Monthly Archives: May 2016

America’s Shrinking Middle Class

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I was recently watching a documentary about San Francisco. One of the people profiled was a 60-year-old unemployed male, who had been out of work since The Recession.

This gentleman, who once made a very comfortable living in the financial services sector, now lives in a small and broken down single-room apartment, and gets most of his meals from food kitchens.

The documentary highlighted how the surge in upper-income residents to San Francisco, and the wealth the tech industry has brought into the city, is squeezing middle-income residents, prompting many to leave town.

This San Francisco story is consistent with recent data from Pew Research that found from 2000 to 2014, the share of adults living in middle-income households fell in 203 of the 229 U.S. metropolitan areas – a level that could foretell the end of the middle class as the majority in this country.

What’s interesting is like the man from San Francisco, the shrinking middle class is as much a story about increasing fortunes as it is one of economic misfortune.

“The shifting economic fortunes of localities were not an either/or proposition: Some 108 metropolitan areas experienced growth in both the lower- and upper-income tiers,” say …read more      

America’s Shrinking Middle Class

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I was recently watching a documentary about San Francisco. One of the people profiled was a 60-year-old unemployed male, who had been out of work since The Recession.

This gentleman, who once made a very comfortable living in the financial services sector, now lives in a small and broken down single-room apartment, and gets most of his meals from food kitchens.

The documentary highlighted how the surge in upper-income residents to San Francisco, and the wealth the tech industry has brought into the city, is squeezing middle-income residents, prompting many to leave town.

This San Francisco story is consistent with recent data from Pew Research that found from 2000 to 2014, the share of adults living in middle-income households fell in 203 of the 229 U.S. metropolitan areas – a level that could foretell the end of the middle class as the majority in this country.

What’s interesting is like the man from San Francisco, the shrinking middle class is as much a story about increasing fortunes as it is one of economic misfortune.

“The shifting economic fortunes of localities were not an either/or proposition: Some 108 metropolitan areas experienced growth in both the lower- and upper-income tiers,” say …read more      

Updated Share Capital and Voting Rights for Lundin Mining – Marketwired (press release)

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Updated Share Capital and Voting Rights for Lundin Mining
Marketwired (press release)
As a result of the vesting of employee share units from May 1, 2016 to date, the number of issued and outstanding shares of the Company has increased to 719,636,857 common shares with voting rights as at May 31, 2016. About Lundin Mining. Lundin …

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NAACP blasts plan to lower tuition – News & Observer

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News & Observer
William Barber, president of the state NAACP, called the plan “an attack on HBCUs.” That label – historically black colleges and universities – applies to three of the five schools under consideration, Elizabeth City State University, Fayetteville
NAACP: Lawmakers trying to bankrupt historically black North Carolina schoolsWTVD-TV
NC NAACP holds rally to protest tuition bill that would ‘cheapen’ schoolsWNCN
NAACP criticizes tuition cut bill as attack on schoolsAsheville Citizen-Times
WRAL.com
all 7 news articles

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Old Looking Hands? 5 Ways To Turn Back The Clock

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Ever shaken or held someone’s hand and it took all of you to think why this person may be a lot older than they seem? It’s mainly because of the hard, scaly skin on their fingers and knuckles, topped off with older-looking wrinkly fingernail beds that give the overall thought that this person’s hands are like 20 years older than they are!

If you suffer from this or know someone who is suffering from this, have no fear. Here are five ways to take your hands back in time and make them young again!

1. Before bedtime routine

Many people remember their makeup or their hair before hopping in bed, but what about your hands? Return dry/scaly skin to smooth-and-plump status overnight with this quick pre-bed routine: First, get the rough, dead skin with a gentle scrub like Freeman Bare Hands and Cuticle Renewal Scrub, and then create an all-night moisture mask by smoothing on a glycerin and plant oil-containing hand cream (you can buy some in the store or make your own,

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5 Things Every African American Should Know About HIV/AIDS In 2016

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african medical doctors with red ribbon

Yes, it’s 2016 – nearly 35 years since the first cases of HIV/AIDS in the U.S. But, the sexually transmitted disease is just as dangerous today as it was years ago.

More than 37 million people were living with HIV by the end of 2014, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). And since the early 1980s, about 39 million people have died from infection across the world.

Here are some things to keep in mind about the disease:

Who is more at risk?

Black men just can’t catch a break. According to the Center for Disease Control, an estimated 1 in 20 Black men will contract HIV in their lifetime. That’s compared to 1 in 132 white men.

Black people have to be careful in general, though. We are the most at risk to catch HIV than any other racial group.

The Dirty South

Sorry, southerners. You are more likely to be diagnosed with HIV than anyone else in the U.S., the CDC reports. Poverty and lack of access to healthcare are a couple of the reasons why this is so.

Washington D.C. ranks the highest on the prevalence list, followed by Maryland, Georgia, Florida and Louisiana.

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Missing Tax Dollars, Apathy, Contribute to Disinvestment in Urban Schools — Part 1

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BE Smart recently sat down with Deanna Hamilton, a vice president at the National Black MBA Association. Concerned about the apathy she’s encountering in some students, we discussed issues in the black community and possible solutions.

Here is an edited version of our conversation.

What is the National Black MBA Association, and what do you do there?

I am vice president of Marketing and Partner Development. We work to ensure the brand equity and integrity of the NBMBAA in the marketplace across all our stakeholders, which includes universities, corporations, individuals, and our members.

We also engage with our universities and corporations to ensure that they have a recruiting presence in our membership: that our universities have access to African American students that can matriculate to graduate studies, and that our corporations are hiring African Americans.

We are a member-based organization that provides intellectual access as well as economic access to our members for job creation and job opportunity within corporate America; from a corporate and university perspective, to provide access to that member base, so corporations and universities can recruit diverse candidates that are prepared to do global business.

What is your organization’s connection to undergrad?

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Missing Tax Dollars, Apathy, Contribute to Disinvestment in Urban Schools — Part 1

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BE Smart recently sat down with Deanna Hamilton, a vice president at the National Black MBA Association. Concerned about the apathy she’s encountering in some students, we discussed issues in the black community and possible solutions.

Here is an edited version of our conversation.

What is the National Black MBA Association, and what do you do there?

I am vice president of Marketing and Partner Development. We work to ensure the brand equity and integrity of the NBMBAA in the marketplace across all our stakeholders, which includes universities, corporations, individuals, and our members.

We also engage with our universities and corporations to ensure that they have a recruiting presence in our membership: that our universities have access to African American students that can matriculate to graduate studies, and that our corporations are hiring African Americans.

We are a member-based organization that provides intellectual access as well as economic access to our members for job creation and job opportunity within corporate America; from a corporate and university perspective, to provide access to that member base, so corporations and universities can recruit diverse candidates that are prepared to do global business.

What is your organization’s connection to undergrad?

The NBMBAA develops an evergreen pipeline from high school to professional …read more      

Madison’s My Coverage Plan lands NIH grant to develop e-learning hub for patient advocates – Madison.com

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Madison’s My Coverage Plan lands NIH grant to develop e-learning hub for patient advocates
Madison.com
My Coverage Plan will receive funding from the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities to begin developing an online e-learning system that would provide training materials to people working with low-income patients. The goal, said

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Egyptian Diplomat Says Africans Are “Dogs And Slaves”

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Egyptian Diplomat Says Africans Are "Dogs And Slaves"

Egyptian Diplomat Says Africans Are “Dogs And Slaves”

A roundtable discussion at the second U.N. Environment Assembly in Nairobi on May 25.

AFRICANGLOBE – Egypt has been asked to apologise to other African countries for calling them “dogs and slaves” during the recent United Nations Environment Assembly meeting in Nairobi.

Yvonne Khamati, chairman Africa Diplomatic Corps Technical Committee, condemned the utterances made by the country’s head of delegation Mohamed Hesham Shoeir at at the summit which ended on May 27.

The committee said the verbal attacks by current President of African Ministerial Conference on the Environment impedes gains made in promoting the continent’s unity.

“We feel that these uncivilized, racist, discriminatory and vindictive utterances do not advance the vision of the 2063 African Agenda and the Pan-Africanism that was advocated by the founding fathers of the African Union,” said Khamati in a press statement.

She said the committee resolved that the Egyptian delegation be barred from negotiating or undertaking any leadership position on behalf of Africa further asking the said official to resign as President of AMCEN “with immediate effect.”

“This issue should be raised to the Permanent Representative Committee in Addis Ababa, New York, Vienna, Geneva and subsequently to the Heads of State …read more