Monthly Archives: March 2016

See School Choice as a Dick DeVos Improvement

There is a major difference in the quality of education received attending a particular school over another. Paramount to quality, the twelve year experience may be improved. School choice is important as in my case when I graduated from public school I was illiterate. I could not read, write, spell, pronounce, and I had never read a book. I did however receive a diploma from the public school system. So you ask what went wrong and how did that happen? The answer is I could not visually see; I had not been diagnosed with needing eye-glasses. Henceforth since my last name is somewhat in the middle of the alphabet I was assigned seating in the back of the classroom compounding my unable to see.

To understand this dilemma: since no one ever told me I could not see, how was a six, seven, or eight year-old supposed to know they can’t see like someone who has perfect vision. In my situation I just accepted everyone could not see the blackboard just like me. It never occurred to me that I was the only one that saw nothing on the blackboard. Subsequently in public schools, if a kid is not alert and a bookish, then they become nobody in the masses of children. That is what I become; I just existed in a classroom, in a school, for six hours unnoticed.

I honestly can say I never did homework, but more realistically I never knew I was supposed to read the book I took home. This is a fact. Now one can complain where were your parents? And I say to you I got satisfactory grades. Actually it is truly amazing what you can absorb by pure instincts, I just mimicked other kids.

School choice is a general term used to define alternative ways to education other than the standard public school system and I say that is virtuous. I am not alone with school choice. Philanthropist Dick DeVos is one who supports school choice. Dick DeVos is heir to the Amway Dynasty. Four years ago Forbes magazine put him in the top hundred richest people. Touting a net worth over five billion dollars shows he is a money-maker making a difference in education. Today educational voucher are gaining strength as well as alternative choices like charter and home schooling. This momentum to unconventional forms of education is contributed to by Dick DeVos. They have many foundations to support and shift public opinion toward school choice. I applaud Dick’s efforts; it is a wise decision to make unique educational avenues to graduation. 

I was finally diagnosed by an optometrist for corrective lenses, and a new journey in edification was bestowed upon me. I actually, as an adult, educated myself and received a bachelor in engineering from a notable university. So if you visit the foundation website you will find the DeVos family manifesto is published. It is their desire to seek choice and access to education. See Education

Learn more about Dick DeVos by visiting his LinkedIn profile.

A Brief Overview of George Soros’ Comprehensive Plan To Solve The Asylum Crisis

George Soros isn’t happy with the way the European Union is handling the asylum chaos that is currently going on. That’s why he has come up with his own comprehensive plan that consists of six key components.
In an article by George Soros and published on MarketWatch.com, the six components of the plan are explained in great detail. With this article however we will quickly break down the most important aspects of each component.

Component #1 – Adequate Financing

Over the next several years the European Union is going to need to be able to accept a minimum of one million asylum-seekers. To do this adequate financing is extremely important.

Soros suggests on nybooks raising funds to provide and care for asylum-seekers by issuing long-term bonds. This can be done via the EU’s AAA borrowing capacity that is currently largely untapped.

Component #2 – Funding Must Be Provided To Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey

In order for things to start getting better, the European Union must lead the way and ensure Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey have enough funding to care for the four million refugees currently living in those three countries. So far these three countries have just enough money to take care of the basic needs of refugees.

Component #3 – A Single EU Asylum and Migration Agency Must Be Built Immediately

Currently there are over 25 different asylum systems in place. Not only is this inefficient, but its expensive and the procedures being used are wildly inconsistent. Having a single asylum agency that everyone must go through will streamline the process and ensure everyone’s rights are being respected.

Component #4 – Asylum Seekers Must Have Safe Channels To Travel Through

It is very important asylum seekers have safe channels to travel through. It all starts with moving them from Italy and Greece and getting them safely to their destination countries.

This is extremely important as it will reduce the level of panic. It will also reduce the number of migrants who crossover via the very dangerous Mediterranean.

Component #5 – Global Standards For Treatment Must Be Established

The European Union has already established operational and financial arrangements with various countries. Those same arrangements must be used to establish global standards as far as treatment goes. This will ensure every refugee is treated the right way.

Component #6 – The Private Sector Must Be Mobilized

With so many immigrants making their way into different countries, its going to take more than the government to absorb the influx. That’s why the private sector must be mobilized. Churches, local businesses and NGO’s must all come together to help.

About George Soros

George Soros was born in 1930 in Budapest, Hungary. After surviving the Nazi occupation he fled to England in 1947. While in England he attended and graduated from the London School of Economics.

He would later move to the United States where he would settle in and build his fortune. Since 1979 he has been very involved in philanthropic activity through his Open Society Foundations charity network.

To learn more about Soros visit his website at www.GeorgeSoros.com.

Concerns Over The Zika Virus Continue To Escalate In The U.S. According To Brazilian Doctor Sergio Cortes

The Zika virus is leaving no stone unturned in the Americas. The virus is beginning to show signs that the United States is in for a major Zika epidemic over the next four months, according to Brazil’s leading medical advisor, Sergio Cortes. Dr. Cortes has been immersed in Zika virus facts and complication since May 2015. Brazil has 1.5 million reported cases of the Zika virus, and Dr. Sergio Cortes believes another three of four million people are infected but don’t know it. Those people have infected other people, so the epidemic is more than a one mosquito story. Humans play a big role in the rapid spread of the virus. According to an article posted on R7.com, Dr. Cortes believes the outbreak in the United States may be worse that the Brazilian outbreak.

Even though spring and summer haven’t arrived in the U.S., 31 states have already reported by Noticias R7 to have Zika virus cases. Those cases are all travel related. Some of the people were infected by their sexual partners. Dr. Cortes posted an article about sexual transmission on his LinkedIn page. Sexual contact could be one of the prime reasons, the outbreak in the U.S. will go down as one of the worse virus epidemics in modern history.

The issue that is hindering an effective mosquito eradication plan in the United States is government agencies are fighting over eradication rights. The FDA has rejected an opportunity to test genetically engineered mosquitoes. The Agricultural Department usually has jurisdiction over what types of sprays and other tools are used to stop insect infestations. According to the Dr. Cortes Facebook page, Brazil is using the male genetically engineered mosquitoes in areas where the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes are out of control. The typical larvicide spraying technique hasn’t stopped the mosquitoes from infecting millions of people in Brazil. In a tweet, Dr. Cortes said the same thing will happen in the United States.

Mosquito eradication is certainly one concern, but the complications that are connected to the Zika virus dramatically raise the concern level to a 10 or more. The fetus microcephaly issue is the number one threat to pregnant women everywhere, according to Dr. Cortes. Babies born with microcephaly have moderate to severe brain damage and unusually small and coned shaped heads. There is no cure for microcephaly.

The threat of paralysis that follows the typical symptoms of a fever, rash and body aches is another issue that has all adults shaking in the thong sandals. The paralyzing condition is called Guillain-Barré syndrome, and there is no known cure. Most people with Guillain-Barré syndrome recover, but five out of a hundred people don’t.

The World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control are doing their best to warn the public, but without proper research funding and an effective eradication plan, it’s going to be a long summer in North America.

Skout Works With Food Bank to Fight Hunger

One sign of a good company is that it is willing to help with certain causes for the improvement of human life. Skout is one of the companies that work towards fighting problems like hunger. Skout has recently partnered with SF-Marin Food Bank in order to serve thousands of people who are starving. Skout is also encouraging users to make donations to the food bank so that the 20,000 starving people will be able to eat. Skout intends to donate cash until they reach the goal of feeding 20,000 starving people.

Skout is a social network that is designed to help people meet friends. It is very versatile when it comes to the type of relationships formed through the use of this tablet. There are many activities and many ways to meet people with this social media platform. Among the common activities that people use Skout for is to set up a date for meeting someone that they are interested in. Skout also allows for people to meet friends in person with their apps. Skout is definitely a social media platform that stands out among the others in that it encourages connections with friends beyond the online realm.

Skout has many features for traveling. This social media platform also allows for people to gain pen pals. Skout has expanded to cover 180 countries throughout the world. It is also available in 16 different languages. It was started up in 2007 and the headquarters is located in San Francisco. Skout has a user friendly interface and has many suggestions when it comes to meeting up in an area. The app for Skout can be downloaded at iTunes. Skout allows users to sign up using Facebook or their email address. Once they activate their account, they are then taken to a grid of users.

The original article could be read on PR Newswire.

Thor Halvorssen Offers Peculiar Opinion On Socialism and the Sanders Campaign

In a recent interview on Fox News’ Live Business Trish Regan interviewed the famous political and human rights activist, Thor Halvorssen. The topic of the day was socialism, specifically, Bernie Sanders brand of socialism. Halvorssen immediately stated that socialism was not just undesirable for the United States of America, but downright unethical, viewing it as theft in the guise of salvation.

It’s important to note that here, Halvorssen is not merely speaking from a purely academic perspective, but from a firsthand one. Indeed, Halvorssen has had many a intimate and unnerving encounter with socialist governments, namely that of the Socialist Republic of Venezuela. He speaks passionately about the subject when prompted by Ms. Regan, “I just have to get you to one more thing before you go – you have personal experience with this (totalitarian socialism) in Venezuela. Your father-” at this point Halvorssen jumps in. My father was a political prisoner. My mother was shot by the regime of Hugo Chavez and my cousin, my first cousin, is currently in prison in Venezuela.” He clarifies, however, that Venezuela had, for many years previously, a moderate and effective labor government, which utilized a measured form of Democratic Socialism – a mode of government which Halvorseen does not take particular exception with, as, in his view, it does not infringe markedly upon fundamental human rights in the same way that socialism under a authoritarian, centralized government does. He described the latter form of government as nothing more than, “Looting.”

It is therefore, perhaps, unsurprising when Thor Halvorssen brings everything back home by saying that not only does he support Bernie Sanders, he donated the maximum allowed amount to his campaign – it was a revelation which shocked Ms. Regan who responded with a accentuated, “Wow…” When pressed as to why, Halvorssen, who is voting democrat, simply replied that he could never back Hillary Clinton given the countries from whom her foundation has received money (in the millions of dollars) from, countries such as Saudi Arabia, Oman, Algeria, Bahrain and Syria. Countries which Halvorssen describes collectively as places that, “Execute you for being gay – that restrict all press freedoms – that in some cases ban Christmas!” He concluded by firmly asserting that he would always and ever take a democratic socialist over anyone who takes money from totalitarian dictatorships.

Donald Drumpf and the Uniqueness of Wikipedia Content

Who is this man named “Donald J. Drumpf“? He is a parody character created by talk show host and humorist John Oliver. Oliver created the legend of Donald Drumpf as a way of poking fun at the life of Donald J. Trump. Some might be shocked to discover that, along with the real Donald Trump, Donald Drumpf has his own Wikipedia page. All this shouldn’t be shocking. Wikipedia allows for a lot of different types of content. The online encyclopedia covers a lot of territory as far as subject matter is concerned.

Wikipedia is a great resource for businesses. A business could get a lot of public relations value out of a properly executed Wikipedia business page creation. People, too, should think about publishing Wikipedia pages about themselves. Politicians, artists, athletes, philanthropists, and more would benefit from an entry on Wikipedia. Those in need of reputation management might employ Wikipedia as a vehicle to better control messaging.

Donald Trump may need to edit and change his Wikipedia page address the Donald Drumpf mockery. Trump, of course, would hire Wiki experts to handle any writing or editing work on his Wikipedia page. Hiring Wikipedia writers or editors may very well be the best approach to take.

Get Your Wiki will create a Wikipedia page for clients. Follow-up writing, editing, and monitoring work can all be performed by the staff of Get Your Wiki who will update Wiki pages for clients as information arises. The Wiki editing service is able to create Wikipedia content to meet a host of different goals. The fees are reasonable, and the staff working on client projects are very experienced at the task.

Coriant: The Developer of Mobile Solutions

Coriant deals with networking solutions in the business world that is quickly changing due to the cloud software. Network operators are able to simplify their operations as well as improve their resources. They are also helpful with network operators in forming new services that bring in a lot of income for businesses in this world where the demands for services are constantly evolving. Among the platforms they offer service for are mobile, cloud, and video. Coriant has proven to be a major success with its services being offered in more than 100 countries.

The success of Coriant is possible only because of the heads of the company. One head of Coriant that is very reliable is Shaygan Kheradpir who has recently joined the board after Pat DiPietro. Shaygan has worked or Verizon and was responsible for all of the innovations that have come from the mobile service provider such as FiOS FTTH. Kheradpir has also worked in Coriant on the senior management team as an operating partner at Marlin Equity Partners earlier in the year. Shaygan has already had a little bit of experience working with Coriant.

Shaygan has also worked at Juniper as the CEO. Kheradpir has worked in the telecom industry for a total of 28 years. This extensive experience in the field makes him a very trustworthy person to bring on board.

Working as Coriant’s new CEO, Shaygan’s key task is to bring about equipment sales for to service providers and to also provide equipment to work with 4G and the soon to come 5G advancements.

Darius Fisher Shares His Secrets On How To Keep Employees Happy

No matter how you look at it employees are the pillars that hold up a company both small and large. Even with great management and ownership employees are bound to have some grievances but if its a common occurrence it may result in a high turn around rate which results in loss of time and revenue. Darius Fisher, co-founder and president of status labs, has a few tips on how to keep employees happy, hard working, and loyal.

Fisher states that incentive based goals are a good way to boost moral. Ask your employees what they’d prefer, like an apple watch or extra vacation day, then go from there. Secondly, individual or team appreciation goes a long way even if its just a simple email openly congratulating someone on a job well done. People are more prone to continue hard word if they’re acknowledged for what they’ve accomplished. Fisher’s last bit of advice is keeping employees up to speed and maintaining an open line of communication. New hires, milestones, and developments effect all employees and many feel they should be informed of whats happening. This continues the team atmosphere all companies need to succeed.

This advice has clearly worked in Fisher’s favor as his company has flourished within the past few years. Status Labs is an online reputation management company that specializes in internet related PR. Fisher graduated from Vanderbilt University with a bachelors in Economics. After graduating he worked at Agora Publishing as a copywriter before delving into the financial world of investments. Years later Darius opened up a couple successful companies before opening up Status Labs.

Status Labs currently caters to 1,500 clients that span across 35 countries. They gained recognition after handling the aftermath of the Ashley Madison scandal earlier in 2015. Their expertise in crises management takes the world of public relations and updates it to the modern world. With a tech savvy team of professionals they’ve been able to work with a variety of clients and create a positive online presence for them as well as delete any negative information floating around the web.

Purina’s Beneful is the new standard of Premium Dog Food

 

The days of cheap and unhealthy dog food are starting to come to an abrupt halt as companies switch their strategies in a tug of war for the $23.7 billion dollar pet food industry. A shift is taking place in the pet food industry as pet owners begin to seek out the best quality and health customized foods for their dogs. The “Premium” category of dogs foods is on the rise with an unprecedented surge in sales of 45% or $10.5 billion since in the US since 2009. With this increase in sales, it’s no longer alright for large pet food companies to sit back and rest on their laurels.

Innovations in the premium dog food category such as the use of more fresh and organic fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are just the tip of the iceberg. Companies are tapping into breed specific niches, weight loss categories, and even “eat like your owner” foods are emerging. These types of foods would give dog owners the option to feed their dogs similar tasting foods to what they are consuming, for example lasagna or beef stroganoff. There are even companies designing foods for differing dog metabolisms based on age or breed.

Long time leaders in the category are starting to fight back and get heavily involved in these innovations and are creating premium lines with the latest in nutrition technology and science. Purinastore is one of these companies that has designed a special new line of dog foods called Beneful.

Beneful is a food that contains good-for-you ingredients like real meats & vitamin-rich vegetables. It comes in both dry and wet food options and there are multiple flavor options like chicken, beef, and salmon, as well as different vegetable combinations like carrots, spinach, peas, avocado, ect.

There is an original line of Beneful foods, but there are also options for weight control, for puppies and healthy growth and development, and also for high energy and very active dogs that need more protein in their diets. Beneful is a product of superior quality that goes through the most advanced lab testing and is prepared in state of the art test kitchens.