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Sunday, March 31, 2013

HE ROSE - Thank Goodness, He Rose

We celebrate his faithfulness to us.
We celebrate God's gift, Jesus Christ.
We celebrate Jesus!

Cesar Chevez - 86th Birthday

(born César Estrada Chávez, locally: [ˈsesaɾ esˈtɾaða ˈtʃaβes]; March 31, 1927 – April 23, 1993) was
an  American farm worker, labor leader and civil rights activist, who, with Dolores Huerta, co-founded the National Farm Workers Association (later the United Farm Workers union, UFW).
A Mexican American, Chavez became the best known Latino American civil rights activist, and was strongly promoted by the American labor movement, which was eager to enroll Hispanic members. His public-relations approach to unionism and aggressive but nonviolent tactics made the farm workers' struggle a moral cause with nationwide support. By the late 1970s, his tactics had forced growers to recognize the UFW as the bargaining agent for 50,000 field workers in California and Florida. However, by the mid-1980s membership in the UFW had dwindled to around 15,000.
  • Born: Mar 31, 1927 · Yuma
  • Died: Apr 23, 1993 · San Luis
  • Founded: United Farm Workers
  • Siblings: Richard Chavez
  • Awards: Presidential Medal of Freedom 
  • Parents: Librado Chavez · Juana Estrada Chavez
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Milwaukee Professionals Association LLC salutes a real warrior - CESAR CHAVEZ

Friday, March 29, 2013

GOOD FRIDAY - The Day the Ultimate Price was Paid

Friday, March 29, 2013
AROUND THE WORLD - (MPA-PPR) -- Today is so precious in history for ALL people, especially those who confess to Christianity.  It is the day that Jesus hung on the cross and died for our sins.

Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
Oh.  Oh.  Sometimes I wonder.  Were you there when they crucified my Lord?

Willie Nelson - Were You There?

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

U.S. SECRET SERVICE DIRECTOR - Julia Pierson

Director of the U.S. Secret Service
WASHINGTON - (MPA-PPR), the U. S. Secret Service top administrator is a female, the first woman to head the organization.  Julia Pierson has been with the Secret Service since 1983 - 30 years.   She has a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice.  Congratulations!
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 Julia A. Pierson (born 1959 or 1960), Orlando, FL, is an American law enforcement official. She is currently the Director of the United States Secret Service.  Pierson was appointed by President Barack Obama and became the 23rd Director and the first woman to head the agency. Wikipedia
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The Secret Service protects the president, top administration officials and visiting dignitaries.
She takes over an agency that has been embroiled in tumoil - battered by recent prostitution scandal.

We wish her the best in cleaning up the agency and putting a face of TRUST on our secret service agency.  We trust that her selection will be an incentive to other women to not only join this agency but, aspire to its top levels.

MILWAUKEE PROFESSIONALS ASSOCIATION LLC joins the Black Public Relations Society - Milwaukee


BLACK PUBLIC RELATIONS SOCIETY - MILWAUKEE

March 27, 2013
MILWAUKEE - (MPA-PPR), Milwaukee Professionals Association LLC is in an expansion mode for engagement and networking.  Earlier this week, it announced the "WOW" factor in event planning and the START MEETING cloud-based conferencing for instant and concentrated communication that includes audio messaging and screen sharing up to 1000 folk.

"Today, we are announcing our NEW professional membership with the Black Public Relations Society of Milwaukee.  We see our connection to this positive, national and networking professional group as another way to share information, share WOW event planning, educate the public and promote public trust in the public square", said Mary Glass, Chair/CEO, MPA LLC.

CLICK - For more about BPRS

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Milwaukee Professionals Association LLC announces "WOW" Affordable Health Care Extravaganza - AUGUST 2-4, 2013

MILWAUKEE - (MPA-PPR), Mary Glass, Chair/CEO, Milwaukee Professionals Association LLC announced the "WOW" event for the summer for MPA LLC. 

It is the Affordable Health Care Extravaganza.

The event will focus on a number of topics for URBAN POPULATION Health Care.  They include:

  • 2014 FULL IMPLEMENTATION
  • 2013 INSURANCE SELECTION
  • Affordable Health Care 101
  • Consumer Protection Forums
  • Dual Beneficiaries
  • Elements of Preparation
  • Education Sites
  • Financing Health Care
  • Fraudsters
  • Health Care Facilitators
  • Health Coaching
  • Health Engines at the Neighborhood level
  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996
  • Health Practitioners
  • Industry Panelists
  • Insurance Providers
  • Interprofessional clinicians
  • IT-Information Technology Mart
  • Medicare and Medicaid
  • Patient Navigation Centers
  • Pharmaceutical products
  • Primary Care and Provider Capacity
  • TeleHealth Care
  • The CULTURE of Health Care
  • Upgrading of Direct Care Workers - personal care aides, home health aides, nursing aides
Participation
We will offer opportunity for sponsors, donors, underwriters, exhibitors and advertisement for product marketing starting April 1, 2013.

Stay tuned.
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Milwaukee Professionals Association LLC is a premier Affordable Health Care LLC in Milwaukee.  We are re-defining, re-branding and un-trapping hidden talent and vetted businesses.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Sundance Film Festival - MEET THE ARTISTS, Gideon's ARMY - DAWN, JONATHAN, TRAVIS & ALEXANDER

'Gideon's Army' -- A Beyond Cinema Original Interview  

Host:  Simone Boyce
Artists:
Back Row, L-R, Attorney Jonathan Rapping, Attorney/Movie Producer Dawn Porter

Front Row, L-R, Attorney Travis Williams and Attorney Brandy Alexander


January 29, 2013

Beyond Cinema Magazine

 Host:       Simone Boyce Meet The Artists - Gideon's Army - '13: Dawn Porter

GIDEON'S FAILED PROMISE - Brennan Center for Justice

Brennan Center’s Justice Update
Gideon’s Failed Promise

Fifty years ago this month, the Supreme Court issued its landmark Gideon v. Wainwright ruling, which guaranteed criminal defendants a constitutional right to counsel, even if they cannot afford one. Despite the Court’s noble words, Gideon’s guarantees remain largely unmet. For example, public defenders are so underfunded that they spend an average of less than six minutes per case at arraignments. “The sad truth is that there is no universal right to counsel today,” wrote Brennan Center Fellow Andrew Cohen. “It has been legislated and judicially interpreted out of existence for millions of Americans caught up in our criminal justice systems.” Karen Houppert, author of the recently published book "Chasing Gideon," noted in The Washington Post, “The war on drugs, the ‘three strikes’ laws and the lock-’em-up mentality of politicians have led to indigent clients flooding the courts.”

But the situation is not hopeless. In a forthcoming Brennan Center white paper, Thomas Giovanni and Roopal Patel offer an array of low-cost reforms that will help bring us closer to a more fair and robust system of public defense. On April 9th, the Brennan Center and the New Press will host a panel discussion with Houppert, Giovanni, Gloria Browne-Marshall of John Jay College and Jonathan Gradess of the New York State Defenders Association, to discuss these reforms and additional ways to realize the promise of Gideon.

RSVP to the event here, or visit the Brennan Center’s Gideon resource center for more on the state of the right to counsel.

Justice Department Can Be Smart About Sequester
In a recent article in The Hill, Inimai Chettiar and Ethan Nadelman of the Drug Policy Alliance point out how the U.S. Department of Justice can wisely use the mandatory sequester cuts to impliment evidence-based programs that prioritize public safety. “To start, the Justice Department should work to reduce the federal criminal justice population — meaning the number of people unnecessarily arrested, prosecuted, and sent to prison,” Chettiar and Nadelman write. “The Justice Department should also overhaul its grant system to state criminal justice programs by making all grants performance-based.” Read more in the ABA Journal or our letter to the Department and the White House’s Office of Management and Budget.

Speaking further about such funding reforms, Chettiar joined Michael Jacobson from the Vera Institute for Justice to kick off the 4th Annual Criminal Justice Summit in Baton Rouge, Louisiana last Friday.

Still No Real Relief for Families Facing Foreclosure
Despite last February’s $25 billion agreement by the nation’s five largest mortgage servicers to settle charges of “robo-signing” and other abuses, the pact has not brought relief to strapped homeowners. More than half of the settlement — $13 billion — has come through short-sale agreements, in which a borrower sells their home for less than the leftover mortgage, Mark Ladov noted in a column for Reuters. Although such sales resolve the foreclosure they do not keep families in their homes or neighborhoods intact. Read more from Ladov in The New York Times and Washington Post.

Research Round-Up
In its annual report published last week, the Bureau of Prisons announced the incarceration cost per inmate increased to $28,893 in FY2011, a rise of $609 from the previous year. “This increase underscores the need for serious fiscal and policy reforms to our federal prison systems,” said Inimai Chettiar. Read more on DOJ's rising costs in the Inspector General's House testimony.

A new report from the Sentencing Project documents the decline in incarceration among black women. Thomas Giovanni joined Sentencing Project director Marc Mauer on HuffPost Live to discuss how further reforms are needed to address overincarceration.

Gabriel Solis examined findings from a new Annie E. Casey Foundation study about juvenile overincarceration for The Huffington Post. Solis points out that performance-incentive funding reforms should be implemented throughout the entire criminal justice system, in addition to the juvenile justice system.

Dr. Harry Levine at the Drug Policy Alliance released a study finding that over the past 11 years, 1 million hours of police time was spent on low-level marijuana possession arrests in New York City.

A new study by Professor Kyle Graham of Santa Clara Law School examines the practice of prosecutorial “overcharging” in criminal cases and suggests metrics for identifying when prosecutors engage in it.

Upcoming Events
Indigent Defense Reform as Racial Justice (April 5): Thomas Giovanni will speak at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government on why funding public defense is central to the criminal justice system’s legitimacy.

Toward a Civil Gideon: The Future of Legal Services (April 6): Mark Ladov will present at a Harvard Law School symposium on the need for counsel for those facing foreclosure.

Reforming Gideon at 50 (April 9): The Brennan Center and the New Press will host a roundtable discussion at John Jay College of Criminal Justice on steps to ensure the right to counsel.

The Brennan Center is Hiring!
Want to help end mass incarceration? Join our efforts. The Brennan Center for Justice is looking for Research Associates, Attorneys, a Policy Associate, and an Economic Research Fellow for our Washington D.C. and New York offices. See all of the Brennan Center’s openings here.

Sign up for your copy of The Justice Update.

Read more about the Justice Program, its work, and its staff.

Keep up with the Center’s work by subscribing to all our newsletters.

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"WOW" brings COMMUNICATION by "Start Meeting" - Cloud-based presentations

March 25, 2013
MILWAUKEE - (MPA-PPR), Milwaukee Professionals Association LLC "WOW" factor brings START MEETING cloud-based conferencing for instant and concentrated communication that includes audio messaging and screen sharing up to 1000 folk.

Neighborhood - Small Business and Residential
So often the URBAN neighborhoods are cut-off from time-senstive technology communication and competitiveness due to a lack of "hook-up".  It is a critical difference between decision maker, employee, supply chain, financial managers, health care, partners, customers and marketplace in urban Milwaukee.

We will bring this "critical mass link" right into the home-based business, the corner store business, the main street business, the community-based business, the hospitals, clinics and home care businesses, the education outlets, the associations, the group-of-businesses and government links.  It will share CORE value business etos - education attainment opportunities, technology opportunities, joint-ownership opportunities and lobbying techniques to name a few.

Stay tuned.
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Milwaukee Professionals Association LLC is a premier for-profit business in Milwaukee for Affordable Health Care. 

Schacknow - Today's Primer, March 25, 2013

US Stocks Poised For Higher Open On Cyprus Bailout Deal
Peter Schacknow, Senior Producer, CNBC Breaking News Desk

U.S. markets are likely to open higher this morning, after Cyprus reached a bailout deal with its lenders that's received the approval of European Union finance ministers. That follows a volatile week in which the major averages finished near breakeven as investors followed the ongoing developments out of Cyprus.

It will be a busy week for economic numbers, but none of those reports are out today. Ironically, there are several reports scheduled for Friday - when the markets will be closed for Good Friday.

Today's schedule does include a Treasury sale of $35 billion 2-year notes, with the results of that sale available shortly after 1 p.m. ET.

For-profit education provider Apollo Group (APOL) and retailer Dollar General (DG) are among the companies set to report quarterly earnings this morning, while restaurant chain operator Sonic (SONC) will be out with its numbers after today's closing bell.

Smithfield Foods (SFD) is among our stocks to watch today, with the nation's largest hog producer reportedly hiring Goldman Sachs to weigh strategic options. Both Smithfield and Goldman Sachs declined comment on that Reuters report.

Dell (DELL) is currently evaluating takeover proposals from Blackstone Group (BX) and investor Carl Icahn, deciding whether either one is superior to the current $24.4 billion deal led by CEO Michael Dell. According to Reuters, Icahn's offer is $15 per share for 58% of Dell, while Blackstone is offering more than $14.25 per share. The current deal is worth $13.65 per share.

Microsoft (MSFT) received a favorable ruling from an International Trade Commission judge, who says it did not violate a patent held by Google (GOOG) subsidiary Motorola Mobility in its Xbox video game system. The full commission will make a final ruling on the case in July.

Boeing (BA) will lay off 800 machinists by the end of this year, according to CNBC's Phil LeBeau. The total number of positions eliminated will be between 2,000 and 2,300 but the majority will be done through attrition. Boeing says the reductions adjust its workforce needs on its newest jets, the 787 Dreamliner and the 747-8 jumbo jet.

Apple (AAPL) was forced to take down its "iForgot" password system over the weekend to deal with a security flaw. The flaw would allow the resetting of an Apple ID and iCloud password with only a person's email and birthdate.

AstraZeneca (AZN) has settled a patent dispute involving its best-selling cholesterol drug Crestor. The settlement will allow generic drugmakers to begin selling a generic version in 2016.

Vodafone (VOD) is examining the possibility of selling its 45 percent stake in Verizon Wireless, according to London's Sunday Times. Such a deal could net Vodafone $135 billion dollars

The "WOW" Factor is Milwaukee Professionals Association LLC newest addition to All Hands on Deck

March 25, 2013
MILWAUKEE - (MPA-PPR) - Milwaukee Professionals Association LLC adds another layer to its All Hands on Deck, WE CAN Initiative business model.

The "WOW" Factor is puttting a stimulus in the economic engines at the neighborhood level to help re-define, re-brand and un-trap hidden talent and vetted businesses at the neighborhood level.  It is innovative engagement (individual and group), bundling and partnering with like-minds for greater good and attacking - yes. attacking today's hungry marketplace with state-of-the-art CUSTOMER service.  Expected byproducts include:
  • introducing "DIAMONDS in the Rough" for PATHWAY and PIPELINE sustainability.
  • creating economies of scale in a fertile and lucrative environment that is "pent-up"
  • strengthening the NEW and EXISTING neighborhood-level business
  • germinate wealth-building.
  • create excitement.
  • gentrification of monopoly and oligopoly bedfellows.
Stay tuned.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE ACT - 3 YEARS - MARCH 23, 2013

U.S.A - (MPA-PPR) - On March 23, 2010, President Barack Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).  It is known as Obama Care and Affordable Health Care Act.

It was enacted in the 111th Congress.

Most major provisions phased in by January 2014; remaining provisions phased in by 2020.

PPACA is aimed primarily at decreasing the number of uninsured Americans and reducing the overall costs of health care. It provides a number of mechanisms—including mandates, subsidies, and tax credits—to employers and individuals in order to increase the coverage rate.  Additional reforms are aimed at improving healthcare outcomes and streamlining the delivery of health care. PPACA requires insurance companies to cover all applicants and offer the same rates regardless of pre-existing conditions or sex. The Congressional Budget Office projected that PPACA will lower both future deficits and Medicare spending.   Wikipedia

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Milwaukee Professionals Association LLC is a premier Affordable Health Care LLC.

The STENCH of COVER-UP - Hurts ALL of us Now and in the Future


Sunday Edition, March 24, 2013
MILWAUKEE - (MPA-PPR), Milwaukee County mourns the “unethical” actions by those in LEADERSHIP – those given the honor and privilege to serve; but, they choose to be conspirators and accomplices to wrongful acts of bias and discrimination. Thereby, dishonoring the office they serve.

Woe betides those elected, appointed and hired government servants that dishonor their Oath of Office and distain soon follows at the time they lest expect.

Mary Glass – Chair/CEO, Milwaukee Professionals Association LLC
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Accomplice
An accomplice is an individual who participates in the commission of a crime knowingly, willingly, and with common interest. An accomplice is one who intentionally aids in the commission of a crime whether or not they physically commit the act itself. An accomplice can be charged with the same crime as the principle actor who carries out the offense. In the eyes of the law, helping someone in the commission of a crime makes one just as guilty as the criminal themselves

An accessory after the fact is someone who knowingly and willingly helps the principle actors and/or the accomplice to evade arrest or trial. For example, the person who harbors the criminals after they have robbed the bank may be considered an accessory after the fact. Just like the accomplice, an accessory before or after the fact may also be charged for the crime that took place. Criminal Law Source

The Court of Public Opinion lenses can take actions (render a "guilty" vote) that apply before and/or after a legal opinion - yet never go through our judicial system – a person’s reputation can be damaged beyond repair.  The focus/interest of social media and word-of-mouth can come like swarm of locust and it is immediately a high-profile ethical and professional disaster.

Such is the Discrimination and Bias Complaint by Mary Glass, Chair/CEO, Milwaukee Professionals Association LLC


CLICK - STENCH OF COVER-UP
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Updated:  March 25, 2013
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Friday, March 22, 2013

Schacknow - Today's Primer, March 22, 2013

March 22, 2013

Investors Watching Cyprus As Funding Talks With Russia Fall Apart
Peter Schacknow, Senior Producer, CNBC Breaking News Desk

Investors will no doubt be focused on the latest developments out of Cyprus, where talks with Russia over bailout funding have fallen apart. Wall Street's reaction has been mixed all week – some days reacting sharply to Cyprus, other days seemingly indifferent. However, Thursday's reaction was clearly negative, with the Dow and S&P 500 posting their biggest losses since February 25, and both headed for their biggest weekly losses of 2013.

After a busy Thursday, there are no government economic reports on the calendar today. Earnings reports of note this morning include Darden Restaurants (DRI), parent of the Olive Garden and Red Lobster chains, and luxury retailer Tiffany (TIF). There are no earnings reports scheduled after today's closing bell.

Salesforce.com (CRM) is among our stocks to watch today, as the maker of customer relations software announces a four-for-one stock split.

Nike (NKE) reported fiscal third quarter earnings of $0.73 per share, six cents above estimates, though revenue was slightly shy of consensus forecasts. Earnings were boosted by an increase in gross margins, breaking an eight-quarter streak of declines.

Tibco Software (TIBX) reported fiscal first quarter earnings of $0.18 per share, in line with estimates. However, revenue for the business software maker was short of analyst forecasts, as is its current quarter forecast. Tibco is citing what it calls "execution challenges" in both North America and the U.K.

Micron Technology (MU) reported a second quarter loss of $0.28 per share, wider than the $0.19 analysts were expecting. However, the chipmaker's revenues of $2.08 billion were above estimates of $1.92 billion, and profit margins expanded as well. Micron benefited from an increase in the popularity of flash memory chips, with revenues in that segment jumping 8% from the prior quarter.

Tech Data (TECD) will restate earnings results for the past three years, placing the blame on accounting practices at a vendor which services its U.K. subsidiary. The technology products distributor says the restatement could erase up to $33 million in profits from the 2011 through 2013 fiscal years and that investors should no longer rely on the financial data relating to these periods of time.

BP (BP) has announced an $8 billion share buyback program, following the sale of its stake in TNK-BP to Russia's Rosneft. A return of cash to shareholders was anticipated following the sale, but some analysts say the $8 billion is more than they expected.

Dell (DELL) is likely to see some attention today, as the 45-day "go-shop" period for buyout offers comes to an end. Blackstone Group (BX) is seen by some as the most likely to put forth a bid that tops the $13.65 per share offered by CEO Michael Dell and a group of investors.

Monster Energy (MNST) shares are under pressure following an American Heart Association study finding that energy drinks may increase blood pressure and disturb the heart's natural rhythm.

Apple (AAPL) will reportedly unveil the iPhone 5s and the iPad 5 on June 29, according to tech web site Gizmorati, which cites an inside source and confirmation from a third party. That date would mark the sixth anniversary of the introduction of the original iPhone

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Wendell Pierce and Co-Owners EMERGING Business of FRESH FOODS in Urban cities - Sterling Farm


Wendell Piece (L), Jim Hatchell (center) and Troy Henry (far R)
Development Team - August 26, 2011
Project:  New full-service supermarket
 Holy Cross Neighborhood Association (HCNA)
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CNBC SQUAWK BOX - STERLING FARMSThe Big Easy, New Orleans, Louisiana -- Wendell Pierce - Co-Owner of Sterling Farm, Actor and Businessman is joined by Troy Henry - Consultant and Co-owner of Sterling Farms on Squawk Box to talk about their exciting venture for the Urban consumer.

Take a listen.

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"We congratulate Wendell, Troy and their investors, the Arena Football League (AFL) for the FRESH FOOD in desert city environments.  This is the WOW factor development.  We agree the pent-up market in Urban cities are poised for wise business persons.  This is the type of entrepreneurship that I am talking about for the city of Milwaukee," said Mary Glass, Chair/CEO, Milwaukee Professionals Association LLC

BLACKBERRY 10 PRODUCT REVIEW

March 21, 2013
MILWAUKEE - (MPA-PPR) -- Have you read up on the NEW Blackberry 10 that is making waves against the Iphones.  Do you have one?  If so, we would like to know what you think about it.  We are considering its "Purpose use" for recommendation for our DIAMONDS in the Rough members.

Published on Jan 30, 2013

See how BlackBerry 10 features and apps work together seamlessly to deliver the ultimate user experience. BlackBerry 10 empowers business users, helping them manage time, prioritize tasks, stay close to the people who matter and get things done, fast. Watch and learn how new features like BBM Video chat with Screen Share, BlackBerry Balance, BlackBerry World for Work corporate application storefront and 3rd party apps like Cisco Webex help businesses make the most of opportunities. To learn more about how BlackBerry keeps business moving, visit http://www.blackberry.com/business or connect with us on our Inside BlackBerry for Business Blog, at http://bizblog.blackberry.com/
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Also, view Blackberry stock notice below.

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We would like to hear from you about your use of the Blackberry 10 at: 
mpapublicpolicyreview@gmail.com

MPA LLC Hidden/Vetted Pipeline in the city of Milwaukee - Meet Chef Marvin


Chef Marvin Jones - Tastefully Yours (414.375-6275)
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March 21, 2013
MILWAUKEE - (MPA-PPR) -- Milwaukee Professionals Association LLC continues to increase the wealth, competitiveness and talent focus at the neighborhood level in the city of Milwaukee.  It is part of the re-defining, re-branding and un-trapping hidden talent and vetted businesses with growth.

We, at MPA LLC recognize a number of industries at the neighborhood level that are "economic engines"  - "Catering" is one of them.  The businesses are part of the URBAN emerging strand of businesses that are below the radar and battling challenges of regulatory madness that prevent FULL entry into the marketplace.  Four (4) ways we are creating openings are:
  • MPA LLC Hidden/Vetted Pipeline Highlight - "DIAMONDS in the Rough" Suite
  • Business-Marketplace Education Attainment
  • Business-Marketplace Technology Attainment
  • Milwaukee Elected Delegation - federal/state/county/local
Today, we highlight CHEF MARVIN

"I believe cooking is a gift from God, and I try to honor that gift every time I pick up a cooking utensil. Therefore, I take no credit for the food prepared. I love what I do and I’m inspired by the joy cooking gave my Dad, followed by the formal training from Kendal College, and the precious things learned from all the cooks and chefs who took time to share a technique with me. Therefore, I am humble and eternally grateful every day for this experience, and that someone is willing to pay me for what I would truly do for free”.

Marvin Jones
TASTEFULLY YOURS
Caterers

414.375.6275
Email:  atasteofart47@gmail.com
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Chef Marvin will provide delectable items that includes Vegetarian dishes at the Pre-Engagement Dinner - 5:30 pm, Friday, March 22, 2013 (private) & Lecture and Book Signing of Dr. Seshat, 6:00pm Saturday, March 23, 2013 (public).  Both events are sponsored by Astrology Enlightment and will be held at:

TIMBUKTU
520 E. Center Street
Milwaukee, WI  53212

EVENT CONTACTSEKHMET 414.301-1785

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Dr. Seshat Coming to Milwaukee - Saturday, March 23, 2013

"Honoring Dr. Seshat" - Lecture, Book, Book Signing and Reception

Dr. Julie Spooner (known as Dr. Seshat) received her undergraduate degree from Yale University, and completed her doctorate at the Graduate School of City University of New York. She has been a practicing psychotherapist since 1988, and she has taught at City College, Medgar Evers College, and Borough of Manhattan Community College. She is both a clinical psychologist and a shaman (spiritual leader of prophecy).

Treat yourself to this event.
Dr. Seshat will provide a Lecture, highlights of recent trip to the Amazon Jungle, Q & A and will sign her book, "Healing Across Dimensions, Transformation through Spirit", 2nd Edition. 

During the Book Signing and Reception, you can sign up for "PRIVATE READINGS" with Dr. Seshat for Sunday, March 24, 2013.
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Place:
TIMBUKTU
520 E. Center Street
Milwaukee, WI 5321

Time: 5:30pm
Cost: $30.00
(Tickets are available at:  SEKHMET 414.301.1785)

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Video
Published on Mar 29, 2012 Honoring the ancestors by Seshat (Dr. Julie R Spooner) Monologues for Black Girls and Stolen Women Reclaiming Our Bodies, Our Selves, Our Lives.


www.doctorjspooner.com/

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Schacknow - Today's Primer, March 20, 2013

Investors Focused On Cyprus, Fed Ahead Of Wednesday Session


Peter Schacknow, Senior Producer, CNBC Breaking News Desk
Wall Street's winning ways are being waylaid by uncertainty over the situation in Cyprus, where lawmakers have rejected the terms of a proposed EU bailout. However, the reaction has been muted, and the Dow's small gain Tuesday means that it still has not had a 3-day losing streak in 2013. The S&P 500, however, was unable to avoid its first 3-day skid since late December, with a Fed statement and a Ben Bernanke news conference looming in the day ahead.

In keeping with the Fed's new schedule, the statement that follows the meeting of Fed policymakers will be released at 2pm ET, along with their latest economic projections. Chairman Bernanke's news conference will begin at 2:30pm ET.

There are no government economic reports out today to occupy investors ahead of the Fed events, although we will see the regular weekly reports on mortgage applications from the Mortgage Bankers Association (7 a.m. ET) and on oil and gasoline inventories from the Energy Department (10:30 a.m. ET).

Today's earnings calendar has some prominent names on an otherwise short list: FedEx (FDX), General Mills (GIS), and Lennar (LEN) will issue quarterly numbers this morning, while Oracle (ORCL), Jabil Circuit (JBL), and Pacific Sunwear (PSUN) will be out with their reports after today's closing bell.

Adobe Systems (ADBE) leads our list of stocks to watch, with the software maker reporting fiscal first quarter profit of $0.35 per share, four cents above estimates. Revenue also topped analyst forecasts. Adobe's earnings were 65 percent lower than the prior year, as the company transitions to subscription services from packaged software, but they still beat the Street's expectations.

Williams-Sonoma (WSM) earned $1.34 per share for the fourth quarter, five cents above estimates, with revenues also beating consensus. The home goods retailer saw strong online sales during the quarter, and was also helped by a reduction in discounting.

Francesca's Holdings (FRAN) beat estimates by three cents with fourth quarter profit of $0.33 per share. Revenue of $86.7 million was also well above forecasts of $78 million. The women's clothing retailer specializes in affordable apparel for customers aged 18-35.

ConocoPhillips (COP) has made what it calls a "significant" oil discovery in a recently drilled Gulf of Mexico Well. Conoco has a 30 percent stake in the well, as does Anadarko Petroleum (APC).

JPMorgan Chase (JPM) will return $546 million to former customers of collapsed trading firm MF Global under a tentative agreement struck late Tuesday. The deal must still be approved by two judges. JPMorgan was the processor of the firm's securities trades.

Boeing (BA) customer All Nippon Airways reportedly wants cash from the jet maker rather than future discounts as compensation for the grounding of Boeing's 787 Dreamliner. Reuters quotes a person familiar the Japanese airline's thinking, although a spokesman says nothing has been decided. ANA is the Boeing's biggest 787 customer.

General Electric (GE) may consider spinning off its GE Capital unit at some point in the future, according to CEO Jeff Immelt. However, he told industry leaders in Sydney, Australia that GE is not actively working on such a plan.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

BPRS Teaches Easy Media Relations Tips - Saturday, March 23, 2013


For Immediate Release


Media Contact: Eric Von
414-840-1041
bprsmke@gmail.com

BPRS Teaches Easy Media Relations Tips
Free to the Public

Milwaukee, WI (March 12, 2013) – The Black Public Relations Society (BPRS) will host a series of its signature event, How to Get Your Story Told, throughout the year. This first session of How to Get Your Story Told will focus on writing effective news releases and media advisories, on Saturday, March 23 from 11:00a.m.-1 p.m. at the Capital Drive Library, 3969 N. 74th St. This event is free and open to the public.

The How to Get Your Story Told series is designed to benefit nonprofits, churches, schools and small businesses by teaching them how to properly format and effectively write a news release and media advisory.

The session will feature a panel of Black Public Relations Society Milwaukee Chapter member professionals.

“We’ve found from the feedback of our October session that many in attendance had questions on what makes for a good news release and media advisory,” said Faithe Colas, BPRS board president. “We want to give those in attendance information to help communicate their message.”

This BPRS signature event will offer a Q&A segment and tools to write effective news releases and media advisories for print, broadcast, radio and social media.

Our Mission

BPRS of Milwaukee is an organization of African Americans who work in the field of public relations. Our mission is to provide members with peer-to-peer support, networking, job opportunities, programs and partnerships that aid their professional development.

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For more information about BPRS visit our website at www.bprsmilwaukee.org.

From the Americas - Pope Francis, Inauguration, March 19, 2013

March 19, 2013
ROME - Vatican City - born Jorge Mario Bergoglio on 17 December 1936) is the 266th and current Pope of the Catholic Church, elected on 13 March 2013. As such, he is both head of the Church and Sovereign of the Vatican City State (a separate city in Rome, Italy). 

A native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, he was ordained as a priest in 1969. He served as head of the Society of Jesus in Argentina from 1973 to 1979. In 1998 he became the Archbishop of Buenos Aires, and in 2001 a cardinal. Following the resignation of his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, on 28 February 2013, the conclave elected Bergoglio, who chose the papal name Francis in honour of Saint Francis of Assisi. He is the first pope to be a Jesuit, to come from the Americas, and to come from the Southern Hemisphere.
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The new pontiff named himself after the humble Catholic friar St. Francis of Assisi. President Barack Obama hailed the new leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics as a "champion of the poor."
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We wish Pope Francis a uniting spirit.
As a Catholic who often have concerns about the lack of Africans and African Americans seen in the public engagement and Vatican structure, it is nice to see that this Pope seems to hit-the-floor running with the thought of "the lest of these" as his focus - INCLUSION.
Mary Glass, Chair/CEO, Milwaukee Professionals Association LLC.

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Monday, March 18, 2013

Shacknow - Today's Primer, March 18, 2013

TODAYS PRIMER

Peter Schacknow, Senior Producer, CNBC Breaking News Desk

A controversial bailout for Cyprus is virtually guaranteeing that Wall Street's week will not get off to a positive start, with stock index futures lower following a selloff in the Asian and European markets. That follows the end of the Dow's 10-session winning streak on Friday, along with its record of not falling on any Friday during 2013.

The economic calendar has just one report scheduled to begin the week, with the National Association of Home Builders putting out its monthly sentiment index at 10 a.m. ET. Economists are looking for a reading of 48 for March, two points higher than February. There are no corporate earnings reports of major note scheduled for today.

Boeing (BA) is among our stocks to watch, with competitor Airbus reportedly landing a record jet order that could be worth $20 billion at list prices. Reuters says the order comes from Indonesia's Lion Air, which has traditionally ordered from Boeing.

Anheuser-Busch InBev (BUD) and the Justice Department have jointly asked a court to extend a stay on current litigation involving its $20.1 billion deal to buy Mexico's Grupo Modelo. The beer brewer issued a statement saying it has made substantial progress in resolving DOJ's concerns about the deal. The biggest beneficiary of this news from a stock perspective may be Constellation Brands (STZ), which is buying assets from AB InBev to help satisfy DOJ's concerns.

Facebook (FB) has appointed Mike Schroepfer as its new Chief Technology Officer. Schroepfer had previously served as VP/Engineering at Mozilla, the company behind the Firefox web browser.

Avis Budget Group (CAR) has appointed Mark Norman as chief executive officer of just-acquired Zipcar, replacing Scott Griffith. The news was confirmed in a memo sent by Griffith to employees late Friday.

Walt Disney (DIS) had another good weekend at the movie box office, with its "Oz the Great and Powerful" ranking #1 for the second consecutive week. The movie took in $42.2 million in North American ticket sales, easily beating "The Call", which was a distant second with $17.1 million in sales.
Verizon (VZ) has been upgraded to "buy" from "neutral" at Citigroup, which now sees Verizon executing a buyout of Vodafone's (VOD) stake in Verizon Wireless that provides tax efficiency for Vodafone and earnings accretion for Verizon.
Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) has been upgraded to "overweight" from "equal weight" at Morgan Stanley. The firm points to positive momentum in both free cash flow and earnings, which will accelerate the timing of cash being returned to investors.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Small Business Loan Approvals From Big Banks at Highest Rates Since 2011


Large banks with over $10 billion in assets are lending to small businesses again
by C. Daniel Baker Posted: March 13, 2013

“Smaller banks are making more and more loans through the SBA’s Small Loan Advantage Program, which range in amounts from $50,000 to $350,000 and require little collateral,” said Biz2Credit CEO Rohit Arora, who oversaw the research. “Big banks, including Sovereign and Citizens Bank, are also increasing their approvals of loans between $50,000 and $500,000. We have even seen an uptick by giants such as TD Bank and Bank of America. Small business lending is a profitable business. I’m surprised it has taken so long for some players to get back into the game.”

The index also reports that credit unions loan approval rates fell for the ninth straight month. One reason for this decline is as banks approve more loans, credit unions are receiving more loans from applicants with less than desirable credit ratings.
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Black Enterprise - Wealth for Life

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Milwaukee Professionals Association LLC adds CONSUMER PROTECTION

March 13, 2013
MILWAUKEE (MPA-PPR) -- Today, Chair/CEO, Mary Glass, Milwaukee Professionals Association LLC, announced another addition to its Smart Growth Signature Initiative - All Hands on Deck, WE CAN. 

It is Consumer Protection.
It has been added to the Safety Matters Series Suite and will look at discrimination, competition, bias, exploitation, fraud, scams, transparency, best practices and accountability. 

Special attention is added to the AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE component that affect the public through customer care, customer information sharing, customer electronic health records, insurance selections, intellectual propriety, malpractices, pharmaceuticals, products, and patient navigation for neighborhood-vetted wraparound services.

Wisconsin is a "Federally-Facilitated Exchange" that has over 5 million people that will be processed for clearance of the Affordable Health Care insurance full implementation over the next 9 months.  Since Milwaukee is the largest city with over a half-million population, many below the "poverty-level" and many "without" health insurance, MPA LLC has made a commitment to help ensure that "Preparedness" be their priority commitment. 

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Recent outreach by Milwaukee Professionals Association LLC to Milwaukee County Department of Aging to introduce PREPAREDNESS to seniors for the Affordable Health Care full implementation set-off a discovery of Discrimination and Bias against a female-owned "for-profit" business.  It has also simultaneously uncovered how government employees, elected-appointed-hired, can interfere WRONGFULLY and erode TRUST, opportunity in the marketplace, loss of security, loss of confidence in product and services. 

This is a form of "Consumer Protection" (somewhat in the reverse) that is being shared with the federal Financial Fraud Task Force to see how "in-house government operations", whether federal-state-local,  can target vulnerable populations such as commercial business owners working in the marketplace and offering needed Affordable Health Care preparedness services for the elderly due to bias, DISCRIMINATION, arbitrary capricious acts and failure to enforce Code of Conduct law.

MPA LLC has adopted and will mirror the goals and expectations of our Consumer Division at the federal level.  They include:
  • To FOSTER solution-building with Milwaukee County government and other local organizations for short and long-term planning and channel development that help prevent bias and DISCRIMINATION of all businesses, especially for-profit Milwaukee Professionals Association LLC.
  • To IDENTIFY leaders and organizations for sustainability.
  •  To EDUCATE the public to curb victimizing.
  • To STRENGTHEN "people protection" with enhanced civil and criminal enforcement efforts.
  • To CREATE PARTNERSHIPS through outreach in federal-state-local government agencies, People of Color chambers, neighborhood businesses, neighborhood community-based organizations, urban health care partners - health practitioners, health providers, insurance and pharmaceutical companies.
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"We have adopted the format given by President Barack Obama's Financial Fraud Task Force."
"We will mirror the major concerns shared by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Stuart Delery, Civil Division, during the Consumer Protection Summit, March 3-9, 2013" said Glass.


CONSUMER PROTECTION SUMMIT
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UPDATED VERSION - SCRIBD.COM

Monday, March 11, 2013

OATH OF OFFICE, FRAUD and CONSUMER PROTECTION, A Must

MILWAUKEE (MPA-PPR) -- The Oath of Office - Solemn Pledge to honor the U.S. Constitution (Preamble, Bill of Rights and Amendments) has become a priority of MPA LLC All Hands on Deck, WE CAN Initiative.

MPA LLC Smart Growth Signature Plan (2005-2010) IDENTIFIED paid government employees as a major contributor to Enduring Concentrated Poverty in the city of Milwaukee.  The government employees are:
  • Elected
  • Appointed
  • Hired
FRAUD
Acts of Discrimination, cronyism, conflicts of interest, and acts of deception are ways of FRAUD perpetrated on the citizenry.  These are acts that help DEFRAUD those who have put them in office to represent the fairness and appropriateness of the government.

The Oath of Office - has a solemn Pledge to bond the words that link "person-to-Constitution" - U.S. Constitution, the granddaddy of law.  Too often it does not.  Wherein, you will find the city of Milwaukee and other areas with like constructs.


Recommendation & Action
Milwaukee Professionals Association LLC newest platform is the Consumer Protection arm.  This is a very coveted area of focus at this time by the U.S. Attorney General's office - our country's top law enforcers.


MPA LLC has added Consumer Protection to its Safety Matters program to strengthen and give clarity.
The Safety Matters arm has been on HOLD.  It has over 300 followers on Facebook and recently added to Scribd.com.

The Consumer arm caution against scams, exploitation and fraud.  To help clean up the fraudulent acts in our government - through discrimination, neglect, cronyism, race/gender/class/wage/capital/tax/business style difference, residential and commercial staleholders must be at the take from the idea for proper DNA and buy-in.   

"The Fraudsters", in the marketplace and in government, at every level, have become so overwhelming - many in the marketplace have teamed up with government employee.

"Just as there are Fraudsters in the marketplace; unfortunately, we have Fraudsters in our government systems that must be removed and prior to their removal, identified and where appropriate, given an opportunity to square-up their debt to the citizenry.  Too often, you may find massive deception where the lobbying and campaign donations are in the details".

"Fraudsters in consumer fraud is a high priority of the U. S. Attorney General - in and out of the marketplace.  In my case as a business owner, denied access to Milwaukee County Department of Aging senior centers for the well-being of seniors in the upcoming Affordable Health Care marketplace is seen by me as a form of FRAUD".

We recently implemented ROLL CALL as the mechanism by which to readily recognize role model lawmakers as well as those who fail their Oath of Office. It is an opportunity for fairness.  It is an opportunity to do the right thing.  It is an opportunity for the wise government officials to be transparent - not dig in with arrogance, denial and failure to communicate".

"The Oath of Office is so-so critical.  It is tied to the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the Amendments. We must use it as a GUARANTEE for ethics and Standard of Conduct", said Mary Glass, Chair/CEO, Milwaukee Professionals Association LLC.
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Milwaukee Professionals Association LLC is a premier Affordable Health Care Advocate in Milwaukee

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Melissa Harris Perry "Dear Mayor Bloomberg" letter - troubling Teen Pregnancy posters

Saturday, March 9, 2013
Talk Show Host Melissa Harris Perry sent the mayor of New York city, Michael Bloomberg, a letter regarding his costly and INSENSITIVE posters regarding teen mothers.
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MPA Public Policy Review supports "pregnancy intervention and safety for teens" - and, we wholeheartedly support that teen females delay pregnancy until after education and technology attainment for sustainability and quality of life - we disagree with the posters of "shame" and character assassination.

What do you think?
e - mpapublicpolicyreview@gmail.com

Friday, March 8, 2013

ROLL CALL - Women of the Milwaukee Delegation - the Oath of Office

ROLL CALL - a way of notifying the public square of ACTIONS of our elected representatives

Top Down: Senator Lena Taylor - (D)-4th District, Senator Leah Vukmir - (R)-5th District, Senator Nikiya Harris - (D)-6th District, Senator Alberta Darling - (R)-8th District
L-R: Representative JoCasta Zamarripa - (D)-8th District, Representative Sandy Pasch - (D)-10th District, Representative LaTonya Johnson - (D)-17th District, Representative Christine Sinicki - (D)-20th District

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March 8, 2013
MILWAUKEE - (MPA-PPR) -- In recognition of Women's Month, we call to name eight (8) women that are part of the Milwaukee Delegation. The Women in Milwaukee Delegation are seasoned legislators to first-term engagement legislators.

The women's group is made-up of:
  1. Eight women - 4 State Senators and 4 State Representatives
  2. Age range - 38 to 68 years old
  3. Six of the 8 were born in Milwaukee (other two, Tennessee and Indiana)
  4. Four identify themself as "Full-Time Legislator"
They have varied practical, life-long and academic experiences.  They include:
  • attorney
  • childcare provider
  • community nurse
  • educator - teacher and professor
  • entrepreneur
  • insurance agent
  • manager
  • marketing
  • non-profit professional
  • nurse
  • pre-college advisor
  • psychiatric nurse
  • researcher
  • school board member
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Chair/CEO Mary Glass, Milwaukee Professionals Association LLC recently announced authorization of initial courtesy lobbying through GAB - Wisconsin Government of Accountability Board.

MPA LLC Signature Initiative, All Hands on Deck, WE CAN,will help lead the charge for accountability of "Oath of Office" of elected-appointed-hired government staff to highlight DISCRIMINATION that creates a perpetual and an undue burden on African American, other People of Color and the Work Challenged (un-, under-skilled; un-, under-employed; un-, under-financed neighborhood-level businesses; disabled; and re-entry - Re-entry represents those returning from WAR, INCARCERATION, boomerang employment, boomerang retirement and college-certificated graduates unemployed) that  dilutes and abridge human and legal rights as a citizen of the United States of America.
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Surveys
We are in the process of submitting different surveys to elected officials for their opportunity to be accountable for actions taken or not taken.  They will be noted in  MPA Public Policy Review Roll Call that will list on a regular basis those elected officials that are and are not representing the better good of ALL of its citizens of Wisconsin, irregardless of party affiliation, district and/or region of the state.

Schacknow - Morning Brief, March 8, 2013

TODAY'S PRIMER

Peter Schacknow, Senior Producer, CNBC Breaking News Desk

The employment report will be out at 8:30am ET, with the consensus Dow Jones forecast calling for 155,000 new non-farm jobs last month, and the unemployment rate ticking 0.1% lower to 7.8%. Reuters is forecasting 160,000 new jobs, while a FactSet survey is at 152,000.

The earnings calendar is relatively light this morning, but we will see the latest numbers from retailers Ann Inc. (ANN) and Foot Locker (FL).

Pandora (P) leads our list of stocks to watch, as chief executive officer Joseph Kennedy announces he'll step down as soon as a successor is found. Kennedy has held the job since July 2004.
Macy's (M), J.C. Penney (JCP), and Martha Stewart will go to mediation in an attempt to resolve the dispute over where Stewart's products can be sold. The court case involving the three parties has been adjourned until April 8 to give the parties a chance to work out a resolution.

Texas Instruments (TXN) has raised the lower end of its prior earnings forecast, now seeing first quarter profit of $0.28 - $0.32 per share, compared to a previous lower end of $0.24. Street analysts are currently at $0.31. It's also forecasting revenues of $2.80 billion - $2.91 billion, compared to a previous lower end of $2.69 billion. The chipmaker cites improving demand from industrial customers as well as upbeat wireless chip sales.

H&R Block (HRB) reported a fiscal third quarter loss of $0.06 per share, wider than $0.03 Wall Street had forecast. Revenues were also well below estimates, largely because of the delayed start to the U.S. tax filling season following the fiscal cliff negotiations. However, the nation's largest tax preparation service says cost cuts will boost its earnings for 2013.

Cooper Companies (COO) earned $1.23 per share, excluding certain items, for its fiscal first quarter, four cents above estimates, with revenues also exceeding consensus. Cooper – which makes contact lenses and medical instruments – saw particular improvement in its vision business.

We'll watch major bank stocks like JPMorgan Chase (JPM), Citigroup (C), Wells Fargo (WFC) and Bank of America (BAC) after the Federal Reserve said all but one of 18 bank holdings companies was sufficiently capitalized following its latest stress tests. The only exception was Ally Financial.

Skullcandy (SKUL) says it will lose between $0.25 and $0.30 per share during the first quarter, with a 30% drop in sales. Analysts had expected the maker of headphones to report a profit of $0.05 per share for the quarter. Skullcandy says it failed to quickly deal with changing trends in the audio industry.
Investor Carl Icahn has raised his stake in Herbalife (HLF) to 15.55% from a prior 13.6%. The dietary supplements maker, of course, is a the center of a dispute between Icahn and hedge fund manager Bill Ackman, who has a large short position.

United Continental (UAL) says its February passenger traffic fell 3.4% in February, with capacity dropping 8.4%. As a result, its so-called "load factor" rose by 4.1% compared to a year earlier.

Gardner Denver (GDI) will be bought by KKR in a deal worth $76 per share, according to the Wall Street Journal. KKR had bid $75 per share for the industrial pumps maker several weeks ago, and the two have been talking since then to try to finalize a transaction.

Google (GOOG) is cutting another 1,200 jobs at its Motorola Mobility unit, in addition to the 4,000 it cut last August.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Julia to Dallas - Diahann Carroll, March 7, 2013


Diahann Carroll
Getty Image                                                                                       Captions by Lauren Williams


Before she played the glamorous Dominique Devereaux on the 1980s prime-time soap Dynasty, before her hilarious turn as Whitley's mom on A Different World, before she became a breast cancer survivor and activist, Carroll broke down barriers as the star of the show Julia, which ran from 1968 to 1971. The solidly middle-class Julia, a widow and mother who worked as a nurse in a doctor's office, was a far cry from the stereotypical roles that black women had previously played on the small screen.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Schacknow - Today's Brief, March 4, 2013

TODAYS PRIMER
Peter Schacknow, Senior Producer, CNBC Breaking News Desk

The now-realized threat of sequestration notwithstanding, U.S. stocks enter the new week with some positive momentum and the prospect of a record high for the Dow Jones Industrial Average. The Dow stands just under 75 points short of its all-time record close set back in October 2007, about 0.5%, and the S&P 500 is about 3% away from its own record close set that same month.

The new week gets off to a slow start as far as economic reports are concerned, with none on the calendar for today. Two Fed speakers are on the schedule, however, with Vice Chair Janet Yellen and Governor Jerome Powell both set to make public appearances today.

It's also a slow day for corporate earnings, with Boyd Gaming (BYD) and Arena Pharmaceuticals (ARNA) among the few companies set to report.

Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A) leads our list of stocks to watch, both because of its late Friday earnings release, and because Berkshire's Warren Buffett will be live on Squawk Box answering viewer questions for the entire three hours (6-9a ET). Berkshire reported fourth quarter profit of $1704.00 per share, below Street estimates of $1755.00, and Buffett calls the company's 2012 performance "subpar" in his annual letter to shareholders.

Transocean (RIG) reported fourth quarter profit of $0.91 per share, excluding certain items, nine cents above estimates, with revenues essentially in line. The offshore drilling contractor saw its so-called "revenue efficiency" rise to 94.7% compared to 91.8% a year earlier.

Las Vegas Sands (LVS) is disputing reports out late Friday that it likely violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. The casino operator says that its audit committee found likely violations of accounting provisions, which could mean just a single or a handful of incorrectly recorded transactions. LVS is particularly upset with a New York Times headline saying "Casino Says It Likely Cheated", calling it uninformed and misleading reporting.

Yahoo (YHOO) is planning to discontinue seven of its products, including its mobile Blackberry app. Also among the eliminated: Yahoo App Search, Yahoo Sports IQ, Yahoo Clues, and Yahoo Message Boards.

Anheuser-Busch InBev (BUD) is attacking accusations that it watered down its beer with a series of full page newspaper ads. The ad blitz is in response to a class action lawsuit that accuses the company of adding water just before bottling its beers.

Elan (ELN) is offering shareholders 20% of the royalties for the best-selling multiple sclerosis drug Tysabri, in an effort to dodge a $6.6 billion takeover bid by investment firm Royalty Pharma.

Celgene (CELG) says an experimental psoriasis drug was found to be safe and effective in a trial, which paves the way for a filing for regulatory approval during the second half of this year.

United Technologies (UTX) unit Pratt & Whitney has uncovered a fraudulent engine-testing scheme, according to the Wall Street Journal. That follows an investigation which began back in 2011.

MetroPCS (PCS) is being pressured by one of its biggest investors to update its SEC filings. P. Schoenfeld Asset management wants the company to update those fillings to reflect the earnings of T-Mobile. The Deutsche Telekom unit and MetroPCS agreed to merge last October, a deal which P. Schoenfeld has strongly criticized.