first_imgPhil Bulman, Director and Transport Sector Specialist at management consultancy Vendigital, advises operators on the ways to establish demand-responsive services – and there is little to lose, he saysPhil Bulman of consultancy Vendigital: Little to lose by exploring DRTTransport Secretary Chris Grayling sparked an angry reaction by suggesting that local bus services could be replaced with more flexible products.But is that vision pie-in-the-sky, or could it present a lucrative revenue stream?While trades unions are concerned about the impact that DRT minibus services could have on public transport, many operators are open to the idea. Some are already trialling services with the support of local authority and private sector partners.Among them is ArrivaClick, which has operated in Sittingbourne since 2017 linking the town to a local business park.he app-based service is more akin to a taxi than a bus, but it offers a cheaper ride than the latter. Meanwhile, Ford’s Chariot commuter shuttle has been running in London since the start of the year.Transport for London’s (TfL) announcement of its intention to trial a demand-responsive bus service has seen expressions of interest invited. Respondents could include bus operators, taxi companies, freight businesses, vehicle manufacturers and leasing companies.By sweeping the industry for ideas in this way, TfL is opening the door to agile disrupters who could beat bus operators to the market. For bus operators, the decision to invest in DRT is not an easy one. While the low-cost model is attractive, many feel hamstrung by current commitments and they are concerned that underfunding and falling passenger numbers could erode margins further. Many are also upgrading current fleets to meet air quality standards.With so much on their plates already, there is a danger that bus operators could miss out on the opportunity that is opening up before them. But there is still time to act, and for those prepared to lead the way, the gains are there to be won.ArrivaClick represented the big groups’ first venture into DRT workBefore launching a new service, operators should review their existing cost base and procurement strategies. Sometimes, small changes there can make a big difference to overall performance and operating efficiency.It is also necessary to identify a suitable route, where there is a sufficient volume of commuters that would welcome a novel public transport option that is more tailored to their needs.By leasing minibuses, backed up with service and warranty agreements, the operator could establish a trial within months, without the need for significant up-front investment.While change brings risk, doing nothing is not an option. Operators must be prepared to flex their business model to meet passenger demands or risk losing market share.Those with vision and drive to make changes have much to gain – and little to lose.www.vendigital.comlast_img read more

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first_imgLatvian basketball player Kristaps Porziņģis scored 14 points in the first match of the NBA elimination tournament on Monday and was expelled from the hall while his Dallas Mavericks suffered a loss.The Mavericks conceded in the first game of the Orlando tournament with a score of 110: 118 (38:34, 31:32, 13:21, 28:31) in the Los Angeles CIippers and took the 0-1 lead to four wins in the Western Conference quarter-finals.In the middle of the first quarter, Porziņģis blocked Paul George, but the judges recorded a foul. Latvian basketball showed dissatisfaction and was given a technical note.In the third minute of the second half, Luka Dončičs clashed with Markus Morris, Porziņģis threw to defend a team member and pushed the opponent. The referees assessed this action with a second technical note, which meant that Porziņģis had ended the game.“It was a slow start and we drove quickly, but we played. We better work with the ball and fight under the baskets. The case with Kristaps was a failure and we have to learn from it. It must be understood that it is part of the play-off emotions. “Our teammate, but two technical remarks in the elimination tournament match is not allowed.The “Mavericks” basketball players were ready that emotions could prevail in the game.“Before the series, we talked about emotions hitting a high wave. When that happens, you need to gather yourself, help energize the other teammates or calm them down. A lot happens on the field, as in the NBA game. Basketball players try to give their best,” Carlisle.“I haven’t received the analysis yet, but I can say that we are a better team in defense when Porziņģis is on the field. We will learn from what happened. We are here to win the series, so we are disappointed with this game, result and result,” said Karlla .As Keyn Fitzgerald, the head referee of the match, explained in the conversation with ESPN after the game, Porziņģis’ second technical remark was justified.“The first violation was punching in the air, which is automatically penalized by a technical note under NBA rules. The second technical note was that he escalated the grip, as we found in the video replay,” Fitzgerald explained.The referee also explained that the rules are the same in all situations, whether it is a “play-off” or a regular championship match.The judges’ decision caused confusion among many, such as Mavericks legend Dirk Novickis and Los Angeles Lakers star Lebron James on Twitter publicly said that expulsion was too harsh.The second game in the series will take place on Wednesday.NBA teams played eight matches before the playoffs to determine the final place distribution before the playoffs began. The Mavericks finished seventh in the Western Conference, while the Clippers finished second.last_img read more

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first_img Related Orlando Police Department(ORLANDO, Fla.) — One day after accused killer Markeith Loyd cursed at a judge in a court appearance for allegedly killing his pregnant ex-girlfriend, he came back to court to face the same judge for charges of killing a veteran Orlando, Florida police officer.Loyd was combative from the start in Friday morning’s court appearance for his alleged killing of Orlando police Lt. Debra Clayton earlier this month. He interrupted the judge as she tried to read his charges and refused to answer questions.Loyd — appearing with a bandage over his left eye, his hands cuffed and officers holding each of his arms — said to Judge Jeanette Dejuras Bigney in the state’s Ninth Judicial Circuit Court in Orlando, “My name is Markeith Loyd, who are you? Lady in the black dress, who are you?”Loyd appeared without legal representation. When asked whether he wants a public defender, he again asked for the judge’s name.“State your name for the record,” he said.In connection with Clayton’s death, Loyd was charged with first-degree murder of a law enforcement officer, attempted first-degree murder with a firearm, carjacking with a firearm, aggravated assault and wearing a bulletproof vest.The judge on Friday held him on no bond. Loyd did not enter a plea.Orlando Police Chief John Mina said that after Loyd first shot Clayton on Jan. 9, he had a clear and unobstructed path to his car but chose instead to run over to where Clayton was. Mina said Clayton was still alive when, he said, Loyd stood “over her defenseless body” and fired multiple shots at her, killing her.Clayton was a police master sergeant when she was killed. She was promoted to lieutenant on the day of her funeral, Orlando police said.Loyd was caught by police Tuesday after a nine-day manhunt; he was wanted for allegedly killing Clayton and for allegedly killing his pregnant ex-girlfriend Sade Dixon in December.When Loyd appeared in court Thursday in connection with Dixon’s death, he said to the judge, “Y’all making up s—, like I just went in there and shot this girl, endangering my family … Y’all portray this s— to the news people like I just went in there and shot this girl.”While leaving the courtroom Thursday, Loyd said to Judge Bigney, “F— you.”In connection with Dixon’s death, Loyd was charged with one count of first-degree murder with a firearm, one count of unlawful killing of an unborn child, one count of attempted first-degree murder with a firearm and two counts of aggravated assault with a firearm. The judge ordered him held without bond. Loyd did not enter a plea.The judge said Thursday that Loyd would have a hearing in one week to determine counsel for him in the case over Dixon’s death.Orlando police on Thursday released video of Loyd’s capture. In the video — which was shot from a police chopper above the scene — Loyd is seen crawling away from a house and toward officers by the roadway. After he stopped crawling, the officers approached him while he lay prone in the street. At least one officer then appeared to kick Loyd in the head. At that point, the chopper camera panned away.Mina called the camera pulling away “concerning” and said the apparent use of force will be investigated.Mina said Loyd suffered a fractured left orbital bone and damage to his eye. He was hospitalized until late Wednesday.When asked at a press conference if kicking the suspect was necessary, Mina said, “The officers were very concerned about what was underneath him. After they handcuffed him and searched him, pulled off his body armor, he had a large bag of ammunition.”Mina called Loyd a “cold-blooded, ruthless killer,” and said Loyd’s “long and violent history” will be factored into the use-of-force investigation. Mina said that when reviewing the use of force, officers are judged regarding the “totality of circumstances” and that officials will try to determine what an objectively reasonable officer would have done in light of those circumstances.Officers involved in the arrest are still on full duty, Mina said.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMaticolast_img read more

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