allowing for a truly personalized and immersive travel experience.

Unlike guided tours, which typically involve a tour operator or guide leading a group of travelers, self-guided tours provide you with the freedom to design your own adventure. You have the flexibility to choose the attractions you want to visit, the activities you want to engage in, and the amount of time you want to spend at each location.

Self-guided tours can be tailored to almost any type of traveler. Whether you’re a solo adventurer, a couple seeking a romantic getaway, a family with children, or a group of friends, self-guided tours offer the flexibility to cater to your specific interests and preferences.

Moreover, self-guided tours are not limited to a particular mode of transportation. They can be done on foot, by bike, or even by car, depending on the destination and the level of exploration desired.

One of the key elements of a self-guided tour is the inclusion of detailed travel materials. These materials, such as maps, guidebooks, and digital resources, provide the necessary information to navigate the destination independently. They often include suggested routes, historical and cultural insights, and practical tips to enhance the overall experience.

While self-guided tours offer flexibility and personalization, they also require a certain level of self-reliance and preparation. Having the ability to navigate and make decisions independently is essential, as is conducting thorough research and planning in advance.

Now that we have a clear understanding of what constitutes a self-guided tour, let’s explore the advantages it offers over traditional guided tours.

Advantages of Self-Guided Tours

Self-guided tours offer a plethora of advantages that make them an appealing choice for travelers seeking a more independent and customized experience. Here are some of the key benefits:

  • Flexibility and Freedom: One of the major advantages of self-guided tours is the freedom to set your own schedule. You are not bound by strict itineraries or timetables, allowing you to spend more time in places that interest you and skip attractions that don’t resonate with your preferences. The level of flexibility enables you to fully embrace the spontaneity and adapt your plans to suit your mood and desires.
  • Customization: With a self-guided tour, you have the ability to tailor your experience to your specific interests and needs. Whether you’re a history enthusiast, a food lover, or an outdoor adventurer, you can design an itinerary that revolves around your passions. This level of customization ensures that you get the most out of your trip and have a meaningful and enriching experience.
  • Cost-Effectiveness: Self-guided tours often prove to be more budget-friendly compared to guided tours. With no additional fees for guides or tour operators, you have more control over your expenses. You can choose accommodations, restaurants, and activities that align with your budget, allowing you to stretch your travel funds further and potentially explore more destinations.
  • Privacy and Independence: While guided tours are great for meeting fellow travelers and socializing, self-guided tours offer a higher level of privacy and independence. You have the freedom to explore at your own pace and immerse yourself in the destination on your own terms. This solitude can provide a sense of tranquility and allow for a deeper connection with the surroundings.
  • Authentic Local Experiences: With a self-guided tour, you have the opportunity to truly immerse yourself in the local culture. Without the confines of a guided group, you can interact with the locals, try authentic cuisine, and explore hidden gems that may not be included on traditional guided tour itineraries. This authenticity adds an extra layer of depth and richness to your travel experience.

These advantages make self-guided tours an appealing option for travelers who value independence, freedom, and the ability to craft their own unique journey. With these benefits in mind, it’s time to delve into how self-guided tours work and the steps involved in planning one.

How Self-Guided Tours Work

Self-guided tours operate on the principle of giving travelers the tools and resources they need to explore a destination independently. Here’s a general overview of how self-guided tours work:

  • Research and Planning: The first step in embarking on a self-guided tour is conducting thorough research about the destination. This includes gathering information about key attractions, local customs, transportation options, and accommodation choices. Use guidebooks, travel websites, and online forums to gather insights and recommendations.
  • Choosing a Route or Itinerary: Once you have a good understanding of the destination, you can select a route or itinerary based on your interests and time constraints. Decide on the attractions you want to visit, the order in which you want to see them, and the duration of your stay at each location. Consider any logistical factors such as transportation availability and opening hours of attractions.
  • Obtaining Travel Resources: The next step is to gather the necessary travel resources to navigate the destination. This can include maps, guidebooks, mobile apps, and GPS devices. These resources will provide you with detailed directions, points of interest, and valuable insights about the attractions you’ll encounter along the way.
  • Arranging Accommodation and Transportation: Once you have a rough itinerary, it’s time to book your accommodations and arrange transportation. Depending on the destination and your preferences, this can range from reserving hotels and rental cars to organizing train or bus tickets. Make sure to consider the proximity of your accommodations to the attractions you plan to visit.
  • Exploring at Your Own Pace: The beauty of a self-guided tour is the freedom to explore at your own pace. Follow the suggested route, but don’t be afraid to deviate from it if something catches your eye or piques your interest. Take as much time as you need at each attraction, leisurely stroll through the streets, and savor the local cuisine. The pace is entirely up to you.
  • Engaging with Local Culture: To truly make the most of your self-guided tour, engage with the local culture. Interact with the locals, try regional specialties, and participate in cultural activities. This will provide a deeper understanding and appreciation of the destination and create memorable experiences along the way.
  • Documenting Your Journey: Lastly, don’t forget to document your journey. Capture photos, write in a travel journal, or create a blog to commemorate your experiences. Sharing your adventures with others can be a great way to inspire fellow travelers and reminisce about your self-guided tour in the future.

Remember, self-guided tours offer the freedom and flexibility to design your own adventure. While they require some upfront planning and research, the reward is a truly personalized and immersive travel experience. Now that you have the basic understanding of how self-guided tours work, let’s move on to discussing the steps involved in choosing and planning a self-guided tour.

Choosing and Planning a Self-Guided Tour

Choosing and planning a self-guided tour requires careful consideration and attention to detail. Follow these steps to ensure a successful and enjoyable experience:

  • Selecting Your Destination: Start by researching and identifying destinations that align with your interests and travel preferences. Consider factors such as climate, cultural attractions, outdoor activities, and historical significance. Narrow down your options to a few destinations that pique your curiosity.
  • Researching the Destination: Once you’ve chosen a destination, delve deeper into its attractions, transportation options, and local customs. Use guidebooks, travel websites, and online forums to gather valuable insights and recommendations from fellow travelers who have visited the location.
  • Determining the Duration: Assess how much time you have available for your self-guided tour. Consider the number of attractions you want to visit and the pace at which you prefer to explore. Keep in mind that some destinations may require more time to fully immerse yourself in the experience.
  • Deciding on Activities and Attractions: Identify the key activities and attractions you want to experience during your self-guided tour. Make a list of must-see landmarks, museums, parks, local markets, or any other points of interest that resonate with your interests.
  • Mapping Out Your Itinerary: Take into account the location of each attraction and plan a logical route to follow. Consider grouping attractions that are in close proximity to optimize your time and minimize unnecessary travel. Also, factor in any operating hours or seasonal closures to ensure you can visit each attraction during your chosen dates.
  • Booking Accommodation: Research and book your accommodations in advance. Look for options that are conveniently located near the attractions you plan to visit. Consider factors such as comfort, price, amenities, and availability.
  • Arranging Transportation: Determine the most suitable mode of transportation for your self-guided tour. This could include renting a car, using public transportation, or opting for alternative options such as bicycles or scooters. Be sure to consider the infrastructure, traffic conditions, and accessibility of your chosen destination.
  • Obtaining Travel Resources: Collect the necessary travel resources such as maps, guidebooks, or digital apps. These tools will provide you with essential information and help you navigate the destination with ease. Consider downloading offline maps or using GPS devices to ensure accurate directions.
  • Preparing for the Unexpected: As with any travel experience, it’s important to be prepared for unforeseen circumstances. Familiarize yourself with the local emergency contact information, purchase travel insurance, and research any health or safety precautions relevant to your destination.
  • Remaining Flexible: While planning is crucial, it’s equally important to remain flexible during your self-guided tour. Allow for adjustments and spontaneous decisions along the way. Embrace unexpected opportunities and be open to deviations from your original itinerary.

By following these steps and putting in the necessary time and effort into the planning process, you’ll be well-prepared to embark on an exciting self-guided tour. Now, let’s explore some tips to ensure a successful and rewarding self-guided tour experience.

Tips for a Successful Self-Guided Tour

Embarking on a self-guided tour can be a thrilling and fulfilling experience. To ensure a successful and memorable adventure, consider these tips:

  • Do Thorough Research: Before setting off on your self-guided tour, immerse yourself in research about the destination. Familiarize yourself with local customs, transportation options, and important landmarks. This will make navigating the destination much easier and help you better understand and appreciate the local culture.
  • Create a Detailed Itinerary: Plan your itinerary in detail, including the attractions you want to visit and the activities you want to partake in. However, allow for flexibility and be open to making changes along the way. Strike a balance between having a plan and embracing spontaneous discoveries.
  • Get Reliable Travel Resources: Invest in reliable travel resources such as guidebooks, maps, or mobile apps that are specific to the destination. These resources will provide you with valuable information, such as historical facts, local tips, and directions, allowing you to navigate with confidence.
  • Stay Organized: Keep all your travel documents, maps, and itineraries organized in a safe and easily accessible manner. Consider using digital platforms or apps to store digital copies of your documents for quick and convenient access.
  • Learn Basic Local Phrases: Learning a few basic phrases in the local language can go a long way in fostering connections and showing respect to the locals. Phrases like “hello,” “thank you,” and “excuse me” can help break the ice and enhance your overall experience.
  • Be Mindful of Local Customs: Respect the local customs and traditions of the destination you’re visiting. Familiarize yourself with appropriate dress codes, tipping customs, and cultural norms. Being respectful and considerate towards the local culture will enrich your interactions and create a positive impression.
  • Stay Connected: Ensure you have reliable means of communication during your self-guided tour. Purchase a local SIM card or consider using international data plans to stay connected with loved ones and have access to online maps or emergency assistance if needed.
  • Practice Responsible Tourism: Be mindful of the impact you have on the environment, local communities, and cultural sites. Respect nature, dispose of waste properly, support local businesses, and leave a positive and sustainable footprint wherever you go.
  • Stay Safe: Prioritize your safety throughout your self-guided tour. Stay aware of your surroundings, avoid isolated areas at night, and follow any safety advice provided by locals or authorities. It’s also advisable to have travel insurance that covers medical emergencies and trip cancellations.
  • Embrace the Journey: Finally, remember that a self-guided tour is all about the journey and the experiences you encounter along the way. Embrace the independence, take in the sights, tastes, and sounds of the destination, and create lasting memories. Allow yourself to get lost in the magic of the journey and enjoy every moment.

By keeping these tips in mind, you’ll be well-equipped to embark on a successful and rewarding self-guided tour. Now, let’s explore some popular destinations that are ideal for this style of travel.

Popular Destinations for Self-Guided Tours

When it comes to self-guided tours, there are numerous destinations around the world that are ideal for this style of travel. Here are a few popular destinations that offer unique experiences for self-guided adventurers:

  • Italy: Explore the rich history, art, and culinary delights of Italy at your own pace. From the ancient ruins in Rome to the charming canals of Venice and the picturesque countryside of Tuscany, Italy offers a myriad of attractions to discover on foot or by train.
  • New Zealand: Known for its breathtaking landscapes, New Zealand is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. Embark on a self-guided tour of the scenic South Island, where you can hike through national parks, explore glowworm caves, and marvel at majestic fjords.
  • Japan: Japan seamlessly blends ancient traditions with modern marvels, making it an intriguing destination for self-guided tours. Discover the historic temples of Kyoto, immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of Tokyo, and wander through serene bamboo forests in Arashiyama.
  • Peru: Home to the iconic Machu Picchu, Peru offers a wealth of opportunities for self-guided exploration. Trek the Inca Trail, wander through the historic streets of Cusco, and visit local markets to savor traditional Peruvian cuisine.
  • Scotland: With its rugged landscapes and rich history, Scotland is perfect for adventurous self-guided tours. Hike through the Highlands, explore ancient castles, and discover the mysterious beauty of the Isle of Skye at your own pace.
  • Iceland: Known for its dramatic landscapes, waterfalls, and geothermal wonders, Iceland invites you to create your own self-guided adventure. Drive along the Ring Road, soak in natural hot springs, and marvel at the captivating Northern Lights.
  • Australia: From the bustling cities of Sydney and Melbourne to the stunning natural wonders of the Great Barrier Reef and the outback, Australia offers a diverse range of self-guided tour options. Explore national parks, encounter unique wildlife, and relax on pristine beaches.
  • Greece: Embark on a self-guided tour of ancient ruins, picturesque islands, and charming coastal towns in Greece. Explore the historical sites of Athens, island-hop through the Cyclades, and indulge in delicious Greek cuisine along the way.
  • Costa Rica: For nature lovers, Costa Rica is a paradise waiting to be discovered. Trek through lush rainforests, spot wildlife in national parks, and relax on pristine beaches while experiencing the country’s commitment to sustainable tourism.
  • India: With its vibrant culture, diverse landscapes, and rich history, India offers a captivating experience for self-guided tours. Explore the bustling streets of Delhi, visit the iconic Taj Mahal, and immerse yourself in the spirituality of Varanasi.

These destinations provide a wide range of experiences and attractions that can be explored at your own pace and according to your interests. Whether you’re drawn to natural wonders, historical sites, or cultural experiences, there’s a self-guided tour destination to suit every traveler’s preferences.

Now that we’ve explored some popular destinations for self-guided tours, let’s conclude our article.

Self-guided tours offer a unique and personalized way to explore the world. With the freedom to create your own itinerary, choose your activities, and immerse yourself in local cultures, self-guided tours give you the power to shape your travel experience according to your preferences.

Throughout this article, we have defined self-guided tours and highlighted their advantages over traditional guided tours. We have discussed the importance of thorough research and planning, as well as provided tips to ensure a successful and memorable self-guided tour.

From the historical sites of Italy and the natural wonders of New Zealand to the vibrant culture of Japan and the mystical landscapes of Iceland, there are endless destinations that cater to self-guided adventures. Each destination offers its own unique charm and attractions, inviting you to explore at your own pace and delve deeper into the local culture.

Remember that while self-guided tours provide freedom and flexibility, they also require careful planning, adaptability, and a sense of adventure. Be open to embracing unexpected encounters, engaging with the local culture, and creating lasting memories along the way.

So, whether you’re a seasoned traveler seeking a new way to explore or a first-time adventurer looking for a more immersive experience, consider embarking on a self-guided tour. Discover the joy of independent travel, where you set the pace, choose the path, and unlock the hidden gems of each destination on your own terms.

Now, it’s time to start planning your own self-guided tour and unleash your wanderlust. Happy travels!


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A secretive social media account, run by an individual claiming to be a Chinese government agent, is providing Chinese language speakers with instructions on how to illegally enter the United States.

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The blurb for Adele-approved book Untamed reads: ‘When women learn to please, we forget who we are.’ The part memoir, part self-help book clocked up 68,000 sales in its first week out in March 2020 — and for good reason too. Doyle's book encourages readers to trust their instincts more, in turn helping them to become more at peace with themselves.

Taking to Instagram to gush about the book, Adele said in 2020: ‘If you’re ready - this book will shake your brain and make your soul scream. I am so ready for myself after reading this book! It’s as if I just flew into my body for the very first time. Whew!’

Brave, Not Perfect: Fear Less, Fail More and Live Bolder

Brave, Not Perfect: Fear Less, Fail More and Live Bolder

It's time to unlearn everything you've been programmed to understand about how to be courageous with the help of Girls Who Code founder, Reshma Saujani. Saujani's book focuses on ways in which women are primed to be perfect (and therefore feel inadequate when they don't achieve what they set out to) before offering advice to ensure you're making courageous decisions in everyday life, whether that's standing up for yourself or quitting your job and pursuing your true passion. For anybody who feels like they're at a crossroads in their life, this book will change your perspective.

The Source: Open Your Mind, Change Your Life

The Source: Open Your Mind, Change Your Life

Ever wondered what the neuroscience is behind manifestation? That’s precisely what The Source covers, including the myriad ways in which manifestation can work. Dr. Tara Swart is a neuroscientist and senior lecturer at MIT and in her revered self-help book she reveals the science that supports The Law of Attraction as an effective tool for self-discovery.

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

Susan Cain perfectly articulates why the binaries of being an introvert or an extrovert are outdated. Having practiced corporate law for seven years, Cain explores this concept in order to bring new life to the definition of introverts and extroverts. Prepare for your mind to be blown.

Thinking, Fast and Slow

Thinking, Fast and Slow

Daniel Kahneman, who won the Nobel Memorial Prize for Economics in 2002, interrogates the human condition by explaining behavioural economics, and how certain human behaviours can be analysed in order to make different, or better choices.

Kahneman seminal book helps us to analyse how we can separate ourselves from ‘fast’ or irrational thinking to lead better, calmer more logical lives.

Me vs Brain: An Overthinker’s Guide to Life

Me vs Brain: An Overthinker’s Guide to Life

Overthinkers rejoice. Me vs Brain is all about unpicking the anxiety-inducing thoughts, feelings and worries that can take a toll on us daily, which Hayley Morris knows all too well.

Otherwise known as 'the brain girl', Morris wants to make it clear that she is normal, as is everyone like her. From imaginary arguments to sleepless nights, Morris has experienced the various realities of having an overworked brain, and has used it to create this guide that delves into topics such as dating and menstrual health. Here's to taking steps towards feeling more confident in our skin.

The Squiggly Career: The No.1 Sunday Times Business Bestseller - Ditch the Ladder, Discover Opportunity, Design Your Career

The Squiggly Career: The No.1 Sunday Times Business Bestseller - Ditch the Ladder, Discover Opportunity, Design Your Career

For many, career ladders are a thing of the past. Instead, a flexible work arrangement, undefined next steps and, as this book title suggests, a squiggly employment history are more and more common. According to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, as of June 2022, more than 6.5 million people in the UK expect to quit their job in the next 12 months. This book helps to ease the stress and overwhelming feelings that can arise from moving frequently and fluidly between roles. It highlights the opportunities, freedom and fulfilment that can follow.

Featuring personal case studies from highly successful people, it inspires career growth and happiness, your way.

The Miracle Morning: The 6 Habits That Will Transform Your Life Before 8AM

The Miracle Morning: The 6 Habits That Will Transform Your Life Before 8AM

If you want to fiercely own your morning routine and wake up to your full potential, let The Miracle Morning be your guide. Author Hal Elrod provides transformative tips for maximising your days by allowing time to do the things you love. By following his advice, you'll wake up feeling more motivated, energised and focused. Ever found yourself creating a vision board of your dream life? Read this and bring it to life.

You Coach You: The No.1 Sunday Times Business Bestseller – How to Overcome Challenges and Take Control of Your Career

You Coach You: The No.1 Sunday Times Business Bestseller – How to Overcome Challenges and Take Control of Your Career

Helen Tupper and Sarah Ellis are the founders of award-winning career development company Amazing If. They are using their success in business to help others become confident self-directed leaders. This tool guide is a subversive take on self-help books, as it helps us to seek out our inner coach to feel assured we can make transformative changes in our professional life on our own accord. Develop self-awareness and 'own' your career with the powerful duo's insightful tips which will see you through even the toughest days.

Gentle Nutrition: A Non-Diet Approach to Healthy Eating

Gentle Nutrition: A Non-Diet Approach to Healthy Eating

Get ready to unlearn everything you know about dieting and weight loss. Brought to you by registered dietician Rachael Hartley, who champions inclusive nutrition, intuitive eating and body image healing, it focuses on a non-restrictive approach to healthy eating. Cutting through toxic messaging, she demonstrates how gentle nutrition allows for nourishing our bodies throughout the day while taking pleasure from food. It includes 50 nutritious recipes, too.

Why Has Nobody Told Me This Before?

Why Has Nobody Told Me This Before?

Dr Julie teaches powerful training techniques that will help you develop resilience no matter how hard your experiences have been.

Easy to digest, this book comes in the form of bite-size entries, enabling you to turn to a specific section and tackle a particular problem or challenge. It will boost your self-confidence and motivation, whether you're feeling anxious, facing criticism or grappling with a low mood.

Financial Wellness and How to Find It

Financial Wellness and How to Find It

Navigating our finances can have a strenuous affect on our mental health, and becoming more at peace with spending, prioritising and budgeting becomes much easier when we have a healthy relationship with our finances. That's where Melanie Eusebe comes in. She shares tools and resources to help you revive your approach to money and manage your financial happiness, regardless of the economy.

Out of Office: The Big Problem and Bigger Promise of Working from Home

Out of Office: The Big Problem and Bigger Promise of Working from Home

This topical and continually relevant book is one for every office worker, with provocative reporting and interviews featuring workers and managers to highlight key issues around office work. Fairness, flexibility and inclusivity are all covered, and rather than just being about remote working, this book sets out to renew our relationship with the office.

Saved by the Siesta: fight tiredness and boost your health by unlocking the science of napping

Saved by the Siesta: fight tiredness and boost your health by unlocking the science of napping

You've heard about the importance of sleep and the effect a lack of it has on the body. This book, however, gives a refreshing, in-depth insight into the subtleties of sleep - the right body position to adopt, the times that are conductive, the stages of sleep that heighten awareness and more. It unplugs how to get to sleep efficiently and wake up feeling well-rested. Not to mention, it gives a practical guide around the benefits of napping.

Toxic Positivity: Keeping It Real in a World Obsessed with Being Happy

Toxic Positivity: Keeping It Real in a World Obsessed with Being Happy

Our days are often peppered with feel good memes and positive quotes such as 'good vibes only'. While mood boosting on occasions, they can often make us feel as though taking time to grieve from a break up, for example, or to understand career pressures should be soothed simply by positive affirmations.

As opposed to leaving less space for taking time to process feelings, this honest guide sees sought-after therapist Whitney Goodman share tangible, practical and applicable advice. Her words of wisdom are based on everyday examples and client stories.

The Rules of Thinking

The Rules of Thinking

Many of us are conditioned to believe that our thoughts are who we are. In fact, you can actually control your thoughts and learn how to make wiser decisions, stop obsessing over certain issues, keep your brain active and live with happier and healthier thoughts.

How to Stop Overthinking

How to Stop Overthinking

Do you ever find yourself lying awake at night totally and completely consumed by your thoughts, that are more often than not negative? Well, it's time to put an end to that and read this book as you'll learn how to control overthinking, how to stop anxiety and worrying, how to stay calm and sleep better.

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Delve into the Museum from home with a virtual self-guided tour of the galleries, an interactive experience about Hope the blue whale and audio guides narrated by Sir David Attenborough.

1. Stroll around the Fantastic Beasts™: The Wonder of Nature exhibition

Although the exhibition at the Museum closed on 3 January 2022, you can still step into an online world full of fantastic real-life and magical beasts. There are highlights, stories and games galore. 

Walk around the exhibition from home with a 360° virtual tour on Google Arts & Culture.

The entrance to the Fantastic Beasts: The Wonder of Nature exhibition.

2.  Take a deep dive into the life of a blue whale

Explore the rich history of Hope, the blue whale suspended from the ceiling in Hintze Hall. In this online interactive, see what her life was like in the ocean, find out how she got to her home in the Museum and get a behind-the-scenes peek of the Museum's collections.

Go one step further by viewing the skeleton in augmented reality (AR) with Google Arts & Culture. 

A spliced image showing the blue whale skeleton in the middle surrounded by tall shelves storing other taxidermy specimens.

3. Hang out with scientists online

Catch up on all the Nature Live Online talks featuring topical discussions with our scientists and cutting-edge research. 

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4.  Sound choices: listen to these podcasts

Every year the Museum attracts millions of curious visitors eager to learn about the natural world.

Bring that curiosity home, and learn more about natural history, science, and the world around you with these great podcasts. 

Khalil and Sandy looking at botanical specimens on the Museum's podcast, Wild Crimes.

5.  Let Sir David Attenborough guide you around Hintze Hall

Sir David's unmistakable voice and expertise on all things nature make him the perfect person to take you on a tour of Hintze Hall's star specimens (including the blue marlin), all from the comfort of home.

A large blue marlin specimen preserved in a tank in Hintze Hall.

6.  Go on a virtual tour of the Museum

Google Arts & Culture gives you access to 300,000 specimens within the Museum's collections, along with 35 digital exhibitions , virtual tours and an interactive gigapixel photo (so enormous you can zoom in on the tiniest detail) of Hintze Hall's gilded canopy. 

A screenshot of a 360 video of Hintze Hall showing thumbnail images of other galleries along the bottom.

7.  Flick through Wildlife Photographer of the Year images

Explore the exhibition at your own pace in this online gallery filled with stunning nature photographs. 

A photograph of a jellyfish with purple tentacles by Fabien Michenet.

8.  Watch us on the small screen

The Museum's stunning architecture has made it a popular choice as a filming location for everything from blockbuster movies to TV dramas.

Discover which films and television shows feature the Museum.

Paddington Bear at the Museum with Dippy in Hintze Hall.

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9. Examine a 3D model of Dippy's skull

Get up close to the skull of the Museum's iconic Diplodocus cast produced by our Imaging and Analysis Centre. See more 3D models on Sketchfab , including Darwin's fossil mammals and the Crystal Palace sculptures .

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10. See illustrations from HMS Endeavour

Our collection of botanical illustrations from HMS Endeavour make up some of the most scientifically significant artworks in our archive. It features works by Sydney Parkinson .

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11.  Browse the Library and Archives digital collections

Dig deep into the archives, where you'll find scientifically important art, books, prints and manuscripts, including drawings by William Smith and brothers Franz and Ferdinand Bauer.

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We've wrapped up some of the highlights from the collections on display including specimens from space , the spirit collection , Charles Darwin and the Treasures gallery .

Discover more stories from the collections  including stories from the Museum at Tring .

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13. Zoom in on beetles

Open the drawers and zoom in on 16 Coleoptera collections held at the Museum including those from Thomas Broun (1838-1919), David Sharp (1840-1922) and Charles O. Waterhouse (1843-1917).

Find out more about the  Entomology collections .

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Westbrook Middle School students Bella Zollarcoffer, Priscila Nzolameso and Sarikong Oak held tables educating and informing the community on Black hair history at Westbrook’s Juneteenth celebration last year. Cullen McIntyre/Staff Photographer

Juneteenth, which became both a federal and state holiday in 2021 , celebrates the anniversary of federal troops’ arrival in Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865, to ensure all enslaved people had been freed. This year, the holiday falls on Wednesday, but celebrations are happening over the next two weeks.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. –  Indigo Arts Alliance presents The Welcome Table, an intergenerational symposium celebrating global cultural and culinary histories. Activities include art, movement and meditation workshops led by activists and cultural workers. 60 Cove St., Portland.  indigoartsalliance.me

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. –  Victoria Mansion is hosting a community day with free admission and a recitation of the Emancipation Proclamation by local actors. 109 Danforth St. Portland.  victoriamansion.org

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. –  Space and the Tate House Museum are putting on a Juneteenth community day with free admission and tours of Ashley Page’s “Imagining Freedom” exhibit at the museum. The historical art piece puts viewers into the shoes of an enslaved woman named Bet. 1267 Westbrook St., Portland.  space538.org Advertisement

1-6:30 p.m. –  The first event of “The City that Carries Us: Pain, Streets, and Heartbeats” will take place at the Public Theatre in Lewiston. The celebration will have a parade and a block party with performances, as well as scheduled activities and rituals throughout the day. It is hosted by the organization Maine Inside Out. 31 Maple St., Lewiston, maineinsideout.org

2-3 p.m. –  Through “Poems of Reckoning and Resilience,” the Portland Museum of Art and Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance seek to honor the legacy of Black Americans. Featured poet Nathan McClain will join local poets in the Great Hall at the museum to celebrate Black liberation and creativity. The museum is also offering free admission Saturday through Monday, in celebration of both Juneteenth and Pride Month. 7 Congress Square, Portland.  mainewriters.org

11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. –  The fifth annual Juneteenth Celebration on House Island in Casco Bay will focus on Black joy, as well as nature, health and economic opportunity. Guests can stay for one or two days, and partake in activities like camping, hiking, yoga and games, all led by BIPOC leaders. Fortland, House Island, Portland.  eventbrite.com

4:30-7 p.m. –  The Community Organizing Alliance is putting on an event with speakers, live performances, poetry readings, a voter registration drive and catering by Bab’s Table. There will also be opportunities to get involved in the racial justice movement. The Atrium at Bates Mill, 36 Chestnut St., Lewiston.  eventbrite.com

1-3 p.m. –  Riverbank Park in Westbrook will host a community event with art, poetry, music and guest speakers. There will also be a barbecue picnic, a student fashion show, hair braiding, pick-up soccer and more activities sponsored by the city. 667 Main St., Westbrook.  On Facebook.

7-8 p.m. –  The Portland Yoga Project is putting on a class called “Liberated Breath: A Juneteenth Yoga Experience” that seeks to reflect on the holiday through yoga. The class is free for BIPOC community members and is sponsored by the Portland Public Library. 7 Bedford St., Portland, allevents.in

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Just 18% of companies in the UK are led by women, and while data suggests female entrepreneurs are on the rise, men still receive more funding and are entrusted with higher average loans to get them started.

In an eight-part series every Tuesday, Money blog reporter  Jess Sharp  speaks to women who are bossing it in their respective fields - hearing their stories, struggles and advice for those who want to follow in their footsteps.

This week, she has spoken to Jenni Dunman, the founder and owner of Daisy First Aid... 

Many people dream all their lives of starting a business - for Jenni, it was literally an accident.

"I was on a day off and went for a coffee with a friend, she had her daughter in a high chair, her daughter choked, and she didn't know what to do," Jenni explained.

"Being a police officer, I already had first aid training, so I was able to pick her daughter up and give her back blows, remove the blockage really quickly and she made a full recovery.

"I went home to my husband that night and said 'why don't parents know this really basic stuff'."

The genius idea of first aid classes aimed at giving medical attention to children was born - and now, having started with just £400, Daisy First Aid is on the brink of going global.

It has been quite a journey for Jenni, who left education at 16, moved out of her family home and worked three jobs just to make rent. 

Living in Crystal Palace in southeast London at the time, she says she wasn't surrounded by the best crowd and after losing a child and ultimately trying to take her own life, she decided to make a drastic change. 

"I went through a really dark time in my life and sort of decided at that point after hitting rock bottom I either had to try again and be successful or completely change my life," the 44-year-old said.

Jenni joined the Metropolitan Police. 

"I wasn't living in a particularly nice area or hanging around with particularly nice people, so I decided I was just going to completely cut ties with everyone," she said.

Back in the days of her training, the police would cover the cost of accommodation and food for new recruits during their 18-week course, she explained. 

"I basically had somewhere to completely restart my life. It completely changed my life. I loved it."

Jenni eventually worked her way up to detective sergeant, met her husband in the force when he came to her rescue, and was one of the first officers on the scene during the 7/7 Bombings.

"I think probably that's where I found my love for first aid initially," she said. "I really loved that side of things". 

The emergency situation that sparked her idea 

Several years later and now a mother-of-two, Jenni was finding it difficult to juggle work and her busy home life. 

It was while she was pregnant with her third child in 2013 that she came up with her business idea, sparked by the incident in the cafe.

"They do all these amazing parenting classes but if your baby stops breathing, or they choke, or they have a seizure, why aren't they taught this basic first aid?" she said.

Jenni started searching online at what big organisations were already offering, and found a gap in the market with classes directed solely at parents. 

One pavilion, two customers and a friendly favour 

Initially, she started by setting up one first aid class in her local pavilion in Sutton and putting a post on Facebook inviting people and their babies to come along. 

The two-hour class taught people about the signs of meningitis, how to deal with burns and seizures, and broken bones in a way that was "simple and easy to remember". 

Her initial start up costs came to £400, which was mostly spent on mannequins for the class.

"I had two bookings, which both paid £25, and I asked all my friends to join me to make it look busy, so they all came with their babies and we had a great class," Jenni said. 

After that, word spread quickly and she started getting more and more customers as her business organically grew. 

"I took a career break from the police and I started getting bookings from London, Surrey, Kent... I realised I was actually onto something," she said.

Learning, learning, and more learning

As her company blossomed and she struggled to fill demand, Jenni started looking into how it should be structured. 

From the beginning, she wanted a work-life balance that she hadn't been offered in the police, and worked her hours around the school run and pick up. 

Using Google and teaching herself, she came across the idea of franchising. 

"I knew nothing about starting a business, I knew absolutely zero, so I very much learnt along the way. I learnt how to franchise and tried and tested the model," she said. 

"I took on two franchises, who were both female police officers who lived in other areas, and taught them how to grow their business and do what I was doing.

"It just sort of exploded beautifully and really quickly scaled into what it is now, which 115 franchises across the UK with plans for worldwide expansion.

"We have helped to save hundreds of thousands of babies' lives." 

'I get offers for investment - but I turn them down' 

Daisy First Aid is now planning to launch in Dubai by the end of the year, with Jenni having aspirations to take it to Australia and Europe as well.

"What was supposed to be a little business for me, to help me get a little statutory maternity pay, has ended up being life-changing for me and my other franchisees," she said. 

Unlike many businesses, Jenni has never taken any investment, funding the initial set up herself and growing it ever since. 

"I probably get offers of investment twice a month, but I have never taken investment, so I own 100% of the business. Some people think I'm crazy, but I'm just really happy," she said. 

"The model we have works so beautifully and we know we can replicate that anywhere."

What about the challenges? 

Jenni said the "biggest battle" she had overcome was her own mind, and it was something she still had to work on every day.

"I think that most of us are taught from our parents, our ancestors and beyond, to just survive life and stay safe... you know, go to school, get a job, get a pension, retire and then you die," she said.

"I really think now that we can remove those blocks just to open up because we are meant for more." 

She explained how she has had to work for the last 20 years to get over the fear of failure but also the "fear of bragging and success". 

"By far, my biggest challenge is myself and my own self sabotage," she added. 

"There are so many fears that we all have that stop us from achieving more."  

Jenni's advice 

Jenni confessed that she was "massively obsessed" with learning, and advised others to research and teach themselves the skills they lack. 

"All the information is out there online, whatever you need, you can find it out, but also don't be afraid to ask other experts for help," she said. 

She recalled the first time she hired an accountant, and she asked him to explain everything to her like she was 10.

"Sometimes as entrepreneurs, people expect us to know everything, but we're never going to know anything. We can be brave enough to ask other experts, though.

"There are so many people who will give up their spare time to help you, and there is so much information online, so it doesn't have to be costly." 

She also takes these five daily steps to keep her mindset positive:

  • Practice gratitude - take time to remember and feel grateful for positive things in your life 
  • Set out your goals - write them down and illustrate them
  • Be mindful of your words - stop moaning and don't be negative. Changing the words you use out loud and in your head can have a positive impact
  • Create a wave of happiness - do one thing a day to make someone else happy - it will encourage them to do the same
  • Leave positive reviews and give compliments - if someone has done a good job, tell them about it.

HSBC is the latest lender to announce a wide range of mortgage rate cuts as swap rates improve.

While the details of the changes won't be published until tomorrow, brokers believe the move will prompt more reductions from other high street banks.

And if a Bank of England rate cut comes in August, "all bets are off", Katy Eatenton, mortgage specialist at Lifetime Wealth Management, told Newspage.

"Summer is here and the sun is finally shining over borrowers, who have been in the swap rate shade for too long," she said.

While the market has been lethargic over the election period, these reductions could "be the starting pistol to a campaign of 'summer sizzlers' from lenders", said Andrew Montlake, managing director at Coreco.

He said the period could be a "good time to bag a deal" before a new government is elected.

HSBC is following in the footsteps of Barclays and MPowered Mortgages, which cut their rates yesterday.

Justin Moy, managing director at EHF Mortgages, said: "Rate cuts across the majority of their range will be welcome by all types of borrower, and will accelerate the reaction from other high street lenders."

But a broader market shift is still needed to truly spark the housing market, said Ranald Mitchell, director at Charwn Private Clients.

Nestle is abandoning its new recipe for Nesquik milkshakes following a backlash from shoppers.

The food giant swapped out maltodextrin for rice flour in an attempt to improve the product's texture, but consumers complained it left a "vile sludge" in their drink.

The food giant is returning to the original ingredients for the products, strawberry and banana-flavoured milkshake mix, next month, The Grocer reports .

"The new recipe for banana Nesquik is utterly disgusting with a vile sludge left at the bottom of the glass. Your quality control has messed up big time here," posted one shopper on X.

Another wrote: "Whatever you have done to the strawberry powder recipe, please change it back. 

"I opened a new tub yesterday and it tastes weird and gets really thick at the bottom. I have a pint or two a day and it's never been like this."

Others took to Reddit to vent: "The last two weeks have been miserable with the sludge at the bottom and I thought I had a ruined batch of powder."

Sky News has contacted Nestle for comment.

A spokesperson for the company told The Grocer: "Our aim is always to have the best possible recipe on the market and we sometimes make changes that aim to improve on existing recipes.

"On this occasion the change has not been popular with consumers and we have listened to their feedback.

"We can confirm the old recipe is going back into production and it should be in stores in July. We apologise for any inconvenience this has caused."

By  James Sillars , business news reporter

We're going to start with some more big movements for Nvidia's share price.

The AI-leading chipmaker claimed the crown from Microsoft last Wednesday to become the world's most valuable listed company.

The stock was going great guns and up by 170% in the year to date at that point.

However, the stellar rally stopped in its tracks, and Nvidia's shares have since entered so-called correction territory, according to analysts.

Nvidia's market value was, at one stage, more than 10% below its peak, losing around $430bn over three days.

It's now worth $2.91trn, according to LSEG data.

Ipek Ozkardeskaya, senior analyst at Swissquote Bank, wrote this morning: "The selloff hit suddenly, right after the company stole the status of the world’s most valuable company from Microsoft.

"There has been no bad news regarding the company's fundamentals on the newswire, no analyst downgrades, no soft forecasts, no rumours of slowing sales.

"It's just that the end of last quarter and the first half may have brought some investors to take some profit and go to the sidelines."

Nvidia currently stands at number three in the value table behind Microsoft and Apple.

Elsewhere this morning, the FTSE 100 has opened flat following a 0.5% gain on Monday.

It is trading at 8,287 - up just five points.

We are still keeping a close eye on the oil market as costs climb. A barrel of Brent is $1, up on yesterday at $86.

The latest increase was attributed to new forecasts of strong demand during the traditional US summer vacation (forgive the Americanism) season.

The number of job vacancies across the country has marginally increased this month, but there are areas where companies appear to be hiring more. 

Research by Adzuna found London has the most job vacancies, with 154,506 roles being advertised, followed by the South East with 131,973 - an increase of 1.2% since April. 

In Northern Ireland, the number of opportunities has fallen by 1.5% to just 7,790.

In terms of cities, Cambridge offers the most chance of finding a job with just 0.34 unemployed people per role and 7,276 jobs available. 

This is followed by Guildford (0.49) and Exeter (0.63).

Bradford remains the hardest city to find a job, with 7.94 jobseekers per role. 

Rochdale and Middlesbrough also have high jobseeker-to-role ratios, at 4.86 and 4.57 respectively. 

Monthly advertised salary figures have also fallen for the first time since October 2023, down 0.11% to £38,765. 

This is despite the recent National Living Wage hike to £11.44 per hour.

While slightly weaker salaries could help relieve some tightness in the labour market, it may also suggest increasing vacancies for entry or junior-level roles with lower salaries.

In comparison, annual salaries are still up 2.69% compared with May 2023. 

Unsurprisingly, London was found to be offering the highest average salaries at £44,863, which is up 1.47% on last year. 

Wales was the region with the lowest typical salary at £34,048. 

Basically… a guarantor is someone who agrees to cover another person's bill in the event they can't pay it.

Guarantors are sometimes required when taking out a loan or mortgage, or moving into a rented property, if the person responsible for the bills doesn't meet income requirements.

For renting, a landlord might also request a guarantor if the tenant has limited renting history, a low credit score or other factors that would deem them at risk of missing payments.

Who can be a guarantor, and what are they responsible for?

The simple answer is - almost anyone.

Often it'll be a parent - especially for young people renting for the first time or taking their first steps onto the property ladder - or a spouse.

But friends and other relatives can be guarantors too.

The basic requirements for being a guarantor are:

  • Aged over 18, or over 21, depending on who is making the request
  • Good credit history
  • Financial stability - a certain amount of savings or income

Being a homeowner will also make you more desirable as a guarantor, as it shows that you have a way of covering costs if you need to. You usually have to live in the UK too.

What the guarantor is legally responsible for can vary depending on what's written in the guarantee.

In the case of renting, the guarantor is usually responsible for paying rent if the tenant can't for any reason. They might also have to cover repairs if the tenant damages the property.

In extreme cases, the guarantor might be called on to cover legal costs faced by the landlord due to the tenant.

What happens if the guarantor can't pay?

If you can't pay the lender or landlord what you owe, they may turn to your guarantor at this point, if another agreement can't be worked out.

In the rare event that the guarantor can't - or even won't - pay, they could be taken to court. It's likely that remediation action would be taken before it gets to this point, but the guarantor signs a legally binding contract, so it can happen.

Not paying the debt could also impact the guarantor's credit history.

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PrettyLittleThing has started deactivating customers' accounts for returning too many items. 

The online fashion giant sent out emails over the weekend, telling customers they had been banned from placing orders due to their "unusual high returns activity". 

It comes just days after the company introduced a £1.99 fee for every item sent back. 

Several angry customers posted screenshots of the email online. 

Many complained they had already paid £9.99 for PrettyLittleThing's royalty service, which gives them unlimited next day delivery for a year. 

Others hit out at the brand, saying it should improve the quality and sizing of its clothing. 

"Maybe if your clothes weren't so s***, people wouldn't have to send them back," one person said. 

"If your clothes sizing were actually what you stated, then surely you wouldn't be getting so many returns. Don't even get me started on the quality of some items," said another. 

Social media marketing specialist Katy said she didn't remember sending back any items so far this year. 

Some customers pointed out that PrettyLittleThing doesn't have physical stores, so people can't try items on.

A spokesperson for PrettyLittleThing said: "Where we notice unusual patterns of activity on customer accounts, we do investigate.

"In some incidences, this results in us applying our terms and conditions, and this type of action would only affect a tiny percentage of our customer base."

Taylor Swift fans have taken to social media to complain at paying hundreds on tickets for her Wembley shows only to end up with a restricted view. 

While the reviews of the show have been glowing, many were less than impressed with ticket sellers failing to say whether certain seats had "restricted" views - which usually makes a ticket a bit cheaper. 

One said...

Another fumed at the blocked view despite the £200 price...

It comes after a fan who saw Swift in Glasgow at the start of the month complained after parting with £680 only to have "a lovely view of a tent"...

Betting tips scrapped on flagship BBC show

BBC Radio 4's Today programme has scrapped its daily horse race betting tips, its host has announced.

Amol Rajan said the "break in tradition" would not affect major race days, with the broadcaster still set to offer tips for the biggest events in the calendar. 

"We will very much continue to cover horse racing, as we do so many other sports, not least through interviews with leading lights in the racing world," Mr Rajan said.

"And we will sometimes continue to broadcast from the big ticket events like the Grand National festival, or Cheltenham Gold Cup week."

Want to earn triple Nectar points?

Sainsbury's is offering the incentive for customers with electric vehicles who choose to charge up with them via their new "Smart Charge" bays. 

From today until 31 August, Sainsbury's customers can collect 3x Nectar points on Smart Charge transactions when they add their Nectar account number before purchase.

To do so, customers need to scan the QR code on the Smart Charge charging unit after they pay and add their Nectar card number on the web page provided. Points will be added to customers' accounts once they have paid.

Getir shareholders back break-up of food delivery group

Investors in Getir, the food delivery group that is abandoning its UK operations, have approved a break-up of the company that will trigger a fresh capital injection of up to $250m (£197.5m).

Sky News has learnt that Getir, which is based in Turkey, held an extraordinary general meeting yesterday at which shareholders backed plans to split it into two independent companies.

Read more of our city editor Mark Kleinman 's exclusive here ... 

Restaurants, cafes and hotels have been told to immediately withdraw meat products dubbed "unsafe" by the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

Hospitality operators in London and South East England were issued the food safety alert for meat supplied by a cutting plant in Swanley, Kent.

"We have alerted Environmental Health, Trading Standards Services and Official Veterinarians to take action to remove meat and meat products manufactured by Block and Cleaver from the market," the FSA said in a statement.

"These products... may not have been produced in accordance with GB food law requirements and therefore may be unsafe."

These products may have incorrect use by dates, are subject to traceability breaches and should not be eaten as they were not prepared in line with food safety and hygiene legislative requirements. 

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