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    Republicans are launching a new effort to help legal permanent residents – and potential future voters – with their naturalization test as the Biden administration continues to grapple with the southern border illegal migration crisis. The new 10-hour Republican Civics Initiative training course, the first of which is being held on Thursday in Doral, Florida, is 'designed to help future voters prepare for the civics portion of the naturalization test,' according to the Republican National Committee (RNC). The class helping prepare test-takers for the civics portion of the naturalization test is spread across four sessions. 'The RNC is growing our Party through purposeful education and engagement,' RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said of the new initiative. 'Our commitment to provide opportunities for all to live out the American dream is broadening our base because our ideas transcend all backgrounds,' she added. 'Unlike Democrats, Republicans do not take minority communities for granted and we will continue to work to earn each vote ahead of November.' The new program announcement comes as a Thursday Axios report notes that the demographics of the two...
    Westend61 / Josep Rovirosa | Getty Images Social Security beneficiaries saw the biggest cost-of-living adjustment in about 40 years in 2022, when they received a 5.9% boost to their monthly checks. Next year, that annual adjustment may even go as high as 8%, according to early estimates. That is despite the fact the annual Social Security trustees report released last week pointed to a 3.8% bump for 2023. "Looking at the CPI-W trends that we're seeing so far this year, it is likely we're going to have a COLA closer to 8% than 3.8%," Stephen Goss, chief actuary at the Social Security Administration, said during a briefing on the trustees report hosted by the Bipartisan Policy Center last week. (CPI-W refers to the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers, a subset of a broader measurement for changes in prices for goods and services.) The 3.8% COLA projection for next year in the trustees report is based on data through mid-February. However, high inflation has persisted since then, pushing the potential increase for next year higher. More...
    The United Nations called the displacement of Ukrainians 'the fastest growing refugee crisis in Europe since World War II.' Uniting for Ukraine, a federal immigration program launched by President Joe Biden on April 25, is set to bring more than 33,500 refugees from the Russian war in Ukraine to the United States, CBS News is reporting. The program streamlines the process of immigration, matching American hosts willing to provide financial support with Ukrainian refugees who apply and pass biometric and biographic screening and a security check. The program is on track to set a record for private refugee sponsorship in the United States. Biden announced the Uniting for Ukraine program on April 21, noting in a speech, "This program will be fast.  It will be streamlined. And it will ensure the United States honors its commitment to go to the Ukrainian people and need not go through our southern border." Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal praised Biden, writing on Twitter after the speech: "Millions of Ukrainians have been forced to flee their homes through russia's barbaric invasion of [Ukraine]. Today,...
    Share this: Long Island University baseball coach Dan Pirollo isn’t waving goodbye to his 13 seniors just yet. At least not until they help the Sharks break the program-record for the most victories in a single season, and vie for the Northeast Conference title. “A lot of the seniors came back. They saw the vision of this program,” said Pirillo after his postseason-bound squad topped NEC rival Fairleigh Dickinson, 5-1, Sunday for its record-tying 31st win.
    BEIJING (AP) — American Nathan Chen sets world record in short program at Olympics, breaking mark set by rival Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Evelyn Elizarraraz, 4, participates in a demonstration to advocate for the release of her father, Cesar Elizarraraz, outside of the Chicago ICE Field Office on June 09, 2021, in Chicago. The Obama administration in 2016 launched a pilot program that not only kept migrant families out of harmful detention conditions, but resulted in extremely high compliance rates. Women’s Refugee Commission said in 2019 that 99% of participants in the Family Case Management Program (FCMP) showed up to their immigration dates. However, FCMP would be terminated during the first year of the next administration, with officials claiming “it was too expensive compared to other monitoring methods,” NBC News reported. Bullshit. It costs a fraction of what it costs to lock someone up in detention. It was axed because it was a more humane alternative to detention. But in better news, the Biden administration announced last summer that it would be rolling out an expanded alternative to detention program. Border Report said this week that a record number of immigrants have now been enrolled in the alternative to detention policy. “The latest data shows there are 150,755 migrant families...
    President Joe Biden has released a record number of border crossers and illegal aliens into the United States interior via a little-known federal program used as part of a larger “Catch and Release” policy. As of late December 2021, Biden has placed about 150,755 border crossers into the government’s Alternatives to Detention (ATD) program, wherein border crossers are apprehended and quickly released into the U.S. interior with minimal tracking. In some circumstances, ATD simply places ankle monitors on border crossers before releasing them into the U.S. interior. Border crossers often tear the ankle monitors off. In other circumstances, ATD asks border crossers to report to the government via telephone or be monitored by a smartphone application. An official with the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University, which compiles the data, told Border Report that this is the highest number of border crossers placed into the ATD program since its inception in 2004. Chart via TRAC at Syracuse University In a number of cases, border crossers who have been placed in the ATD program have gone on to later commit...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — The University of Chicago Medicine performed two heart transplants this Thanksgiving Day – bringing the total for the year to a record 55. The U of C said both patients were doing well following the transplants. READ MORE: Chicago Reaches Goal Of 77% First-Dose COVID-19 Vaccine Coverage A Month EarlyIn a news release, the U of C also noted that the latest biannual data from the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients show that its heart transplant program is the best-performing in the country – based on key benchmarks for survival and how quickly patients can receive transplants. The U of C had the best one-year survival ratio, the best transplant rate, and the shortest time to transplant for patients in need of a new heart. READ MORE: Woman Carjacked In Parking Lot Of Mercy Hospital & Medical Center“When you have the best survival and shortest wait time, you’re the best program,” Dr. Valluvan Jeevanandam, Director of the UChicago Medicine Heart and Vascular Center, said in a news release. “It’s a proud moment for everyone who’s made this...
    MARKHAM, Ill. (CBS) — Earlier this month, CBS 2’s Jermont Terry confronted Markham police Officer Kenneth Muldrow about an unlicensed landscaping business for which he used the address of the south suburb’s city hall and police station. Muldrow is no longer on the streets after he was exposed by CBS 2 and an investigation was launched. Meanwhile, Terry has since discovered Muldrow is not the only municipal employee in Markham with an unlicensed business the city doesn’t know about. READ MORE: Construction Worker In Critical Condition After Hit-And-Run Crash On Bishop Ford FreewayIn fact, up to 10 Markham municipal employees have now found themselves right on the city’s radar. They all received federal tax dollars from the federal Paycheck Protection Program that was intended to keep small businesses afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic closures, and city leaders want to know why there is no record that any of those employees’ businesses before now. Weeks after CBS 2 uncovered more than 1,400 possible ghost businesses in Markham, the city took another step to find out why people who received those federal...
    . Latam Videos Migrants in northern Mexico hope that Trump’s program will not be reactivated Ciudad Juárez, Aug 18 (. News) .- Migrants and activists live with uncertainty in the Mexican Ciudad Juárez the recent order of a US judge to restore the controversial program “Remain in Mexico”, which forced migrants to remain in Mexico while they were processing their asylum. A federal judge in Texas ordered the White House last Friday to reactivate the controversial Migrant Protection Protocol (MPP, in English) or “Remain in Mexico”, established in 2019 by now former President Donald Trump (2017-2021). The judge’s decision gives the Joe Biden government seven days to appeal the ruling or, otherwise, get MPP back on track. And it arrives in full wave of migration to the United States, a country that detained 212,672 illegal immigrants on its southern border this July, the highest number in 20 years. FEAR IN CIUDAD JUÁREZ The news of this court order has spread like wildfire in the shelters that protect migrants in the border town of Ciudad Juárez in the northern state of...
    TOKYO (AP) — With no Usain Bolt on the track and no fans in the stadium, Sebastian Coe still believes his sport is in good shape heading into the track and field program at the Tokyo Olympics. A potential superstar in the pole vault along with world record threats in both 400-meter hurdles races were cited Tuesday as likely highlights by the upbeat president of World Athletics. “What does the sport look like post-Usain Bolt? Well, it looks healthy,” Coe said three days before track events start at the National Stadium. For that, Coe offered “a heartfelt thank you” to the athletes after a 2020 season almost entirely lost because of the coronavirus pandemic. “They have shown buckets of resilience and fortitude. They have battled through with humor and honor,” the two-time Olympic 1,500-meter champion said. “Under very straitened circumstances — which is what these Games are — we will have, I think, an outstanding track and field championships.” Five years ago in Rio de Janeiro, Bolt said farewell to the Olympics with a third straight sweep of the 100,...
                      Virginia saw a 66.2 percent General Fund revenue increase in May according to a Friday announcement from Governor Ralph Northam. He also announced the appointment of Joe Flores as the new Secretary of Finance, and a Return to Earn Grant program to help provide bonuses to new hires at small businesses. “Virginia’s economy is roaring back to life thanks to hard work following the science and one of the strongest pandemic responses in the country,” Northam said in a press release. “New COVID-19 cases are at record lows, our vaccination rates are among the nation’s highest, and Virginians are heading back to work—and these record revenue gains are the result.” Northam’s press release had some caveats: May is normally a big month for revenue collections due to timing of certain tax deadlines. Last year, the filing deadline was extended from May 1 to June 1, and this year, the deadline was moved to May 17. As a result, to correctly assess growth, full data from the April through June...
    New York : Travis Scott. Photo: Rich Fury / . Travis scott offered assistance to victims of winter storms in his home state of Texas and It will feed Houston residents through an emergency program specifically designed to help those affected. The rapper and his’Cactus Jack ‘Foundation have partnered with the mayor of the Texas state Sylvester Turner to launch said program and provide 50 thousand meals and cases of bottled water to those still suffering the consequences of the snow storm record that hit earlier this month. Food distribution began last week to those living in one of the corresponding ZIP codes previously identified by the Turner Health Equity Response Task Force to be eligible for support. Travis, a native of Houston, regularly takes care of his city, as his foundation also recently launched a scholarship program to help teens continue their education including a huge toy drive he organized for the holidays. Severe Storm Uri left millions of Texans without water, heat or power after severely damaging essential infrastructure. In addition, it...
    Restaurant Week will get participation from a record 571 eateries in all five boroughs of the Big Apple when it kicks off next week, according to the city’s tourism bureau.  It will be the first time the decades-old promotion will be a take-out only event — dubbed “Restaurant Week To Go” this year — due to the temporary ban on indoor dining in the city during the pandemic. Many more restaurants signed on this year — the previous record was 391 in the summer of 2017 — as organizer NYC & Company waived the $2,800 fee to participate in the semi-annual program. Restaurants located outside of Manhattan are saving about $1,500 on the fee, according to NYC & Company. Last year, just 17 restaurants in the boroughs outside Manhattan participated in the program. That number has ballooned to 184 — including 78 in Brooklyn alone — for the upcoming promotion. “Restaurants and restaurant workers need our support now more than ever,” said the agency’s chief executive, Fred Dixon in a statement. “It was important to us that all eateries...
    New York reported a record number of new daily coronavirus cases in the state on the same day Governor Cuomo announced he will roll back gathering restrictions to allow the Buffalo Bills to host thousands of fans at a home playoff game in January. New York has been struggling to contain a recent surge in coronavirus cases, with 13,422 new infections reported in a single day Wednesday - its highest daily increase since the start of the pandemic. Hospitalizations in the state are also now at their highest level since early May after surpassing 7,800. Governor Cuomo (pictured on Wednesday) reported record number of new cases and hospitalizations in the state as well as plans for a new program that will allow businesses to reopen The Buffalo Bills will be the first to test the program during their home playoff game in January 9 or 10 by allowing 6,722 fans in the stands During a COVID-19 press briefing on Wednesday, Cuomo warned those numbers are likely to jump further following the holiday period. Bracing for the worst, the...
    LONDON – The number of people in the U.K. who lost their jobs hit a record high in the three months through October during the run-up to the planned ending of a government salary support scheme, official figures showed Tuesday. The Office for National Statistics said redundancies reached 370,000 in the August to October period, a record for a three-month period. At the end of October, the British government had been planning to end the Job Retention Scheme, which saw it pay the majority of the salaries of people who had become idle due to the coronavirus pandemic but were kept on payroll by firms. That program was eventually extended until the spring after the government announced a second national lockdown for England during November as infection numbers spiked. Those eligible for support will get 80% of their salaries paid for by the government. “The labour market continued to deteriorate as infections grew — and restrictions increased — in the run-up to the second lockdown,” said Nye Cominetti, senior Economist at the Resolution Foundation think tank. “Hospitality continues to...
    African American women are up to three times more likely to die of pregnancy related-causes than white women, and infant mortality in D.C. is among the highest in the nation. A newly-expanded initiative is targeting those high mortality rates. The D.C. Safe Babies Safe Moms Initiative takes a holistic, integrative approach. “Forty percent of one’s health outcomes come from what’s called the social determinants of health,” said Dr. Angela Thomas with the MedStar Health Research Institute. Some of those factors can include education, poverty, transportation, food insecurity and domestic violence. “For a lot of people, when you address those social determinants of health, those health outcomes get better,” Thomas said. But, she noted some studies reveal there is still a disparity in morbidity or mortality — even among affluent and/or educated African American women — because another social determinant of health is racism and discrimination. “If we don’t handle the underlying root cause of things like implicit bias and lack of culturally competent training and care delivery, then we still won’t move that needle,” Thomas said. The $27 million philanthropic...
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