By Carol ChurchAs discussed in Can Members of the Military Get SNAP Benefits? we typically hope and believe that members of the military and their families will be provided for when it comes to food, shelter, and medical care. Most of the time, this is the case. However, occasionally families of lower-paid members or families in various special circumstances (such as those with many children or those with a disabled member) need assistance. The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program provides specific nutritional support for pregnant and postpartum women and young children, and it is easier to qualify for than Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).What is WIC?WIC provides redeemable vouchers for specific types of nutritious food to pregnant and nursing women and to infants and children under age 5. Examples of the types of food covered include fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy, eggs, meat, nuts, beans, and grains. Families can also receive vouchers for infant formula, an expensive product.Participants also have regular appointments with WIC staff to talk about nutrition and check in on their health. They will receive nutritional counseling, recipes, and other useful information. The point of the program is to make sure pregnant and postpartum women, infants, and young children who are at nutritional risk are eating well and doing well physically.How Do You Qualify?Typically, the family income for WIC applicants must be no more than 185% of the federal poverty line. You can see those numbers here. However, things are somewhat different for members of the military. Individual states have the option of excluding certain important military payments when calculating whether a family is eligible for WIC. These include, but may not be limited to:Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH)Family Separation Housing (FSH)Overseas Housing Allowances (OHA)Overseas Continental U.S. (OCONUS) Cost-of-Living Allowances (COLA)BAH, in particular, is typically not used when determining WIC eligibility. Thus, depending on which state the service member lives in, it may be possible to obtain WIC benefits even if total pay package is significantly higher than 185% of federal poverty.Pexels/Pixabay.com, CC0Members serving overseas may be particularly likely to be eligible for WIC due to how eligibility is calculated. This TRICARE page goes into detail about the Women, Infants and Children Overseas Program, which is relatrively new and offers WIC benefits to those overseas. This benefit may be quite important to young families living outside the United States.To ApplyTo apply for WIC, service members serving on base should first find out if there is a WIC office on base. Otherwise, visit this site to find out how to contact the appropriate WIC state agency.WIC is a modest program that provides healthful foods for growing families. It can temporarily fill financial gaps for families, especially those who struggle due to underemployment or unemployment of a military spouse. Since this is a common issue for military families, WIC has an important role to play.For more information on government programs that can assist military families with food needs, visit this FDA page. References:Lightfoot, L. (2017). How WIC Benefits Military Families. Retrieved from https://themilitarywallet.com/wic-benefits-military-families/National Military Family Association. (2016). No Child Should Ever Go Hungry—Nutrition Assistance Programs For Military Families. Retrieved from http://www.militaryfamily.org/featured-news/no-child-should-ever-go-hungry.htmlTricare. (2016). Women, Infants and Children Overseas Program. Retrieved from https://tricare.mil/wic/USDA. (2016). Women, Infants and Children (WIC). Retrieved from https://www.fns.usda.gov/wic/who-gets-wic-and-how-apply
Assam Finance and Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said the Centre and the State governments have been discussing new ways to eject foreigners after the “disappointment” with the National Register of Citizens (NRC).The final NRC published on Friday excluded 19,06,657 people from a total of 3.29 crore applicants. The excluded people are not technically foreigners, as they have legal options to challenge their status.“I don’t think this is the final list. There are many more to come,” Mr. Sarma said, adding that efforts were on to explore ways to ferret out more foreigners from the State.Assam’s indigenous people believe there are at 40 lakh foreigners or illegal immigrants in the State. The July 2009 petition in the Supreme Court that triggered the exercise claimed the State had 41 lakh foreigners.Mr. Sarma did not specify the measures being discussed, but one of the ways is believed to push the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill to let the allegedly persecuted non-Muslims from India’s neighbourhood – Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan – be absorbed as citizens.The final NRC exclusion list is believed to contain the names of many Hindu Bengali people, the BJP’s vote bank. The party has been unhappy with the final NRC. 19 lakh people left out of Assam’s NRC Final List. What next?Volume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard ShortcutsPlay/PauseSPACEIncrease Volume↑Decrease Volume↓Seek Forward→Seek Backward←Captions On/OffcFullscreen/Exit FullscreenfMute/UnmutemSeek %0-9Live00:0001:5001:50 Watch | Assam’s NRC Final List is out
India leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal turned 29 on Tuesday and got some hilarious birthday wishes from his teammates and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on social media.The BCCI’s social media handles posted a video of Chahal TV containing all the fun moments from behind the scenes while the likes of Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma wished him with some really funny nicknames.”Happy Birthday goofy. Reliving some of the best Yuzi moments from our very own Chahal TV,” the BCCI’s Instagram handle posted along with a short video clip.Shikhar Dhawan meanwhile, asked for a samosa treat from Chahal, whom he called teeli (matchstick).”Happy birthday bro. Atleast aaj toh samose khila de teeli!,” Dhawan posted.India’s limited-overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma, who is good friends with Chahal, called him the GOAT (Greatest of All Time).”Have the best birthday G.O.A.T,” Rohit wrote on Twitter.Have the best birthday G.O.A.T @yuzi_chahal pic.twitter.com/7RLVKBjz2vRohit Sharma (@ImRo45) July 23, 2019Chahal had a decent outing in India’s campaign at the Cricket World Cup 2019 with 12 wickets from 8 ODIs at an average of 36.83 including one four-wicket haul.advertisementIndia got knocked out in the semi-finals after losing against New Zealand, who ended as the runner-up to England in the tournament.
Liverpool loanee Woodburn: I handled record pressure wellby Freddie Taylor9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool youngster Ben Woodburn is determined to become a success at the club.Three years ago, he managed to gain the honour of being the club’s youngest goalscorer.But he has struggled to grab a place in the first team since, and is now on loan at Oxford UnitedThe 20-year-old is insistent that he never let the pressure or sudden attention get to him.”When I scored, I didn’t have a clue about the record,” he told reporters.”I remember walking off the pitch with Trent (Alexander-Arnold). The players were saying well done, the manager (Jurgen Klopp) was saying well done because I’d scored my first Liverpool goal. “It was probably only when I started checking Instagram I realised the significance.”Obviously that game was when I got quite a lot of attention. I was definitely recognised going out in the streets, shopping in Liverpool One, people asking for a few pictures. You had to get used to people looking.”The club helped us and I got a lot of advice from family, friends and my agent, but you also have to take quite a bit of on your own shoulders and it’s a bit strange when it happens.”I look back now and think I handled it well. I don’t think I was big-headed, I took it during the y About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
zoom Viking Sun, the fourth of eight cruise ships Viking Ocean Cruises has ordered from Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri, was delivered to the company on September 25 at the Ancona shipyard.Like its sister ships, Viking Sun is placed in the small cruise ship segment. With a gross tonnage of about 47,800 tons, it has 465 cabins with accommodation for 930 passengers, with a total capacity of over 1,400 people, including the crew.Fincantieri informed that the Viking Ocean Cruises units “are all built according to the latest navigation regulations and equipped with the most modern safety systems, including the ‘Safe return to port’.”Additionally, they feature the most advanced technologies for energy saving and for meeting the strictest environmental regulations with energy-efficient engines and an exhaust gas cleaning system.The first of the series, Viking Star, was built at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Marghera and delivered in 2015, the second and the third, Viking Sea and Viking Sky, took the sea from the shipyard in Ancona in 2016 and 2017.Viking Ocean Cruises is scheduled to take delivery of the last four units in 2018, 2019, 2021 and 2022, respectively.
BEIJING, China – China have signed a series of multibillion-dollar business agreements during President Donald Trump’s visit in a tradition aimed at blunting criticism of Beijing’s trade policies.Commerce Minister Zhong Shan said agreements signed Thursday at a ceremony attended by Trump and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, totalled $253.4 billion, though many were memoranda of understanding or other arrangements that were less than firm contracts. Commercial sales announced appeared to total about $65 billion, many involving goods Chinese companies routinely buy.Such contract signings are a fixture of visits to Beijing by foreign leaders and are meant to defuse foreign complaints about China’s trade surpluses and market barriers. They often represent purchases already made by Chinese mobile phone makers, airlines and other customers that are collected for the visit, which means they have little effect on the trade balance.The contracts give Trump the opportunity to claim a rare political win following a first year in office marked by little legislative progress on health care and taxes. Trump has made narrowing the U.S. trade deficit with China — $347 billion last year — a priority. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said that was a “central focus” of his talks with Xi.The American Chamber of Commerce in China said ahead of Trump’s visit it welcomed such contracts but expressed concern his focus on trade in goods might mean the president paid pays less attention to equally important issues such as complaints about restrictions on access to finance, health care and other industries in China’s state-dominated economy.Following the signing ceremony, Xi promised a more open business environment for foreign companies after Trump vowed to change unfair trade relations.“China will not close its doors and will open even wider,” said Xi. He promised a “more open, more transparent and more orderly” market.Previous administrations have celebrated similar market-opening promises only to be left disappointed.Both governments appeared to be doing their best to report the biggest total for contract signings for political benefit.The biggest agreements Thursday included a deal to co-operate on a gas project in Alaska valued at $43 billion and a shale gas demonstration project in West Virginia valued at $83.7 billion. There was no indication of how much money, if any, would change hands.Firmer contracts signed Thursday included the Chinese purchase of 300 Boeing Co. jetliners for $37 billion mobile phone chipsets from Qualcomm for $12 billion, General Electric Co. jet engines for $2.5 billion and soybeans for $1.6 billion.Ford Motor Co. committed to have its China joint venture import vehicles and auto parts worth $9.5 billion over three years and General Motors Co. made a similar commitment valued at $2.2 billion.That was on top of agreements signed Wednesday totalling $9 billion. Those included a pledge by China’s biggest online retailer, JD.com, to buy American beef and pork worth $1.2 billion and a separate memorandum of understanding on possible soybean purchases worth up to $3.4 billion.The U.S. Commerce Department said the Alaska gas project would create 12,000 jobs during construction.Other agreements included memoranda of understanding, or a promise to discuss the possibility of firmer deals, on liquefied natural gas sales and industrial development co-operation.China’s trade surplus with the United States in October widened by 12.2 per cent from a year earlier to $26.6 billion. The total surplus with the United States for the first 10 months of the year rose to $223 billion.China is the No. 3 export market for the United States after Canada and Mexico. U.S. exports to China rose 77 per cent from 2007 to 2016 but Washington reported a $347 billion trade deficit with China last year.Trump’s administration also is investigating whether Beijing improperly pressures foreign companies to hand over technology.Xi said China is willing to expand imports of LNG, crude oil and other U.S. energy products and would explore “the potential” of more imports of American beef, cotton and other agricultural products.It was also unclear if these pledges extend beyond a U.S.-China trade agreement announced in May that featured LNG and beef exports to China, which trade experts called a modest fulfilment of past assurances made by China.
MADRID — Spain has rolled out the red carpet for visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping, who is seeking global allies amid souring trade clashes with Washington.Xi and King Felipe VI have reviewed Spain’s guard of honour at the Royal Palace in the Spanish capital while Chinese First Lady Peng Liyuan and Spanish Queen Letizia observed the ceremony from a podium.Xi is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez later Wednesday and both will preside over the signing of around 20 government and business agreements, including a deal to export on-the-bone legs of Iberian ham to the Chinese market.The Chinese leader follows his two-day visit to Spain by flying to Argentina on Thursday for a G-20 leaders’ summit the next day, and visits to Panama and Portugal until Dec. 5.The Associated Press
OSU sophomore Taylor White (21) and junior Shelby Hursh (19) in a game against Penn State on April 6 at Buckeye Field. Credit: Lantern File PhotoJust five hours after its defeat at the hands of the Arizona Wildcats, the Ohio State softball team recouped and avoided elimination in the Knoxville regional at the NCAA tournament, advancing to Sunday.OSU only collected two hits in its first contest in the late morning of Saturday, but the bats came to life in a 6-1 victory over Marist, eliminating the Red Foxes from the NCAA tournament.For much of the game, sophomore outfielder Taylor White led the OSU offense to an early lead. In the first inning, the Buckeyes had a runner on second and third with two outs when White delivered a two-run triple to put OSU ahead 2-0.In her next at-bat, White launched a homerun to left-center field off second-team All-MAAC redshirt junior pitcher Jessica Van Alphen for a 3-0 lead. Van Alphen had a record of 10-3 and an ERA of 1.98 coming into the game.The second-team All-Big Ten honoree, White, gave a lift to a struggling offense who only totaled one run combined in its last two games. White has 32 RBIs this season.Freshman Emily Clark and first-team All-Big Ten junior infielder Alex Bayne hit back-to-back homeruns in the fifth. Bayne’s team-leading 19th homer came off MAAC pitcher of the year Jayne Oberdorf.Handed the loss in the first game, Buckeye junior pitcher Shelby Hursh was back in the circle for coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly’s squad against Marist and displayed confidence the team expects from its ace. Hursh tossed her ninth complete game while surrendering just four hits, one unearned run and striking out seven Red Foxes. She picked up her 16th win in her junior campaign.Hursh likely has been OSU’s best pitcher all season. After pitching two games on Saturday, it’s unclear whether the right-handed Hursh will be ready to go on Sunday.OSU will need stellar performances up and down the lineup on Sunday when the Buckeyes play an elimination game at noon against host, 13th-ranked Tennessee. The winner plays Arizona in the regional finals.