There is no argument that operating coaches in London is not easy. But the London Tourist Coach Forum’s third annual summit showed that real progress is being madeThis year’s London Tourist Coach Forum at the Prince of Wales Theatre set out the contribution that coaches make.In 2015, 12m domestic tourists arrived in London by coach, plus 1m international tourists. Each year 21,500 tourist coaches visit central London and there are 235,000 tourist coach movements in central London, Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT) Operations Director Stephen Smith, told the delegates.The consultation on the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) closes on 18 December, and operators are urged to respond to it, even if they are not based in London.The new Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has placed air quality at the top of his agenda, Transport for London (TfL) Director of Surface Strategy & Planning Ben Plowden told the delegates.Full details are in the document A City for all Londoners, which he urged people to read, and respond to the consultation, which closes on 11 December. In terms of air quality, the new Mayor “wants to go further and faster than Boris Johnson did,” says Mr Plowden.Practical measuresTfL has significantly improved the flow of information about the roads network, so coach drivers can plan their trips. It is working with the CPT to inform its Twitter feed; meanwhile other information is presented monthly in Ben’s column in this magazine.A trial of mixed-use bays – flexible use of kerbside space – which allows coaches to drop-off and pick-up passengers at Park Lane/Cumberland Gate, Vauxhall Bridge Road and Commercial Street, is working well.Also, plans to extend some current 20-minute bays to 60-minutes – to enable drivers to take their tacho break – are in handThe coach parking map, published in April, remains popular, with ongoing updates to the online version.TfL does not operate in isolation and has on-going collaboration with Camden and Westminster councils (covering the tourist heart of the city), alongside the London Councils umbrella body; the London Tourist Coach Operators Association (LTCOA), European Tourism Association (ETOA), CPT; plus London & Partners (the capital’s official promotional company) and Society of London Theatre, representing the capital’s 67 theatres.Practical problemsWestminster City Council’s coach provision is 68 daytime bays, using pay-by-phone, plus 16 20-minute short-term bays (free of charge) and eight overnight bays in Bullied Way.Around 3,000 coaches a day enter the borough, and there are 36 uses of kerbside space – from taxis, to deliveries, cycles – which means that there is high competition for this limited resource, says Cllr Heather Acton, Cabinet Member for Sustainability and Parking.The opening of the Kingsway parking bays has been a success and, subject to TfL approval, they will be extended to operate from 1000-2359hrsThe biggest issue remains Buckingham Gate, due to its proximity to Buckingham Palace and the attraction of the Changing of the Guard, which creates congestion, noise and air quality issues with its use by coaches.The ‘cat and mouse’ game of ‘circling’ to try to find drop-off points and parking increases coach movements and has air quality issues.To combat this, parking technology using the ParkRight app works with sensors to show where a free bay is, and then routes the driver to it. It is hoped, subject to funding, to extend this to all coach bays in the future.OverseasRepresenting 200 tour operators and 650 suppliers (such as hoteliers and coach providers) from around the world, Head of Tour Operator Relations Nick Greenfield explained what ‘coaching heaven’ (Amsterdam) looks like, compared with coaching ‘hell’ (Italy), sharing some ideas of best, and worst, practice.The vital importance of tourism to the London economy was set out in considerable detail by the London & Partners Acting CEO Andrew Cooke. The organisation’s strategy is economically-based. Mayor Khan wants to encourage “good growth” and tourism can help this.This is based on attracting visitors who spend the most, rather than those who spend little.Against a background of three years reduced tourism since 2012, in 2015 there were 18.6m overseas visits to London, a 7% increase. With an average spend of £640 per visitor, they generated £11.9bn (up 1%).While the US just edged ahead of France in 2015 as the biggest source of visitors (2.14m, compared with 2.07m for France), short-haul European market generates the most traffic.But the most valuable market for London, by spend, is the USA, whose visitors spent £1.81bn – more than double the next closest, France at £0.76bn. But all this pales compared with the £8.1bn spent by the domestic market.Document and consultations: A City for all Londoners hereULEZ proposal and consultation hereCommentThe Forum brought together representatives from trade associations, TfL, but crucially, those from the boroughs. The part the boroughs play in providing access is vital. Councillors appreciate tourism; yet also need to balance this with the need to protect residential streets from unwanted traffic and balance air quality and other issues. The forum made it clear that progress is being made – but that it is a partnership between all involved, including coach operators and drivers – within the confines of so many groups all wanting access to the same streets and parking.
Mayor Joel Marquardt (R) and Greg Smith led the community walk Saturday.Roeland Park opens trail with community walk. Roeland Park Mayor Joel Marquardt and parks committee chair Greg Smith led a community walk around the new trail in R Park Saturday morning with dozens of city residents following along. Funds for the trail that winds through R Park had been raised by a citizen committee. During the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Marquardt said the citizens had been able to accomplish more than he ever imagined possible from a private group. Smith said more improvements are coming for the park.Register to continue
The Market Research and Strategic Planning Department of the Croatian National Tourist Board prepared an overview of direct flights and direct air connections of Croatian airports with 12 significant emitting markets according to information obtained from Dubrovnik, Split and Zagreb airports.All Croatian tourism workers will unquestionably agree that the key to further “tourist success” of our country, whether we are talking about extending the season or increasing average earnings from tourism, is adequate investment in the development of tourism infrastructure, content and offer, in order to optimize money “which, according to all research, is crucial for choosing a destination, ie further positive recommendations of satisfied guests point out from the CNTB and add that one of the basic measures to improve all” tourism indicators “is certainly the growth of traffic in the months before and after publicity can play a significant role, but even greater progress can be made if “general publicity” is accompanied by adequate offers of concrete, cost-effective programs.The overview of direct flights will be regularly updated with information on newly established flights when they become available, which is crucial to know how to plan well and organize targeted tourism programs and activities for our emitting markets.Annex / Overview of direct air connections of Croatia
Netball Netball PNG will launch their five-year strategic plan and announce its Pacific Games team with a gala dinner at the Gateway Hotel on June 29. Motivational speaker and American basketball player, Eric Bailey will join the event as the keynote speaker, delivering an inspirational message on fulfilling your dreams. Bailey has spoken to more than three million people worldwide, drawing on his difficult start growing up in the crime riddle streets of downtown Los Angeles. He’s gone on to be one of the world’s top motivational speakers, leaving audiences driven to change their lives in a positive manner. “Most people who fail in life don’t fail because they aim too high and miss…most people who fail aim too low and they hit,” Bailey said. “I can’t wait to get to hear about Netball PNG’s plans for connecting the country through sport, and hope my message will incite a positive change for Papua New Guineans.” Netball PNG president Julienne Leka-Maliaki is thankful for the support of ExxonMobil for its support in securing a high profile speaker such as Eric. “We are optimistic that by engaging Eric will attract potential corporates and supporters to join us at this event,” she said. “We’re excited to welcome Eric to Port Moresby and know his inspirational words will deliver the exact sort of message Netball PNG hopes to achieve for the sport in the coming years.” Netball PNG is taking the initiative to raise funds through this gala dinner to support the implementation of this five-year strategic plan. We have an exciting program lined up for this event including a few announcements of pipeline projects such as a semi-professional netball league and strategic Partnerships. Join Netball PNG as they launch their five-year strategic plan for the growth, advancement and sustainability of Netball in PNG. Tables are selling for K7500 per table and all proceeds will go towards the operations of Netball in PNG.
Our FLEX rankings for Week 9 are in. Yes, they are technically just a combination of all our RB, WR, and TE rankings, and the order of those players ranked doesn’t change. That said, the combination of all three positions ranked is critical to trying to figure out exactly who to start at the final few spots on your roster. Having a quality flex and making the right start/sit decision can be critical to winning in all fantasy football formats. And for Week 9, that is especially important with six teams on bye.Some of the league’s best fantasy players are out as a result of all the byes. At running back, Joe Mixon, David Johnson, Marlon Mack, and Saquon Barkley are all off. At receiver, Alshon Jeffery is out and Golden Tate gets the dreaded double-bye after his trade from the Lions to the Eagles. Both Bengals receivers, A.J. Green and Tyler Boyd, are also idle, while Odell Beckham Jr. and Larry Fitzgerald are both on bye, as well. That’s a lot of talent, and the thin player pool makes it a bit more difficult to identify exactly which lower-level flex play fantasy owners may want to target this week. Reminder: Check back for updates throughout the week, and for analysis for individual players, check out our standard running back, wide receiver, and tight end rankings. For even more fantasy insight, check out “How Your Fantasy Team Will Lose in Week 9.”WEEK 9 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endWeek 9 Fantasy Football Rankings: FLEXThese rankings are for standard, non-PPR leagues1Todd Gurley, RB, Rams @ Saints2Kareem Hunt, RB, Chiefs @ Browns3Melvin Gordon, RB, Chargers @ Seahawks4Adam Thielen, WR, Vikings vs. Lions5Adrian Peterson, RB, Redskins vs. Falcons6Christian McCaffrey, RB, Panthers vs. Buccaneers7Robert Woods, WR, Rams @ Saints8Tyreek Hill, WR, Chiefs @ Browns9Julio Jones, WR, Falcons @ Redskins10Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Cowboys vs. Titans11Antonio Brown, WR, Steelers @ Ravens12Nick Chubb, RB, Browns vs. Chiefs13James White, RB, Patriots vs. Packers14Davante Adams, WR, Packers @ Patriots15Alvin Kamara, RB, Saints vs. Rams16Jarvis Landry, WR, Browns vs. Chiefs17Devin Funchess, WR, Panthers vs. Buccaneers18Travis Kelce, TE, Chiefs @ Browns19Latavius Murray, RB, Vikings vs. Lions20Phillip Lindsay, RB, Broncos vs. Texans Week 9 Standard Rankings:Quarterback | Running Back | Wide Receiver | Tight End | D/ST | KickerWe have your answers to the position here. They will be updated throughout the week with the latest injury news — currently we’re watching Matt Breida’s status for Thursday particularly closely — and we’ll do everything we can to help you get your best lineup out on the field this week. Without further ado, let’s dive in. WEEK 9: Rankings | DFS21Brandin Cooks, WR, Rams @ Saints22Michael Thomas, WR, Saints vs. Rams23John Brown, WR, Ravens vs. Steelers24Isaiah Crowell, RB, Jets @ Dolphins25DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Texans @ Broncos26Mike Evans, WR, Buccaneers @ Panthers27Lamar Miller, RB, Texans @ Broncos28James Conner, RB, Steelers @ Ravens29Rob Gronkowski, TE, Patriots vs. Packers30Cooper Kupp, WR, Rams @ Saints31Kerryon Johnson, RB, Lions @ Vikings32Jordan Howard, RB, Bears @ Bills33Tarik Cohen, RB, Bears @ Bills34Keenan Allen, WR, Chargers @ Seahawks35JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, Steelers @ Ravens36Jared Cook, TE, Raiders @ 49ers37Doug Martin, RB, Raiders @ 49ers38O.J. Howard, TE, Buccaneers @ Panthers39Chris Carson, RB, Seahawks vs. Chargers40Sony Michel, Patriots vs. Packers41Kenyan Drake, RB, Dolphins vs. Jets42Kenny Golladay, WR, Lions @ Vikings43Josh Gordon, WR, Patriots vs. Packers44Sammy Watkins, WR, Chiefs @ Browns45Julian Edelman, WR, Patriots vs. Packers46Matt Breida, RB, 49ers vs. Raiders47Amari Cooper, WR, Cowboys vs. Titans48Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Broncos vs. Texans49Dion Lewis, RB, Titans @ Cowboys50LeSean McCoy, RB, Bills vs. Bears51Greg Olsen, TE, Panthers vs. Buccaneers52Mark Ingram, RB, Saints vs. Rams53Tyler Lockett, WR, Seahawks vs. Chargers54Aaron Jones, RB, Packers @ Patriots55Michael Crabtree, WR, Ravens vs. Steelers56Paul Richardson, WR, Redskins vs. Falcons57Tevin Coleman, RB, Falcons @ Redskins58Alex Collins, RB, Ravens vs. Steelers59David Njoku, TE, Browns vs. Chiefs60Peyton Barber, RB, Buccaneers @ Panthers61Demaryius Thomas, WR, Texans @ Broncos62Frank Gore, RB, Dolphins vs. Jets63Calvin Ridley, WR, Falcons @ Redskins64DeVante Parker, WR, Dolphins vs. Jets65Raheem Mostert, RB, 49ers vs. Raiders66Jalen Richard, RB, Raiders @ 49ers67Jimmy Graham, TE, Packers @ Patriots68Jordan Reed, TE, Redskins vs. Falcons69Ito Smith, RB, Falcons @ Redskins70Marquise Goodwin, WR, 49ers vs. Raiders71Josh Doctson, WR, Redskins vs. Falcons72Derrick Henry, RB, Titans @ Cowboys73Duke Johnson Jr., RB, Browns vs. Chiefs74Kyle Rudolph, TE, Vikings vs. Lions75Jordy Nelson, WR, Raiders @ 49ers76Trey Burton, TE, Bears @ Bills77Danny Amendola, WR, Dolphins vs. Jets78Randall Cobb, WR, Packers @ Patriots79Marvin Jones Jr., WR, Lions @ Vikings80Buck Allen, RB, Ravens vs. Steelers81Austin Ekeler, RB, Chargers @ Seahawks82George Kittle, TE, 49ers vs. Raiders83Willie Snead, WR, Ravens vs. Steelers84Courtland Sutton, WR, Broncos vs. Texans85Jamaal Williams, RB, Packers @ Patriots86Dalvin Cook, RB, Vikings vs. Lions87Jeff Heuerman, TE, Broncos vs. Texans88Devontae Booker, RB, Broncos vs. Texans89Chris Godwin, WR, Buccaneers @ Panthers90Kenny Stills, WR, Dolphins vs. Jets91Doug Baldwin, WR, Seahawks vs. Chargers92D.J. Moore, WR, Panthers vs. Buccaneers93Marquez Valdez-Scantling, WR, Packers @ Patriots94Aldrick Robinson, WR, Vikings vs. Lions95C.J. Anderson, RB, Panthers vs. Buccaneers96Taylor Gabriel, WR, Bears @ Bills97Quincy Enunwa, WR, Jets @ Dolphins98DeSean Jackson, WR, Buccaneers @ Panthers99Vance McDonald, TE, Steelers @ Ravens100Austin Hooper, TE, Falcons @ Redskins101Jermaine Kearse, WR, Jets @ Dolphins102Corey Davis, WR, Titans @ Cowboys103LeGarrette Blount, RB, Lions @ Vikings104David Moore, WR, Seahawks vs. Chargers105Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Buccaneers @ Panthers106Kapri Bibbs, RB, Redskins vs. Falcons107Cameron Brate, TE, Buccaneers @ Panthers108Mohamed Sanu, WR, Falcons @ Redskins109Theo Riddick, RB, Lions @ Vikings110Chris Ivory, RB, Bills vs. Bears111Trenton Cannon, RB, Jets @ Dolphins112Ben Watson, TE, Saints vs. Rams113Mike Williams, WR, Chargers @ Seahawks114Tyrell Williams, WR, Chargers @ Seahawks115Alfred Morris, RB, 49ers vs. Raiders116Jordan Thomas, TE, Texans @ Broncos117Mark Andrews, TE, Ravens vs. Steelers118Spencer Ware, RB, Chiefs @ Browns119Kendrick Bourne, WR, 49ers vs. Raiders120Robby Anderson, Jets @ Dolphins