When: Thursday, February 14, 2013Join the SBA and Stover Associates for this Contract Negotiation workshop next week. Topics include a refresher on federal contracting, negotiation basics, general and government contract negotiation, cost and pricing, and post-negotiation analysis.
8:30 am-5:00 pm
Where: MMSD Building
260 W. Seeboth Street
Milwaukee, WI 53204
Construction Project Management
Learn how to manage your government project successfully. Topics include: principles of construction project management and controls, documentation techniques, fundamentals of effective supervision, key accounting procedures and forms; the importance of job cost accounting, construction safety procedures, and planning and scheduling processes.
When: Thursday, February 21, 2013
8:30 am-5:00 pm
Where: MMSD Building
260 W. Seeboth Street
Milwaukee, WI 53204
For information on other workshops and events, visit “What’s New” and calendar listings atwww.sba.gov/wi.
Photo by Jim Bourg, Reuters
With his hand on the Bibles of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Abraham Lincoln, President Barack Obama takes the oath of office for a second time on the steps of the Capital Building in Washington during his inauguration.
by Michael H. Cottman, BlackAmericaweb.com
For those few African Americans who claim they don’t feel the same sense of euphoria, think again: Monday’s inauguration of President Barack Obama was still all about making history.
I’ve overheard some black residents of Washington, D.C. talking about how Obama’s inauguration was no longer important, or somehow insignificant, because we’ve been there, done that in 2009.
Obama’s remarkable road to the White House as America’s first black president continued Monday with four more years in the Oval Office, which forever sealed an extraordinary legacy. It was not only a moment that filled millions of hearts with pride – it also filled hearts with hope.
“Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real, they are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this America: They will be met,” Obama said during his 15-minute inaugural address.
“Starting today,” the president said, “we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America.”
Obama began a second term in the White House Monday after reciting the oath of office before an estimated 600,000 people — many of them African Americans — who traveled hundreds of miles to witness a poignant moment in American history.
Thousands of flag-waving Americans watched history unfold as Obama started the first day of his second term.
“Our journey is not complete,” Obama said.
No, it isn’t.
In the weeks ahead, Obama will likely hear from some of his black constituents – and his black critics — who want to see the president openly embrace his blackness and aggressively address issues of concern for African Americans.
Monday’s swearing-in ceremony, however, was the president’s understated way of showing the skeptics that he embraces the legacy of the civil rights movement and the black experience in America.
The president not only invoked the civil rights struggle in his speech on Monday, but he incorporated race into his inauguration by using two Bibles while taking the oath of office: One Bible owned by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and the other used by Abraham Lincoln. King carried his Bible during the civil rights movement and Lincoln used his Bible during his first inauguration in 1861.
The president’s inauguration coincided with the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington led by King, the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, where more than three million black people were freed from slavery. Monday was also the official federal holiday to honor King’s life and his contributions to America. King delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech 50 years ago at the Lincoln Memorial.
And Obama also included Myrlie Evers-Williams in the program. Evers, the wife of the slain civil rights activist Medgar Evers, delivered the invocation for the inauguration.
“150 years after the Emancipation Proclamation and 50 years after the march on Washington, we celebrate the spirit of our ancestors,” said Evers, invoking the spirit and the struggles of the civil rights movement and the Civil War. “We recognized that their visions still inspire us.”
And Tuesday, for Obama, after the inaugural balls have ended and the speeches have concluded, the hard part begins: The president will certainly be challenged to create initiatives especially for African Americans who are struggling financially. And many blacks say they have been very patient, but have endured four years too long.
“Everyone agrees that you wish more was done the first term,” Debra Lee, the chief executive of Black Entertainment Television, told The New York Times. “But you look at politics and realize that the president can’t wave a wand and get things done by himself.”
But Obama is asking Americans to stay the course.
“We are made for this moment,” Obama said Monday. “This generation of Americans has been tested by crises that steeled our resolve and proved our resilience. A decade of war is now ending. An economic recovery has begun.
America’s possibilities are limitless, for we possess all the qualities that this world without boundaries demands: youth and drive; diversity and openness; an endless capacity for risk and a gift for reinvention. My fellow Americans, we are made for this moment, and we will seize it – so long as we seize it together.”
Not everyone was in town to see Obama’s inauguration speech. Many Republicans –congressional leaders, consultants, GOP loyalists — intentionally left Washington, D.C. before the inaugural celebration began.
“Shame on Republicans who had to leave town and not be a part of this,” said Michael Steele, the former chairman of the Republican National Committee.
But Bill Murrain, a former civil rights attorney from Atlanta, said he was proud to attend Obama’s inauguration with his 15-year-old granddaughter and didn’t mind standing in the chilly weather for nearly four hours.
“I never thought I would see this day,” Murrain said. “And I certainly never thought I’d see it twice.”
What about you?
Folks who are just slightly overweight but have resolved to lose weight in the new year may give their plans second thoughts in the wake of a controversial new federal analysis
People who are overweight by up to 30 or so pounds have a slightly lower risk of early death than those at a normal weight, the government analysis finds.
The review of 97 studies showed that people who are extremely obese — roughly 60 or more pounds over a normal weight — have a greater risk of dying early than those who are at a normal weight.
About two-thirds of people in the USA are too heavy; a third are obese, which is roughly 35 or more pounds over a normal weight. Obesity is linked to an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke and many types of cancer.
Katherine Flegal and colleagues at the National Center for Health Statistics, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, reviewed the studies, which tracked 3 million adults from around the world. The research looked at deaths from all reasons and people’s body mass index (BMI), a number that considers weight and height.
The standard BMI categories included: normal weight (a BMI of 18.5 to 24.9); overweight (BMI of 25 to 30); obese (a BMI of 30 or more); extremely obese (a BMI of 35 or more).
Findings, published in Wednesday’s Journal of the American Medical Association, show that relative to normal-weight people those who were:
Extremely obese had a 29% increased risk of early death.
Obese had an 18% increased risk of early death. Overweight had a 6% lower risk of early death. –USA TODAY
Article courtesy of New York Times via The Rundown
The rate of suicide in the United States rose sharply during the first few years since the start of the recession, a new analysis has found.
In the report, which appeared Sunday on the Web site of The Lancet, a medical journal, researchers found that the rate between 2008 and 2010 increased four times faster than it did in the eight years before the recession.
The rate had been increasing by an average of 0.12 deaths per 100,000 people from 1999 through 2007. In 2008, the rate began increasing by an average of 0.51 deaths per 100,000 people a year. Without the increase in the rate, the total deaths from suicide each year in the United States would have been lower by about 1,500, the study said.
The finding was not unexpected. Suicide rates often spike during economic downturns, and recent studies of rates in Greece, Spain and Italy have found similar trends. The new study is the first to analyze the rate of change in the United States state by state, using suicide and unemployment data through 2010.
“The magnitude of these effects is slightly larger than for those previously estimated in the United States,” the authors wrote. That might mean that this economic downturn has been harder on mental health than previous ones, the authors concluded.
Every rise of 1 percent in unemployment was accompanied by an increase in the suicide rate of roughly 1 percent, it found. A similar correlation has been found in some European countries since the recession.