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John Lewis offers staff as volunteers for up to six months

first_img  38 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis4 Tagged with: corporate John Lewis Partnership Volunteering About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis4 John Lewis Partnership is inviting UK charities to apply for volunteers from John Lewis and Waitrose stores to work for them on a six-month secondment, fully paid for by the company.The Golden Jubilee Trust, the Partnership’s charitable trust, allows every employee (or ‘Partner’), at any level, in the Partnership to take up to six months off, fully paid to work in a charity in their local community and allowing them to return to their job post secondment.The Trust awards approximately 50 secondments each year on a full or part-time basis for a maximum of six months.The volunteering offer is open to organisations of all sizes, from small community-based charities to large international organisations.The John Lewis Partnership operates 27 department stores across the UK, 193 Waitrose supermarkets, and Greenbee, a new direct services company.Chris Jones, Secretary to the John Lewis Partnership Golden Jubilee Trust, said: “This is our eighth year and we’re still going strong with 45 secondments awards and more than 22,500 hours donated to charities. We’re keen to continue this success and match the skills of our Partners to those needed within charities.”“Many of the placements occur through Partners’ close ties with charities, with a personal experience triggering their involvement. These are often small, local organisations that struggle with the type of resources, from IT to transport, that we take for granted in the Partnership.” Howard Lake | 20 November 2008 | News John Lewis offers staff as volunteers for up to six monthslast_img read more

A scholar’s brush with religious ire

first_imgReza Aslan, M.T.S. ’99, whose book “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth” soared on the best-seller lists after an infamous Fox News interview last summer, spoke at Harvard Divinity School on Thursday, saying that while he is a Muslim, he also is “a follower of Jesus” whose “life is deeply influenced by Jesus.”Aslan discussed his portrayal of Jesus as a historical figure and revolutionary insurrectionist against Roman authority rather than as a sacred figure. He also addressed the perils of discussing religion from a scholarly standpoint, his personal faith, and the challenges faced by a scholar who writes for a popular audience.Aslan’s focus in “Zealot” on the secular Jesus has troubled some people of faith. His bold assertions, narrative endnotes, and determination to reach a lay audience have called forth objections from some in academia. But in front of a standing-room-only crowd, Aslan focused on his experience of trying to explain a religious matter in ways non-academics understand, and urged his listeners to learn how to bring tough religious questions before the public successfully.As expected, Aslan was asked about his July 27 Fox News interview. In the exchange, which afterward went viral on the Internet, host Lauren Green repeatedly asked, “Why would a Muslim write a book about the founder of Christianity?” Aslan repeatedly defended his academic credentials and his treatment of the subject. The interview brought sharp criticism of Green’s journalistic approach, focusing on Aslan’s professed faith instead of the merits of his scholarly work.“Look, I know what Fox News is about,” Alsan said to those gathered in the Sperry Room. “Honestly, I was more confused than anything else … The interview was over, and I thought ‘that was weird,’ and I just forgot about it until it became this phenomenon that very quickly stopped being about me, and … became about very important discussions about media and journalistic bias, religion and society, the role of academia in public life and in popular discourse.“These are conversations we [in theology] have amongst each other all the time, and that nobody else listens to,” he added, as the room erupted in rueful laughter. “It was exhilarating to me.“The problem with discussing religion is that everyone thinks they are an expert … If you read the Bible, you’re an expert on religion. When the news media have a conversation about the climate, they bring on a climate scientist. But when they want to talk about religion, they bring on some activist or religious leader, not an expert on religion.”As murmurs of assent rose, Aslan emphasized:  “We have to change that. The responsibility rests on us.“I take faith seriously,” he said. “What I am talking about is very deeply a part of someone’s identity, and they can easily feel as if they are under attack … For us [in academia], it makes sense that we separate our faith from our academic research. But until we figure out how to communicate better with the outside world — and to encourage it among ourselves — then [such an interview] is what’s in store for all of us.”Aslan blamed some of the controversy on those in his field. Chastising the academy for “punishing” popular writing, he recalled how, as a young scholar, his determination to obtain a master’s in writing set back his academic career.  “This is the ethos of academia: Your wanting to be a better writer makes you a weaker candidate.” But he also sees change in the works: “I meet younger scholars who are more engaged in popular media and popular discourse, who are not afraid to break free of the ivy walls.”He urged students to push back against the practice of writing work impenetrable to anyone outside of the scholarly world. “Simplify, simplify,” he suggested. Practice scholarly methods, but remember: “Your grandmother doesn’t care about your methodology and research. She just wants to get to your conclusions.” <a href=”” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a>last_img read more

Restaurant owners worry about the fate of buffets

first_imgAs far as the buffet is concerned, “we definitely bought a lot of serving utensils and we are going to be changing those out.” “By reducing our serviceable area, we are able to spread out the customers a little bit more,” said Tung. “Business was pretty good,” said manager Muhammad Sadiq. “It will take some thinking because there are other buffet restaurants in the area that are also closed.” With more space, manager Stanley Tung said they will open at reduced capacity once we enter phase three. Tung said he isn’t worried about people not wanting to go to a buffet. “Once people know that we are clean and keeping the hygiene up, limiting people to the buffet area, I think slowly people will come through.” If you fast forward six months, that becomes a different story, “we just lost customers, so quickly,” he said. Manager Muhammed Sadiq said with COVID-19, he chose to close his restaurant completely. “Since May 1st we’ve been doing some take-out and delivery,” said Buffet Star manager Stanley Tung.center_img “Social distancing is not going to work in a buffet restaurant. We have to see what the new normal is for a buffet restaurant,” said Sadiq. Despite restaurants being a part of phase three, Sadiq said they have no plans to reopen soon because people won’t want to go to a buffet. Buffet Star in Vestal would fall under that category. So, these two restaurants will have to wait and see what people will do to find out the fate of buffets. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Silver Crown Buffet opened its doors in Binghamton in December. “This is a buffet restaurant, so there is more possibility of transmitting the disease,” said Sadiq. Sadiq said they have considered take-out among other options, but for the time being, it is just not worth it.last_img read more

Transfer: Arsenal, Everton Agree £40m Iwobi Deal

first_imgKenneth Omeruo seals permanent deal at Leganes in SpainFemi Solaja with agency reportSuper Eagles forward, Alex Iwobi was snapped up from Arsenal in the last minutes of the summer transfer window by Everton in a deal worth up to £40million.The Nigerian international who came through the ranks at the Gunners, playing 149 times and scoring 15 goals, has been on the radar of the Toffees and is the seventh player to be signed on by Coach Marco Silva. Iwobi will join fellow new arrivals goalkeeper Jonas Lossl, defender Djibril Sidibe, midfielders Andre Gomes, Fabian Delph and Jean-Philippe Gbamin, and striker Moise Kean.Everton had an initial bid of £30m turned down but their improved offer was accepted by Arsenal.The player who is nephew of former Super Eagles Captain Austin Jay Jay Okocha did a medical in London with a dealsheet submitted by the 5pm deadline and completed without a problem by the extended cut-off time of 7pm.Iwobi featured regularly last season under manager Unai Emery, appearing in all but three Premier League games, and he scored in the Europa League final defeat by Chelsea in what was his last appearance for the club.There is increased competition in Iwobi’s position at Arsenal following the arrival of Nicolas Pepe from Lille this summer for a club record £72m.Iwobi now begins a new chapter of his career at Everton, as the Toffees target an improvement on last season’s eighth place finish.Also yesterday, Iwobi’s Super Eagles teammate, Kenneth Omeruo also had his heart desire come true on the final day of the summer transfer window as Greece international Dimitrios Siovas claimed that Omeruo’s proposed switch to CD Leganes from Chelsea Fc is a done deal.According to Spanish sports daily Marca , Siovas leaked the information that the Super Eagles star has already signed for Leganes and will be unveiled by the La Liga side in the coming days.Siovas posted the information on Instagram before deleting it with official details not yet decided.After long negotiations, Leganes have agreed to pay Chelsea 4.5 million euros for the permanent signing of Omeruo.The 25-year-old, who arrived Chelsea from Sunshine Stars in January 2012, is expected to put pen to paper on a five-year deal until the summer of 2024.Omeruo had attracted interest from Celta Viga, Villarreal and Amiens but his priority was to continue his career at Leganes, where he shone last season.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

This is what WrestleMania 35 trash talk would sound like if kids were in charge

first_imgFallon brought out Braun Strowman, Carmella, Drew McIntyre, Alexa Bliss, Kofi Kingston and Seth Rollins to read off the taunts.MORE: Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearWatch ‘The Tonight Show’ WrestleMania tauntsNow that you’ve watched the entire skit, let’s go through each of the taunts below.WRESTLEMANIA 35Match card | Schedule | Buy PPV & ticketsTaunt 1 (YouTube) (YouTube) (YouTube) (YouTube) This one is just awful all around. How did two kids manage to make something so bad?”Come at me, you noodle!” at least has some traits of being trash talk, but essentially is just nonsense. Calling someone a noodle won’t get at the root of someone’s pain like true trash talk would. You need to really hit the opposing person with some emotional trauma for effective trash talk.Also, “I’ll wax you New York style” makes absolutely no sense at all. Damion and Tina have no future in wrestling.Taunt 3 Taunt 6 JERRY IS A 5-YEAR-OLD PRODIGY!Looking past the fact we have our second butt reference in three taunts, we need to really celebrate Jerry’s creativity here. First of all, Jerry did this all by himself, unlike the other losers who needed to double-team this task. And he easily has the best taunt of the bunch.This whole thing is a masterpiece in storytelling. Shoving his foot up his opponent’s butt relates to the whole theme of violence throughout wrestling. And “you will be pooping toes for a week” is just a great sentence. Taunt 4 We’re starting to hit the double-digit age groups now.Finally, the age is showing off as Chase delivers a home run of an insult. I don’t fully understand what this means, but I absolutely love it. This insult works because it’s so confusing. If you hear this, you’re spending the next week of your life thinking about the path that led you to looking like a potato-chicken nugget lovechild. Jared is the oldest of the kids so far, so I really expected a top-notch performance from him here.I’ve gotta say I’m let down with the results. Lunches have nothing to do with WrestleMania, Jared. Do better.Taunt 5 With WrestleMania 35 coming up this weekend, Jimmy Fallon decided to have kids write out taunts for the wrestlers to use on “The Tonight Show.”The kids kind of grasp the intention of trash talk, but their underdeveloped brains aren’t really good at coming up with great insults. Also, they’re kids so the language is softened up a bunch. But the wrestlers did their best to make these submissions sound as terrifying as possible. (YouTube) This one gets off to a pretty solid start.”You want a piece of me?” This is a classic trash talk line. I wouldn’t even be surprised if the kids Googled “trash talk” and this phrase showed up as a top result. I am a little concerned it took two kids to write this little snippet. I get that Oliver is only 5 years old, but Emilia should have just gone solo with it.I bet Oliver came up with the “Because when I’m kidding… I say knock knock!” part. Do better, Oliver.Taunt 2 Sixth taunt, third reference to butts. I don’t have kids, but at this point I’m assuming 95 percent of their dialogue involves references to butts.As for the taunt itself, I’m really let down by what Xavier and Mason have to offer. Your face and butt cannot be each other. Maybe they’ll learn this once they reach a certain grade in school. (YouTube) read more