Specialists Provide Diabetes Education

first_imgThe Diabetes Management Association of Liberia DMAL Director, Dr. Daniel Smith, is admonishing Liberians to desist from the consumption of too-much fatty and sugar concentrated food. He said this could be done by observing proper eating habits (balance diet).Dr. Smith said that if a balanced diet is adhered to by Liberians, the high incidence of diabetes in the country could be reduced.Diabetes mellitus is a disorder of carbohydrate metabolism characterized by abnormally high levels of blood sugar in the form of glucose.The disease occurs when the body does not produce enough of the hormone insulin or when the body’s cells cannot use insulin even if a sufficient amount is available.Speaking at the Ministry of Information, Culture Affairs and Tourism (MICAT) yesterday in Monrovia Mr. Smith said, “When the amount of insulin is inadequate, or when its action is blocked, glucose in the blood cannot be taken into the body’s cells. Glucose continues to accumulate in the blood stream and is passed out of the blood in the urine.”He disclosed that an estimated 300 million people around the world had diabetes at the turn of the 21lst century, with an alarming number of new cases diagnosed each year.Noting that despite intensive research, the causes of diabetes mellitus remains unknown; however, medical experts have revealed that some contributing factors to having diabetes include heredity and environmental aspects.“There are three main types of diabetes mellitus, Type I, or insulin dependent, Type II, and gestational diabetes. Discussing the three main types of diabetes mellitus, Mr. Smith said Type I is insulin dependent and formally known as juvenile-onset diabetes; this is because it often develops during childhood but may occur at any age. Type II or non insulin dependent diabetes occurs in adults and gestational diabetes occurs in pregnant women,” detailed Dr. Smith.Discussing the diagnosis and treatment of diabetes, Dr. John Reed said “the presence of glucose in urine is an important sign of diabetes, but it does not provide a definitive diagnosis. Diabetes must be confirmed with a blood test.”“In one test, glucose is given to the patient in a beverage, after which blood samples are drawn and tested at intervals. Because the pancreas normally responds to a rise in blood sugar by producing more insulin, a high glucose level after several hours indicates insufficient insulin,” Dr. Reed explained.He continued, “Dietary control is essential for all people with diabetes. People with Type I and Type II diabetes require insulin to control the disease. Dosages are specific to the individual and must be monitored closely.”He furthered that Type II diabetics can use oral medications to control their blood sugar.Diabetes can be easily discovered by a glucose tolerance test. A diabetic will have high blood sugar levels long after drinking a glucose solution. Too much insulin can result in weakness, anxiety, depression and even serious convulsions and collapsing. Glucose treatment or surgeries generally remedy this problem.Meanwhile, the symptoms and complications of Type I diabetes if untreated can lead to a life threatening condition called ketoacidosis; which develops rapidly.The symptoms include excessive urination diabetes include excessive urination, thirst, and appetite loss and vomiting. If not treated quickly, coma and death may follow.Symptoms of Type II and gestational diabetes include excessive urination, thirst, hunger, some weight loss and fatigue. These symptoms appear gradually and may even go unnoticed at first.Gestational diabetes occurs in some women during pregnancy but it usually disappears after the pregnancy is over.Women who develop gestational diabetes are at higher risk for developing Type II diabetes later in life.The specialists used the medium to call on Liberians to prevent themselves from getting the incurable disease by staying away from unhealthy foods and exercising regularly.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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AFC silent on accusations of race-baiting by Trotman

first_img-Ramjattan refused to comment; “write what you want”- PattersonThe leadership of the Alliance For Change (AFC), one of the political parties in the coalition government is mum as accusations of race baiting by its co-founder and Minister of Natural Resources Raphael Trotman surfaced.Political commentator and ardent supporter of the AFC Freddie Kissoon accused Trotman of allegedly playing the race card during a public meeting in Bartica, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), during the lead-up to just-concluded Local Government Elections.President David GrangerRecording     Kissoon alleges he is in possession of a tape with Trotman appealing to race while campaigning in Region 7.According to Kissoon, Trotman’s speech was “hate-filled” and it “manifested the cruelties and sadism of old political culture.”Kissoon expressed that Trotman “does not belong to the future of politics in this tragic land and that goose bumps emerged on my body when Trotman went into his demagogic rage of ethnic loyalty.” Kissoon called on AFC to ensure disciplinary actions are taken against Trotman. Kissoon said he submitted a copy of the tape to the party but when contacted on Saturday, AFC leader Khemraj Ramjattan refused to comment on the matter.   “I don’t do any interviews with >>>Guyana Times,<<<” Ramjattan declared, and hung up his mobile phone. Also contacted was AFC general secretary and Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson who also refused to comment on the matter stating, “no comment, you could write what you like.”Meanwhile political commentator and former government minister Dr Henry Jeffery when asked his opinion on the issue, said he would first like to receive a transcript of the tape before commenting.However he stated that, “if what he (Kissoon) said the tape said and it’s correct, it is somewhat damning.”Prodigal son returnsKissoon noted too that in the tape, which was made available by a senior member of the Team Legacy political party, Trotman indicated that he has rejoined the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR).“He openly told the crowds that although he was a part of the AFC, he never left the struggle and that the Prodigal Son has returned,” Kissoon highlighted. He added that Trotman said that a decade ago while he was launching the AFC with Ramjattan, Trotman evidently had a meeting in Nassau, The Bahamas with David Granger (now President), where they hatched a plan to reinstall the People’s National Congress (PNC) in office by ousting the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C).“He then told the crowd that 10 years ago, he and David Granger met in Nassau (The Bahamas) and Granger laid out a plan for Guyana. On the day in 2015 when the election results were made known, Trotman indicated that Mr Granger called him and said to him, ‘Raphael, this is Nassau.’Natural Resources Minister Raphael TrotmanAFC Executive Member Khemraj RamjattanTrotman left the crowds in suspension because he thinks that it is President Granger that should be the first one to reveal what the two of them dialogued on 10 years ago in The Bahamas.“I don’t have a clue what it is but whatever it is, I would suggest you listen to the tape, and when you hear Raphael Trotman speaking at that Bartica LGE public meeting, then what was spoken and planned in The Bahamas 10 years ago has to be frightening, because Trotman doesn’t come across as a powerful politician that will shape a progressive future for Guyana,” Kissoon added.  Team Legacy chairman Ewart Williams when contacted, distanced his party from the recording and the views expressed by Kissoon.According to Williams, whoever provided Kissoon with the copy of the tape clearly did so in his own personal capacity and not on behalf of Team Legacy.last_img read more

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Burbank smoking ban

first_img– John P. Buckley Palmdale Don’t give up Re “Grocery workers OK strike” (March 26): The votes are in. Albertsons isn’t taking anymore; enough is enough. I value people who stand up for what they believe in. For instance, here at my school, California State University, Northridge, there’s talk of a possible strike by the teachers and I support the teachers 100 percent. If our hardworking teachers and the employees of Albertsons don’t stand up for what they believe in, who’s going to do it for them? I hope for the best outcome for my teachers and the Albertsons employees. Don’t give up your fight. – LaMese Smith-Perez Simi Valley Strike talk Re “Grocery workers OK strike” (March 26): The grocery unions love to grandstand. Here they go again, pushing for a strike vote before contract negotiations have even broken down, before the workers even had a chance to see what Albertsons was offering. Will the thousands of grocery workers be able to survive another strike? They have not fully recovered from the last one. Labor leaders need to get back to the bargaining table to negotiate instead of planning walkouts and press conferences. – Robert M. Brower Irvine Sick irony Re “Imminent Domain?” (March 28): LAUSD officials have their sights set on razing the homes of 22 longtime legal residents of a close-knit Van Nuys neighborhood in order to build a new elementary school. As a public entity, the district wants to exercise its right of eminent domain, arguing the new school is essential to alleviating overcrowding at several neighborhood schools. The sick irony of it all is that the overwhelming majority of children who would attend this new school are likely from predominantly illegal-resident parents. Do they still teach Robin Hood in LAUSD schools? – James Sfogliatelli Granada Hills Supporting the troops Re “Dems: Bush must accept Iraq timetable” (March 27): Despite a majority of Americans saying “bring the troops home;” despite the public condemning the way President Bush is conducting the Iraq war; despite a Democratic Congress replacing Bush’s rubber-stamp Republican Congress; despite Congress giving Bush all the money he wants for his war, Bush is threatening a veto, because the bill contains a deadline for bringing the troops home. Who’s not supporting the troops now? – Sandy Sand West Hills No excuses Re “Athlete stands tall in a chair” (March 28): The city of Los Angeles is covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act, and cannot evade its responsibility by contracting with a private company such as Coach America for the FlyAway bus. The city’s responsibility is to be “readily usable by and accessible to” persons with disabilities in all its services, contracted or not. Even if this were not a city service, Coach America has obligations as a private entity, primarily engaged in the business of transportation, operating a fixed route, to have accessible vehicles. There are no excuses here. The young man mentioned in the article says, “We just deal.” But what happens years from now, when the damage he is doing to his body pulling himself up into buses, prevents him from being able to transfer independently from his chair? Then where is his independence? – Kurt Baldwin Independent Living Center of Southern California Van Nuys Camouflaged gorging Re “Nothing to hide” (Your Opinions, March 28): Gregg Frazer is as naive to claim that “Bush isn’t hiding anything” as the Times corporate toady editorial is stating that the Gubernator’s request for pay hikes is really a good thing. Sure, like the incessant lies of the petroleum pirates about gouging are a good thing. The straw-man argument that to attract and retain the oxymoronic “best and brightest” to serve government was long ago disproved by the corruption and incompetence for which we’ve already overpaid. Your editorial and O’Connor’s cartoon, as usual, nailed it. No, what’s really naive is to expect any politician to keep any promise that doesn’t enrich him first. – Gary W. Dolgin Santa Monica Sins of omission Dana Summers apparently is attempting to equate Clinton’s firing of 93 attorney generals when he assumed office to Bush’s eight firings in midterm. Summers doesn’t know or did not want us to know that all the attorney generals are political appointees and they either resign or are fired when a new administration takes office. However, once appointed, they are expected to perform with political independence and for the full term of the administration. They are never fired midterm. It appears that Gonzales lied to Congress about his involvement in the firings. Gonzales (with Karl Rove’s input, I’m sure) was attempting to politicize the Justice Department. That’s a no-no. – Gilbert H. Skopp Calabasas Death penalty record After reading the recent article about how three of the eight fired U. S. attorneys were apparently targeted because of their reluctance to press for the death penalty, I was reminded that Gov. George W. Bush sent more people from Death Row to death than any governor from any state ever. I was saddened that so many Americans chose to elect to the presidency someone with this record. Sadder still that many of these people who elected him are Christians who have forgotten the words of our savior to “love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” I still do not understand how I can love my enemy while taking his life. – Cordell Bowman Tujunga Thoughtless neighbors After several week’s notice, my street in Woodland Hills was resurfaced. The posted signs clearly announced the street would be closed only from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thank you, neighbors, who knocked down the barriers and drove on the new surface before it could cure. The ruts will be there for years because you were too lazy to park your car out of the repair zone and allow the city to do a decent repair. It’s not that they are coming back tomorrow to undo your damage. We will live with this for years. – Bob Driscoll Woodland Hills160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Newbury Park Toluca Lake Re “Fight erupts over keeping Toluca Lake a small pond” (March 19): Toluca Lake deserves to remain a “small town.” I grew up in Toluca Lake. My father was a dentist and had his office on Riverside Drive between Talofa and Mariota. My first job was washing dishes at the fountain in Lakeside Drug store. I grew up with Roy Disney. My sister was crowned Queen of Toluca Lake in 1951 by the then-reigning queen, Ann Blyth. It has always maintained its dignity throughout the years and does not have to become another statistic in the degradation of North Hollywood. Re “Burbank smoking ban hot issue” (March 27): Burbank’s proposed Secondhand Smoke Control Ordinance plan seems like a great idea. The ordinance, which would ban smoking within 20 feet of outdoor public areas, would definitely improve the public health. The proposed ordinance is doing a favor for smokers and nonsmokers alike. Nonsmokers will no longer be subjugated to intolerable secondhand smoke, and smokers are getting a little help with their addiction. Tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of death in the United States. This ordinance essentially forces smokers to cut back on smoking altogether, thus extending the life of the smoker. – Jason Hellebrand last_img read more

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President shakes up his economic team

first_imgWASHINGTON – Under pressure to revitalize his administration, President George W. Bush reshuffled his economic team Tuesday with a new budget chief who is highly regarded on Capitol Hill and promised more changes were coming. He also named a new trade representative. Bush chose Rob Portman, a former six-term Republican congressman from Ohio who now serves as trade representative, to head the Office of Management and Budget, putting him at the heart of White House decision-making. Hailed by Democrats and Republicans alike, Portman’s nomination may help calm GOP anxieties about administration missteps. Portman is a close friend of Bush and has a reputation as a skilled communicator about the economy, which will be a central theme for the November congressional elections. The president tapped Portman’s deputy, Susan Schwab, to move up and replace her boss as the administration’s top trade negotiator with other nations. With the Iraq war overshadowing his administration, his agenda stalled and his poll numbers at record lows, Bush faces calls from Republicans for fresh thinking and new energy. So far, Bush’s new choices have been confined to a small circle of Washington insiders. As trade representative, Portman already was a member of Bush’s Cabinet, and he will remain a member as budget director. Lawmakers said Bush made a smart move by choosing Portman, who was highly regarded for his ability to forge compromises between Republicans and Democrats when he served as a member of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee and as vice chairman of the Budget Committee. House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland said Portman and Schwab were “very capable, experienced individuals who have demonstrated their willingness to reach out and try to achieve bipartisan consensus on difficult issues and to make common-sense judgments based on the facts at hand.” Both nominations must be confirmed by the Senate.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventAnnouncing the changes during a Rose Garden ceremony, Bush made clear that Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s job was safe, despite calls for Rumsfeld’s resignation from a half dozen retired military commanders. “I hear the voices and I read the front page and I know the speculation,” the president said testily. “But I’m the decider and I decide what’s best. And what’s best is for Don Rumsfeld to remain as the secretary of defense.” Rumsfeld, at a Pentagon news conference later in the day, said he hasn’t considered resigning. Tuesday’s changes were set in motion by the promotion of Joshua Bolten as Bush’s chief of staff from his old job as budget director. Bush said Bolten, who moved into his new office last Friday, has a mandate to shake things up. “With a new man will come some changes,” the president said. “And Josh has got all the rights to make those recommendations to me.” Bolten will make suggestions “as to who should be here and who should not be here,” Bush said. last_img read more

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Neville: Liverpool should forget about the Champions League

first_img Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade 2 silverware shining Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Most popular Liverpool news Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars 2 Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Liverpool will provide Manchester City with the strongest competition for the Premier League title this season, but must ignore the Champions League to do so, according to Gary Neville.The Reds reached the final last season and spent big in the transfer window improving their side with Alisson, Fabinho, Xherdan Shaqiri and Naby Keita all arriving.Liverpool will look to make it five wins from five when they travel to Tottenham on 15 September, but a packed schedule sees them also play Paris Saint-Germain, Napoli, Man City, Chelsea and Red Star Belgrade before the end of October. possible standings The club’s style of play has won many admirers, including Manchester United fan Neville, and their start to the season which has seen them win all four games is cause for concern.“This front three have always been fantastic and now the midfield can run, it can pass, it has depth. And the back four looks a unit.“The football they are playing under Jurgen Klopp, it’s fantastic. As a United fan, that’s a worry because it is still that mentality of ‘anyone but them’.” REVEALED huge blow center_img Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade REVEALED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won latest How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures smart causal Liverpool have won their first four Premier League games this season The demands of the Champions League could be too much for the way Liverpool play football gameday cracker RANKED “The Champions League — if I was Liverpool, I would kick it into touch,” he told The Times. “I know that’s very hard to do but if they could go into February, March, April without it, I think they could have a real chance if they had free weeks.“Why? I think their method is exhausting for the front three [Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino]. The drop in quality below them, if there are injuries or playing Wednesday, Saturday, I think it will take its toll.” Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury updatelast_img read more

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GARDAI INVESTIGATE ARMED ROBBERY AT BOOKMAKER’S SHOP

first_imgBREAKING NEWS: An armed raid has taken place at a betting office in Ballybofey.The raid on The Betting Lounge took place late this afternoon.Details on the raid at the premises at Garvan Court are still coming to light. It is understood the raiders got into a taxi in Glebe Rea outside Strabane and the commandeered it as they got towards Ballybofey.The men then ordered the driver to wait outside but he fled to another premises as the men made their getaway in the vehicle.It is not known if any money was handed over during the raid on the premises which is just off the Main Street.Garda are at the scene of the incident. It is understood that Gardai are viewing CCTV footage of the raid.We will bring you more details on this incident as they emerge. GARDAI INVESTIGATE ARMED ROBBERY AT BOOKMAKER’S SHOP was last modified: February 8th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BallybofeyGardairobberyThe Betting Loungelast_img read more

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Warriors 3 Things: The Four Horsemen of the NBA Apocalypse ride again

first_imghttps://youtu.be/2Lat86uqo6YCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the video on a mobile deviceThe Warriors beat the Miami Heat 120-118 at Oracle Arena Sunday.Here are my three big takeaways from the contest:1. The Four Horsemen of the NBA Apocalypse ride again(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Every member of the Warriors’ five All-Star starting lineup finished with a negative plus-minus rating on Sunday, but make no mistake, the Big Four — Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Draymond …last_img

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Play Your Part cleaning up in Diepsloot

first_imgPlay Your Part, along with GEM Project and Miss Earth South Africa, will be in Diepsloot to clean-up Akani Primary School. (Images: Akani Foundation)Brand South Africa’s active citizenship programme, Play Your Part, has partnered with the GEM Project and Miss Earth South Africa for a clean-up campaign in Diepsloot, the densely populated township in the north of Johannesburg, this Saturday, 24 October.The campaign will be rolled out at two schools in the impoverished township, Leap Science and Maths School and Akani Primary.The campaign falls in line with Brand South Africa’s mandate to build pride, patriotism and a spirit of active citizenship. Its Play Your Part programme aims to encourage South Africans to use some of their time, money, skills or goods to contribute to a better future for all.Miss Earth South Africa Carla Viktor (second from right) will also be getting her hands dirty at the clean-up at Akani Primary School. (Images: Shamin Chibba)Aims of the collaboration with GEM and Miss Earth South Africa are to encourage citizens to clean up and recycle in their communities and to become environmentally aware.Newly crowned Miss Earth South Africa Carla Viktor and runner up Jade Axon will be in Diepsloot getting their hands dirty while encouraging learners to take care of their environment.GEM, the mobile rewards app that stands for Going the Extra Mile, will also partake in the event, bringing along its army of volunteers to add some sparkle to Diepsloot.The GEM app, which was developed in conjunction with Play Your Part, rewards volunteers for their good deeds. Volunteers can choose to participate in any campaign listed in the app. Once the good deed is done, they are eligible to receive a reward via the app, termed “a GEM”, which can be converted into a number of products such as airtime, data, pre-paid electricity, or even movie tickets.To join through the GEM app, follow these steps:Download GEM via USSD by dialling *120*GEM1#; or,Download the GEM app from App Store or Google Play.Sign in to see volunteering opportunities in your area.Select the Diepsloot clean-up taking place on Saturday, 24 October.Details for the clean-up are as follows:Time: 09h00-12h00Venue: Leap Science and Maths School and Akani Primary School, Akani Centre, Bophelang, Diepsloot West, Extension 4 (both are on the same street)RSVP: Please confirm you attendance with Boitumelo Mpete on boitumelom@brandsouthafrica.comFor more information or to set up interviews, contact:Boitumelo MpeteTel: +27 11 712 5007Mobile: +27 (0) 82 358 9047Email: boitumelom@brandsouthafrica.comVisit: www.brandsouthafrica.comlast_img read more

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iPad: $1 Billion Later, What Do You Think of It Now?

first_imgmarshall kirkpatrick Tags:#Analysis#Apple#mobile#web The iPad has passed $1 billion in sales, according to simple multiplication of the company’s 2 million announced-sales of the product after a mere two months of availability. Earlier this month, Yankee Group analyst Carl Howe predicted that the iPad would become the fastest consumer product in history to hit the $1 billion mark. While that’s a tough call to make definitively, it is undeniable that the iPad has surpassed mere hype and made at least a commercial splash. Some analysts believe it is changing the nature of personal computing, too. What do you think?Here are some of the most interesting opinions I’ve come across lately. “The iPad is a new kind of PC. It ushers in a new era of Curated Computing — a mode of computing in which choice is constrained to deliver more relevant, less complex experiences. Curated Computing is necessary to empower alternative form factors, such as touchscreen tablets, wearable and ambient devices, game consoles, and connected TVs. The iPad’s Curated Computing experience makes the tablet form factor viable for the first time since it was introduced commercially more than two decades ago.” – Forrester’s Sarah Rotman Epps, Apple’s iPad is a New Kind of PC. (Brings to mind Chris Messina’s Death of the URL.)“In my initial review, I focused on capabilities. And tablets are stuck between the power and utility of the notebook and the size and features of a smartphone. But they also create a middle place in terms of usability. And that is what I missed in my first day with the iPad. It feels less like a computer than any computing device I’ve owned. It’s easy on me in a way that the other devices are not. So I’m now convinced that tablets will have an important place in our homes and our lives.”– Tech investor Fred Wilson, I’ve Changed My Mind About the iPad. Wilson has also said that he prefers reading content in mobile Safari over content-centric apps. Take that, curated web. Wilson’s appreciation of the iPad’s usability contradicts with usability expert Jakob Nielsen’s assessment :“iPad apps are inconsistent and have low feature discoverability, with frequent user errors due to accidental gestures. An overly strong print metaphor and weird interaction styles cause further usability problems.”Personally, I love mine. I wish there were more apps, but I really enjoy using Facebook, YouTube, Twitterific and a number of other apps on it. It feels casual, efficient, enjoyable. It helps me get my laundry folded and my dishes done. I like it, a lot. My wife says it doesn’t feel crazy, novel and magical anymore – now it feels indispensable and integrated into our lives. “It’s like finding a lover,” she says. “At first everything they do is exciting, but over time a good lover becomes more of a real person. Some of the initial fascination is gone, but it becomes a super important part of your life. And like a good lover, in time it becomes difficult to imagine going to bed without it each night.” I’m not entirely sure how I feel about that, but I appreciate her letting me quote her saying it in this post. So far at least, I do not feel jealous of the iPad.What’s your take on the iPad? What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfacescenter_img Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

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Money Monday

first_imgBy 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.last_img read more

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