The Better Business Bureau Serving Southeast Texas recently announced the honorees of their 2020 Torch Awards.BBB is celebrating honorees throughout the month of August with a series of recognitions, presentations and an online auction. Stay up to date on BBB.org and on Facebook @BBBSoutheastTexas.The Torch 2020 Winners:Medium Business (11-50 employees): G&G EnterprisesSmall Business (1-10 employees): A-1 Peterson PlumbingNonprofit: Crime Stoppers of Southeast TexasSpark: Rebekah Maxwell, ReStep Marketing This is the first year that BBB Serving Southeast Texas included a medium-sized business category.“We hope to inspire other local business owners to strive to set high standards for their business. We are blessed to have such great local support from this community,” stated Natasha Garrett, CEO of G & G Enterprises.BBB Serving Southeast Texas initiated the Nonprofit category of Torch in 2016.Crime Stoppers of Southeast Texas is only the third organization to win in this category. Honorable Mention:Medium Business (11-50 employees): American Air SystemsNonprofit: Greater Beaumont Chamber of CommerceSpark: Brooke Bellanger, Spruce BarbershopFor over 20 years, the BBB Torch Awards for Ethics have recognized businesses and organizations that intentionally pursue the six TRUST! Principles — Leadership, Communications, Unity, Performance, HR Practices and Commitment to the Community.“It is an honor to our family and to the legacy of our founders to be recognized for ethics in business by the BBB,” said Donna Peterson, owner of A-1 Peterson and Plumbing. “For 52 years, our goal has been to treat our employees like family and our customers like friends. In that way, quality of service and success in business are linked so that everyone wins!” “For over 38 years Crime Stoppers of SETX has been priding itself in offering our community a non-profit organization that values the highest standards of ethics most of which is trust,” Crime Stoppers Executive Director Stephanie Vanskike said.“The trust that has been built with our Law Enforcement, media, and our citizens throughout Southeast Texas is what drives our organization to continually grow in a manner that works efficiently and effectively in an ethical manner.”This is the second year that BBB Serving Southeast Texas has awarded the Spark Award, a Torch Award for Millennial Entrepreneurship.The award recognizes business leaders, 35 years and younger, that demonstrate a higher level of character, create a culture authentic to its mission and connect with their community.Rebekah Maxwell, owner of ReStep Marketing said, “So many friends and mentors were willing to help with the application process, their faith in me is truly inspiring. I am so thankful for the opportunities I have been given by the Southeast Texas community, and I look forward to growing and serving throughout my career.”Proceeds from sponsors and the online auction contribute to the BBB Education Foundation to fund the Student of Integrity Scholarships and expanding Foundation programming.BBB Serving Southeast Texas previously announced the recipients of 2020’s Student of Integrity Scholarships: Elizabeth Johns of Orange and Whitney Gipson of Newton.Torch 2020: Big & Bright is brought in part by Howell Furniture, Newtron, Best Hospice Care of Texas and KFDM Fox4.
The Williams sisters will face each other in the third round of the ongoing US Open tournament in New York following their respective second round victories.The third round clash between the two sisters, Serena Williams and Venus Williams, at Flushing Meadows would be their 30th career meeting.Serena Williams, 36, defeated world number 101 Carina Witthoft of Germany 6-2 6-2 in their second round clash in 67 minutes, while two-time champion Venus Williams beat Camila Giorgi of Italy 6-4 7-5 in one hour and 52 minutes.Serena leads Venus 17-12 from their previous meetings, with the last Grand Slam duel coming in the 2017 Australian Open final.Six-time US Open champion Serena won in Melbourne while she was eight weeks pregnant.Ahead of their meeting, the 17th seed said: “We’d rather have met later.”16th seed Venus added: “Obviously, it’s early in the tournament, so both of us are going to be looking forward to continuing to play better.”RelatedUS Open: Williams Sisters Cruise To Second Round As French Open Champion Ashleigh Barty Survives Big ScareAugust 27, 2019In “Tennis”US Open: Serena Williams Beats Sister Venus To Advance Into Round 4September 1, 2018In “Sports”2019 US Open: Williams vs Sharapova In Mouthwatering First Round ClashAugust 23, 2019In “Sports”
Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey will hold talks with five of Europe’s leading clubs in January ahead of leaving the Gunners when his contract expires next summer.The 28-year-old is able to negotiate and sign a pre-contract agreement with foreign sides from 1 January, prior to exiting the Emirates Stadium as a free agent when his current deal finishes on 30 June.Ramsey will consider moves to Bayern Munich, Inter Milan, Juventus, Paris St-Germain and Real Madrid.Contrary to some reports, he has not yet made a decision.The Wales international was in discussions with Arsenal over a new four-year contract, but the offer was withdrawn in September, mainly for football and financial reasons.Ramsey might have been open to departing in January, however, Arsenal feel his relative value to the squad for the rest of the season is greater than what they could recoup through a transfer fee and salary savings.Potential suitors are now unwilling to pay the sort of money that would tempt the Gunners to part with their longest-serving player mid-campaign, thought to be around £40m.Having joined from his hometown club Cardiff City for £4.8m in 2008, Ramsey has scored 60 goals in 352 appearances and won the FA Cup in 2014, 2015 and 2017.With no major departures expected in January and heavy investment in new signings and contracts over the past year, Arsenal do not have significant funds to spend in the upcoming transfer window.Any permanent acquisitions, loan fees and salaries will be drawn from a modest budget and therefore loan deals are more probable, with out-of-favour Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez, 24, among those under consideration. That budget is likely to increase substantially in the summer.Related