Copyright: Fraser MarrEXCLUSIVE: Royal Academy of Arts has seen 51% of its employees register to view their pension online following the launch of a new pension scheme and workplace savings platform.The charity launched a group self-invested personal pension (Sipp) and introduced the Corporate Vantage workplace savings platform, provided by Hargreaves Lansdown, in April 2016.The platform includes access to workplace savings options, such as an individual savings account (Isa) and the Lifetime Isa, in addition to pension investment options, decision-making support, and tailored communications.The introduction of the new pension plan and platform was designed to help employees at the Royal Academy of Arts make informed decisions about their finances, and to improve pensions administration following auto-enrolment.More than a fifth (21%) of investments in the group pension plan, which has 244 members, are outside of the default fund.Almost two-thirds (62%) of members are saving at least 15% of salary into the pension scheme, and three-quarters (76%) are contributing more than their minimum entitlement on entry.The average contribution rate for employees under the age of 30 is 10%.Upon the launch of the new scheme, 102 employees attended a group presentation and 56 members of staff attended a one-to-one meeting.Katherine Montague, HR director at Royal Academy of Arts, said: “Poor administration and low levels of interest in the [workplace] pension triggered our search for a new way of helping our staff save for retirement.“The launch was really successful. Our staff quickly realised what a good deal we were offering them and many took the opportunity to save more towards their retirement. This is no mean feat given our relatively young workforce.“Interest in pensions has improved at the same time as the admin niggles have disappeared. All in all, my life is now a lot easier when it comes to managing our pension scheme.”
General Assignment ReporterBrandon Beyer comes to South Florida from Oklahoma City, where he anchored and reported for 3 years at KOCO-TV.Follow @beyernewsPrior to that, Brandon worked for WTXL-TV in Tallahassee. He got his start in television working for a cable access station in Southern Nevada.Brandon grew up in Kansas City. He graduated from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas and earned a masters degree from Central Michigan University.Brandon Beyer comes to South Florida from Oklahoma City, where he anchored and reported for 3 years at KOCO-TV.He is happy to call South Florida home. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – The fifth annual Las Olas Triathlon will take place Sunday, and the public can expect some road closures around Broward.The triathlon will take place mainly along Fort Lauderdale Beach, but it will also head into parts of Oakland Park Boulevard, Bayview Drive and East Sunrise Boulevard.Anyone commuting in the area should anticipate moderate congestion and possible delays.Roads will be closed at the following locations:Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
VIRGINIA KEY, FLA. (WSVN) – The Miami Seaquarium and the University of Miami teamed up to unveil a coral reef restoration exhibit.The Miami Seaquarium and the UM’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science unveiled their “Rescue a Reef” exhibition, Wednesday.The display has a 500-gallon jewel tank aquarium, showing off the school’s coral reef restoration program.This project aims to educate guests on reef conservation.“The Miami community is directly affected by the reef decline we are seeing, so this exhibit is a way to teach them the importance of these coral reefs and how research is actively restoring them and how they can get involved,” said Research Associate Dalton Hesley.The exhibit is on display in the park’s main building, along with with educational graphics that show restoration techniques.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
MIAMI (WSVN) – A personal watercraft has been returned to its rightful owner, thanks to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.FWC officers were on water patrol in the Upper Keys, June 20, when they spotted the vessel.After doing some digging, the officers learned it was reported stolen three years ago from a Miami resident.Investigators are now trying to track down the thief.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
NORTH MIAMI, FLA. (WSVN) – A home in North Miami caught fire, Tuesday, with an elderly man, his family and pets inside.According to officials, the home, located near Northeast Fourth Avenue and 127th Street, caught fire around 9 a.m.An elderly couple and their daughter managed to make it out safely.The family’s two dogs were inside, as well, but one did not survive.“We’re feeling very blessed and happy that we’re all OK, except that my dog that I love so much didn’t make it, but we really feel blessed that nothing happened to us,” said resident Lylliette Noguera.Authorities have yet to confirm any injuries to the man and woman.Firefighters said the fire started in the kitchen. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
MIAMI LAKES, FLA. (WSVN) – Three vehicles being hauled by a car carrier truck caught fire in Miami Lakes.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue crews responded around 4 p.m., Monday, to the scene of the fire westbound on the Gratigny Expressway and just east of the Palmetto Expressway.Officials said the three vehicles on the truck’s carrier were fully engulfed by flames.Crews have since put out the fire with no injuries reported.The vehicle has been removed from the scene, which has been cleared.Traffic is backed up but moving along in the area.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
MIRAMAR, FLA. (WSVN) – Police and fire rescue crews responded to a plane making an emergency landing on U.S. 27 in Miramar, near the county line.The call came in just before 11:30 a.m. Tuesday of a small plane trying to land at North Perry Airport, near the area of Pines Boulevard and U.S. 27 in Pembroke Pines.Officials said the pilot had contacted the tower to report engine trouble.The Piper PA-28 ended up landing safely near the area of North Krome Avenue and U.S. 27, near Honey Hill Road.7Skyforce HD flew over the scene where Florida Highway Patrol, Pembroke Pines Police and Miami-Dade Police cruisers could be seen surrounding the aircraft.“I don’t know what happened,” said an onlooker.“It’s crazy, bro,” said another witness. “It’s only in Dade, only in Dade.” Two men were on board when the aircraft came down. They were not hurt.The pilot and passenger could be seen walking around the plane and talking with officials.The engine cowling was removed and could be seen on the ground in front of the Piper.Martha Betancourt, woman who works at a food truck nearby said she witnessed the landing. She recorded cellphone video moments after it touched down on the roadway.Another view of the plane’s landing was posted onto one Instagram user’s story showing the aircraft taxiing on the highway.Speaking through a translator, Betancourt said the men on board came over to her truck and were a little shaken up.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue officials said they are working with Pembroke Pines Fire Rescue on the call. Authorities have been consulting with the pilot to figure out the best way to remove the plane.The aircraft remained on the roadway Wednesday morning.The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the landing.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
DANIA BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A man’s day on the water had to be cut short after he injured himself on his yacht docked in Dania Beach.A technical rescue team rescued the 33-year-old man off the top deck of the vessel, which was docked by Northeast Seventh Avenue at Port Laudania.The man was taken to the hospital with a dislocated knee and is expected to be OK.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Governor Mike Dunleavy announced on Tuesday the future deployment of approximately ten soldiers from the Alaska Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 207th Aviation Regiment to the U.S. southern border. The deployment, which will begin April 1, 2019 in support of aerial patrol operations on the Arizona/Mexico border, comes following a request for National Guard volunteers through the National Guard Bureau, according to a release from the Governor’s office. This is the first deployment of the Alaska National Guard to support the current border security mission. Alaska’s support for this request is not expected to impact any scheduled local training, deployments or domestic operations commitments, including fire suppression operations. This deployment to the U.S. Southern border will be funded by the federal government. Governor Dunleavy: “Alaska stands ready in support of the President’s mission to secure the southern border. While this emergency may be thousands of miles away, we must be vigilant in our shared responsibility to address this crisis. I thank the numerous guardsman, and their families, for answering the call of duty and volunteering to serve in these important support roles.”
Known for a gruff demeanor, Young told the audience he will not change: He will still holler, he will still at times get out of line. But if that happens, he says that action comes from his heart, adding: “My heart is in this House.” Young: “I do believe we are more divided, by the extreme. You hear either the right or the left side, the middle is not being heard because they are not aigated enough.” Young fielded questions from the audience in a nearly 40-minute Q and A session at the Kenai Visitor and Cultural Center. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Alaska’s sole U.S. Representative was on the Kenai Peninsula on Tuesday speaking at a joint Kenai/Soldotna Chamber of Commerce Luncheon. Representative Don Young, a 40 year veteran in the U.S. Congress, says that he believes the President is trying to get Americans down the right path, but it’s now up to Congress to work together. Young: “The congress itself is not has well organized as it used to be, it’s very partisan. I’ve always been able to work across the aisle and will continue to do that, because they are in the majority now as they were when I first got elected. That’s part of the program of representing the state as a whole. “ Young said during the luncheon that he will be seeking reelection next year. He will be 86 when he runs for a 25th term.
Alaskans have one month left to register with FEMA for disaster assistance. The deadline is midnight on Friday, May 31. Residents can apply for federal disaster assistance the following ways:Visit a disaster recovery center. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享More than $71.5 million in federal assistance has been approved to help residents in the Municipality of Anchorage, Matanuska-Susitna Borough and Kenai Peninsula Borough recover from the November 30 earthquake. Call the state hotline at 855-445-7131 for more information.A snapshot of the disaster recovery effort as of April 30 follows:More than $11.6 million in FEMA grants has been approved to help homeowners and renters.More than $59.9 million has been approved by SBA in federal disaster loans for 1,416 Alaska businesses and residents to help pay for uninsured and underinsured damage.7,874 (98 percent) home inspections have been completed. Online at DisasterAssistance.govCall 800-621-3362 (FEMA), voice/VP/711. Multilingual operators are available. TTY users may call 800-462-7585. Lines are open daily from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. local time. Residents who think they may have damage, but it is not yet apparent, should register as soon as possible. Alaskans who registered with the state before February 28, need to register with FEMA to be reconsidered for the State Individual Assistance program.
Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Anchor Point Fire & EMS were dispatched to a vehicle fire on the south end of the Old Sterling Highway in Anchor Point On Sunday, at 11:46 pm. According to a press release, 10 firefighters from Anchor Point Emergency Services responded with an engine, tanker, ambulance and a command vehicle. Upon arrival crews were able to quickly extinguish the fully involved vehicle. The driver of the vehicle stated he had been having mechanical problems when the engine compartment caught fire. There were no firefighter or civilian injuries, according to the release.
To help mark the 15th anniversary of her flagship Susquehanna Life magazine, publisher Erica Shames is launching a second title, Susquehanna Business Life, which is set to debut in April.According to Shames, Susquehanna Business Life is the “Inc. magazine for central Pennsylvania. We need a high quality business publication to tell the fascinating stories of the challenges businesses face and overcome, as well as provide knowledgeable how-to information to guide business owners in running and growing their businesses.”Shames expects to publish two issues of Susquehanna Business Life in 2008 (the second is set for October). The magazine will be direct mailed to 15,000 business executives around central Pennsylvania and will eventually be subscriber-based.
What’s more, as Dan Roth, Executive Editor of LinkedIn, shared in his keynote at FOLIO:’s MediaNext conference, “the vast majority of readers leverage media as a means to put forth a view, interests, and opinions to their network to generate interaction and help develop their social and professional connections and standing.” The role of the media is to be a conversation starter, and LinkedIn is an ideal forum.Here are five reasons to stay up-to-date with LinkedIn:1. A new audience is waiting to consume your content—the platform has 225 million unique global users.2. You can mine for leads and industry news on the site, in a number of ways: LinkedIn Today is a hub for custom content sharing. Channels allow users to receive tailored news and sift through stories. There’s the option to “follow” Influencers who opine on trends and share actionable business tips. Global leaders, from Jack Welch to Sir Richard Branson (who has 1.8 million followers as a LinkedIn influencer vs. 402K followers on Facebook) have amassed loyal followings. 3. There’s an opportunity for increased brand awareness. Starting a company page is a relatively low lift and puts your content right in front of readers. Are you a lifestyle brand? Consider sharing your career-related content or “big think” pieces at key moments in time (i.e. graduation). Real estate b-to-b publication? LinkedIn is an excellent vehicle for sharing insight on REITs and mortgage interest rates, as well as educating potential customers on your products and services. Long story short: Position yourself as a thought-leader. 4. LinkedIn can “drive enough traffic to crash your servers.” Add LinkedIn share buttons on your website and share your own content at least once a day. Roth says that the more content is shared, the more LinkedIn’s algorithms view it as “important to the business community” and it will surface on the homepage. 5. You can connect with your readers. Start a group and host monthly discussions with those who join. The logistics and quality of comments is more fluid on LinkedIn than on Facebook, for example. Check out these brands for thought-starters on how you can leverage LinkedIn for your publication:The EconomistNBC NewsThe Walt Disney CompanyGoogleWho do you follow on LinkedIn? What Influencers do you find insightful? Tweet me @StephaniePaige. This month, LinkedIn celebrated its 10th birthday (that’s two more years than YouTube) and within the past decade, the social media network for professionals has really grown up. What was once viewed as solely a job-hunting destination has now evolved into a multi-faceted media channel, a place to consume thought-provoking content, digest POVs and commentary from industry leaders, share articles and access updates on-the-go via the beautifully designed LinkedIn app. But you may be asking yourself: Why publish content on LinkedIn when your brand already shares on Facebook? First, it’s another platform for your content, which is always a good thing. But second, remember that social media channels have unique offerings: What works on Twitter doesn’t work on Instagram. Your followers (likely) vary per channel, so naturally you’ll want to share content that resonates with the specific audience you’re targeting. LinkedIn users are engaged and hungry for smart content, and unlike Facebook followers, are less worried about being entertained and more interested in learning something.
This year, the trend continues with the loss in sales in smaller retailers and the declining sales of smaller titles. This has a huge influence on the overall sales numbers; there were more than 8,000 fewer retail accounts being serviced in the first quarter of this year in contrast to last. The top ten chains in Q1 2015 represented 53.3 percent of total sales, compared to a collective market share of 51.8 percent in 2014. This is a trend that will likely continue as smaller retail stores exit the business. Although there will likely be no major turnaround in the foreseeable future, MagNet notes that decisions being made by publishers to reduce their allocations, partially driven by wholesaler demands for subsidies, are having a substantial impact on the steady sales decline. That comes in addition to the rise in social media and mobile technology in influencing how consumers view and absorb content. The Top 100 chains’ combined sales beat the overall business trends, which again indicates that the industry is losing smaller retailers. But the publishers who performed well in the first quarter all followed the same formula: more releases. Many of these publishers also tacked on higher cover prices, like Penny Press, which had 13 percent more releases, and an average cover price increase of about 23 percent. Time Inc.’s numbers benefitted from more book-a-zine releases under their THEI brand, as well as the higher cover price on People. Harris Publications also increased their number of releases and focused more on book-a-zine products. Overall, the average cover price of a unit sold in the first quarter increased by 36 cents (more than 7 percent). Two factors contributed to this jump: 1) higher cover prices on many of the weekly titles, and 2) the continued publisher focus on book-a-zines with cover prices startingat $9.99. These factors helped drive the average cover price on a unit sold to an all-time high, which is one of the few good signs for the industry—consumers are willing to pay higher prices for quality printed magazines. Although it’s easy to fall back on saying “social media is to blame,” publishers also need to reassess their releases—how often to distribute and how much are they going to charge according to MagNet’s 2015 Q1 Newsstand Sales Results. Magazine unit and dollar sales improved slightly in the first quarter to declines of 14.2 percent and 8.3 percent, respectively, compared to drops of 15.6 percent and 9 percent in the prior quarter. The average dollar sales decline of the Top 25 titles was mitigated this quarter by the higher cover prices on the weekly titles. Even though the newsstand sales environment is bleak, decisions being made by publishers have a major impact. So keep producing quality content but perhaps release it in a higher quality product and quit reducing your allocations, as MagNet suggests doing the opposite has proven to only be beneficial.
For us, that’s a challenge. If The New York Times Magazine is putting Nicki Minaj on its cover or T Magazine is putting Rihanna on its cover during the same cycle as us, we want to make sure that the way we’re covering that story is innovative, unique and high quality. For us, having Rihanna on our cover at the same time as Vanity Fair and T Magazine, I feel like our story really held up. That’s what this year has been about for us, challenging ourselves not to just be a good music magazine or a good looking magazine, but to be one of the best culture magazines out there. Folio: There was a time when a huge, global pop star like Rihanna might have only wanted to appear on the cover of Vanity Fair, for example, and it seems that’s no longer the case. Is that reflective of a changing landscape in magazine media? Folio: Going back to the digital growth—where are you seeing all this new traffic coming in from? Folio: For starters, to what do you attribute all of this growth in digital? Is there anything you’ve been doing differently? Some of our biggest stories in the past year have absolutely been magazine stories. We had an amazing run with Fader 100 where we had two incredible cover stories, but also just a ton of excellent content that we created for the magazine that’s all done really well online. We had an exciting cover story with Zayn Malik, which for The Fader was kind of a departure, but also super in line with the history of the best stuff The Fader does, which is to talk to an artist early on in a project and take time to learn where their head is at. That Zayn story was a classic Fader story, and we were happy to bring the Fader approach to a new audience with that one. For music and culture magazine The Fader, the end of 2015 saw the release of the brand’s landmark 100th issue, the digitization of its complete archive through a partnership with BitTorrent, and unprecedented digital growth. Combined traffic across desktop and mobile jumped 33 percent year-over-year, and October 2015, the month the 100th issue was released, was the highest-traffic month in the magazine’s sixteen-year history. Our goal has been to move away from that MP3 blog model. We saw so much potential in The Fader’s brand and the way that The Fader has always looked at music, which is using music as a prism to learn more about the entire world and youth culture and technology. It’s been a process both of staffing up and working with everyone here to improve day-to-day writing and editing skills. We’re still a small staff and we will lean on each other to create most of the content. To some extent, we’ve just been in blogging boot camp all together, and trying to do magazine-quality stuff every day. Folio: caught up with Naomi Zeichner, editor-in-chief, to get a glimpse of what’s behind The Fader’s growth and what’s next for the brand. Folio: Looking back at that Fader 100 issue, was featuring well-established stars like Drake or Rihanna a departure for the brand? Naomi Zeichner: We’ve been doing everything differently over the past year or so. I don’t mean to say we’ve switched our entire approach or model, but The Fader at its inception and for many years on the internet was a great MP3 blog; that was the bread and butter of our business, and then we had this separate magazine that we were doing, and those stories would also always go online, but there were only so many of them. Zeichner: The Fader has always been all about balance. I don’t think The Fader has ever shied away from pop music. Drake and Rihanna are both established artists, but also artists who constantly have their hands in what’s next in culture and are supporting or feeding off of young artists, so they’re very much in our world. It was about looking back, but we also think those artists are really vital and interesting right now. It was the same for Zayn; Zayn was a pop star who was actively trying to wheel himself back into a smaller, more meaningful world. We thought that was an interesting story and it says a lot about the status of the boundaries between indie and pop. Zeichner: Yes, we have each issue up for free download as part of our bundle now, and then you’ll be able to purchase the entire archive. I went to an art show recently where these kids had created a whole wall out of Fader photography that they got from the archive bundle when it was free, and that was a really cool moment for me. Some of our early magazines still exist in this office only on compact discs as quark files, so knowing that the archive was digitized and made available is really amazing. Zeichner: This year, we have a fuller stable of editors than ever. A joke that I make with my deputy is that we taught each other “folk journalism.” We aren’t people who went to journalism school, but all of a sudden we have this infusion of people who have worked at amazing places and are some of the best editors in the business. Their specialties aren’t only in music. They’re people who love music and love culture, but also are really ambitious writers about politics, sports, technology, identity—things like that. I’m looking forward to those editors both improving the overall quality of our magazine stories and also making sure that we have more non-music, high-quality stories that we’re breaking in our magazine, as well as just bringing in more freelancers and more people into the Fader network. Folio: Your BitTorrent partnership resulted in over one million downloads for the Fader 100 issue. Can we expect more promotions like that in the future? Zeichner: Not exactly, but we are thinking about how to use social platforms for native content. These days, when an artist visits the office, what we’re doing with them for our Snapchat story is one of the first things we think about. A few years ago when we did our redesign for our site, we built it mobile-first, and we’re going to introduce a couple of tweaks to the mobile design in a couple weeks, making sure that all of our articles—whether it’s a long-form magazine article or something that’s more newsy or more listy—is really pleasant to read on your phone, and that you’re able to easily navigate around the day’s content on your phone. That sort of user experience is really important to us, but we aren’t necessarily tailoring content towards social. Folio: What are some ways in which that affects your editorial strategy? Are you tailoring content for different social platforms? Zeichner: Just like other publishers, we’re seeing a ton of traffic directly from Facebok. For us, I would say Twitter is a larger audience than for some other publications, I think because music readers still hang out on Twitter, which is awesome. We’ve seen a huge increase in mobile traffic. We also see a lot of direct traffic, which is coming from people texting each other links, or when people put links in their Instagram bios, which for us is an exciting metric. Folio: So what’s next? How will you top those numbers in 2016? Zeichner: Absolutely. I think a print magazine cover at this point is such a feather in the hat. There are so few print magazine covers, and we’re just really proud that people still feel that a Fader cover, as a symbol, is a currency that they want to be a part of, and that it still means something. These distinctions between a high-brow thing and a low-brow thing, or a popular thing and an underground thing, might go away. Lots of publications are now operating with that understanding. Last year we saw huge traffic growth when we were able to meaningfully weigh in on a cultural moment. When Meek Mill and Drake were fighting, we had a million posts that were different from posts that you’d see elsewhere on the internet, and that’s where we really saw growth. Looking at things like the election, and even the Grammy’s coming up, we want to make sure that we have the best coverage and all different types of coverage. Now we have coverage coming from our UK office, and we also have someoene in Canada starting, so we’re looking forward to broadening the types of stories we tell. 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Online and on social media, heartbroken tributes to the 48-year-old Montana Magazine abounded from readers both at home and across the country.“It’s just a part of the Montana experience. It’s going to leave a big hole behind,” David McCumber, founder of the competing title Big Sky Journal, current editor of the Lee-owned Montana Standard and guest editor of the last five issues of Montana Magazine, told the Associated Press.In addition to its four Montana-based outlets, Iowa-based Lee Enterprises publishes some 40-plus newspapers across 20 states primarily in the Midwest and greater Rocky Mountains region—including the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and Arizona Daily Star. The company claims to reach a combined 1.1 million daily readers in print and 30 million monthly uniques online.Very sad to be the last editor of a great magazine. I competed against Rick Graetz when I started @bigskyjournal in 1993, but always loved and admired the magazine he founded. Was honored to edit @MontanaMagazine for its last five issues. https://t.co/eWb8UTdr37— David McCumber (@dcmccumber) September 20, 2018 Montana Magazine, the bimonthly title which has chronicled Big Sky Country since its inaugural issue in 1970, has shut its doors after 48 years, publisher Lee Enterprises announced Wednesday.“Unfortunately, the dynamics of the publishing business have changed, and the magazine has reached the end of its distinguished run,” wrote the magazine’s general manager, Matt Gibson, in a note to readers. “All of us at Montana Magazine appreciate our loyal readers, and we’re sorry to disappoint so many of you.”The news comes about a week after Lee Enterprises abruptly shuttered another Montana title, the alt-weekly Missoula Independent, which Gibson sold to the company last year before accepting a GM role at Lee overseeing both it and Montana Magazine, as well as two other local outlets, The Missoulian and the Ravalli Republic.A spokesman for Lee Enterprises has not responded to questions about the specific circumstances that led to the Montana Magazine shutdown, whether the company had first pursued a sale of either title as it looks to reduce its $500 million in debt, or how many staffers were let go as a result of the closures.The Independent‘s shuttering, which occurred Sept. 11, prompted outrage on social media and even a protest outside the offices of the Lee-owned Missoulian, according to a staff report in the paper.Earlier that morning, staffers at the Independent—who had voted unanimously to unionize earlier this year—were informed that the newspaper was closed, effective immediately, and that they’d continue to receive salary and benefits for 30 days. They were instructed not to report to work and provided a phone number to call to schedule an appointment to retrieve their belongings from the office.
The Army has provided additional information about where the 40,000 military personnel it is eliminating as its shrinks its active-duty end strength to 450,000 by the end of fiscal 2018 will come from.About 2,300 of the positions will come from personnel based overseas, including 699 coming from Europe, 533 from South Korea and 71 from Japan, reported Stars and Stripes. Cuts at the 30 U.S. installations that were the focus of last week’s announcement about the service’s latest force reduction accounted for less than 20,000 personnel.Army spokesman Lt. Col. Joe Buccino said an additional 746 positions will be eliminated from over 300 small installations across the United States, some representing just a single position at a recruiting office.An additional 10,000 positions slated to be cut come from a group referred to as transients, trainees, holdees and students, Buccino said. That category includes individuals transitioning out of service but still on the books; new recruits in or on their way to boot camp; prisoners, whose numbers are expected to drop with the overall force; and soldiers in educational programs outside of the military. None of those positions are associated with any specific post.Officials last week also said that 17,000 civilian positions would be eliminated, with details about how those will be assigned expected within 90 days. Dan Cohen AUTHOR