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Sunbed ban at leisure A London council has
centres? backtracked on rules which
A total ban on sunbeds in leisure force swimmers to cover up SOLUTION
centres would reduce the risk of at a public pool to avoid
cancer. The Livestrong global offending Muslims.
cancer summit in Dublin, heard Croydon council has
that long promised legislation removed the guidelines after
banning sunbed use by minors it received national
would be ready soon, adding that criticisism for barring non-
many would like to see a ban on Muslims if they refused to
sunbeds used by people of all comply with the dress code.
ages. Irish Minister for Health Mary They were put in place for
Harney said it was something she weekend swimming sessions
was going to ask her officials to for Muslims at the Thornton
explore, adding that it would Heath Leisure Centre despite a
require EU approval. The summit general ban on wearing T-shirts
heard that the total economic cost in the pool.
of new cancer cases worldwide this The council’s statement
year has been conservatively read: “During special Muslim
estimated at US$305bn. sessions, male costumes must
cover the body from the navel
to the knee and females must
STA launches in Scotland be covered from the neck to
Instant pools may be
The Swimming Teachers’ the ankles and wrists.”
the solution for cash
restricted local authorities
Association (STA) has officially Croydon Mosque and
launched STA Scotland. The move Islamic Centre praised the
formalises the association’s rules but said it would never Pulse, the UK provider of total Pulse, who have more than
commitment to Scottish members have asked for them. fitness solutions has launched 25 years experience in leisure
on different cultural, legal and Trustee Shuaib Yusaf said: its self-contained, energy design will design, build,
academic systems. This “If it was designated as a efficient swimming solution finance and operate this new
announcement also follows Muslim session to encourage for cash strapped public and exciting state-of-the-art
confirmation that the Scottish Muslim women to come sector partners. resource from concept to
Qualification Authority has along, to that extent I could The state-of-the-art 2-floor completion taking away any of
approved Safety Training Awards. see a degree of merit in it.” leisure facility concept the worries and hassle from
Roger Millward, the STA’s Chief Malcolm Wicks, Labour MP includes a 100 station public sector partners.
Executive says “A dedicated for Croydon North, said equipped gym suite, a 25m 8- No capital investment or up-
Scottish division will ensure the asking non-Muslims to dress lane swimming pool, thermal front capital is required with a
interests of our Scottish members. up to swim was not fair: “I just suite encompassing steam Pulse investment and services
It is still very early days, but the hope some common sense room and sauna, dance studio, partnership which offers self-
response from Scottish members can prevail here.” café area and changing financing investment in public
has been very positive and provision. sector owned facilities.
securing SQA approval means we
can now move forward earnestly.”
Pool pumps to get One energy specialist means people are concerned £3,000 but can save you up to
ratings system company is claiming it can about their carbon footprint for £900 per year.”
The Australian specialist pool reduce oil consumption in the sake of their bank balance, The air source heat pumps
industry is to introduce a ratings swimming pools by 50%. And rather than solely because of the absorbs heat from outside air,
sytems for pool pumps. it is urging all pool owners to environment.” and transfers this to the water
Swimming pool pumps have be aware of the savings now Energy can be generated by ensuring that your pool is
been identified as major users of available through the switch to two sources of renewable heated to just the right
household energy and have renewable energy. energy: solar collectors or air temperature.
become targeted by the Federal Rising oil prices have source heat pumps. The solar energy collector is
Department of the Environment. increased demand for Energy can be generated fitted to a south-facing roof or
The aim is to ensure that only renewable sources of energy, from solar collectors. These can to frames on the ground,
efficient pumps are put on the especially for swimming increase the temperature where it can absorb the
market and that all pumps for sale pools, spas and saunas. dramatically instead of using oil optimum amount of energy
are labelled with a star rating Experts at East Green and gas during the summer from the sun and convert it
(similar to the star ratings currently Energy install state-of-the-art months to heat your pool. into usable heat. The heat is
used for whitegoods) so that systems which aim to reduce Savings can be made even then absorbed by water, which
consumers can make a choice oil consumption of a during the winter months with can provide hot water in the
about which pumps are the most swimming pool by 50%. just the slightest amount of help summer and supplement hot
efficient. The standard label will Linda Grave, Managing from a solar collector. water heating in the winter.
have six stars, but pumps deemed Director at East Green Energy, Not only will this save money,
“super efficient” will have a said: “Going green is no but they are maintenance free.
slightly different label going up to longer just about the She added: “To install an air
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10 stars. environment. Rising oil prices source heat pump costs around
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