BeyondMe founders recognised by Prime Minister Michael Harris & Adam PikeThe Prime Minister has presented BeyondMe founders Adam Pike and Michael Harris with Points of Light awards, recognising the work of the professional volunteer network.The awards honour exemplary examples of volunteering in the UK.The BeyondMe platform mobilises professionals to form teams within their businesses, which give their time, skills and money to charity projects on BeyondMe’s portfolio.The teams of seven commit to a charity project for one year, providing funding and skilled volunteer hours to projects such as fundraising, marketing and PR, employability skills workshops and product development to their charity partner.Since its launch four years ago, BeyondMe has launched over 100 teams, with 1,000 professionals involved across the UK in more than a dozen businesses. Teams have so far donated 12,000 hours of business skills and over £200,000 to the social sector, and helped their charities attract more funds.Prime Minister David Cameron said:“BeyondMe is a great initiative to bring together teams of professionals with time and skills to give, with charities who can benefit from a partnership. Adam and Michael have empowered hundreds of professionals to give a fantastic amount of time and money that is making a real difference to charities around the country.” Melanie May | 26 January 2016 | News 138 total views, 1 views today 139 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. Tagged with: Awards Volunteering
Eurotunnel’s Le Shuttle car-carrying service has been relaunched following the repair of fire damage to the Channel Tunnel (RG 1.97 p21), starting with several weeks of special events under the ’Happy Summer’ banner. Managing Director Bill Dix announced on June 10 that 60 to 65% of capacity would henceforth be reservable, requiring a public timetable for the first time. On-train refreshments are to be provided along with initiatives such as children’s activity packs and non-shopping tourist itineraries. Services will run up to four times an hour at peak times, with one per hour during the night. o
City Councilman Eric Garcetti has moved into a double-digit lead in the Los Angeles mayoral race over his opponent, City Controller Wendy Greuel, according to a new USC Sol Price School of Public Policy/Los Angeles Times poll.The poll, which was distributed to 500 likely voters in the general election, indicates that Garcetti boasts a 10-point lead with the support of 50 percent of voters compared to Greuel’s 40 percent. The general election will be held on May 21.Though Greuel would be the first female mayor of Los Angeles, if elected, the poll finds that she is trailing Garcetti among female voters. Garcetti has the support of 50 percent of female voters and 51 percent of male voters, compared with Greuel’s 41 and 38 percent, respectively.“Greuel may be suffering from a Hillary Clinton problem,” said Dan Schnur, director of the USC Price/L.A. Times Poll and the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, in a statement to the press. “Clinton emphasized her qualities of strength and toughness to such a degree that it mitigated her gender advantage. The difference is that Greuel might still have the time to fix it.”The poll also found that Garcetti leads among young voters, as well as white and Latino voters. Though the poll indicates that black voters are leaning toward Greuel, the poll acknowledged its sample size of black voters was too small to draw any firm conclusions.The poll indicates that Greuel’s support from organized labor may also be hurting her election chances, as many voters view her as being tied to labor unions. When asked who the phrase “Cares more about unions representing city employees than Los Angeles as a whole” describes more, 46 percent of polled voters said Greuel, whereas only 26 percent said Garcetti.Garcetti also won among voters as someone who represents all of Los Angeles, can make tough decisions and has a strong vision for L.A.On the issues, voters trusted Greuel more to handle the budget and education but trusted Garcetti to handle crime, jobs and mass transit.The poll also indicated that reforming pensions for public employees is a major concern for voters, with 34 percent of voters reported saying that it should be “one of the most important priorities” for the new mayor and 45 percent saying it should be “important, but not at the top of the list.”“Pensions are important and can be indicative of a candidate’s values,” said Amy Levin, vice president of Democratic polling firm Benenson Strategy Group who conducted the poll, in a statement to the press. “But with an election at this level, it’s much more about voters and what is going on in their daily lives and what they want for their families than about city budgets.”
CHELSEA (4-2-3-1)COURTOIS, IVANOVIC, ZOUMA, CAHILL, AZPILICUETA,FABREGAS, MATIC,PEDRO, WILLIAN, HAZARD, COSTAARSENAL (4-2-3-1)GIROUD, SANCHEZ, OZIL, RAMSEY, CAZORLA, COQUELIN,MONREAL, KOSCIELNY, MERTESACKER, BELLERIN, CECHReigning champions Chelsea are suffering their worst-ever start to a Barclays Premier League campaign after losing three of their last four league games – equal to the number of games they lost throughout the whole of last season.Indeed, their four points from five games, which leaves them in 17th place in the table, represents the club’s worst start to a top-flight campaign since 1986, when they drew three and lost two of their first five.It is only the third time that Chelsea boss JosÈ Mourinho has lost successive games and the first since May 2006 when the Blues had already confirmed the title before losing 1-0 in their final two games.But if they failed to find the target against Arsenal – and former goalkeeper Petr Cech – it will be the first time Mourinho has ever seen his Chelsea side fail to score in three league games in a row.It will be an emotional return to Stamford Bridge for Cech, who won 13 major trophies – including four Premier League titles – during his 11 years at Chelsea.Arsenal should face a former favourite themselves, with Cesc Fabregas featuring in Chelsea’s midfielder having returned to the Premier League from Barcelona last summer.Arsenal, having started the season with a home defeat to West Ham, are improving and sit in third place after beating Stoke 2-0 last Saturday.