Dr. Patricia Maryland Promoted to President of Healthcare Operations and Chief Operating Officer for Ascension Health
Category: News Briefs - Original Written by Amber L. Bogins
Dr. Patricia Maryland has been promoted to President of Healthcare Operations and Chief Operating Officer for Ascension Health effective July 1st. She has over thirty years of experience in healthcare leadership and has been instrumental in ensuring the vitality of St. John Providence Health System since 2008.
Dr. Maryland’s accomplishments are expansive. In one of her more recent accomplishments, she collaborated with physician leaders to develop and new, cutting edge partnership with The Physician Alliance (TPA), a 2,200-member organization whose physician practices span five counties across Southeast Michigan. The new model, Partners in Care allows the health system and TPA physicians to successfully manage populations to better outcomes and was awarded three years of funding and support from Blue Cross Blue Shields. Furthermore, it helped to ready both St. John Providence and TPA for the changes caused by the Affordable Care Act.
“Pat’s farsighted and thoughtful approach has been instrumental to advancing Ascension Health’s Mission in Michigan and reaffirming our dedication to the region,” said Robert J. Henkel, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer of Ascension Health. “She has motivated her Health Ministry and other Health Ministries in Michigan to aggressively look ahead to determine how to best serve a radically changed Michigan going forward. I look forward to Pat bringing her gifts and experience to her new, broader role in service to our national ministry.”
“The Michigan Market of Ascension Health has begun leveraging our Health Ministries within the state to eliminate duplicate costs, pursue statewide contracting and develop enhanced revenue opportunities,” Dr. Maryland said. “I’m excited about the opportunity to share such successes and the lessons we’ve learned in Michigan with my colleagues across Ascension Health, and to contributing in an even more far-reaching way to our common success in serving all persons with special attention to those who are poor and vulnerable.”
Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 April 2013 09:55
Vast Majority of Americans Say No to Cell Phone Use and Pocket Knives Inflight According to New Survey
Category: News Briefs - Original Written by AJ Williams, Chronicle Web Editor
Airport security satisfaction and top complaints of Coach Class airline passengers are also revealed in Travel Leaders Group’s survey.
Plymouth, MN (April 22, 2013) – Later this week, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will allow certain items on onboard airplanes as part of carry-on baggage such as: pocket knives with blades less than 2.36 inches, toy bats, two golf clubs, and ski poles. In a new, nationwide survey, Travel Leaders Group asked Americans across the country if they are in favor of the change and 73% of those polled do not want pocket knives allowed in airplane cabins. Also, a vast majority (nearly 80%) indicate they do not want fellow airline passengers to have the ability to make cell phone calls inflight. The survey includes responses from 1,788 consumers throughout the United States and was conducted by Travel Leaders Group – an $18 billion powerhouse in the travel industry – from March 15 to April 8, 2013.
“The results are very clear. Most Americans would prefer the status quo with regard to cell phone use inflight. Because so many planes are flying at near capacity and many passengers already feel a lack of personal space within the airplane cabin, it’s understandable that they want to continue to have some amount of peace and quiet whether they are on a short commuter flight or a flight that lasts several hours,” stated Travel Leaders Group CEO Barry Liben. “Hopefully officials who are studying the idea listen to what the public has to say. The same is true for pocket knives in carry-on baggage. This is a real hot-button issue. The TSA’s rationale is that they are aligning their policy to match international rules. International air carriers have different rules for the allowable size and weight of carry-on bags – we don’t follow those guidelines. The rationale doesn’t make sense when so many consumers and flight crew members are opposed to the idea.”
Pocket Knives in Carry-On
Beginning later this week (April 25), the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will allow certain items on onboard airplanes as part of carry-on baggage such as: pocket knives with blades less than 2.36 inches, toy bats, two golf clubs, and ski poles
When asked, “Are you in favor of this change or against it?” 73% of those polled said they are not in favor of allowing pocket knives on planes.
I'm OK with it.
I'm OK with everything except pocket knives.
I don't think these items should be allowed.
I don't know.
Cell Phone Use Inflight
Studies are underway to determine if full cell phone use is safe while inflight and a decision on whether to allow such use (not just “airplane mode”) is expected this summer. In Travel Leaders Group’s survey, nearly 80% of those polled are against allowing passengers to make cell phone calls during flight. Here are the detailed responses:
I am opposed to it.
I am in favor as long as it is not used for conversations.
I am in favor of it.
I don't know.
Additional Statistics and Findings:
Eliminate One TSA Security Measure: With regard to TSA security screening at the airport, when asked, “Which of the following TSA security measures would you most like to eliminate?” the top responses were: “removing of shoes” (27.9%), “limits on liquids in carry-on baggage” (24.1%), and “none, do not eliminate any security measures” (19.8%).
Airport Security Satisfaction: When asked, “What is your level of satisfaction with airport security today?” 82.0% indicate they are satisfied or neutral with today’s security measures (62.2% indicate they are “satisfied,” 19.8% are “neither satisfied nor unsatisfied” and 18.0% are “unsatisfied”).
Coach Class Flyers: When asked, “Do you ever fly in Coach Class?” over 94% of those polled said “Yes.” And of those who indicate they fly in Coach Class, when asked what makes flying in Coach most uncomfortable, the top responses were: “Lack of leg room” (49.5%); “seat size” (17.2%) and “pitch of the seat – person in front of me reclines too much” (15.0%).
When asked, “How much extra time do you typically allow at the airport before your domestic (U.S.) flight?” the top responses were:
1 hour 30 minutes
This is the fifth consecutive year for this travel survey. American consumers were engaged predominantly through social media channels such as Facebook and Twitter, as well as through direct contact with travel clients for the following Travel Leaders Group companies: Nexion, Results! Travel, Travel Leaders, Tzell Travel Group and Vacation.com.
Travel Leaders Group is a leader in both the retail travel agency space and corporate travel, and it consistently ranks as one of the top travel companies nationwide. Most recently, Travel Leaders Group was again named among the Top 10 on the Travel Weekly Power List, #1 on the Business Travel News 2012 Business Travel Survey and #1 on Entrepreneur’s latest Franchise 500 list of full-service travel agency franchise businesses.
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Travel Leaders Group (www.travelleadersgroup.com) is transforming travel with a commitment to our vacation and business travel clients via our progressive approach toward each unique travel experience. Having already assisted millions of travelers – through our beginnings as Carlson Leisure Group, a division of Carlson Companies, TraveLeaders and Tzell Travel Group and through the additions of Nexion, Protravel International and Vacation.com – Travel Leaders Group manages leisure, business and franchise travel operations under a variety of diversified divisions and brands. With sales of approximately $18 billion, Travel Leaders Group not only ranks as the #1 corporate travel management company by Business Travel News, but it is also among the top ten travel companies on the 2012 Travel Weekly Power List. In 2012, Entrepreneur ranked a Travel Leaders Franchise Brand #1 in the category of “Travel Agencies-Miscellaneous.”
Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 April 2013 06:58
Category: News Briefs - Original Written by AJ Williams, Chronicle Web Editor
DETROIT – The Tigers return home from their nine-game road trip to begin a nine-game homestand at Comerica Park Tuesday night. The Kansas City Royals (April 23-25) will visit Comerica Park for the first time this season, the Atlanta Braves (April 26-28) will make their only stop in Detroit this season and the Minnesota Twins come to town (April 29-May 1). First pitch for Tuesday and Wednesday’s games against the Royals are 7:08 p.m. and Thursday’s is 1:08 p.m. Friday’s game against the Braves begins at 7:08 p.m., while Saturday’s begins at 1:05 p.m. and Sunday’s begins at 8:08 p.m. Monday and Tuesday’s games against the Twins begin at 7:08 p.m. The final game of the homestand on Wednesday will begin at 1:08 p.m.
SUPER SPRING SPECIAL: Upper box infield tickets for $13 (normally $26) for Monday-Thursday games in April and May. Tickets are available in advance or at ticket windows on game day. Tickets are subject to availability.
Get your Tigers tickets for the 2013 season at Comerica Park now! Tickets are available at the Comerica Park Box Office, online at tigers.com and by phone at (866) 66-TIGER (84437). For complete ticket information including single game, season, group and suites visit tigers.com/tickets or call 313-471-BALL (2255).
Tuesday, April 23 – Kansas City Royals @ 7:08 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)
· Game Ball Delivery: Master Sergeant Troy Gearhart of the United States Army from Chambersburg, Pennsylvania will deliver the game ball. He recently returned from his third deployment including tours of duty in Kuwait and Iraq. He has proudly served the United States Army for 23 years.
· MLB Autism Awareness Initiative: Autism is the fastest growing developmental disability in the United States. An estimated one in 88 children in the U.S. is on the autism spectrum – a ten-fold increase in prevalence over the last 40 years. To recognize April as Autism Awareness month, the Detroit Tigers have joined Major League Baseball and Jack’s Place for Autism in support of research, advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families, and helping raise awareness and educating the community about autism. Jack’s Place for Autism will have an awareness table on the concourse at Comerica Park.
· Jackie Robinson Day: In keeping the memory of Jackie Robinson alive and celebrating the 66th Anniversary of Robinson breaking the color barrier in Major League Baseball, the Detroit Tigers hosted the 17th Annual Detroit Tigers Jackie Robinson Art, Essay and Poetry Contest. A Tigers player will join contest winners and Jackie Robinson Foundation Alumni and Scholars from the University of Michigan as they are honored during an on-field, pregame recognition. The contest was open to middle and high school students from the Detroit metropolitan area. Students entered the contest by submitting an original essay, poem or work of art in honor of Robinson, who broke the segregation barrier in baseball and was a social activist who fought for equal opportunities beyond the playing field.
o Art: Alexys Levins of Chesterfield, 8th grade, representing Anchor Bay Middle School and Chloe Jennings of St. Clair Shores, 12th grade, representing Lakeshore High School
o Essay: Anja Nelem of Waterford, 6th grade, representing Pierce Middle School and Rajiea Sultana, of Detroit, 12th grade, representing Cass Tech High School
o Poetry: Julia Meguid of Shelby Township., 6th grade representing Monfort Elementary and Qayyim Carr, of Southfield, 10th grade representing University High School Academy
· Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholars First Pitch: Monique Malone, a senior from the Ohio State University majoring in Political Science and French, and Khyara Harris, a senior from the University of Toledo, majoring in Communications and Psychology will throw the ceremonial first pitch. Jackie Robinson Foundation alumnus, Shani Allison will also be in attendance.
· Jackie Robinson Most Diverse Business Partner Award: In 1998, Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig, authorized the creation of the Diverse Business Partners program, an economically driven business initiative established to cultivate new and existing partnerships with minority- and women-owned businesses, by increasing opportunities for minorities and women to participate in the procurement activities of Major League Baseball. Irene Zannis, owner of Seaway Painting, L.L.C., will be presented with the Jackie Robinson Most Valuable Diverse Business Partner award (MVDBP) during an on-field, pregame recognition. Seaway Painting L.L.C., a national industrial painting company, is a single-source contractor responsible for painting, sand blasting, water blasting and a number of other maintenance services. The Detroit Tigers have partnered with Seaway and its partners since 2008 as Seaway has provided service to maintain Comerica Park, most notably painting and general maintenance of the facility to ensure a pleasant experience for fans at Comerica Park.
· Jackie Robinson Day On The Road: Tigers players and coaches participated in the league-wide Jackie Robinson Day celebration by wearing uniform number 42 to honor Jackie Robinson on April 16 at Seattle.
Wednesday, April 24 – Kansas City Royals @ 7:08 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)
· Recently retired Detroit Lions kicker, Jason Hanson, will throw out a ceremonial first pitch.
· The first 10,000 fans to enter Comerica Park will receive a Justin Verlander “April in the D” Mini Bobblehead, courtesy of FOX Sports Detroit.
· MLB Autism Awareness Initiative: Autism is the fastest growing developmental disability in the United States. An estimated one in 88 children in the U.S. is on the autism spectrum – a ten-fold increase in prevalence over the last 40 years. To recognize April as Autism Awareness month, the Detroit Tigers have joined Major League Baseball and Jack’s Place for Autism in support of research, advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families, and helping raise awareness and educating the community about autism. A pregame ceremony featuring Jack’s Place is scheduled for today’s game.
Thursday, April 25 – Kansas City Royals @ 1:08 p.m. (Gates open at 11:30 p.m.)
· Game Ball Delivery: Sergeant Reyes Saldana of the United States Marines from Davison, Michigan will deliver the game ball. Sergeant Saldana recently returned from his first deployment to Afghanistan, where he earned a Purple Heart. He has proudly served the United States Marines for three years
· Aquafina School Incentive and Reward Program: This season, the Detroit Tigers Foundation, an affiliate of Ilitch Charities, and Aquafina have teamed up to donate over 10,000 tickets to area schools to reward students for a variety of achievements, including serving on the safety patrol squad and maintaining perfect attendance for a marking period. Detroit Public Schools will receive approximately 1,000 tickets through this program and the Archdiocese of Detroit will receive over 2,000 tickets that are distributed to Detroit area Catholic Schools. Students from the Aquafina School Incentive and Reward Program will attend the game. 1,000 students participating in the program will receive sling bags, courtesy of Aquafina.
· Weather Day: As part of the club’s 2013 Class Outside Series 1,400 students will be in attendance for a special pregame educational presentation. Weather Day events will teach students the science of weather and its role in the game of baseball.
· MLB Autism Awareness Initiative: Autism is the fastest growing developmental disability in the United States. An estimated one in 88 children in the U.S. is on the autism spectrum – a ten-fold increase in prevalence over the last 40 years. To recognize April as Autism Awareness month, the Detroit Tigers have joined Major League Baseball and Jack’s Place for Autism in support of research, advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families, and helping raise awareness and educating the community about autism.
Friday, April 26 – Atlanta Braves @ 7:08 p.m. (Gates open at 5:00 p.m.)
· Detroit Stars Singing Competition: The Tigers have partnered with Radio One for the seventh annual Detroit Stars Singing Competition. The competition will take place at the Big Cat Court starting at 5:30 p.m. 12 finalists will be judged by celebrity judges including Duke Fakir of the legendary Motown group the Four Tops, Lee Thomas, an entertainment reporter for FOX 2 WJBK, and Dionne Farris, acclaimed R&B singer and songwriter. The winner receives $1,500, the opportunity to sing the anthem at an upcoming Tigers game and will be honored during the pregame ceremony on the field.
· Negro Leagues Weekend Pregame Ceremony: The Tigers are celebrating African Americans and their numerous contributions to the game of baseball. The ceremony will include the “Passing of the Bat.” The national anthem will be performed by Joyce Stearns Thompson and Rosalyn Norman-Brown, daughters of National Baseball Hall of Famer Norman “Turkey” Stearns.
Saturday, April 27 – Atlanta Braves @ 1:05 p.m. (Gates open at 11:00 a.m.)
· The first 10,000 fans to enter Comerica Park will receive a Prince Fielder Detroit Stars Mini Fathead, courtesy of Comerica Bank.
· 19th Annual Negro Leagues Tribute Game: The Detroit Tigers and Atlanta Braves will suit up wearing the throwback uniforms of the Detroit Stars and Atlanta Black Crackers. Several former Negro Leagues players will participate in a special Q&A Roundtable, hosted by famed radio announcer John Mason of WCHB AM 1200, at the Big Cat Court, at 11:20 a.m. The Tigers will also pay tribute to the former Negro Leagues players during a pregame ceremony hosted by Mason.The Tigers will honor former Negro Leagues players Joe Douse and Alton King with a moment of silence.
· Game Ball Delivery: Specialist Mason Turrell of the United States Army from Clinton Township, Michigan will deliver the game ball. He recently returned from his second tour of duty including deployments to Iraq and South Korea. He has proudly served the United States Army for four years.
Sunday, April 28 – Kids Day – Atlanta Braves @ 8:08 p.m. (Gates open at 6:30 p.m.)
· All kids 14-and-younger will receive an “Every Kid, Every Sunday” Miguel Cabrera Triple Crown Knit Hat, courtesy of Belle Tire.
· Former Detroit Tigers player, Larry Herndon, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
· Detroit Tigers African American Legacy Award: A special pregame ceremony honoring 1984 World Series Champion, Larry Herndon, as the 2013 recipient of the Detroit Tigers African American Legacy Award, awarded by the Black McDonald’s Owners and Operators Association. The ceremony also includes a presentation of a Testimonial Resolution to Larry Herndon by Councilman Pro Tempore Gary Brown.
All Sunday home games are Kids Days at Comerica Park. All kids 14-and-younger will receive a free promotional item as part of the “Every Kid, Every Sunday” giveaway guarantee, can enjoy free rides on the Comerica Bank Carousel or the Fly Ball Ferris Wheel, courtesy of Kroger, can take part in free face painting, have the chance to win a bicycle and are invited down to the field for Kids Run the Bases, courtesy of Aquarian, following the game.
Monday, April 29 – Minnesota Twins @ 7:08 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)
· Detroit Grand Prix Driver, J.R. Hildebrand, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
Tuesday, April 30 – Minnesota Twins @ 7:08 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)
· Capuchin Friar, Br. Bob Malloy, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
Wednesday, May 1 – Minnesota Twins @ 1:08 p.m. (Gates open at 11:30 a.m.)
· Aquafina School Incentive and Reward Program: This season, the Detroit Tigers Foundation, an affiliate of Ilitch Charities, and Aquafina have teamed up to donate over 10,000 tickets to area schools to reward students for a variety of achievements, including serving on the safety patrol squad and maintaining perfect attendance for a marking period. Detroit Public Schools will receive approximately 1,000 tickets through this program and the Archdiocese of Detroit will receive over 2,000 tickets that are distributed to Detroit area Catholic Schools. Students from the Aquafina School Incentive and Reward Program will attend the game. 1,000 students participating in the program will receive sling bags, courtesy of Aquafina
· History Day: Approximately 1,000 students will be in attendance for a special educational series by the Detroit Tigers. History Day events will teach students the rich history of Michigan, Detroit and the Tigers.
Verlander’s Victory for Veterans: When Justin Verlander takes the mound at Comerica Park, he strives for victory. This season, his outings on the hill take on a new meaning. For each of his home starts, Verlander hosts Veterans from Veterans Affairs Medical Centers throughout the state of Michigan. These Veterans sustained injuries or illness in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom or in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom. The Veterans along with their families cheer on the Tigers from the comfort of Verlander’s personal luxury suite. After serving our country, the special day provides American veterans the opportunity to enjoy a Tigers game with their family. Veterans share 18 luxury suite tickets and parking passes in the Tigers Parking Garage. Food and beverage is provided for the guests courtesy of Verlander. Veterans receive a personalized welcome letter from Verlander; all guests receive a Verlander’s Victory for Veterans t-shirt and are welcomed on the videoboard during the game.
When you see Verlander on the mound, he is not only playing for his team and Tigers fans around the world, he is also playing for America’s heroes.
Last Updated on Sunday, 21 April 2013 22:06
Category: News Briefs - Original Written by AJ Williams, Chronicle Web Editor
SWANKY MID-CENTURY STYLE, ONE-NIGHT ART EVENT BY DETROIT’S CHERISHED RETRO ARTIST, SLAW
As the cultural attitudes of the 1950s and 1960s seem so prevalent again today -- through television, movies, fashion and art – it only seems fitting that the Roostertail, Detroit’s premier entertainment complex, would celebrate its 55th anniversary, reflecting the elegance of that classy era. On Thursday, April 18, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., the Roostertail presents “Swingin’ with Slaw,” a full immersion experience, featuring a dazzling art exhibit created by Detroit’s celebrated retro artist, SLAW.
“My grandfather built the Roostertail for my grandmother in 1958,” says Michael Schoenith, whose family still owns and operates the stunning waterfront facility. “It was such a stylishly sophisticated era, so what better way to celebrate the Roostertail’s birthday, than with a lavish mid-century style party?”
The event is free, open to the public, and will showcase art, music, vintage décor, furniture cocktails and costumes from the grand 1950s and 1960s. Guests are asked to immerse themselves by dressing in mid-century style clothing, reflecting the characters in many of SLAW’s paintings.
The 24-piece Rhythm Society Orchestra will perform hits from the 1950s and 1960s while guests dance, mingle and indulge in themed hors d’oeuvres such as deviled eggs or Jell-o cups, while sipping chilled bubbly or specialty “Slawtinis”. And taking this celebration to an even higher level, Fathead, the industry leader of officially licensed sports and entertainment graphics, will create and display amazing Standees of life-size SLAW characters.
Fathead will also provide a Step and Repeat featuring all the sponsors, in addition to awarding the winner of the best dressed contest with their very own SLAW character interpretation created by Fathead.
SLAW, who was born and raised in Hamtramck and graduated from College for Creative Studies, will have originals, prints and merchandise available for purchase. His work often features Detroit celebrities and hotspots decorated in mid-century panache. At the event, he will unveil a 5ft by 10ft commissioned oil painting commemorating the Roostertail’s 55th anniversary. This will be SLAW’s 7th commissioned piece for the Roostertail.
Roostertail Facts...Did You Know???
Our Fairytail weddings have been featured on the national television show "Home Delivery"
Hour Magazine has named our facility "Best Place To Throw A Party" for the third time
The Detroit Free Press readers voted us "Best Waterfront Dining"
Nightclub and Bar Magazine named us as "One of the Top 100 Nightclubs in the Country"
SLAW’s art depicts a retro Detroit with a modern approach to sophisticated lifestyles of the 50’s and 60’s. His work is part of leading private and public collections including Rivers Edge Gallery in Wyandotte. SLAW is a graduate of The Center for Creative Studies and is also a designer at Ford Motor Company. Additional local artists and galleries are well represented at Wonderfest Including “The Art Is In” Market and Michigan Artisans.
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Last Updated on Thursday, 18 April 2013 10:32
Category: News Briefs - Original Written by Patrick Keating, Chronicle Staff Writer
Since taking over one of the largest municipal governments in the country as Detroit’s emergency financial manager, on March 25, Washington, DC bankruptcy attorney Kevyn Orr is settling into his new position by issuing directives on how both the Detroit City Council and the Office of the Mayor will function under an emergency manager.
Orr issued three executive orders, clearly defining how he intends to move forward for the next 18 months as he embarks on taclking the city’s fiscal crisis.
His first order was to retain the salaries and benefits of both the mayor and city council in place, a move some observers called smart in order to maintain a healthy working relationship between Orr and Detroit’s elective body.
In the order, Orr, indicated that the mayor and council will play a vital role in the collaborative process of addressing the city’s financial emergency. Because of that, he wants to cooperate with the council, noting that he’s not an elected official.
“Council are the representatives of the people,” Orr told the Chronicle during his first sit-down interview with the newspaper, adding that he’ll be gone one day and there will still be council members and a mayor.
“I want them to be partners with me,” he said.
Orr’s second order approved the financial contribution of ambulances and police cruisers by corporate donors; and his third stated that the final decision on the budget and other such matters won’t become valid until Orr or his designee agrees in writing.
Orr’s appointment by Gov. Snyder has resulted in various protests, including one inexplicable and ill-conceived one last week involving slowing traffic on I-75.
One group of protestors, led by Rev. Charles Williams II, pastor of Historic King Solomon Baptist Church, traveled to Cleveland to hold a rally outside the Jones Day law firm, where Orr had been a partner.
Protesters in Detroit included Tellis Chapman, pastor of Galilee Missionary Baptist Church, one of the city’s most respected religious figures.
Even the Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition denounced the apppointment of an emergency financial manager saying it is not right way to address the government in financial crisis. Jackson, who described what has transpired as the usurpation of democracy, is calling for a “major nonviolent demonstration” to resist Orr’s appointment.
Jones Day is also the center of controversy, given that contracts were pending with that firm and council members had questions about whether Orr, who left the firm when hired as the emergency financial manager still maintains ties to his former employer.
Orr, in his position as EFM, has the final say in whether the city enters into contracts with Jones Day or some other entity.
Mayor Bing advocated that Jones Day serve as the city’s restructuring counsel.
According to reports, the president of the Michigan chapter of the National Action Network, Rev. Charles Williams II, claimed that Jones Day would be the actual EFM.
In interviews, Orr has indicated that his goals include helping business by cutting red tape for permits and licenses.
Orr has indicated that all options are open on the matter of getting the city’s financial house in order.
In a recent interview with the Chronicle, Council President Charles Pugh stated that he’s always been an optimist, and that with Orr’s presence, the city can make the best of a bad situation.
He also indicated that the city will be stronger on the other side of its debt restructuring.
Last Updated on Thursday, 18 April 2013 09:56
Category: News Briefs - Original Written by Bankole Thompson, Chronicle Senior Editor
Dr. Ben Carson is one of the world’s leading medical professionals whose brilliance stands out among his peers.
A distinguished neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Carson, who hails from Detroit, has an incredible story that every struggling child in the inner cities of America can identify with.
He grew up poor, raised by a single mother. At age 33, he became the director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University Hospital, the beginning of a meteoric rise for a man who came out of Detroit to command the global stage in scientific research in medicine.
A recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Carson is the quintessential American success story and just like the story of President Obama, Carson’s life also reflects “the audacity of hope.”
But as Carson retires from one of the world’s most prestigious medical institutions, it appears that he is departing with a different kind of mark.
He is leaving labeled as the newly minted right wing darling who in an interview with TheBlaze, founded by the conservative firebrand Glenn Beck, said African American support for President Obama has little to do with vetting the president’s actual policies, but rather the roots of oppression of Blacks.
“It’s created by a long history of oppression and they’re very proud (of Obama) and that pride trumps rational thinking. I totally understand it, but I’m hoping at some point a more rational thought process will take over,” Carson said of Black voters.
Those remarks seem to suggest that Carson believes that support for Obama by Black voters was not based on the competence, ability and qualification of the president, but rather Obama’s connection to the Black vote by blood and ancestry.
While it is true that the history of the African American pilgrimage inspires pride among Blacks regarding the Obama presidency, it is insulting and condescending to suggest that Obama was only supported because he is Black. That is a narrative that’s recently been the bane of argument from those who are not imaginative or creative enough to find ways to make the Republican Party more appealing to Black voters.
Michael Steele, the 64th chairman of the Republican National Committee and its first African American leader, tried but got kicked out before he created any major changes at the helm of the GOP.
Does Carson believe that the 2012 GOP presidential nominee and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was more qualified and had better policies than Obama?
Does Carson believe that Romney had better policies for women’s advancement, including support for reproductive rights and equal pay in the workplace than Obama?
Does Carson believe that in 2008, Sen. John McCain was more competent than then-Sen. Obama on the issues both men campaigned on for president?
For a man with sterling credentials and a medical pioneer to all of a sudden descend to the same level of gutter thinking of political operatives and hacks while at the same time denouncing “political correctness” is shocking.
Does Carson also believe that Obama won because, according to Romney, the president promised gifts to certain segments of the electorate who voted for him since they could not think for themselves?
But Carson’s sudden transformation from being a star in the medical world to becoming a divisive political figure did not stop with insulting Black voters.
In an interview with Fox News, Carson compared gay marriage to bestiality and pedophilia. He tried to take back his remarks but it was too late and the damage had been done.
“My thoughts are that marriage is between a man and a woman. It’s a well established, fundamental pillar of society and no group, be they gays, be they NAMBLA, be they people who believe in bestiality, it doesn’t matter what they are. They don’t get to change the definition,” Carson said.
The outcry against his remarks about gay marriage has been unending. In fact, it forced Carson to not only apologize but voluntarily withdraw as the 2013 commencement speaker for Johns Hopkins Medical School. Many of the students protested his remarks which the school dean, Paul Rothman, described as inconsistent with the values of the institution, while acknowledging Carson’s right to free speech.
But the rapid controversial issues with Carson did not start there. It began with his harsh and unmerited criticism of President Obama’s policies at the National Prayer Breakfast in February, during which he took Obama, who was sitting with Michelle Obama a few feet away, to task on issues such as health care and taxes.
As the headline speaker at the annual breakfast, Carson politicized his speech at the National Cathedral, setting up the stage for obvious mass support from ultra-conservative activists and major conservative figures alike, extremely excited that finally another highly accomplished African American male can take the first Black president to task to his face on a prominent platform. Watching the entire religious ceremony, it appeared Carson came to church to fight with President Obama.
Denouncing the notion of taxing the wealthy at the highest rate, Carson, proposed a flat tax, citing tithing in the Bible. Without specifically mentioning the Affordable Health Care Act, he said the best health reform would be to give every child a health savings card at birth.
“Here’s my solution: When a person is born, give him a birth certificate, an electronic medical record, and a health savings account to which money can be contributed — pretax — from the time you’re born ’til the time you die,” Carson said at the National Cathedral.
Since his criticism of Obama’s key policy accomplishment at the 61st Annual Prayer Breakfast and his crude and senseless remarks about gay marriage, Carson has become the Marco Rubio for Black conservatives and a hero in the recovering conservative movement whose hopes were dashed by Obama’s 2012 overwhelming reelection.
In fact, Carson has been mentioned not only as a potential 2016 presidential challenger but also as a possible GOP candidate for the U.S. Senate in Michigan, to replace the outgoing Sen. Carl Levin. We’ll see if that is just political fantasy or a real dream been pursued.
The Conservative National Journal wrote, “If conservatives are looking for a political outsider with an inspiring rags-to-riches story and who could effectively challenge President Obama’s policies on health care and taxes while also quoting Scripture and criticizing political correctness, look no further than Ben Carson.”
I have no issue with Carson criticizing the president. He should criticize constructively as any level-headed individual would do if he disagrees with certain public policy issues. He has every right to express his opposition and speak out against any proposal coming from the Obama administration or Democrats.
But I expected that as an intellectual and a brilliant doctor who solves medical issues all the time, Carson would take it upon himself to deliver similar balanced criticisms of the conservative movement whose ideas he now seeks to embody.
When Obama was faced with detractors questioning his faith, including prominent right wing evangelists like the Rev. Franklin Graham, coming out publicly and saying they were doubtful of the 44th president of the United States being a Christian, where was Carson?
Did he speak out against the “political correctness” and the silence by leaders within the conservative movement who disagreed with the further questioning of the president’s Christian faith by their own colleagues?
Where was Carson when the GOP leadership, after the first inauguration of Obama in 2009, vowed to not work with him and make Obama a one-term president?
To be a credible voice and an equalizer on either side of the political movement, it would behoove Carson to deliver stinging criticisms of the conservative movement as well when necessary.
His failure to do so renders him nothing more than a political hack who risks being judged by his remarks on gay marriage, criticizing Obama to his face, Blacks being irrational, instead of his tremendous accomplishments in the medical world, and that is a shame.
Carson needs to sit down with Gen. Colin Powell and learn from him about how to be an effective political voice while keeping your reputation intact. Since his decision to enter the political world by speaking at the CPAC-Conservative Political Action Committee Conference and addressing conservative audiences earnestly seeking new leaders and heroes, Carson has been a lightening rod but one whose remarks could very well work to undermine the different groups that he would need if he is seeking political office anywhere.
Alienating African Americans by linking their support for Obama to irrational thinking for a doctor who ought to engage in rational thinking, and comparing gay marriage to bestiality, is the wrong route for Carson to start in politics no matter how much money die-hard conservatives are willing to put behind him.
Gov. Romney learned that lesson the hard way, when he abandoned the civil and human rights legacy of his father, George Romney, former governor of Michigan, in search of extreme policies and statements revealing how little he understands the growing need for gender diversity when his only response to the need for women in leadership during his tenure as governor in Boston was to turn to “binders full of women.”
Gen. Powell, who from time to time calls his party to task, is very pragmatic about his support of any issue. Powell doesn’t belong to just one party, which is why his voice and endorsements are respected.
Carson’s challenge is whether he can measure up to Powell. He is already squandering that opportunity by the kind of remarks he thinks would make him likable by those who think and act like him politically.
Gutter politics and exploiting racial politics for the benefit of media coverage and brand positioning within a certain ideological spectrum do not belong anywhere near those who claim to rise above the fray.
Carson has created a narrow ideological space that now confines him to an anti-intellectual, anti-Black, anti-historical narrative of meaningless political discourse. He is becoming the new vehicle of a movement that was thrown into disarray by Obama’s reelection by the very groups that he is now insulting.
Engaging in pseudo intellectual discourse to replace historical facts to satisfy unjustifiable policies that undermine the advancement of Blacks and people of color, women, gays and lesbians will not pass the truth test.
In Sir Isaac Newton’s Third Law of Motion, “for every action there is an opposite and equal reaction.” Dr. Ben Carson should know that no one has a monopoly over the facts and that for every attempt to distort the facts and the historical body of evidence there will be an equal reaction to correct the facts.
Last Updated on Thursday, 18 April 2013 09:48
Category: News Briefs - Original Written by News One
A Detroit homeowner has a very clear message for anyone daring to squat in his vacant home on the city’s west side: If you dare, you will be shot!
It reads: “Believe me you will get shot trying to squat here! I’m watching and waiting”
Residents of the Motor City are no strangers to urban blight and folks stealing scrap metal from homes–even with people inside of them. But this written display of force was too much, even for hardened residents used to violence in the city.
“We were in our way to church and look, oh my goodness, did they really put that on there?” one woman told Channel 7.“It does send a pretty clear message,” says...
Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 April 2013 10:24
Category: News Briefs - Original Written by Huffingon Post
The cash-strapped city of Highland Park, Mich. has become the unlikely muse for a new movie starring Danny Glover, Parker Posey and Billy Burke. The Detroit enclave is certainly a place with no shortage of real-life problems ...
To read this story in it's entirety visit http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/15/andrew-meieran-highland-park-film-movie_n_3073050.html
Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 April 2013 08:49
Category: News Briefs - Original Written by By Jackie Berg
Blue Cross Blue Shield’s diversity efforts deserve attention and applause
Raw, honest and unapologetic emotion is not the first thing I would have anticipated to witness at a corporate supplier event. My experiences as both a daughter and sister of global automotive purchasing vice presidents and, later, publisher of a business magazine focused on minority supplier development, pointed to a more distant relationship between corporate decision makers and the supplier community. Happily, I’ve discovered that times have changed — dramatically.
Amidst increased pressures for procurement managers to deliver bottom line results, a culture of cooperation has emerged that is benefitting both suppliers and the customers they serve. And nowhere is that more evident than at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, which spent a record $106 million with minority suppliers in 2012. The achievement required companywide support beginning at the highest level of the organization, according to Daniel J. Loepp, president and CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, who personally welcomed more than 100 minority suppliers — calling many out by name — to BCBSM’s 8th Annual Diversity Achievement Awards ceremony.
It’s that kind of personal approach and commitment that is fueling the healthcare leader’s growth efforts, according to its leaders. BIGGER RETURNS Given a new McKinsey report that showed U.S. companies with the highest executive-board diversity had returns on equity 95 percent higher and earnings margins 58 percent higher, on average, than those with the least executive diversity, the financially driven argument for greater diversity can no longer be denied. PROFITABLE PROCUREMENT STRATEGIES At BCBSM, corporate procurement executives are transforming the company. Driven by demands to look beyond cost savings, BCBSM managers’ mission to find new and unique ways to deliver value are resulting in unique minority supplier partnerships credited for cost savings and product improvements.
Ask Paul Colligan, procurement manager at Accident Fund, who delivered a 300 percent increase in the fund’s diversity spending last year, or Equilla Wainright, vice president, Diversity and Community Responsibility and Blues Leader – Supplier Diversity Champion award winner, whose efforts led to the company’s number one ranking on DiversityInc’s regional top ten list and its position on Diversity MBA magazine’s “Best Places for Diverse Managers to Work” list.
LASTING IMPROVEMENTS Diversity efforts are changing the Blues company culture and its ability to meet new marketplace demands. “Diversity is a part of our company culture,” said Loepp. “It has become an integral part of our everyday practices throughout the organization and, as a consequence, led to competitive advantages in the marketplace.”
Again and again, Blue Cross executives extolled suppliers who met tough business challenges, some within weeks of the original request, on time and under budget. SHARING THE LOAD Interdisciplinary teams within the Blues organization were also recognized for their cross-functional efforts to deliver radical, out-of-the-box solutions that embrace the organization’s lean principles. Its Information Technology (IT) Division implemented a mentoring program that reached more than 120 employees and leaders, creating a multiplier effect of diversity champions within the organization.
Bartech, minority- owned workforce management and staffing solutions company, is credited with helping the Blues implement its new PeopleSoft Services Procurement module, which changed the tools and processes for procuring contingent labor. The program was a success, in large part because of their partnership with Bartech, according to Kathryn Levine, VP, Corporate Marketing and Customer Experience, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. “Our team gained new business insights as a result of our relationship with Bartech, which extended far beyond a typical vendor relationship,” she said. Working among cross-cultural teams, across business units and with external leaders is proving profitable at Blue Cross and, in turn, is driving minority business growth throughout the state. And that’s good business for us all.
Editor’s note: Jackie Berg, the former publisher of the Michigan Minority Business Development Council’s (MMBDC) Michigan Business Network magazine, has covered minority supplier development efforts for more than 20 years. She is the CMO of the Michigan Chronicle and publisher
Last Updated on Monday, 15 April 2013 13:31
Category: News Briefs - Original Written by Britney Spear, Regional Content Editor
Looking to change your brown eyes to blue? A new procedure using Iris implants promises to make that wish a reality.
While not yet approved in the U.S. for cosmetic use, Americans are traveling outside the country to alter their optical hue. People who say they've had BrightOcular implants have posted before and after images in YouTube videos showing the change. They allege the new procedure is painless and delivers intended results. Others say the only discomfort they felt was minimal.
Are these individuals risking their vision for the look they desire?
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Last Updated on Friday, 12 April 2013 06:08
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