Loganair boss ‘unhappy’ with seating facilities at Aberdeen airport

An airline boss has revealed he is “on the warpath” in a bid to get better seating facilities at Aberdeen International Airport.

Loganair’s managing director Jonathan Hinkles told a meeting of Shetland’s external transport forum he wants improvements for passengers waiting to board.

He said: “I’m not happy with the facilities that we get at Aberdeen airport at all.

“You go out of the glitzy bit of the terminal and get stuffed at the end of a draughty corridor. It is not what you as customers are paying for.”

Mr Hinkles went on to say: “Together with MSPs for both Orkney and Shetland we are on the warpath for upgrading facilities in terms of better seating areas.”

During the meeting he also noted that aircraft punctuality was down in December, January and February – likely due to the weather conditions.

Carol Benzie, Aberdeen International Airport managing director, said: “We work very closely with Loganair as an important business partner and will seek to address any concerns they have.”

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Source:: Evening Express – All articles

Fire and fury in Grateful Dead land

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Bob Weir and Phil Lesh, longtime bandmates in the Grateful Dead, have just wrapped up their first tour as a duo, playing stripped-down renditions of Dead classics at six sold-out shows in theaters in New York, Chicago and Boston.

With Weir strumming his unorthodox rhythm guitar parts and Lesh picking his busily contrapuntal bass lines, the pair had tested this new duo concept at Sound Summit, the big outdoor festival on Mount Tamalpais in September that they sold out in about two seconds.

“I guess it was last summer, Phil and I played a little duo show,” Weir said in a statement. “We had enough fun so we figured, ‘Hey, let’s do this, lets make a little go of this.’”

The two of them had never played before without a backing band on a tour, but they weren’t completely on their own. They got rhythmic support from percussionist Wally Ingram and, during some shows, were joined onstage by singer Teresa Williams, multi-instrumentalist Larry Campbell, keyboardist Jeff Chimenti and their trusty Phish friend, guitarist Trey Anastasio.

Rolling Stone called the New York openers “thrillingly loose.” And Entertainment magazine’s reviewer wrote: “Were there bum notes? Sure. Missed lyrics? Naturally. But they compensated with their intense camaraderie.”

After reading an advance copy of Joel Selvin’s upcoming book, “Fare Thee Well: The Final Chapter of the Grateful Dead’s Long, Strange Trip” (Da Capo Press, hardcover, $27 pre-order), I can only wonder about the camaraderie part. Considering his often contentious history with the Machiavellian Lesh and his manager-wife, Jill, it’s a miracle that Weir can coexist in the same area code with him let alone play on the same stage. But then his love …read more

Source:: The Mercury News

Trump is threatening to shut down the government — and blame Democrats for DACA

Trump is mad.

Trump says he is considering a veto of the spending bill because it doesn’t fix DACA or fund the border wall.

President Donald Trump is threatening to shut down the government, tweeting that he is considering vetoing the $1.3 trillion spending bill Congress passed at 1 am Friday because it does not reflect his immigration priorities. A veto would likely cause a government shutdown, as lawmakers have already departed for a two-week recess without passing a short-term spending bill.

Trump tweeted that the bill does not adequately fund the border wall or address the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which he blames Democrats for. Without any action in Congress, the fate of DACA, which the Trump administration pledged to end this year, is currently tied up in courts.

I am considering a VETO of the Omnibus Spending Bill based on the fact that the 800,000 plus DACA recipients have been totally abandoned by the Democrats (not even mentioned in Bill) and the BORDER WALL, which is desperately needed for our National Defense, is not fully funded.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 23, 2018

Insofar that the government funding package largely ignored Trump’s hardline immigration agenda, the president is right to be angry. As Vox’s Dara Lind explained, the bill actually reins in the country’s immigration enforcement apparatus, doesn’t touch so-called “sanctuary cities,” and doesn’t come close to fully funding Trump’s southern border well.

As for DACA, however, Trump should probably direct his frustration at his own party. For months, congressional Republicans have spent all their energy to try to persuade Democrats to separate government spending and immigration. When most Democrats voted to shut down the government over DACA in January, Republicans took to blaming their Democratic colleagues for holding the government “hostage” over the “unrelated issue …read more

Source:: Vox – All