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Digital Schools Award

That the Parliament congratulates Southdale Primary School in Armadale on being awarded the prestigious Digital Schools Award; understands that the judges commented on how well the school used technology to enhance learning and teaching; further understands that the outcome is to encourage pupils to become confident individuals, developing transferable skills with the use of modern technology, and wishes staff and pupils continued success in the future.


Innovation Centre Launch by Hearts

That the Parliament welcomes Heart of Midlothian FC’s forthcoming launch of its Innovation Centre on 29 May 2019; understands that the club is seeking to help local people and businesses develop key skills by working in partnership with learning providers, schools and other businesses, providing a business support facility, offering opportunities to young people to acquire skills in business and offering advice to people struggling to sustain existing businesses, and wishes the club success in its venture within the community.

Supported by: Miles Briggs, Alison Harris, Edward Mountain, Bill Bowman, Peter Chapman, Michelle Ballantyne, Tom Mason, Alexander Stewart, Liz Smith, Margaret Mitchell, David Torrance, Annie Wells, Donald Cameron, Richard Lyle, Maurice Corry, Jamie Greene, Bill Kidd, Angela Constance, Maureen Watt, Rachael Hamilton, Jeremy Balfour, Clare Adamson


Business Support

That the Parliament notes the conclusions and recommendations in the Economy, Energy and Fair Work Committee's 2nd Report, 2019 (Session 5), Business Support (SP Paper 470).

Supported by: John Mason


Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 22/05/2019
Scotland's Women's Football Team Coach Honoured

That the Parliament congratulates Scotland’s women’s football team coach, Shelley Kerr, on being honoured by her former school, West Calder High; understands that the school has named its new 3G football pitch after her, and wishes Shelley, the midfielder, Hayley Lauder, who is from Livingston, and the rest of the Scotland squad every success at the World Cup, which takes place in France in June 2019.

Supported by: Maurice Corry, Jamie Greene, Miles Briggs, Bill Kidd, Jeremy Balfour, Bill Bowman, Alexander Stewart, James Kelly, Annie Wells, Alison Harris, Peter Chapman, Edward Mountain, David Torrance, Margaret Mitchell, Stuart McMillan, Sandra White, Michelle Ballantyne, Richard Lyle, Alex Rowley, Kenneth Gibson, Gil Paterson, John Scott, Rachael Hamilton, Maurice Golden, Maureen Watt


George Watson’s Malawi Partnership Funding for Preventative Treatment for Cervical Cancer

That the Parliament congratulates pupils, staff, parents and friends of George Watson's College in Edinburgh on providing funding towards medical resources for the preventative treatment of cervical cancer in Malawi; understands that the new lifesaving equipment, a thermal ablation device, is used to treat cervical pre-cancers and prevent advanced cancer from developing, as well as allowing any abnormalities to be treated immediately; further understands that the equipment has been gifted to a community clinic in Achikondi, working with the main centre at Nkhoma Hospital; recognises that World Health Organization figures show that over 1,600 women in Malawi die each year from cervical cancer, around 70% of all diagnoses, and congratulates everyone working as part of the Watson’s Malawi Partnership, recognising the mutually beneficial partnerships that it builds with organisations and individuals in the country.

Supported by: Miles Briggs, Bill Bowman, Annie Wells, Bill Kidd, Alexander Stewart, Jamie Greene, Maurice Corry, Stuart McMillan, Liz Smith, Margaret Mitchell, Jeremy Balfour, Liam McArthur, Jamie Halcro Johnston, Tom Mason, Liam Kerr, Richard Lyle, Alison Harris, Gil Paterson, Rachael Hamilton, Kenneth Gibson, Clare Adamson, Maurice Golden


New Linlithgow Museum Set to Open

That the Parliament welcomes news that a new museum is set to open to the public in Linlithgow, West Lothian; notes that this follows the relocation of Annet House Museum to an accessible space at the Linlithgow Partnership Centre; understands that the new museum will contain three galleries that will examine the history of Linlithgow, trades within the town, and another entitled, "Life by the Loch"; recognises that the new museum will contain new and old exhibits, including a statue of Mary Queen of Scots from Annet House, as well as new interactive features, including clips of a recent oral history project played through listening posts; thanks the Linlithgow Heritage Trust Board and volunteers for more than five years of hard work in establishing the museum, as well as those who have helped fund project, and encourages local people and those from further afield to visit the museum when they can.

Supported by: Edward Mountain, Miles Briggs, Annie Wells, Richard Lyle, Maurice Corry, Jamie Greene, Stuart McMillan, Michelle Ballantyne, Bill Kidd, John Scott, Jeremy Balfour, Liz Smith, Gil Paterson, Tom Mason, Maurice Golden


Success for West Lothian Bands at Scottish Concert Band Festival

That the Parliament congratulates West Lothian school and area bands on their recent successes in the Scottish Concert Band Festival final; understands that the final was held in Perth Concert Hall and included bands that achieved a Gold award or higher in the regional heats; notes that West Lothian School’s Wind Ensemble won a Gold Plus Award in the Advanced Youth Band Class, Deans Community High School Cluster Brass Ensemble won a Gold Award in the Ensemble Class, with the school's Wind Band winning a Gold Award in the Achieving School Band Class; further notes that, in the Advanced School Band Class, West Calder High School Senior Band won a Silver Plus Award, while The James Young High School Senior Band received a Gold Award; recognises the musical talent that exists in West Lothian, and wishes all the young musicians all the very best with their music in the future.

Supported by: Miles Briggs, Edward Mountain, Annie Wells, Jamie Greene, Maurice Corry, Michelle Ballantyne, Alison Harris, Bill Kidd, Alexander Stewart, Jeremy Balfour, Liz Smith, Tom Arthur, Gil Paterson, Tom Mason, Maurice Golden


Football and Netball Success for Armadale Academy

That the Parliament congratulates Armadale Academy under-13 football team and the S1-3 netball team on their respective county successes; notes that the football team was recently crowned West Lothian Schools’ champions after a close encounter with last years’ winners, Linlithgow Academy; congratulates Max Ramsay and Kaiden Cosgrove on their goals, which ensured a 2-1 victory; understands that the S1-3 netball team also achieved county success in a play-off final against Bathgate Academy, winning 5-2, having won five of their six league games, and wishes the pupils continued sporting success in years to come.

Supported by: Miles Briggs, Edward Mountain, Richard Lyle, Annie Wells, Maurice Corry, Jamie Greene, Stuart McMillan, Alison Harris, Bill Kidd, Michelle Ballantyne, Neil Findlay, Jeremy Balfour, Liz Smith, Gil Paterson, Tom Mason, Maurice Golden


Mums into Business

That the Parliament congratulates the Wester Hailes-based group, Mums into Business, on receiving a £5,000 grant from UnLtd; understands that the group is part of the Tasting Change project at the WHALE Arts Agency and seeks to help mothers from the local area who have an interest in setting up their own business, which helps to tackle unemployment and enables mothers to fulfil their dream careers; recognises that the group has previously utilised the support of Business Gateway and other business support organisations, and that the Business Gateway employee, Yvonne Bostock, continues to support the group in a voluntary capacity through The Roberts Partnership; further recognises the support that has been given by Lorna Robertson from DWP; notes that the award was made to the social entrepreneur, Sindy Santos, who will use the funding to continue the group after the Tasting Change project comes to an end; thanks Kirsty Frankland, who has played a significant role within the group and will continue to do so, and wishes the group and the mums who are pursuing their own businesses all the very best for the future.

Supported by: Bill Kidd, Miles Briggs, Murdo Fraser, Tom Mason, Michelle Ballantyne, Richard Lyle, Bill Bowman, Peter Chapman, Edward Mountain, Maurice Corry, Margaret Mitchell, Alexander Stewart, Annie Wells, Gillian Martin, Jamie Greene, Neil Findlay, Jeremy Balfour, Maurice Golden


West Lothian Couple Celebrate Diamond Wedding Anniversary

That the Parliament congratulates the Livingston couple, Oswald and Margaret Wallace, on their diamond wedding anniversary; notes that the couple married on 5 April 1959 and have three children, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; welcomes that they were visited by the Lord Lieutenant for West Lothian, Moira Niven, and Provost, Tom Kerr, to mark the occasion, and celebrated with family and friends with a party at the Royal British Legion in Bathgate, and wishes the couple continued happiness.

Supported by: Alexander Stewart, Tom Mason, Bill Kidd, Richard Lyle, Maurice Corry, Peter Chapman, Liz Smith, Margaret Mitchell, Annie Wells, Miles Briggs, Alison Harris, Rachael Hamilton, Jeremy Balfour, Maurice Golden


 
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