The annual Junior Chamber International (JCI) Conference begins on 4 May at the Sandton Convention Centre. More than just a conference for business minded entrepreneurs, workshops during the event will feature a strong social and community building slant.Junior Chamber International (JCI) members are encouraged to use their business knowledge and experience to become grassroots activists in their own communities. The international non-profit comprises engaged and active citizens committed to improving the globe.Community action to make a better world is one of the principles that drives Brand South Africa as an organisation. For this reason we are proud to be co-sponsors of the event.The African region conference will give young South Africans the opportunity to network with global entrepreneurs and social leaders. Members will spend four days discussing international and regional challenges and sharing experiences that can create positive change across African communities.In October 2015 JCI celebrated its centenary. Branches across the globe celebrated by advocating for more active citizenship. As JCI Ambassador and UN Global Compact Senior Advisor Fred Dubee told a gathering in Finland, “Let us base what we do today and tomorrow on the robust platform that has been erected with so much care and commitment over the past 100 years and as we do, let us be conscious that what we do now will have an impact that will shape the next 100 brilliant and valuable years of JCI.”The organisation’s members believe by being socially active we can create sustainable positive change. Individuals have as much of a responsibility as governments and business to create a more equitable and caring world.Members are guided by five distinct principles:• Educate yourself. By understanding the root causes of communal issues JCI members can prove themselves to be vital in helping make change happen.• Spread awareness: JCI members are encouraged to begin a conversation in their community around challenges. Whether they choose to do that face to face, digitally or through encouraging community participation, members are urged to lead social activism.• Support grassroots efforts: Volunteer or become involved with organisations and campaigns that are working for positive change. If challenges are not being addressed, start a conversation or an organisation. Reach out across communal and national borders to look for solutions or to offer help.• Advocate: All challenges have a face and solutions need to be based on protecting the dignity of people. JCI members are guided by the idea that welcoming people matters more than focusing on what makes us different.• Support approaches that promise long term solutions: Find ways to build vibrant and integrated communities instead of allowing insularity. Host opportunities where people can learn about each other.
By Barbara O’NeillWhat is the Military Spouse’s Residency Relief Act (MSRRA), and what are its benefits?With the Military Spouses Residency Relief Act (MSRRA), which took effect in 2009, spouses are able to keep the same permanent residency status as their service member. The tax implication of this is that spouses can have their income taxed by their state of permanent residence. (Prior to this act, a military spouse’s income was taxed by the state in which a spouse worked.)The MSRRA is especially advantageous if a service member chooses as a residence one of the seven states which do not charge income tax: Alaska, Florida, Nevada, South Dakota, Texas, Washington, and Wyoming. In addition, New Hampshire and Tennessee charge tax only on income earned through interest and dividends.To be eligible, spouses must:currently reside in a state different than the state of his/her domicile,reside in the state solely to live with the service member; andlive with a service member who is present in the state in compliance with military orders.A few rules apply:The spouse does not “inherit” the domicile of the service member upon marriage.The spouse must be able to show that he or she had the domicile before moving into a different state through the new state’s existing list of facts and circumstances, or “proofs of intention,” that demonstrate a domicile.The spouse must have maintained that earlier domicile.At a minimum, the spouse must have lived in a state before claiming it as a domicile. State laws vary on what circumstances validate having established a domicile in another state and what proof is sufficient.State regulations differ on whether the service member and spouse must have identical domiciles before the act applies. Some scenarios cause the spouse to become ineligible:The service member leaves the service.Divorce.Voluntary physical separation due to duty changes of the service member (deployment to a war zone or other location where the spouse is not allowed to follow does not count against them).The spouse commits an action that clearly establishes the state of residence as his or her state of domicile, such as filing a court action, accepting in-state tuition, voting, using a property tax homestead exemption, and applying for certain state benefits such as certain tax credits.There are some exceptions, such as real estate income, so service members should check with their legal assistance office for more information. To find the nearest legal assistance office, click here.Personal Financial Management Program (PFMP) staff can check the regulations for a particular state at paycheck-chronicles.military.com/2010/02/04/msrra-links-state-by-state/ or search “Military Spouses Residency Relief Act” and the name of a state.Browse more military personal finance blog posts and webinars.Follow Dr. O’Neill on Twitter!This post was published on the Military Families Learning Network Blog on March 25, 2013.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Shiv Sena retained most of their seats in north Maharashtra, with a few notable exceptions. But the alliance’s win in 19 of the 36 seats in the region fell short of its 2014 tally by three seats. One of the biggest upsets for the BJP was in Muktainagar in Jalgaon where Rohini Khadse, daughter of veteran leader Eknath Khadse, lost to Chandrakant N. Patil, an Independent, by a margin of 1,957 votes. One of the strongest OBC leaders in the State, Mr. Khadse, who won the seat for six consecutive terms, was denied a ticket this time due to his alleged involvement in a land scam. He was the revenue minister in the Cabinet, before being forced to quit. The BJP also lost its seats in Dhule city, Malkapur and Raver. Meanwhile, in an otherwise successful election for the NCP, Nandgaon proved a sore point as two-time sitting MLA Pankaj Bhujbal lost to the Sena’s Suhas Kande by a margin of 13,889 votes. Incumbent NCP MLAs in Erandol and Baglan also lost their seats to the Sena and BJP respectively. The party however, won five seats, including Sinnar and Devlali, where it beat sitting Sena MLAs.The All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen (AIMIM) was probably the biggest gainer in the region, winning two key constituencies. Mohammad Khalique beat sitting Congress MLA Aasif Rasheed in Malegaon Central, while Faruk Shah won against Independent candidate Rajwardhan Raghujirao in Dhule City by 3,307 votes. These were also the party’s only wins. The incumbent MLA from Dhule City, Anil Gote, was fighting as an Independent and polled an impressive 42,432 votes against Mr. Shah, who won 46,679 votes.Mr. Gote had resigned as MLA protesting BJP minister Girish Mahajan’s alleged authoritarian behaviour.
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During the weekend, Shay Mitchell, Serinda Swan, Cassie Scerbo, AnnaLynne McCord, Renee Olstead, Chloe Flower, Hill Harper and more jumped 18,000 ft. from a plane to raise money for the Somaly Mam Foundation through an annual campaign called #18for18.Leyla Mcauley, Shay Mitchell, Serinda Swan, Chloe Flower, Hill HarperCredit/Copyright: Nicole Miller AgencyThese stars faced their fear and together have been able to raise over $70,000 for the cause in less than 10 days. That’s $20,000 over the original goal. 18,000 ft. is the highest skydive in North America, in fact when you are in the plane you have to wear oxygen masks.Shay Mitchell, Renee Olstead, Claudia Lee, Serinda Swan, Chloe FlowerCredit/Copyright: Nicole Miller AgencyImmediately following, everyone headed over to the All Saints/Not For Sale event at a private ranch in Santa Barbara to watch Chloe Flower and Renee Olstead perform.To understand what this campaign has accomplished so far, just take a look at the stats – Over 150,000 tweets generated in less than 10 days. Over $70,000 raised for the cause, our original goal was $50,000. Over 10,000 RT’s within 10 days. Over 300,000 online impressions so far.