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Pupils across Renfrewshire shine a light on respect awareness campaign

Pupils in Renfrewshire are learning what respect means to them and their peers as primary and secondary schools joined in a national awareness campaign – “All Different, All Equal”.

Children and young people took part in a wide variety of activities focusing on respecting individual identity and that people can be different but also equal.

From lip syncing challenges at Johnstone High School to Happy Heroes at Kirklandnuek Primary School in Renfrew; all ages got involved in the week.

Open talks about respect and the use of banter took place at St Benedict’s High School, Linwood, while Houston Primary School pupils used respectme resources to talk about what respect means to people of different backgrounds.

The I Am Me Scotland Cine Bus dropped into St Anne’s Primary School, Erskine, with children from all year groups and the nursery getting on board, and pupils at Todholm Primary School, Paisley, got creative by making collaborative poems on what respect means to groups of pupils.

The award-winning MVP youth group at Paisley Grammar School led assemblies with S1-S3 year groups, talking about the importance of healthy relationships, while Trinity High School pupils in Renfrew explored respect with people of other faiths as part of Scottish Interfaith Week.

Gallowhill, Auchenlodment in Johnstone and Howwood primary schools encouraged pupils to discuss being a good friend, using social media safely, and consulting on respect in their school.

“The staff and pupils across the school have welcomed the opportunity, this week, to join in the national conversation on what respect means to them,” said Karen Parker, PT Pastoral Support at Trinity High School.

She added: “Achieving a culture at the heart of our school community that encourages respect, values opinions, celebrates difference and promotes positive relationships involves everyone playing their part. Giving everyone the chance to have their voice heard on this topic throughout this week has been a hugely positive experience for all.”

Lynne Hollywood, Headteacher at Johnstone High School, said: “This is a nationally important campaign that has had a great impact on schools across Renfrewshire. We are all doing a lot of work on positive peer relationships and school values such as respect and friendship.  The ‘all different, all equal’ campaign has allowed us to explore these issues in lessons and through fun events across the week.”

“Auchenlodment pupils have been focussing on Respect as a school value and what this means in how they live their lives,” said Gerry Carlton, Headteacher. He added: “They have participated in various activities and events throughout the week which encourages friendship, kindness and having a positive mindset.

“The pupils, parents and staff have worked together to create their new Respect Me policy which has a clear focus on prevention and support. The week has been a huge success with all members of the school community coming together to promote Respect.

“We are looking forward to seeing the impact that the week has had on the school and in the wider community of Johnstone Castle and beyond.”

Karen Logue, Headteacher at Kirklandneuk Primary School, is very proud of the confidence the Happy Heroes show in leading classes. She said: “Sharing is an important message about treating everyone with respect and supporting classmates.  We couldn’t do it better ourselves.”

Schools also took part in a national social media campaign and posted their activities on Twitter and Facebook using #respectmeans and #allequalalldifferent.

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BACK BAKER STREET PAISLEY AND PAISLEY TO WIN

Paisley Community Trust are delighted to announce Baker Street Paisley has been announced on the shortlist of Scotland’s Towns: FutureTown design competition.

Organised by Scotland’s Towns Partnership (STP), the national agency and ‘go to’ body for towns north of the border, shortlisted entries will go on public display at Paisley Town Hall on November 21st as part of the annual Scotland’s Towns conference.

 

Members of the public will be able to vote for Baker Street Paisley TO WIN via an online public vote held during Scotland’s Towns Week, 20 – 26 November 2017. And we’re now asking for your support, for the whole COMMUNITY to back PCT to WIN and back Paisley to WIN. (Look out for more news on how to vote over the next few days.)

 

Phil Prentice, chief officer at Scotland’s Towns Partnership said: “I’d like to congratulate all shortlisted entries for the initiative and forward-thinking demonstrated regarding the future of their towns. “While Scotland’s towns continue to be impacted by economic, social and technological changes, the applications to this competition show how collaboration and innovation can help communities to take advantage of opportunities and make the most of everything our diverse towns have to offer”. “I wish each applicant the very best in the competition and in making their town vision a reality.”

 

Paisley Community Trust recently revealed their plans and vision for a new cultural and creative quarter in Paisley on the site to the rear of the old Arnott’s department store.

 

An unkempt wasteland currently greets 7 million passenger journeys passing through the town by rail. The potential to transform this site and in doing so the perception of the town is obvious and desperately needed. Plans feature an amazing Performing Arts/ Film Theatre and Performance Academy designed by award winning Architects Stallan-Brand.

 

In 1978, Paisley born singer-song writer Gerry Rafferty launched his greatest hit to date; ‘BAKER STREET’. No other name provides the connection to Paisley’s rich performing arts heritage and acts as a location name for the proposed development.


Baker Street Paisley is a COMMUNITY led proposal with potential to be a catalyst for the regeneration of Paisley Town Centre, improve social cohesion and create a sense of place for all to enjoy. It can become more than just a new building for Paisley and will become a transformational place and destination for the arts, culture, entertainment and education.

 

“We’re really pleased to be shortlisted and intend to go all out to WIN. This competition is a fantastic opportunity to set Paisley off on WINNING ways, to continue the feel-good factor and for Paisley to get into the WINNING habit.

“Let’s turn our community project into an unstoppable juggernaut towards the finishing line for Paisley to WIN the UK City of Culture Title in 2021. Let’s get everyone supporting Paisley Community Trust and Baker Street Paisley, let’s get everyone voting for Paisley to WIN. That’s what this is all about – making Paisley feel good and become a better place. It’s a great habit to form”

Gary Kerr, Chairman, Paisley Community Trust

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Fashion first for intu Braehead mall

TWO new fashion chains open their first stores in the west of Scotland, at intu Braehead, today. (Friday, November 17)


Both the Simply Be and Jacamo brands have created 20 jobs in their joint stores, based in a retail unit in the upper mall, across from Marks and Spencer.


The Simply Be store caters for women’s fashions in sizes 12 to 32 and Jacamo is popular with men, as they stock the latest ranges of clothing from small size to 5XL.

Regional centre director, with responsibility for intu Braehead, Peter Beagley said:
“This is yet another great addition to our already wide variety of fashion stores at intu Braehead and I’ve no doubt both these brands will be very popular with shoppers.

“It’s also good that we are creating new jobs at intu Braehead.
“And we’re not yet finished with new stores opening before Christmas, as we have the MAC Cosmetics store also opening in the lower mall at the end of this month.

“We aim to provide as much choice as possible for our shoppers and with the opening of these new stores, we’re certainly doing that.”

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Skating is child¹s play for parents and toddlers

LEARNING to skate is now child’s play thanks to a new initiative that encourages parents and toddlers to get on the ice together.

Family Coaching Lessons have started up again at intu Braehead Ice Rink
Pictured Ella Ferguson age 4 with Skating Coach Ashley Mitchell and Mum Nicola Ferguson age 27
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The Arena at intu Braehead has just launched Wee Ones Wednesday, where children and their parents or carers get exclusive access to the ice rink for some fun and instruction from qualified coaches. The sessions take place every Wednesday from 1pm to 2pm and are aimed at encouraging children between the ages of two and five years of age to try skating along with an adult.

As well as the children getting help from experienced skating coaches, the grown ups will also be given hints and tips on how to skate and move around the ice.
And there will be plastic balls, cones and a multi-coloured parachute that will be used for fun and games on the ice.

Ice skates are available to hire as part of the £8.50p cost of an adult and toddler taking to the ice for the Wee Ones Wednesday session.

Lauren Little, arena operations manager and an accomplished competitive figure skater said: “You’re never too young to get your skates on.

“Taking to the ice at an early age helps to build a child’s confidence and develop their coordination and motor skills.

“We aim to make these sessions lots of fun for both the toddler and the adult who has come on the ice with them. And everyone will feel comfortable on the ice as there won’t be other more experienced skaters whizzing round the ice at the same time.” Lauren added: “And who knows if one of the toddlers coming along to our Wee Ones Wednesday sessions will end up skating for Britain in the Winter Olympics, featuring in one of the Disney on Ice shows we have at intu Braehead, or even appearing on TV in a future series of Dancing on Ice!”

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Paisley’s MSP, George Adam, Welcomes Supreme Court Minimum Price Ruling

Policy Will Help Improve Scotland’s Relationship With Alcohol

 

Paisley’s MSP, George Adam, has welcomed the UK Supreme Court’s ruling that the Scottish Government’s minimum unit pricing policy is legal, allowing the legislation to proceed as part of efforts to improve Scotland’s damaging relationship with alcohol.

The policy was passed by the Scottish Parliament in 2012, but has been delayed due to a long-running legal challenge. Today’s ruling allows it to go ahead, setting a minimum unit price on alcohol of 50 pence.

Minimum unit pricing is backed by academic research, which suggests that the policy will cut alcohol-related deaths and reduce hospital admissions linked to alcohol misuse, which costs Scotland £3.6 billion every year.

 

Commenting, George said:

 

“This is excellent news, and a clear vindication of the Scottish Government’s policy.

 

“This ruling now allows us to go ahead with the policy that was overwhelmingly backed by the Scottish Parliament five years ago and take the action that is needed to cut alcohol-related deaths and reduce hospital admissions

 

“The health and wellbeing of people across Scotland is absolutely paramount – and the fact that alcohol misuse costs Scotland £3.6 billion every year shows how damaging our relationship with alcohol is.

 

“Given the clear and proven link between consumption and harm, minimum pricing is the most effective and efficient way to tackle the cheap, high strength alcohol that causes so much damage to so many families.

 

“We will continue to support the whisky industry and work alongside them to ensure their economic success, while maintaining our commitment to promote safe and responsible alcohol consumption.

 

“Scotland is the first country in the world to implement such a policy – and we should be proud of our pioneering approach that will benefit Paisley and Scotland for generations.”

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Paisley to host British Pipe Band Championships for another three years up until 2021

Pipe bands from around the globe will be heading back to Paisley after the town won its bid to host the British Pipe Band Championships for another three years up until 2021.

Paisley had already hosted the event in 2016 and 2017, and is due to do so again in 2018.

The announcement sees the winning partnership with the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association (RSPBA) which runs the event, extended by another three years to cover 2019 to 2021 – meaning it will feature as part of the town’s UK City of Culture programme, should it win the title.

The news comes just weeks before a decision on the winner of the UK City of Culture 2021 will be announced, where Paisley is shortlisted along with Coventry, Sunderland, Stoke-on-Trent and Swansea.

Next year’s event will be held on 19 May at St James Playing Fields and is set to attract thousands of competitors.

This year’s event saw Paisley welcome musicians from as far as Canada and Denmark as the top pipe bands in the world aimed to be crowned British champions.

The free event saw an estimated 19,000 visitors deliver a £290,000 boost to the local economy.

More than 4,000 pipers and drummers are assessed by RSPBA judges across 11 different categories in one of the biggest events in world piping.

Paisley 2021 Bid Director Jean Cameron said: “This is a truly international event which attracts huge numbers of visitors to the area, in turn bringing an economic boost to local businesses.

“We’re delighted that it’s been such a success that Paisley will continue to host it up until 2021.

“As we get closer to a decision by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on the UK City of Culture 2021 title, an event of this scale demonstrates how Paisley is  now recognised as an established venue for major events.”

Ian Embelton, Chief Executive of the RSPBA, said: “Our time in Paisley has been really successful so far and has proved a great partnership, which we are delighted to continue.

“Paisley is very well received as a venue and we’re looking forward to returning – and hopefully becoming part of Paisley’s UK City of Culture 2021 year.”

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Online Slots are the New Online Pastime

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Since 1891, when two gambling lovers, Sittman and Pitt, invented the gaming machine that was an ancestor to today’s modern slot machines, the frenzy for slots started to exponentially enlarge. The term “slot machine” itself originates from the slits on the machine that served for inserting and extracting coins. However, in the UK this machine is commonly known as “fruit machine” because of its reels with images of fruits painted on them. However one calls the machine, one thing is certain – it quickly became a standard component of every casino all around the globe.

 

Online Slots – The Pandemic of the Modern Age

Online slots are spreading at the speed of light. The number of players is exponentially growing every minute. This is shown by the fact that the annual revenue of an online slot industry rose from 2.2 to 3.4 billion dollars in last two years, which reflects the uprising popularity of online slots; this is especially apparent in the almost endless selection of online slots games on sites as Simba Games here in the UK, and numerous other ones.

A social study that was conducted at the University of Houston has shown that online slot players don’t fit stereotypes. Among them, one can find people of different age, gender, education and social/financial structure. For example, in Spain in 2016, the majority of online slot players were between 26 and 35 years (39.4%). On the other hand, in the same year in Australia, the most of the online slot players were between 40 and 50 (23%) and between 50 and 60 years (22.2%). This data confirms the diversity of online slot players, which was proven in the study mentioned above.

So, there is no doubt that online slots are slowly but surely overcoming classic slot machines and sending them to history. Here in the UK in 2017, several slot apps made it to the top 20 mobile gaming apps, and there are UK slot sites that gained immense popularity all over the world. One doesn’t need statistics to come to a conclusion why the online slots are on the rise, as people have the chance to play slots for real money, on Prime Slots for example, a UK slot site.

The fact that there are far more online players in autumn and winter speaks for itself – why go to a casino when you can play your favorite slot from the comfort and warmth of your home? The development of mobile slot apps has gone even further; one can now take a spin literally everywhere and at any time!

 

Transition from Analog to Digital – Online Slots in a Nutshell

The fact that the online slot is, in general, a computer program, allows the manufacturers to include more interactive elements (all kinds of bonuses and jackpots) as well as to develop different backgrounds and gaming themes. This is done in order to bring slots closer to players’ interests, which wasn’t possible with classic slot machines.

Although there are differences between various kinds of online slots, the essence of the game is the same. The things that differ are usually graphics, themes, music and additional bonus prizes and jackpots. Here are some essential characteristics that follow the vast majority of online slot machines:

  •    The number of reels usually goes from 3 to 5;
  •    Payline – represents the line that crosses the symbols on the reels, along which a winning combo is estimated;
  •    Paytable – stands for an option through which the player can get familiar with the rules of playing and payment as well as with symbol values, bonuses, and jackpots;
  •    Most of the online slots can be played for free with no registration needed. Of course, if one wants to try his luck, he can always switch from free to real money gaming.

Controls are mostly universal; there are buttons for determining the amount of the bet per line, total bet, then the spin button that starts the columns rolling, etc. In majority of cases, there is a dialog box in which a player can see his/hers remaining balance as well as the value of a payout.

 

Symbols – The Core of Every Slot

All symbols can be divided into regular ones and special ones. Regular ones carry a smaller payout, while the special ones are usually the Scatter, the Wild and the bonus icon (if there are any bonuses included in the game). The Scatter, in most cases, brings Free Spins, the Wild can replace any symbol except for the Scatter, and the bonus icon unlocks the bonus feature.

All info about symbols and rewards they bring you can find under the Paytable option. It is also useful to try out free slots and read their reviews before playing for real money. Happy spinning!

 

Article by Alex Walker

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Mackay Urges University Applicants not to miss Deadline Don’t leave applications until the last minute

Derek Mackay, SNP MSP for Renfrewshire North & West, is urging students from across Renfrewshire who are applying to attend University next summer to ensure they do not miss the January deadline for applications.

Applications for the majority of courses should arrive at UCAS by Monday 15th January at 6pm.

 

Applications must be made at http://www.ucas.com/

 

Mr Mackay said:

 

“Although the deadline may seem a bit away, it would be very easy to get caught up in the upheaval that Christmas brings and forget about your application.

 

“It would be very unfortunate for anyone to miss out on their number one choice, not to mention wasting years of hard work, because they rushed their application at the last minute or even worse, missed the deadline.

 

“I therefore would urge any student in the area who is planning on applying to attend University next summer to ensure they get working on their application soon and submit it in good time.”

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Mhairi Black Praises Charitable Efforts by Local TSB

Local MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire South, Mhairi Black recently met with charity workers and employees at the local TSB on Paisley High Street. Mhairi was invited along to hear about the contribution the business makes to the local area, by supporting local charities.
The Paisley TSB recently raised £885 for local charity Brightest Star. The charity was founded in memory of Jack Kennedy who passed away suddenly due to a virus at the age of five. Brightest Star was set up by Jack’s mum Arlene to give support to parents suffering from bereavement. Brightest Star want to raise awareness of the lack of support available for grieving families, particularly for those impacted by sudden childhood deaths. Part of this support includes lifesaving first aid training and a special ambulance that can be used by families when children need to be transferred between hospitals.
Mhairi Black MP said
“It was good of the local TSB branch in Paisley to invite me along and show me the effort they are putting towards supporting local charities and causes.
“Brightest Star is a fantastic cause and I am happy to support this service in any way that I can.
“It is commendable that the charity is raising awareness and providing support for grieving parents and families in what will surely be an extremely difficult time.”