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Hunger stalks children in Yemen as UN cuts aid programs

Hunger stalks children in Yemen as UN cuts aid programs

World
AL-HANABIYA, Yemen -- When Issa Nasser was born late last year in a village in northern Yemen, his weight was about 3 kilograms, or 6.6 pounds. Now, the 7-month-old infant weighs nearly the same — less than half the average weight for his age — and has wafer-thin skin and emaciated limbs. Issa’s condition mirrors what the U.N. children’s agency warned about last week, that millions of children in war-torn Yemen could be pushed to the brink of starvation as the coronavirus sweeps across the Arab world’s poorest country and as humanitarian agencies suffer from a huge drop in funding. The baby's father, Ibrahim Nasser, a 51-year-old displaced fisherman now living in the village of al-Hanabiya in the district of Abs in Hajjah province, said the family has spent most of Issa's months-long life
New programs aim to help the 55 million people without workplace retirement savings plans

New programs aim to help the 55 million people without workplace retirement savings plans

Finance
Anfisa Kameneva | EyeEm | Getty ImagesMany workers don't have access to retirement savings programs. That is changing.Now, efforts on both a national and state level aim to give more individuals access to plans.In December, Congress ushered in the Secure Act. Among the changes included in the legislation are new ways for small businesses to work together to offer 401(k) plans, called multiple-employer plans, or MEPs.Meanwhile, a handful of states are putting automatic individual retirement accounts in place to give workers a way to save directly through their paychecks.Both efforts come at a time when many individuals' retirement savings are woefully low. Working households with access to 401(k) plans typically have accumulated $ 111,000 retirement savings by ages 55 to 64, according to th...
New state programs, like California’s, make it easier for workers to save for retirement

New state programs, like California’s, make it easier for workers to save for retirement

Finance
When 27-year-old Ramon Gonzales was looking for a new job eight months ago, having access to a retirement plan was high on his list of priorities.Now Gonzales, the floor supervisor for the production team at Red Bay Coffee, has that ability to save.That's thanks to CalSavers, California's automatic individual retirement account plan, which officially started in July.The program offers employees of small businesses and other companies that do not offer a retirement plan the opportunity to save through the state's new program. California now requires employers with five or more employees to either join CalSavers or begin offering their own retirement plan.That will give an estimated 7.5 million California workers a retirement savings plan option. About 55 million Americans nationwide do not ...
L3 awarded $73.7M for Navy submarine photonics mast programs

L3 awarded $73.7M for Navy submarine photonics mast programs

Business
June 25 (UPI) -- L3 Technologies Inc. was awarded a $ 73.7 million contract for repair, upgrades and overall services for the U.S. Navy's submarine photonics mast programs. Ninety-eight percent of the work will be performed at the company's plant in Northampton, Mass., the Department of Defense announced Monday, and is expected to be completed by June 2025. Naval fiscal 2019 other procurement funding in the amount of $ 2.1 million will be obligated on the first delivery order at time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. A photonics mast is a sensor on a submarine that functions much like a periscope but without requiring a periscope tube. This prevents water leakage in the event of damage. Virginia-class submarines include two photonics masts that host visi...
As a financial advisor shortage looms, college programs look to help fill the talent gap

As a financial advisor shortage looms, college programs look to help fill the talent gap

Finance
When Julie Penwell graduates from Central Washington University this spring, she plans to pursue the career she has been dreaming about since she was 15-years-old — that of a personal financial planner.Penwell decided to pursue the profession after a high school financial planning class gave her what she describes as "base level financial literacy" and an insatiable desire to learn more.Now, she is studying for the exam to become a certified financial planner, while working two jobs and serving as the president of her school's Personal Financial Planning Club.Julie Penwell, 21, plans to pursue a career in financial planning after she graduates from Central Washington University this spring.Alex Horning, ABH Studios "You get to work with people and help them meet their goals," Penwell said