Kiper, Billy L.
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The Milwaukee Brotherhood of Firefighters will be celebrating it’s inaugural Founders Day Scholarship and Awards Brunch. Honoring our Founding Members Sherman Moore, Issac Hatton, Larry Greenhill, Allen Manns and Michael Webster. This year we are honoring the service of Firefighter Gregory Browne and Firefighter Alex Mayfield for their25 years of hard work, sacrifice and commitment to the betterment of our city. There will be scholarship presentations and community service awards as well.
2015 Community Service Honorees
Darrin Jones Firefighter Milwaukee Fire Department Gerard Washington Assistant Fire Chief Milwaukee Fire Department
The Milwaukee Brotherhood of Firefighters Inaugural Founders Day Brunch will be held on Saturday April 18,2015 at 10 AM in the Zoofari Conference Center 9715 W Bluemound Rd Milwaukee ,WI. 53226
All That I Am, I Owe, I Live Eternally In The Red
Love and relationships require a ton of sacrifice. We all know this. It’s all fun and games in the beginning and during your honeymoon phase. But being in a relationship, like anything else that is worth having, requires work.
I am all for compromise and trying to make your significant other happy. But I am also all for making sure you’re not giving up your entire life for a relationship. When people do that, and neither they nor the relationship, tend to end up very well. So here are five things you shouldn’t have to give up for your boo.
1. Your fundamental values and beliefs
Who you are, begins with what you do. Or so we’ve been told. And whether you take this literally or metaphorically, at least some of it is true. The problem with giving up your beliefs for another person is that you give up the core of what makes you, you. And the truth is if you have to give up the things that make you, you for the love of another person, what does that say about the kind of love they are willing to give you?
2. Your friends and family
Everybody has a different relationship with their friends and family. But if someone you are in a relationship with is harming that relationship or making it worse if it’s already fragile, you need to question why. Our romantic relationships should not take away from the other relationships we have with our loved ones. In fact, they should enrich each other. If you find yourself losing touch with family and friends because of your boo, you should be on guard. Something isn’t right.
3. Your peace of mind
I will never understand the desire to make love harder than it is. Yes, I know we all have baggage and issues and a past. But it’s not a reason to make your relationship a real life soap opera. If you have time for that, you are not nearly busy enough. Or you are probably in a relationship with the wrong person. Trust that you are one million times better off alone than with someone who is going to further complicate your life and bring you nothing but drama. Keep your life and love peaceful.
4. Your financial independence
Money is a difficult area when it comes to relationships. And there also can be a gender bias in some relationships that could threaten how people feel. Either way, know that it in this day and age, there is no substitute for financial independence. Whether you make more or less than your partner, your financial independence should not be something up for compromise. Certainly, depending on how you plan on building a family, decisions will need to be made surrounding finance and career, but the communication should be clear and amicable for everyone.
5. Your future
The future is a delicate thing because you can only put so much planning into it. But there have been way too many cases of people giving up all their hopes and dreams and goals because of a relationship. It shouldn’t work like that. While you will have to compromise because that’s what relationships are all about, it should be exactly that – a compromise. Your boo, who should also be your friend and supporter, should want the best for you and your future.
A little over a year ago, on March 25, 2014, Guinea alerted the World Health Organization about a rapidly spreading outbreak of Ebola in the country.
In the following months, the epidemic grew into Ebola’s worst on record. More than 10,500 people succumbed to the disease and 24,000 were infected, most of them in the West African countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. At the hight of the crisis — when West Africa recored more than a hundred new cases each week and cities like New York and Madrid feared an outbreak — Ebola ruled the front pages of media outlets around the world.
One year after Guinea raised the alarm, the number of Ebola cases has dramatically declined and the geographic spread of the disease is significantly limited. Ebola is off the front pages. But has the disease been defeated? Not quite yet.
“The situation has really dramatically improved over the past months,” explains Dr. Inger Damon, director of the division of high-consequence pathogens and pathology at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She notes that since the exponential phase from last summer, when there was a dramatic increase in cases weekly, Liberia is currently at nearly zero infections, and transmission rates in Guinea and Sierra Leone are showing improvement as well. New data released by the WHO on Thursday show that the week leading up to April 5 saw 30 new cases spread across the three countries, the lowest number since May 2014.
Yet for the Ebola outbreak to be fully under control, even that number is too high. The WHO cautioned on Friday that even though the decline in infections seems to be real, the Ebola outbreak still qualifies as an international emergency.
“If we don’t get to zero [cases] we risk a continuation of the outbreaks,” says Henry Gray, emergency coordinator at Doctors Without Borders.
To prevent the disease from spreading, experts say, every single patient as well as anybody a patient has been in contact with needs to be known to health workers. Detecting the disease as fast as possible is crucial to limiting the outbreak. Currently, only half of new Ebola patients were known contacts of previous patients.
“Until we have a really clear picture of the outbreak, we can never actually say we’re in control,” Gray says.
Other challenges remain, including getting medical services in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone back on their feet and restoring communities’ trust in the countries’ health systems. Informing affected communities about the disease and its transmission continues to be imperative as well, particularly when it comes to the risk of infection during traditional funeral and burial rites.
“The number of cases has declined dramatically, but if everybody takes their eye off the ball we run the risk of Ebola flaring up again and prolonging the outbreak,” Gray says.
By Stephanie Nebehay of Reuters via Huff Post World Post
GENEVA, April 15 (Reuters) – Hundreds of people desperate to be rescued from a packed migrant boat in the Mediterranean pushed to one side when they saw a ship approach, capsizing the craft and pitching everyone into the sea where hundreds died, an official said on Wednesday.
Survivors’ accounts suggested at least 500 people were on the boat when it sank on Monday evening, some 120 km (75 miles) off the Italian island of Lampedusa. With 145 people rescued that leaves at least 350 unaccounted for, probably drowned.
Joel Millman, spokesman for the International Organization for Migration (IOM), said: “According to testimonies, at least one-third of the passengers were women and children. At the time of the shipwreck, they were staying in the hull of the boat to be better protected from the cold.
“When the men on the deck became restless and started moving about because a rescue boat was beginning to approach them, the boat capsized and water flooded the hull. Women and children died immediately.”
Monday’s incident would bring the total number of dead on migrant boats in the Mediterranean since January to around 900 amid a surge in would-be immigrants to Europe after the breakdown of order in Libya created fertile conditions for human traffickers.
With fine weather encouraging more boats to leave, the Italian Coast Guard said almost 10,000 boat people had been rescued since the weekend, with 1,511 picked up in 12 separate operations on Tuesday alone.
Italy ended its “Mare Nostrum” maritime rescue mission last year following heavy pressure from anti-immigrant parties. A smaller European Union border protection operation, Triton, that replaced it has struggled to cope.
“Unfortunately Mare Nostrum was never replaced by an equivalent capacity to rescue people,” said UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres, calling for a more robust search-and-rescue mission to be set up in the Mediterranean.
The number of migrants and deaths could exceed even last year’s total when 219,000 people crossed the Mediterranean and at least 3,500 lives were lost, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
So far in 2015, around 31,500 people are known to have made crossings to Italy and Greece, the number one and number two countries of arrival but numbers usually peak in the summer months when sailing conditions are easier. (Writing by James Mackenzie in Rome; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)
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While it is true that the demographics of the entire United States are shifting, the change is happening faster in some places than in others.
From 2000 to 2013, 78 counties, across 19 states, have seen their demographics switch from majority-white to having no one ethnic majority.
Although only 266 of 2,440 total counties are minority-white, they tellingly make up around one-third of the total population, as many of the counties are urban with high density populations. In fact, in 19 of the top 25 most populated counties, whites are no longer the majority.
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By Chai Woodham for U.S. News via Huff Post Healthy Living
Often, the conversation about vaccines is centered on children — as vaccines are still believed by some to cause autism, though studies have disproved this link — but the recent resurgence of measles, whooping cough and other diseases has highlighted the value of vaccinations for adults as well.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 644 measles cases in 2014, the largest number of confirmed cases since the disease was officially eliminated from the U.S. in 2000. And in 2012, 48,277 people developed whooping cough, the highest number seen since 1955.
“It is extremely important for adults to be current with their vaccines,” says Dr. Richard Smith, an infectious disease specialist and director of infection control at TriCity Medical Center in Oceanside, California. “By doing so, not only are they protecting themselves from disease but also protecting other adults and children that may be at risk.”
Most adults should discuss the following eight vaccines with their doctor.
MMR vaccine. MMR stands for measles, mumps and rubella, and the consequences of these viral diseases can be great.
Measles — so contagious you can get it just by being in a room with an infected person — can cause brain damage, seizures or even death, and can make pregnant women vulnerable to spontaneous miscarriage and premature labor.
“Adults with measles are at an increased risk of mortality,” says Dr. Chesda Eng, a primary care physician at St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group in Tustin, California. According to the CDC, more than 175 people in the U.S. — many of whom were unvaccinated — have acquired measles since the start of the year.
Mumps was once the leading cause of meningitis (an inflammation of the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord) and hearing loss in the U.S. before the vaccine’s arrival. It can also lead to sterility in men. Serious complications of mumps are seen more frequently in adults than children, Eng says.
Adults with rubella, also known as German measles, tend to suffer more than children and can develop brain infections and bleeding problems, while pregnant women are at risk for miscarriage or severe birth defects such as hearing and vision loss, mental retardation and heart defects.
Smith suggests that folks born after 1956 ages 18 and up get at least one dose of MMR vaccine, unless they can show that they have either been vaccinated or had all three diseases. Eng adds that adults who were given a killed vaccine or an unknown vaccine type between 1963 and 1967 should get revaccinated as the killed measles vaccine from this period was ineffective. Other recommended groups include college students, health care workers and international travelers.
There are, of course, exceptions. Those who should not get the vaccine include pregnant women or those considering getting pregnant within the next 28 days; people with compromised immune systems, including those who are undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy for cancer or have HIV/AIDS; and folks who are allergic to any component of the vaccine or had a life-threatening reaction to a previous dose.
Tdap vaccine. Tdap protects against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (whooping cough). Tetanus enters the body through a cut or scratch, while diphtheria and whooping cough spread through secretions from sneezing or coughing.
Tetanus, caused by poison-producing bacteria, can result in painful muscle tightening, particularly a locked jaw that can prevent a person from breathing or swallowing. Ten percent of people with tetanus die from the disease despite receiving medical care.
Diphtheria, another poison-producing bacterial disease that affects the respiratory system, causes a thick coating in the back of the throat, which can block a person’s airway and impair breathing. It can also lead to swelling of the heart muscle and possible heart failure. Other potential effects include paralysis, coma and death.
Whooping cough is a respiratory tract infection characterized by coughing — sometimes so severe it can cause cracked ribs — and choking that can last for weeks. Babies, who often get this bacterial disease from an adult, can suffer greatly, facing hospitalization and potential death if infected. Last year, more than 28,000 cases of whooping cough were reported to the CDC.
Adults 19 and older who have not received the vaccine should get it, along with all pregnant women. Subsequent tetanus doses should be administered at 10-year intervals throughout adulthood, Eng says.
“A person who has ever had a life-threatening allergic reaction after a previous dose of any diphtheria, tetanus or pertussis-containing vaccine, or has a severe allergy to any part of this vaccine, should not get the Tdap vaccine,” says Dr. Angela Tonozzi, system director of infection prevention for Wisconsin-based Aurora Health Care. The same can be said for folks who were in a coma or suffered from repeated seizures within seven days after a childhood dose of DTP or DTaP (vaccines that also fight tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis).
Shingles vaccine. Shingles, a painful rash and nerve disease, is triggered by the same virus that causes chickenpox and primarily affects adults over 50; in fact, experts say that after age 85, people have a 50-50 chance of getting it. According to the CDC, a million people in the U.S. get shingles every year.
A telltale symptom of shingles is a rash with fluid-filled blisters on one side of the face or body that will typically go away after seven to 10 days, though the attendant pain may not disappear so easily. In fact, shingles-induced pain can last for months or even years. Shingles can also affect a person’s hearing and may lead to blindness.
Everyone ages 60 and older should get the shingles vaccination, Tonozzi says. And while there are no official recommendations for adults in their 50s, Smith notes this group should discuss the risks and benefits of the vaccine with a health care provider.
A person who has ever had a severe allergic reaction to any component of the shingles vaccination should not get the shot, along with those taking certain medications or who have a weakened immune system due to such causes as cancer or HIV/AIDS. Pregnant woman and organ transplant patients should avoid it as well.
Pneumococcal vaccine. Starting in the nose and throat and moving to the ears or sinuses, this bacterial disease can lead to mild infections. But should it spread to other parts of the body, it can cause meningitis, bacteremia (infection of the bloodstream) and pneumonia. A person may suffer from hearing loss, brain damage and the possible loss of arms, legs and even life — approximately 22,000 people a year die from pneumococcal disease.
“There are two vaccines now recommended: prevnar 13 and pneumovax 23,” Eng says. “Patients older than 65 should get both.” Anyone who might have a life-threatening allergic reaction to the vaccine should not.
Influenza vaccine. Influenza, or the flu, is a viral infection that can cause serious complications for older adults, leading to hospitalization or death. During a regular flu season — which typically spans October to May — about 90 percent of deaths occur in people ages 65 and older, Smith says. And according to the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, as many as 20 percent of Americans get the flu each year.
Everyone 6 months and up should get the influenza vaccine each year, which may be received through either a shot with the inactivated virus or a nasal spray containing live virus. Though, Eng warns, “immunocompromised patients, pregnant women, adults over 50 years old and anyone who has taken flu antiviral medication within the last 48 hours should not get the live-attenuated intranasal vaccine.”
Meningococcal vaccine. Meningococcal disease is the leading cause of bacterial meningitis. Symptoms such as fever, body aches, stiff neck and headaches can lead infected individuals to believe they have a really bad cold or flu, but the disease can progress rather quickly, killing an otherwise healthy person in less than two days. Severe complications can include strokes or seizures, loss of limbs, deafness and problems with the nervous system.
Along with those who travel internationally or who may have a damaged spleen or no spleen at all, “the meningococcal vaccine should be given to military recruits and college students,” Smith says — typically those who live in overcrowded conditions. People who have a severe allergy to any component of the vaccine or who experienced a life-threatening reaction to a previous dose should not receive one.
Insurance plans cover the cost of some vaccines, which can be received at medical offices, workplaces, pharmacies, clinics and schools, for example.
“Vaccinations are recommended throughout our lifetime, not just at childhood,” Eng says. “Unfortunately we are seeing more adults with contagious diseases that could have been prevented with routine vaccinations. It’s very important for adults to be informed and current with their own vaccinations since they can reduce the risk of developing illnesses that could lead to serious complications and hospitalizations.”
All it takes is one simple conversation. “Talk to your doctor to make sure you understand which vaccines are needed and when,” Tonozzi says, and if they are safe for you.
Why Adults Shouldn’t Skip Vaccines was originally published on U.S. News & World Report.
Issa Rae stands strong, arms akimbo, on the jacket of her new memoir, “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl.”
By most measures in entertainment, she is a wonder woman. Nearly 25 million views of her YouTube videos. New York Times best-seller status for her debut book. A greenlit pilot for HBO. She is collaborating with Shonda Rhimes and Instagram’ing with Oprah.
Such feats are not achieved by awkwardness alone. Like the projects she produces, Issa Rae is endearing and quirky and earnestly self-aware.
She is now focused on her most ambitious goal yet: to diversify television from the inside out. She explained her philosophy during an interview with HuffPost Live’s Marc Lamont Hill:
Until you have people in positions of power that have varied experiences, nothing will change. Honestly, we’re not on [television executives’] radar. They don’t know. They’re not really thinking about us. If you have people in positions of power that don’t have very many black friends, that don’t really understand the black experience, they’re not thinking about it and there are not enough people concerned with it… Social media changed the game in that you’re seeing all of these tweets, you’re seeing all these trending topics from…black people who are expressing what they want to see. Now people take notice.
Rae wants television that is authentic and culturally rich. “I think that’s entirely possible. We had an era of it for a while [including Living Single and Fresh Prince], and then we didn’t.” Moreover, she wants to redefine “what’s been painted of mainstream media’s blackness. I don’t fit within that. I’m in this awkward definition of blackness. Black is supposed to be cool, black is sassy, black is trendsetting. I just don’t feel that way. It’s almost limited in a way and I feel like black is so much more than that.”
Her approach to this challenge has changed. She put an end to coaching people who asked her out to lunch wanting to pick her brain. “I’ve stopped taking those meetings, and I’m so happy that I have. It really is draining to just have people extract what they want, and [meanwhile] you’re losing time working on something. And then having someone try to figure out what their path is, and either how you can help them or what they can extract from you to continue on their own path — that’s draining, and it’s kind of unfair.”
The people Rae wanted to help weren’t the ones asking for meetings; they were the ones getting shit done. She recounted her own experiences trying to make it in the industry. “I would rather work and show someone,” Rae told The Huffington Post. “Even asking, let’s go out to coffee, all of that — that’s never been me. I wanted to be sure that I could offer that person something before even asking anything in return.”
Instead, Rae has launched ColorCreative.TV. “ highlights women and minority writers, and produces their pilots, and gets them an audience, and then packages their content, and showcases them to networks,” she said. “Studio and network executives are taking an interest in content of color. On the surface that’s great, but behind the scenes, they’re still not hiring very many.”
I was surprised to hear you say that you felt stagnant last year, like you were “stuck on a treadmill.”
I do get down on myself a lot. There’s just a constant feeling of not having enough time to complete what I want to do, feeling like I’m trying to complete too many things at once, and not well. And just feeling like I won’t be able to do that and feeling miserable. Not feeling fulfilled at the end of the day.
That’s really kind of scary to me, it keeps me up. I’m competitive with myself. I feel like I’m always trying to one-up myself.
Have you ever tried to get off the career “treadmill” for a little while?
I don’t even know what that means though. ‘Cause I feel like no matter what I’m doing, even when I am not being productive, I’m still thinking about work, I’m still thinking about the next steps. Even if I’m binge-watching something, I draw inspiration from that. I’m thinking, wow, it would be really cool if I did this.
Everything is work, is fun, at the same time. But there’s still this burden of: What am I doing next? How am I doing it? Am I going to be able to do it? And am I going to be able to do it well?
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Right now, you may be wrestling with a solid business concept and thinking about how to turn your passion into action. But you’re overwhelmed, confused, and don’t know where to start. Trust me, I understand. I’ve been there. In 2002, I was an attorney who dreamed about opening a day spa and hair salon, yet I didn’t know the first thing about taking my interests to another level. What were the steps that I took to go from thinking about an idea to opening my doors? Simply put, I needed a plan. Here are several steps that will help you create your Passion-To-Action™ (PTA) Plan:
1. Get management experience in your industry. You need to understand how a business operates. If you are a stylist, learn about payroll. If you are a baker, take a business management course. One of the things that surprises me about some aspiring entrepreneurs is that they are very knowledgeable about the industry they love (i.e. clothes or cookies), but they haven’t studied the operations of a business. This is a critical step in your PTA plan. The knowledge of the industry is important, but operations are key. If you don’t plan on operating the business, however, make sure you have a partner who is strong in that area.
2. Join a trade association. I tell individuals who are thinking about striking out on their own to find a trade association in their respective industry. Trade associations are invaluable resources and they are there to help you learn everything from operations to marketing practices. Never believe that you have to reinvent the wheel. It’s unnecessary to spin your wheels trying to recreate a process that someone has already perfected. Trade associations are filled with the experts in the industry who want to share their war stories with you as well as set standards and guidelines to ensure that the quality of their profession is maintained. Seek them out.
3. Go to a SCORE office and get a business mentor. One of the small business community’s best kept secrets, SCORE is a nonprofit organization devoted to providing free mentoring to startups and existing small businesses. With more than 11,000 mentors and 320 chapters across the country, SCORE is there to assist you with any questions that you have. Further, their backgrounds and resumes read like a “who’s who” of the business community. The mentors are retired and working CEOs and former executives of Fortune 500 companies and small businesses. They’ve “been there, done that” and want to assist you in making sound decisions on your entrepreneurial path. I’m a new SCORE mentor, and I love the process of helping would be small business owners refine their business concepts. Visit www.score.org for more information.
4. Do the math. I always encourage any would be small business owner to put together a financial statement for their start up. You need to know how much money your endeavor is going to cost before you go down this road. Understand your revenue goals. Understand your expenses. Understand your income projections so that you have a clear plan for profitability.
5. Find a location. When I interviewed several owners about what was their first step in taking their passion to action, many of them said that they started looking for locations very early in their process. Visiting possible locations helped them visualize their dreams with more clarity. They consulted with realtors, and it proved to be instrumental in helping them take the next step towards entrepreneurship.
Having the courage to follow your dreams is challenging. However, with a plan for action and a winning strategy, your business concept will not only be realized, it will thrive.
Spring is finally here and not only are you probably starting to do spring cleaning around your house, you should clean up your beauty regimen as well! Find out how I transition from winter to spring for skin that’s beautiful year round!
Every beauty lover has an arsenal of products! Spring cleaning is the best time to re-visit some of these purchases and get rid of what doesn’t work, and what is expired. No sense in keeping around things you tried and didn’t like, and it’s especially counterproductive to use products that are beyond their shelf life. Old cosmetics harbor a lot more than just no longer active formula; they house tons of bacteria.
Check the dates on your products. You may want to toss the following:
- Anything past the expiration date
- Products that appear dry or crusty
- Anything that has changed consistency, color or smell
- Anything with an SPF less than 15
- Mascara older than three months
- Old, dirty make-up brushes and sponges
Prep Your Skin
The dry and brittle climate of winter can bring the worst out of your skin. It’s time to relinquish yourself of dry and flaky skin, and bring out its better side. A deep full body exfoliation is what I love to do! I emphasize the full body because most of the winter we are covered up and don’t even pay attention to every inch of our deer skin. This is an opportunity to give your skin some much needed TLC and attention.
Here’s one of my favorite DIY home exfoliation remedies that will leave your skin feeling smooth, soft and ready for skirts and sandals:
- Mix 2 cups of brown sugar with 1 cup of olive oil.
- Scrub the entire body using circular motions, giving rough dry patches on the skin some extra rubbing.
- Rinse and moisturize.
For a deep cleansing facial mask to bring out your complexion and natural glow:
- 1 teaspoon plain yogurt
- 1 teaspoon honey
- ½ of an unripe papaya
- Mix the ingredients in a food processor or blender.
- Apply to your face for 8 to 10 minutes.
- Rinse and moisturize.