As we move into the week of the Examiner Community Awards today we profile the Services to the Community category. The winner will be revealed on Thursday night at the awards presentation evening at the John Smith’s Stadium hosted by ITN newsreader Nina Hossain. Tomorrow we reveal who has won the main award of the night, the Achievement Award. First Bus is delighted to sponsor this year’s Services to the Community Award at the prestigious Huddersfield Examiner Community Awards. Huddersfield has a real strength of both individuals and groups who make a difference in their communities and drive forward positive change. Our communities are central to our business serving more than 12 million customer journeys a year with nearly 250 staff and over 90 local buses as well as the successful Yellow School Bus operation. As part of our ambition to continue attracting people to use buses we work hard to keep delivering value for money and high standards of service for all our … [Read more...] about Examiner Community Awards 2018: Services to the Community
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Public transport 1. Buy a travel card France’s national rail company SNCF offers discount cards for children, young people and over 60s, which will save you between 25 percent and 30 percent on train fares. Families with at least three children under 18 can apply for a familles nombreuses card to get between 30 percent and 75 percent off tickets. There are more options for frequent travellers, including the TGVmax for young people (79€ per month for unlimited off-peak travel on TGV and Intercités trains). 2. Embrace no-frills travel. Tickets on Ouigo, the cheaper version of the TGV, can cost just €10. 3. Take a bus Popular with students, Ouibus offers cheap travel around France, and as far afield as the UK, Spain, Portugal, Germany, The Netherlands and Switzerland. But beware – spending 13 hours on a bus isn’t for the faint-hearted. Photo: AFP … [Read more...] about Money saving tips: How to enjoy life in France without breaking the bank
Theresa May is “deeply disturbed” by reports of a suspected Syrian chemical weapons attack that killed 70 people amid mounting pressure for the UK to join any military action launched against the Assad regime. Downing Street said the attack needed to be “urgently investigated” and that Britain was “swiftly working with our allies to agree a common position”. Number 10 stopped short of directly blaming the Syrian government for the incident but stressed “we have seen issues in the past with the Assad regime”. It came as Russia blamed Israel for a missile attack on a Syria air base on Monday morning. The US and France both denied attacking the T-4 airfield near Homs, which is close to the ancient city of Palmyra in central Syria. Russia said Israel launched eight missiles, five of which were shot down, from outside of Syrian airspace. At least 14 fighters, including Iranians, were killed in the early morning … [Read more...] about Theresa May ‘deeply disturbed’ by suspected Syrian chemical weapons attack amid mounting pressure for UK to join military response
The nerve agent sarin may have been used in the Syrian government’s alleged 'chemical weapons attack' on the town of Douma, it has been claimed. The pro-opposition Ghouta Media Centre alleged that a helicopter had dropped a barrel bomb containing sarin, and another organisation claimed that a hospital had been hit by a chlorine bomb. As images of women and children foaming from the mouth and nose started circulating on social media, the death toll from Saturday evening’s attack on the town was said to have risen to at least 49, with some observers saying more than 150 people have been killed. Read more 'Dozens of civilians killed in chemical weapons attack' in Syria The alleged atrocity has further increased tensions between Russia and the West, with both Britain and America issuing statements calling upon Vladimir Putin’s government to stop supporting the regime of Bashar al-Assad. News agencies said it was impossible to provide independent verification … [Read more...] about Syrian government accused of using nerve agents as death toll from Douma ‘chemical weapons attack’ rises to at least 49
Boris Johnson has reportedly floated the idea of building a bridge linking the UK with France – but how much would such a structure cost? During Prime Minister Emmanuel Macron's state visit to the UK, the Foreign Secretary commented that it was "ridiculous" that two of the world's biggest economies were only connected by a single rail tunnel. Johnson reportedly touted building a 22-mile bridge, which would link the shortest distances between the countries. The Foreign Secretary later tweeted: "I'm especially pleased we are establishing a panel of experts to look at major projects together. "Our economic success depends on good infrastructure and good connections. Should the Channel Tunnel be just a first step?" Downing Street later released a statement saying there are "no specific plans" to erect a bridge linking the UK and France. Regardless of whether the project will go ahead, it is not actually a new idea. Currently, those who want to travel between France and the UK have … [Read more...] about How much would a bridge across the English Channel connecting the UK and France cost?