October 19

HSD Promotes Kari Armijo To Deputy Cabinet Secretary

first_imgKari ArmijoHSD News:SANTA FE — New Mexico Human Services Department (HSD) Cabinet Secretary David R. Scrase, M.D. announces the promotion of Kari Armijo as a new Deputy Cabinet Secretary for the department. Armijo replaces Russell Toal who left the department to become the New Mexico Superintendent of Insurance. “We are pleased to welcome Kari into the deputy cabinet secretary role. In her 19 ½ years with HSD she has made innumerable contributions to our Medicaid program and to the people of New Mexico,” Cabinet Secretary David R. Scrase, M.D. said. “In the past 12 months she successfully served as acting director of our $6 billion Medicaid program and also led the implementation of over $400 million in provider rate increases, which we expect to substantially improve access to health care in our state.”Kari Armijo is a long-term HSD employee who began her career with department as an executive assistant to the cabinet secretary in June of 2000. Since then, she’s had multiple roles in the Medical Assistance Division including: project manager, school health office director, special projects director, Affordable Care Act implementation director, deputy director, and acting Medicaid director. She brings to this position vast knowledge and a proven leadership record. Armijo has a BA from Loyola University and lives in Santa Fe with her husband, James and their children.“Kari will be a strong addition to the HSD team,” said Angela Medrano, Deputy Cabinet Secretary. “She brings nearly 20 years of experience in program management and policy development. I am glad she is part of our team.”“I am deeply honored to serve,” Kari Armijo said. “I have spent my entire career with the Human Services Department and the Medical Assistance Division working to provide health benefits to help improve the lives of people we assist. I’m excited about this opportunity to be part of a leadership team that is actively working every day to improve outcomes and deliver results to the people of New Mexico.”The Human Services Department provides services and benefits to more than 1 million New Mexicans through several programs including: the Medicaid Program, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Child Support Program, and several Behavioral Health Services.last_img read more

September 23

State of the Cavs

first_img Corey Perez Cleveland- In case you haven’t heard by now, the Cleveland Cavaliers have fired head coach Ty Lue and the Cavs offered the position of interim HC to assistant Larry Drew. The Cavaliers also informed assistant Damon Jones that he was going to be let go as well. Jones was known as one of Lue’s closest confidants on the coaching staff, so this is no surprise.So it’s kind of ironic that I was planning on writing State of the Cavs today way before this news dropped. Luckily this new creates even more of a big picture for me to dissect as I breakdown the current State of the Cavs. I would like to update fans once a month on how things are going for the Cavaliers, with that being said this will be an opinion piece so while some of the information will be factually based other parts will be based on what I see and think.Immediate ripple effectA new era of Cleveland Cavaliers basketball was going to begin this season regardless if Lue remained the head coach or not, but his firing creates a clean slate for the franchise going forward. With Larry Drew “filling” the position it will be a familiar voice to help the transition early on. Drew also has experience coaching this roster, during the time that Lue needed to step away for health reasons. Although having experience is nice, the locker room may need more than a familiar voice.The reason for letting Lue go can easily be traced to the fact that the Cavaliers are sitting at (0-6) and as much as I hate to be the bearer of bad news the Cavs November schedule is brutal (Nuggets, Celtics, Lakers, Rockets) just to name a few opponents. Now while the bad start can be blamed on Lue, he was not the only issue with this Cavaliers team. An optimist would look at this situation and think beat the Hawks on Tuesday and get the monkey off your back. Then maybe beat the Hornets (Nov.3) and Magic (Nov.5) get yourself sitting at (3-7) through the first 10 games. Not a great start but at least you have a few wins under your belt and you still have the attention of your locker room.The locker room dynamic right now is unique. I say that because you have two different camps represented in the Cavaliers locker room, and no its not young guys and Vets. There are the players that played in multiple NBA finals together then the guys that were brought over in last seasons block buster trade. It was no secret that Lue had a soft spot for the more experienced guys, while the front office felt differently. Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com wrote a similar sentiment this afternoon in his piece.It appears right now that the direction the front office wish to go is different than the direction Ty Lue wished to go. What that exactly means is up for spectulation, their was an interesting quote in the statement released by the Cavaliers. General Manger Koby Altman wrote, ” this is a different team equation,” they needed a different voice and new approach. While this is going on the Cavs are in talks with Larry Drew to be that new voice in the locker room, because currently that is all he is.Shams Charania of the Athletic reported that Drew would simply be the voice of head coach, while the organization figured things out. Drew wants the Cavaliers to commit to him beyond this season, and frankly you can’t really blame him. Dan Gilbert doesn’t exactly have the best history when it comes to head coaches. Which makes Sunday’s news all the more troubling, it really came out of nowhere. It feels as if the move came out panic, because if Lue had such a short leash to begin with… then why even bring him back this season?Lue helped bring a championship to a city that was starving for one, if Gilbert and Aultman believed in the summer that a divide between the front office and coaching staff could arise the move should have been made then. Now the Cavaliers find themselves in a bad situation, sitting at (0-6) with a vacancy at head coach coaching a roster that clearly has it flaws.Buckle up Cavs fans the next few months will be interesting.Rest of the seasonThis is where things get extremly interesting for the Cavliers as the roster they have now will most likely not be the one they finish the season with. Now this is a sentence all Cavs fans have read before, as the roster has been shook up the past four seasons. This difference this season though is that the moves will be predicated on a future rather than a win now approach. Now when I say a future I don’t want your mind to directly go to tanking, even though that very well may be the end result of all of this.One thing we know for sure is that Cavaliers forward Kevin Love is expected to miss extended time as he recovers from a foot injury. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported that the Cavaliers are preparing for Love to miss more than a month with a toe injury. Related TopicsDan GilbertKevin LoveKevin Love injuryKoby AltmanLarry DrewTy Luelast_img read more

August 26

Thirty-six ISIS militants killed by ‘mother of all bombs’: Afghan officials

first_img Related Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) —  Thirty-six ISIS militants were killed but no civilians died when the U.S. military dropped the “mother of all bombs” on a cave complex in eastern Afghanistan on Thursday, according to the Afghan Ministry of Defense.The 22,000-pound bomb was used for the first time in combat on Thursday, when it was deployed from an MC-130 aircraft targeting the Achin district near the Pakistan border.According to the Afghan Ministry of Defense, caves and ammunition caches were also destroyed.ABC News has not been able to independently verify the claims.The “earsplitting blast” could be heard on both sides of the border, The Associated Press reported, citing the Afghan Ministry of Defense.USMIL infrared video of #MOAB landing & detonating against #ISIS Khorasan cave complex in E #Afghanistan this week https://t.co/EShp6OJsMU— James Gordon Meek (@meekwire) April 14, 2017The bomb — known officially as GBU-43/B, or massive ordnance air blast (MOAB) bomb — is one of the largest non-nuclear weapons in the U.S. military’s arsenal. It was first developed in 2003.Between 600 and 800 ISIS militants are believed to be in Afghanistan, the AP reported, citing U.S. official estimates.last_img read more

December 28

Transfer report! Chelsea planning £18m bid to beat Liverpool to Portugal starlet

first_imgChelsea are readying an £18 million bid for Porto star Ruben Neves, according to reports.The Blues have targeted the 19-year-old as Antonio Conte looks to improve his midfield, although Visao de Mercado claim both Liverpool and Juventus are also eyeing up Neves.Twice capped by Portugal, Neves burst onto the scene in the 2014/15 season, making his league debut as a 17-year-old, and appearing five days later in the Champions League to become the youngest ever Portuguese player to appear in the competition.The following season, the youngster captained the Dragons in Europe’s premier competition – becoming the youngest ever captain – and big things were expected of him.However, he has faded from view in recent months, and has managed only four appearances for Porto this season – with none in European competition.Despite being overlooked in favour of other Portuguese talents – Renato Sanches primarily – Chelsea have not dropped their interest in the defensive midfielder. Ruben Neves in action for Porto 1last_img read more