Bus patronage in early 2021 avoids return to mid-2020 depths

first_imgBus 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.last_img read more

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2020 Census looking to hire Hoosiers for temporary jobs

first_imgIndianaLocalSouth Bend Market Google+ By Tommie Lee – July 19, 2019 0 373 Twitter WhatsApp FILE – This March 23, 2018, file photo shows an envelope containing a 2018 census letter mailed to a U.S. resident as part of the nation’s only test run of the 2020 Census. A trial will begin in federal court on Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, in San Francisco, over the Trump administration’s decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 U.S. Census. (AP Photo/Michelle R. Smith, File) Workers are needed for the 2020 Census.The US Census Bureau is recruiting thousands of people to take temporary jobs across the nation, and there are numerous opportunities for Hoosiers.The 2020 Census Jobs website allows applicants to apply for a number of jobs in the state, including recruiting assistants, office operations supervisors, clerks, field supervisors, and census takers. People with language skills, including Spanish, are needed.Applicants under 18 can apply but they will need to be 18 years of age by the time they start work.Learn more at http://2020census.gov/jobs Twitter Pinterest Google+ 2020 Census looking to hire Hoosiers for temporary jobs Facebook Pinterest Facebook Previous articlePolice: Granger man jailed after being found with 3+ pounds of potNext articleRagu Pasta Sauce recall due to possible plastic contamination Tommie Lee WhatsApplast_img read more

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Ex-boyfriend accused of killing woman targeted in November

first_img Previous articleScrap over old Indiana gay marriage ban derails popular billNext articleTests show Porter County patient does not have coronavirus Associated PressNews from the Associated Press and its network of reporters and publications. Twitter Google+ WhatsApp Google+ IndianaNews Pinterest Facebook Twitter By Associated Press – February 2, 2020 0 239 Ex-boyfriend accused of killing woman targeted in November WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest (Photo supplied) HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — A northwest Indiana man who was set free on bond on attempted murder charges is accused of fatally shooting his girlfriend, who he allegedly previously attempted to kill.Hammond police say Charles Goforth is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Sylvia Williams.A relative on Wednesday found the 55-year-old Williams dead in her mobile home. Goforth was charged with attempted murder for shooting Williams on Nov. 1.He was freed on a $7,945 bond and a judge allowed him to return home to Independence, Missouri, where he was arrested Thursday.last_img read more

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Conflict prevention paper to stress Commission’s role

first_imgFrance and Germany are insisting the EU executive should not be given the right to determine whether a group of member states can press ahead with ‘enhanced cooperation’ in the foreign policy arena, although it will be able to do so in other areas of policy-making in its role as guardian of the Union treaty.French diplomats have suggested that enhanced cooperation could be used, for example, to allow some states to form a special high-level task force to deal with the conflict in the Great Lakes region in Africa even if others did not wish to take part. But Paris argues that the Commission should not be given in a say in whether this happens.France has traditionally been the strongest advocate of giving the EU a more united position on external relations issues, but through greater coordination of individual member states’ stances rather than by boosting the Commission’s role.However, Patten argues that trying to improve the effectiveness of the Union’s foreign policy while marginalising the Commission is self-defeating because the executive can provide considerable aid and controls essential policy tools for dealing with crisis situations.He emphasised the importance of his institution’s role in a speech in June, saying: “While the Commission has nothing to say – nor do we seek a role – in defence, it is impossible to separate purely military matters from related issues in which we are competent, and have a real contribution to make. Military and the non-military actions cannot be placed neatly into separate boxes. Nor should they be, because they need to be closely coordinated in the service of a single strategy.”The debate comes as EU leaders prepare to boost Solana’s role by giving him control of the Union’s new permanent political and security committee (PSC), which will run crisis management operations from next year. The paper on ‘effective conflict prevention’ will emphasise the executive’s importance in dealing with humanita-rian emergencies such as the situations in Bosnia and Kosovo, although it will not be involved in the military side of crisis management operations.It will also argue against any attempt to marginalise the Commission, while acknowledging that the Union’s usual decision-making procedures will have to be telescoped if it is to take rapid action to deal with crisis situations.The move comes as most EU governments are fighting French-led attempts to limit the Commission’s role in deciding whether some Union countries can go ahead with new foreign policy initiatives without all 15 member states being involved.last_img read more

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MI6 chief warns Russia not to underestimate UK

first_imgYounger, also known by the codename “C,” said that MI6 will continue to work with partner agencies in Europe to strengthen “indispensable security ties” after Brexit.”C” stressed the need for “fourth-generation espionage” that utilizes tech innovations such as artificial intelligence to respond to emerging hybrid threats, telling students that Britain’s adversaries are taking advantage of the blurred lines between the cyber and physical worlds, but that the U.K. is well-equipped to counter these threats.The rare address, Younger’s second public speech in the four years since he was appointed, is a pitch to recruit a new generation of spies. Also On POLITICO Opinion Europe’s Russia sanctions are not working By Nona Mikhelidze and Nathalie Tocci Trump claims ‘heroes’ will emerge from Mueller’s Russia probe By Caitlin Oprysko The head of the U.K.’s spy agency challenged Russia on its “malign behavior” and its stance of “perpetual confrontation” in a speech Monday.“Our intention is for the Russian state to conclude that, whatever the benefits it thinks it is accruing from this activity, they are not worth the risk,” M16 chief Alex Younger said to students at St Andrew’s University, according to Reuters.“I should emphasize that even as the Russian state seeks to destabilize us, we do not seek to destabilize Russia. We do not seek escalation,” Younger said.last_img read more

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Fill-in-the-blank: Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas

first_imgRELATED: Read more Inside GrooveI’ll tell you what—Martin Truex Jr. sure is luckya talented driverunfortunate his win was overshadowedthe driver of the No. 78 car . It seems like so many times, he basically has the race wonleads the most laps in a racedoesn’t answer my textschanges his facial hair , only to fall short of the windisappoint meactually win the race sometimesrun into bad luckchange his facial hair again .As a Martin Truex Jr. fanBrad Keselowski fanToyota fanFord fanperson who forgot to change the clocks an hour aheadfan with no vested stake in the race-deciding pass , Las Vegas was different, and I couldn’t be more excitedfuriousconfusedshockeddisappointed in myself . Truex won Stage 1, then Stage 2, and then looked poised to cap it off by bringing home the win, like usualrunning into bad luck, like usuallosing the race because a giant meteor fell to the earth .Of course, a win couldn’t possibly come that easily. In the closing laps, Danica Patrick’s engine expiredRicky Stenhouse’s axle brokethe racing gods saw Truex was in position for a victory , so naturally, the caution came out and bunched the field up for a late-racethrillingTruex-robbinggosh-darned, heckin’ restart. The race, now turned on its head, looked like a surefire triumph for Brad Keselowski, who won last week’s race at Atlantawanted to continue Ford’s 2017 winning streakwanted to end his zero-race winless streakis a NASCAR driver, just like Martin Truex Jr.sort of looks like country singer Porter Wagoner when you think about it .In a turn of events, however, the No. 2 car self-destructedgambled and lostdidn’t want to hear the “2 wins for the 2 car” jokes all weekfelt bad Truex wasn’t going to win and broke itself with two laps to go, handing the win to Truex. I couldn’t believe that Martin Truex Jr. actually wonBrad Keselowski still hung on for a fifth-place finishsomebody completed “the cycle” and won every stage of the raceJoey Logano got into Kyle Busch on the last lapKyle Larson finished secondClint Bowyer actually finished in the top 10 —it seems like such an unexpected thing to happen! The whole sequence made me feel flabbergastedlike I made a mistake in my fantasy racing picks this weekopinionatedlike putting all my money on ‘2’ in roulettebad for Brad Keselowskilike starting a fightlike bragging to all my friends who are Keselowski fans .What shocked me most about the race at Las Vegas was when I saw Kyle Larson finished in second place againKevin Harvick blew a tire and exited the race earlytwo drivers had differing opinions following the race’s conclusion . I didn’t see that one coming!Anyway, Las Vegas is in the history books, and it’s time to look forward to Phoenix, where Brad Keselowski will surely redeem himselfKevin Harvick will surely redeem himselfMartin Truex Jr. will repeat unless a tumbleweed gets stuck in his air intake or somethingKyle Larson will probably finish second againsomebody will surely crash while trying to cut the backstretch doglegI’ll remember to change my clocks an hour forward in time for the racethere are only desert puns, not gambling punsI can continue to shape this cactus in Kevin Harvick’s likenessmy Monster Energy doesn’t stay cold very long because it’s like 200 degreesI’ll miss Carl Edwards .last_img read more

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John Prine, Legendary Songwriter, Dies At 73

first_imgJohn Prine, the American songwriting legend, has died at the age of 73. Prine’s death on Tuesday follows his hospitalization in late March with “COVID-19 symptoms.” Prine’s death was confirmed by his family to Rolling Stone.Related: Joan Baez, Roger Waters, More Send Healing Vibes To John Prine Amid COVID-19 Treatment [Videos]Born in Maywood, Illinois on October 10th, 1946, Prine began playing guitar at a young age. After a stint in the U.S. armed services and a spell as a mail carrier, Prine moved to Chicago in the late 1960s where he was discovered by Kris Kristofferson. His 1971 self-titled debut album received widespread critical acclaim and prompted him to focus on a career in music. It contains some of his most well-loved songs, from “Sam Stone” to “Spanish Pipedream” to “Paradise” to “Hello In There” to “Angel From Montgomery”.John Prine – John Prine (1971)Eventually, Prine made his way to Nashville and adopted the city as his home, becoming an integral figure in the city’s music culture. Along with the gravelly singing voice he developed after a battle with squamous cell cancer in 1998, Prine is known for writing songs that take a stark look at every angle of the American experience through poetic and often humorous stories about the elderly, the lonely, the addicted, the ailing, the environment, and beyond. His thoroughly “human” lyrics have earned him widespread praise as one of the greatest songwriters of his generation.Related: John Prine Discusses Late-Career Renaissance As Spotlight Guest On ‘CBS Sunday Morning’ [Video]The two-time Grammy winner and Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee also enjoyed a late-career revival in 2018 with the release of his final full-length album, The Tree of Forgiveness. The album, which was produced by Dave Cobb and featured guest appearances by Jason Isbell, Amanda Shires, Dan Auerbach, and Brandi Carlile, went on the become the highest-charting album of his career.We will have much more to say about John Prine in the coming days. For now, we just wish to say thank you for all that you and your music gave to the world. You’ve given us more blessings than one man can stand. Rest east easy, John.John Prine – “When I Get To Heaven” (Live)[Video: AustinCityLimitsTV]You can read a collection of tributes to the late John Prine by his fellow artists here.last_img read more

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2020 Reflections With Singer Shira Elias (Turkuaz)

first_imgAs people from all walks of life figure out how to get by in the age of coronavirus, musicians are left to figure out how to adapt to a world in which live concerts are out of the question. While the self-isolation continues, we’re checking in with some of our favorite musicians to reflect on years past (both the good times and the bad), see what they’re most looking forward to once ongoing live event hiatus comes to an end, and find out what they’d like to do differently when that time comes.For the third installment of this series, Shira Elias (vocals, Turkuaz), offers up her ‘2020 Reflections’. You can also read the second installment of the series by bassist Chris DeAngelis (Kung Fu/The Breakfast) here, and the first installment by drummer John Kimock (Mike Gordon) here.BEST GIG STORYTurkuaz was scheduled to play a concert at the Taos Mesa Brewery in Taos, NM a few years back and due to some van/trailer difficulties we were running extremely late for our load-in. We were going to have to do a “throw-and-go” without a proper sound check, which is always a little tense, especially for a large band like Turkuaz. But as we always do, we hustled as a team to set up the gear and were staged and ready to play just in time.Related: Turkuaz Takeover: Inside The Turkuaz, Dave Brandwein, & Shira Elias Sets From Quarantine Comes Alive [Video]When we began the set we were all super excited to be playing music together after a long and arduous day. The sound was surprisingly great and the crowd was hyped. All of a sudden, about half way into the third song, the power in the entire town of Taos went out. No lights. No sound. It was silent for about five seconds until Mikey [Carubba], our drummer, started a beat on the drums and yelled to the horns to start a second line tune.Before we knew it, we had a full on improvised acoustic song happening and the audience went nuts. Everyone used their phone flashlights to light the room and we all stomped and sang as hard as we could. What a beautiful moment that was. What could have been a total bummer after an already tough day turned into this amazing collective convergence to create and celebrate through adverse circumstances. I’ll never forget that show.WORST GIG STORYWell, if by “worst” you mean “most embarrassing,” then it would have to be a Turkuaz show a few years back at Brooklyn Bowl. It was a hometown two-night run so my fellow vocalist, Sammi Garett, and I wanted to do it up and wear a different outfit for each set. We thought a costume change at set break would really spice it up.So it’s a sold out Saturday night, set break comes and it’s time for our costume change. Brooklyn Bowl happens to have an extremely small green room for a four-piece band, let alone a nine-piece band PLUS our crew and guests. I managed to discreetly change into my next outfit amidst all of the people, took a shot of tequila, and it was time to go back on stage.The set begins, I’m feeling myself; I’m giving the choreography that little extra oomph, and sure enough, at the top of the second song, the clasp of my halter top busts open and I have what they call a “wardrobe malfunction.” In the excitement and chaos of the green room, I must have not properly fastened the clasp. I’m sure it was only for a second or two (although it seemed like time completely stopped), but I basically flashed a nip to 1,200 people. I bolted to the green room to fix the situation and, like a pro, was back on the mic belting it out for my next line in the song. Ain’t nothing gonna break my stride.SOMETHING YOU’RE LOOKING FORWARD TO GETTING BACK TOThe people in the audience. I can’t wait to feel the collective energy that only a huge crowd of real human people can give. There’s nothing like it and I pray that it happens again.SOMETHING YOU’RE LOOKING FORWARD TO CHANGINGMy occasional lack of appreciation for being able to play live shows. Like most touring musicians, I used to have days on the road where I would be tired or wishing I could be at home. I think when we get back I won’t take it for granted the way I did before because it could all go away in an instant.Keep an eye out for more ‘2020 Reflections’ from some of our favorite musicians in the coming weeks.last_img read more

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Funds Approved for Plans on Emergency Workers Academy in Texas

first_imgThe academy will incorporate new computerized technology that s kinder to the environment than the old method of creating smoke by burning old tires and hay, Zeigler said. The academy won t be restricted to SAC students. Officials envision it as a place where small-town police, firefighters and emergency medical technicians across South Texas can come to train. This is something we have needed to do for a long time, he said. Right now, we don t really have a facility for our fire program. We just have to borrow and rely on the good will of people in the community. Trustees also voted to expand and create outposts in Comal and Wilson counties. In the Hill Country, the Central Texas Technology Center will expand to New Braunfels, offering academic and work force programs in food manufacturing and production. In Wilson, the district will create the Floresville Early College Technology Center, offering dual credit to high school students as well as work force education for local [email protected] Trustees for Alamo Community Colleges on Tuesday night voted to spend $241,000 to draw up plans for a First Responders Academy, to be located on 60 acres on the South Side. The district closed last week on a $680,000 parcel of land on Interstate 35 near Von Ormy, said Robert Zeigler, president of San Antonio College. On Tuesday, trustees hired Marmon Mok and Broaddus + Project Control to start planning and designing the academy. Nearly 80 percent of the nation s firefighters, police officers and emergency medical technicians receive their credentials from community colleges, according to the American Association of Community Colleges.center_img In other business, trustees voted to spend $2.5 million to make pay more equitable for veteran staff members, the second part of a compensation plan that has raised pay for staff across the district. SAN ANTONIO, Texas — After losing a crucial lease on a burn building for training firefighters, San Antonio College has been looking for a new spot to train. Now, it looks like the school will build its own place. With new facilities, enrollment in SAC s firefighter, police and EMT programs could grow. Now, SAC enrolls about 1,000 students in its criminal justice program, about 280 in fire science and 140 in emergency medicine, Zeigler said. Community colleges have become the primary trainers for first responders. This is kind of a national trend, Chancellor Bruce Leslie said. We are simply trying to make more facilities available. In addition to a burn building, the academy will house a firing range, a driving course and training facilities for swift water rescue and hazardous materials.last_img read more

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Governor Scott offers detailed response to federal executive orders

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott on Monday announced a series of steps his Administration is taking to protect the rights of all Vermonters, following executive orders from President Trump relating to immigration and refugee resettlement. He said he is pursuing actions that protect the rights of Vermonters and is consulting with other government agencies, including the attorney general, to assess the constitutionality of the executive orders.“As Governor, I will stand up for the rights and civil liberties of all those in our State, and the rights of the State of Vermont,” Scott said. “Vermont will continue to uphold the laws of our State and nation, but we will not be forced to take any action that we believe violates Constitutional rights, or infringes upon the rights of Vermont as a sovereign state. We are a nation of United States – a constitutional republic made up of individually governed states empowering three equal branches of government to act on our behalf – not one nation-state governed exclusively by a President.”Governor Scott said his Administration – in conjunction and consultation with partners across State and local government and Vermont’s Congressional delegation – are pursuing the following action steps to ensure the State is doing its part to defend and protect the Constitution, and the civil rights and safety of all Vermonters:The Governor has directed his legal counsel to coordinate with the Vermont Attorney General’s office – and other states – to assess the constitutionality of the executive orders, specifically the impact of the broad policy proclamations contained in the border security and immigration enforcement orders on the Fourth and Tenth Amendments, for the purpose of exploring a legal challenge to the orders. The Governor will immediately convene a Civil Rights and Criminal Justice Cabinet, charged with further review of the Executive Orders. The Civil Rights and Criminal Justice Cabinet will identify areas that are not in compliance with current state or Constitutional law and make recommendations to the Governor. This Cabinet will include the Governor’s legal counsel, Secretary of Human Services, Secretary of Agriculture, Commissioner of Public Safety, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, Senate Pro Tem, House Speaker, State’s Attorneys Office Executive Director, Defender General, a mayor designated by the Vermont Mayor’s Coalition, and representative leaders from the Vermont Association of Chiefs of Police, and Vermont Sheriffs’ Association.The Governor will elect not to enter the agreements suggested under the border security and immigration enforcement orders, which ask Governors and local officials to carry out immigration enforcement functions. Further, he will seek legislation and support from lawmakers to prohibit local officials from entering such agreements with the Federal government. This action will not prohibit law enforcement officers’ ability to uphold the law, but it will ensure they are not carrying out additional actions under the executive order that may ultimately be deemed unconstitutional or infringe on the rights of Vermonters or the rights of Vermont as a sovereign State. The Administration is reaching out to the U.S. Departments of Justice and Homeland Security for further clarification on each of these orders, and how they relate to Vermont’s sizable refugee and immigrant populations.The Administration is coordinating with refugee program administrators and stakeholders within impacted industries to keep them informed on its efforts, address concerns, and communicate impact.“I believe these executive orders extend beyond the concerns we all have for preventing foreign terrorists from entering the country and reducing illegal immigration,” added Gov. Scott “These orders have the potential to erode civil liberties and states’ rights that we are all afforded by the Constitution. I will continue to work with state and federal partners to protect our state’s values, and to uphold legal, ethical and moral standards – and the Constitutional rights and liberties – that have distinguished America from the rest of the world for generations.”Source: Governor. 1.30.2017last_img read more

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