Bus patronage in Britain predictably plummeted in the early days of 2021 after strengthened movement restrictions were introduced. But it has not plumbed the depths seen in the earlier stages of the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, according to figures released by the Department for Transport (DfT).Outside London, on the year’s first working day – Monday 4 January – buses carried 29% of the passenger volume recorded in the third week of January 2020, which DfT uses as a reference. That figure dropped to 24% by Wednesday 6 January. It rallied slightly to 26% on Monday 11 January, the most recent day for which data is available.Weekend ridership is at similar levels. Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 January saw 25% and 31% respectively, declining to 23% and 25% respectively seven days later. In London, usage figures have hovered in the mid- to low-30% area, bottoming out thus far for 2021 on Friday 8 January with 31%.Outside the capital, the last full working week of December saw patronage peak at 58% on Tuesday 15 December 2020. That return has been bettered on only 10 days since 18 March 2020.Bus patronage in London for the early part of January 2020 was ahead of that in the remainder of Britain, but it is still much lower than late 2020January’s decline in bus patronage has undone most of the good work done by operators during the second half of 2020.But the figures for early 2021 thus far are stronger than those seen during the first period of movement restrictions in the early months of that year.Outside London during that period, bus use was at 20% or below for 81 of 82 consecutive days from 24 March to 13 June 2020. No data was recorded on 8 May 2020. Patronage bottomed out at 10% on four of those days.Despite the low figures in the early days of 2021, bus patronage both within and outside London as a percentage of previous figures is ahead of other public transport modes. Neither national rail nor London Underground services have exceeded usage of 20% since 29 December 2020, although differing methodology is used in both those instances. In the former case, some returns are provisional.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInMinister for Community Safety Ash Denham has urged people across Scotland to enjoy organised fireworks safely and responsibly this November 5th, stressing that anyone who puts lives in danger faces robust action.The call follows a number of incidents last year where Police Scotland officers and Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) crew members were injured by projectile fireworks.The Scottish Government has been working in partnership with Police Scotland, the SFRS and the two HM Inspectorates to ensure that services are well prepared for this year’s celebrations and can respond robustly to any anti-social behaviour.Ms Denham was in Pilton, Edinburgh this morning to discuss on-going preparations with local community partnership members who have been working to promote the safe and responsible use of fireworks in Edinburgh. Ms Denham also met police officers and fire crew staff who have previously experienced unacceptable abuse on or around Bonfire Night.Speaking after the visit to Royston Wardieburn Community Centre, Ms Denham said:“Bonfire Night is an opportunity for local communities to come together and for families to enjoy fireworks responsibly and I would encourage people to attend officially organised displays where fireworks are controlled in a safe environment.“The safety of the public is paramount and we need to ensure a selfish minority do not spoil the celebrations for others. The use of fireworks as a means of inflicting injury on individuals, including members of our emergency services, is completely unacceptable and illegal. Robust action will be taken against anyone who puts lives at risk.“I was pleased to have the opportunity to hear first-hand from officers and firefighters about their experiences of dealing with abuse and anti-social behaviour on what is one of the busiest nights of the year for our blue-light services. I would urge members of the public to report any criminal or anti-social behaviour to Police Scotland or their local council, or otherwise through Crimestoppers or their neighbourhood watch.”Lewis Ramsay, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service’s Director of Response and Resilience, said:“These firefighters are your father, mother, brother or sister – someone’s family. It is beggars belief when I hear that they have either been physically assaulted or verbally abused when trying to assist their communities. This type of behaviour not only prevents our crews from bringing any emergency to a safe and swift conclusion but it can impact on our emergency service colleagues including the police when they have to escort us at the scene.“But be left in absolutely no doubt that it is often down to a very small minority of individuals within those communities. In the run-up to bonfire night I would ask communities to watch our social media channels and website as we launch our #DoNotAttackMe campaign – this will shine a spotlight on the impact these attacks can have on our people behind the uniform, and our response to emergencies.“Once again, violence against our crews will not be tolerated – our firefighters absolutely do not deserve to be met with such behaviour.”Assistant Chief Constable Paul Anderson, Police Scotland, said:“For the vast majority of people, last year’s Bonfire Night was either spent at home, or enjoying an appropriately organised fireworks display. However, a small group of individuals were responsible for localised incidents of disorder, which included the targetting of emergency services personnel. Such behaviour is unacceptable.“To assist our divisions, a range of specialist resources will be at their disposal to deal with any incidents which arise and officers across the country are continuing to liaise with relevant partners. We are working with our communities and we want people to enjoy themselves over this period but we will take positive action against anyone participating in disorder and antisocial behaviour.”BackgroundThe Scottish Government has been working with Police Scotland and the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service, as well as the related Inspectorates HMICS and HMFSI, to review any change in trends and any further work that can be progressed to address antisocial behaviour on Bonfire Night. This review is available online – Bonfire Night 2017: briefing paper
Skyworks has introduced two new Wi-Fi switches that are ideal for WLAN networks, repeaters, ISM band radios, Bluetooth and Zigbee systems, smartphones, and connectivity modules.The SKY13585-679LF is a SPDT switch intended for applications from 1 to 6 GHz. It has a low insertion loss of 0.5 dB and a high isolation of 38 dB. This switch can handle a power of 31 dBm and requires a supply voltage of 3 to 5 Volts. It has integrated DC blocking capacitors, so no external DC blocking capacitors are required. This switch is available in a 6-pin MLPD package that measures 1 x 1 x 0.32 mm and is ideal for WLAN repeaters, ISM band radios and connectivity modules. For more details click here.The SKY13586-678LF is a SP3T antenna switch for 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi applications. It has an insertion loss of 0.75 dB and a high isolation of 35 dB. This switch can handle a power of 29 dBm and requires a supply voltage of 3 to 5 Volts. It has integrated DC blocking capacitors, so no external DC blocking capacitors are required. This switch is available in a 8-pin MLP package that measures 1.1 x 1.1 x 0.33 mm and is ideal for applications in bluetooth systems, smartphones and connectivity modules. For more details click here.
Related TopicsCavsKobe BryantLakersLebron James Paul Williams CLEVELAND – If you are from Cleveland, let alone a Cavs fan, you probably have heard that L.A. Lakers mega-star Kobe Bryant’s retirement tour will continue tonight with a very special stop.Kobe will be playing his final basketball game in Cleveland, against arch-rival turned friend LeBron James, when the Cavs and Lakers tip off at 8pm.There will surely be a tribute and a trip down memory lane at the Q tonight and I will do the same here, highlighting Kobe’s career against the Cavs.There have been many memorable moments over the years, especially between 2008-2010 when Kobe and LeBron were the clear-cut faces of the NBA.Kobe’s move to Nike made things even more interesting with the possibly over-played puppet skits.The only down side to those years was the fact that, despite the ridiculous build up, the two teams never met in the Finals like many had hoped.That doesn’t take away from the great games when they did face off, however.Overall, Kobe has complied a 10-13 record against the Cavs since Lebron came into the league in the 2003-2004 season.In head-to-head match ups between Kobe and LeBron, the King holds the advantage with a 14-6 overall record.LeBron carries an average of 28.4 ppg in those contests while Kobe has averaged just 25.0 ppg.You know you’re pretty darn good when a 25 ppg average over 20 games seems low.One of Kobe’s biggest wins against LeBron and the Cavs came in the 2008-2009 season when the Lakers handed Cleveland its first home loss of the season after they starting 23-0.The Cavs returned the favor the following year by beating the Lakers in both match ups despite Kobe averaging 33.0 ppg against Cleveland.In the 2005-2006 season both games between the Cavs and Lakers were instant classics that went down to the wire.The first game took place in L.A. and it was a classic Kobe finish.With the game tied at 93 with 1:30 remaining, Bryant knocked down three straight long jumpers to help his team hold on for a 99-98 victory.LeBron and the Cavs returned the favor a few months later at the Q.James knocked down a late 3-pointer that gave the Cavs the lead for good as they held on for a 96-95 victory despite 38 points from Kobe.The four years LeBron was in Miami Kobe and the Lakers complied a 4-3 record against Cleveland, including 42 point games in both 2012 and 2013.In 2011 Kobe fueled the Lakers in handing the Cavs their worst home loss of all time when L.A. absolutely demolished Cleveland, 112-57.The Cavs won both games with relative ease against the Lakers last season but, as always, Kobe still made his presence felt in the one game he played in.Now, after so many exciting late season showdowns at the Q, Kobe will be making his final trip to the Land.Whether you like or dislike him, everyone should appreciate the last chance to see a legend on their home floor.
AUBURN — Despite having Cassanova McKinzy and Kris Frost, perhaps the best returning linebacker duo in the SEC, back for their senior seasons, Will Muschamp doesn’t feel as though there’s separation among Auburn’s top four linebackers.“Right now there is not a starter at linebacker for us,” Muschamp said. “All three of those guys (McKinzy, Frost and Tre’ Williams) showed the capability to start at linebacker here at Auburn and I’ll throw in there Justin Garrett from the standpoint of a guy that had a tremendous six days and had an unfortunate situation with his ankle. … He really did some nice things.”McKinzy and Frost, who both started 12 of 13 games last season and appeared in the other, played exclusively with the first-team during A-Day, registering three and two tackles, respectively, with Williams adding two as well while Garrett (high ankle sprain) was held out.Last season McKinzy had 91 tackles, with 11 for loss, with an interception, forced fumble and fumble recovery and is ranked the No. 3 inside linebacker in the 2016 draft class by NFLDraftScout.com. Frost had 87 tackles, with 10 for loss including 3 1/2 sacks, an interception and three forced fumbles last season and is ranked the No. 14 outside linebacker for 2016 by NFLDraftScout.com.JaViere Mitchell, Cameron Toney, DeShaun Davis and Kenny Flowers are next on the depth chart and all played on A-Day, but Muschamp wants to see more.“We’ve got four guys here on campus that I feel very comfortable with,” Muschamp said. “We need to get better after that.”Go Mobile, Montgomery! Download our apps here
Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly gives the Rebels an advantage when their offense is on the field. WHEN OLE MISS HAS THE BALL The Rebels have the most productive offense in the SEC at 40.5 points per game and 518 yards per game, largely because they have arguably the best quarterback in the conference. Junior Chad Kelly leads the SEC in passing average at 318.5, 30 yards more than runner-up Dak Prescott, and ranks second in pass efficiency to Arkansas’ Brandon Allen. The Bulldogs’ secondary has been hit hard by injuries, making it difficult to match up with the depth the Rebels have at wide receiver. The position group includes likely first-round pick Laquon Treadwell but also strong options in Quincy Adeboyejo, Cody Core and Damore’ea Stringfellow. The Rebels’ run game has also performed well following the return of left tackle Laremy Tunsil. They averaged 2.9 yards per carry in three SEC games without him and 5 yards per carry in four SEC games with him and have seven rushing touchdowns over their past two games.ADVANTAGE: Rebels WHEN MISSISSIPPI STATE HAS THE BALL Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott gives the Bulldogs an advantage when their offense is on the field.Dak Prescott is coming off his best game as a Bulldog, which is saying something for the senior who holds 36 school records. The quarterback threw for 508 yards last week against Arkansas to go with seven touchdowns. He guided MSU to a 51-point outing, the most this season. The Bulldogs have score at least 40 points in four of their last six games.On the flip side, Ole Miss ranks ninth in the SEC allowing 22.5 points per game. That number jumps by 10 points on the road to 32.8. The Rebels have allowed at least 37 points on the road to ranked teams this season. The splits trend the same way in terms of passing yards too. Ole Miss allows 255 passing yards per game overall. On the road, however, that total jumps to 311 yards.Prescott has passed for at least 300 yards in his last five games. He’s also thrown for 15 touchdowns during that time.ADVANTAGE: Bulldogs SPECIAL TEAMS This is a difficult decision to make. The point spread opened Sunday with the Rebels leading by two points, meaning Las Vegas thinks it will be close. This gives the Rebels the advantage because their place-kicker has been slightly better. Sophomore Gary Wunderlich has made 16 of 19 (84.2 percent), while Mississippi State’s Westin Graves is 12 of 15 (80 percent). The real advantage comes in distance.Wunderlich’s long is 45 yards this season. Coach Dan Mullen is hesitant to use Graves at any distance beyond 43 yards. Wunderlich has said he would feel comfortable attempting a kick from about 55 yards. The Rebels also hold a slight advantage in punting with their average of 42.6 yards to Mississippi State’s 40.9.ADVANTAGE: Rebels.
Bobby Bank/Getty Images(NASHVILLE) — Comedian D.L. Hughley is on the mend after collapsing on stage during a show in Tennessee. The 57-year-old also revealed that he tested positive for COVID-19.The incident happened Friday night, with the Zanies comedy nightclub announcing on Facebook, “Our friend D.L. Hughley had a medical emergency while performing on Friday and was hospitalized overnight. According to his publicist, he was suffering from exhaustion after working & traveling this week.”The club continued, “He is feeling better and thanks everyone for their kind thoughts.”Later on Saturday, 57-year-old opened up about the harrowing experience on Twitter. Hughley, speaking in a subdued voice, candidly explained that he was “very dehydrated” and suffering from “extreme exhaustion.”“I also tested positive for COVID-19, which blew me away,” Hughley announced in a serious tone. “I was what they call asymptomatic. I didn’t have any symptoms, the classic symptoms.” The comic made sure to detail the symptoms of COVID-19 — such as a low-grade fever, difficulty breathing or a cough — in order to educate fans on what they should be on the lookout for and take seriously.“I still don’t have a fever, I didn’t have a loss of smell or taste,” He deadpanned. “Apparently, I just lost consciousness!” The Hughleys star furthered that, “So, in addition to all the other stuff you have to look out for, if your a** pass out in the middle of a show, onstage, you probably need to get tested.”Hughley will now quarantine in his hotel room for 14 days.Zanies has since urged those who attended Hughley’s Friday show to get tested. The club separately announced on Sunday that, in accordance with Metro Nashville Health Department guidelines, the institution will remain closed until “a comprehensive cleaning process conducted by a specialist” is completed.By Megan StoneCopyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.