A program that provides free assistance with state and federal tax forms is preparing for a new tax season. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program of the Milwaukee Asset Building Coalition will begin filling out and filing taxes on Tuesday, January 22. This free service will be offered at locations across Milwaukee County including offices for the Social Development Commission and MATC’s Downtown Campus. For a complete list of sites, dates they are open and their hours, visit the SDC website at http://www.cr-sdc.org/Programs/VITA.htm.
Successful attacks by pirates off the Somali coast have decreased significantly in the last two years.
They said their maritime force began the operation to free the hostages – and their ship – nearly two weeks ago.
The hostages are showing signs of having suffered physical torture and illness, their statement said.
Successful pirate attacks off the coast of Somalia have decreased in the last two years.
This is due to the increased use of private security guards on ships and better co-ordination between naval patrols in the area, the BBC’s Mary Harper says.
It is rare for Somali forces to move on pirates in this way, our correspondent says.
The Panama-flagged MV Iceberg One was seized off the Yemeni coast in 2009, and was being held near Gara’ad village on the coast in Mudug region when Puntland’s maritime troops surrounded it on 10 December.
In their statement, the Puntland authorities said their troops fought the pirates for two weeks before safely rescuing all 22 hostages on board the ship.
They also killed a number of pirates after intercepting one of their small boats delivering weapons and other supplies to the captured ship.
“After two years and 9 months in captivity, the hostages have suffered signs of physical torture and illness,” the statement said. “[They] are now receiving nutrition and medical care.”
Prospective students interested in Milwaukee Area Technical College’s pre-college education programs and services are invited to a free open house from 9 a.m. to noon or 4 to 7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 14, on the sixth floor of the Main Building at MATC’s Downtown Milwaukee Campus, 1015 N. 6th St. MATC’s pre-college programs provide a wide range of services to prepare students for college-level work.
Attendees will meet with program faculty; receive detailed information about specific programs; and learn about student services, including counseling, career advising, tutoring and more. They may apply for the spring semester which begins Jan. 22.
The School of Pre-College Education includes programming in:
• GED/HSED to help students earn high school requirements
• Adult High School, designed to earn a high school diploma or recover high school credits
• English as a Second Language or bilingual classes for non-English speakers
• RISE Career Bridge Pathway, which combines basic and occupational skills
• Adult Basic Education/College Prep to help students work toward a high school diploma/GED or prepare for college-level work
• Community-Based Organizations, a network of neighborhood basic-education sites
• High School Contracts, which offer technical skills training at MATC for students attending high school
• Youth Options, which allows student to earn college credits while in high school
• Emerging Scholars Program to help at-risk youth to complete high school
Wisconsin’s largest technical college and the most diverse two-year institution in the Midwest, Milwaukee Area Technical College is a key driver of southeastern Wisconsin’s economy and has provided innovative education in the region since 1912. Approximately 50,000 students per year attend the college’s four campuses and community-based sites or learn online. MATC offers affordable and accessible education and training opportunities that empower and transform lives in the community.
Vince Young #10 of the Buffalo Bills walks offsides the field after playing the Washington Redskins at Ralph Wilson Stadium on August 9, 2012 in Orchard Park, New York.Washington won 7-6. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
by Carrie Healey
Current free agent quarterback Vince Young told Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald yesterday that he may be the solution to that struggling team’s problems.
On Sunday afternoon, the Cardinals got blown out by the Seattle Seahawks, 58-0. Two Cardinals quarterbacks, John Skelton and Ryan Lindley, played during the game, but neither managed to put points on the board.
Feeling the frustration of Cardinals’ leading wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, Young tweeted at him in hopes of being considered as AZ’s next quarterback.
Young played for the Philadelphia Eagles in the 2011 season, and started preseason this year with the Buffalo Bills before getting cut. Can Young do better than Skelton or Lindley? Just shy of 30 years old, he believes he can help.
Tell us what you think. Does the 2-time Pro Bowler deserve another chance?
Application uses built-in GPS to pin point African-American businesses in your area
by Janel Martinez
Looking for a black-owned business in your area? Well, there’s an app for that now.
Thanks to the innovative trio behind New York-based company Around the Way and mobile-app development firm Clearly Innovative, located in Washington, DC, Apple iPhone users can download a free app that will locate black-owned establishments in a given area. With African Americans embracing mobile web usage more than any other demographic, Around the Way, which is comprised of CEO Janine Hausif, Eric Hamilton, the chief marketing officer, and Chief Technology Officer Sian Morson, is invested in placing these businesses on your radar.
According to Pew Research findings, 51% of African-American mobile users do most of their online browsing on their phone, double the amount for their white counterparts (24%). Not to mention, there was a 60% increase in black-owned firms from 2002 to 2007, bringing the total to 1.9 million establishments in ’07, according to the US Census Bureau Survey of Black-Owned Business: 2007. That report was released in February of last year.
“We want the app to be the ‘go-to’ app to locate black-owned businesses; meanwhile, empower business owners to keep them competitive in today’s economy,” said Hausif. “We hope to see successful adaptation of the app by users and continued patronage to these businesses.”
Using an iPhone’s built-in GPS, the app pinpoints the closest black-owned businesses in a five-mile radius of the user. The application shows the location on a map, allowing users to get step-by-step directions, call the business directly or visit the company’s website from the business profile. Users also have the option to share a business’ information on Facebook, Twitter or via email. A customizable favorites list can be created so users don’t have to search again for their preferred shops.
Around the Way is constantly building its database and collaborating with local agencies such as the New York African American Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Black Chamber of Commerce and National Black Chamber of Commerce. Users have the option to “view all” of the 17,000 black-owned businesses in all 50 states, or search per one of the nine-different categories. They include: Auto, ATM/Bank, Bakery/Cafe, Beauty/Barber, Club/Lounge, Laundry/Cleaners, Lodging, Restaurant and Shopping.
Businesses looking to be included within the database should add themselves via the app or website.
The Around the Way team fully funded the app venture out of pocket. And although they’re proud of the launch of their iPhone app, they are already working on the next steps. “Beyond this app, we plan to use the model and success of this Around the Way to develop apps for other business communities— very similar to how Facebook started exclusively on one campus and expanded to other schools,” said the chief executive.
Since the app’s Nov. 6 launch, the mobile startup has reached 1,000 downloads in the App Store. Around the Way also plans to unveil an Android version of its app at the top of next year, as well as a redesign and a few new features.
Oak Creek, Wis. – Prospective students are invited to explore Milwaukee Area Technical College’s accelerated associate degree programs at a free open house from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at the Oak Creek Campus, 6665 S. Howell Ave. Designed for busy, working adults, MATC’s accelerated programs meet one evening per week in eight-week sessions or are offered online. Applied knowledge is emphasized and accelerated programs can be completed in three years or less with minimal in-class time.
Attendees will meet with program faculty, receive detailed information about specific programs and how they will help students reach career goals, learn about four-year college transfer options and have the opportunity to apply for the Spring 2013 semester, which begins Jan. 22. The $30 application fee will be waived for individuals who apply for admission at the open house. Attendees who plan to apply for admission should bring a copy of their high school or college transcript. Credits earned at other colleges may apply to MATC associate degrees.
MATC accelerated associate degree programs include: administrative professional, business management, IT information systems security specialist, IT network specialist (also offered online), legal administrative professional, marketing management (also offered online) and supervisory management. A liberal arts and sciences associate degree designed for students who intend to transfer to a four-year college/university also is offered in an online, accelerated format.
RSVP at http://www.matc.edu/open_house/accelerated.cfm. For more information, contact Christine Litwin at (414) 297-7376, [email protected].
West Allis, Wis. — A Milwaukee-area holiday tradition will begin Friday night.
Candy Cane Lane will turn on its lights at 6 p.m.
People can drive past the festive homes in West Allis between 92nd and 96th streets and Oklahoma and Montana avenues.
The event is free, but visitors are encouraged to make donations to the MACC fund.
Candy Cane Lane runs through Dec. 26. It is open from 6 to 9 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
Rickey Townsell (Army): “I am proud to be a veteran because freedom is not free. So many have paid the ultimate cost for my freedom. It’s my honor to pay back.”
Roger Carroll (Marines): “I am proud to be a veteran. The best decision I ever made in life was to join the Marine Corps. (That’s) why I’m proud to be veteran!”
Dollie Williams (Army): “I’m proud to be a vet because it’s special for a female to honor her country and stand-up for African American females.”
William Johnson (Army): “It is the veterans who make this nation exceptional we have a 125,000 souls buried in 24 cemetaries around the world (who) laid it all on the line for freedom.”
When: November 17, 2012
Where: 3624 W. North Ave
Time: 1pm – 3pm
Wonderfully Made will be providing free chili as well! We also are accepting new or gently used coats for all ages and genders for more info please contact Montell Glover @ (414) 233-9936 or [email protected]
Two free vital life-saving reports have been published with the purpose of deterring violent crime against females and children. These reports are titled Saving Women’s Lives and Protect Your Child from Kidnappers!
(Dallas, Texas) ICU Tek (www.icutek.com), a safety and security firm, is making two vital life-saving reports freely available to the public with the intent of deterring violent crime as broadly as possible. Although the reports’ information is applicable to males, this information has been specially created for the safety and protection of females and children, which are the two most ‘at risk’ demographic groups as victims of deadly violent crime. These free/no-cost reports are immediately accessible from ICU Tek’s website.
Written by Dr. Kenneth Love, these safety/security reports present a myriad of proactive instructions, measures, and steps to implement for self-defense and protection, as well as provide startling statistics regarding violent crimes perpetrated against females and children. Additionally, Dr. Love hosts a public service video on the ICU Tek website that is viewable free of charge, and a public service flyer is also freely available on the site for download to individuals and organizations interested in preventing or dramatically reducing violent crime in their neighborhoods and communities.
Dr. Love, who is a former city police officer, state correctional officer, state youth commission sergeant, U. S. Army sergeant, Boys & Girls Clubs of America Director, and father of five children says, “Violent crime never takes a holiday. It doesn’t worry about taking breaks, getting rest, or vacationing. It is ever present, with the singular function and the sole purpose of, ultimately, destroying individuals, families, and communities. Consequently, it is always in need of opposing attention, action, deterrence, and elimination. In response, it is my desire that everyone, regardless of gender, have ready access to these proactive informational resources that may serve to save someone’s life.”
In regard to violent crime statistics, just a few revelations in these reports are:
* Someone is sexually assaulted in the United States every 2 minutes
* In the United States, 17.6% of women have undergone some form of rape
* Approximately 55,000 women and children are trafficked annually in the U. S.
* Only 5% of violent crime perpetrators spend time in prison
* Every 40 seconds, in the United States, a child is reported missing or abducted
* 1.5 million children are abducted each year
* Of child kidnapping victims, 40% are killed while 4% are never found
* In 46% of child abductions, the child is sexually assaulted
* More than 70% of kidnapping victims are girls
* 75% of kidnapped children are murdered within 3 hours of their abduction
* In a violent crime study, nearly 3/4 (75%!) of parents surveyed said they feared their child may be abducted at some point
“In my opinion,” adds Dr. Love, “these reports are not luxuries, but are crucial necessities in saving lives. And, at the risk of nepotism, I strongly feel that they should be on everyone’s computer desktop and virtual bookshelf.”
To get your copies of Saving Women’s Lives, Protect Your Child from Kidnappers, watch the child abduction prevention video, or download the violent crime prevention flyer, visit www.icutek.com.