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
Two-wheeler manufacturer Hero MotoCorp Ltd has recently launched its sporty motorcycle ‘Ignitor’at 15 dealerships across Karnataka. The bike is priced at Rs 56,747 (base variant ex-showroom Bangalore), the company said in a statement.The Hero Ignitor is offered in two variants, with the base variant getting front drum brake and the top variant getting front disc brake, it said.Ignitor is available in four exciting colours, Panther Black, Sports Red, Pearl White, & Vibrant Blue, the company said.The other features of Ignitor are: digital analog combo meter console, stylish split seat, classy cowl, striking trapezoidal headlight, dazzling tail light, adjustable rear shock-absorbers, body-coloured rear grip and dual tone rear view mirrors. The Ignitor is powered by a 125cc Ecno-Power with low friction technology engine that delivers 11 bhp of power at 8000rpm, promising both fuel economy along with a good power and pick up, the company said.”We aim to bolster our presence in the growing deluxe segment. It combines sturdiness and superior technology,” said Ani Dua, senior Vice-President (Marketing and Sales), Hero Moto Corp.With PTI inputs
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, June 3, 2016 – The choir of voices across the TCI about the departure of now former Director of Public Prosecutions, John Masters is akin to the famous song from the Wizard of Oz when the wicked witch was killed. Masters had obviously built an infamous reputation that spawned battle headlines and which seemed to pit him against his staff, the leader of the Opposition, members of the Bar Association and even a newspaper Editor in Chief.Very early into his tenure problems emerged as Masters was accused of selectively hiring consultants, demoting and transferring and demoralizing staff. Opposition Leader and Attorney Sharlene Robinson had a lot to say today upon learning that John Masters resigned and has left the Turks and Caicos.Hon Sharlene Robinson, PDM Leader; “I am hoping that what we can get is full clarity, especially for those persons reputations where he accused them of certain things in particular the acting DPP. Where we can get something from the In integrity Commissioner or the Governor’s Office to say there was nothing untoward why this person was let go or suspended. So that at the end of the day, this period does not follow those persons. I think Angela Brooks deserves that, there was never an investigation that caused her to be put on administrative leave, and I think it’s important that the governor, or the integrity commission, whomever certainly puts that out there.”The Governor’s Office this morning confirmed to Magnetic Media the exit of Masters who had been under investigation for these alleged misdeeds in office. Mark Fulford, attorney and partner at F Chambers Law firm last week called for the DPP to resign, today he too expressed ‘good riddance’ sentiments. “I was also of the view, that the DPP had lost the confidence of his staff, due to the investigations being carried out by the Integrity Commission among many other things taking place in his office. It was therefore for these reasons, that I had called for the DPP to do the honorable thing, and step down, from office. Today it came to my attention, that the DPP has heeded my call, and has tendered his resignation.”Masters, who is originally from Australia and had worked 27 years in the UK and the Cayman Islands started on in the Turks and Caicos’ DPP job in April 2015; he reportedly left the country without any notice to staff yesterday.
Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, March 14, 2018 – Grand Turk – The Ministry of Tourism in commemoration of Women’s International Day 2018 under the theme “Press for Progress”; Minister of Tourism, Hon. Ralph Higgs along with staff paid tribute to Mrs. Tina Fenimore for her immeasurable contribution not only to tourism but national development. Mrs. Fenimore was the first local, female hotelier on the Island of Grand Turk and instrumental in both the Grand Turk and Providenciales Chambers of Commerce.Her dreams turning the Turks and Caicos Islands into a tourism destination is truly seen today. Her actions were a part of the engine that still assists in driving the local economy; The business provided employment for a number of residents and saw countless guests. Mrs. Fenimore mentored and trained many local employees, allowing for direct socio-economic injection to the community. She also operated a travel agency, T & C Travel, along with other tourism related businesses since the early 70’s through 90’s.Minister, Hon. Higgs commented; “It is an honor and pleasure to recognize Mrs. Fenimore for her unselfish contribution to the tourism industry, she has always been a champion for our destination since its modern infancy. She has historically promoted the Turks and Caicos, which we are grateful for; especially today. We are happy to highlight the accomplishment of women in the various sectors as their efforts have paved the way for the empowerment of women in leadership across every sphere.”There are many women, past and present who have played key roles in developing our tourism industry. The sustained growth over the years is testament to their ingenuity and involvement. The Turks and Caicos Islands is truly a place of gender equality as women play leading roles at the executive level. As we pay special recognition to accomplished women, we must be mindful of young aspiring women who seek to follow their lead in breaking through glass ceilings.Let us thank God for all he has given as we reflect on all accomplishments of women throughout the country; the Ministry of Tourism, Environment, Heritage, Maritime and Gaming extend best wishes to the hardworking women across the globe for a Happy International Women’s day!Release: TCIG Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
Communities responding to announced reductions in force structure and personnel can apply for planning assistance from DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) to organize and better understand how the reductions may affect local housing, schools and businesses, according to a March 18 Federal Register notice.States, counties or municipalities can apply for OEA’s community adjustment planning assistance if they expect to experience personnel reductions resulting in the loss of at least:2,000 military, civilian, and contractor personnel in an urban area; or1,000 military, civilian, or contractor personnel in the case of a non-urban area.The OEA director must also determine whether the losses “constitute a direct and significant adverse consequence” on a community and its residents, according to the notice. In cases affecting multiple jurisdictions, affected jurisdictions would be required to apply jointly for a single assistance program.Applicants would be required to provide at least 10 percent of the project cost.Examples of activities that could be funded under this program include:operating and maintaining a community-based organization to represent an affected area and its workers, businesses and communities;preparing strategies and plans for sustainable economic recovery;carrying out a community adjustment and economic diversification program; andplanning and carrying out local economic adjustment programs.Planning assistance can be used for feasibility studies; organizational staffing, operating, and administrative expenses; redevelopment and economic development capacity building; public outreach; and other activities necessary for a community to respond to the adverse impact of defense spending reductions on local schools, housing markets and central business districts.OEA will consider proposals on a continuing basis — subject to available appropriations — as an end date for this program has not yet been determined. For more information, contact James Holland, program director, at email@example.com. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
Tradespeople sit on the side of a road as they wait to get hired for work in Mumbai, India, on 6 November 2017. — Photo: ReutersAn official survey that has been withheld by the government shows India’s unemployment rate rose to its highest level in at least 45 years in 2017/18, the Business Standard newspaper reported on Thursday, delivering a blow to Prime Minister Narendra Modi months before a general election.A political controversy over the survey erupted after the acting chairman and another member of the body that reviewed the jobs data resigned, saying there had been a delay in its scheduled December release and alleging interference by other state agencies.The assessment by the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO), conducted July 2017-June 2018, showed an unemployment rate of 6.1 per cent. That was the highest since 1972/73, the period for which the data are comparable, the newspaper reported, citing documents it had reviewed. It did not give a figure for 1972/73.But the government think-tank NITI Aayog said the report was only a draft and that a final version would be published in March. It denied unemployment was widespread in India, whose economy is one of the fastest growing in the world.“You can’t be growing annually at 7.2 per cent and saying that there are no jobs being created in the economy,” NITI Aayog Chief Executive Amitabh Kant said at a press conference.“To my mind, the problem is that there’s a lack of good-quality jobs, and that’s what we need to focus on. There’s a wages problem, and there’s a very big informal sector in India’s economy.”He said the country was creating more than 7 million jobs a year, enough for “new entrants” joining the workforce.Rahul Gandhi, the leader of the Congress party, the main opposition, said the report showed “a national disaster”.Though India’s economy has been expanding by 7 per cent plus annually, uneven growth has meant that new jobs are not keeping pace. And critics say the government’s claims of economic success have sounded increasingly hollow.Modi’s ambitious Make-in-India project has failed to take off. It was intended to increase the share of domestic manufacturing from 17 per cent of gross domestic product to about 25 per cent and create jobs for an estimated 1.2 million youth entering the market.Instead, the report showed 18.7 per cent of urban males aged 15-29 were without work, and the jobless rate for urban females the same age was 27.2 per cent.Worse, the labour force participation rate – the proportion of population working or seeking jobs – declined to 36.9 per cent in 2017/18 from 39.5 per cent in 2011/12, the report said. The comparable rate for the United States was 63.1 per cent in December.The NITI Aayog said the government needed more quarterly data to publish a “comparable” jobs report.But PC Mohanan, who on Monday resigned as the head of the government-funded National Statistical Commission, said the standalone report for the last fiscal year should have been published.“There’s no link between this and the quarterly data,” Mohanan told Reuters. “This report was released for approval because this is a standalone report and it does not require any additional verification with any sources.”CRISIS EVERYWHEREHimanshu, an associate professor at New Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University who specialises in development economics, said that the jobs crisis was everywhere to see.“News and data like thousands of PhDs applying for waiter jobs in Mumbai or millions applying for just a thousand jobs in Gujarat or 10 million applying for a small number of jobs in railways,” he said.“I mean, these kind of examples are everywhere,” he said, pointing to street protests by caste and other interest groups seeking quotas for government jobs.The data provides the first comprehensive assessment of India’s employment since Modi’s decision in November 2016 to withdraw most of the country’s banknotes from circulation overnight.After the chaotic launch of a national sales tax in July 2017, hundreds of thousands have lost jobs in small businesses.The gloomy jobs data could be awkward for Modi’s Hindu nationalist government to explain with a general election looming and opinion polls already showing the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party unlikely to keep its parliamentary majority.“It’s a very, very serious issue, and that is the why the government didn’t want this data to come out in the public domain,” said former Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha.A report released by the All India Manufacturers’ Organisation said last month 3.5 million jobs had been lost since 2016, mainly due to demonetisation and rising working costs after the launch of the national tax.
Dan Kitwood/Getty ImagesBitcoin prices have spiked since October — and the cryptocurrency is now closing in on $10,000, leading the way for digital currencies that have seen huge gains in 2017.Bitcoin’s price has already spiked more than 1,000 percent in the past 12 months. Now it’s flirting with another milestone: a $10,000 price for a single unit of the cryptocurrency.Bitcoin’s rise has been both meteoric and volatile, with surges in valuation often being driven by positive reports about its status. Earlier this year, for instance, Japan recognized bitcoin as an official method of payment. It has also continued to attract interest from investors.In early October, a single bitcoin cost less than $5,000 on currency exchange sites. A year ago, one could be had for around $730. But as of 7 a.m. ET on Monday, the price for a bitcoin was $9,770, according to data from the Coinbase currency exchange.The digital currency slipped below $9,700 after reaching that mark; the analyst site Coindesk (which is affiliated with Coinbase) says it expects bitcoin to pass “the psychological milestone of $10,000 today,” citing recent momentum. The price roared past $9,000 over the weekend.“Bitcoin’s price has been helped in recent months by the announcement that the world’s biggest derivatives exchange operator CME Group would start offering bitcoin futures,” Reuters says. “The company said last week the futures would launch by the end of the year though no precise date had been set.”Another factor has been the move to split the original bitcoin segment into two currencies: bitcoin classic and bitcoin cash. That change, which became official in August, has allowed large trades in the currency to occur more frequently, while also promising to bolster its infrastructure.When bitcoin surpassed $4,300 in August, the CryptoCoinsNews site declared a “flippening” was taking place, as bitcoin, with a market size of more than $70 billion, had gained “a greater total valuation than payment-processing behemoth PayPal.”Citing the current rise, CryptoCoins says the total market capitalization of all cryptocurrencies — led by bitcoin and its rivals, ethereum and Ripple — has now topped $300 billion for the first time, making them more valuable than Bank of America, which has a market cap of around $280 billion.Investment analysts have often split on the issue of cryptocurrencies, citing their status as both an emerging technology and an emerging form of exchange and investment.CNBC quotes Bob Doll, chief equity strategist at Nuveen Asset Management, saying, “I confess it’s an area that to me feels speculative, but you might call me old or old-fashioned. It’s been an amazing run, has it not?”Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Share