WASHINGTON – The government wasted at least $341,000 on travel by ousted Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, including booking charter flights without considering cheaper scheduled airlines, an agency watchdog said Friday. The HHS inspector general's long-awaited report chastised the department for flouting federal travel rules, which require officials to book trips in the most cost-efficient way for taxpayers. The inspector general estimated that the government spent nearly $1.2 million on Price's travel during his seven months in office. That included more than $700,000 in military flights on two foreign and two domestic trips, as well as more than $480,000 for various domestic trips by private chartered aircraft. HHS "improperly used federal funds related to Sec. Price's government travel," the report said. Of 21 trips reviewed by the inspector general's investigators, only one complied with all federal travel requirements. The report said none of the charter … [Read more...] about Agency watchdog slams ex-HHS chief Price on costly travel
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0 Have your say Prestwick Airport chiefs today hinted at potentially dropping passenger flights because they lose money. Chief executive Stewart Adams told MSPs a review had been launched to identify which operations at the loss-making airport were profitable and which were "a real drain on resource".Giving evidence to the Scottish Parliament's rural economy and connectivity committee, he said: "The cost of passenger operations will be looked at."The passenger side of the business does not make money."Glasgow Shettleston SNP MSP and committee member John Mason, who raised the issue, later tweeted: "Passenger side does not appear to be profitable. Perhaps airport could continue without passengers."Ryanair is the South Ayrshire airport's sole passenger operator, almost all of whose passengers are holidaying Scots and few of them visitors.Its passenger total increased in the year to March by 3.5 per cent to 702,000.However, that compares to Glasgow Airport's 5.8 per cent growth … [Read more...] about Passenger flights at Prestwick Airport to end?
Top story: Russia accuses west of plotting attack I’m Martin Farrer and it’s my turn again to bring you the best of the news this Wednesday morning. Britain, the US and France edged closer to a military confrontation in Syria after the western allies failed to agree with Russia on measures to deal with the aftermath of the suspected chemical attack on civilians at the weekend. Both sides rejected the other’s proposals to set up UN-led inquiries into the alleged attack, leaving some sort of military response against the Assad regime more likely. Russia said the allies were using the issue as a pretext to attack Syria, its longstanding Middle East ally to which it has lent extensive military support during the seven-year civil war. The US president, Donald Trump, who has cancelled a trip to Peru this weekend, has promised a “major decision”. In London, Theresa May called her national security council to discuss the crisis sparked by the attack on 7 April on … [Read more...] about Wednesday briefing: Allies edge closer to military action in Syria
TUNISIA has long been an affordable holiday destination for Brit sun seekers - but terror attacks in recent years have made it increasingly dangerous to travel to the country. But after the Foreign Office lifted its travel restrictions in 2017, package holiday firm Thomas Cook resumed flights to Tunisia in February 2018. Is it safe to travel to Tunisia? After almost two years of advising against all but essential travel to Tunisia, the Foreign Office lifted its restrictions against visiting the African nation. Flights to resorts in the north African country had been banned since 30 Brits were killed during an attack by an Islamic State extremist in Port El Kantaoui, just north of Sousse, in 2015. This came after a Briton was among 21 killed in a gun attack on the Bardo Museum in the capital Tunis in March 2015. Tourism operators have been criticised for not warning holidaymakers of the threat at an inquest into the Sousse massacre. Following these events, the Foreign and … [Read more...] about Is it safe to travel to Tunisia? Latest advice on Tunis, Sousse, Monastir and Hammamet as Thomas Cook resume flights
Around 30 per cent of Air France flights were cancelled as strikes over pay rises intensified. The walkout is affecting international and domestic travel, which account for a quarter of flights at Paris' Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports. Air France is urging passengers to check the status of their flights before coming to the airport. Read more French strikes: Air France and SNCF are pitched against liberté France strikes cause travel chaos for rail and airline passengers Eurostar cancels trains as Macron protests erupt across Paris It is also offering to change tickets for free. The walkout comes amid a turbulent period for travel in France, with most French trains stopping as a strike over the French president Emmanuel Macron's economic reforms continues on Saturday night and is set to last through Monday. The strike is Air France's fifth since February, and the number of cancelled flights is rising. This week, unions announced more strikes will take place in … [Read more...] about Air France strike: Thousands of passengers stranded as airline cancels 30% of flights in pay row