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    A Social Security Administration office in San Francisco.Getty Images A new Social Security trustees report points to a slightly longer time horizon for the program's trust funds. But even with a new depletion date of 2035 — a year later than projected last year — the program still faces a 75-year deficit. A one-year bump represents a small change for a huge program that Alicia Munnell, director of the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College, compares to a big ocean liner. And time is running out for Congress to take action to turn it around from the direction in which it is currently going. More from Personal Finance:How taxes on Social Security benefits may changeInflation points to bigger Social Security cost-of-living adjustmentWhy the Social Security retirement age may move past 67 In 2035, just 80% of benefits will be payable, if no action is taken. "We're getting into that area where immediate action will be required," Munnell said. In a new report, the Center for Retirement Research outlines some key takeaways on the program based on this year's trustees...
    A 21-year-old claimed that she was 'almost sold into sex slavery' by her own best friend when she was just a teen - who tried to trick her by pretending she had been picked for a school exchange program.   Back in 2013, Ana Vianey Martínez Lugo, from Mexico, almost became a victim of human trafficking at the hands of her close pal - but was ultimately saved by her 'sixth sense,' and her mom.   Ana's friend - whos name was kept hidden for privacy reasons - had told her that she had won the opportunity to take part in a student exchange in Spain, and that she was able to take two friends along.  Excited to be picked, Ana began filling out the documents so she could jet off halfway around the world with her friend, whom she had known for five years.  But when the then-teenager was sifting through the personal data form, there was one big giveaway that untangled the web of lies. A 21-year-old claimed that she was 'almost sold into sex slavery' by her own best friend when...
    Coronavirus vaccination rates around the world are low for a lot of reasons—short supplies in developing countries, lack of trust in the governments handing out the jabs, and conspiracy theories about what’s in the vaccine and its side effects. But experts point to another possible factor which has gotten less attention: the CIA. In its quest to find and kill Osama Bin Laden, spies at the CIA used a Hepatitis B vaccination program as cover in an attempt to collect DNA samples that could locate the 9/11 mastermind’s family in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The effort was a flop and landed a doctor hired by the CIA in a Pakistani prison. But a decade later, public health experts and researchers say the agency’s vaccine caper could have helped erode crucial trust in vaccination efforts now necessary to end the coronavirus pandemic in Pakistan—and in some cases across the globe. “The CIA’s fake vaccination program overstepped a boundary in that they engaged in an activity that is purely humanitarian and purely medical and health-related,” Sam Worthington, the CEO of InterAction, an alliance...
    Coronavirus vaccination rates around the world are low for myriad reasons: short supplies in developing countries, lack of trust in the governments handing out the jabs, and conspiracy theories about what’s in the vaccine and its side effects. But experts point to another possible factor which has gotten less attention: the CIA. In its quest to find and kill Osama Bin Laden, spies at the CIA used a Hepatitis B vaccination program as cover in an attempt to collect DNA samples that could locate the 9/11 mastermind’s family in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The effort was a flop and landed a doctor hired by the CIA in a Pakistani prison. But a decade later, public health experts and researchers say the caper could have helped erode crucial trust in vaccination efforts now necessary to end the coronavirus pandemic in Pakistan—and in some cases across the globe. “The CIA’s fake vaccination program overstepped a boundary in that they engaged in an activity that is purely humanitarian and purely medical and health-related,” Sam Worthington, the CEO of InterAction, an alliance of international non-governmental organizations,...
    Share this: Recently, the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation (Navy Yard) and the Trust for Governors Island (the Trust) announced a new fellowship program dedicated to helping CUNY students from diverse backgrounds gain the professional skills needed for successful careers in the real estate industry and related fields. Together, the Navy Yard and the Trust will host 8-10 CUNY undergraduate and graduate students during the 2021-2022 school year to help them gain direct work experience while advancing their professional and interpersonal skills. Upon completing the program, fellows will be helped to secure and succeed in interviews that will allow them to obtain quality employment in a real estate or related field. The Navy Yard and the Trust have launched a pilot of the fellowship program for the 2021-2022 academic year, and plan to bring on additional public and private real estate development partners to host fellows for subsequent years. The program is designed to target students from diverse backgrounds, including those who are Pell-eligible, students of color, and first-generation college students. Applications were accepted earlier this year and the inaugural pilot program will...
    The video of a homeless man in a tent being accidentally scooped up in a front-end loader as the District removed an encampment this week was a startling image. Now, a council member is offering recommendations for restoring trust during D.C.’s concerted effort to enable homeless people to move indoors. In a tweet, At-Large Council member Elissa Silverman said she sent a letter to Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Wayne Turnage offering ideas and vowing to collaborate as D.C. implements a temporary housing program. More D.C. News Under the pilot program, residents in four homeless encampments have been offered vouchers for one-year housing leases. The way the program is supposed to work is that services should be provided to residents living in the encampments that the District has chosen to close down, and then the area would be cleared and become a no-tent-zone. How to deal w encampments in our city is a complex & difficult issue. After seeing the bulldozer video Monday & learning of the death of a resident in a tent Tuesday morning,...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – As so many were hit hard during this past year and a half, there was an unexpected bright spot. According to Miami-Dade County’s most recent Homeless Census, it shows the lowest homeless population in 25 years, which includes both sheltered and unsheltered individuals. READ MORE: Alfonzo Amaker Charged In SW Dade Shooting That Injured Four, Including Two Children Ron Book, Chairman of the Miami-Dade Homeless Trust, says the COVID pandemic actually contributed to that. “We don’t put people in shelters these days. We put them in our quarantine program, which is a hotel program,” he explained. “While at the height of COVID, we had five or six hotels, that we were putting folks in, we are still putting them in three places.” (Source: Miami-Dade Homeless Trust) More than 6,100 people were served in those locations since they were set up in March of 2020. Many have used the opportunity to get back on track. “We have rules when you come into a hotel program,” Book said. “They follow the rules. They listen. We made services available day...
    FatCamera | E+ | Getty Images It's a situation that appears incongruous: Congressional Democrats want to expand Medicare's benefits while a trust fund that supports the program is facing insolvency. Indeed, some Republican lawmakers have seized on that looming problem as a reason to oppose a proposal to add dental, vision and hearing coverage to Medicare. The provision is included in Democrats' 10-year, $3.5 trillion spending plan that would expand the social safety net and battle climate change, among other policy goals. "Democrats are ramming through a reckless new expansion of Medicare – just as it's a few years from bankruptcy," said Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, in prepared remarks at a House Ways and Means Committee session on Thursday as debate began on portions of Democrats' massive legislative package.VIDEO5:3205:32Ways and Means Committee members debate $3.5 trillion spending billSquawk BoxBecause of how Medicare is structured, adding dental, vision and hearing coverage would have little impact on the trust fund that's forecast to be insolvent beginning in 2026. "In short, we're largely talking about different pots of money," said David Lipschutz, associate...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Trying to build trust in police. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced a new program to address certain misconduct complaints against officers. It is an alternative to traditional investigations and will let some complaints be referred to a community mediation program. READ MORE: Detectives Seek Help Identifying Man Who Struck Person In Head At Uptown CTA Station “Creating a community-based mediation program for reporting police misconduct complaints has been at the forefront of our mission to foster an environment that builds trust within the community and instill confidence that every voice is heard,” said Lightfoot. “This pilot program gets us closer to our goal of improving the standard for resolving misconduct complaints and represents another step towards compliance with the federal Consent Decree requirements.” READ MORE: Mistaken Report Of Active Shooter Prompts Lockdown At Lake Central High School In St. John, Indiana Here’s how it works: an impartial mediator, the person who filed the complaint and a member of the Chicago police will meet at a neutral location where they can talk about what happened. MORE NEWS: I...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Coral Springs Police Department announced a program that aims to rebuild community trust in law enforcement. The new initiative will be known as the Community Ambassador Program (CAP). READ MORE: Royal Caribbeans New Odyssey Of The Seas Arrives At Port Everglades To that effect, they are looking for citizens to engage and serve as ambassadors. Officials said that the mission of the CAP is to engage with ambassadors to build a stronger foundation, develop greater understanding and improve transparency. “Trust is the bedrock of any relationship. It is important that the public and the police have tough conversations to better understand each other’s point of view. I welcome tough conversations and controversial topics. Having open and honest conversations is the first step to understanding. Understanding leads to transparency and trust. That is what we seek with this program,” said Coral Springs Police Chief Clyde Parry. One of the goals of the program is for CAP to provide a means for citizen ambassadors to learn more about the police department, engage in timely and...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Chapman Partnership, a South Florida non-profit that operates successful programs which get the homeless off the streets and into gainful employment, is facing a budget crisis. The pandemic has put a crimp in a major funding source which is tied to Miami-Dade’s food and beverage tax. READ MORE: Florida Legislature Proposal Would Plug-In Higher Fees For Electric Vehicles The non-profit operates two homeless assistance centers in Miami and Homestead with a total of 800 beds. Chapman Partnership is a private sector partner of the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust. Not only do they offer shelter, but education. “We empower our residents to gain self-sufficiency back into the community, everything from medical support to behavioral support,” said Chapman Partnership President and CEO Symeria T. Hudson. The came the pandemic and with it a major change in cleaning protocols, social distancing, masks, and no more self-service meals in accordance with Centers for Disease Control guidelines. “We had to modify how we interacted with clients, we didn’t compromise services and programs,” said Hudson. READ MORE: Florida Rescinds...
    PATERSON, New Jerseyw (WABC) -- Police in Paterson, New Jersey, are being outfitted with body cameras as part of a pilot program, the city announced Tuesday.The device roll-out is expected to increase transparency and accountability, and officials say it is an important part of policing in the 21st century.The program is expected to expand quickly, with two dozen officers part of the initial launch.It's an effort to provide an additional level of protection for police officers accused of over stepping their authority, and those already involved in the program have told their superiors that the cameras are a good thing.ALSO READ | NJ car dealership manager rescues elderly driver lost 100 miles from homeEMBED More News Videos The manager of a car dealership in New Jersey jumped in to help after an elderly man became disoriented while driving and somehow ended up more than 100 miles from his home. It will cost the city about a half-million dollars, but officials say it could ultimately save the city money in costs by reducing the number of citizens complaints about police conduct."This...
    HONOLULU (AP) — The state agency that helps administer land for Native Hawaiians has approved a new program that will provide a small number of Native residents with down-payment assistance. The new program approved on Monday by the state Department of Hawaiian Home Lands would provide funds for some on a waitlist who are looking to buy homes that are not within established homesteading communities on the island of Oahu. The state agency will provide up to $1.5 million for the down payment program. The approval is the first time the state agency has invested in housing outside a 317-square-mile (821-square-kilometer) area Congress authorized for Native Hawaiians in 1921, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported. The state agency has been tasked with managing the land trust since. The waitlist for houses under the trust on Oahu is as high as 11,000 people. The program is intended to address the growing waitlist on an island with a great demand for housing but where the state agency has the least amount of land. The state Department of Hawaiian Home Lands has faced issues keeping...
    By The Associated Press Omaha World-Herald. Dec. 18, 2020. Editorial: Feuding hurts the Nebraska Environmental Trust; Legislature must act The Nebraska Environmental Trust stands as one of the state’s most visionary and successful endeavors. Since 1994, the trust has provided some $350 million in grants, distributed throughout the state and supplemented with local contributions. Those projects have aided communities across Nebraska and bolstered the state’s environmental health. The Legislature has a duty next session to help the trust by clearing up the uncertainty over the appropriate criteria for awarding grants. The latest round of fierce disagreement over grant selection — for the second time this year — shows the need for action by Nebraska lawmakers. The first controversy this year centered on ethanol promotion. The trust board voted to defund $1.8 million for a set of high-scoring habitat grants and award the money instead to a lower-scoring project to finance ethanol pumps. More recently, the Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy has requested $3.7 million, which critics say would go toward regulatory action that falls outside the trust’s proper criteria....
    SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 7: Bob Chapman, left, chats with Alyssa Bastovan, program coordinator with Friends from Meals on Wheels Food & Nutritional Services, at his home in San Jose, Calif., on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020. A Wish Book for Friends of Meals on Wheels which is an outreach program by The Health Trust for Silicon Valleys elderly. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group) SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 7: Alyssa Bastovan, left, program coordinator with Friends from Meals on Wheels Food & Nutritional Services, hands Bob Chapman a box in his home in San Jose, Calif., on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020. A Wish Book for Friends of Meals on Wheels which is an outreach program by The Health Trust for Silicon Valleys elderly. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group) SoundThe gallery will resume inseconds SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 7: Chi Nguyen, left, intern with Friends from Meals on Wheels Food & Nutritional Services, chats with Alyssa Bastovan, program coordinator with Friends from Meals on Wheels Food &...
    Illinois coronavirus daily case tally jumps back above 12,000, with 125 more deaths reported Top Democrats Tap Gregory Meeks For Foreign Affairs Chair, Dashing Joaquin Castros Bid Seniors On Medicare Are Getting a Big Pay Day in 2020 Ad Microsoft Expert: “This credit card is so good I signed up personally” Ad Microsoft The 23 Hottest Gifts of 2020 Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/21 SLIDES © jacoblund / Getty Images/iStockphoto The future of Social Security remains uncertain, forcing people to ask questions like, “Will Social Security run out?” According to the 2020 annual report from the board of trustees of the Federal Old-Age and Survivors Insurance Trust Fund and Federal Disability Insurance Trust Fund, Social Security’s income is expected to exceed its expenses this year. The report projects that reserves...
    Do you trust FDA on COVID-19 vaccines? States and a Black medical group form review boards for second opinion Everyday items that didnt exist a decade ago Do you know these lucrative Social Security secrets? Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/6 SLIDES © courtneyk / iStock.com Medicare, the federal health insurance program that typically provides coverage to Americans ages 65 and above, could look different in the coming years. Due to the pandemic, less revenue is being funneled into the trust fund that supports Medicare Part A, which means it could run out of funds several years earlier than 2026 as last projected, CNBC reported. In addition, a possible repeal of the Affordable Care Act could also have repercussions for the Medicare program. “It’s not entirely clear how a full dismantling of the ACA would impact Medicare,” Tricia Neuman, executive director of the Medicare policy program at the Kaiser Family Foundation, told CNBC. “But there’s a real risk that it would increase costs for seniors, be...
    Texas Republican governor orders counties to close multiple ballot drop-off sites Taco Bell Is Launching a Digital Taco Gifting Platform Most Americans don't know these lucrative Social Security "secrets" Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/6 SLIDES © Drazen Zigic / iStock Are you buying a new home? Buying a home is an incredible accomplishment, but it doesn't come without challenges. Not only are you on the hunt for your dream home (you know, that one with that perfect yard for the dog and amazing fireplace), you’re likely running through your finances to figure out what you can afford. And then, there’s getting a mortgage loan, which means finding a good, reputable mortgage lender that offers the type of loan program (down payment requirement, DTI, etc) that best suits your needs, but also offers excellent customer service and competitive rates. You want an organization that you can trust and that understands this is one of the biggest financial decisions you’ll make. Luckily, there are plenty of viable...
    By Woody Weingarten, Bay City News Foundation MARIN COUNTY (CBS SF) — Volunteers Diana Kronstadt and Helaine Melnitzer were immersed in a San Quentin rehabilitation program when COVID-19 blocked them from entering the prison. They didn’t let the pandemic stop them, though. Now they and three other women from Marin County meet weekly via Zoom, in Kronstadt’s backyard or on Melnitzer’s deck to calculate how to help convicted felons – mostly lifers working toward parole – in a Teaching Responsibility Utilizing Sociological Training (TRUST) program. Although inmates can’t currently participate in TRUST’s once-a-week workshops, anger-management course or emotional-health and wellness program, they can take part in the women’s new initiatives: A “reflections” project where convicts hand write letters describing their lives, hopes and fears; a meditation-like practice “aimed at finding calm … to navigate these difficult times,” Kronstadt explained; and a pilot series where short videos morphed into an inspirational DVD shown on closed-circuit prison TV. “When COVID-19 happened, it was totally devastating” to the volunteers, the retired psychologist said. “We couldn’t find out what was going on in the...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown announced an expansion of CPD's Neighborhood Policing Initiative Thursday.The initiative will be expanded to the 9th (Deering), 10th (Ogden) and 11th (Harrison) districts. The program was first piloted in the 25th (Grand Central) District in January 2019.Each of the districts will get new District Coordination Officers in the fall. The officers will work directly with residents in the community to resolve neighborhood issues."As public servants, our first mission is ensuring the safety and security of our residents and communities, and that's a mission not built on force, but on a foundation of trust. That's why the Neighborhood Policing Initiative is designed to connect residents with their local officers by developing relationships and solving public safety issues together," said Mayor Lightfoot. "As part of our 90-day community policing and reform deadline we set earlier this summer, these new officers participating in this initiative will be specially trained by neighborhood residents to not only formally connect them to the specific dynamics within their community but also deepen their understanding of...
    Los Angeles Police Department officers from the 77th Street division detain a twenty-year old “Street Villains” gang member. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) In a statement released by the Los Angeles mayor’s office, Eric Garcetti has announced the creation of the LAPD Community Safety Partnership Bureau.  The new bureau will place a nationally-recognized model for community policing at the heart of the City’s public safety efforts. READ MORE: Video shows LAPD knocking disabled Black protester out of wheelchair Mayor Garcetti was joined by members of the city council, law enforcement, civil rights and community leaders in making the statement yesterday, a transcript of the press conference was reprinted on the mayor’s website.  “Today we take a major step forward in our work to re-imagine policing in Los Angeles and strengthen the human bonds that are essential to public safety,” said Mayor Garcetti. “Every Angeleno deserves to feel secure not only in the parks and streets of their neighborhoods but in the presence of people in uniform — and expanding CSP will help to make that possible.” The bureau will...
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