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Indonesia should host Special Olympics World Summer Games: Minister

first_imgJuliari said his ministry would provide all athletes the same opportunity to showcase their talents at all levels.Speaking at the same event, Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo, who spoke as a member of Special Olympics Indonesia’s advisory council, recalled how proud he was when he represented the Indonesian government in handing over trophies to winning athletes during last year’s Summer Games.“There was no other way to describe my feelings back then, other than being proud,” he said.He said all the training and sporting events that had been tailored for these athletes gave them the opportunity to express themselves within the realm of sport. Topics : The Summer Games, last organized in Abu Dhabi in 2019, is the ultimate arena for athletes around the world. Indonesia sent 75 athletes with disabilities last year and secured 11 gold medals, six silvers and seven bronzes. The next Summer Games will be organized by Berlin in 2023.Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all athletes must train at their respective houses and follow their coaches’ instructions online.center_img Social Affairs Minister Juliari Batubara has said he supports the idea of launching a bid for Indonesia to host the Special Olympics World Summer Games, arguing that a sign of a developed country could be measured through its experience in hosting major sporting events.“The government will support this idea. We need to go all out in order to make this dream come true,” Juliari, former Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) treasurer, said during the virtual ceremony of Special Olympics Indonesia’s 31th anniversary, held on Sunday.Special Olympics Indonesia, which is affiliated with the Washington-based Special Olympics, is now led by Warsito Ellwein. It aims to promote sport among those with intellectual disabilities so they can live healthier and happier lives.last_img read more

Governor Wolf Honors Dr. Gennaro R. Piraino, Jr. as 2019 Superintendent of the Year

first_img January 17, 2019 Education,  Press Release,  Schools That Teach Latrobe, PA – Governor Tom Wolf joined Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera and educational leaders from across the commonwealth today to recognize Dr. Gennaro R. Piraino, Jr., Superintendent of the Franklin Regional School District, as the 2019 Pennsylvania Superintendent of the Year.“Dr. Piraino is always striving to help children learn and is raising student achievement in the Franklin Regional School District,” said Governor Wolf, during a ceremony at Saint Vincent College in Westmoreland County. “We must prepare our students with the skills and education to get good jobs in emerging industries here in Pennsylvania and that’s what Dr. Piraino is doing. I look forward to working with him, and all superintendents, to ensure every student has an opportunity to thrive in the commonwealth.”Dr. Piraino has been superintendent of the Franklin Regional School District since 2013. During that time, the district has significantly increased in the number of students earning qualifying scores on Advanced Placement exams and emphasized preparing students for college or to start a successful career.Last year Governor Wolf appointed Dr. Piraino to the new Pennsylvania School Safety and Security Committee which is developing recommendations for schools and will help award $60 million in safety grants.The Pennsylvania Superintendent of the Year is selected by the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators. The award inspires educational leadership and promotes pride in public schools. Governor Wolf Honors Dr. Gennaro R. Piraino, Jr. as 2019 Superintendent of the Yearcenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Netherlands sizes up power conversion

first_imgINTRO: Everybody agrees that 25 kV AC is essential on three primary international routes; phased conversion between 2005 and 2017 is the best option for the rest of the trunk network, but who will pay?BYLINE: Robin HemelrijkSenior Project LeaderRailned InnovatieTHE DUTCH national network is 2739route-km of which 1991 km is electrified at 1·5 kV DC. Though small, it is the most intensively used in Europe; while this yields many benefits, there is another side to the coin.There has for years been a shortage of traction power at the catenary, and this became acute when passenger traffic expanded dramatically in the 1980s. At the present time it is necessary for some trains to run at half power simply because the traction power supply (TEV) is not adequate.The maximum current that can be drawn from one section of the catenary over one track is 4kA. Each section is about 4 to 7 km long, and may have up to two trains drawing power at the same time. Although sections are shortened according to traffic density, it is obvious that the current capacity at 1·5 kV is inadequate.In theory, 4kA at 1·5 kV provides 6MW of power, but because there are too many trains attempting to draw current the voltage drops, so the power actually available typically fluctuates between 4 and 5MW. In contrast, power demanded can rise to as much as 9MW. Clearly, the existing TEV has not kept up with the timetable. Sometimes trains cannot depart because the voltage is too low when another heavy train starts at the same time.Studies of a new train control system with in-cab signalling and moving block assume that the interval between trains can be reduced, raising line capacity. This is obviously impossible when the catenary voltage already falls to 1050V because there are not enough substations. Earlier this year the government approved the construction of an additional 60 substations; these are being built simply to maintain the minimum voltage.The existing operators, NS Reizigers (Passengers) and NS Cargo (and maybe other operators under our open access regime), want to run more trains which are heavier and accelerate faster to higher speeds. It is just these characteristics that determine the demand for electrical power. We can only conclude that the power problem will get worse. Strategic studyIn 1995, the government commissioned Railned (panel, p520) to undertake a strategic study to which the power shortage and possible solutions were central.Railned convinced the government that the existing TEV was no longer adequate, and pointed out that one solution was high voltage AC, specifically 25 kV at 50Hz. In collaboration with NS Railinfrabeheer, Railned also studied five possible solutions. An extensive report was presented in March 1996.The alternatives were based on either 1·5 kV or 25 kV, or a mix of both systems. When determining the best strategy, cost was not the only consideration. The selection was based on a wide multi-criteria assessment including cost benefits, strategic aspects, financing options, price/performance ratios and other factors.A great deal of attention was paid to quantifying the benefits of the final choice. Through the new TEV, rail travel would become more attractive as a product and there would be opportunities for an improved timetable, so even better utilisation of the infrastructure would be possible. All of these benefits were calculated on the basis of reductions in journey time.Unsurprisingly, the study confirmed that complete conversion of the network to 25 kV produces the best TEV available. However, universal or even large scale conversion does not appear to be achievable in the short or medium term. Finance constitutes the greatest stumbling block.So Railned’s advice in March 1996 was, for the time being, only to use the 25 kV system where it was most needed. This is on the three primary international routes: the proposed high-speed line from Amsterdam to Brussels and Paris, the upgraded existing line from Amsterdam and Utrecht to Emmerich (right) and Klast_img read more

Church investors to take hardline stance on executive pay, climate change

first_imgUK church investors have tightened their voting policy on key corporate governance issues ahead of the annual general meetings (AGMs) of some of the country’s largest listed companies.The Church Investors Group (CIG) – which represents church organisations with combined investment assets of around £21bn (€24.5bn) – wrote to FTSE 350 companies earlier this month warning that it would take a tougher voting line where it deems reform on major issues to be too slow.The group Church Commissioners for England and the Church of England Pensions Board, which have regularly led shareholder campaigns for reforms at major listed companies, alongside other main investing bodies of the Church of England and the Methodist Church.CIG members using the group’s common voting template will continue to hold directors to account, and refuse to re-elect directors where the company is out of line with best practice. Last year, the CIG template led participating members to withhold support from over 60% of FTSE 350 remuneration reports. The Church Investors Group has joined the Investment Association in scrutinising executive pension paymentsHowever, the group said it continued to have concerns about CEOs receiving pension payments more generous than those made to other staff, and – as last year – would not support remuneration reports where the CEO receives a pension payment of more than 30% of salary.The UK’s asset management trade body, the Investment Association, last month issued a similar pledge to focus on executive pension arrangements.The CIG said it would also vote against remuneration reports of FTSE 350 companies that did not disclose the pay ratio between the CEO and average employees.Overall, the CIG said it expected boards of companies that have experienced a vote of 20% or more against management to show a commitment to shareholder engagement and rectify areas of high concern.Stephen Beer, CIO at the Central Finance Board of the Methodist Church and vice-chair of the CIG, said: “Despite the claims of some companies to be listening, we still see excessive executive pay schemes, many of them supported by investors. Ultimately, a business is shooting itself in the foot if it does not get this right.”Climate change and other issuesThe church investors said they would vote against chairs of companies rated level 0 or 1 by the Transition Pathway Initiative (TPI), a tool used to assess companies’ management of their carbon emissions.The CIG also planned to vote against chairs of energy companies that did not have emissions reduction plans consistent at least with the UK’s national carbon reduction plan, introduced under the Paris Agreement.For the first time, corporate tax transparency featured in the CIG voting template: the investor group pledged to vote against the chairs of FTSE 350 and Russell 50 companies with a score of zero for tax transparency according to FTSE’s ESG ratings.Voting on gender diversity within company boards has also been toughened. The CIG will encourage early adoption of the revised UK Governance Code, which now requires remuneration committees to take into account workforce remuneration and related policies when setting director remuneration.CIG policy allows for votes against a whole remuneration committee where three or more of its principles are breached.Executive paylast_img read more

Biergarten ribbon cutting announced in Batesville

first_imgBatesville, In. — The Biergarten at the historic Sherman, formerly the Sherman House will officially open Friday, September 8. The Biergarten opens at 3 p.m., ribbon cutting at 4:30 p.m. Entertainment provided by Derek Foster from 6 to 9 p.m.“Everyone is invited to attend this event, help us celebrate this important milestone in The Sherman renovations over the past 18 months and stay on for live music, German sausage, pretzel and other food and beverages,” invited Peyton Hughes.The Biergarten is fashioned to resemble Biergartens found in Germany and also to be a place for friends and family including children to spend quality time together.HPH Hospitality LLC has completed extensive renovations during the last two years in order to extend the German Character throughout the building and reestablish the Sherman as a central facility of commerce, travel and social life.There’s more information online and a constantly updated entertainment schedule here  or take a look at their Facebook page here.last_img read more

Cricket News Ben Stokes, World Cup And Ashes Hero, Gets THIS Special Award After End Of England’s International Summer

first_imgNew Delhi: England’s 2019 international summer was glorious in many ways. They finally ended 44 years of pain when they won the ICC Cricket World Cup for the first time in a thrilling final against New Zealand. In the Ashes, they bounced back twice against Australia and they drew the series at home 2-2, the first drawn Ashes series after 47 years. There has been one common factor in England’s wonderful summer of achievements and that was the exploits of Ben Stokes. Following his achievements, the left-hander has been voted as the Players’ Player of the Year at the Professional Cricketers’ Association awards. Speaking after receiving the award, Stokes highlighted the magnitude of the achievement. “It’s hard to put it into words. I am over the moon that players think I am worthy of winning the PCA Players’ Player of the Year through performances this summer. You can take a lot of personal pride when you receive this award because it’s your peers that vote for you. Earning this award is a huge moment. While this is an individual award, it is within a team sport so I am only in this position because of what other guys in our squad have achieved as well. What we have done as a team in 2019 is phenomenal, to win the World Cup and draw the Ashes has been a fantastic summer and something I am proud of personally and as a team,” Stokes said. Also Read | Ben Stokes – The Man Who Defined England’s Historic Summer Of 2019England reached the final of the ICC Cricket World Cup for the fourth time and they squared off against New Zealand. In a pulsating final, Stokes held the key against the country of his birth and he blasted 84. In the final over, he smashed a six off Trent Boult and a freak overthrow resulted in six runs and the match was tied. Heading into the super over, Stokes was once again the key as England hit 15 runs. Also Read | ‘Lowest Form Of Journalism’: Ben Stokes Blasts The Sun Over ‘Secret Family Tragedy’ ReportStokes offered Jofra Archer, the bowler who bowled the super over some advice and although New Zealand tied the super over, England were declared the World Cup winners due to a superior boundary count. In the Ashes, England looked set to lose the Ashes for the first time in 18 years. In the Leeds Test, England looked down and out in their chase of 362 with only one wicket remaining.However, Stokes, along with last man Jack Leach helped England get over the line in one of the most dramatic Test matches. Stokes blasted 135 and shared a partnership of 76 with Jack Leach as England achieved their highest Test run chase and won the match by one wicket to level the series. However, Australia won the fourth Test and retained the Ashes for the first time in 18 years but England squared the match with a win at The Oval Test.Stokes’ exploits in the summer have changed the landscape of England cricket and it has ensured his name remains etched in the glorious annals of World Cup match-winners.  For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Syracuse’s defensive midfield provides offensive firepower in transition game

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 3, 2013 at 1:10 am Contact David: | @DBWilson2 Matt Pratt and Steve Ianzito both came to Syracuse as offensive-minded midfielders. Pratt scored 71 points during his second season in Onondaga Community College’s high-scoring system. Ianzito scored 42 goals during his senior year at Cicero-North Syracuse High School.But when Syracuse needed someone to slide back to a more defensive role, both took the new assignment in stride.“You get recruited to be here to be a midfielder, so you should be able to play both ends of the field,” Ianzito said. “Offense and defense.”Pratt and Ianzito, along with long-stick midfielder Matt Harris, have formed a dynamic defensive midfield line for the Orange this season that has locked down opposing midfielders while also creating offense.Though their focus lies on the defensive end, getting out in transition gives them an opportunity to get back into the scoring column they dominated earlier in their careers.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Our mindset is every time the ball’s on the ground, we’re running to push it and to go,” Pratt said. “It’s cool to score when you don’t get the opportunity as much.”It’s a part of the style SU prides itself on. Syracuse has long had a reputation of getting out and running to fuel its high-powered offense. Few on this year’s team do it better than Pratt and Co.Pratt has scored three goals this season, all in unsettled situations. Ianzito hasn’t found the back of the net himself, but he’s dished out a pair of assists in clearing plays. Even Harris, a long pole, has scored a pair of goals.It’s the scenario in which attack Derek Maltz feels the Orange operates best. Historically, it’s what SU is known for and, with this year’s personnel, it’s often the best bet to score.“Those two, pretty good chemistry coming down the field, always looking for each other,” Maltz said. “They do a great job of getting the ball down the field and our coaches give them freedom because they have the abilities to make plays on the offensive side of the ball.”The offensive side of the position comes naturally to Pratt and Ianzito, but both went through some growing pains while becoming more accustomed to the defensive side. Pratt’s side-to-side speed makes him a natural fit to defend shifty midfielders, but basics, like positioning, were a bit more difficult.Fortunately for him, he had Ianzito, a player who went through a similar transition, to lean on. At the end of last season, Syracuse needed a third short-stick defensive midfielder to slide in with Ianzito and Kevin Drew. After initial indecisiveness, Pratt made the move, leaning on advice from Ianzito and defender Brian Megill to help make the transition smooth.But their familiarity with the offensive side of the ball lets them slide into the flow of the attack seamlessly in unsettled situations.“We think of ourselves as a little bit of playmakers,” Ianzito said. “We have the ability — with me and Matt playing offense in the past — we have the ability to go down and create something on offense from defense.”Ianzito said he expects his unit to score two or three times per game. When it does, it’s tough to beat the Orange. Though the half-field offense is playing as well as it has all season — shooting at a nearly 50-percent clip in the past three games — getting in transition helps maintain that level of efficiency and create more opportunities.Even Megill has gotten up into the offensive end this season, scoring a goal on three shots. He admittedly prefers to play long-stick midfield, as he often does in fall ball, so the offensive zone isn’t entirely unfamiliar territory, but it’s still a testament to the plethora of offensive weapons on the SU roster.Syracuse doesn’t need to lean solely on its attack and offensive midfielders. It can win games with them, but the Orange is at its best with more.“We can come down, we can change, we can spark momentum by doing that,” Ianzito said. “It’s a quick game-changer to take it coast to coast.” Commentslast_img read more

Johnson, Trojans ready for another title run

first_img“Between The Lines” runs every other Wednesday. To comment on this article, visit or email Duke at Junior Steve Johnson has accomplished what very few have been able to do. With strong play  and impeccable will and stamina, he walked away victorious from the NCAA singles championship match in Palo Alto, Calif., just a week after he led the Trojans to the NCAA team title.Johnson’s achievements could not have come at a more appropriate time. Although grand on its own, the dual-championship serves as a sign for better things to come for a university still embroiled in controversy.After a four-year NCAA investigation involving former Heisman Trophy-winner Reggie Bush, the NCAA rejected USC’s appeal to reduce sanctions imposed on the school’s football program.In the wake of the NCAA’s wrath, Johnson and the USC men’s tennis team established a new dynasty.With a reformed athletic administration, fresh faces in the big-ticket sports and a refreshed approach to compliance, USC athletics as a whole will be able to look to the accomplishments of their men’s tennis team for inspiration and guidance.Merely half a week after the ruling was handed down, Johnson walked out of Stanford’s Taube Tennis Stadium as the nation’s champion after a tough three-set match. As one of USC’s most lauded programs took a shot to the chin, another emerged victorious in spectacular fashion.With the darkness of the NCAA’s victimization of Troy came the light of Johnson’s unprecedented victories. Johnson and the USC men’s tennis program’s dominance demonstrates USC’s athletic greatness can be found in venues outside of the gridiron.Johnson’s individual championship caps a historic feat. It was the first time a Trojan has won both the singles championship and the team championship in the same season since 1977, when the NCAA re-tooled the tournament to a dual-match format.His accomplishments speak to the work of a group of dedicated student-athletes and coaching staff.With this in mind, Johnson was accompanied by a team stockpiled with talent that can continue the program’s success into the future.Junior Daniel Nguyen was the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player last season. This year, he scored the team championship clincher for the second year in a row. Nguyen will be returning for his senior season to help lead the charge to a fourth consecutive NCAA title.Sophomore J.T. Sundling and freshman Ray Sarmiento also played pivotal roles in doubles matches throughout the NCAA tournament.With their success up to this point and a few years ahead between them and their departures, the two are primed to follow Nguyen and Johnson’s examples and lead the program in the future.But what about Johnson?With the individual championship in hand alongside three team championships, it seems as though another year roaming the University Park Campus would be an afterthought.After winning the singles championship, Johnson received an automatic bid to test his pro-ready skills in the US Open this August.Luckily for USC fans, this event will not be Johnson’s transitional step to the professional circuit.Deciding to return to USC for his senior season gives him and the Trojans the opportunity to accomplish a feat only two other teams have in NCAA men’s tennis’ 128-year history.If USC brings home another team title in 2012, they will be the third team in NCAA history to win four consecutive national championships.The others were Stanford (1995-1998) and another USC squad, under the guidance of former coach George Toley from 1966 to 1969.All in all, USC fans will be able to cheer for a dynasty-in-the-making in 2012 while also supporting Johnson in his quest to win a second straight individual title.At a time when the football program is down, the men’s tennis program is quietly on the rise.With the Trojans’ 20th national championship ripe for the taking in 2012, with a three-peat reclaiming a dynasty (that was temporarily held by a Pac-10 rival) and a full-fledged superstar leading the charge, Troy’s athletics will continue to shine in the new era.last_img read more

Black: Tommy DeVito should be respected despite losing season

first_imgTommy DeVito is a “sweetheart.” At least his backup quarterback Clayton Welch thinks he is, thanks to his willingness to always put others first.If Welch ever needs anything from DeVito, he knows his road trip roommate has his back. Their relationship started when Welch, who now doesn’t shy away from the spotlight, first got to Syracuse and was one of the more shy players on the team. DeVito noticed and always made a point to go up to Welch to ask him if he wanted to hang out or get something to eat.But those aren’t the reasons why Syracuse fans and college football fans alike need to start respecting the Orange’s signal-caller more. Sure, he’s a great teammate. Sure, he can be a goofy and fun friend off the field. No, DeVito deserves more respect for his play inside the white lines.Ten. That’s how many FBS quarterbacks have thrown for as many touchdowns (19) as DeVito did this season while simultaneously throwing five interceptions or fewer. Despite not being able to start in the season finale, DeVito finished with top-eight marks all-time in Syracuse history in touchdowns, passing yards, completions and completion percentage. By every single measure in the book, DeVito had an all-time great season in terms of SU quarterbacks.But scroll through Twitter or read some articles written about DeVito earlier this season and you won’t find any inclination suggesting so. Instead, you’ll read SU fans ripping their quarterback apart for his play early in the season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“That’s part of the position,” DeVito said. “But you just gotta stay positive throughout it all, stay level-headed, don’t get too high, don’t get too low, just be there and play football.”Eva Suppa | Digital Design EditorDeVito fought through some growing pains during his first few games as Syracuse’s full-time starting quarterback. After the graduation of Eric Dungey, the program’s most productive quarterback of all time, anyone would’ve fallen short of his expectations. Though he made some mistakes, at no point was DeVito’s play detrimental. And he never should’ve been benched.Most fans define seasons by results. Wins. Even against the reigning national champions. And when those wins didn’t come, one player was to blame — DeVito. Not the running game, which significantly underperformed expectations, not the defense, which took multiple steps back from its level of play last season. DeVito.Please Bench Tommy devito a nail could bring him down— Jackz Browns (@Maxi_Brownz) September 15, 2019He stayed positive without responding to the criticism, without putting the blame on others, without getting down on himself. In Syracuse’s last eight games after the Clemson loss on Sept. 14, DeVito threw for 16 touchdowns and one interception. In fact, it’s been over two months since he’s thrown a pick.“Credit or not, he’s gonna be Tommy DeVito,” Welch said. “He’s gonna go out there and go compete and have fun.”Where are the nice tweets about DeVito? A 16-1 touchdown to interception ratio over the span of two months should spur some positive posts and stories, right? Nope. Others credited the running game, the defense or the coaching in Syracuse’s wins over Western Michigan and Holy Cross. DeVito threw eight combined touchdowns in those two games.When DeVito got banged up against the Crusaders, he returned to the field with extra padding around his ribs two weeks later for SU’s next game against NC State. In that game, DeVito threw for 300 yards and a touchdown. DeVito played versus Pittsburgh, too, despite clearly being less than 100%. During Syracuse’s last game of the season against Wake Forest, after a week of practice when DeVito had his foot stepped on by an offensive lineman, he played when Welch was briefly knocked out.“When he was going through a rough time, he took it,” Welch said. “I try to be a bigger brother, but he’s so mature and his head is always on so straight that sometimes it’s like, ‘Why am I telling you this? You already know.’”Eva Suppa | Digital Design EditorThe physical toughness DeVito has shown all season isn’t much different than that of Dungey’s throughout his career. That was what epitomized Dungey, a physical warrior who would do anything for his team. That’s why Orange fans loved him. And yet, didn’t DeVito fight through multiple injuries this year and still returned under center?DeVito is not Dungey, and he never will be. DeVito is a better passer with a more accurate arm, with the talent to make big passes under pressure at any point in a game. He’s not as much of a loose cannon as Dungey was and as evidenced by his play over the last half of this season, is significantly less turnover-prone. His 19 touchdowns this season, which came in only 10 full games, are more than Dungey ever threw in a season.No, Tommy DeVito isn’t Eric Dungey. He may be better. It’s time for fans to realize that and give him a fair chance. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 1, 2019 at 10:01 pmlast_img read more

Ladbrokes Dunoon wins Community Betting Shop award

first_imgShare Related Articles GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 StumbleUpon SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Share Betting shop staff in Dunoon have won national recognition for their fundraising and volunteering work in the local community.The Ladbrokes shop in the town’s Moir Street beat entrants from across Scotland to win the ‘Community Betting Shop of the Year Award’ for 2018.And for shop manager Lucy Richmond, who has worked in the shop since she was 18 and retires this year after 44 years service, the win is especially poignant.She said: “I’ve worked in this shop since I was 18 and obviously I’ve been brought up with a lot of our customers. We know everyone so well and everyone knows us so well.“I know our customers will be delighted for us. I think they’ll say it’s much deserved because of what we do for the community. I’m supposed to be retiring this year and I’m going out with a bang. I’m totally overwhelmed. I just can’t believe it, it’s fabulous.”Caroline Guchine, Market Place Manager for Ladbrokes, has responsibility for the company’s Dunoon and Rothesay shops. She said: “This is an honour for myself and my team who have worked hard for many years doing so many different things for charity and for the community. Our customers are so generous. We go that extra mile for them and that’s what makes this job so special. It’s a great community.”Launched by the Association of British Bookmakers (ABB) Scotland, the trade body for retail betting shops in Scotland, the competition aims to recognise the contribution betting shop staff make in their local communities through volunteering, fundraising and bringing people in the community together.William Hill’s Johnstone shop won second place and Scotbet’s Selkirk branch third place.ABB Scotland spokesman Donald Morrison said: “We launched this competition because we felt it was important to celebrate the amazing work that so many staff do in their local community through fundraising and volunteering. Many of our staff like Lucy have worked in the industry for decades and take a real pride in their work and in their local community.“This community spirit is perfectly illustrated in Dunoon, Johnstone and Selkirk where shop staff have been making a real difference to their communities for years.“We employ around 5,000 people in Scotland, many of them in smaller and remote communities, where the betting shop is one of the few community facilities left standing. These shops not only provide an important stimulus for other retailers, drawing people into the centre, but also provide a meeting place, particularly for older customers who might otherwise be socially isolated. “As an industry, we contribute around £235 million in Scotland through taxes, rent, rates and salary costs but it’s impossible to put a value on the difference it makes to some people just to have a friendly, familiar face to chat to.”Judges awarded the prize to Ladbrokes Dunoon for their impressive fundraising efforts in support of local charities, sports groups and health facilities. Over the past two decades, shop staff have raised in excess of £50,000 through race nights, coffee mornings, sponsored walks and raffles. In the past 12 months alone, the team have raised around £5000 for good causes.Darren Wales, Regional Operations Manager for Ladbrokes in Scotland, added: “This is a true example of our betting shops being at the heart of their local areas, engaging in community spirit and helping good causes.  We are delighted that our colleagues’ dedication is being rewarded and we would like to say a huge congratulations to them, for really going the extra mile.”Phil Prentice, Chief Officer of Scotland’s Towns Partnership (STP) and one of the competition judges, said: “Betting shops are an important part of the fabric of our high streets, supporting local jobs, the retail sector and the public purse, but they also serve as important community hubs, a place where local people can meet, bet and socialise in a safe, friendly environment. “All of the finalists underline the importance of betting shops to the communities they serve and I believe we should do more to preserve these shops, before another vital community asset is lost from our town centres.” FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 Submitlast_img read more