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
WILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Sunday, February 17, 2019:#1) Fun Fair At Shriners AuditoriumThe Commerford Fun Fair returns to the Shriners Auditorium (99 Fordham Road) during February vacation. The Fair will be open on Saturday, February 16, 2019 (10am-7pm); Sunday, February 17, 2019 (10am-6pm); and Monday, February 18, 2019 (10am-6pm). These fairs, held year-round up and down the east coast, are a “fun, friendly, and safe place to bring your family.” The fair feature rides, games, and a unique chance to interact with animals. Children 12 and under are free with coupon. Price for adults online are $10. Price for adults at the event are $18. Free children coupons are available at local businesses or at front box office during the event. Rides and other vendors inside are an additional cost. For ride prices, visit www.commerfordzoo.com. Call 860-491-3421 with any questions.#2) Wilmington High Teams In ActionWHS Girls Varsity Basketball team is participating in the St. Mary’s Tournament in Lynn at 3:45pm. Te WHS Boys JV Hockey Team takes on Melrose at the Flynn Rink at 12:30pm. Members of the WHS Boys & Girls Track teams are competing in the Division IV State Meet at the Reggie Lewis Field House at 10am.#3) Catch Up On This Week’s WCTV CoverageLast week, WCTV published seven new videos, including the latest Selectmen’s Meeting, School Committee Meeting, Board of Appeals Meeting, Seth Moulton’s Town Hall event, and Joanne Benton’s Auditorium Dedication. Watch them HERE.#4) Middlesex Canal Museum OpenThe Middlesex Canal Museum and Visitors’ Center (71 Faulkner Street, North Billerica) is open from noon to 4pm. Learn about the canal, which travels through Wilmington.#5) Food ShoppingFood shopping in town this week? In case you haven’t seen this week’s circulars, Wilmington Apple has you covered:This week’s circular from Market Basket (260 Main Street) can be found HERE.This week’s circular from Lucci’s Market (211 Lowell Street) can be found HERE.Elia’s Country Store (381 Middlesex Avenue) does not have an online circular, but the store posts its hot entree schedule and other specials on its Facebook page HERE.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 email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday, February 16, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For February 19, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday, August 22, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”
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.
AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury. File PhotoBikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) president AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury suffered a mild stroke early Friday, reports UNB.“Badruddoza Chowdhury suffered a minor stroke and he was advised to take a two-week full bed rest by his daughter and personal physician Shaila Sharmin Chowdhury,” said B Chowdhury’s press secretary Jahangir Alam.The BDB chief is now under best rest at his residence under the supervision of Shaila Sharmin, he said.Badruddoza Chowdhury urged the countrymen to pray for his early recovery, Jahangir Alam added.
Share KUTJose Guerrero walks around with his parrot at the Delco Center for Harvey evacuees in Austin.Thousands of people are finding their way to dry blankets and warm socks in shelters all across Texas. Dallas expects to host as many as 10,000 people fleeing Harvey; in Austin, as many as 7,000. Donations keep trickling in.But there’s one big need that’s still out there: multi-lingual volunteers.Walking into the Delco Center – one of Austin’s shelters for Harvey evacuees – you might remember that Houston was recently dubbed the most diverse city in America. A little less than half the people there speak a language other than English.Many are bilingual like much the rest of Texas. But not all.“I would certainly encourage [people] out there, if they are bilingual or trilingual, to certainly volunteer,” says Geof Sloan of the Red Cross.Tuesday morning there were no Spanish-speaking volunteers at the shelter. But, Sloan says, one of the evacuees from Freeport rose to the challenge.“Anything I can do to help, just let me know,” says Maria Villagomez. “You also need a lot of help, and helping each other is a great idea.”Also at the shelter was Jose Guerrero. Walking around with the family’s yellow- and-green parrot on his shoulder, he was hard to miss.At the time, he was on the phone with his sisters. They were still trapped in Richmond, Texas.Guerrero says leaving Richmond in the middle of a disaster – and finding answers to his questions when he doesn’t speak English – has been tough.Forty-seven-year-old Guerrero was born in Mexico and has been in the U.S. since he was 15. He’s been here much longer than he ever was in his home country. He’s a naturalized American, but he’s never been able to learn how to speak English.“I’m a little mad with myself that I don’t speak English,” he says in Spanish. “I don’t know what to tell you. Have I been lazy to learn? I’m a gardener. Have I worked too much and haven’t had time to go to school? I just don’t know.”Later that day, a bilingual volunteer arrived at the shelter. Maribel Canizales does IT work for the state comptroller’s office, but took the week off to work for the Red Cross.Immediately after she arrived, a family of Spanish speakers showed up. The mother asked if there were any showers available and Canizales walked the family to the showers, asking what else they needed: Shampoo? Socks?The adults were clearly shaken. As Canizales led them through the center, she casually put her arms around the mom.So what does it means to someone when somebody speaks their language? “There’s a connection … it makes them feel at home,” Canizales says, crying. “I want those people to feel at home, comfortable and welcomed.”Canizales is originally from Laredo. She gets emotional because, as a child, she was told not to speak Spanish.“When I came to Austin, it was very segregated back in the 70’s,” she says. “We were not very welcomed with our language, and so we were encouraged to speak English. And so, I kept up on the side with my native language, Spanish.”Today, anyone who’s been keeping up with a language other than English is encouraged to fill out a volunteer application and complete the training for the Red Cross. People who speak languages from India, Europe and Asia are needed too.Copyright 2017 KUT 90.5. To see more, visit KUT 90.5.