New figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have revealed overseas travellers made just 398,000 trips to the UK in the second quarter of the year.This was down a staggering 96 per cent from the same period last year.- Advertisement – “While the figures relate to the first lockdown period, since then the industry has had to deal with constantly changing travel advice and quarantine measures, as well as local lockdowns, meaning there has been very limited scope for recovery in the travel industry. “As a result tens of thousands of jobs have already been lost and many businesses have closed their doors for good. “In addition to tailored financial support for travel companies, the government needs to implement an effective testing regime and introduce a fully regionalised travel corridor approach by the time lockdown is lifted to help people feel more confident to travel. “It also needs to introduce flexibility into the furlough scheme to support businesses who need to have staff processing refunds, but won’t be generating income.” OlderFuture of Norwegian uncertain as government denies further aid UK residents made 939,000 visits abroad in over the three-month period, which was 96 per cent fewer than the corresponding period the previous year.They spent £402 million on visits abroad. The ONS said data collection by the International Passenger Survey was suspended for the period covered, so the figures are based on administrative sources and modelling. Commenting on the data, and ABTA spokesperson said: “Today’s ONS figures for overseas travel in April to June 2020 lay bare the devasting impact Covid-19 has had on the industry. – Advertisement – The ONS placed the blame for the decline squarely on the Covid-19 pandemic. In total, overseas residents spent £218 million on their visits to the UK in in the second quarter of the year.The figure was again down 97 per cent on the same period of 2019.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –
RAY PFEIFFER/Herald photoNobody is safe from harm when it comes to football. Whether you’re on the field or not, whether you’re wearing a jersey or not, anybody can get hurt in such a violent game.The trainers were busy on both sidelines of Wisconsin’s 13-3 victory over Penn State Saturday, in a game that left a player, a coach and a referee injured when the dust had finally settled.Perhaps it was a bad omen when linesman Mike Mahouski was injured on the opening kickoff and did not return, forcing the rest of the officiating crew to work shorthanded for just about an entire game.The Penn State coaching staff could relate, as PSU head coach Joe Paterno was knocked out of the game in the third quarter after failing to get out of the way of a tackle on the sideline. When Badgers linebacker DeAndre Levy tackled Nittany Lions tight end Anthony Quarless on the PSU sideline, Levy’s helmet hit the 79-year-old coaching icon square in his left knee, sending Paterno sprawling to the turf.After being attended to by PSU assistants and trainers for eight or nine minutes, Paterno was helped to a bench, where a brace was applied to his leg. After being fussed over for the entire third period — Paterno reportedly resisted all requests to be taken to the locker room as long as he could — the legendary coach was carted off the field. He then was promptly flown back to University Park, Pa., with Dr. Wayne Sebastianelli, Penn State’s director of athletics medicine.Sunday, it was revealed Paterno fractured ligaments in his left leg. However, the man who has missed the opening kickoff just twice in his 41-year career as a head coach is expected to be on the field this Saturday against Temple.When Paterno was knocked out of action, PSU defensive coordinator Tom Bradley assumed head coaching duties for the remainder of the contest, and spoke after the game on behalf of the injured coach.”I’ve been around Coach a long time, and I know the one thing he didn’t want to hear from me is, ‘Are you okay?’ He just wanted to hear about the football team; he wanted to talk about the plays; he wanted to talk how we were going to communicate. That’s all he wanted to talk about.”Bradley, who is in his 28th year working alongside Paterno, said the “wiry old rascal” of a coach was not at all interested in receiving condolences for his injury.”If I were to ask him, ‘How were you feeling?’ I think he might have punched me,” Bradley said. “I know him, he would not want you to worry one second about him, because he’ll probably be out chasing after officials next Saturday.”Paterno’s son, Jay, is the Nittany Lions’ quarterbacks’ coach and said he hadn’t been fully aware of his father’s condition during the game. The younger Paterno added he was as confident as Bradley that the legendary coach would be back on the sidelines next week against Temple.”Obviously, I’m worried about him, but I also know he’s tough, and he’ll still be around,” Paterno said. “I’m sure he’ll be driving us nuts this week.”On UW’s sideline, John Stocco was knocked out of the game as well, after being sacked by PSU’s Sean Lee with 10 minutes remaining in the game. UW head coach Bret Bielema downplayed the injury, saying he wasn’t “overly concerned” with Stocco’s injury to his right shoulder. Tyler Donovan finished out the game for Stocco and completed one 2-yard pass to Paul Hubbard while also scrambling for a 20-yard gain late.Stocco’s status for next week’s game at Iowa is unclear, and if the fifth-year veteran can’t play, Donovan would be the starting quarterback in Wisconsin’s Big Ten finale. Players offered votes of confidence after the game, in the case that Donovan would start against the Iowa Hawkeyes.”I think Tyler gives us a little bit of a different dimension,” UW offensive tackle Joe Thomas said. “We can throw some different game plan plays in there, and I’d be very confident with Tyler back there.””I don’t think we’re going to have to do anything preparation-wise differently [for Iowa],” Hubbard said. “It’s like an assembly line — once somebody goes down, somebody else is going to step in, and we’re just going to hopefully keep moving the ball and just doing the things that we’ve been doing.”Penn State running back Tony Hunt and defensive end Tim Shaw were also shaken up during the game.