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William Hill Jobs For The Girls

English: William Hill - near Bus Station

English: William Hill – near Bus Station (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Just as I was preparing a lengthy blog post about the lack of women in top jobs in the UK, I find myself stopped in my tracks. News reached me yesterday that one of my oldest friends, Kate H, has recently landed a senior executive job with William Hill Plc.

Therefore I’m forced to reconsider my thoughts and write an entirely different piece. It would seem that the William Hill equal opportunities policy is actually worth the paper it’s written on. So well done to them, well done to the betting industry in general, and especially well done Kate!

I’ll give yo a little of her background without giving away any personal information. She has actually been involved in the betting industry for several years, starting on the shop floor in a Betfred high street shop in south London. Having taken the decision to transfer when a shop manager’s position became available at William Hill, she worked hard (as women are forced to do to get noticed) and due to the strong performance of her branch, was promoted to area manager within a year.

I has intended to write about what a battle women face to get recognised for their performance and thus to be considered for senior roles, however that does not seem to be Kate’s experience at William Hill. Quite the opposite in fact, as she has quickly risen through the ranks while her male colleagues, who in her opinion were less hard working, were left behind.

She will now be in charge of marketing strategy, which incorporates new customer acquisition and customer retention. Her team will devise the various William Hill betting offers, free bets, signup bonuses and other promotions. You can keep track of them here. These offers are a vital part of William Hill’s strategy to gain a majority share in the online betting market.

The moral then is that perhaps I had been too hasty with my opinions, and times may finally be changing. Of course we need more women like Kate to ensure that we get a lasting equality. I hope her story motivates others to succeed as she has. Work hard and it really can happen.

Why Women Perform Better At Betting

Spread betting has traditionally been seen as a male dominated pastime, but times are changing. In fact, studies have shown that women actually perform better at spread betting on both sports and financial bets than men.

There are several possible reasons for this, some of which are explored in this video. What might surprise you is that the same factors mean that women are better and more profitable sports bettors as well.

The Data

A study commissioned by the sports betting website sportsbetpromotions.com compared large samples of player data from leading online bookmakers William Hill and Ladbrokes. Ignoring age, background and all other demographics, the survey simply compared male and female players in terms of betting patterns and overall account profit or loss.

The results showed that female players placed far fewer bets than their male counterparts overall, but that their success rate was 62% compared to 57% for male punters. What’s more, 23% of female accounts made an overall profit, compared to just 14% of male betting accounts.

Conclusion

Although there may be numerous reasons to explain the data, the opinion of the Sports Bet Promotions researcher was that female bettors were less impulsive and spent more time researching their betting selections than males. They were less likely to react angrily to a losing bet, and attempt to chase losses by placing further bets on the same day after a losing bet was settled.

It’s interesting to note how a typically more reserved approach can make such a difference to the bottom line. Women should certainly not be intimidated or reluctant to get involved in traditionally male dominated pursuits such as sports betting, especially when the facts show they are far more likely to be successful at it.

England Knocked Out

Shirt badge/Association crest

Shirt badge/Association crest (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Commiserations to the England team who were knocked out of Euro 2013 this evening after losing (again) to France. Maybe next time girls.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/23369512

France or Germany will probably be favorites with the bookmakers to win the trophy, so defeat to France is nothing to be ashamed of. It’s the other group games where England unfortunately fell short.

Euro 2013 Soccer: Iceland Earn Draw With Late Penalty

In the opening match of Euro 2013, Iceland snatched a late draw with a penalty five minutes from time to deny Norway victory.

The bookmakers had made Norway favourites to win the match and they had been ahead for some time thanks to a first half goal from Kristine Hegland, but couldn’t hang on. Punters were left ripping up their betting slips as Iceland struck back to take a valuable point.

Euro 2013 Women’s Soccer – Preview

Women’s soccer is becoming increasingly popular throughout Europe. This month in Gothenburg, the second largest city in Sweden, the women’s European soccer championship (also known as EURO 2013) will take place. The Swedish team is one of the favourites to win the competition, but England will also believe they have a strong chance.

In this video, you have the chance to meet some of the fans in Gothenburg, and look at the city’s preparations for the big event.

You can keep up to date with the progress of the tournament at the BBC Women’s Football site.

Gold Earrings For Women – Choosing The Perfect Pair

One thing that is not likely to change is the fact that women love gold earrings. Although trends and styles may change, some remain the same, especially with gold earrings.

If you, or another person, is searching for a bargain on earrings, you can more than likely find one without looking too hard. The purpose of this article is to help you locate this perfect pair of gold earrings.

If you really want to buy a pair of gold earrings that you will absolutely adore, you need to make sure what kind of gold you are actually purchasing. It really depends on the jewelry value, and also its overall appearance. Before you get it, you need to know if it is gold jewelry, or just gold-plated – there is a huge difference. Once you know what you’re paying for, especially in regard to gold plated jewelry, it’s okay to wear this for the cost. In searching for real solid gold jewelry, always look at 14K or 18K. You want 24K gold jewelry if you want pure stuff. This gold is so soft that most people do not use it for jewelry at all. You have to consider market value of gold when looking at the prices of gold earrings. It has a lot to do with what you pay. Keep your hairstyle in mind, however, when you choose your gold earrings. Notice when
you are in a crowd how different the same type of earrings look on a woman with long hair compared to a woman whose hair is short. The color of your hair comes into play as well. If you have blond hair and want a nice contrast in your earrings – so they will show up – choose white gold over yellow gold. Some women who have long hair look great with large hoops or dangling earrings, but as a general rule of thumb, these types of earrings look best on a woman with short hair. Smaller hoops or studs, that remain closer to your face, are more visible and attractive on a woman who has medium length or long hair. There are no hard and fast rules, though, and you have to find the look that pleases you.

The most stylish earrings right now, if you want to appear up-to-the-minute, are the gold dangle drop earrings. Whether you prefer your earrings to be long or short, you will find gold dangle drops in various lengths, as well as numerous designs. Some are set with gemstones, and these can make the earrings even more glamorous. If making a fashion statement is your goal, don’t hesitate to buy a pair of chandelier earrings. The more different colored gemstones they have, the bolder they speak. Sometimes chandelier gold earrings with multiple gemstones can be very expensive, but you can find many beautiful pairs that are easier on your budget. You can also find dangle earrings that are more traditional and subdued. Dangle earrings can be simple or elaborate, and there are styles to suit every possible taste.

Using our strategies for finding gold earrings for women, you should be able to find the perfect pair for you or your loved one. You simply need to use the Internet, or go to the local mall, to find earrings you really need. Throughout history, gold earrings have been very popular. You can find any style, from traditional to new ones. Try some out this week!

Why Silver Bracelets For Women Are So Popular

If you think about it, silver bracelets for women have stayed in fashion forever. For hundreds of years, even longer, silver bracelets have always been worn. Although there will always be trends and different styles of jewelry that go in and out of fashion, silver bracelets have an enduring appeal. There are many types of silver bracelets out there. How do you pick the one that’s right for you? In the following paragraphs, we will reveal strategies to accomplish this.

If you prefer a more traditional bracelet, the Byzantine link bracelet could be the ideal style. This style features intricate knots laced together to form a bracelet and can be created from a range of different metals. Sterling silver, however, is one of the most popular ways to make this type of bracelet.

The best part about a Byzantine bracelet is that it’s easy to find a necklace that matches the design. For hundreds of years this pattern has been used to create beautiful jewelry, so it won’t go out of style. The Celtic knot bracelet is somewhat similar in that it’s created using knotwork. Celtic knots can be really stunning on a silver bracelet, as well as many other types of jewelry.

One of the more popular bracelet styles is the tennis bracelet. Women tennis players originally wore these, but they were so popular they spread to become available everywhere quickly. These bracelets are renowned for being studded with diamonds along their thin length. This usually increases the cost of buying a tennis bracelet. The price tag will also be heavily dependent on the number, size and quality of diamonds used.

You can reduce your costs by opting for cheaper alternatives to diamonds, such as using cubic zirconium instead. This stone lets you benefit from the look of real diamonds without the high costs. Choosing a tennis bracelet gives you a lovely, memorable gift option.

There are several reasons that people will want to personalize jewelry, and bracelets are usually at the top of this list. They are a popular gift for birthdays, as well as Valentine’s Day. People who get engraved bracelets, with their name or initials, tend to hold onto these items forever. You might want to give, as a Valentine’s Day gift, a bracelet with a heart clasp. These are very popular! When it comes to graduations or anniversaries, engraved bracelets are perfect for these occasions. You might want to write a message, or a date, on the piece of jewelry. If you’re seeking a personalized silver bracelet, many jewelry stores will perform this service. They will engrave this special message for you. There are many websites that offer the service as well. You can find silver bracelets basically anywhere. It is a popular form of jewelry that has many styles to choose from. Although there are many different price ranges, sterling silver will cost you more, but make sure that it is authentic when you buy it. As long as you can find the right silver bracelet for that special someone, or yourself, it is a gift that will be treasured forever.

Three Techniques to Assist Busy Women in Getting Better at Their Golf Game

Regardless of you recently beginning to play golf or have played it for a few years, you possibly have a desire to perfect your game. While there is tons of obtainable information all over the web concerning how to progress at your golf game, the sheer amount can be awe-inspiring, leading you to suppose that you need 36-hour days in order to control your tasks. Here are three hints which will aid you in developing your game, even if you don’t have the amount of time you’d like for committing to your preferred game.

Golf Anyone?

Golf Anyone? (Photo credit: Amber B McN)

If you want to become a better golfer, you have to stop making comparisons between yourself and other golfers. Women are generally are more apt to criticize themselves. They cannot stop analyzing what other golfers are doing and want to compare themselves to those golfers. The problem is that you stop paying attention to what matters. Instead of putting the focus on your own game, you are concentrating on everybody else’s game. Quite honestly, if you do not focus on your own shots, it will hinder your swing and impact your aim. Also, do not forget that there are better golfers on the course than you.

That does not have a thing to do with your being a female. So, do not get put off and decide to quit. Just focus on your own game and enjoy yourself. Your game will improve significantly. An exact swing is essential for pulling off low scores time and again on the golf course. Augmenting the correctness of your swing is an issue of having admirable influence over the club. However, you might expect to have to tighten your grip to increase control, but the exact opposite is true.

A soft grip will permit you to have a more excellent feeling of the club. An additional crucial constituent to a perfect swing is to make certain that you aren’t using your muscles to intensify the speed of the club to improve influence the speed of the club Your potency should be used to strengthen the swing although you need to permit the club to do its work, which is to hit the ball. You merely need to take advantage of leverage and momentum in order for your club to reach the most favorable velocity.

If your putt is good, there are probably plenty of golfers that are jealous of you. You have the game in your pocket. After all, if you have a great putt, it means that you always get a low score. However, what can you do if this does not describe your situation? Well, you could do more things such as learning how to improve your stroke and the right alignment. In relation to your technique, you want be certain that all things are under your control.

In other words, you must have a firm grip on your golf club, but also soft. It is also critical to ensure stability at the address of the ball. In terms of squaredness, it is critical that you are lined up square with your target. This means that everything such as your feet, forearms, eyes and hips have to match to the line of the target. These are just a few strategies to help you improve your golf game, even if you don’t have too much free time. As long as you keep at it and practice consistently, you will soon make significant progress.

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Why We Should Grow Old Disgracefully

We all get old sometime, but that doesn’t mean we have to like it!

The stereotypical image of an old person these days is someone frail, with white hair (or blue rinse), sitting around drinking tea, with nothing better to do all day than watching TV, playing bingo or simply falling asleep in a chair. Why does it need to be that way? Why can’t we go on making the most of every day, every hour that we’re given right up until our time is up?

It’s party a state of mind thing of course, but there are simple lifestyle and cosmetic steps that we can all take to make ourselves feel younger.

Resveratrol can be beneficial. There have been promising studies done on this compound. Resveratrol can provide some of the same benefits. It’s found commonly in nuts and grapes. You can also find it within the roots of a plant called the Japanese Knotweed, this is commonly used in supplements. Resveratol is also found within Senna quinquangulata roots as well.

Exercising regularly helps you stay younger, longer. There is evidence that supports the idea that workouts will help you reduce the signs of aging. Regular exercise will keep your muscles toned, give you more stamina and better circulation, and help your skin stay healthy.

Fiber-rich foods can help you minimize the signs of aging. The fiber you eat will prevent toxins from building up in your digestive tract. It can also lower your cholesterol levels and regulate digestive processes, which then stabilizes blood glucose levels. Fiber is the key to great digestion.

Ask your doctor about supplements that can slow down the effects of aging. You should mix a good combination of vitamins, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant supplements. Consuming these will help your body feel and perform as though it were younger. Include these as an essential part of your plan everyday.

Many people gain weight as they age. Having a healthy weight can help you avoid health problems such as strokes, osteoarthritis, high blood pressure, and certain cancers. Maintain a healthy weight by making beneficial food choices and participating in a daily exercise program.

Aging sometimes means we have to look at the option of some form of assisted living. Caring for yourself might no longer be possible at some point in life. This is the time to consider moving into a long term care facility or nursing home. Assisted living or nursing home living may not be your ideal situation, but it may be the best possible option. There are a variety of different licensed care facilities and professionals who will help assist people who are unable to care for themselves.

Gradually increase the time and effort you dedicate to your exercise regimen. As your body ages, it needs more activity to keep itself strong and malleable. You should at least take 5 days out of every week to go on a thirty minute walk. Mix it up with some strength exercises twice per week. This combination of walking and strength exercises will help you maintain a strong healthy body and keep you feeling young.

Columbian Girl Gives Birth at Age 10

It has been reported that on April 9th 2012, a 10 year old girl from Columbia gave birth to a healthy baby girl. This makes her one of the youngest mothers in recorded history.

The mother, remaining unnamed, is from Manaure, a town in the Columbian Department of La Guajira. She arrived at the hospital in horrible pain due to contractions. Reportedly, she delivered a 5 pound baby girl via caesarean section.

Experts say that a c-section for such a young mother is common. Young girls do not have a large enough pelvis to warrant delivering a baby by traditional methods. Also, extremely young mothers are at a higher risk for things such as high-blood pressure (pre-eclampsia), and their babies are also at risk due to growth restrictions.

All said, 10 year old bodies are not made for pregnancy. The body is not yet mature for such an event. The fact they some 10 year old girls are able to get pregnant is a different story. One that defies many peoples’ morals.

The mother is of a tribe of the Wayuu people, indigenous to northern Columbia. The age and specifics of the father are unknown. Police cannot press charges for rape due to the tribe’s jurisdiction over the matter.

The director of the hospital where the girl gave birth says that she has seen pregnancies from this tribe in young girls, but that this one was especially young. She described it as “shocking”.

Pregnancy can occur at any time a girl starts ovulating, or has her period. Some girls begin this phase earlier than others, but this is a time when the girls are so young that they should be playing with dolls or playing dress-up, the director says. The average girl doesn’t begin menstruating until 12 and a half, but that age is reducing over the years. Given the statistics, the chances of sexual encounter at that age are slim and even slimmer with a pregnancy.

The results of this case are startling. Even more startling, is that girls can get pregnant before their first period because ovulation precedes menstruation. Menstruation usually happens last in the puberty cycle for girls, after hair growth, breast developments and growth spurts. Women should be aware that if these things are happening to their daughters, they may be able to get pregnant.

There is now speculation amongst people as to whether or not the birth of this girl’s child is immoral. Just because the tribe has its own laws, does not mean that girls should be giving birth at 10, some say. Others are saying that to judge the mother is wrong. The tribe has its right to function however it sees fit. This is still an eye-opening situation.