An amendment added to a two-bill spending package on the Senate floor last month would provide $45 million in funding to reimburse local water authorities or states for expenditures to treat drinking water contaminated with PFOS or PFOA due to activities at a neighboring Air Force or Air National Guard base. The provision is intended to cover treatment costs that occurred after Jan. 1, 2016, and requires water authorities to waive all claims for prior treatment expenses. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) offered the amendment to benefit communities such as Newburgh, N.Y., which faces contamination due to activities at Stewart Air National Guard Base.The language would require water authorities to request payment within four months after the legislation is signed into law. Before that takes place, the House and Senate will need to negotiate a compromise version of the fiscal 2019 spending package approved by the Senate Aug. 23, which includes the defense and labor-HHS-education spending titles. On Tuesday, the House approved a motion to go to conference with the Senate on the $857 billion minibus, with the goal of striking a compromise before the Oct. 1 start of the new fiscal year. Colorado Sens. Michael Bennet (D) and Cory Gardner (R) also signed onto the amendment as it would benefit utilities near Colorado Springs forced to address water contamination stemming from firefighting activities at Peterson AFB. The provision would allow water authorities in Security, Widefield and Fountain to be reimbursed for $9 million spent addressing elevated levels of PFAS in drinking water supplies, reported the Gazette.“Tonight’s win in the Senate is the result of years of bipartisan work with the southwestern Colorado communities, but it is only a small part of the broader work needed to ensure Colorado residents have access to clean drinking water,” Bennet said in a written statement after the Senate approved the amendment last month.Photo courtesy of Security Water and Sanitation District Dan Cohen AUTHOR
WILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Farmers Market will be open this Sunday, June 10, 2018, from 10am to 1pm, on the Swain Green, across from the Town Common, at 140 Middlesex Avenue.June 10 Farmers Market Lineup:Vendors:Arrowhead FarmDeano’s PastaEmmett’s EdiblesGaouette FarmHoney Pot Maple FarmKC StylesMagic of Yarrow BalloonsPurple Carrot BreadRed Antler ApothecarySeafood ExpressSusan Anton (Message Therapist)Additional Attractions:Music from the Merrimack Valley ChorusMasking Making at the Kids TableLike 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… RelatedWhat To Expect At The Wilmington Farmers Market On July 21In “Community”Merrimack Valley A Cappella To Perform At Wilmington Farmers Market On July 21In “Community”What To Expect At The Wilmington Farmers Market On Sunday, September 8In “Community”
Actor Tom Cruise poses while promoting his latest film “The Mummy” at Plaza Carso in Mexico City, Mexico, June 5, 2017.ReutersKatie Holmes is in an alleged relationship with Jamie Foxx. These two have been photographed together on several occasions but what we don’t get to see is Tom Cruise with his girlfriend.Ever since Tom Cruise’s divorce with Katie Holmes, the most celebrated Hollywood star has focused solely on his work. He has given us several high-octane action thrillers and in the years to come, he is going to follow the same trend. However, fans are curious as to whom he is currently dating and if he is not dating anyone then what’s the reason behind it?There was a time when Tom Cruise was considered the hottest actor in Hollywood. Over the years, he was involved with several actresses like Nicole Kidman and Katie Holmes. After his divorce from Holmes, Tom does casual dating only and he is not seriously involved with anyone, revealed an insider to HollywoodLife.The alleged insider revealed that since his divorce from Katie Holmes, Tom has reportedly been hesitant to fall in love again. The Top Gun movie star even feels that he would be all right if he will stay single throughout his life.”Tom does casually date women, but never in public. He is always very private and he does not have a steady girlfriend,” the alleged source added. “Tom prefers to romance women who share similar spiritual interests, which narrows his field when choosing a romantic partner.”As Tom Cruise fans know that the Vanilla Sky movie star has three failed marriages and there are chances that he may never get married again. Picture taken 07 November 1999 shows actors Tom Cruise (L) and his then Australian wife, Nicole Kidman arriving at the official opening of Fox Studios Australia in Sydney.TORSTEN BLACKWOOD/AFP/Getty Images”He values his privacy and his religion comes before relationships or anything else, which is fine by him,” contends the source further.Tom Cruise has always been a busy man and his dedication towards movies shows that he is very sincere when it comes to his career. It won’t be wrong to say that his career is his top priority. He will soon be seen in Top Gun Maverick and there are at least two more Mission Impossible movies lined up for the years to come.It should be noted that the above claims are not verified by Tom Cruise’s rep. As far as the media is aware of, Tom is currently not involved with anyone.
Sofia Richie and Scott Disick are reportedly very much in love.Romain Maurice/Getty ImagesSofia Richie and Scott Disick recently posted a snap, showing them relaxing in a bathtub. The couple has been dating for almost two years.Reportedly, Sofia and Scott looked like a relaxed couple, lounging in a bathtub. Scott and Sofia can be seen donning matching sunglasses as they posed in front of an open window. Captioning the snap, Sofia wrote: ‘Staycation .. for now.’Sofia Richie has been bonding with the Kardashian clan recently vacationing with Kylie Jenner. Reportedly, she is among a slew of other Instagram models who jetted off to celebrate the reality star’s new line, Kylie Skin, over the weekend. Ever the businesswoman, Kylie is very likely using the vacation” as a means to promote her cosmetics line. And the daughter of Lionel Richie is not a bad choice to do the promotion either. Though Sofia and Kylie are just hanging out and having fun, this trip could very well result in a future collaboration between the two. We wonder what Kylie’s sister Kourtney would have to say about that? Kylie JennerKylie Jenner Official Instagram (kyliejenner)Apparently, Sofia has been friends with the Jenner sisters for many years, and has more recently gotten even closer by dating within the family. It is known that the model has been in a relationship with Scott for over two years – the ex-boyfriend and baby daddy of Kylie’s sister, Kourtney Kardashian. Well, we have to say that it is good to see Sofia and Kylie get along. Sofia and Scott do look adorable together and if they do get married Sofia Richie might strengthen her position among the Kardashians. You can check out the pic here:
The Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers says capping the recruitment of foreign workers won’t work as they are needed in many industries. Photo: Free Malaysia TodayEmployers have dismissed calls by a former immigration department official to freeze the intake of foreign workers from Bangladesh as a means to tackle corruption in the recruitment process, reports Free Malaysia Today, a Malaysia-based news portal.Che Hassan Che Johan had urged the government to stop the intake of Bangladeshi workers to stamp out corruption among agents, employers, enforcement authorities and government agencies.Che Hassan, who once headed an association of former immigration officers, identified Bangladeshi agents as the main culprits in corruption, saying they brought illegal workers into the country for at least RM3,000 per head. These workers would then be offered to local agents or representatives of employers, he said.However, the Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF) and Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM) said the problem was not the recruitment of Bangladeshis but the lack of transparency in the process.MEF executive director Shamsuddin Bardan warned that stopping the recruitment of workers would not resolve the issue of corruption. Instead, he recommended that the government eliminate third-party agents in the recruitment and management of foreign workers.“Foreign workers need to be recruited on a government-to-government basis,” he said.“In fact, the government should eliminate all existing outsourced services linked to the recruitment of foreign workers. Their recruitment should not be commercialised or made into a business, as is the case now.”FMM vice-president Nathan Suppiah meanwhile said the group had always encouraged its members to deal directly with the immigration department instead of going through agents.“Merely putting a stop to bringing in foreign workers is not the right way as industries still need these workers,” he said.The Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC), on the other hand, welcomed Che Hassan’s suggestion, saying a freeze should be implemented until a fair recruitment policy can be hammered out between Putrajaya and Dhaka.“Such continuous employment does not augur well for Malaysia as it undermines the security of our country and leaves a lot of room for exploitation,” MTUC secretary-general J Solomon told FMT.He also urged the government to explore ways to legalise undocumented foreign workers so that they can work here if they are not sent back to their country.“The practice of rounding up illegal foreign workers and detaining them periodically has not found a solution,” he added.Solomon also called for greater action against employers who continue to hire illegal workers. He acknowledged that this might not be a silver bullet, but said it could at least reduce the numbers of illegal workers.
Prime minister Sheikh HasinaPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday expressed deep condolence at the death of former Indian external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj.In a condolence message, Sheikh Hasina, who is now in London, also extended sympathy to the bereaved family members.“She (Sushma) was a good friend of Bangladesh. With her death Bangladesh has lost a good friend,” the Prime Minister said .Bangladesh will recall her contributions in taking the relationship between the two countries into a new height, PM’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim said quoting the prime minister as saying.
By Sean Yoes, AFRO Baltimore Editor, email@example.comI spent most of my birthday (July 1) weekend at a “no tech Yoga retreat” at the Bar-T Mountainside Summer Camp, in Urbana, Maryland.For those who know me well, the sight of me at a Yoga retreat is an antithetical narrative; for decades I eschewed the practice of Yoga in favor of weight training (I’ve been lifting since I was 13), then I met my good Brother Changa Bell.Bell’s story in many ways is a mythic one. In the early 2000’s, he was pursuing a career as a filmmaker, when a previously undiagnosed heart condition was revealed; Bell’s heart would inexplicably stop and then start beating again. “The doctor’s solution was to install a pacemaker,” Bell told me. Instead, he opted to dramatically alter his life. “I changed; stopped drinking, smoking weed, doing happy hours and stopped dating multiple women,” he added.Sean Yoes (Courtesy Photo)By the mid 2000’s, Bell seemed to be drowning in his own outsized ambition. He was pursuing multiple degrees; as a McNair Scholar in 2006, he sought an MA in Comparative Regional Studies (Latin America), an MBA in International Marketing and was a PhD candidate in Economics. But, the pressure of powerful personal issues, including his dying brother, a custody battle over his oldest child and a new marriage (his wife Devonna was two weeks pregnant), compelled Bell to release that prodigious academic load and forced him to delve deeper into spirit.Ultimately, Yoga became a major part of his path to enlightenment (Bell recently completed another life changing chapter with a month-long trip to India). Today, he is a Yogi, life coach, spiritualist and owner of the Sunlight and Yoga studio on Falls Road in Northeast Baltimore and founder of the Black Male Yoga Initiative (BMYI). With BMYI, Bell’s mission is really ministry, bringing the benefits of Yoga’s physical and spiritual pursuits to young Black men from Baltimore who typically grapple with very challenging life experiences.That brings us to this past weekend in Urbana. Bell and Devonna, his amazing wife invited me to this Yoga retreat and I didn’t really hesitate (although my only previous Yoga experience was with Bell at the Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle retreat in Philadelphia last November). I thought it would be a cool way to spend my birthday, but it turned out to be so much more.The Bell’s indefatigable and fiercely independent five children (ages 3-10), were ubiquitous. So were the dozen Black boys, ages three to 17, who were invited to participate on the retreat and accompanied by male mentors, there were also three women from Morgan State University’s School of Public Health who attended (which was free for all of us due to Bell’s generosity). The first morning started with Yoga at 6 a.m., later we zip lined through the woods, which included a harrowing obstacle course, there was swimming, followed by a restorative Yoga session, and we ended the day with an eye-opening (literally) night time hike through the woods (with no flashlights).At the end of that day there were some tense moments when one of the older boys was vocally rebelling over giving up his cell phone. His behavior was corrected by Bell and the other men. But, maybe more importantly the young man who was acting out, was also counseled by one of the other older boys, a funny and charismatic 17-year old with a huge personality. It was the same boy, a natural leader who when we arrived at the camp and began the process of introducing ourselves, spoke openly and tearfully about how much he loved his mother. He spoke about how he knew he “was good” as long as he had her.The next morning, the young man who had been disrespectful the night before came to breakfast with a brand new positive attitude as he entered the dining hall and loudly proclaimed to all who had assembled “good morning.”I’m confident the no tech Yoga retreat was an amazing experience for those young men, I know it was for me. I’m also confident Bell’s desire to introduce the tenets of Yoga that probably saved his life to others, could save the lives of countless other Black boys and men.What a beautiful weekend (which would not have been possible without the extraordinary work of Devonna Bell and Chrissy Hudson, Changa’s assistant).For me personally, Bell facilitated an opportunity to stretch my body, mind and spirit in new ways at a critical crossroads in my life (I’m publishing my first book, Baltimore After Freddie Gray, among other things).I am grateful.Sean Yoes is the AFRO’s Baltimore Editor.