(Above photo) First Lady Michelle Obama address a crowd of 3,000 supporters during her recent visit to Milwaukee. The rally was held a Bradley Tech High School and encouraged supporters to grow the Obama for America grassroots network. (Photo at left) A supporter enthusiastically cheers during the rally. (photos by Yvonne Kemp)
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National WIC Association and Milwaukee Health Services, Inc. (MHSI) recently presented Congresswoman Gwen Moore with the 2012 Leadership Award at the MLK- Heritage Health Center location at 2555 N. MLK Drive. Women, Infants and Children (WIC) is a national, mission-driven preventive public health nutrition program serving nearly 9 million mothers and young children, benefiting local communities and the nation. “The primary objective of this award is, to honor one of our leaders who has been and continues to be a champion for WIC during these uncertain times to help keep the program funded, so that it can continue to effectively improve the nutrition and overall health of pregnant and breastfeeding mothers and their young children in communities like ours across the nation,” according to Angie Wilks-Tate, WIC Project Director at MHSI.
MHSI is a Federally Qualified Health Center partnering with WIC to prevent children’s health problems and improving their health, growth and development. The mission of MHSI is to provide accessible, quality primary and related health care services to Milwaukee residents, with the continuing emphasis on medically-underserved families and individuals. MHSI operates the Martin Luther King, Jr. Heritage Health Center at 2555 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Drive, Isaac Coggs Heritage Health Center at 8200 W. Silver Spring Drive and the MHS Convenient Care Clinic located in the Midtown Piggly Wiggly at 4061 N. 54th St.
Raphael Saadiq has more than one sound ringing in his head these days. As he begins work on a new album in his Los Angeles studio, he’s already moving beyond the classic soul flavor of 2011’s critically acclaimed Stone Rollin’, which captured the warmth and excitement of Sixties/Seventies funk and R&B for a new generation.
“I’m going to switch it up,” Saadiq tells Rolling Stone. “I want to put everything together and see what I come out with on the other side. It’s a fresh beginning for me.”
That means the new music will encompass a wider range of his influences, going back to the moment Saadiq was first recruited by Prince as a teen to play bass in Sheila E.’s band, followed by his years as a hitmaker mingling classic and contemporary soul in Tony! Toni! Tone! The singer-guitarist has been writing and recording for about a month.
“It’s a little scary. It’s going to still be soulful, but I’m flipping to an Eighties, dreamy type of thing on some stuff,” said Saadiq, whose personal playlist has lately included Reagan-era hits by Duran Duran, the Police and Frankie Goes to Hollywood. “There’s some heavy guitar, Mellotron and actual orchestra stuff mixed in with some distortion. It’s going to be more of a collective sound of what I’ve been doing in the course of my career.”
He spends his days in the studio and crashes there between sessions. “I live there,” he says with a grin. “I have a little tiny room with a shower – that’s it, with Ms. Pac-Man. Every day I get up, go for a walk or a run, livin’ myself up. And later in the day I start recording. I’m a studio hog. I’m all into the gear.”
While in the studio, Saadiq has also recently produced songs for Trombone Shorty and veteran funk singer Chaka Khan, whom he described as “so rock & roll. She’s got that spirit of today and yesterday. It sounds really good, like old-school Rufus.” One of the songs written with Trombone Shorty might end up on the Saadiq album, he says.
Another sound he expects to include on the album was directly inspired by the vivid new Bob Marley documentary, Marley. “There’s one joint they did in the movie that inspired me to do something like they did in the early Sixties in the ska world,” Saadiq says. “I love Bob Marley and the Wailers. I love Peter Tosh. I listen to a lot of that, in heavy, heavy, heavy rotation. And I catch the riff-raff of everything. I really love music.”
His fiery performance last weekend outside the Annenberg Space for Photography in L.A. was a daylong break from his writing sessions. “I’m in the middle of writing, trying some directions and figuring out what I’m going to do. I haven’t really hit it yet, though I have some things that I like,” Saadiq explains. “I just grab a guitar, sit at a piano, play. Different people inspire different things. I’ll drive down the beach for some inspiration – whatever you can pull from.”
BY SUNDAY WILLIAMS (All Africa)
The Minister of Trade and Investment has said that government will soon come up with an infrastructure master plan that will drive new investments across all sectors of the Nigerian economy.
Olusegun Aganga made the remarks yesterday in Abuja during a meeting with the Andrade Gutierrez (AG Group) from Brazil.
The Group was led by Nigeria’s Ambassador to Brazil, Ambassador Vincent Okoedion; AG’s President for Africa, Rodrigo da Costa Fonseca and AG’s new Managing Director for Nigeria, Mr. Amauri Pinha.
The AG Group is one of the largest infrastructure investment companies in Brazil. Founded in Brazil in 1948 as a local company, the Group’s asset base in 2010 was $19 .23billion, while turnover was $10.3bn.
Currently, AG Group has completed over 650 projects in 38 countries, including the second largest hydro power plant in the world, Itaipu, in Brazil.
The minister said that Nigeria’s Integrated Infrastructure Master Plan, which is currently being worked on by the ministries of National Planning, Trade and Investment, and the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission would be completed before the end of this year.
He added that it would help the country to focus on attracting investors for key infrastructure projects.
He said: “This visit by Brazilian investors clearly demonstrates that our effort at marketing Nigeria’s investment opportunities to the world is yielding results. The AG Group is one of biggest infrastructure companies in Brazil.
“The fact that they have come to set up their office in Nigeria with a new Managing Director after our meeting in Brazil recently shows that our marketing efforts are working and people actually believe in the investment opportunities in Nigeria.”
Speaking during the meeting, Nigeria’s Ambassador to Brazil, Ambassador Vincent Okoedion said that since the early 1990’s when Petrobras came to Nigeria, this is the most significant Brazilian company that has come to the country.
Also speaking, AG’s President for Africa, Rodrigo da Costa Fonseca said that they had already concluded plans to set up their office in Nigeria because of the country’s strategic position to the company’s future investment plans.
He said: “The AG Group is a leading Brazilian infrastructure company that has been in Africa for more than 30 years. Right now, we are poised to open an office in Nigeria because Nigeria is the most important country on the African continent and we cannot afford to be left out. We are looking at key infrastructure projects to invest in Nigeria.”
Milwaukee, Wis. — Hurricane Isaac made its second landfall early Wednesday morning, continuing to thrash Louisiana with harsh winds, rain and flooding. While Isaac continues its destructive path, charities may soon begin soliciting for donations to support the relief efforts. With many options available for donors to consider, Better Business Bureau offer tips for donors looking to assist in the relief efforts.
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Research the organization. Check BBB’s Wise Giving Alliance at www.give.org to get reports on how national charities measure up to BBB Standards for Charity Accountability. Confirm the organization is registered with the IRS as a 501(c)(3) and make sure you’re satisfied with the programs and how the money is distributed. According to BBB’s Standards for Charity Accountability:
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Nine Things Paul Ryan Hopes the Media Ignores
Madison — With the countdown on to Rep. Paul Ryan’s speech accepting the Republican Vice Presidential nomination tonight, much attention is being paid to what he will say. One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross said even more significant is what will not be said as he introduces himself to the nation in his primetime television address.
Ross commented, “Rep. Paul Ryan’s carefully crafted wonkish persona belies an abysmal record of failure and regressive social and economic agenda. The Real Ryan Record is failure, fraud and fealty to party bosses.”
While Rep. Ryan and the GOP tout his public image at their scripted convention, Ross pointed to a number of votes and his record as a Congressman as a much better indicator of what we might expect from him, including:
1.Voting for eight straight Republican budgets that turn a $281 billion surplus into a budget deficit;
2.Voting for the largest unfunded mandate in our nation’s history, the $7 trillion Medicare Part D plan that explicitly prohibits the federal government from negotiating with pharmaceutical companies for better prices and reimportation of safe and cheap prescriptions;
3.Voting to put both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars on the national credit card;
4.Failing to address the unemployment crisis in his own backyard. The two highest metropolitan unemployment rates in Wisconsin according to BLS statistics released today are in Paul Ryan’s congressional district;
5.Worsening the trillion-dollar student loan debt crisis by spearheading cuts in federal Pell Grants, the largest single source of need based college tuition assistance for America’s college students in his proposed budget;
6.Voting against the Lily Ledbetter Act to ensure women receive equal pay for equal work;
7.Opposing the repeal of the discriminatory “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy;
8.Opposing abortion, even in cases of rape, incest and the health of the mother;
9.Voting for tax breaks and subsidies to the oil industry that will directly benefit big oil companies leasing land from his family.
“The Real Ryan Record: betrayal of his generational peers, saddling the middle class with the burden of paying for tax breaks for the wealthy and corporations and voting to explode the very deficit he now rails against,” concluded Ross.
By Associated Press
WASHINGTON — As college students return to campus, President Barack Obama’s campaign will be there waiting for them.
Obama aides sees college campuses as fertile ground for registering and recruiting some of the more than 15 million young people who have become eligible to vote since the 2008 election. As Republicans hold their party convention in Florida this week, the president will make a personal appeal to college voters in three university towns: Ames, Iowa; Fort Collins, Colo.; and Charlottesville, Va.
Obama’s victory four years ago was propelled in part by his overwhelming support among college-aged voters, and polls show him leading Republican rival Mitt Romney with that group in this year’s race.
But the president faces an undeniable challenge as he seeks to convince young people that he is the right steward for the economy as they eye a shaky post-graduation job market.
Seeking to overcome that economic uncertainty, Obama’s campus staffers and volunteers are touting the president’s positions on social issues, like gay rights, that garner significant support among young people. Obama has stressed his effort to freeze the interest rates on new federal student loans, a pitch he personalizes by reminding voters that he and the first lady were once buried under a “mountain” of student loan debt after law school.
They also see a fresh opportunity to court students – and their parents – following Romney’s pick ofPaul Ryan as his running mate. Democrats say Ryan’s budget would cut funding for Pell Grants, the federal need-based program for students, and Obama’s campaign is running television advertisements in battleground states trying to link Romney to that plan.
Campaigning last week at Capital University in Ohio, Obama told students that Romney’s economic plan “makes one thing clear: He does not think investing in your future is worth it. He doesn’t think that’s a good investment. I do.”
Before departing on his two-day trip, Obama was to deliver a statement on Tropical Storm Isaac from the White House. Administration and campaign officials were monitoring the storm as it barreled toward the Gulf Coast, but as of Tuesday morning, the president still planned to proceed with his travels.
Obama was scheduled to speak Tuesday at Iowa State University and Colorado State University. The University of Virginia rejected his campaign’s request to hold an event on campus Wednesday, saying it would cause the cancellation or disruption of classes on the second day of the semester. The event was instead being held at an off-campus pavilion in Charlottesville.
Romney’s campaign sees an opportunity to cut into the president’s support among young people by pushing a three-pronged economic argument focusing on the nation’s high unemployment rate, the soaring cost of college and the national debt.
“These kids haven’t even entered the workforce and they already owe the government a bill for the debt Obama has rung up,” said Joshua Baca, the Romney campaign’s national coalitions director.
Obama campaign officials say the start of the new school year is a particularly crucial time to ramp up college registration and make sure those new voters get to the polls. In many of the battleground states, about 50 percent of the college students register to vote on campus after Labor Day, according to the campaign. And even those who are already registered may need to change their address or other personal details after moving to new dorms.
At the University of Dayton, Daniel Rajaiah encourages his fellow Democrats to carry voter registration forms to class, to parties and around campus in case they find someone who hasn’t yet registered. Members of the College Democrats set up tables in the middle of campus a few days a week to catch students walking to class or to the cafeteria.
“Our game plan this fall is to hit voter registration very hard,” said Rajaiah, who is president of the College Democrats of Ohio.
Obama’s campaign said it registered 10,000 voters on college campuses in Ohio last week and signed up 300 new volunteers at colleges in Iowa.
Four years ago, Obama won two-thirds of the vote among 18- to 29-year-olds, compared with just 32 percent for his Republican opponent, Sen. John McCain, according to exit polls.
An Associated Press-GfK poll released last week showed Obama again holding a broad advantage among younger voters, with 54 percent of registered voters under 35 saying they would vote for Obama and 38 percent backing Romney.
By Hannington Dia
This past Sunday, two-time Olympic gold gymnastGabrielle Douglas (pictured left) told Oprah Winfrey on her “Next Chapter” show that her teammates at Excalibur Gym in her native Virginia bullied and racially taunted her. Citing alleged “slave” remarks during training, the comments were reportedly behind Douglas’ decision to move to Iowa to continue her gymnastics career. But now, Excalibur Gym is fighting back against Gabby’s claims, saying that “Gabby’s remarks were hurtful and without merit.”
On the “Next Chapter,” Douglas discussed how she was called a “slave” while she trained at Excalibur Gym,”I was just, you know, kind of getting racist jokes, kind of being isolated from the group. So it was definitely hard. I would come home at night and just cry my eyes out.
“One of my teammates was like, ‘Could you scrape the bar?’” Douglas continued. “And they were like, ‘Why doesn’t Gabby do it, she’s our slave?’
“I was the only African American at that gym. I definitely felt isolated. Why am I deserving this? Is it because I’m Black? — those thoughts were going through my mind.”
On Tuesday, Excalibur CEO Gustavo Maure debunked Douglas’ claim, adding that she wasn’t the only African American at the gym, “We’ve had more African Americans in elite and on the national team than any other gym in the country. We are good people. We never were knowingly involved in any type of bullying or racist treatment, like she is accusing Excalibur.”
Another gymnast who claims to have trained with Douglas believes “the accusations that are being made against the gymnasts and coaches are just sickening.” On Gymnewstics.com, Randy Stageburgsays she saw “Dena [head coach Dena Walker] and Gustavo put so much of their time and effort in to Gabby and the other athletes, no matter their race.”
What do you think about Gabby’s statements and Excalibur’s response?
Instead of spending retirement on a sailboat, golf course, or beach, more and more baby boomers are launching encore careers. Whether it’s because you need the income or miss the daily work challenge, starting a second act can be the chance to pursue a dream or something new.
“Now that we’re living into our 80s, the thought of ending our careers in our mid-60s isn’t financially realistic [for most],” says Nicole Williams, connection director at LinkedIn.
Older workers tend to not only be looking for an income and benefits, but also to make a social impact. According to Amanda Augustine, job search expert at career website TheLadders, second careers tend to be in the social sector or public interest: education, environment, health, government, social service or other not-for-profit work. “It’s the feel good stuff.”
Since any career transition can take up to 18 months, experts advise having enough savings for living expenses during this time. “The key to any career change is that it doesn’t happen fast-it’s a marathon,” says Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter, chief career writer and partner at Career Trend.
As you look for work during your retirement years, experts suggest being strategic with your job search and how you present yourself.
Be open minded and adventurous. To enter a new career, experts say you must have an open mind about today’s workplace. “The workforce today is ‘what you have done for me lately’ and not ‘what you did last year,'” says John Sumser, chief executive officer of HRExaminer.com.
Know your strengths. “In this second phase career, you have experience and maturity that others may not have,” says Williams. You’ll likely have the skills to work smarter and can offer a level of maturity to a young team-you just have play this up to fight off stigmas of being past your prime or not fresh.
Retool your skills. “We now live in a technical world,” says Sumser. “There’s no job that doesn’t have a technical component which means you have to find a way to get technical skills.” Experts recommend grey workers become proficient with technology, especially software like Microsoft Office, have an email account, and are very comfortable navigating the online world and social networks.
Students who average more study hours do better in school. But a study published last week in the journal Child Development shows that students who stay awake to study more than their average – i.e. to cram – up their odds of failing a test or having difficulty understanding instruction the next day.
To allay fears of correlation not implying causation and all the myriad other factors that could confound a study like this (perhaps students who cram are the same students most likely to do poorly in school?), the UCLA researchers Gillen-O’Neil, Huynh, and Fuligni had 535 students keep track of their sleep time, study time and academic problems for 14-day spans in 9th, 10th and 12th grades. The longitudinal data of these student “diaries” allowed the team to ask how individual students performed on days after average sleep/study, compared to the same student’s performance on days after which the student had traded sleep for study.
Interestingly, they found that in 9th grade, there was no penalty for cramming. In 10th grade, staying awake to study started to predict higher next-day hits for the responses “did not understand something taught in class” and “did poorly on a test, quiz, or homework.” And by 12th grade, kids who traded sleep for study showed a marked spike in academic problems the day after cramming.
The researchers offer a nifty explanation for the bloom of the cramming penalty across high school. See, kids get overall more sleep as freshmen than they do as seniors – from 7.6hrs/night in 9th, to 7.3hrs/night in 10th, to 7.0hrs/night in 11th, and finally 6.9hrs/night in 12th grade. It’s as if a freshman’s generally adequate sleep can absorb one night’s cramming, but a senior, who is already getting more than 2 hours less than the 9 hours sleep recommended by the National Sleep Foundation, is hypersensitive to any additional reduction. As your grade goes up and your sleep goes down, the penalty for staying up to study gets stiffer and stiffer.
Jamming facts into the adolescent brain at the expense of sleep is exactly counterproductive.
So if you’re a student, don’t cram. And if you’re a parent, don’t let your kid cram. And with that I think I heard even through cyberspace the great collective guffaw of impossibility. How can a high-schooler not cram? Dude, it’s like part of the high school code of conduct!