China Establishes First Overseas Military Base

China Establishes First Overseas Military Base

A large Chinese military installation will be less than five miles from one of the most important U.S. military bases in the Horn of Africa. Chinese officials characterized the installation in Djibouti, which has a coastline along the strategic Bab-el-Mandeb at the edge of the Red Sea, as a “logistical support” facility that helps facilitate peacekeeping efforts elsewhere in Africa. …

House Panel Approves Workers’ Compensation Changes

House Panel Approves Workers’ Compensation Changes

Following a spirited debate, the Insurance & Banking Subcommittee approved a measure that would reconfigure the workers’ compensation system in Florida. Much of the discussion about PCB IBS 17-01 centered on attorneys’ fees, which under the approved 34-page bill, could be as high as $250 an hour. Business groups insisted that a rate that high would drive up employer costs, …

Lawmakers Consider Workers’ Compensation Illness Expansion

Lawmakers Consider Workers’ Compensation Illness Expansion

Bills in both the State House and Senate would allow Florida workers, especially first responders, suffering from job-related Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder to file workers’ compensation claims. Dr. Deborah Beidel, a psychology professor at the University of Central Florida, says that many first responders are exposed to conditions and events like those commonly experienced in war zones, such as the Pulse …

The New Face of Jihad

The New Face of Jihad

Fighters from Malhama Tactical, a small organization of private military contractors who are the latest self-proclaimed protectors of oppressed Sunni minorities all over the globe, are the newest such warriors to arrive in Syria. Little is known about their leader, Abu Rofiq, a pseudonym that means “father of Rofiq.” He is apparently a 24-year-old jihadist from Uzbekistan, and many of …

Lawmakers Consider Expanding Workers’ Comp Coverage

Lawmakers Consider Expanding Workers’ Comp Coverage

Most states other than Florida have workers’ compensation programs that include Post Traumatic Stress Disorder coverage for first responders, and Senator Keith Perry (R-Gainesville) wants the Sunshine State to join the crowd. In the wake of the Pulse Nightclub shooting, many first responders were diagnosed with PTSD because of the horrific scene at the nightclub. Because the current system does …