ADC AUTHOR Senate Republican appropriators included $2 billion in a proposed disaster aid package for the military to rebuild from severe hurricane damage last fall. The overall relief package for $13.45 billion is in limbo after President Trump questioned the funding it includes for Puerto Rico, according to Politico.The aid package released Tuesday by Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) includes a total $1.1 billion to the Air Force with $400 million for Hurricane Michael damage at Tyndall Air Force, Fla., in October. Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point and Camp Lejeune, N.C., would see $315 million for Hurricane Florence damage, according to a Defense News report.The Pentagon has requested $9 billion for recent storm damage, as reported by On Base.The Air Force said Wednesday that almost $5 billion will be needed to rebuild Tyndall and recover from flooding damage to Offut Air Force Base, Neb., according to Defense News.Shelby’s proposal does not appear to address Offutt damages.The Air Force warned if it doesn’t receive $1.2 billion by June, it will reduce projects and pilot training hours at Tyndall and Offutt.“We desperately need the supplemental funding to recover from the natural disasters that hammered Tyndall and Offutt,” Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said at a Heritage Foundation event. “There are other decisions we’ll have to make if we don’t [have supplemental funding] by May or June.”Air Force photo of Tyndall Air Force Base by Staff Sgt. Alexandre Montes
(Editor’s Note: Wilmington’s Lou Cimaglia was finalist for the award in 2016.)SALEM, MA — Below is an announcement from Congressman Seth Moulton, who represents Wilmington in the Sixth Congressional District of Massachusetts:Congressman Seth Moulton is proud to announce the fourth annual Peter J. Gomes Service Award, to be given to an individual in the Sixth Congressional District of Massachusetts who best epitomizes the qualities of integrity, compassion, and commitment to community that were the foundation of the late Reverend Professor Peter J. Gomes’ teachings.The annual Peter J. Gomes Service Award will be given to a resident of the Sixth Congressional District who best exemplifies his commitment to service. Fill out this brief form to describe the nominee and how he or she lives the ideals and commitment to community espoused by the Professor Gomes. A panel of judges will carefully review the entries before making a final selection.Nominations will be accepted through August 19, 2019. Finalists will be notified in advance of the award presentation in early September. The location is North Shore Community College in Lynn, MA. The ceremony will be immediately followed by a Day of Service. All nominators and nominees are invited to participate in the Day of Service.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedCongressman Moulton Is Seeking Nominations Of Wilmington Residents Who Make A DifferenceIn “Community”Congressman Moulton Is Seeking Nominations Of Wilmington Residents Who Make A DifferenceIn “Community”Congressman Moulton Is Seeking Nominations Of Wilmington Residents Who Make A DifferenceIn “Government”
A month after imposing a censorship on Twitter, the ultra conservative gulf kingdom Saudi Arabia has threatened to ban instant messaging applications like Skype and WhatsApp citing failure to control them as the reason.”The Communications and Information Technology Commission has requested companies operating the applications to meet the regulatory requirements to avoid their suspension in the kingdom,” sources told Saudi news website Sabq.”The commission is now coordinating with the application operators on the issue.”According to Russia Today, the Saudi Arabian government had given just a week’s time to the companies to deal with the situation and decide on technical measures.The sources said the decision of banning instant messaging applications was “in accordance with regulatory procedures.”Saudi-owned television news channel Al Arabiya reported that instant messaging applications like Skype, WhatsApp and Viber face the risk of being banned.Recently, Saudi Arabia Minister for Media and Culture Abdel Aziz Khoga had asked citizens to abide by the government’s decision of banning Twitter.”People have to take care of what they are writing on Twitter,” the minister said.”It’s getting harder to observe around three million people subscribing to the social network in the kingdom.”Earlier, the government had banned the usage of Blackberry Phones stating that the sending and receiving of message was encrypting communications and was causing difficulty in monitoring them which in turn affected the country’s efforts to fight terrorism and crime.Here are some countries that have completely banned social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube:
Uber, the ride-sharing service, announced in a blog post on Tuesday that it will invest in passenger security across all its markets.Uber had to take massive hits to its reputation given the state of affairs over the past few months. Starting with the tragic rape case in Delhi and other sexual abuse allegations from regions like Chicago and Boston, Uber has come under fire for having lax passenger safety measures.In the blog post, Uber promised to improve driver screening using new technology like “biometrics and voice verification” to up the security. The company also said that since background checks and screening processes were different in every market, they would work to develop methods like “polygraph exams” to help screen drivers better.Uber will also be developing a two-way feedback system in order to ensure instant access to customer support. They are building “Safety Incident Response teams around the world with the goal of providing 24/7, immediate support in the event of a safety incident,” the company said.Uber also said that they will be working with partners that specialise in women’s safety, conflict resolution and road safety to improve their services as well.”Uber is committed to developing new technology tools that improve safety, strengthen and increase the number of cities and countries where background checks are conducted and improve communication with local officials and law enforcement,” the company wrote.Uber’s security issues have already started working against the company. Many travelers are now resorting to local taxis than taking Uber cabs.”They made an app that works very well, but the human beings behind it are not acting with integrity. I stopped using it when I read about (drivers) assaulting and insulting female passengers,” Jennifer Dziura, a 36-year-old resident of Brooklyn told the New York Daily News. Dziura was a frequent user of Uber cabs.Also its customer services are disputable.”Uber seems very tone-deaf in all of this. I would have called to complain, but they don’t even have a phone number,” Aparna Mukherjee, a writer in Manhattan told the publication.According to Time, the new measures may not do much to satisfy critics. San Francisco state authorities have called Uber’s background checks “worthless” and until the ride-sharing service manages to make major changes, the negative press isn’t going to stop.But some think the bad publicity can be good for Uber.”You want to know what happens when Uber gets negative press? The same thing as when it gets positive press. Truckloads of people go, “What’s Uber?”, research it, and consider downloading the app,” Melanie Curtin, director of communications at OpiaTalk wrote on LinkedIn.”Margaret Thatcher used to call this ‘the oxygen of publicity’, and man, is Uber breathing it in,” she added.
The accused Amer Sarfaraz alias Tamba had filed the application before Additional District and Sessions Judge Lahore Nasir Rana seeking bail in the case.The judge on Saturday dismissed his plea observing the incident had taken place in “broad daylight” in the presence of other prisoners and the jail authorities besides the prosecution had also produced sufficient incriminating evidence against Tamba.Tamba in his application said he had been implicated in the case as he was not present at the barrack of Sarabjit when he came under attack. Also Read – Pro-Govt supporters rally as Hong Kong’s divisions deepenThe murder weapon had also not been recovered from him either, he claimed.The prosecution informed the judge that both claims of the accused were false as he was caught red-handed while the murder weapon had also been recovered and presented in court. The case had been transferred to Judge Rana over two months ago. Earlier, Justice Shahzeb Saeed and Justice Syed Anjum Raza heard the case.The hearing was held at the Kot Lakhpat Jail in Lahore.Both the accused who are also death row prisoners had allegedly attacked Sarabjit with sharp-edged weapons when he was being moved from one cell to another in the Kot Lakhpat Jail on April, 29, 2013. Also Read – Pak Army ‘fully prepared’ to face any challenge: Army spokesmanSarabjit, 49, later succumbed to his injuries at the Jinnah Hospital in Lahore on May 2. The murder trial began in January, 2014, and subsequently the two alleged killers – Tamba and Muddassar Bashir – were indicted. Both accused denied the murder charges when they were charge-sheeted.However, earlier they had confessed to the murder of the Indian death row prisoner before a one-member judicial commission constituted to probe the murder.They said, “We wanted to take revenge from him (Sarabjit) for killing Pakistanis in bomb blasts in Lahore and Faisalabad”. The commission’s report has also been submitted to the trial court.The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan had labelled Sarabjit’s murder as a “planned one”.Sarabjit was sentenced to death on spying charges and for killing at least 14 Pakistani citizens in bomb blasts in Punjab province in 1990. His family however said that he was a victim of mistaken identity and had inadvertently strayed across the border.
Not long ago, A/B testing was solely available to large companies–it was time-consuming, expensive and required much IT help. But now, many companies offer hosted testing and optimization services affordable to smaller businesses.That’s good news for e-tailers seeking to improve their sites. A/B testing (aka A/B split testing) allows you to test two versions of your website. You can measure how customers respond to both versions and then optimize the site based on that information. Kefta, Offermatica and Optimost are three leading companies that offer A/B testing; services run about $10,000 per month.RingCentral Inc. in San Mateo, California, is one growing e-tailer that’s had success with A/B testing. The multimillion-dollar telecommunications firm targets small businesses and sells its services exclusively online. Last summer, the company worked with Offermatica to run some A/B tests with the goal of boosting the percentage of visitors signing up for its services.RingCentral tested various elements of its site, including the home page. Two versions were prepared: one with a laundry list of features–more graphics, links to a user guide and FAQs–and one with a detailed description of the benefits of working with RingCentral. RingCentral learned that the page with more links to additional information led more people to the sign-up page.After changing the site accordingly, the 35-employee company saw a 46 percent increase in overall sales by year-end. “Thousands of people look at our site each day, and we have many ways we can present information to them,” says Vlad Shmunis, RingCentral’s 45-year-old founder. “A/B testing lets the public vote–basically with their wallets.”To be effective, A/B testing should be ongoing. Some additional tips from Offermatica CEO Matthew Roche:1. Run tests on the registration or shopping cart page. Says Roche, “Improving these areas generally provides the greatest impact on the bottom line.”2. Focus on big elements. Instead of testing text color or font size, says Roche, focus on areas such as product, pricing, primary copy, images, offers and calls to action.3. Test heavily trafficked campaigns in two weeks or less. Says Roche, “This creates better answers fast.” 2 min read This story appears in the April 2006 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Free This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. April 1, 2006
<< Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Share Posted by Thursday, January 26, 2017 DUBLIN — Less than two months after its official launch, Ryanair Holidays has officially suspended service due to “illegal screenscraping and mis-selling of flights” by its software provider.According to TravelMole, the suspension is temporary and will hopefully be lifted by the end of February.In an official statement, the low-cost airline said: “Ryanair today confirmed it has temporarily suspended its Holidays service, and terminated its agreement with the software provider who was found to be unlawfully scraping Ryanair’s low fares.“All existing Ryanair Holidays bookings are secure and Ryanair is currently finalizing an agreement with a new software provider, who it expects to appoint shortly.”The airline also issued an apology to its customers for “any inconvenience caused” but also re-emphasized that it will “not allow any third party software provider to ‘screenscrape’ and unlawfully re-sell Ryanair’s low fares.”Spain-based Logitravel, the software provider in question, confirmed that Ryanair terminated their agreement, reports TraveMole, but also denied it had used screenscraping.More news: ‘Turn around year’ for TPI brings double-digit growthRyanair Holidays first launched on Dec. 1, 2016 with the promise of offering flights, accommodation and transfer packages on its website. It was launched in partnership with Logitravel and World2Meet in the U.K., Ireland and Germany, with plans to debut in other markets this year. Ryanair Holidays suspends service following illegal screenscraping