by The Associated Press Posted Jun 14, 2017 4:26 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 14, 2017 at 7:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email More flight delays, cancellations for US airlines in April WASHINGTON – Cancelled and delayed flights rose in April on the nation’s leading airlines, and so did consumer complaints, according to figures released Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Transportation.The rate of cancelled flights nearly doubled to 1.6 per cent in April compared to the same month in 2016. Delta Air Lines accounted for nearly half the cancellations — it was crippled for days by a one-day storm in Atlanta.About 78.5 per cent of flights arrived within 14 minutes of schedule, down from the 84.5 per cent on-time rate in April 2016, according to the latest figures available from the government.Hawaiian Airlines had the best on-time rate, at 88.8 per cent, while Virgin America was last at 64.6 per cent.Complaints rose 70 per cent, although only a tiny fraction of the millions of travellers lodged a protest.April was also the month in which a passenger was dragged from a full United Express flight, igniting a debate over poor customer service on U.S. airlines.Consumers lodged 1,909 complaints with the Transportation Department, with 1,430 filed against U.S. airlines. Most consumers complain directly to the airline, but the carriers don’t have to report those figures.More than one-third of complaints dealt with cancelled or delayed flights or missed connections.Discount carrier Spirit Airlines had the highest rate of complaints, followed by United, which took a public-relations beating after video surfaced of airport officers roughly hauling a 69-year-old man off a United Express plane to make room for crew members flying to their next assignment.Southwest Airlines had the lowest complaint rate.___The Transportation Department report can be found at http://bit.ly/2t3KDdx
Sunshine Coast receives thumbs up from Better Homes and GardensSunshine Coast receives thumbs up from Better Homes and GardensQueensland’s Sunshine Coast has been given the tick of approval for fresh and local produce by one of Australia’s best-loved TV chefs and food authors, ‘Fast’ Ed Halmagyi.With more than 20 years’ experience cooking in some of the world’s best restaurants, both in Australia and overseas; the presenter of Channel 7 program Better Homes and Gardens visited the region to film a series of food-themed episodes last month.Coordinated and supported by Visit Sunshine Coast (VSC) and Sunshine Coast Council, the crew filmed local vistas and met with home-grown producers to feature a selection of ingredients to cook up a unique recipe.Better Homes and Gardens presenter Ed Halmagyi said, “The most remarkable thing about the Sunshine Coast as a food destination is it’s unique combination of variety and world-beating quality. From wild flavours, to artisan ingredients, to some breathtaking restaurant experiences, it’s a journey every gourmet needs to take.”VSC’s CEO, Simon Latchford said “What a fantastic opportunity to showcase the Sunshine Coast during prime time on a high rating national program. This not only puts the spotlight on our magnificent region but shows viewers we have incredible produce and there is more to the Sunshine Coast, than just our spectacular beaches.“The region’s grower’s, produce, dining options and events such The Curated Plate are an integral part of how we position the Sunshine Coast. We are well placed to capitalise on growing demand for local culinary experiences, as part of the experience for our visitors,” added Mr Latchford.Owner of Maleny Cheese, Sara Bucher said they were delighted to be considered for the program.“Our family has worked in local producing for 15 years and we were thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Ed and the Better Homes and Gardens team to share our knowledge of the region and our industry. The timing works well with Maleny Cheese reopening this week.”“The Sunshine Coast is renowned for its premium quality niche food and beverage production in an outstanding, clean natural environment,” Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson said.“With a wide range of award winning, environmentally and socially conscious producers, I’m really excited to see them showcased on Better Homes and Gardens to a national audience.”Watched by around 1 million viewers each week, the Better Homes and Gardens episodes that will feature the Sunshine Coast will be aired on Friday 5th and Friday 12th July at 7pm.This initiative aims to tell the Sunshine food story in the lead up to The Curated Plate, a new four-day destination food festival in the Sunshine Coast from 8-11 August. Source = Visit Sunshine Coast
We could be having a ‘whale’ of a time around the Co Donegal coast if we simply looked below the surface.That’s the message from the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group who have organised a Whale Watch Day this Sunday.The idea beyond the watch is to encourage people to keep aan eye out for the many species of whales, dolphins and other creatures around our coast. The day will also help the group compile data on the various species and their possible numbers around Donegal.Organisers are hoping they can spot many of the unique creatures around our waters including the massive Basking Shark and incredible Killer Whale.Wildlife Ranger Emmett Johnston says he is hoping for a calm day so watchers can get the perfect view of all the is out in the water.People are being encouraged to bring binoculars and to dress properly for outdoor conditions. There will be no boat trips and there are no guarantees that whales or dolphins will be seen during the event. The Malin Head whale watch will take place from 2pm-5pm. For more information, contact Emmett on 087 2867055. FANCY HAVING A ‘WHALE’ OF A TIME THIS SUNDAY? was last modified: August 15th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Basking SharksEmmett JohnstonMalin Headwhales
We got to catch up with the authority on Kansas State football in beat writer Kellis Robinett of the Kansas City Star and Wichita Eagle, who also gave us some good insight on Wildcat alum turned head Cowboy, Brad Underwood. Other good stuff includes the K-State fans crowned successor of Bill Snyder and where to eat in Manhattan.1. The Wizard of Manhattan is in full form with another game-controlling, ground pounding Wildcat team. What are your thoughts so far on this 2016 Wildcat team?K-State has been pretty much what I expected it to be this season. It is 4-0 at home and 1-3 on the road. The Wildcats should qualify for their seventh-straight bowl game. The final four games will decide how good that bowl game is.2. Offensively, the Wildcats are loaded with a mix of veteran players (Ertz, Charles Jones) that know Snyder’s schemes and talent (Pringle, Silmon), to go with a developing offensive line. What are some of the keys to the 2016 Wildcat offense?The offensive line has played well, and the running backs have been above average. K-State’s offensive success seems tied to the passing game. When Jesse Ertz completes the majority of his throws, it can consistently move the chains. When he doesn’t, things break down.3. K-State leads college football in red zone scoring, to what do you attribute such great consistency inside the 20 yard line?K-State’s offense is built around short gains that take a lot of time off the clock. Those are ideal in the red zone. The Wildcats also have a good kicker in Matthew McCrane.4. This defensive unit has leads the league against the run and has some All-B12 caliber players like Jordan Willis, Elijah Lee and Dante Barnett. What types of schemes/players have they been good at shutting down this year and what things have they struggled with?They have been great against the run (5th nationally) and woeful against the pass (107th). If you’re an opposing offensive coordinator, you want to throw as much as possible against the Wildcats.5. We’re familiar with some playmakers at K-State in quarterback Jesse Ertz and receiver Dominique Heath and speedy linebacker Elijah Lee and sack master Jordan Willis. Who are some other players likely to impact the game in big ways on Saturday that Cowboy fans may not have heard of or maybe who are the rising stars of this Wildcat team?Deante Burton, a senior receiver, has really come on strong in his past few games. He could make some big catches against Oklahoma State. On defense, D.J. Reed is solid at corner.6. For the Cowboy fans making their way up to the Little Apple this weekend, what would you recommend as must see sites and good places to dine?If you’re in Aggieville, the best eating spots are So Long Saloon (burgers), Taco Lucha (tacos) and Coco Bolo’s (mexican). Not far away on Poyntz, Bourbon and Baker is good. So is the Tallgrass Taphouse.7. Do you have any favorite Bill Snyder stories that you could share with us?If you’re interested in Snyder stories, this article should keep you entertained.8. While things seem to have died down on the expansion front, what do you gather to be the general sentiment from K-State fans on whether or not to expand and who they would like to add?I get the sense most K-State fans wanted to expand to 12 teams. Snyder certainly did. Not sure who they would have chosen as their two teams, though. No great choices, unless you can raid another power conference, which is why the league stayed at 10.9. Head Coach Bill Snyder is incredible to have in the conference and it will be a sad day when he finally calls it quits. From what you hear, who do K-State fans like to be his eventual replacement?K-State fans love them some Brent Venables.10. Last of all, Cowboy fans are ecstatic to have one of Manhattan’s favorite sons in Brad Underwood taking over the program. Do you have any stories or insights you could share with us about him or his coaching style?Brad is awesome. He played at K-State and then came back as an assistant under Frank Martin and did a tremendous job. I always gave him a ton of credit for the success those teams had. One story that sticks out in my mind is that he had some crazy record for consecutive free throws made at a little over 100, and he constantly challenged K-State players to break it.Well, one day Will Spradling made 124 straight at the practice gym and started to gloat about it. But Underwood turned it around on him, telling him he should have got to the round number of 125. Who stops at 124? He found a way to keep Spradling motivated.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!