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Archive for March, 2012

Visiting Arizona Missions

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

The state of Arizona has a beautiful and colorful past that can be witnessed through its historic landmarks. Among these magnificent landmarks are the Missions. Missions are structures built by the first Spanish missionaries or priests to come in the area. They housed the Spanish missionaries who came to spread Christianity in the Americas, and are about two or three centuries old.

How did these missions came about? Well, centuries ago, Spanish priests, particularly a Catholic priest named Father Eusebio Francisco Kino, established more than twenty missions in the area called the Pimeria Alta, which means the upper lands of the Pimian Indians that is now known as Southern Arizona U.S.A and Northern Sonora, Mexico. Unfortunately, due to several factors, only four of those structures have been left intact and these are the San Xavier del Bac Mission, San José de Tumacácori, San Cayetano de Calabazas, and Los Santos Angeles de Guevavi.

Who was Father Eusebio Francisco Kino? Father Kino was born in a small village in Segno, Italy on the 10th of August in the year 1645. Actually, his parents named him Eusebio Francesco Chini, which was later changed to its German version Eusebio Francisco Kino. This change might be because he studied in Austria, a country in which German is the national language. He belonged to a rich family and was sent to a Jesuit school and later on to Hala, near the German border. When he was in his middle teenage years, he got seriously ill. While he was sick, he made a promise to himself that if he survived the illness, he would become a missionary. After he recovered, he fulfilled his vow and became a priest. He was then assigned to help spread Christianity in Mexico in the year 1683. He started building missions across Pimeria Alta from 1687 until his death at Sonora in 1711.

One of the oldest remaining missions in Arizona today is San Xavier del Bac Mission. It is fondly called by some as the “White Dove of the Desert” because of its white facade. It was first built about 3 centuries ago and it is still amazingly beautiful and functional. Even today, it is still used as a church. Years later, San José de Tumacácori and Los Santos Angeles de Guevavi were both built in 1691 while San Cayetano de Calabazas was built in 1756.

Where specifically can these missions be found in Arizona? San Xavier del Bac Mission can be found near the city of Tucson. It is a little over 8 miles from the city. The three other missions can all be found in the Tumacácori National Historical Park in Santa Cruz Valley. The park is also near Tucson and is quite a popular tourist spot. All four Arizona missions are quite popular because of their sheer beauty and historic significance. Hundreds of both devotees and the “simply curious” sort visit these magnificent historic places every day.

Arizona Unemployment Benefits

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

Those belonging to Arizona and have recently gone unemployed, will be eligible for Arizona unemployment benefits. As per Arizona rules, all employers need to pay unemployment insurance tax on your wages. This will be decided as per the wage earned by the employee in the Arizona base period. Following are different eligibility criteria and norms related to such facilities:-

You won’t be eligible for such benefits, if you quit the job yourself. There should be very specific reason for doing so. You just can’t say that you don’t like working under the employer while citing the quitting reason.

Arizona unemployment benefits apply for only those who lost their job for no fault of their own or may be due to work related misconduct. However, you must be willing to work again and should be actively looking for new opportunities. You may need to file accordingly showing your job search status, on a regular basis. Don’t make any delay filing for unemployment benefits. The sooner you file, the earlier the money will start coming.

You can receive such benefits only for wages earned in the State of Arizona. So, you can’t come from a different state to claim for such facilities.

The unemployment benefit may range from a minimum of $60 to a maximum of $240 per week.

The calculation is a bit complicated. It will be easier to understand it with a specific example:-

Suppose the unemployment has been filed on July. So, the last five completed quarters before July actually starts from April, the previous year. Hence, your benefits will be calculated as per income during this base period. To qualify for such benefits, you must have received wages from an insured employer. You must have a minimum of $1500 during any quarter of this base period and the total base period wages must be at least 1/12th your high quarter. Otherwise, you may need to earn a total of $7000 as wages in at least two quarters of the base period and one quarter wage must be at least $5987.50. Accordingly your unemployment benefits will be decided.

In case, you are able to earn some income during the unemployment period, this will be deducted from unemployment benefits.Thus those receiving a social security payment, annuity, pension etc. will be receiving lower benefits. You can receive a maximum of 26 times your weekly benefit amount.

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