How Power Snooker’s cryptocurrency PowerSnookerCoin will change the sport

Cryptocurrency continues to drive innovation around the world, and not least in sport. The value and availability of these coins is set not by banks and financial institutions but by the computational power required to create it and allows people to make secure and anonymous transactions online, using block-chain technology to record every transaction.

But in the world of sport, cryptocurrency is being used to create virtual communities with greater interaction between fans and teams. Sites like Socio allow supporters to purchase tokens for their favourite teams in basketball or football, and this gives them privileged access to everything from special memorabilia, both physical and virtual, to votes on the colours of a newly released team jersey.

When Power Snooker, a more aggressive and dynamic sister sport to traditional Snooker, was created in 2010 its reach was world wide, with millions tuning in to watch the finals in 2010 and 2011 from 193 countries. Costas A Joannou, now the Chairman of Power Snooker Group explained that “For a global sport, we need a global cryptocurrency, so we created PowerSnookerCoin to do just that.”
“Amongst many reasons for Power Snooker’s initial failure to continue was the lack of structure supporting the community,” Costas A Joannou said, “there was a failure to innovate and move with the times.”

This global cryptocurrency is more ambitious than similar models adopted in other sports. For fans, purchasing PowerSnookerCoins can offer exclusive access to news, community votes and merchandise, and depending on the tier of membership purchased, access to future clubs, events and tournaments.

The group plans to put the capital raised from the PowerSnookerCoin back into the sport, it’s professional and amateur leagues. “When you buy a PowerSnookerCoin you aren’t just buying a medium of exchange,” Costas A Joannou said, “You are also buying support emanating from the Group’s tangible and intangible assets.”

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Alix Cope of Bazar Discusses “The New Normal” – an Opportunity to Create Positive Change for the UK

Currently, much of the world is in lockdown, but the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic will be much longer than what we see knew. Many observers are now calling modern-day life with the arrival of COVID-19 “The New Normal”.

We video-conferenced with Alix Cope and Finley Cope the Co-Founders of Bazar – The Ethical Life Marketplace App to discuss “The New Normal”. We asked, “What does the New Normal mean to you and the wider public?” Alix replied, “For us all the Coronavirus has come as a great shock and will be a tragic milestone in all of our lives. Young or old, everyone has been affected, like nothing else we have collectively experienced – “we are all in this together”.

With a positive frame of mind though the pandemic creates an opportunity to embrace environmental challenges and create positive change for the UK and around the world”.

We asked Alix “In what ways do you feel that COVID-19 can benefit the environment moving forward?” Alix replied, “It’s not of course the virus itself, it’s about how the mindset of people changes. I’ve been really encouraged by the environmental gains in air quality we are experiencing due to the lockdown, we can experience this in the long-term if we embrace an ethical lifestyle and make the right choices. For example, we need to see an end to “fast fashion”, through responsible buying and choosing fashion brands, which are eco-friendly, like those we promote on Bazar.”

Finley went on to discuss how “The New Normal” can benefit the UK. Finley said “At this time the UK economy is in turmoil, but we have a chance to make long-term improvements for the benefit of society and the environment. In many ways UK brands already lead global environmental and social impact schemes. We now have a great chance to change our ways, ditch plastic, buy responsibly and change our lifestyles.

Bazar is passionate about supporting UK ethical brands and Artisans. We advocate “buying locally”, it reduces transport pollution and supports local economies, on Bazar, buyers can connect with local sellers. Many UK businesses and Artisans selling through retail shops, visit trade fairs and craft shows have lost their income.

These businesses can use Bazar app technology to create a new income stream (provided they pass our ethical trading checks). All products can be uploaded in minutes through bulk uploading functionality. When you buy through Bazar you know that you support ethical British businesses.”

In finishing, Alix also mentioned the Bazar Eco-Programmes – “Buyers should know that  Bazar pledges 1% of sales commission revenue, which is shared between our Bees, Trees and Seas partners. Currently we are partnered with Bees Abroad and One Tree Planted. A number of our sellers also have their own “give back” schemes too.”

Downloading Bazar
The Bazar app is available for download from the Apple Store (iOS version) or from Google Play (Android version). Links for download are:
• Apple Store –
• Google Play –

Registration is easy and only takes a few minutes.

About Bazar – The Ethical Life Marketplace App
Bazar is a new app launched to the market, which has a vision of #makingethicalthestandard through the buying and selling of sustainable, artisan, ethical, pre-loved and eco-friendly products by community members.

The concept of co-founders Finley and Alix Cope, Bazar is a “social marketplace”, which connects and promotes ethical brands, micro-sellers, artisans and the community together. Ethical values are clearly stated for all members to view before transacting.

Developed with members in mind Bazar has been developed from the “ground up”. Bazar is designed with simplicity in mind but offers rich functionality to members. The ability to openly communicate is valued between buyers and sellers alike, this is enabled through inbuilt discussion forums, instant chat, and numerous other methods.

Through Bazar’s “Make the Switch” campaign, emphasis is placed on buying locally and also buying British. Why not join Bazar by visiting some of the links provided below.”

Bazar marketplace contact details
Company website:
Pro-seller registration:

Registered Office: Well Cottage, Upperton, Petworth, West Sussex, United Kingdom, GU28 9BQ
Telephone: 020 8337 2175
Contact: Alix Cope, Co-Founder
Organisation: Bazar – The Ethical Life Marketplace

Social media links
Bazar also have social media channels, which are full of tips and hints to help users to embrace the “new normal”:
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Nick Hinton, a former officer of the British Brigade of Gurkhas and later a businessman, is to take over the chairmanship of BRANNGO [Britain and Nepal NGOs Network] from David Thomas, also a former Gurkha officer and Principal of Thomas’s London Day Schools, from 1 May 2020. Nick Hinton has been Honorary Chief Executive of BRANNGO since October 2019, and on the Committee since November 2018.

BRANNGO is an Association of British charities operating in the hills, towns and villages of Nepal and is intent on working together with the Nepal government for the benefit of the people of this developing nation with their long history of friendship and military service to Britain that stretches back now for over 200 years. This year was to have been ‘Visit Nepal 2020’ year but the whole project had to be cancelled and the country is now in lockdown due to the COVID-19 virus. It will be more than ever necessary for charities to work there together once lockdown is lifted and BRANNGO is determined to do its part to help them do this as efficiently and effectively as possible.

Nick Hinton served in the Brigade of Gurkhas for 26 years, mostly in the 2nd King Edward VII’s Own Gurkha Rifles (The Sirmoor Rifles). He commanded 6th Queen Elizabeth’s Own Gurkha Rifles and was also the first Commanding Officer of the 1st Battalion Royal Gurkha Rifles when it was formed in 1994. After leaving the Army in early 1999 he spent 20 years with IBM, initially as a project and customer manager in one of their software divisions and later as an international programme director in IBM’s Global Technology Services. He graduated from the School of Oriental and African Studies in 1978 with a degree in Indonesian and Malay Studies.

During his Army service he also graduated from the Royal Military College of Science, Shrivenham (part of Cranfield University) and from both Standard and Higher Courses at the Army Staff College, Camberley. He was also awarded a MBA from the Henley Management College. He speaks Nepali, German, French, Indonesian, Malay and some Dutch. Nick retired from IBM in 2018 and lives in Harpenden, Hertfordshire. He is married with 2 grown-up daughters and (so far) one grandchild.

Nick Hinton says: “There are over 800 active British Charities working with the people and government of Nepal and we aim to coordinate our activities and help each other and the people of Nepal as much as we possibly can. We have a very exciting strategy in BRANNGO and I very much look forward to the immense privilege of leading it forward.”

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