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Archive for November 22nd, 2011

Kirk calls for vote on Bowles-Simpson Commission Plan if Super Committee fails

Posted by Admin On November - 22 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

Kirk-Manchin Resolution echoes 140 senators and members of Congress who agree with the President’s Deficit Panel Principles

 

 

 

Chicago, IL — As the nation watches the Super Committee deadline of Wednesday quickly approach, Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) believes Congress must take immediate action if the Committee fails to pass a deficit reduction package. Senators Kirk and Joe Manchin (D-WV) offered a bipartisan Sense of the Senate resolution urging their fellow Senators to encourage the Super Committee to reach $4 trillion in reductions through long-term entitlement and pro-growth tax reforms. About 140 House Members and Senators have expressed the same “Go Big” sentiment to the Super Committee, suggesting that the bipartisan Bowles-Simpson Fiscal Commission plan be used as a framework.

 

“Without at least a $1.2 trillion package of spending cuts, reforms to entitlement programs and simplification of the tax code, the US faces further credit rating downgrades, increased market volatility, and further lack of confidence in Congress,” Senator Kirk said. “If the Super Committee fails to act, Congressional leaders should schedule a vote on the Bowles-Simpson proposal immediately.  While neither Democrats nor Republicans fully support the proposal, it reforms the tax code and our entitlement programs in a balanced way, protecting both seniors and a pro-growth economy, while cutting our national debt. The American people sent us to Washington to work together and find solutions, not to kick the can to further generations. Voting on the Bowles-Simpson recommendations will hold Washington accountable.” 

 

Madigan releases Annual Holiday Safe Shopping Guide, alerts parents to growing dangers of 'Button' Batteries

Posted by Admin On November - 22 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

Illinois Attorney General joins advocates to alert parents of dangerous products for children

 

Chicago, IL ─ Attorney General Lisa Madigan today joined doctors and consumer product safety advocates at the Illinois Poison Center to issue her annual safe shopping guide detailing this year’s recalled products and unsafe consumer items.

“Unfortunately, when a recall is issued, these products don’t just vanish. They wind up in people’s homes, at second-hand shops or posted online at sites like eBay or Craigslist,” Madigan said.  “This guide is an easy-to-use resource for parents who are already busy enough without monitoring the dizzying number of recalls and dangerous products. I encourage everyone to use this guide as they make holiday purchases and to check their homes for dangerous products.”

Joining Madigan at the Illinois Poison Center were representatives from Children’s Memorial Hospital, the Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Kids in Danger, Safe Kids USA and the Illinois Public Interest Research Group.

The Attorney General’s 2011 Safe Shopping Guide details products that have been recalled over the past year and pose a significant danger to children. In 2011, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued 91 children’s product recalls, covering more than 8 million individual items that include toys, jewelry, cribs, furniture, baby gear and clothing.

Risk of Button Batteries on the Rise

As part of this year’s guide, Madigan alerted parents and caregivers to a growing risk to children from “button” batteries, which are increasingly found in household items and, if ingested, can cause severe and even fatal injuries. “Button” batteries are the small, silver disc-shaped batteries used to power a growing number of household electronics – remote controls, bathroom scales, garage door openers, handheld video games, cell phones and watches—and are often used in singing greeting cards. In many of these products, the batteries are easy for young children to access and remove from the item.

“Button batteries are a hidden threat in most of our homes. They are as small as a nickel but can cause big problems for young children,” Madigan said. “It only takes a second for a toddler to put one of these in their mouth. Parents need to know how dangerous these batteries are so they can keep their children safe.”

If ingested, a battery can lodge in a child’s throat and cause permanent damage within as little as two hours. The battery creates an electric current, causing a chemical burn that can harm the esophagus, vocal chords and the aorta. The Attorney General said the threat is particularly alarming because of how quickly a swallowed battery can inflict harm. Parents often arrive at an emergency room unaware of what their child has ingested, and in an x-ray, doctors and nurses say the batteries look like other less threatening items commonly ingested by children – such as a coin.

The injury risk due to button batteries has increased two-fold: As button batteries are used to power more electronics, their presence in households has increased, and manufacturers have strengthened the power of the batteries, creating a more powerful current and increasing the burn risk if ingested.

Reports indicate that from 1985 to 2007, there has been a 6.7-fold increase in the percentage of button battery ingestions. Nationally, there have been 10 deaths due to button battery ingestion since 2008. In Illinois, the Illinois Poison Center received 93 calls in 2010 related to the batteries, including 77 concerning children and teens. In 2011, there have been 80 calls to the center, 70 of which were related to children or teenagers. Most of the victims are children and infants, with studies showing that 85 percent of major injuries from swallowing a button battery affected children under 4. 

As consumers embark on the holiday shopping season, more electronics and gifts containing button batteries will be brought into homes, and Madigan said parents must be aware of the dangers they pose to help avoid tragedy. The Attorney General’s Safe Shopping Guide details for parents the risk associated with button batteries and urges them to ensure any items containing these batteries are secured in a safe place. Consumers can view and download the guide at Attorney General Madigan’s website, www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov, or request a copy in the mail by calling the Attorney General’s Recall Hotline at 1-888-414-7678.

The guide is part of Attorney General Madigan’s ongoing effort to protect children by educating families on the dangers of having recalled items in their homes. Toys, cribs and other items may already be in children’s homes and places they visit, like daycare centers and the homes of grandparents or other relatives. The guide is especially important for consumers who will shop at second-hand stores or online at sites like eBay or Craigslist, as some second-hand sellers may not keep up with the growing number of recall items that may be in their inventory.

http://www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/consumers/2011_Safe_Shopping_Guide.pdf 

2012 Ron Brown Scholar Program seeks to give $40K each to ten African American students

Posted by Admin On November - 22 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

ron_brown_scholar_programNationwide (BlackNews.com) — The Ron Brown Scholar Program seeks to identify African-American high school seniors who will make significant contributions to society. Applicants must excel academically, exhibit exceptional leadership potential, participate in community service activities and demonstrate financial need. The applicant must be a US citizen or hold a permanent resident visa card. Current college students are not eligible to apply.

Each year, a minimum of ten students will be designated Ron Brown Scholars and will receive $10,000 annually for four years, for a total of $40,000. The recipients may use the renewable scholarships to attend an accredited four-year college or university of their choice within the United States. Ron Brown Scholarships are not limited to any specific field or career objective and may be used to pursue any academic discipline. More than 250 students have been designated as Ron Brown Scholars since the inception of the Program.

Ron Brown Scholars are selected in the spring prior to entering college. Applications are screened during the month of February by Ron Brown Scholar Program staff. In March, finalists are invited to participate in a weekend selection process in Washington, D.C. at the expense of the CAP Charitable Foundation. Finalists are interviewed by members of the Ron Brown Selection Committee and are expected to participate in several Selection Weekend activities. Scholarship winners are selected on the basis of their applications, interviews and participation in Selection Weekend activities.

The deadline to apply is January 9, 2012.

For more details, visit:
www.BlackStudents.com/ronbrownscholars

The Links, Incorporated hosts 65th Anniversary Celebration and National Headquarters Rededication

Posted by Admin On November - 22 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

links_anniversaryJohnson Publishing Company Chairman Linda Johnson Rice Receives The Links Medal


Washington, DC (BlackNews.com) — Last weekend, The Links, Incorporated, an international nonprofit service organization of professional women of color, hosted its 65th Anniversary from November 11-13 in Washington, D.C. Nearly 1200 guests from throughout the United States, the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, representing the 274 Links chapters, attended the weekend celebration.

The event included a rededication and ribbon cutting ceremony of The Links, Incorporated’s newly renovated National Headquarters, a state of the art LEED certified building, located at 1200 Massachusetts Avenue, NW in downtown Washington D.C.

“The Links, Incorporated is proud to celebrate our 65 years of unwavering commitment to public service and the empowerment of our community. Our members continue to make a difference daily in communities across the globe and collectively helped raise over $2,000,000 dollars in 2011 for transformational programs that will continue to carry our proud legacy of service forward in the years to come,” stated Margot James Copeland, National President of The Links, Incorporated.

The Marriott Wardman Park was the backdrop for a black-tie reception and gala hosted by actors Tim Reid and Daphne Maxwell Reid and featuring Grammy-award winning singer Will Downing. The evening, which was attended by many persons of note, including Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), Congressman James E. Clyburn (D-SC), Mayor Vincent Gray, Ambassador of the Republic of Kenya Elkana Odembo, Lynn Whitfield, and Desiree Rogers, marked the debut of the organization’s highest honor bestowed upon an organization, The Links Medal, presented to Johnson Publishing Company Chairman Linda Johnson Rice on behalf of Ebony magazine.

The recipient of The Links Medal, designed by renowned sculptor and artist Ed Dwight, must have a legacy of challenging the status-quo, moving into unknown territories to create and establish permanence of position, and demonstration of making a significant and positive impact in the lives and culture of African-Americans and other persons of African ancestry.

“We at Ebony are honored and humbled to receive the inaugural Links Medal, and remain committed to our long tradition of working with The Links to inform and enrich lives,” stated Linda Johnson Rice, Chairman of Johnson Publishing Company.

The Links, Incorporated

For 65 years, The Links, Incorporated has been committed to enriching, sustaining, and ensuring the culture and economic survival of African-Americans and other persons of African ancestry. Today, a premier international service organization with more than 12,000 members in 274 chapters located in 42 states, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, its legacy of friends providing service that changes lives, established by the original circle of nine friends in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1946, is alive and well. The members of The Links, Incorporated are influential decision makers and opinion leaders. The Links, Incorporated has attracted many distinguished women who are individual achievers and have made a difference in their communities and the world. They are business and civic leaders, role models, mentors, activists and volunteers who work towards a common vision by engaging like-minded organizations and individuals for partnership.

With over 2 million service hours recorded in the past three years, members regularly contribute more than 500,000 documented service hours in their respective communities annually. The Links Foundation, Incorporated, the philanthropic arm of The Links, Incorporated, has made more than $24 million dollars in charitable contributions since its founding. Working closely with its sponsors and supporters, The Links, Incorporated is focused on creating transformational programming in communities of color in Services to Youth, The Arts, National Trends and Services, International Trends and Services, and Health and Human Services to improve the quality of life for individuals, families and communities.

For more information, visit www.linksinc.org.

For more information, photos, or to schedule an interview please contact Chris Garrett of Impact Strategies at 202-223-4338 or cgarrett@impactstrategiesllc.com.

Stay warm with walking tour of Interior Architecture

Posted by Admin On November - 22 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

Winter Tour schedule announced

 

Chicago, IL — Chicago Detours announces the release of their wintertime schedule of creative, interactive walking tours, which give visitors and area residents a new indoor option for enjoying downtown during the holidays. The indoor cultural walking tour called “Inside the Loop: Explore the Unexpected” cleverly weaves through architectural interiors of various buildings and the underground passages of the Pedway so that guests can comfortably engage with the cityscape without getting cold.

Tour topics delve into overlooked stories and fresh concepts, like the psychology behind the modernist architecture of Chase Tower or the historical curiosities of shopping in Marshall Field’s department store. For all walking tours with Chicago Detours, guests share iPads with archival images like maps, historic photos, and documentary video clips. The one-year-old tour company has 5 stars on both Yelp and TripAdvisor.
 
“Inside the Loop: Explore the Unexpected” shares stories and places that locals don’t even know about. The commentary and stories presented by Chicago Detours guides – all of whom have a background as educators and are trained in lively presentation skills – enliven the past and delve into what truly makes Chicago culture unlike elsewhere.
 
From November 1 through March 31st, tours will be offered on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10am, and Sundays at 1:30pm. Extra times are added and posted on the website when tours sell out. Last year the tour was called “The Loop: Explore Without Freezing.”
 
Holiday Schedule:

Thanksgiving Week

Wednesday, Nov.  23 – 10:00am
Friday, Nov.  25 – 10:00am (sold-out), 3:00pm
Saturday, Nov.  26 – 10:00am
Sunday, Nov. 27 – 1:30pm

Christmas to New Year’s

Monday, Dec. 26 – 10:00am, 1:30pm
Tuesday, Dec. 27 – 10:00am
Wednesday, Dec. 28 – 10:00am
Thursday, Dec. 29 – 1:30pm
Friday, Dec. 30 – 10:00am
Saturday, Dec. 31 – No tours
Sunday, Jan. 1 – 3:00pm (this tour does not enter the Cultural Center)
 
Groups meet just inside the southeast entrance of Chase Tower, 10 S. Dearborn St. The tour walks 1/2 mile through the Loop before arriving at the Chicago Cultural Center two hours later. The price of $26 per person includes tour guide commentary, shared use of iPads, and extras. Discounts for seniors and students are available. Reservations are required, and can be made on their website, www.chicagodetours.com.
 
About Chicago Detours

 

 

 
 
 
 

 

Chicago Detours founder Amanda Scotese honed her skills as a tour professional during the several years she has worked as a tour guide and guidebook researcher with the travel company of Rick Steves, one of the nation’s most well-known travel authors and television personalities. Scotese studied architecture, urbanism, and art history through her interdisciplinary M.A. in the Humanities at the University of Chicago.
 
Chicago Detours offers guided, interactive tours of history, culture and architecture that bring people to explore places and stories that even locals don’t know.
 
For additional information:
Amanda Scotese
312.350.1131
info@chicagodetours.com
www.chicagodetours.com

Media Consultant: Amistad Communications is on the move

Posted by Admin On November - 22 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

Matteson, IL – Since 2008, Amistad Communications, LLC has made an impact on the community and is now producing television shows that are currently being aired on WUPC TV-4, in University Park, IL.

“I’ve always wanted to explore other aspects of the media, and television was one of the avenues I wanted Amistad to take upon,” said Media Consultant James Worthington, Amistad Communications. 

Worthington served as producer for the shows which aired on WUPC TV-4, University Park. The shows are “Fade to Black” and “Nite Life”, and  “Inside South Suburban Sport” is presently in production.

“Fade to Black” is a community-based talk show which deals with issues in the community. A wide-range of guests that have an effect on the community make appearances on the show.

“Nite Life”, a socially networking type of show, deals with nightly events happening in the community, and “Inside Suburban Sports” deals with youth sports – football, baseball and basketball.

Said Worthington: “Amistad Communications will continue to be active in the media circle” and will continue to cover the public relations section of the media. Public relations will continue to serve as the  base of Amistad Communications, LLC.

Amistad Communications is one of the co-sponsors of the Mecca of Motivation Radio. This show is broadcast on 102.3 radio every Monday night at 9:00 p.m.

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