55 Cuban migrants stopped by Coast Guard repatriated

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Dozens of Cuban migrants who were stopped before reaching South Florida shores in the past week have been sent back to their homeland, the U.S. Coast Guard announced Friday.Coast Guard crews sent 55 people from four different groups back to the island. The migrants were stopped before they were able to set foot in the Sunshine State, which would have meant they could stay under the controversial “wet-foot, dry-foot” policy.Officials said the number of Cubans attempting the dangerous journey has grown by more than 100 percent since last year.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Boy hospitalized after nearly drowning in Brickell

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI (WSVN) – A 7-year-old boy was rushed to the hospital after, officials said, he was pulled unresponsive from a pool in Brickell, Sunday night.According to Miami Fire Rescue, crews responded to the scene at 825 Brickell Bay Drive, one of the Four Ambassadors condominiums, just after 8:45 p.m.According to investigators, the boy and his family were visiting friends. “[His mother] took her eyes off him for a moment, and then they found him at the bottom of the pool,” said Miami Fire Rescue Capt. Ignatius Carroll.Officials said the 911 call came in at around 8:30 p.m. “You can imagine the frantic call to 911, trying to get instructions on how to save their child,” said Carroll. “CPR was being given to this child with instructions from the dispatcher as well as paramedics.”Officials said, when crews arrived, the child was not breathing. However, they were able to regain a pulse on the way to the hospital.The boy was transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital, where he is listed in stable condition. “At the time, we do have him stabilized as a result of the tremendous work from the doctors here at Jackson Memorial Pediatrics,” said Carroll.Carroll said the incident serves as a painful reminder for all parents. “When you’re around the pool, you want to make sure you keep your eye on your child, especially if the child does not know how to swim,” he said, “but even if they know how to swim, you always maintain adult supervision at all times because a situation like this can be prevented.” last_img read more

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Miami Heat Carnival team up to award college scholarships

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Some South Florida students received slam-dunk college scholarships in Miami, Sunday.The Miami Heat, Carnival Cruise Line and Florida Prepaid College Foundation teamed up to present the local high school students with four-year college scholarships. The presentation took place during halftime at the American Airlines Arena. Delighted to attend the 2017 Carnival Scholarship & Mentoring Program Ceremony at the American Airlines Arena. In… https://t.co/tTAo5Obwjx— Alberto M. Carvalho (@MiamiSup) March 19, 2017The students are former members of the Heat Academy, an after-school program for at-risk youth. “It’s such an amazing program. It helps with so much overall,” said scholarship recipient Jaime Garay. “Like, it gives you tips and tricks and anything that you need, and it prepares you for college overall.”Heat Academy is considered an innovative workplace mentoring program, partnering students with professionals.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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4 families displaced after North Miami apartment fire

first_imgNORTH MIAMI, FLA. (WSVN) – Fire Rescue crews responded to a code one apartment fire in North Miami, Tuesday morning.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue crews were dispatched to the apartment complex along Northeast 126th Street and 11th Avenue, around 6:30 a.m.7Skyforce flew over the scene, where the second floor of the apartment building could be seen completely engulfed in flames. Firefighters have since put out the blaze.According to officials, the fire originated in the front left unit of the second floor and then spread to other units.“I was sleeping, and I saw smoke,” said victim and resident Antwaune Francois. “When I opened my eyes to use the bathroom, I saw smoke in my house.”“I was sleeping, right, and they I heard, ‘boom, boom, boom, boom,’” said victim Alfred Pierre, “and he came in, right, and he kicked my door down, and then he was like ‘Fire! Get out, get out!’ So we got out, and then all we hear was a big explosion, and then everything was just spreading. There was smoke up in the air … so I tried to go back inside and get my uncle out, and then I ran back inside. I got him out, and I tried to get my stuff out, but they got me out in time. I couldn’t get anything.”The fire left four families without a home. “I’m on break,” said Pierre. “I’m not supposed to be going through this. I’m supposed to be enjoying my life just chilling, and now, I gotta go through this.” Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Officials said this fire was particularly difficult to put out, because access to the second floor was being blocked by furniture and boxes along the hallway. Firefighters had to go in one at a time as they tried to battle the flames.According to officials, a different building in the same complex caught fire in May. Some of those residents are still without a home, as well.Merlande Richmon was displaced by the previous fire and said she’s frustrated. “We’re staying in a motel,” she said. “Four families, split up! Don’t have nowhere to go. I’m tired of it. I’m tired of it.”The building has been deemed a total loss.No serious injuries were reported. However, one person was taken to the hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation.The Red Cross is now working in aiding the families.The cause of the fire is under investigation. last_img read more

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Kwanzaa celebration begins for millions around the world

first_img(WSVN) – Tuesday marked the start of Kwanzaa.Millions of people around the world will light the first of seven candles on the kinara.Each candle represents seven principles — creativity, self-determination, purpose, unity, responsibility, cooperative economics and faith.The weeklong celebration honoring African culture and traditions ends on Jan. 1.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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South Florida sanitation workers pay tribute to civil rights figures

first_imgDORAL, FLA. (WSVN) – South Florida sanitation workers paid touching tribute to a pair of workers from Tennessee whose deaths, decades ago, sparked a battle over civil rights.Workers from across Miami-Dade and Broward counties took part in a nationwide moment of silence in Doral, Thursday.Participants paid tribute to Echol Cole and Robert Walker, who were crushed to death inside a malfunctioning garbage truck compactor in 1968.Their deaths triggered a worker strike and brought Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to Memphis, where he was assassinated days later.“It’s very important,” said Marcellous Stringer from the Sanitation Workers Union, “not just for this crowd, but for when you think about what’s going on right now today in the nation and the different things that happen. It’s very important for all Americans that we think about this man who gave the ultimate price — his life — to make sure we can come out and work.”The event was also part of the “I Am 2018” movement, which aims to educate and mobilize activists to bring about change in their communities.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Motorcyclist hospitalized after officerinvolved crash in Miami

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Rescue crews took a motorcyclist to the hospital after, officials said, he was involved in a crash with a Miami-Dade School Board officer, Tuesday night.City of Miami Police and Fire Rescue units responded to the scene of the crash near Northwest Seventh Avenue and 54th Street, just after 8 p.m.Paramedics transported the motorcyclist to Jackson Memorial Hospital in unknown condition.The officer did not have to be transported.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Police search for missing Hollywood man

first_imgMISSING PERSON: Frantz Guillame, 73 years old, last seen wearing red baseball cap, black striped shirt, light shorts with turquoise stripes. Last seen near 604 N 62nd Ave around 10:00 a.m.. He speaks mainly Creole. Call Police if you see him.#MissingPerson #HollywoodFL pic.twitter.com/bYgvIxYN6I— HollywoodFL Police (@HollywoodFLPD) July 3, 2019 Officials said he was last seen wearing a black stripped shirt, light colored shorts with turquoise stripes and a red baseball cap. Guillame mainly speaks Creole.If you have any information on his whereabouts, call Hollywood Police at 954-764-4957.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.center_img HOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are searching for a 73-year-old man who went missing in Hollywood.Frantz Guillame was last seen around the 600 block of North 62nd Avenue at around 10 a.m., Wednesday.last_img read more

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Coast Guard stops suspicious charter near Fort Lauderdale violations found

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – A U.S. Coast Guard crew stopped a catamaran near Fort Lauderdale on suspicion of conducting an illegal charter.Officials said there were seven passengers aboard the Shared Adventure when it was stopped, Sunday.Upon boarding the 47-foot vessel, officials said, crews found several violations.The operators of illegal charters can face tens of thousands of dollars in fines.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Meet And Greet The Kenai City Council And Kenai City Manager

first_imgCity Manager Paul Ostrander will be present, along with members, Jim Glendening, Henry Knackstedt, Bob Molloy, Tim Navarre, and Glenese Pettey. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Chamber of Commerce is hosting a meet and greet with the current Kenai City Council members and Kenai City Manager. Kenai Mayor Brian Gabriel is unable to attend due to a scheduling conflict, and council member Mike Boyle is also unable to attend. The meet and greet will take place at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center this evening, Wednesday, December 20, at 5-7:00 p.m., it is open to the public. Johna Beech President of the Kenai Chamber of Commerce: “Even though our Council Members are incredibly approachable, most people don’t approach them until there is a problem. They come to City Council only have three minutes to speak, and that’s not necessarily a dialogue. So, we wanted to create an environment where a conversation could happen, and that’s what this is.”  According to Beech, this is a ‘casual’ meet and greet environment for community members to have the opportunity to talk one on one with the Council Members, and Kenai City Manager. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-Kenai-city-council-meet-and-greet.mp3VmJennifer-on-Kenai-city-council-meet-and-greet.mp300:00RPdlast_img read more

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Granite Construction Truck Stolen From Job Site On Sterling Highway

first_imgThe driver failed to stop and after a short pursuit the driver ditched the truck behind the Decanter Inn and fled into the woods, according to Troopers. According to an online Trooper dispatch released on Wednesday, the truck was reported to have a jersey barrier picker in the back, valued at approximately $5000. At around 4:30pm on Monday the vehicle was spotted on the Sterling Hwy and at approximately 4:35pm Soldotna AST attempted to stop the truck. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Granite Construction reported to Soldotna based Alaska State Troopers that one of their F450 trucks had been stolen from the job site near Mile 110 of the Sterling Highway on Monday, May 13.center_img The truck was recovered with no damage, but the jersey barrier picker was missing.  Further investigation on Tuesday located the jersey barrier picker in a gravel pit off of Dorothy off Tustumena Lake Road. A suspect has been identified but not named by Troopers at this time. The investigation is ongoing.last_img read more

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Cover Critique Vogues Lebron and Gisele

first_imgVogue’s latest cover—featuring basketball star Lebron James and supermodel Gisele Bundchen—was notable for a number of reasons. For starters, it was just the third time a man had appeared on a Vogue cover (George Clooney and Richard Gere being the other two) and the first African-American male to do so. But the magazine quickly came under fire for what bloggers and other media critics saw as perpetuating the ugly stereotype of a black man as the “wild, savage, white-woman-obsessed beast,” as Gawker Media blog Jezebel put it. (One even suggested that those supporting the cover do a Google image search for “King Kong” for a comparison.)Below, FOLIO:’s roving panel of designers weigh in on the controversial cover.NAME: Stephanie FaucherTITLE: Design director, ComputerworldCRITIQUE: My first reaction to this cover when I saw it at the grocery store was that the two images were so oddly paired. Giselle’s exuberant face and posture is just so unnatural next to Lebron’s manly roar. She almost looks like a cutout. I honestly didn’t think “King Kong,” I just thought “strange.” But since having read the various reviews and looked at the comparison photos, the resemblance to King Kong is uncanny. I can’t help but wonder if Vogue didn’t intend to spark a controversy over the stereotypical nature of this image. After all, what better way to sell magazines than to run a controversial cover? NAME: Kelly McMurrayTITLE: Creative director, 2communiqueCRITIQUE: I heard there was controversy over this cover and went to the newsstand to check it out. I was looking for a controversial headline or a photo inspired by an iconic film still. What I see is an athlete in an aggressive stance. In my opinion this is a case of the people/media blowing something out of proportion and giving more attention to something than it merits.NAME: C. Winslow Taft, Jr. TITLE: Senior art director, mental_floss magazineCRITIQUE: I don’t feel qualified to comment on what many contend to be the controversial aspects of this cover. However, taking all of that out of the picture and simply looking at it as a cover, I don’t think this is one of Vogue’s most creative or enticing covers. I’m eagerly awaiting some amount of Brodovitch or Henry Wolf to show itself again on the cover of these magazines that show so much experimentation in their ideas for upcoming clothing trends.NAME: Jennifer PerezTITLE: Art director, Perez DezignCRITIQUE: Doesn’t every cover perpetuate stereotypes? The weirdest thing about this cover is how bad Gisele looks.NAME: Tim O’BrienTITLE: Freelance illustrator, Rolling StoneCRITIQUE: I’m critiquing this cover AFTER the media began speculation about whether or not it’s a racially insensitive cover. I have to think that this is a case of a cover where all who had a hand in it getting published; photographer to designer to editor all thought only of this as a fun, dynamic image. Should designers carry around a special filter to question whether a cover or image is going to be interpreted as being viewed as inappropriate? I think so. Once the issue is raised, whether or not it is based on the designer’s real intent, it’s all that is remembered. Often cited as Time darkening a photo of O.J. Simpson, Matt Mahurin years ago did with an illustration what he does to ANYTHING he illustrates—he created a sense of depth and murkiness that make his illustrations so unique. The contrast from that image next to Newsweek running the same source image made it look like Time decided to darken O.J.—this is ludicrous of course and since that cover, I feel these kinds of blind spots are not so common. Vogue is always a type nightmare. I wonder if people actually choose to buy it based on any promised headline on the cover? I think people who buy this magazine would do so even if they had fewer headlines and allowed their cover image to have more impact. As for the image itself, I agree that the most remarkable thing here his how this isn’t a good shot of Giselle and her neck is quite wide. I keep imagining that shoot and how they had to look ‘fun’ and make all kinds of runs at being active.NAME: Dan TrombettoTITLE: Art director, FOLIO:CRITIQUE: The racial/stereotype issues aside, I simply do not like the shot here. It feels awkward to me—like Gisele is toppling over, almost as if she is tripping over Lebron’s size 15 left sneaker. It also feels like the cover lines aren’t playing so well with the image. Feels a little congested.What do you think? Leave your own critiques in the comments section below …last_img read more

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People on the Move 031209

first_imgCondé Nast has named Patrick Connors associate publisher of Details. Most recently, Connors served as national advertising director for Glamour. Former CNNMoney.com senior vice president and general manager Jonathan Shar was named general manager of Barnes & Noble’s Digital Newsstand and emerging content. With B&N, Shar will work with magazine and newspaper publishers, among others, to sell and market their digital editorial products to B&N customers.United Business Media’s EE Times Group appointed Karen Field to the newly-created position of president of the EE Life Community, a forthcoming social networking site. Previously, Field served as a design engineer at RBI. Amy Gilroy was named editor of consumer electronics site CEoutlook.com. Most recently, Gilroy served as senior editor of This Week in Consumer Electronics, which RBI sold to NewBay Media.last_img read more

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Eyeing October Relaunch East West Offers Cover Contest

first_imgWith plans to relaunch the print edition in October, multicultural magazine East West is offering a cover design contest in which readers can develop the cover for the October/November issue.”We’ve typically done a glamour shot cover but Asian Americans are very interested in design and we have a new blog focused on designers, so why not do something that gets readers involved?” founder Anita Malik told FOLIO:. The magazine is taking submissions of original artwork “interpreting the meaning of East West and the merging of cultures.” The winning design will be featured on the cover and a profile of the designer will be featured in the issue. Making the Pitch to Readers, AdvertisersAfter more than a year on hiatus, Malik said it has always been her goal to return to print. “We had some private investors step forward and they believe in print as much as I do,” she said. “Particularly with this niche market, print will remain viable. It’s a scary thing but for us it felt right.”The relaunch will have circulation of 20,000. East West archives remained online during the magazine’s hiatus and Malik said readers continued to sign up. “We’ve been honest with readers and we’re telling them ‘we know you’ve been waiting’ and trying to say we’re human too with a small publication. People are kind of rooting for the magazine and when we were gone readers kept knocking on the door.”Malik said the content and mission will stay the same but she hopes to take advantage of online marketing, particularly through Twitter and Facebook. “We’re really focusing on the marketing aspect. We never really had the funds for it (and don’t really have it now) but we can benefit from social networking which wasn’t as prominent as it was before,” she added.The advertiser pitch is harder. “That’s the tricky one,” said Malik. “I’ve come to the understanding that it’s going to take a while for them to feel secure again with who we are and that we’re not going to put out one issue and go away. We’re seeking out new advertisers. A lot more companies are focused on multi-cultural marketing now that weren’t a few years ago.”Malik said she is currently at 20 percent of the advertising goal for the October re-launch. “We’ve still got some time,” she added. “I’m looking at that coming back in 2010. We wanted to get two issues out this year to get advertisers comfortable so they’ll be ready when January/February rolls around. We’re being realistic that this will take a while and be hard. Our goal is to go monthly for 2011.”The magazine also has to secure newsstand distribution again and will have controlled circulation in Los Angeles and Phoenix. “This will be a gradual buildup just like the advertising,” Malik said. “We’re starting over because we have to say, ‘This is why you should carry us again.’”last_img read more

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Source Interlink Expands Action Sports Group with Online Acquisition

first_imgSource Interlink Media has announced its acquisition of the Grind Networks, a portfolio of digital action sports properties including GrindTV.com, Newschoolers.com, Motocross.com, Ridemonkey.com, Snowboarder.com, Skateboard.com and others. The sites will be added to Source’s Action Sports Group, which publishes magazines like Surfer, Skateboarder and Powder.Former Grind Networks CEO Erik Hawkins will continue to oversee the new group’s digital sales and marketing at Source. President/COO Greg Morrow will direct its technical and digital product development.John Bode, Source Interlink Media’s senior vice president of finance and corporate strategy, tells FOLIO: Source sees the acquisition as an opportunity to leverage Grind Networks’ digital scale and distribution relationships with Source’s content to further grow the Action Sports Group audience. Source says the new Action Sports Group will reach more than 10 million readers monthly.Bode declined to comment on the financial terms of the deal but says, “anytime you have the opportunity to become the leading digital media company in a publishing vertical like action sports and can combine that with strong advertising relationships with both endemic advertisers in that space as well as the OEMs who target that space, you have a unique opportunity to monetize that traffic at attractive CPMs.”last_img read more

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So Your CEO Says You Need to Be A Digital First Publisher

first_img• Limited Search Identifiers. Search in app stores is based on a limited number of key words that you select when you upload the app, rather than the metadata associated with the content/articles themselves. Google just started testing the ability to index and deep link into an app with the release of KitKat but the outcome is questionable, while Apple doesn’t even offer such capabilities.  • Too Many Apps per Category. The idea of a user browsing a category (say news) and finding your app is laughable because of the sheer number of apps in any category (i.e., 26,134 apps in the news category alone). Simply put, there are just too many apps for people to browse through.  • Ranking Is a Chicken and Egg Problem. An app’s rank in a store (both for search and by category) is generally dependent upon its rating, but without any downloads the app starts at the bottom of the list. As such, the act of putting an app in an app store doesn’t guarantee any downloads.Given these discoverability issues, when launching an app you need to have a well-thought out marketing plan. The good news is that as media companies we have a certain advantage over others in that we have media channels available to us that we can leverage to drive app downloads. These “free” channels include running print ads, email ads, online ads and mobile Web ads in publications we control. To drive the most downloads, your media plan should include all of these free channels as well as paid placements on competitor sites/apps (if you’ve got some extra marketing dollars lying around). Three tips to keep in mind are:• Calls-to-Action on Mobile Devices Work Best. In my experience, the most effective tool in driving downloads is to pop-up a “download now ad” when the user goes to your mobile website. The messaging in these “ads” simply ask the user if she’d rather view the content via your app or via the mobile website. This is not so much a marketing exercise, but rather a product development exercise.• Print Ads Require Short-Codes. If you are going to use offline (e.g., print) ads to drive downloads be sure to use a “redirecting” short-code that’s easy to use and remember (e.g., at.law.com/apps), rather than the full appstore URL. • Make Money From the “Download Ads”. If you’re smart about leveraging the marketing channels you already own and have a good sales team you can also turn a “download ad” into revenue by packaging it with a sponsorship opportunity. This has been a tried-and-true approach for us at ALM where we’ve sold compelling sponsorship packages to advertisers that combine offline and online channels. These ads typically say something like “Download the new XZY app brought to by ABC” with the sponsor’s brand effectively incorporated into the ad.To sum things up, driving downloads takes time and effort.  With hundreds of thousands of apps out there, building an audience is as much a function of your marketing efforts, as it is the value of the underlying app. In earlier posts, I wrote about the value of having a mobile app for your brand, and briefly touched on the associated marketing and sales challenges. In this post, I’ll dig deeper into how to successfully launch an app and build an audience. See Also: So Your CEO Says You Need to Be a “Digital First” Publisher? Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 Unlike the Web, publishers cannot passively accumulate an app audience, but rather need to take a very active role in driving downloads. The adage, “If you build it they will come” doesn’t hold true for apps. The reason for this is that app stores are islands unto to themselves and the benefits of the open Web (i.e., people stumbling upon your app via search) aren’t available. Compounding this issue are App Store discoverability challenges, including:last_img read more

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SourceMedia CEO Doug Manoni to Step Down

first_imgDoug Manoni will soon step down as CEO of SourceMedia and transition to executive chairman, he informed staffers this week.The second CEO in the company’s 14-year history, Manoni has held the role since 2010, when he was promoted from EVP and managing director.Reps for SourceMedia were unable to provide details—other than confirming Manoni’s plan to step down and that the company is in the process of identifying a successor—but Connectiv’s Matt Kinsman reports that Manoni informed staffers, “I’ve decided that it’s time to move to a new challenge, and in the process move closer to my family in the Boston area.”Manoni arrived at SourceMedia in 2008—just four years after its spinoff from Thomson Financial—as executive VP and managing director of American Banker and Cards&Payments, before ascending to the CEO role two years later. Since then, he’s overseen SourceMedia’s transition from a legacy-structured business publisher to one focused on digital media and data-driven marketing products, installing much of the current executive team and managing the company’s 2014 sale to Observer Capital.Prior to SourceMedia, Manoni launched Wicks Business Information in 1999 before selling the company to Summit Business Media in 2007, and before that spent several years in executive roles at Cowles Business Media. While at SourceMedia, Manoni also served as chairman of the trade association American Business Media and its successor, Connectiv, from 2015 to 2017.last_img read more

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Next Stopgap Could Last Six Weeks

first_imgHouse Republicans are drafting a continuing resolution (CR) that would run through March 22, but it’s not clear if Senate leaders will accept a six-week stopgap, reports CQ. At a policy retreat in West Virginia on Thursday, GOP leaders from both chambers said they were confident there would not be a government shutdown when the current CR expires on Feb. 8, but the path toward a fifth stopgap remains uncertain. House conservatives and defense hawks have said it would be difficult for them to support another CR without assurances of increased defense funding for the remainder of the fiscal year.Republican lawmakers also expressed optimism they could reach a bipartisan deal on raising the statutory budget caps that would allow appropriators to craft a year-end omnibus spending package. Negotiators have discussed a two-year agreement that could add nearly $300 billion in spending, but the two sides have yet to come to terms over the split between defense and non-defense funds.Photo by Architect of the Capitol Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

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VA Mission Act Changes On Track for Friday Wilkie Says

first_imgVeterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie said last week he is approaching this Friday as “just another day at VA” when hundreds of thousands of eligible veterans will be allowed to access taxpayer-funded private medical care.On Friday the agency will implement a major part of the Mission Act, a focus of the administration’s expansive VA reform plan, which includes new rules that provide eligible veterans expanded community care options, according to a Military Times report.“We do expect to be ready,” Wilkie said Friday on C-SPAN. “I’m confident that our team is ready across the country,” he added.Under the new rules, veterans who live more than 30 minutes from a VA medical clinic or face a wait of more than 20 days for most health care appointments would be allowed to seek private care.The rules replace current 40-mile, 30-day private care access restrictions. For specialty care, veterans would face a 60-minute distance or a 28-day wait.The Mission Act was passed last summer but has since faced growing scrutiny from veterans groups who fear it could ultimately undermine existing VA services.“The budget also calls for 390,000 employees,” Wilkie said. “We’re not in a pathway to privatization. If we are, we’re doing it in a strange way.”The Mission Act also mandates a comprehensive review of department facilities, and overhauls the agency’s caregiver payout system.Photo provided by Dept. of  Veterans Affairs ADC AUTHORlast_img read more

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Navy Announces Military Spouse Relicensing and Recertification Reimbursements

first_img ADC AUTHOR Navy spouses are now allowed to apply for relicensing and recertification costs of up to $500 for each military change of station relocation, Military Times reported.The Navy’s new reimbursement program, now in line with the reimbursement policies of the other services, allows payment for some relicensing and recertification costs in spouses’ professions after relocation to a new state due to a permanent change of station.The program is also retroactive, applying to costs incurred with PCS orders received on or after Dec. 12, 2017.The reimbursements are part of a pilot program authorized in the fiscal 2018 NDAA. In May, the Army, Air Force and Marine Corps announced their new reimbursement programs, as On Base has reported.Military spouse relicensing or recertifications apply to a long list of professions including doctors, attorneys, accountants, teachers, nurses, dental hygienists, hairdressers and more. Requirements and costs vary by state and professional and relicensing and recertification applications can incur major costs.In a separate relicensing/recertification relief effort, the nonprofit Army Emergency Relief will provide a grant or interest-free loan to spouses up to an additional $2,000 for reimbursement costs when relocating to a new state.The $2,000 reimbursement will be in the form of a grant, which doesn’t have to be paid back, or interest-free loan, depending on the family’s financial situation.Photo credit Navy Lt. Cmdr. Jim Remingtonlast_img read more

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