A number of things have struck me in recent issues of routeone.President’s Diary [routeone/27 February] focused on the driver crisis and how Brexit may amplify the shortage.Having read what I thought was balanced article, it did leave me with a feeling that another article has been produced that fails to deal with the root causes of driver shortage.Driving is not attractive as a full-time occupation. Who wants to be at the beck and call of a manager scheduling work for all hours of the day and or night at a low rate of pay and not taking, or not able to take, into account work-life balance for drivers?We see driver enforcement increasing and, for the most minuscule error, drivers face fines that are in excess of a day’s pay.Facilities are reducing at destinations, parking restrictions are increasing and so on…Secondly, I find it incredible that some operators are openly supporting Brexit.There are a number of well-known coach operators involved in cabotage, which will have two options post-Brexit: Either open a European operation with all the costs involved, or watch their business disappear overnight as cabotage is not permitted under Interbus.I fear many do not understand the utopia of yesteryear is long gone and coaching has change immeasurably.Gary Clark,Classic Bus Hire,Wokingham
City firm Lovells and US firm Hogan & Hartson are discussing a merger to create a firm with combined revenues of more than £1bn, according to reports. The firm would comprise 2,500 lawyers and would be among the 10 largest in the world if the tie-up goes ahead. A Lovells spokesperson said: ‘In the US, we have to date been focused on providing a clearly defined range of services that reflect our international strengths, and it is no secret that any significant expansion beyond that would require a major strategic move. ‘We review our US strategy on a regular basis and we have recently been taking a closer look at market developments and the opportunities that we believe are available to us. Beyond that, we are not in a position to comment further.’
Flyers Under-14s Boys I The Under-14s Premier team took a 74-40 victory against London Thunder at WISE last weekend. Flyers were particularly successful at forcing turnovers and generating fast break scoring.”It was a great first performance and I was really pleased to be able to field my full rotation,” said head coach Christian Hill.”There is still much that we can improve on as a team as the season goes on.” They follow-up with a trip to the John Madejski Academy Sports Centre to face Reading Rockets for their next league game (11.30am). Flyers Under-14s Boys II The Under-14s regional team begin their season by hosting a Central Venue League with Cougars and Jets on Sunday. Coaches Rodney Gear and Ben Williams are hard at work preparing the team for the tournament. Flyers Junior Girls There are no fixtures for the other junior girls teams this weekend but check back for updates about central venue league competition.Community sessions for junior boys and girls are also available across Bristol – check out the community section of the website for more information. The Under-16s team made their Central Premier division debut with an 84-77 loss against Milton Keynes Trojans away from home. They had a three point lead heading into half-time, but fell behind in the fourth quarter.Coach Jones told bristolflyers.co.uk: “Today was a really positive performance in what was a competitive game from start to finish. We need to be more consistent on the defensive end but I am very encouraged by what I saw today and this group’s potential.”They are back at home this weekend, hosting Northamptonshire Titans on Saturday for a 1.30pm tip at WISE. Titans also lost their season opener last weekend in a closely contested game. Both Flyers and Titans will be looking to bounce back in this fixture/They also face Richmond Knights away on Sunday in the U16 Cup. This is their first game of the knockout competition and tip off is at 3pm. Flyers Under-16s Girls Saturday will mark the very first game for the new Under-16s girls team. This expansion to the women’s basketball arm of the organisation will be the first time the Flyers will be represented at junior level by a female team. They face fellow new team Exeter for an 11:30am tip at SGS WISE.The team will playing in the South West Under-16s league, and are anticipating tough opposition throughout their first season. Following their league debut, the team host Cardiff Met Archers in the U16 Cup on Sunday (11.30am). Bristol Flyers Women Flyers Women returned from Archers Arena with a loss in their pre-season friendly last weekend. Head Coach Gareth Till said the fixture against the WBBL Cardiff Archers was a useful way to get the whole team some game time and to highlight the areas where they need to focus ahead of the season in Division one. The team will open their league campaign away against Barking Abbey on Saturday (4pm). Flyers Under-18s Premier The team claimed a road win at the Wildcat Arena to open their league campaign last weekend. They beat Nottingham McDonald’s Hoods in the Central premier division 70 -86. A 24 point opening quarter saw Flyers build a lead that they did not relinquish through the rest of the game.The second quarter saw Hoods start to come to terms with the pace that Flyers had set and went on a mini 8-0 run. After a quick time out, Flyers regained their composure and held the lead for the rest of the game. Flyers dominated the boards on both ends, leaving Hoods no way back into the game.This weekend sees the Under-18s Premier team out on the road again. They face Folkestone Saints on Sunday (2.20pm). Flyers Under-18s Conference The Under-18s conference team are almost at the end of their long lead in to the season, but have one more week to wait before they play their first game. They are away against Gloucester Saxons on Saturday, October 6th. Flyers Under-16s Boys Bristol Flyers II Flyers II are next in action against Oxford Brookes in their Division three south debut on Saturday at WISE (3.30pm). They follow-up with an away game against Division 2 team Myerscough College on Sunday in the National Cup (2pm).