Middlebury, VT — Co-operative Insurance Companies has named Gina Larrow its Vice President of Human Resources and Fletcher Brush its Vice President of Education and Community Relations.Appointments to the two new posts were made at the annual meeting of Co-op’s boards of directors in April.”We are excited about these changes in Fletcher and Gina’s roles,” said Jim Sullivan, the company’s president and CEO. “Each of them is now in a better position to work on important strategic initiatives, which in turn puts Co-op in a better position to face the challenges of today’s soft market and tomorrow’s competitive landscape.”Larrow is a new company officer, having held the position of human resources manager at Co-op since 2000. She is a former member of the Middlebury UD#3 school board, sits on the board of directors of the United Way of Addison County, and is active in the Middlebury Union High School junior varsity softball program. A graduate of Champlain College, she holds the Professional in Human Relations designation.Brush has been with Co-op since 1980 and has held positions ranging from claims adjuster to customer relations manager to VP of agency services. Among his many other roles, he is a director of the National Bank of Middlebury and a former president of the Addison County Chamber of Commerce, the Middlebury Rotary Club and Middlebury Community House. For years, he was also involved with MUHS varsity hockey, Middlebury Junior Golf, and the Memorial Sports Center. In 2007, he received the Middlebury College Citizens’ Medal for outstanding contributions to the community.Co-operative Insurance Companies has been meeting property and casualty insurance needs since 1915, offering farm, home, auto, business, and other insurance to people in Vermont and New Hampshire. It is owned by its members and committed to protecting them with fast and fair claims service, loss prevention expertise, and local operations. The company has headquarters in Middlebury, Vermont, with regional claims offices and more than 50 agencies across Vermont and New Hampshire.
Putting Words Into Action Putting Words Into Action Symposium explores recruiting and retaining a diverse work force Melinda Melendez Assistant Editor They’ve talked the talk, now it’s time to walk the walk. That was the consensus of those who participated in the Bar’s Second Annual Diversity Symposium, which discussed the challenges of recruiting and retaining a diverse work force.Speakers, Bar leaders, and concerned members spent an intense nine-hour session April 22 at Stetson University College of Law discussing obstacles and strategizing how to successfully overcome those obstacles when attempting to secure a diverse work force. The symposium featured panelists who have expressed a commitment to diversity, individuals who have faced employment challenges, and representatives of organizations that have responded to client demands for diversity.Bar President Kelly Overstreet Johnson opened the symposium by discussing the progress that had been made since the first diversity symposium one year ago. One of the major recommendations from a report generated from that earlier symposium was the formation of the Member Outreach Committee.“This committee was formed specifically as a result of the recommendations from last year,” said Johnson. “Its purpose is to increase the participation of all Florida Bar members in activities, sections of the Bar, as well as the voluntary bars.”The Member Outreach Committee, chaired this year by President-elect Alan Bookman, is charged with the duty of making recomendations to the Board of Governors for implementing the report’s finding.The committee conducted a survey of Bar members to obtain statistics about the make-up of membership, started an online calendar of events so that minority bars may post events so that other organizations could avoid scheduling conflicting events, and encourage participation in the Bar’s sections and committees.Johnson said, “The committee appointments that Alan Bookman is in the process of making went up from 600 last year to 1,500 this year. That’s a huge increase, and we are very excited about that. We obviously don’t have 900 more slots to fill, but it’s nice that we’re getting some participation, and there are a lot of folks that have applied who would have never thought to be involved before.”The committee also is working with the Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism’s Diversity Subcommittee to produce a one-hour CLE program and documentary on the strength of diversity within the legal community. The committee has also concentrated on making appropriate accommodations for people with disabilities so that Bar functions are readily accessible to everyone.“We are also working to make sure that our meeting facilities for Bar functions are ADA compliant and that all reasonable accommodations are provided,” Johnson saidWhile last year’s symposium triggered many ideas and new initiatives, this year’s symposium concentrated on tackling the issues involved while trying to maintain a diverse work force. Leaders from firms, corporations, government agencies, The Florida Bar, and voluntary bar associations delved into the issue head-on.The consensus among firm-wide leadership was that the diversity of a firm is not only morally appealing, but an integral part in securing a strong bottom line.“The case for diversity is both a moral case and a business case, and I think the moral case is clear,” said Cesar Alvarez of Greenberg Traurig. “But the business case is also a very important case, and is pretty simple. We’re getting very global and very diverse in our country. Ultimately, in order to compete, you really need to bring the best that you can bring together. People from diverse areas bring different viewpoints and different ways of solving problems.”While each of the panelists agreed that diversity is an important way to meet the needs of the client, retaining a diverse work force can be a major challenge.“Surprisingly, recruiting African Americans is getting easier and easier,” said former U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Joe Hatchett, now with Akerman Senterfitt. “It’s very difficult, for some reason, to retain those lawyers.”Members of the panel addressed the issue by suggesting diversity training for firms, mentoring programs, and increasing the number of diverse attorneys in leadership positions.Rhea Law of Fowler White said of new associates who did not stay at the firm:“They didn’t see themselves being successful here because they didn’t see themselves reflected in the leadership of our firm. Instead of looking so much at our summer program, we have really been focusing on laterals of diverse backgrounds that are ensconced in the community already.”Alvarez agreed mentoring is important and encouraging diversity in the educational system at every level is a necessary step in increasing the pool of qualified new hires.Throughout the day panalists stressed the importance of diversity from a business standpoint. Many corporate clients are embracing diversity as a requisite when hiring firms. Dorian Denberg of BellSouth said Bar-sponsored programs that match minority lawyers with recruiting corporations are an “invaluable” tool, and also suggested that the Bar reach out to retirees for mentoring programs.Others said the meaning of diversity may vary from firm to firm, and in the process of defining diversity, many have found that their concept of diversity is too exclusive.“There are a lot of groups and representatives that we weren’t thinking about at all,” said Ava K. Doppelt, of Allen, Dyer, Doppelt, Milbrath & Gilchrist. Disabilities Persons with disabilities appear to be one of those often overlooked groups. Sharon Langer, who is co-coordinator of a diversity initiative called the Disability Independence Group: Expanding Career Opportunities in the Legal System (DIG), said one in five Americans have disabilities.“People with disabilities are the nation’s largest minority, and I don’t think that we notice,” Langer said. “You may not be a person with disabilities now, but 20 percent of you will be at some time in your life, and we’re just not looking at the barriers.”Langer suggested firms are not including persons with disabilities in their definitions of diversity, and that lack of awareness has made it very difficult for many qualified attorneys to find employment.“There is $175 billion of discretionary income to be spent by persons with disabilities, and very few law firms are friendly to the consumers of law services who are persons with disabilities,” Langer said. “Very few firms really look at ‘Are my doors accessible?’ ‘Can I speak to a person who is hearing impaired?’ If you had a lawyer with disabilities on your staff, you would know the barriers in your office.”Langer and Matthew Dietz serve as co-coordinators of DIG, which is funded by The Florida Bar Foundation. The aim of the project is to identify the barriers that persons with disabilities experience in the practice of law and in the participation of Bar activities. Sexual Orientation Sexual orientation is another often overlooked trait when considering diversity, according to Larry Smith of Cabaniss, Smith, Toole, Wiggins. He said last year’s symposium included a recomendation that a survey should be conducted and include all categories of diversity identified at the symposium. But as of October, there were no questions on the survey that explored sexual orientation, but should be, he said. Smith said other studies conducted by various bars throughout the U.S. cited 3 to 7 percent of their attorneys had voluntarily identified themselves as homosexual. On the Radar Screen The symposium closed with a roundtable discussion titled, “Where Do We Go From Here?” featuring President Johnson, President-elect Bookman, and President-elect Designate Henry Coxe,. “My goal is to get diversity on everyone’s radar screen,” said Bookman, who will become president in June.Coxe admitted that while strides have been made, there is still a long way to go.“I’ve heard the term used today ‘preaching to the choir,’” Coxe said. “The more I heard during the day, the less and less I felt like I was part of the choir. Eight years ago I had a meeting of about 10 lawyers, one was in a wheelchair. It never occurred to me, we have no wheelchair access for that building. After the embarrassment of offering to carry him in, which was embarrassing to him as well, I haven’t done anything about it since. So how do you reach the people who aren’t here? It’s a long process, but I do believe that we have the commitment.”The discussion focused on bringing more diverse people into Bar leadership positions within the sections and committees, and also the voluntary bars. The group also stressed leaders in minority groups have to take the initiative to make their voices heard.“It’s important that we, the minorities, that have been excluded from our profession, rise [above] those barriers that have been imposed upon us, whatever those may be,” said Ramón Abadin of Abadin, Jaramillo, Cook & Hefferman, chair of this year’s symposium.Johnson summed it up: “We should all embrace diversity in its broadest sense and recognize its true value to the Bar and the world at large. It is in our differences that we have strength because each person’s point of view is unique. Nonetheless, these words mean nothing if there are no accompanying actions to accomplish the goals. We must foster an environment that includes rather than excludes lawyers in our Bar, and I ask for your help in accomplishing this mission.”There’s more work to be done May 15, 2005 Assistant Editor Regular News While there has been significant progress and increased opportunities for minorities, they continue to be significantly under-represented in all levels of the legal profession — and that is still a concern, according to Judge Charles R. Wilson of the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.Wilson and Florida Chief Justice Barbara Pariente were featured speakers at the 2005 Annual Diversity Symposium in Tampa. While each presented a unique perspective with wit and wisdom, their experiences revealed a singular portrait of a judicial system struggling to maintain fairness and equity for all.Wilson and Pariente both attended law school during a time when women and blacks were scarcely found in the legal lecture halls. While the face of law schools has changed dramatically over the past 30 years, Wilson expressed concern over the small percentages of minority membership in the Bar.“Although there has been significant progress and increased opportunities for minorities according to studies conducted by the ABA and The Florida Bar, minorities continue to be significantly under-represented in all levels of the legal profession as compared with the general population,” Wilson said.There are now more than 1,400 African American members of the Bar; however, this constitutes only 2 percent of the Bar’s total 76,000 members, he said.Wilson was careful to point out that although there is much work to be done, great strides have been made over the past few decades. The numbers for women since 1987, for example, speak volumes:• 170 percent more women federal judges.• 180 percent more women judges in Florida’s courts.• 75 percent more women partners.“Even though the numbers are increasing,” said Wilson, “the challenges remain to maintain these diversity levels. The ABA’s Commission on Women in the Profession recognizes that balancing work with family is a major concern of women lawyers. The reality, according to the ABA commission, is that women bear the greater burden in balancing career and family than men.”Pariente recalls being a young attorney faced with a balancing act.“I was pregnant two years into the firm, and I felt that I had to be back in three weeks, which I was,” said Pariente, who stressed the necessity for a shift in the change of firm culture.Pariente and Wilson highly praised part-time programs, alternative work schedules, and on-site daycare programs that make the balancing act a little easier for working moms.During her service as chief justice, Pariente re-established the Supreme Court Standing Committee on Fairness and Diversity.“I said when I became chief justice I was committed to diversity. It was very important to me in putting together this committee that it include white males. I think otherwise we just keep on talking to each other,” she said.The first charge of the committee’s administrative order is to design a program to promote and explore the diversity of judicial staff attorneys and judicial law clerks in the Florida state court system.“We have no problem recruiting and retaining women law clerks, but our percentages of African Americans and Hispanics are mournfully inadequate,” Pariente said.Pariente was also quick to point out an issue no other speaker touched upon: disparity in pay among groups.“We need to every so often take the temperature of the court system and of The Florida Bar because it’s sometimes shocking that things haven’t changed all that much in the differential of earnings at partner level, entry level, or women vs. men, blacks vs. whites,” said Pariente.While each discussed diversity from a different perspective, both commended the efforts of firms, the Bar, state agencies, and law schools for their efforts in promoting diversity, but were careful to stress that the profession has a long way to go.“We’re a country that was founded on the principles that all people are created equal, even though we weren’t all equal when the country was founded, and we are a system that strives for equal justice under law. But if we subscribe to these beliefs and principles as part of the enduring value of this country or democracy, then our work with fairness and diversity could not be more important in seeing to it that all our citizens are treated with equal dignity and fairness in our community, in our law firms, and in our justice system,” said Pariente.
Governor Wolf Announces Lulus’ Expansion into Pennsylvania, Creating Hundreds of Jobs in the Lehigh Valley SHARE Email Facebook Twitter April 17, 2019 Jobs That Pay, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced that Lulus, a digitally-native apparel brand for women, will expand into Pennsylvania. The project is expected to create more than 450 jobs at the selected Northampton County project site.“The Lehigh Valley has become one of the fastest-growing e-commerce hubs within the United States,” said Governor Wolf. “The addition of Lulus is more evidence that Pennsylvania has the location, workforce, and business climate that companies are looking for. We are thrilled to welcome Lulus to the commonwealth and looking forward to even more exciting development in the years to come.”After evaluating several states as potential sites for expansion, Lulu’s ultimately selected a site in Palmer Township, Northampton County due to the strength of the workforce in the Lehigh Valley and across Pennsylvania. The site will serve as a new, 250,000-square-foot east coast warehouse and distribution facility. Lulu’s has pledged to invest at least $6 million into the project, which is expected to create 464 jobs over the next three years.“At Lulus we are committed to delivering an unparalleled customer experience, and in today’s world that means getting our clothing and accessories out to our customers as soon as possible,” said Colleen Winter, co-founder and CEO of Lulus. “By opening our new facility in Palmer Township, we will now be able to vastly improve our shipping windows to ensure that we are always there to dress the Lulus woman, from day to night, to everything in-between.”Lulus received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development for $464,000 in job creation tax credits to be distributed upon the creation of new jobs. The proposal also included a $208,800 workforce development grant to help the company train its existing workers. The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania.Founded in 1996, Lulus is a rapidly-growing lifestyle fashion brand for women that offers curated, quality products and a personalized online shopping experience. The company features a unique product assortment from the Lulus label and a curated selection of on-trend designers and brands.For more information about the Governor’s Action Team or DCED, visit dced.pa.gov, and be sure to stay up-to-date with all of our agency news on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
Natalie Fichera with Kimba the dog. PICTURE: ANNA ROGERSA SOUTHSIDE shopping haven is also a popular suburb of choice for first homeowners like Cairns schoolteacher Natalie Fichera.Last year the 24-year-old picked up a quaint three-bedroom Queenslander on Benjamina St, Mt Sheridan, which, almost 12 months later, has proved to be the perfect buy.“I had previously been in Forest Gardens and then moved out to Redlynch, which I just felt was a bit too far away,” she said. Everyone here is very friendly and the community seems quite tight-knit.”“Every day I walk my dog. I feel safe here and I’m really close to the city and my work. I think I will be here for a long time.”The Cairns State High School employee said she would “highly recommend” Mt Sheridan to other budding first homeowners looking to enter the property market in a pleasant, affordable southside suburb.According to CoreLogic, the average selling price of Mt Sheridan houses was $365,000 as of February this year, representing a five-year growth of more than 10 per cent.More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms3 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns3 days agoTop-of-the-range homes at Mt Sheridan can fetch in excess of $700,000. But it is also not uncommon for attractive homes, albeit on small blocks, to be picked up for under $400,000.Real estate agent Therese Plath, of Ray White Cairns South, said the suburb’s “choice” was one of its hallmarks.“It attracts single people who don’t want to maintain a big block, but also want a yard for their pet cats or dogs,” Plath said. “But the majority of people at Mt Sheridan are families with children, and even retirees.”“It’s a beautiful area, there are many nice gardens and walkways, and shops and schools are at the residents’ fingertips,” she adds.She said the development of the popular Forest Gardens housing estate, now in its final stages, had made a “huge impact” on the Southside suburb.According to Cairns Regional Council, Mt Sheridan was named after public servant Brinsley Guise Sheridan.
44 Views no discussions Share Tweet Share FaithLifestyle Trust among us; trust in God by: – May 23, 2011 Sharing is caring! Share By: Father Henry Charles Ph. dTrust is a quality felt to be in short supply today. The more the public learns of financial institutions, politicians, doctors, clergy, and others who directly affect their lives, the less willing they feel inclined to trust them.But breaches of trust have existed since the Garden of Eden. There’s nothing new about it. Previous ages were also never as uncritically trusting as they are often thought to be. Everyone didn’t’t believe everything that they read in the papers. They didn’t’t give the government or other institutions a blank check.If however, more trust is needed today, it is not something to be blindly bestowed. By definition, trust lacks complete guarantee. It is something therefore that we should give with care.Where guarantees are complete, trust is redundant. We don’t trust that two and two make four, or that the sun will set this evening. On the other hand, we trust that WASA has potable water in the taps. We trust that the police are there to protect us. We trust, in other words, prudentially. We give, take back, amend, or reserve our trust, depending on the performance of those we place our trust in.Trust in institutions depends on the availability of information about them, their policies and practices. The irony is that if breakdown exists here, or if we live amid general institutional untrustworthiness, we have never had access to more information or in more exponential volume. You can’t walk into a Warden’s Office without a poster there telling you that you can “make government work for you” by utilizing the Freedom of Information Act. Financial houses also publish detailed audited accounts in the papers. Everyone everywhere promises greater transparency.Transparency in fact is possible today on a much larger scale than before, but it’s interesting to note that all situations of trust do not require it. Family life, for instance, is often based on a degree of reciprocal trust. But family members do not always burden one another with full disclosure of their personal dealings, let alone any detailed account of their private lives. They do not disclose family information to all and sundry either. Much the same goes with friends, colleagues, and neighbors. Full and whole-hearted trust can exist in all these relations without any need or wish for me to know everything about the people in them, or have them know everything about me.Lack of transparency clearly need not be inimical to trust. The enemy in fact may not be secrecy but deception. I noted earlier the exponential rise in available information about nearly everything. This is by no means an unmixed blessing. It is clear that the many technologies that make information easily and efficiently available can be just as adept in spreading misinformation or disinformation. Availability alone is not enough. We need to know something of the persons or agents behind the information soliciting our trust, but how much knowledge of this kind can one realistically get?There is no perfect foundation of trust. Whatever measures we imagine, or actually put in place to ensure that there is trust in official places has in the end to be backed by – trust. “Who will guard the guards” is an old question (or complaint) for which there is no complete resolution. No guarantee is possible, which means at some point, no matter how critical or circumspect we are, we have to trust.It means, of course, that I must start with me. I have to be trustworthy, and not assume that a lack of trust in society absolves me from its high demands. Jesus says to us today that we should trust in him and trust in God. Our guarantee there is total. The reason is that God can always be counted on to be reliable and true. It is no accident that the Biblical metaphors for God’s trustworthiness are all solid: God is a rock, a shield, a fortress. “A mighty fortress is our God,” Martin Luther wrote triumphantly. The expression sums up the matter perfectly.
Pete Rose is at it again.Two years after publishing his tell-all autobiography with the unsuccessful intention of being reinstated to Major League Baseball, Rose is aiming for another sympathy vote by signing baseballs with an apology: “I’m sorry I bet on baseball.”Even if it’s too little, too late, Rose needs to cut the crap.Rose’s recent actions in a dire attempt to make the Hall of Fame don’t depict the type of player he was.Rose was arguably the greatest hitter of all time, setting the major league records for most career hits at an astounding total of 4,256 and, thus, earning him the title of “The Hit King.” He was also one of the hardest working players, as he also owns the major league record for most games played (3,562), earning him another sweet handle, “Charlie Hustle.”I would say he left it all on the field, but that’s the one thing he didn’t do.Throughout the ’90s, Rose insistently denied betting on baseball, and he really didn’t seem the like the guy to do such a thing, even despite the heavy evidence against him.But once it became apparent his reinstatement efforts were going nowhere, he decided to go with the alternative route — coming clean. Rose confessed to betting on baseball in his autobiography, “My Prison Without Bars,” but he made sure to clarify one thing — he only bet on the Cincinnati Reds, his team, and never against them.Well then that seemed reasonable, too — Rose loved his team so much, he bet insane amounts because he was so confident in them. Even though it’s still a crime, it’s not nearly as bad as throwing games because he bet against his own team — that would be the biggest crime in all of sports, a la “The Longest Yard.”Since Rose may not seem like the kind of guy to bet on his team as a player, then one must take a look at Rose the person.How Rose, the money-hungry gambling person, ruined his legend as a player is a sad thing, really. In just a matter of years, he went from one of my favorite players whom I hadn’t seen enough of to a sports persona I may actually dislike more than Barry Bonds or the Chicago Cubs franchise as a whole … wait, not quite that much.It’s obvious all Rose cares about is money. His book and signed baseballs with a lame line are both publicity stunts simply to rake in the dough, although he says didn’t know the “I’m sorry” balls were being sold for profit. Furthermore, Rose currently calls Las Vegas home — what better way to get rid of that gambling problem.It’s quite ironic how Rose is still making money off of baseball, even with MLB’s lifetime ban against him. I’m sure not even Rose would have bet he’d still be able to cash in on his mistakes to this date.The only reason Rose so desperately wants to make the Hall of Fame is for the financial perks that come with being enshrined in Cooperstown, but the funny thing is Rose is more known for not being in the Hall than he would ever be for actually being in it.Either way, Rose’s chances at making the Hall of Fame are slim to none. It won’t matter what the next sympathy move he makes is — maybe selling T-shirts, blimps or (sorry for the cheap pun) roses to say he’s sorry like a depressed ex-boyfriend — the fact of the matter remains: he bet on baseball and, even worse for his hopeless ambitions, he admitted it.With that said, I’m taking over on the date Rose is inducted, because it isn’t going to happen.Michael is an upset ex-Pete Rose fan in shame of all his recent actions. For questions or comments, he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Benjamin Dunn | Daily TrojanEyes on the prize · Despite ranking eighth in the nation in passer rating, redshirt freshman quarterback Sam Darnold has three fumbles.Coming off of a 21-17 victory over Colorado, the Trojans began gearing up for another conference battle. On Saturday, USC will travel to Tucson where they will face the Wildcats in their only road game during the month of October.Scouting ArizonaDue to injuries at the quarterback position, the Wildcats haven’t announced who their starter will be, but Helton sees enough similarity in them to prepare for each of them in the same way defensively.“I’ve been very impressed with them offensively, especially at quarterback. I know they’ve had injuries,” head coach Clay Helton said. “One thing they do, is they are all extremely good at running the football.”To prepare for the Wildcat defense, Helton said there would be a lot of film study for redshirt freshman quarterback Sam Darnold to do. Arizona disguises their defensive schemes and is very aggressive, something which Helton and his staff are preparing for.Ball SecurityRedshirt freshman quarterback Sam Darnold has provided a spark to the offense, but has had three fumbles in three starts, including two on Saturday. Darnold said he is aware of the problem and has made it a priority.“To be honest, in the game, I don’t think about it, which is something that has to change,” Darnold said. “I’m not mindful enough of the ball. That needs to change and it will.”The offense is averaging 635.33 yards per game since Darnold took control of the offense and he ranks eighth in the nation in passer rating.“No one can stop us so far if we don’t turn it over,” Darnold said. “We’re only killing ourselves. We’re going to go as far as we want ourselves to go.”Injury ReportThe Trojans have been banged up and continue to be. The greatest loss is senior running back Justin Davis who suffered a high ankle sprain on Saturday and is listed as likely to be out for this weekend. In Davis’ absence Helton said he expects to see a lot more from sophomore running back Ronald Jones II.“He’s getting there,” Helton said. “Between the tackles, I’m hoping the reps in real, live-game action will help him. I truly think the kid is ready for a breakout game.”Additionally, senior right tackle Zach Banner is still questionable, though he did practice Tuesday.“It’s just hurt not being out there,” Banner said. “We’re a tough team. I think we’ve gotten better every single week, and I couldn’t be any prouder of my guys.”Redshirt senior defensive end Jabari Ruffin has been cleared from concussion protocol. Redshirt senior tight end Taylor McNamara is struggling with back and quad injuries. Junior defensive back Jonathan Lockett practiced despite still dealing with shoulder injury, and senior linebacker Michael Hutchings was limited in practice by his shoulder injury.
Jason Ader – No Boogeyman… Activism will play a vital part in reshaping gambling August 20, 2020 GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile August 25, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles Share Submit Share Issuing a corporate statement, the governance of FTSE100 gambling group GVC Holdings has this morning called for an end to all ‘UK sports-betting broadcast advertising, at any time of the day’.In its statement, GVC declares that it believes that the inbound ‘TV whistle-to-whistle’ advertising ban, set to be implemented from 1 July will not serve the industry for its heightened responsibility agenda.Updating the market, GVC’s CEO Kenneth Alexander said: “Whilst the vast majority of our customers enjoy our products responsibly, it is high time that the industry did more to protect its customers from potential harm. As the UK’s largest gambling company, and owner of Ladbrokes and Coral, we at GVC are doing exactly that. I call on our industry peers to help us bring about an end to broadcast advertising which promotes sports-betting in the UK no matter the time of day.”In addition to its call for a ‘complete broadcast ban’ on UK gambling advertising, GVC proposes four new directives supporting its ‘Changing for the Bettor’ corporate mandate.1. Shirt sponsorship and perimeter advert ban – GVC has committed to unilaterally ending all football shirt sponsorship deals with UK teams and will further end perimeter board advertising at football grounds. The Company calls on its industry peers and UK football governing bodies to support this move and take action in this area.2. Increased investment in RET – GVC commits to doubling its spend on RET (Research, Education and Treatment) from 0.2% of UK gross gambling revenue in 2019 to raising its contribution to 1% by 2022 – ‘ten times the current minimum requirement’.3. Treatment centres – GVC is establishing a new independent trust with the aim of making charitable contributions to fund treatment of problem gambling. The Leon House centre in Manchester has been identified as the first preferred recipient.4. Safer gambling software – To help those customers that are struggling with their gambling, we will offer the GamBan software, free to any individual who is showing signs of problematic play.“Increasing investment in research, education and treatment ten-fold by 2022, funding treatment centres and using technology to intervene before a problem develops, alongside our existing behavioural analytics, brings to life our commitment to be the most trusted and enjoyable betting operator in the world,” Alexander continued.“The industry should and can do more to protect the vulnerable, and today’s announcement demonstrates GVC’s commitment to delivering on that.”
Businessman Kennedy Agyepong honoured his pre-match promise and paid Kotoko players 9,000 Ghana cedis (US$ 4,500) for defeating Heart 1-0 on Sunday.The former Kotoko board member, who is chairman of the Kenpong Group of Companies, failed to disclose the amount but pledge to duly reward them.Siedu Bancey scored a cracker after 30 minutes to give the Porcupine Warriors the precious win.Agyepong, popularly known as Cappuccino, has charged the team to maintain their winning form this season.He believes the return of acting CEO Opoku Nti, a club legend, in an administrative capacity could be a good omen for the record title-winning champions.“In 1983, it was Opoku Nti whose magical touch earned Kotoko victory in the African Cup final and coincidentally he is the man running the affairs now, so I hope that with the support of all Kotoko faithful, he would lead the club to continental glory which is long overdue.
Although the ‘major’ home titles eluded him, Max Orrin (North Foreland, Kent) has won the Titleist/FootJoy England Golf Boys’ Order of Merit for 2012. The 18 year old from Birchington in Kent totalled 595.65, just under 50 more that England under 18 champion Patrick Kelly (Boston West, Lincolnshire), and more than 100 ahead of third placed British Boys champion Matthew Fitzpatrick (Hallamshire, Yorkshire). Although Orrin (Image Copyright Tom Ward) won the Thunderbird International Junior Tournament in America and the Kent Championship, most of his points were gathered from runners-up spots in the McEvoy Trophy, the South East Boys Qualifying and the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters, while he also reached the last 16 of the British Boys, underlining his consistency. “It is a massive honour to win the Boys Order of Merit and I thank Titleist and FootJoy for their support,” he said. “This is a gauge to where you are against the other players because there are so many good players around. “I’ve had a good season and really enjoyed it. I’m a lot more of a solid player than in previous years, I’ve worked hard on my game, got rid of a few weaknesses and it’s paid off. “I’ll do a lot more work over the winter and I’m looking forward to next season with confidence.” Kelly’s victory in the Carris Trophy, an event also supported by Titleist, brought him the bulk of his points while he also won the Fairhaven Trophy and was seventh in the McEvoy. Fitzpatrick’s victory in the British Boys at Hollinwell hauled him up the order, while he was also runner-up in the Berkshire Trophy and equal third in the Carris Trophy. 12 Nov 2012 Consistent Orrin tops 2012 Boys Order of Merit