Burlington International Airport awarded $2.4 million in recovery funds

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Burlington International Airport awarded $2.4 million in recovery funds

first_imgThe U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded $2,424,030 in recovery funding to the Burlington International Airport for taxiway rehabilitation and extension, Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) announced. The funding will be used to rehabilitate and repave the intersection of two taxiways and to extend a third taxiway. The projects are part of the airport’s multi-phase South End Development program, which will enhance cargo, aircraft maintenance and general aviation capabilities. Airport officials estimate the program could create as many as 350 new jobs at the airport over the next 10 years.The award is the latest federal grant made possible by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which was signed into law in February.Leahy, Sanders and Welch said, “This federal grant will help Burlington International Airport improve its ability to serve Vermont businesses and passengers alike. Not only will it create construction jobs in the short term, it will also lead to long-term economic development through the continued improvement of the airport.”Airport director Brian Searles said, “All three members of our congressional delegation have been such great partners in the development of this airport, and this grant will help ensure that we are part of the economic recovery. We are very grateful for their work on this much needed grant”. Source: Vermont Congressional delegation. THURSDAY, August 13, 2009 —last_img read more

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Investigation Finds Women and Children Being Branded, Sold for Sex Around Tampa

first_imgWilkett said he saw one such tattoo on a victim in her early 20’s who was staying in a safehouse. She told him, “That’s what I’m worth. I am worth $30,” Wilkett says.Natasha Nascimento, who is the founding executive director of Redefining Refuge, a local non-profit working with victims of child sex trafficking, said the majority of branding tattoos are done professionally.“The youngest child I’ve seen — I believe she was probably somewhere around 11-years-old — she had dollar signs… tattooed onto both of her eyelids,” says Nascimento.She suggests, “If somebody is coming in there with a child and telling you what tattoo the child is going to get, if it’s a barcode, money symbols, names, things like ‘Daddy,’ I would probably call in an abuse report, is what I would do.”Her organization is working with the Tampa Bay area tattoo artist community in order to help cover up tattoos for child sex trafficking survivors to help the recovery and healing process.If you believe you are a victim of Human Trafficking or suspect an adult is a victim of human trafficking, visit the National Human Trafficking Hotline, or call them at (888) 373-7888. If you suspect a child is a victim, call the Florida Abuse Hotline at (800) 96-ABUSE. Officials in the Tampa Bay area report that human trafficking victims are being branded and sold for sex.According to Corporal Alan Wilkett, who leads Pasco County’s human trafficking task force, “It’s like branding cattle. It’s an ownership mark. Branding is when somebody — a pimp or a trafficker — will put his mark or his symbol or his sign on his victims through some sort of tattoo.”He adds that deputies know how to find the red flags of someone who is being sold for sex.Wilkett explains, “Some of the things we’re seeing are pictures — maybe a lion’s head or it may be the street name of the pimp who’s running a street track. “It could be numbers. Using certain numbers, like 16 because ‘P’ is the 16th letter of the alphabet — it means I’m being pimped.”In some trafficking cases, the tattoo could actually be a barcode and, “These barcodes are written in such a way by these tattoos and tattoo artists, that if you scan that with your smart phone it’ll tell you she’s $25 or she’s $30. The one that I saw was $30,” he adds.ABUSED, BRANDED & SOLD FOR SEX | Women and children branded, sold for sex in Tampa Bay area, I-Team finds https://t.co/6s5sahtEJc pic.twitter.com/ctW6xOME36— ABC Action News (@abcactionnews) January 18, 2020last_img read more

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Elgar misses double century

first_imgSOUTH Africa claimed three early wickets after hundreds from Dean Elgar and Hashim Amla put them in control against Bangladesh.Dean Elgar agonisingly missed out on a double century but hundreds from the opener and Hashim Amla placed South Africa in a commanding position on day two of the first Test against Bangladesh in Potchefstroom.The Proteas maintained the dominance that saw them end the opening day at 298-1, with Amla scoring his 27th Test hundred to move level with Graeme Smith – Jacques Kallis is the only South African to have notched more at 45.Amla became the victim of the 70 000th wicket in Test history when he holed out off Shaiful Islam (1-74) in the first over after lunch, his formidable partnership with Elgar ending after 215 runs.The run rate slowed with the entrance of Temba Bavuma (31) and Elgar’s concentration appeared to dip before he ballooned Mustafizur Rahman (1-98) to midwicket on 199, clearly dejected as he made way back.Faf du Plessis (26) provided a shot of energy before South Africa declared on 496-3, with Bangladesh losing opening duo Liton Das (25) and Imrul Kayes (7). They reached stumps at 127-3 with plenty of work to do.The runs flowed freely in the first session, with Elgar passing his previous best of 140 when he clipped Shaiful through midwicket to move onto 144 with a boundary, and he launched Mehedi Hasan for six over mid-on to continue his progress.Amla stole two runs to bring up his ton and his union with Elgar was worth 215 when the teams went in for lunch, but Bangladesh soon made the breakthrough.With just the third ball of the second session Shaiful tempted Amla with a wide delivery that ended up in the arms of Mehedi, and Bavuma was unable to keep up the impressive pace.He focused on rotating the strike to assist Elgar, who suffered a scare when an attempt to crunch a shot over the leg side turned into an edge into space behind for three runs.There was no let-off on the 30-year-old’s next mistake, though. He lobbed an attempted pull shot up for a routine Mominul Haque catch and received a series of consolation pats on the back from Bangladesh players as he walked back to the pavilion.du Plessis found the boundary from the first two deliveries he faced and he repeated the trick before the Proteas declared at tea.A short delivery from Kagiso Rabada (1-23) accounted for Imrul as Bangladesh suffered a setback in just the sixth over, while an outside edge off Morne Morkel (1-34) from Liton was taken at slip by Amla to leave the tourists at 36-2.Elgar was unable to match his quality with the bat in the field as he put down Mushfiqur on six and 15, the second going for a boundary after glancing off wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock’s glove.Both those drops were off Keshav Maharaj (1-38) but he soon accounted for Mushfiqur, and Tamim Iqbal (22) closed the day’s play with a thunderous six over the long-on boundary.He will resume alongside Mominul (28) when the Tigers seek to make inroads into South Africa’s imposing total. (Sportsmax)last_img read more

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