Woods ‘catch ’em all’ tour instant sell out

first_imgPicking up on the new Pokémon Go craze, Bognor Regis-based Woods Travel ran a PokéTour on 20 August for fans.Priced at £2 per person, it sold out within 24 hours and a second coach was added.With seven local pick-up points, the “special one-off” tour visited ‘hotspots’ in destinations including Southsea, Portsmouth and Arundel, “giving passengers the chance to add new and rare Pokémon to their PokéDex.”last_img

Revocation and disqualification for ceding control of licence disc

first_imgLicence revoked and sole director disqualified as TC Joan Aitken says that he has ‘lost his repute’The TC said Mr Liddle must have a better understanding of his responsibilities to return to PSV operationLivingston-based Andrew Liddle’s restricted licence was revoked and he was disqualified from holding a PSV O-Licence for 18 months by Traffic Commissioner (TC) Joan Aitken.The revocation of the licence comes after Mr Liddle ceded control of his licence disc to Ross Munro, who did not hold a PSV O-Licence. The TC also refused a bid for a new national licence by Mr Munro and Helen Pettigrew, trading as Livingston Travel.Both Mr Liddle and the partnership had been called before the TC at an Edinburgh Public Inquiry, but Mr Liddle failed to attend.The TC said that The 7 Seater Company had a contract with Atos for the provision of a minibus service for Atos and Hologic employees, weekdays to and from Livingston Station. The 7 Seater Company did not hold a PSV O-Licence. The sole director of that company was Andrew Liddle and he had held a restricted licence since 2008 but only in his sole name not as a company or partnership. Making the disqualification order after holding that Mr Liddle had lost his repute, the TC said that she considered that a period of disqualification was necessary to mark her dissatisfaction with Mr LiddleSome time in 2015 Mr Liddle ceded operation of the Atos Livingston Station contract to Mr Munro, a long-time acquaintance. Mr Munro supplied the minibus for the contract, the drivers, and took payment for the invoice to Atos, which showed payment due to a trading name c/o Livingston Travel and a bank account and sort code, which was that of Mr Munro as an individual.   No remittance was made or billed to or from Mr Liddle or The 7 Seater Company. That company was dissolved on 11 September 2015. Mr Munro controlled every aspect of the operation of that contract and used Mr Liddle’s O-Licence disc.Making the disqualification order after holding that Mr Liddle had lost his repute, the TC said that she considered that a period of disqualification was necessary to mark her dissatisfaction with Mr Liddle and to put down a marker that if ever he wished to return to PSV operation, he must have a better understanding of his responsibilities and not lend out or detach himself from use of his licence and discs.Refusing the partnership application, the TC said that Mr Munro was warned in February 2015 that he didn’t have an O-Licence and could not get one from another party. Yet it was now clear that he and Mr Liddle had made an arrangement whereby Mr Munro had taken over a shuttle run contract which required an O-Licence and disc and that the disc came from Mr Liddle.She did not find Mr Munro to be credible or trustworthy, and was not satisfied that he had repute and therefore the partnership could not have a licence.She made no adverse finding against Ms Pettigrew. There was no evidence that she was party to the arrangement or instrumental in its inception or continuation. She was a novice to transport matters.last_img read more

The Simon & Garfunkel Story comes to the West End

first_imgThe Simon & Garfunkel Story, a fully immersive musical experience set in the 1960s, will run at the Lyric Theatre in London’s West End later this year.The production will run on 4 September, 2 October, 6 November and 4 December 2017.Having toured internationally this musical evening takes audiences through the story of Simon & Garfunkel’s career, using contemporary newsreels, adverts and film footage from the 1960s and beyond in order to tell this exciting musical tale.Led by Sam O’Hanlon as Paul Simon and Charles Blyth as Art Garfunkel, a full live band and brass ensemble will rekindle all the duo’s classic hits including, including ‘Mrs Robinson’, ‘Cecilia’, ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’, ‘Homeward Bound’, ‘The Sound of Silence’ and many more.Returning to London for the first time since 2015 at the Leicester Square Theatre, The Simon & Garfunkel Story continues to enjoy international success from Sydney to Seattle.For groups bookings call 0330 333 4817 or email [email protected]last_img read more

Changes to Oxford Bus Co’s X90 service

first_imgThe Oxford Bus Company has modernised its Oxford-London X90 luxury coach service, to include lower fares for passengers and a new online booking platform.A new timetable, fare structure and website are being introduced to reflect changes in public transport provision between Oxford and London. The new website will provide passengers with an online seat reservation service.Phil Southall, Oxford Bus Company Managing Director, says: “We have listened to customer feedback and reduced our prices to ensure we are competitive in the public transport market on this route. Adjusting the frequency of our X90 service has enabled us to offer better value fares.last_img read more

Birmingham CAZ set for summer launch

first_imgBirmingham City Council has reaffirmed its commitment to introduce the city’s Clean Air Zone (CAZ) this summer.If follows speculation that the CAZ would be further postposed.The original go-live date was 1 January, but both CAZs in both Birmingham and Leeds were delayed following difficulties with the introduction of the government’s vehicle checker tool.The tool has now gone live, but it is suffering from what a BCC spokesperson describes as “teething problems.”That is understood to refer to it flagging as non-compliant some vehicles that meet the required standards. It is not known whether any coaches or buses are among them.The BCC spokesperson adds that if a diesel vehicle satisfies Euro VI levels, it will be compliant with the Birmingham CAZ regardless of what the vehicle checker tool says.“We remain committed to launching the CAZ in line with the previously stated estimate of summer 2020,” they add.Further information on the Birmingham CAZ is available at a dedicated website.last_img read more

First Glasgow places order for 22 BYD ADL Enviro200EV

first_imgFirst Glasgow has placed an order for a further 22 BYD ADL Enviro200EV battery-electric buses. The agreement represents an investment of £9m: Over £5m from First and almost £4m that the operator was awarded through the initial round of the Scottish Ultra-Low Emission Bus Scheme (SULEBS).The buses join two Enviro200EV battery-electrics already in the First Glasgow fleet. They will enter service ahead of the COP26 United Nations Climate Change Conference, which gets underway in the city on 1 November.Caledonia depot will house the buses, which will be 11.6m long and seat up to 40 passengers. Scottish Power Energy Networks is providing £300,000 to the project from its Green Economy Fund. That money will go towards the infrastructure required to support the vehicles.Says First Glasgow Managing Director Andrew Jarvis: “In January last year we launched the city’s first electric buses on a commercial route since 1960. We are proud that we can now build upon that with another 22 further electric vehicles, which will replace the oldest buses in our fleet to further improve air quality in Glasgow.“This is another step on our journey to operating a fully zero carbon emission fleet by 2035. We are already leading the way with the first commercially-operated electric buses in Glasgow, as well as the world’s first hydrogen fuel cell-electric double-deckers at our sister company in Aberdeen.”Adds ADL President and Managing Director Paul Davies: “Assembled in Scotland, these electric buses for Glasgow keep Scottish Government investment in the country to maximise the benefit to our communities, underpinning jobs and developing skills in clean vehicle technology.”Four other operators – Ember Core, McGill’s Buses, Orkney Islands Council and Xplore Dundee – were successful in the first round of SULEBS, although the Orkney Islands Council bid has since been withdrawn. Submissions for a second round of SULEBS recently closed.last_img read more

Growing Kids Learning Center reopens in temporary facility

first_imgIndianaLocalSouth Bend Market Facebook By Tommie Lee – August 20, 2019 0 343 Twitter Facebook WhatsApp WhatsApp Google+ (Photo supplied/ABC 57) A day care that was damaged by this summer’s tornado in South Bend is reopening at a temporary facility.After a two-month closure, children are back in the care of Growing Kids Learning Center at a temporary facility. Their location was destroyed by the tornado that hit the area in late June.Now, WNDU is reporting the Growing Kids staff is planning a new facility at the site of the original location while they make use of the old Xavier School in South Bend. They moved in on Monday.Growing Kids is expecting to have the new location ready next summer. Previous articleMiddlebury Boys & Girls Club to expand space, servicesNext articleAir Show making a comeback at Grissom Tommie Lee Pinterest Twitter Growing Kids Learning Center reopens in temporary facility Google+ Pinterestlast_img read more

Market liberals emerge victorious

first_imgSo worried are the French that they have launched what promises to be a futile campaign for an independent anti-dumping office tasked with defending European industry.‘Green protectionists’ have also reared their heads since the close of the Uruguay Round, pressing for the blocking of traded goods from countries deemed to harm the environment or pay low wages.Carmelo Ruiz, of the Institute for Social Ecology in Vermont, put it well in a recent article. “The main problem with Green protectionism is that it assumes that the problems are in the South and the solutions are in the North, that the South is responsible for social and environmental downward levelling world-wide, and so the North must step in to impose some discipline,” he said.In fact, as we all know since it was endlessly repeated at the Kyoto summit, the US is by far the world’s biggest polluter. Similarly, it is ironic that the industrialised countries are complaining now about sweatshop wages in the developing world, given that they ignored this problem for so long.So far, these people have not got very far within the WTO’s structures and are unlikely to influence policy-making except in the US where the Green lobby is more powerful. The message that stopping imports from low-wage countries is protectionism by another name is getting through.Globalisation has become as accepted a phenomenon as national protectionism, job security and state ownership were three decades ago. The crises in Indonesia and South Korea have merely served to remind people that you can only hide from market disciplines for so long. The fears of outsiders that the arrival of the single market in 1993 would presage the creation of ‘Fortress Europe’ turned out to be unfounded. The pressures were certainly there. Some governments, particularly the French but also those in the Mediterranean countries and Belgium, felt the removal of barriers between EU countries should be countered by the erection of new ones around the Union.This was especially true once the markets for providing services – civil aviation, telecommunications, electricity, gas and railways – were tapped for opening. Yes, the markets could be freed up but domestic companies should be given time – up to 40 years in the case of some energy firms – to get ready for the shock.The truth is that the market is a hard thing to stop once unleashed. Time and time again, market developments run ahead of the policy-makers.Paris continues its attempts to protect French manufacturers against ‘excessively cheap’ products from outside the EU, but a legacy of the Uruguay Round settlement keeps getting in its way.As part of the internal Union deal to get an agreement on the outcome of the round in 1993, member states accepted a series of reforms to anti-dumping inquiries and decisions. Whereas before decisions were taken by qualified majority vote, the reforms changed this to a simple majority.Suddenly, France’s size was not everything and, with the arrival of three new liberals in the form of Austria, Sweden and Finland, Paris ran into problems stopping products varying from Chinese bicycles to Japanese photocopiers. It is certainly true, to paraphrase Edmund Burke, that it is necessary only for the good man to do nothing for protectionism to triumph. Yet, bar a lot of protectionist noise, the argument is over in Europe.The World Trade Organisation is no joke. Three years into its life, it has surpassed the expectations of its most fervent proponents. The big trading blocs are using it, the disputes settlement mechanism is working and it is acting against powerful interest groups.More significantly, there has been a cultural shift. The message that we now live in a global market-place has eaten into the European psyche, even burrowing deep into a political left which fought so hard to hamper the aims of the Uruguay Round when it kicked off 12 years ago.last_img read more

EU fears nationalist gains in Bosnia vote

first_imgDiplomats are keeping a close eye on the elections this Saturday (11 November) in the two regions which make up the country, the Serbian Republic of Srpska and the Croat-Muslim federation.They say the results could affect the mood at the Union-Balkans summit in Zagreb later this month, where leaders from the region hope to celebrate democratic advances made in the wake of Vojislav Kostunica’s stunning defeat of Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic last month in neighbouring Yugoslavia.Experts insist improved relations with the West are crucial for Bosnia and other Balkan countries, especially if they expect to receive more financial aid from the EU – and possibly even work towards membership of the bloc. “That is the main carrot for all the reforms here,” said one official working on the ground in Sarajevo. “A big nationalist showing would set that process back.” The voting is expected to produce gains for moderates in Croat and Muslim regions, but the nationalist Serbian Democratic Party (SDS) – founded by indicted war criminal Radovan Karadzic and fostered by Milosevic – could be returned to power in Srpska.Human rights campaigners have tried to prevent the SDS from taking part in the election, but acknowledge that it is too late to stop the party from making gains. “The time-frame is so short that it may be impossible to ban the party,” said Sascha Pichler of the International Crisis Group in Brussels. She also acknowledged that efforts to contain Serbian nationalism often have the opposite of the desired effect, inflaming rather than dampening isolationist sentiment.Staff at the Office of the High Representative in Bosnia-Herzegovina have nevertheless been working to boost turnout and dilute support for the nationalists. Experts point out that moderates have been making gradual gains, starting with municipal elections in April, and say even SDS candidates are trying to soften their isolationist rhetoric. As a result, they maintain, success for the party would not necessarily bode ill for the region.“It does not actually matter what happens in the elections as long as the world community continues to push for the Balkan states to live up to the terms of the Dayton accords,” said Nick Whyte of the Centre for European Policy Studies, referring to the 1995 peace agreement.Kostunica, still basking in the positive reception he has been given by the West, has been playing both sides. His recent trip to Bosnia for the funeral of a nationalist poet was a public-relations coup for the SDS. But the new Yugoslav president also promised to improve ties with the Croat-Muslim federation – something which would have been unthinkable a year ago.last_img read more

First-ever Croatian Europe minister voices confidence

first_imgShe visited Brussels last week as part of the ‘get-to-know-you’ mission led by Croatian Prime Minister Ivo Sanader, along with Foreign Minister Miomir Zuzul and Defence Minister Berislav Roncevic.Grabar-Kitarovic said her main role would be to foster “a European climate” in Croatia. Her targets include strengthening analytical capability, including strategic planning; negotiation preparations; sharing experiences with the incoming EU states; and “administrative adaptation on all levels”. She also announced plans for restructuring the Croatian Mission in Brussels, adding she believed the country’s new conservative HDZ government had won the confidence of senior officials in the EU institutions and NATO.last_img read more