21 February 2014

Jay Z is cutting out the meat and animal products! He’s ready to live a healthier lifestyle!

Earlier today, ahead of his birthday, he posted a note to his fans revealing that he had embarked on a 22-day vegan challenge in hopes that his new diet would stick.  And he has recruited Beyonce to partake in the challenge with him.

Psychologists have said it takes 21 days to make or break a habit. On the 22nd day, you’ve found the way.

On December 3rd, one day before my 44th birthday I will embark on a 22 Days challenge to go completely vegan, or as I prefer to call it, plant-based!! This all began a few months back when a good friend and vegan challenged me to embrace a “plant-based breakfast” everyday. It was surprisingly easier on me than I thought…

Why now? There’s something spiritual

21 February 2014

African-inspired patterns took the Spring 2010 Ready-to-Wear runways by storm. Collections by designers like Dries Van Noten, Marc by Marc Jacobs and Diane von Furstenberg were full of vibrant color and zingy prints in off-the-moment silhouettes.

Months later, it’s now commonplace for magazine spreads and blogs to feature the eclectic patterns across their glossy pages and web browsers. It’s suddenly “trendy.”

Undoubtedly the bold textiles and designs deserve the spotlight. In fact, it’s been long overdue. Lines like Boxing Kitten and Nkwo are finally getting the shine they deserve.

    But why did we have to wait for White pioneers in fashion to give us the ‘ok’?

These prints have long been a part of our history, so what gives? Years ago if you walked the streets cloaked in Kente cloth, you’d be dismissively labeled ‘afro-centric’ or ‘outdated.’

No matter what the next season’s trends, we hope folks will continue to embrace the radiant fabrics and the even more colorful culture that comes with them.

Green Card Featured

21 February 2014

The steps to becoming a Green Card holder (permanent resident) vary by category and depend on whether you currently live inside or outside the United States. The main categories are:

If you are already a Green Card holder, see our After the Green Card Is Granted webpage for information on:

The "Green Card Processes & Procedures" section provides additional information on:

  • Green Card Eligibility: Learn who can apply for permanent residence
  • Adjustment of Status: Learn about the multi-step process for individuals inside the United States that want to get a Green Card
  • Consular Processing: Learn about the multi-step process for individuals outside the United States that want to get a Green Card.

Who is a Green Card Holder (Permanent Resident)?

A Green Card holder (permanent resident) is someone who has been granted authorization to live and work in the United States on a permanent basis. As proof of that status, a person is granted a permanent resident card, commonly called a "Green Card." You can become a permanent resident several different ways. Most individuals are sponsored by a family member or employer in the United States. Other individuals may become permanent residents through refugee or asylee status or other humanitarian programs. In some cases, you may be eligible to file for yourself.

This page can be found at: http://www.uscis.gov/greencard

Last Reviewed/Updated: 05/13/2011
21 February 2014

If personnel is policy then House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is serious about immigration reform. In an otherwise ordinary list of new staffers, his office announced, “Rebecca Tallent will join the office as Assistant to the Speaker for Policy handling immigration issues.  Rebecca comes to us from the Bipartisan Policy Center, where she is the director of immigration policy.”

The position is not a new one, but putting a high profile person in the job signals the speaker is giving more than lip service to immigration reform. His press secretary Michael Steel tells me, “The Speaker remains hopeful that we can enact step-by-step, common-sense immigration reforms – the kind of reforms the American people understand and support.” He adds, “Becky Tallent, a well-known expert in this field of public policy, is a great addition to our team and that effort.”

With scant time left on the congressional calendar and host of must-do items including the so-called doc fix and a budget yet to be done, immigration reform is unlikely to get through the House by the end of the month. However, Tallent’s hiring is another sign, in addition to multiple statements by the speaker, that immigration reform is alive and kicking.

Although it is an election year, 2014 may afford a better opportunity than previously imagined for accomplishing something on the immigration front. The Dems and White House are more desperate than ever for some achievement, and their fear the Senate may flip in Nov. 2014 should encourage some flexibility. Meanwhile, the House right wing is not the force it was before the shutdown, while the speaker’s popularity has grown among his troops.

A final factor may play a role in pushing immigration reform to the fore. Center-right business leaders and groups, who mostly favor comprehensive immigration reform as an economic boost, are plainly alarmed about the 2014 election and have entered the fray both to unseat hard-line gadflies like Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) and bolster mainstream Republicans like Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). That gives reform-minded lawmakers some confidence they will get cover in 2014 if  they take some political heat for backing immigration reform. It also may persuade GOP skeptics to take another look at the polls, which generally show immigration reform including an earned path to citizenship to be popular, even among Republicans.

The precise form that immigration legislation will take is still not clear.  The president has already signaled that a series of bills  as opposed to one large bill would be acceptable. The critical issues will boil down to the requirements for legalization and the nature of the legal status (citizenship, citizenship with no “special path,”  green card status, etc.) will take. Regardless of whether the Senate and House can reach a meeting of the minds, the seriousness with which the speaker is taking the issue and the encouraging words from Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), who is charged with crafting actual legislation, suggests there has been some reconsideration in GOP ranks as to the desirability of at least passing a House version of immigration reform. That is a remarkable turnaround from a few months ago when the conventional wisdom proclaimed immigration reform dead.

Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/right-turn/wp/2013/12/03/john-boehner-resurrects-immigration-reform/

21 February 2014

Kwa Viongozi wote wa Jumuiya ya Watanzania - Marekani,


Natumaini wote hamjambo na  mnaendelea vema na shughuli zenu za kila siku, sisi huku Washington, DC pia hatujambo, tunamshukuru Mungu.

Naomba kuwafahamisha wote kwamba Mhe. Balozi Liberata Mulamula ametoa siku maalum JUMANNE ya kwanza ya kila mwezi ya wale watakaopenda kuonana naye/kuzungumza kwa njia ya simu, iwe kwa salaam/kujitambulisha au kwa mazungumzo ya kuendeleza Taifa letu, utaratibu huu utaanza rasmi mwezi wa Februari, 2014.

Unaweza kupiga simu 202-884-1081 au 202-939-6125 Ext. 181/184 ili kuweza kuweka miadi hiyo kwa siku hiyo. Pia unaweza kuja Ubalozini kwa nafasi yako na kama Mhe. Balozi atakuwepo na akiwa na nafasi muafaka basi ataweza kukuona.  Tunaomba pia muwafahamishe na wengine kuhusu jambo hili.

Taarifa maalum itawekwa kwenye website yetu ya Ubalozi, pamoja na blogs zote ambazo zinasomwa kwa wingi na Watanzania wote waishio hapa Marekani.

Ahsanteni na kazi njema!

Wenu katika ujenzi wa Taifa,
Ofisi ya Balozi

21 February 2014

You are invited to TaWichita year end meeting on December 14th at 5pm which will be held at a club house of 6602 East Harry (Brentwood appartment). Agenda will be posted soon, snacks and soft drinks will be provided. You are all welcome and please let other people know.


As per our TaWichita Constitution and Bylaws, the Executive Committee is reminding TaWichita members that we do not have active leadership i.e. President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer. The leadership we had, completed their term on November, 2011.
As per our constitution, a President and Running Mate will contest on one ticket and when elected together they will appoint their cabinet (i.e. Secretary and Treasurer) and shall serve a period of 24 months. They are allowed a total of two executive terms.
The Executive Committee will be accepting nominations from Sunday September 22nd, 2013 till Sunday October 20th, 2013. Qualified Candidates as per Article Two Section One, Two and Five of the constitution will be announced by October 31st, 2013, and the Elections is planned to be held by November, 2013(date to be announced).
For interesting parties, kindly review our constitution copy online at www.tawichita.org then fill in the President Application form on our TaWichita website, or simply follow this link http://www.tawichita.net/application-form
Please review NEW benefits for leaders which was added and approved by general meeting on February 2013, at http://www.tawichita.org/ under latest news “General meeting Feb 2013"
Good Luck!

21 February 2014

Lunda Asmani has traveled a long way to get to his job as assistant city manager and chief financial officer for the city of Newton.

Asmani, who earned a master’s in public administration from Wichita State University in 2002, is originally from Tanzania, East Africa. He grew up in a diplomatic family and was able to travel all over the world as a child.

Despite those advantages, Asmani credits his on-the-job training as a WSU student with his ability to land a successful job.

While at WSU’s Hugo Wall School of Urban and Public Affairs, Asmani connected with the university’s Cooperative Education and Work-Based Learning program. That connection helped him score two valuable internships: first for the city of Maize and then for the Sedgwick County manager’s office.

He was employed full-time as soon as he graduated.

“I truly believe that my WSU co-op experience bolstered my resume and gave me a leg up on the competition,” Asmani said.

Workplace study

Asmani took the long route to Kansas. From Tanzania, he came to New York City for first grade. Then he moved to Brussels, Belgium, for most of middle school and high school. He went back to Tanzania, where he completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Dar Es Salaam.

Hoping for a career in environmental studies, Asmani moved to Wichita in the summer of 1998 and began his Master of Public Administration at WSU in spring 1999.

When he first arrived at Wichita State, Asmani contacted Daisy Kabagarama in the School of Community Affairs. She referred him to Sam Yeager at the Hugo Wall School, and, after a brief discussion, Asmani decided public administration was his future.

“As I went through the Master of Public Administration program, my passion for local government grew,” he said. “Although I had lived in the United States for a number of years, I continued to be intrigued about the democratic process and the role of local governments in everyday lives. I realized that to gain a better understanding of the profession and process I needed some sort of workplace study.”

That desire led to his internships for the city of Maize, where Asmani worked on the city’s comprehensive plan for 30 hours a week for six months.

“This was my first real exposure to local government, and the best part is I was also getting paid,” Asmani said.

In the summer of 2001, he began a management internship in the Sedgwick County manager’s office. Asmani said the county internship is one of the most respected public management internships in the region, and it set him up for his first real job after he graduated, working there for nine years in finance and enterprise planning.

In 2010, Asmani took his current job in Newton, where his responsibilities include investments, budgeting, risk management, accounting and oversight of the human resource functions.

Along with his work in Newton, Asmani has served on several area boards, is involved with the Kansas City/County Managers Association and serves as vice president of the Kansas Government Finance Officers Association.

He has been recognized with the De Vore Foundation’s 2010 Excellence in Public Service Award and was named a 2011 Wichita Business Journal 40 Under 40 honoree.


21 February 2014

You are invited to TaWichita year end meeting on December 14th at 5pm which will be held at a club house of 6602 East Harry (Brentwood appartment). Agenda will be posted soon, snacks and soft drinks will be provided. You are all welcome and please let other people know

21 February 2014

TaWichita inapenda kuwatumia salam za Christmas na mwaka mpya kwa wanajumuiya wote. Tunamshukuru mwenyezi mungu kwa kutuwezesha kufika hapa tulipo, kusherehekea siku ya kuzaliwa yesu kristo na mwaka mpya. Kwa wanaosafiri tunawatakia safari njema na hii hali ya hewa wafike salama, wengine wote tunawatakia heri na baraka njema katika kipindi hiki cha sikukuu.

21 February 2014


During Dec 14, 2013 meeting we were able to pick and vote for leaders on the spot.
Here is the list of TaWichita leaders and their contact information in case you have question, concern or idea don't hesitate to contact.

  1. President - Rahma Kahelo
  2. Vice President - Iddi Ligongo
  3. Secretary - Erick Nyimbo
  4. Treasurer - Radhia Diwani

We discussed Member benefits and fee as follows, to be eligible for benefits you will need to be active member for two consecutive years.
Membership Fee for a single person is $60 per year and $100 for a family per year.
 All fees are due on January 31st. Please visit http://tawichita.org/latest-news/general-meeting-feb-2013 for more information.
To avoid penalties please make your payment before January 31st.
You can pay your membership fee by:
1. Cash or Check directly to any TaWichita leader
2. PayPal
3. Bank deposit. (any branch of Meritrust Bank)
We wish you all the best on the year 2014.

21 February 2014

Teleconference 712-432-1500 Pin 465228#

Jumuiya zote za Watanzania waishio Marekani zimeamua kuwa Alhamisi tarehe 13 Februari 2014 saa Moja usiku kwa saa za Kansas kutakuwa na teleconference ya Watazania wote kujadili changamoto zetu hasa suala la uraia pacha. Wote mnakaribishwa kushiriki. Ili uweze kushiriki teleconference hii unaombwa siku ya Alhamisi saa mbili usiku upige namba ifuatayo 712-432-1500 na baadaye ingiza pin namba hii 465228# na utaweza kujumuika na Watanzania wenzako kutoka Marekani nzima katika kujadili changamoto zetu ili ziweze kupelekwa Bungeni.

Wote mnakaribishwa.

Do you want to Participate in the DICOTA 2014 Convention Preparations?

DICOTA would love your input as we prepare for the DICOTA 2014 Convention in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina (Oct 2-5). The following link takes you to a brief, 3-minute survey, where you can share your ideas for topics and/or presenters to be included in the Convention program.

The deadline for this survey is this coming Friday night, February 14th, 2014. So now is the time!
Karibuni na asanteni.

A note from our President

Its not too late to Renew or Start TaWichita Membership. Three easy ways to Join or Renew today

1. Cash or Check directly to any TaWichita leader
2. PayPal
3. Bank deposit. (any branch of Meritrust Bank)

— TaWichita
10 February 2014

Say what you want about Olivia Pope’s romantic choices and non-existent work/life balance, she is a genius at choosing impeccable outerwear. Her exquisite coats make a statement as powerful as her signature walk and stance. One look at her Dior swing houndstooth coat or Burberry white coat, and you know she means business.

Even if you don’t run a high-powered crisis management firm, every woman needs a sharp and polished coat in their winter wardrobe.

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