A West Midlands bus operator has agreed to compensate passengers for punctuality failings, following a decision by the region’s Traffic Commissioner.Diamond Bus Ltd will provide free travel for seven days in May on its number 3 service, which runs from Kidderminster to Areley Kings.Between Monday 13 and Sunday 19 May, passengers using this bus route won’t have to pay for their travel.Nick Denton, the Traffic Commissioner for the West Midlands, told the operator it had to compensate passengers after imposing a financial penalty of £9075 on the company last year.Following a public inquiry in June 2018, Mr Denton said passengers in the Kidderminster area had been “particularly poorly served” by the company.He told the company it had to pay a financial penalty but decided the money should be used to compensate passengers.Diamond Bus Ltd challenged the Traffic Commissioner’s decision but that appeal was dismissed last month by the Upper Tribunal.As a result, the company has now agreed to give passengers free travel for seven days in May.The Commissioner said a date set in the future allows passengers who use monthly passes to change to weekly and take advantage of the free travel
Press Association Injuries to key first-team players have seriously hampered the Hammers so far this campaign, with the 3-1 Boxing Day defeat to Arsenal leaving them in the Barclays Premier League relegation zone. Co-chairman David Sullivan has publicly promised funds for additions next month, and Hammers boss Allardyce would like nothing more than to sign another Djorkaeff. Sam Allardyce hopes to find another Youri Djorkaeff to help West Ham stave off the threat of relegation. The World Cup-winning forward’s career was winding down when he joined up with Allardyce at Bolton in 2002, yet his class proved just the tonic as the Trotters avoided the drop. “I can’t tell you exactly when Andy Carroll will be back,” the 59-year-old said when asked about injuries. “I am not medically qualified enough to say. “Winston Reid, Stewart Downing, Ricardo Vaz Te, James Collins and Ravel Morrison have all got to get fit as quickly as we possibly can. “If we have got two additions in January, my concern is to make sure they can hit the ground running. “I need them to jump into the team and deliver what we know he has delivered elsewhere from day one. That is a massive, massive task in this window, but we have to try and achieve it. “It would help if they had Premier League experience, but you have to take the CV of a player if they are from abroad, if he is a top, top player in the countries he has played, like a Djorkaeff. “He kept me up at Bolton many, many years ago when I was in this position. He came in January, scored the goals we needed, kept us in the division with two or three games to go. “A player with an impact like that would be important not just for the team and the results, but everybody at the club.”
The 2017 edition of the MILO® Under-13 Champions League ended last Friday with three schools, Bagabaga Annex, Mother Theresa Primary and Funsi R/C Basic representing the Northern, Upper East and the Upper West regions respectively qualifying to play in the National finals. The three-day event started with a soccer clinic for players of all the competing schools as well as over five hundred (500) school pupils drawn from the Tamale Metropolis. The clinic which forms part of Nestlé’s effort to enrich the skills of young talents with the basics of football was facilitated by Tournament Icon Stephen Appiah, former Captain of the Senior National Team, the Black Stars and coaches drawn from the Regional Football Association. (RFA).Speaking at the closing ceremony, Miss Abena Abrefa, a Management Trainee at Nestlé Ghana Limited expressed satisfaction with the great relationship the brand is enjoying with the Ghana Education (GES) in their quest to help build future champions for the country.“Various sporting events have been organized through this partnership and this is in demonstration of our continuous contribution to the development of grassroots sports in Ghana”. “As a brand, we believe through participation in grassroots sports, children are taught indispensable values of respect, confidence and teamwork. These values picked up on the sports field help shape individuals for eventual success in any professional field. Also pupils learn that winning is more than just coming first but is about a sense of achievement and the joy of taking part, knowing they have done their best,” she added. Speaking to the media after the clinic, Stephen Appiah, the Tournament Icon expressed his excitement over the high standard of training facilities the Brand has invested to give the young talents a feel of what they are likely to enjoy across Europe should they choose to play football to the highest level.“Any time I see these facilities I get excited because, these are the very basic training equipment you will find in all the advanced football nations across Europe and the Americas. I have been there before and I can tell you these will cost the brand a fortune but MILO being the number one promoter of grass root sports I am not surprise”.In all, 12 schools drawn from the Northern, Upper East and the Upper West regions of Ghana competed in the tournament with Funsi R/C Basic school from the Upper West region emerging Zonal champions. In all ten (10) schools will battle for supremacy at the National Finals to be held from the 21st to the 24th of June 2017 at the Nduom Stadium in Cape Coast. Meanwhile twelve schools from different districts in the Ashanti and Brong Ahafo regions are preparing feverishly to take their turn in their Zonal qualifier come the Wednesday the 24th and Friday 26th of May 2017 at the Sunyani Senior High School Park.