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Screen Shot 2013-01-25 at 2.57.32 PMMadison – Tim Carpenter
announced that he will be re-introducing a bill to reduce by one third the number of senators and representatives in the Wisconsin legislature. The proposal has the potential to reduce the costs of government going forward by hundreds of millions of dollars.

Senator Carpenter’s bill will reduce the number of senators from 33 to 25. The bill will also reduce the number of assembly representatives from 99 to 75. “As we look across state government for ways to reduce costs and make government more efficient we shouldn’t overlook our legislature and see if the same work can be done for less. Folks all over Wisconsin are being asked to do more with less, and the legislature can do the same. Let’s improve the efficiency of the legislature and do our work with fewer members,” said Carpenter. … Continue Reading

Milwaukee Police charged a 19-year-old man in the killing of two south side men during a robbery. Dajuan Shaquille Collins faces two counts of felony murder in the deaths of J. Parker and Arthur L. Robinson at Parker’s house Jan. 15. According to the criminal complaint: Collins and two others decided to rob Parker, whom they knew as “OG,” because Collins heard he had drugs and money. They went to Parker’s door in the 1100 block of S. 24th St. with the plan for Collins to “put him to sleep” with a punch. Parker welcomed the men into his home, where Robinson was asleep on a couch. Parker and another suspect, Maltese Williams, went into the kitchen to complete the purchase of some marijuana. According to Collins, Williams wound up shooting Parker, and then got in a scuffle with Robinson before shooting him as well. Williams told police Collins fired the shots that struck both men. Collins fell through the living room window as he fled, losing a hat and cellphone that police later recovered at the scene. Collins’ girlfriend told police that Collins admitted to her he had shot the men.

1877542090_1908431207001_7C1EF2BA4BF54C02A427428ACDD8E025By Robert Miranda
Imagine waking up one morning to find Milwaukee County government as you knew it gone. After years of reported corruption and mismanagement by the local media the blue-collar county of southeastern Wisconsin fired almost all of its employees, dismantled the sheriff’s department and contracted with a giant corporation to manage county tasks.
Let’s further imagine that after a referendum, officials announced that Milwaukee County will become the state’s first county to be fully outsourced.
The move is unprecedented.
Spurred by deficits and facing multiple lawsuits, county leaders saw outsourcing as a light at the end of a collapsing fiscal tunnel.
Now, let’s imagine that after a few years of privatization officials are finding that the corporation they hired to run its services erupted with a pay and pension scandal, forcing several top corporate officials to resign. In fact, the scandal has grown so big, the corporation scrapped its contract with Milwaukee County, leaving the county to fend for itself and find new contractors for its outsourcing.
Is this far-fetched?  Could such a scenario occur?
The search for financial salvation is sweeping the country. The economic recession has strangled budgets, forcing layoffs and the disbanding of departments. Feeling pushed to the brink of bankruptcy, local governments are trying to find effective ways to make do with less.
For County Executive Chris Abele, outsourcing and privatization of government services is seen as the route to go. In theory, the idea of contracting public services to private companies to cut costs makes sense.
If someone is willing to fix streets for less money, that should be a plus for a government’s bottom line. Many state and local governments have identified hundreds of millions of dollars in savings by hiring outside contractors — or a neighboring city’s services — to handle government tasks like grass cutting, safety in the court house, etc.
But outsourcing is by no means a perfect solution. Some agencies don’t have the metrics in place to prove in advance that outsourcing a service will save money. Problems from poorly conceived contracts can create cost increases that surpass the costs of in-house services, and if there’s shoddy contract oversight, a government is vulnerable to corruption and profiteering.
The privatization of public services can erode accountability and transparency, and drive governments deeper into debt.
Any government at all levels is just desperate to balance its budgets, grasping at privatization as a panacea. But there are hidden costs and consequences when you turn over public service to a for-profit company.
Privatizing to Save Money and Time
The trend to privatize stems from the common belief that private companies can help governments save or make money by doing jobs faster and cheaper, or managing a public asset more efficiently. But this is wrong.
Let’s look at, for example, when New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie created the state Privatization Task Force to review privatization opportunities within state government and identify barriers. In its research, the task force not only identified estimated annual savings from privatization totaling more than $210 million, but also found several examples of successful efforts in other states. As former mayor of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell saved $275 million by privatizing 49 city services. Chicago has privatized more than 40 city services. Since 2005, it has generated more than $3 billion in upfront payments from private-sector leases of city assets.
“Sterile philosophical debates about ‘public versus private’ are often detached from the day-to-day world of public management,” the New Jersey Privatization Task Force reported. “Over the last several decades, in governments at all levels throughout the world, the public sector’s role has increasingly evolved from direct service provider to that of an indirect provider or broker of services; governments are relying far more on networks of public, private and nonprofit organizations to deliver services.”
The report took careful note of another key factor: The states most successful in privatization created a permanent, centralized entity to manage and oversee the operation, from project analysis and vendor selection to contracting and procurement. For governments that forgo due diligence, choose ill-equipped contractors and fail to monitor progress, however, outsourcing deals can turn into costly disasters.
The Effects of Inefficient Outsourcing
No industry has gone through greater outsourcing catastrophes in the past year than government. Last year, Texas cut short its seven-year contract with IBM, an $863 million deal that called for IBM to provide data center and disaster recovery services for 27 state agencies. When an audit criticized the state’s Department of Information Resources for lax oversight, inadequate staffing and sloppy service, the partnership fell apart. In Virginia, the state’s 10-year, $2.3 billion IT contract with Northrop Grumman to run the state’s computers, servers, e-mail systems and help desk services also has been plagued by inadequate planning, and cost overruns.
“The problem is that outsourcing deals are really about risk,” says Adam Strichman, co-founder of Sanda Partners, an outsourcing consultancy. “You’re taking the risk of the unknown and dumping that on your supplier,” he says.  “You’re outsourcing a problem to a company that has limited control over the root cause of the problem.”
The only way for a public-private partnership to work, Strichman suggests, is to drive transformation from within the agency. And that’s the hard part. Red tape usually prevents governments from making significant modifications, and private companies lack the authority to enforce real changes.
Before governments hire outside contractors, it’s important to examine the cost-effectiveness. More times than not, it’s less expensive to use state workers instead of outside contractors.
Private companies may want to provide a service efficiently and well, but ultimately, a company’s motivation is not the common good; it’s profit. If they can cut corners in any way, they often will.
 That is why the provider that offers the lowest bid will not be the best option for outsourcing.
 Indeed, when price reductions for outsourcing contracts appear unrealistic, there’s no magic. They are unrealistic.

Los Angeles—Scarlett Johansson, Lindsay Lohan y Jessica Alba audicionaron para ser novias de Tom Cruise, aunque ellas no lo sabían.
De acuerdo con un nuevo libro de revelaciones sobre el actor, ‘Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison Belief’ de Lawrence Wright, antes de Katie
Holmes otras famosas estuvieron en la mira de la iglesia como posibles esposas del actor.

En 2004, después de su ruptura con Penélope Cruz (ya que ella no pudo adaptarse a la Cienciología), Cruise permitió a los altos mandos de la iglesia que eligieran a actrices para leer partes que no existían de la saga de ‘Misión: Imposible’.

Al parecer, las audiciones iniciaron poco después de que el actor se quejara con su hermana de que nadie había sido capaz de encontrarle una nueva novia. La misma queja fue para David Miscavige, amigo de Cruise y líder de la iglesia, quien de inmediato empezó con la búsqueda de la mujer adecuada para el actor.
Además de Scarlett Johansson, Lindsay Lohan y Jessica Alba, también Kate Bosworth fue considerada para el papel de pareja de Cruise y se le pidió que acudiera a un casting para un papel falso en ‘Misión: Imposible’.

Las actrices, consideradas en ese entonces en el grupo de jóvenes promesas, fueron invitadas para las audiciones en el centro que la iglesia tiene en Los Angeles.
Sin embargo, ninguna de las candidatas resultó elegida y el año siguiente Cruise conoció a Katie Holmes, con quien se casó tiempo después, aunque ella solicitó el divorcio el año pasado.

Screen Shot 2013-01-18 at 12.24.11 PMPeggy Coakley Announces Sale of Datastore and launch of two new businesses. Coakley Brothers Company is proud to announce the sale of its Datastore Division to Iron Mountain. The record retention business at Coakley Brothers was started by Peggy Coakley’s father, Neil Coakley, back in 1972 as a by-product of commercial office moving. Twelve years ago, Peggy Coakley invested in facilities, software and staff to make Datastore become Southeastern Wisconsin’s number one provider of record retention. Peggy Coakley believes she has achieved that goal and now hands off this proud well established company to Iron Mountain Peggy Coakley, Chief Executive Officer of Coakley Brothers Company, said the sale was timely given changes within this industry space. “It is with great pleasure that I can say Datastore’s customers will receive the same responsive, professional service that they have come to expect and rely upon from Datastore. My decision to go with Iron Mountain was based on a number of compelling factors. As the industry leader, Iron Mountain has the depth and breadth of resources and service offerings to support our clients’ needs for the long term. Iron Mountain has the ability to consolidate services and provide digital solutions beyond Datastore’s current structure.” Peggy Coakley is currently expanding Coakley Brothers and starting two new business entities: Brothers Business Interiors which was launched in July, 2012 and Stadium Self Storage which is scheduled to open in spring of 2013. “The sale of Datastore will allow for greater focus on these two new companies as we look to the future.

It is very exciting to see an opportunity, research a new industry, write a business plan, and build your teams of people to work to see it grow. Our staff looks forward to the new focus and challenges ahead.”

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Milwaukee – Con el mensaje de esperanza: “Que Dios nos ampare este 2013 y que todos busquemos su presencia para actuar con más humildad hacia nuestros semejantes”, lanzó el pasado fin de semana el pastor de la Iglesia del Dios Vivo La Luz del Mundo, Jair Salomón Lugo.

Durante una entrevista concedida al Spanish Jounal, Salomón Lugo enfatizó que “deseamos mucha paz para todo el mundo y que en el hogar de cada familia reine el amor de Dios, y sólo el amor de Dios nos puede dar la fortaleza que necesitamos para poder vivir en estos tiempos difíciles; necesitamos convivir en armonía con los demás y eso sólo es posible con el amor de un Ser superior al hombre”. … Continue Reading

boxingAdepto a los deportes de contacto como el kick boxing, el box y el futbol americano, a Ricardo Morales le nació el gusto por las artes marciales mixtas cuando vio en acción al brasileño Royce Gracie.

Se trató del primer evento de la UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) grabado en video, disputado en Denver, Colorado, en 1993.

“Lo rentamos en un video club, yo tenía 14 años y me llamó la atención el UFC. Claro que en México no había ese arte marcial”, recordó.

El arribo de esta disciplina a nuestro país tardó y se dio nueve años después; en ese entonces, el deportista local ya tenía 23 años.

A partir de ahí, Morales, a quien apodan ‘El Carnicero’ se apasionó y entró de lleno a la práctica de las artes marciales mixtas.

Con la ventaja de vivir en esta ciudad, frontera con los Estados Unidos, tuvo la oportunidad de viajar al vecino país a combatir en repetidas ocasiones.

“Por ser frontera a mí me tocó ir a pelear a Nuevo México, tuve cinco peleas”, comentó.

Además, realizó presentaciones en casinos de Colorado, frente a exponentes nativos de la zona conocidos como navajos, en el 2008.

“Fue la última vez que peleé en Estados Unidos”, manifestó.

Con la experiencia de casi una década en este tipo de combates, ‘El Carnicero’ tendrá hoy su más duro e importante examen de su carrera: el casting de la UFC, en el Distrito Federal, en la Academia Renzo Gracie México.

“Mañana –hoy- va a ser algo muy importante para nosotros. Va a estar ahí muy competitivo”, refirió.
Obviamente engrosar las filas de la UFC es su meta primordial.

“Mi máximo objetivo en realidad es, claro, ser peleador dentro de la UFC”, destacó.

Junto a Morales, entrenador en jefe del equipo, quien combate en 66 kilogramos, cuatro juarenses tratarán de ganarse a pulso un lugar en la UFC: José Cardoza, Jair ‘Pantera’ Rodríguez, Noel de la Cruz y Antonio Martínez.

Su propósito, integrar el grupo de ocho peleadores mexicanos seleccionados por los jueces que pasarán seis meses con todos los gastos pagados en Albuquerque, Nuevo México, donde trabajarán bajo las órdenes del prestigiado entrenador Greg Jackson.

Como instructor, Ricardo también tiene metas ambiciosas y desea abrir la puerta a los jóvenes peleadores originarios de esta ciudad, manifestó.

takingsidesNewly elected state representative Sanfelippo says that his resolution to create part-time positions on the county board of supervisors is motivated by his desire to have “good government”.
I have no reason not to believe that that is what Representative Sanfelippo is trying to achieve with his campaign.

However, Sanfelippo’s “good government” campaign is not about a government that is dedicated to the Wisconsin Idea of government. His notion of good government is a government that practices the business model of governance. His is a government model that turns away from spending in areas that present a risk such as poverty, and shying away from political matters such as inequality.
For Sanfelippo, government’s effort to bring about the best possible benefits to citizens at all levels is expensive. Spending money to safeguard good health, safety, parks and investing in a high standard of living befitting our human dignity, are expenditures that should be pigeon hold because spending in areas to achieve these conditions at all levels, is a waste of taxpayer money.
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Screen Shot 2013-01-14 at 2.19.35 PMExige coraje el ir a una zona de guerra por voluntad propia, armado con un micrófono y una cámara, como periodista. Eso es lo que se disponía a hacer en diciembre de 2001 el camarógrafo de Al-Jazeera Sami al-Hajj al ingresar a Afganistán desde Pakistán para cubrir las operaciones militares que desarrollaba Estados Unidos en el lugar. Si bien a su compañero de trabajo se le permitió el ingreso, al-Hajj fue arrestado en lo que se convertiría en una angustiosa y escalofriante odisea que duraría casi siete años. La mayor parte de ese tiempo la pasaría como el prisionero número 345, único periodista detenido en la prisión de Guantánamo. Cabe aclarar que nunca se presentaron cargos en su contra. Al-Hajj se encuentra en libertad en este momento, de regreso a su puesto de trabajo en Al-Jazeera y junto a su familia. Sus recuerdos de los horrores vividos durante el período de detención bajo custodia de Estados Unidos deberían ocupar un lugar central en las deliberaciones que se llevarán a cabo próximamente de cara a la confirmación del nombramiento de John Brennan, elegido por Obama como nuevo Director de laCIA. Han pasado once años desde la apertura de la prisión de Guantánamo y cuatro años desde que el Presidente Obama prometió clausurarla en el correr del siguiente año. … Continue Reading

Screen Shot 2013-01-18 at 11.50.09 AMLa Habana— La tan esperada eliminación de las trabas impuestas durante décadas a los cubanos para salir de su país entró ayer en vigor, pero con un alto precio: cien dólares por pasaporte, el más caro de la región después de Chile.

El gobierno cubano elevó el costo de expedición de cada pasaporte en coincidencia con la entrada en vigor de la reforma migratoria de 55 a 100 dólares, en un país donde el salario medio mensual no llega a los 20 dólares.

El pasaporte latinoamericano más caro es hoy en día el chileno (unos 102.94 dólares) y el más barato el peruano (15 dólares).

“El costo del pasaporte no es tan importante. Al final del día el deseo de viajar y la habilidad de obtener un pasaporte van a sobrepasar el problema del costo”, dijo el exiliado cubano Wilfredo Allen, uno de los abogados más reconocidos en Miami en materia de relaciones migratorias entre EE UU y Cuba.
Lo importante es que la mayoría de los cubanos sólo necesitará para salir de la isla la presentación de su pasaporte corriente y del visado que exija el país de destino, que en el caso de los ciudadanos de Cuba son casi todos.

La reforma elimina el permiso de salida o “tarjeta blanca”, una autorización del gobierno para viajar, y la llamada “carta de invitación”, y permite el regreso temporal al país de los que lo abandonaron.
El gobierno se reserva el derecho a denegar pasaportes por razones de “interés público” o de “defensa y seguridad nacional” o para evitar el “robo de cerebros” formados por su revolución.

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Social MediaEl representante por el Partido Nuevo Progresista (PNP), Ángel Muñoz Suarez, propuso el lunes la creación una Alianza Pública-Privada (APP) con el objetivo de desarrollar una red de fibra óptica en la zona oeste de la Isla para incentivar la actividad económica de la región.

“Necesitamos desarrollar al máximo los recursos de nuestra región para fomentar la creación de nuevas industrias y más y mejores empleos. Parte vital para ese resurgir es la comunicación y transferencia de data. Hoy estamos proponiendo la creación de una APP para establecer una avanzada red de antenas de transmisión de Wi-Fi así como una infraestructura de fibra óptica que cubra todos los municipios de la zona oeste de Puerto Rico”, indicó Muñoz Suarez mediante comunicado de prensa. … Continue Reading

960803Distrito Federal— En solemne y lustrosa ceremonia, ante un público embelesado y políticos orgullosos del espectáculo que regalaban al pueblo, los huesos “de los héroes que nos dieron patria” pasearon por las calles de la Ciudad de México durante 2010, en ostentosos desfiles conmemorativos del bicentenario de la Independencia.

Cualquiera que se atreviera a cuestionar la autenticidad de los ilustres esqueletos se topaba de inmediato con las declaraciones oficiales: “No hay duda, se trata de los restos de Juan Aldama, Ignacio Allende, Nicolás Bravo, Vicente Guerrero, Miguel Hidalgo, Mariano Jiménez, Mariano Matamoros, Francisco Javier Mina, José María Morelos, Andrés Quintana Roo, Leona Vicario, Guadalupe Victoria, Pedro Moreno y Víctor Rosales”. Y nadie más. … Continue Reading

  Screen Shot 2013-01-18 at 11.09.51 AMSylvia Moravec The newborns saftey should be the number one concern. It’s always safer for the baby to sleep in a crib than with you in the bed. I also believe that if a baby dies because of co-sleeping this type of carelessness should bring hefty criminal charges.





Screen Shot 2013-01-18 at 11.14.35 AMBrenda Navarrete As a mother I think its wrong because when we fall asleep we don’t feel the baby and we may crush them. This is why we are supposed to have a crib.





Screen Shot 2013-01-18 at 11.14.44 AMRosemarie Laboy I feel that people invented bassinets and cribs for a reason. Mothers shouldnt sleep with their newborns, a lot of babies have died for that reason.





Screen Shot 2013-01-18 at 11.14.53 AMLupita Fonseca I think that newborns shouldn’t sleep with their mother because of the accidents that have happened to the babies! Mostly all cases babies been killed by their mother by accident, so I think all mothers should listen and put them in their crib for the better of them.

Inattentive driving is being blamed for a threevehicle crash in the Town of Paris that killed a 38-year-old Town of Wheatland man, the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department said.

The man, whose identity was not released, rear-ended an eastbound vehicle turning left into a driveway at 12900 State Highway 142 shortly after 4:30 p.m. His vehicle then veered into the opposite lane and was struck by a westbound vehicle.

Four people in the other vehicles were taken to a hospital with injuries that are not life-threatening, the sheriff’s department said.

Youth-Led Event to Feature March & Rally, Free Banquet & Soul Food Dinner, Community Service, Student Workshops
WHAT: Dr. King Day Celebration
WHEN: Monday January 21st 8 am – 8:30 pm
WHERE: Racine Labor Center, Memorial Hall, Sites across Racine

Yesterday, the legislature released the full text of the bill that will bring Wisconsin the mining reform act. The bill will be introduced later this week and a hearing could take place as early as next Wednesday.

This bill simply creates certainty in the permitting process and sets clear deadlines and criteria for getting a mining permit. Environmental standards are not changed and any potential mine would still have to meet federal environmental standards.

Bitter cold air expected to settle over southern Wisconsin this weekend and could push temperatures below zero by early next week, with wind chill factors well below zero, the National Weather Service reported.

Temperatures are expected to remain mostly seasonal until Sunday, when strong northwest winds push into the upper Midwest from Canada, dropping temperatures into the teens Sunday and into the single digits by Monday, the weather service said.

Temperatures could then dip below zero with wind chills of between 20 and 30 degrees below zero possible Monday night, the weather service said.

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Screen Shot 2013-01-18 at 10.50.49 AM“This is not a black holiday; it is a people’s holiday,” said Coretta Scott King after President Ronald Reagan signed the King Holiday Bill into law on Nov. 2, 1983. But in the complicated history of Martin Luther King, Jr Day, it has only recently been a holiday for all the people, all the time.

Fifteen years earlier, on April 4, 1968, Mrs. King had lost her husband, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. to an assassin’s bullet. In the months after the death of the civil rights icon, Congressman John Conyers Jr. of Michigan introduced the first legislation seeking to make King’s birthday, Jan. 15, a federal holiday. The King Memorial Center in Atlanta was founded around the same time, and it sponsored the first annual observance of King’s birthday, in January 1969, almost a decade … Continue Reading