Bill Seeks More Checks For Welfare Fraud

first_imgA senate committee will soon consider a plan to have Iowans on public assistance programs like Medicaid and food stamps to submit documents every three months to prove they’re still eligible. Senator Jason Schultz, a Republican from Schleswig, is the bill’s sponsor.“I am going to do whatever I can try to find savings for taxpayers if somebody’s defrauding them,” Schultz says. “I don’t think this will hurt anybody who is legitimately on the program.” Under the plan, a private company may be paid to process the information and cross check for identity theft or people claiming benefits in other states. Critics say Iowans who qualify for public assistance may unfairly lose their health care coverage or food stamps. Laura Hessburg of the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence says welfare fraud isn’t a huge problem in Iowa.“I don’t know why in an effort to save taxpayers’ money by finding five people who commit fraud we are going to kick off thousands from the benefits they need,” Hessburg said, “and for some people this will be a risk to their health and their life.” Tyler Raygor of Americans for Prosperity says 10 other states have passed similar legislation.“Public assistance programs should be narrowly tailored to those who need them,” Raygor says, “and for those who don’t, we should be encouraging those folks to get back in the workforce.” The proposal is scheduled for debate in the Senate Labor Committee next week. Senator Schultz, who is chairman of that committee, has tabled a separate plan to require Iowa food stamp recipients to show some sort of photo I-D at the check-out counter.“The rules are fenced in so tight,” Schultz says, “this is one of those deals that states don’t have any say on.” Schultz says he was trying to address misuse of the cards by people who are not eligible for the benefits.“These are taxpayer dollars and I was looking for ways to safeguard them,” Schultz says. Schultz considered having the recipient’s photo on the “SNAP” benefit cards — which look like a credit card. According to the Iowa Child and Family Policy Center, food stamp benefits are issued to the head of household, but anyone in the home may use the card to buy food. Requiring a food stamp beneficiary to show a driver’s license or some form of photo I-D in order to use their card at a store is not allowed under federal regulations.last_img read more

GCAA seeking direct flights to Africa to boost tourism

first_img…whether feasible or not – DirectorThe Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) is now seeking to partner with African states to have direct flights traverse the countries in a bid to boost tourism.This was on Wednesday disclosed by Air Transport Management Director, Saheed Sulaman on the sidelines of an event held at the GCAA’s head office on High Street, Georgetown.Director of Marketing and Operations Support, Franklin Vieira and Director of Air Transport Management, Saheed Sulaman addressing media operatives“We are always looking to develop relationships with all ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organisation) member states. It’s the only way we can connect to those states and it’s the only way our airlines can get connected to those states so I’d say yes we are looking to develop relationships with those countries and not only those countries in Africa but in Asia, in Europe, we are looking to develop relationships with those countries as well,” he said.According to him, a few African airlines have since expressed interest in the market.Asked if he believes the market will be a feasible one, the Director noted that although there might not be enough traffic to operate “you got to start somewhere.”“The Government doesn’t really access feasibility, the investors do that and the mere fact that we have had interest from two African airlines it means that they are seeing something feasible to engage the GCAA,” he added.It was explained by him that the present flight system in Guyana allows for a person to fly to Africa, only after arriving in Europe or the United States.Sulaman pointed to the fact that the flights will be beneficial in promoting tourism in Guyana, especially at a time where tourism month is currently being observed.One of the airlines, which is a Nigerian one he said, is a key player in Africa and is even the largest nation in the continent. “To have interest from that nation is a great great step forward,” he expressed.It was clarified that although Guyana is seeking to have direct flights to Africa, the option of having small stops in between have not been wiped off the table.“We are awaiting final confirmation from the Government of Tanzania and the Government of Ghana on their availability to sign an air services agreement…we’ve already done our work and we are awaiting their confirmation.”He outlined that those agreements will be important to allow for smooth operations between the countries while explaining, “The air services agreement, they are generally template version, pretty much the standard agreement for all countries. What is critical in an air services agreement are the rights that are granted both agreements that we have negotiated they are what you call liberal or open skies agreement that will allow for any amount of airlines from Guyana or Tanzania to operate between the routes of Georgetown and Tanzania…and Ghana it’s the same principle”.According to him, “while we may not have something right now, should an airline of Tanzania or Ghana decide we want to fly to Georgetown that instrument is already in place to facilitate that operation”.last_img read more

Photos: Drake and other famous faces at the NBA Finals

first_img Kerr promises Smailagic ‘will 100%’ leave Santa Cruz … Warriors resemble team of old, Kevon Looney isn’t ready, and other thoughts from loss to Trail Blazers Why the Warriors want to keep Damion Lee beyond this season center_img The NBA Finals is a magnet for legends of the hardwood and stars of the music industry. They all showed up for Game 1 in Toronto led by Drake, who had to be reminded of boundaries by the league. Related Articleslast_img

Taipei Beimen Post Office / 臺北北門郵局 — Geocache of the Week

first_imgDifficulty:1Terrain:1.5 Location:Taipei, TaiwanN 25° 02.820 E 121° 30.668 Letterbox HybridGC3NXZVby kakoui Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom can keep geocachers away from this Letterbox Hybrid. Well, that’s not completely true since this cache is only accessible during business hours, but you catch the drift.The posted coordinates take you just outside the Taipei Beimen Post Office. There, you must locate a small film canister with a key inside. Take that very special key, head inside the post office, and locate mailbox 59535. Inside you will find a manila envelope filled with a logbook, letterbox stamp, SWAG, and hopefully more than a few trackables.Since this is a Letterbox Hybrid, geocachers have a few options after signing the log: use the enclosed stamp in your personal letterboxing logbook, add your personal stamp to the logbook, or lick n’ stick a postage stamp to add to the theme.The post office was originally a modest wooden structure, but in 1913 the building burned down in a fire. Thus, the post office was rebuilt and expanded with construction finishing in April of 1930. The post office is still open and fully functional, complete with stations to mail packages, P.O. boxes, and a geocache.Extra bonus: the North Gate of Old Taipei City is right across the street. The post office and the North Gate are both national historic sites. This Geocache of the Week may get lots of fan mail!Taipei Beimen Post Office exteriorFind the keyHead insideMailbox 59535A well-stocked geocacheSign the logbook and add to the Letterbox experienceHistoric North Gate is just outsideContinue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world.Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedTop 10 Geocaches of the Week 2017December 27, 2017In “Geocache of the Week”Selfie Letterbox — Geocache of the WeekMay 23, 2018In “Community”Underground — Geocache of the WeekFebruary 7, 2018In “Community”last_img read more

Kids ready for trip to Manchester United

first_imgIt was during a school football match in 2008 that Amit Dhankhar was told by his coach to shift to central defence from his usual role as a striker as the team was short at the back.Dhankhar, a student of CRPF School, adjusted so well to the role that he continued playing as a defender. He even represented the Delhi u-17 team. Now, the 15-year-old from Haryana is one step away from going to Old Trafford for a week’s training at Manchester United.Dhankhar, along with Agaiya Sharma and Kartikeya Swarup, have been shortlisted from the Delhi leg of the ‘Airtel Rising Stars’ programme. The trio will be joining 45 others from across the country for the final selection phase from September 10-15 in Bangalore. From the 48, 12 kids will be picked to go to Manchester United.More than 3,000 under-16 players attended the four-day trials at the Ambedkar Stadium here. Apart from the number of contestants, the heat made the task tougher for the kids to impress the six selectors, all of whom were AIFF accredited coaches.After the trials got over, Dhankhar heaved a sigh of relief. “There were so many players and the contest only intensified as the trials progressed. It was really tough in the final phases,” he said.”Though I have not made it to the final 12, I still have a chance for the Bangalore trials. I don’t stay with my family as I live in a hostel and I am going to celebrate.”The youngsters are aware that the training stint at the Premiership club will only be for one week and how useful it will be in honing their skills remains to be seen. “It would have been better if the training programme was longer. But still for a youngster like me getting an opportunity to train at the Theatre of Dreams does not come every day,” said Swarup, who has also represented India at the U-13 AFC Cup Football Festival in Iran earlier this year.advertisementlast_img read more

10 months agoReal Madrid hero Salgado: Solari and Isco need to talk

first_imgReal Madrid hero Salgado: Solari and Isco need to talkby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Real Madrid fullback Michel Salgado says management must find a way to rebuild Isco’s confidence and commitment. After being dumped to the bench for victory over Rayo Vallecano on the weekend, Isco feels there’s no way back for himself under coach Santiago Solari. As such, he is now planning to quit Real next month.However, Salgado says: “Solari has to organise a meeting with Isco to find a solution to this problem.”They have to fix this problem as soon as possible!” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

10 months agoCrystal Palace boss Hodgson upset for crocked Souare

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Crystal Palace boss Hodgson upset for crocked Souareby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson was upset for Pape Souare after an injury setback in their FA Cup win over Grimsby.Hodgson hopes the injury isn’t serious.He said, “I’m very disappointed for him. I’ve worked with him for over a year and he’s done so well to get back from a horrendous injury, and he’s been out there every day in training trying his very best to get better and show me that he’s a good player. Unfortunately, he’s found a guy like Patrick van Aanholt in front of him.“Today was the day that I was hoping to get him on the field of play and show what he shows us in training and come off the field victorious and happy. To come off injured was a bitter blow, and it was an unfortunate thing where he was bowled over, fell awkwardly and picked up a shoulder injury. I can only hope that he can recover quickly, but it’s not a minor injury; it could keep him out for weeks.” last_img read more

Former Louisville G Chris Jones Recommends Kentucky’s Trey Lyles Not Mess With Cincy’s Octavius Ellis

first_imgKentucky's Trey Lyles plays in NCAA Tournament.It’s getting a bit intense inside the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Ky. Early in the second half of No. 1 Kentucky’s game against No. 8 Cincinnati, Wildcats’ freshman forward Trey Lyles got into it with Bearcats’ forward Octavius Ellis. There was some shoving and trash talking; Kentucky’s Aaron Harrison was called for a technical foul during the mini-scrum. Former Louisville guard Chris Jones, who was dismissed from the program earlier this month, recommends Lyles not mess with Ellis. Trey don’t want those problems lol foreal— Chris Jones (@iAM_UNGUARDABLE) March 21, 2015Jones really isn’t in a position to be giving advice about anything, but this is something Lyles might want to listen to. One of the few things that could doom Kentucky is a lack of composure.last_img read more

EU warns UNSC against military action in Venezuela

first_imgUnited Nations: European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini warned Tuesday that military action in Venezuela would be unacceptable and that a solution to the crisis should not be “imposed from outside,” putting the United States on notice. Addressing the Security Council, Mogherini said the standoff between President Nicolas Maduro and opposition leader Juan Guaido must be resolved though political, peaceful and democratic means. “We believe that no military development, from inside or outside of the country, would be acceptable,” Mogherini told a council meeting on cooperation between the European Union and the United Nations. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi Jinping”And a solution cannot be, and should never be, imposed from the outside.” President Donald Trump has repeatedly said that all options are on the table, refusing to rule out a US military intervention in Venezuela, which is in the grips of an economic meltdown that the opposition blames on the Maduro government. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo late Monday announced that the United States will withdraw all remaining diplomatic personnel from its embassy in Caracas, worsening already tattered relations. After Guaido declared himself Venezuela’s interim president, the United States and key EU countries France, Germany and Britain were among more than 50 countries that recognized him. Russia and China, two of the five veto-wielding council members along with the US, France and Britain, have denounced the US stance as blatant interference in Venezuela’s affairs and continue to back Maduro.last_img read more

Guneet Monga to produce film starring Sanya Malhotra

first_imgNew Delhi: A coming-of-age film with actress Sanya Malhotra is on the cards for producer Guneet Monga of Oscar-winning short documentary “Period. End of Sentence.” fame. “We are doing a Hindi film. It’s a film with Sanya Malhotra. It’s a coming of age story of a young girl in a small town,” Monga told IANS here on the sidelines of a screening of “Period. End of Sentence.” organised by Netflix at The American Centre. Delhi is a common factor between the producer and actress, who has been noticed for “Dangal”, “Pataakha”, “Badhaai Ho” and “Photograph”. Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold Schwarzenegger While Monga is awaiting to join creative forces with the “amazing” talent that Sanya is, she also has plans to expand her footprints into regional cinema. She has already taken a step ahead with Tamil film “Soorarai Pottru”, featuring superstar Suriya. It is being directed by Sudha Kongara. Monga, who leads Sikhya Entertainment, had a childlike excitement speaking of the project. “It is incredible to work with Suriya, Rajsekar Karpoorasundarapandian and Sudha. And it’s great that I am working with another woman director (after collaborating with Rayka Zehtabchi for ‘Period…’). It is a different experience because I don’t understand the language, but also because everyone is really happy and respectful. Also Read – Salman pays tribute to Vinod Khanna on ‘Dabangg 3’ wrap up “I love going to the sets. We all speak in English, but I don’t understand the dialogues. But we all understand the language of cinema. We have shot for a week, and now there is a schedule break and we will start again in a couple of weeks and then we go on three months of shoot,” Monga said. Malayalam and Gujarati films may also be on the anvil. “It’s a vision we are putting out in the universe and saying ‘one at a time’,” she said, adding that something may also be in development in the web space. For Monga, the fact that “Period. End of Sentence.” released on streaming platform Netflix, was quite a game-changer. “Netflix is changing the world. With ‘Period…’, they really made us reach out to 190 countries. The conversation has become very large and it has empowered us in many ways. I used to be very anxious about distribution at Cannes, distribution elsewhere… We were way ahead of our time. Now is the time when one can get out there and make an independent film because there’s a Netflix. ‘Masaan’ and ‘Zubaan’ have all got rediscovered by the digital world,” she said. The screening of “Period. End of Sentence” here was followed by a discussion on approaches to better menstrual hygiene management in India.last_img read more