Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Happy New Year: Is it really 2013?

I want to party like its 2013? Sounds sort of off when I think of that snazzy "1999" tune rolled out by Prince at the time. Of course now-a-days folks are saying "Prince who?" Or do you mean Prince William or Harry, how about that Indian prince Gohil or is that the "fresh prince?" Nah..none of it. That's what the tick, tick,tick of time does as each year ebbs out and a new calendar year finds it way in. I'm almost overwhelmed at the fact that so much has passed through my lifetime including every doomsday scenario or a heinous horror involving a terrorist or gun violence. I have vowed not to make any New Year's Resolutions, not because I felt that I would break them, but rather I don't need any. I fine with living my life like its golden and being the best person I can possibly be without being defined. I'm blessed to have survived five decades "in the life" and otherwise. As they say, whomever the hell that is, "it is what it is." With that said, now I'm all about living it, out loud and without boundaries. Its' all about taking it to the extreme in 2013!  Come follow us, bookmark, opt-in or just check in. Because ain't no stopping us now!!!

January Speakers at the Clinton School

“Profile of Immigrants in Arkansas,” a study by the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation
Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall) - The Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation will release its report profiling immigrants in Arkansas and their impact on the state’s economy. Dr. Randy Capps, a demographer and senior policy analyst with the Migration Policy Institute, will lead the presentation.
J.R. Martinez, author, actor, military veteran and winner of Dancing with the Stars
Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. (Philander Smith College, M.L. Harris Auditorium) - The Clinton School will join Philander Smith College to host a lecture featuring author, actor, military veteran and Dancing with the Stars winner J.R. Martinez. His book, “Full of Heart,” chronicles his story of survival and recovery after he suffered severe facial injuries and burns from a land mine in Iraq in 2003.
Rep. Davy Carter, Speaker of the Arkansas House of Representatives
Friday, January 11, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall)- The first Republican speaker of the Arkansas House of Representatives since reconstruction, Carter will discuss the major issues facing the state heading into the 89th session of the Arkansas General Assembly, which begins on Jan. 14.
Arkansas Children’s Hospital: The New South Wing
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall)- Kent Taylor of Cromwell Architects and David Berry of Arkansas Children’s Hospital will discuss the design and construction of the $121 million addition of the South Wing to Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the region’s major provider of services to children. The pair will give a virtual tour of the recently completed 258,000 square foot structure.
The Status of Women in Arkansas 1973: Four Decades Later,” Lynnette Watts, CEO, Women’s Foundation of ArkansasMonday, January 28, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall)- Watts will discuss the release of a 2013 update to the 1973 report by the Arkansas Commission on The Status of Women. The original report was edited by the late Diane Blair of Fayetteville who was chair of the commission. This is the first time the report has been updated in 40 years. Clinton School students, faculty and staff were among those working with Women's Foundation on the 2013 update.

“Reading Is Not Optional,” Walter Dean Myers, National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature
Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall)- Myers, the third National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, is a critically acclaimed author of books for young people, including “Sunrise Over Fallujah,” “Fallen Angels,” “Monster,” and “All The Right Stuff.” Myers has received numerous accolades, including two Newbery Honor Awards and five Coretta Scott King Awards. For his 2-year tenure as National Ambassador, Walter Dean has selected "Reading Is Not Optional" as his banner platform.
“Disaster Preparedness and Response,” a panel discussion
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall)- Join us for a panel discussion on disaster preparedness and response featuring Entergy Arkansas president Hugh McDonald, Arkansas Department of Emergency Management director David Maxwell and a representative of the Arkansas Red Cross.
*Reserve your seats by emailing, or calling 501-683-5239.

Publishers Go Digital With OnTrack Updates

Big congrats to the TRAX's management on scaling up their online tabloid, "OnTrack" which highlights local events, social happenings, updates, and bar centric information around the multi-venues of TRAXs, SixTen and MK's better known as Miss Kitty's Saloon. According to the publishers, all information is welcomed and encouraged for consideration concerning area activities that often find themselves in need of as much publicity as possible. COP 24//7 applauds the publishers as they join the Frey of trying to communicate "what's really going on" in this city and throughout the region. Publishers state that they have a large data base of contacts to which they forward the piece as well as share e-blast and is featured on social media platforms such as FACEBOOK. If you've got news check em out at "Our Gang" on Facebook and be sure and tell em you read about it here first.

States move forward to implement health care law, build health insurance marketplaces

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced that more states are on track to implement the health care law and establish health insurance marketplaces, or Exchanges, in their states. California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Vermont and Utah are conditionally approved today to operate a State-based Exchange, and Arkansas is conditionally approved to operate a State Partnership Exchange. HHS is also providing more guidance to states today on marketplaces that will be operated in partnership with the federal government.

“States across the country are working to implement the health care law and build a marketplace that works for their residents,” said Secretary Sebelius. “In ten months, consumers in all fifty states will have access to a new marketplace where they will be able to easily purchase affordable, high quality health insurance plans, and today’s guidance will provide the information states need to guide their continued work.”

Today’s conditional approvals follow those issued previously granted to Colorado, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Minnesota, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Washington to operate State-based Exchanges and to Delaware to operate a State Partnership Exchange. To date, 20 states including DC have been conditionally approved to partially or fully run their marketplaces – with the remaining states having until February 15, 2013 to apply for a State Partnership Exchange.

Today’s new Partnership guidance provides valuable information for states considering this option.
Because of the Affordable Care Act, consumers and small businesses will have access to a new marketplace starting in 2014 where they can access quality, affordable private health insurance. These are similar to those choices that will be offered to members of Congress.

Consumers in every state will be able to buy insurance from qualified health plans directly through these marketplaces and may be eligible for tax credits to help pay for their health insurance.

To learn more about Exchange conditional approvals, visit:
For more information on Exchanges, visit:
To access the guidance released today, visit:


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