President Obama is taking a 15-day vacation in Marthas Vineyard next month, despite the widespread criticism hes received for not visiting the US-Mexico border while it descends into chaos.

The Obamas will leave Washington on Saturday, Aug. 9, and stay at a $12 million vacation home in Marthas Vineyard until Sunday, Aug. 24, the White House confirmed late Wednesday.

The president is expected to return to Chilmark and stay in a secluded house off North Road that overlooks the north shore and Vineyard Sound, the Marthas Vineyard Times reported.

Though not confirmed by the White House, the Obamas are expected to stay at the home of Joanne Hubschman at 72 Gosnolds Way off Prospect...

In theory, you can do the student financial aid process alone. You can search for scholarships alone, go straight to the student loan documents to track down pertinent information, write scholarship essays without any guidance, fill out the FAFSA, sort through your parents tax information, and discern financial aid lingo. But you may benefit from a little bit of help.

Here are three reasons why you may not want to undergo the financial aid process alone.

1. Financial aid advisors can help you for free

The financial aid advisor/s at your school can help you with all of this, for no out-of-pocket expense. According to Go Financial Aid, financial aid advisors can:

  • Take...

The states dominant check-cashing operation isnt an inner city storefront or a financial company with a brick facade. Its your neighborhood Walmart.

The worlds largest retailer, best known for low prices on everything from detergent to dining room sets, has become a significant player in the financial services market by doing what it does best: cut costs and appeal to budget-conscious shoppers.

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John and Shirley Sodolak celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on July 11, 2014 with their family and will be taking a trip touring the eastern states later this summer.

They met in 1963 on a blind date and were married on July 11, 1964 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Bryan, Texas by Msgr. Tim Valenta. While John worked for Shell Oil Company they lived in lufkin and Houston, Texas and then settled back in Bryan so John could finish his degree from Aamp;M. He graduated in 1970 and worked at Aamp;M while atttending school. He continued to work for Aamp;M until retiring as Assistant Director of Residence life after a total of 36 years. Shirley worked for Schnadig Corporation for 18 years...

Where will you find the most financially literate 15-year-olds in the world? Not Wall Street, nor Silicon Valley, despite all its tech wunderkinds.

Try Shanghai, China.

There, students scored 603 points on an assessment run by the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The average was 500, and the United States’ mean was 492. That put it slightly below the average of the the 13 OECD countries and economies assessed; among all 18 countries and economies included, the US ranked between 8 and 12. The other countries and economies whose students, in addition to Shanghai’s, scored above...

The baton is taking a trip to the seaside this morning

The Queen’s Baton Relay is starting off this beautiful sunny morning in Musselburgh and will spend the day venturing through Prestonpans, Tranent and Gullane.

After a trip to North Berwick, it will return to Musselburgh for its evening celebrations. Look out for boxer Josh Taylor in Prestonpans.

When taking a trip with a group of family and friends that you have not seen for a while, it may be a good idea to set some ground rules for how best to communicate with one another. Here are some useful tips on how best to stay in touch when planning a major event together:

Connecting and communicating with contacts

Sending contact information - At the start of any sort of group outing you should consider passing out your updated contact information. You may even want to create a separate, new contact for yourself with just the minimal amount of personal information relevant to the event. To share your contact, open the Contacts app and select the contact record you want...

“EACH month, Janes salary is paid into her bank account. This is Janes pay slip for July. Gross salary: 2,800 zeds. Deductions: 300 zeds. Net salary: 2,500 zeds. Gross salary to date this year: 19,600 zeds.

How much money did Jane’s employer pay into her bank account on 31 July? A) 300 zeds, B) 2,500 zeds, C) 2,800 zeds or D) 19,600 zeds.”

So reads a sample question from the first PISA financial literacy test that some 29,000 students from 13 member states of the OECD, an intergovernmental think-tank, and five partner countries have taken (a mock exam is available here). The results were releasedon Wednesday and are sobering. Among OECD countries, less...

One of the most common goals for 2014 is taking a trip to somewhere new, and AAA wants to help you get there.

Stephanie Milan, from AAA Tennessee, wrote up some tips for those of us getting a little stir crazy.

1. Rates are lower when kids are in school

Thats true for a cruise, domestic or international travel.One 4-night cruise on Royal Caribbean from Miami to the Bahamas is about $500 per person if you travel in the summer months. In November, the cost of that same cruise is about $280 per person–thats a 42% savings! If this is more your style, 2-Bedroom, 2-Bath condo at Hilton Head is about 30% cheaper in the Fall versus Summer. Even international travel–especially...

In 2010, the Health Ministry released its Indonesian Basic Health Survey, which found that 37 percent of children across Indonesia were stunted due to malnutrition.

But it also found that 19.6 percent of children in Jakarta were obese. So while children in mostly rural areas were going without enough food, those in Jakarta were getting too much. Indeed, 2008 data from the Food and Drug Monitoring Agency (BPOM) showed that 48 percent of Indonesian elementary school students spent their pocket money on snacks four times a week. In 69 percent of those cases, the snacks were bought at school canteens.

It’s clear from the figures above that school canteen play a central role...