BESTY DEVOS, THE IRON LADY OF EDUCATION AND POLITICS

Elisabeth Betsy DeVos is an American entrepreneur, philanthropist, and a politician. She was born in January 8th 1958. She is the current Secretary of Education in the Trump administration. Besty DeVos is the daughter of Edgar Prince who founded the Prince Corporation. Erick Prince, the founder of Blackwater and a former Navy Seal officer is Betsy’s brother. Mrs. DeVos is married to Mr. Dick DeVos who was previously CEO of a marketing company Amway.

Mrs. DeVos is a Republican wherein 1992 to 1997 served as the Republican National Committee chairwoman from Michigan. That was besides being the chairwoman of the Michigan Republican party from 1996 to 2000 and again reelected to the same post in 2003.

DeVos is best known for championing school choice, school voucher plans, charter school systems and her attachments to the Reformed Christian Community. Besides Mrs. DeVos serving as a member of the board of the Foundation for Excellence in Education, she also served as the chair to the Board of Alliance for School of Choice and Action Institute and is the head of All Children Matter PAC. Follow Betsy DeVos on twitter.com

Dick and Betsy DeVos started a family foundation in 1989.according to the organization’s website, the foundation’s giving is faith motivated and centered on leadership development, foster transformation and support in five key areas namely; education, community, arts, justice and leadership.

The DeVos Foundation made $11.6 million in charity giving adding to the couple’s lifetime of charity giving to $139million in 2015.The DeVos family foundation Is ranked by Forbes at no. 24 on its list of America’s top donors in 2015.

The organization has been focusing mostly on funding Christian Organizations and Christian Private Schools. From years 1999 to 2014, the foundation has donated $100 million. Half of this amount went to Christian groups. Top on the list of agencies funded by the Foundation include; Michigan’s Foundation for Traditional Values; Focus on the Family, Center for Individual Rights; Acton Institute; the Justice Institute, Center for Individual Rights, the Pregnancy Resource Center in Michigan, Right to Life Michigan Educational Fund, and Baptists for life.

These organizations have been top beneficiaries. Devos and her family founded Art Prize in 2009 an international competition based on art and held in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Personally, Mrs. Devos raised over $150 000 towards the reelection campaign of Bush. During the Bush administration, Betsy DeVos served for two years as the finance chairperson where she was involved with various projects.

The DeVos family has been active members of the Republican Party and its politics and has been the major donor to the candidates in the party since 1989 where they have given more than $17 million. The family hoped that through the donations, the Republican Party would win elections and promote good governance and support sound policies. Check this article from New York Post.

Have A Glass Of Wine. And By The Way, Get Paid For It, Too!

Do you enjoy a good glass of chilled wine now and then, with dinner or a late night snack? Most of us will do that, and we sometimes like a dry wine with certain snacks, and a sweet wine with others.

There is a way that you can enjoy a nice glass of wine with your favorite snacks, and get paid for it! You can invite your friends to a wine tasting party, and make money with Traveling Vineyard Wines.

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Traveling Vineyard will supply a kit for you. Inside the kit will be party invitations, party favors, different wines of different varieties, and order forms so that your friends can order wine from you, their representative! It is easy, as there will be instructions as to which snack will go with which wine, so there is no guesswork. All you have to do is have a pen to fill out the orders you will receive. Studies have shown that 80% of all wine sales are impulse sales. The wine literally sells itself.

You can ask one of your friends to hold another wine tasting party for you. They will get prizes for doing so, and will be able to purchase some wines at deep discounts when they hold a party for you. Best of all, you meet new people, and are ready to receive even more orders for your wines. If you keep repeating this, you will see how lucrative this can be as a home business.

Traveling Vineyard wines are chosen from chateaux all over the world, and are taste-tested before being included in their family of wines made available at parties. No, this is not a cheap, mass-produce wine. This is the real deal, real varietal wines with body and distinctive flavor.

Why not give Traveling Vineyards a try?

Talk Fusion Receives Award from TMC

It takes an enormous amount of effort in order to elevate your company into elite status. CEO and Founder of Talk Fusion, Bob Reina, has been working hard over the past decade in order to bring his video marketing company into the next stratosphere. Through years of dedication and innovation Talk Fusion has finally been awarded for their work. Talk Fusion received the Products of the Year Award from the Technology Marketing Corporation for their work in communication solutions. The award is typically only handed out to companies that push the limits, innovate the industry, and do it in such a way as to not be ignored.

Bob Reina initially founded Talk Fusion because he saw the trends in video marketing and how businesses were going to need to cater to them. Reina had been looking, at the time, for a company that could offer video marketing services to his own work. He couldn’t find anybody and so he decided to create Talk Fusion as an answer to his own needs. How right this decision would end up being. Reina’s been the steady hand behind the rapid growth of Talk Fusion ever since.

Rich Tehrani, the CEO of TMC, made the announcement that Talk Fusion was amongst the winners for the coveted Products of the Year Award. Tehrani said that the winners of the award were, “True leaders within their industries, these honorees represent the best of the best products and solutions available on the market today.” Technology Marketing Corporation weren’t the only voices responding to the award.

Reina said in a statement, “This is just the beginning. Our talented IT team has big plans for the future of our all in one video marketing solutions.” Reina talked extensively about his work at Talk Fusion but he was quick to defer to who he believes to be the engine behind his company’s work: his IT team, spearheaded by CTO Ryan Page. Page echoed Reina, “This is just a testament to how efficient and innovative Talk Fusion’s team is.” Page also alluded to potential upgrades to key products and services, like their award winning Video Chat application.

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Waiakea Partners with Skyscanner for the #FollowYourFlow Contest

On January 19, 2017, PRNewswire revealed the launch of the #FollowYourFlow contest by Waiakea Hawaiian Volcanic Water. The contest was intended to give a lucky social media follower the chance to experience to Hawaiian beauty by attending the Wanderlust Yoga Festival. Waiakea’s devotion to fueling a healthy and balanced lifestyle coupled with their electrolyte-rich and naturally alkaline Hawaiian volcanic water was the inspiration behind the contest.

Kameron Waters, a renowned social media influencer and yogi, appreciated the opportunity to collaborate with Skyscanner and Waiakea Hawaiian Volcanic Water for the competition.

According to Kameron, flow is an effortless and timeless state of optimum performance and complete absorption. As such, he was excited to be part of the flow exhibited by the synergy between the yoga community and Waiakea. Learn more about Waiakea Water: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/waiakea-brings-clean-water-to-six-communities-in-rural-malawi-this-year-300311312.html

The Wanderlust Yoga Festival

Thanks to Skyscanner, the winner of the #FollowYourFlow contest was set to receive a maximum of $1000 in free airfare to facilitate a to and fro trip to Oahu. The Wanderlust Yoga Festival was scheduled to kickstart on February 23 to 26. Attendees of the festival would be treated to a collaboration of excellent mediation, yoga instructors, guided outdoor adventures, live music, as well as local and sustainable food.

How to join the Contest

Skyscanner and Waiakea fans were required to submit their birthdate, email and name on the contest page. By doing so, they would unlocked an additional way to not only enter but also boost their chances of winning.

Waiakea Hawaiian Volcanic Water

Accoridng to Crunchbase, Waiakea Water is known to originate from Mauna Loa Volcano as both rain and snow melt. The water undergoes a filtration process as it passes through porous volcanic rock that are thousands of feet. As a result, the water emerges as naturally alkaline, electrolyte-rich and delicious.

Ryan Emmons is the brains behind the inception of the bottled Waiakea water. He did this upon realizing that the water that he and his family were drinking during the winters and summers in Hawaii was exceptional.

Waiakea water boasts of sustainable packaging that is second to none. In fact, the water is a sustainable and renewable resource that is derived from an aquifer that boasts of a 1.4 billion gallon in terms of recharge rate. The facility where the water is packaged utilizes 33% renewable energy. Forbes said that Waiakea water prides itself on being one of the very first premium bottled beverages and waters in the globe to be certified as CarbonNeutral®.

Jason Halpern of JMH Development Tops off the Aloft South Beach, Hotel in Miami Beach

Jason Halpern

The JMH project, in partnership with Madden Real Estate Ventures, is a reconstruction of the great Motel Ankara; it includes a modern eight-storey tower. Plaza Construction managed the Construction, together with ADD Inc architects. Aloft South Beach will offer considerably larger rooms with over 360 square feet, as compared to its competitors. JMH Development, Principal Jason Halpern was excited about the new project. He is renowned for restoring historic buildings across the country.

He said topping off the building marked a key milestone in the development process and indicated the launch of the next stage as advancement to the completion of the Aloft South Beach.

The Aloft South Beach will include a waterfront scene of the Collins Canal and Lake Pancoast, which surround the property. The Aloft is a block away from Miami Beach, and a walking distance from Miami art galleries, the Miami Beach Convention Center, the Bass Museum of Art restaurants, nightclubs, and boutiques. Guests have the option of utilizing indoor facilities such as a roof deck lounge, an outdoor pool, a fitness center and a spacious conference hall ideal for social events and business meetings.

Jason Halpern, Property Management Guru

About JMH Development

JMH Development is a real estate company with important commercial and residential properties across the country. JMH has in the past, developed unique properties in growing markets such as Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The construction company recently completed the renovation of 184 Kent Avenue to 340 luxurious residential rentals in Brooklyn. JMH recent construction involves The Cobble Hill Townhouses, a compilation of nine lavish townhouses in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. JMH creates high-quality properties all over the country.

Jason’s Activities in Modeling

About Jason Halpern

Jason Halpern is the Managing Partner and Founder of JMH Development. Jason comes from a generation of Real Estate Construction Company with more than 50 years of developing and managing the property in New York. Jason is a third generation Halpern family member, known for their reputation of developing hundreds of residential high-rise buildings in New York.

Jason and His Wife

Jason has a deep passion for restructuring buildings in historic districts. He is sensitive to the historic properties. Jason dedicates his resources personal time to charitable activities in his community. He mainly donates in the Joel A. Halpern Trauma Center at Westchester Medical Center. Jason also encourages philanthropy activities through his company, endorsing charitable programs through JMH Development. They have launched a groundbreaking partnership with ‘Water’. The global charity donates $20,000 of every contract signed at the Miami’s Collins residential development to finance water projects in Nepal and Ethiopia, bringing safe drinking water to nearly 700 Nepalese and Ethiopian locals.

Jason Halpern remains dedicated to developing unique high-rise buildings around New York.

 

Squaw Valley’s Rigorous Water-Quality Testing Demonstrates Commitment to Customers

Following an unexpected and powerful October rainstorm, Squaw Valley–one of the biggest and most reputable ski resorts in America–saw a single, upper-mountain water source become contaminated with bacteria. The resort’s prompt response to this unforeseen difficulty is commendable, and does well to illustrate just how much it values skiers, visitors, and the overall community.

 

After their routine testing detected the water abnormality, Squaw Valley officials contacted health and safety experts to further identify the bacteria’s source. Then, an all-encompassing recovery plan–one that spared no expense and left no avenue unexplored–was initiated, and the preliminary benefits are already clear: the water’s health is rapidly improving, and is expected to return to normal sometime in the near future.

 

Moreover, Squaw Valley officials also temporarily shut down all of their restaurants, and made all drinking water sources unavailable, to assure the health and safety of each customer. An announcement concerning the water source’s full recovery is expected to be made, with the certification and approval of sanitation and purity professionals, sometime soon.

 

A lot can be learned about a person or business’s operating style in times of unadulterated success, but to really ascertain an individual or company’s true character, one must observe their actions when things aren’t going well. Squaw Valley was dealt a bad hand by sheer chance, and rather than putting their heads down or complaining, leading officials took all the necessary steps to protect their customers, repair the water source in question, and return the top-notch resort to its previous form.

 

The same dedication exercised in responding to this crisis allows Squaw Valley to maintain some of the very best mountains and facilities, attracting skiers and visitors from around the globe in the process.

 

 

 

Finding True Love With Bumble

Dating can be stressful but it can also be rewarding. When trying to find your true love, there will be bumps along the way but rest assured it can happen. Dating takes time. It is a series of events that determine whether or not that particular person is a match. When finding a match, there are some thing to consider. When trying to date, you have to find a way to make that happen. You must use a source to find the person your dreams. For many people, that source is online dating or mobile dating. In the past many people shunned online dating.

People believe that you can never find the right person on a website or on a mobile application. Studies that proven that theory incorrect. Studies show that more people find their true love on online dating websites or mobile applications. Mobile dating applications are a little bit different. Finding a match online is easier and faster than the traditional way. There is one mobile dating application that puts the women in the driving seat.

Bumble is a dating application that launched in December of 2014. The application is location-based. Bumble is unique because it allows women to make the first move when they find a match. Users must message their match within 24 hours or the match gets deleted. Bumble is integrated with Facebook, to create the user profiles. Within the user profiles include photos, college, and job information. in addition to finding love on the app, Bumble allows users to find platonic friends. Users can switch to a specific mode on the application and search for platonic friends in their location.

Bumble was founded by Whitney Wolfe. Whitney Wolfe was a former founder of Bumble. Whitney Wolfe launched Bumble after she left the company, Tinder. Whitney Wolfe was born in Salt Lake City, Utah and graduated from Southern Methodist University. She majored in International Studies at Southern Methodist University.

In 2017, Whitney Wolfe was named Forbes 30 under 30. She was also named Business Insider’s 30 Most Important Women Under 30. In addition, she was named Women in Tech by Elle Magazine.

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Buffett’s Investment Advice Challenged

In a February 27, 2017 article published on cnbc.com, Timothy Armour, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Capital Group, has challenged Warren Buffett’s claim that low-fee passive index funds will outperform actively-managed funds in the long run.

Warren Buffett has warned investors to avoid – active fund managers and to stick with low-cost index funds.

In 2007, Buffett bet $ 1,000,000 that a Vanguard S&P 500 index fund would beat five funds of hedge funds selected by Protégé Partners over the following 10 years.

It seems like Buffett will win the wager, as the S&P index fund has yielded a total return of over 85% through 2016, while the collective performance of the five funds of hedge funds has gained only 22% in that same period. The bet (the winnings will be donated to charity) goes through the end of 2017.

In his article, Armour agrees with Buffett that the best strategy is low cost, simple investments bought and held for the long haul. But he argues that passive index returns may not be the safe path for investors, as those funds are vulnerable to volatility and losses during down markets.

Armour advises that investors should look for funds with low expenses and high manager ownership, as those funds have consistently outperformed benchmark indexes. He points out that, in his firm’s 86-year history, its funds have averaged 1.47% higher returns annually than indexed funds.

Timothy D. Armour was named chairman of Capital Group in July, 2015, and he still manages money for the group, including the American Capital Income Builder fund.

Mr. Armour has nearly 34 years of investment experience, all with Capital Group. During his career he has covered global telecommunications and U.S. service companies. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Middlebury College.

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Youthful Anime Characters and the Eventual Rise of Mature Horror

 

Classic anime is not forgotten. The original and wonderful characters contributed greatly to classic 1960’s and 1970’s anime television being widely remembers. Even today, new and younger fans of anime invest time watching these old programs. Characters such as sports anime star Speed Racer and his crew are still able to excite fans. Speed Racer himself had a “coming of age” persona that meshed well with his winning mindset.

 

Marine Boy might not have been as fleshed out as Speed Racer, but the underwater hero was a hit in the U.S. at a time when comic books were experiencing a superhero-fueled revival. The very anime robot Tobor, The 8 Man was an unemotional hero but his deeds carried the day and enthralled viewers.

 

Kimba, the White Lion was obviously not a superhero but the young cub had a childlike quality that appealed to younger audiences.

 

All of these classic programs had a family-friendly vibe to them. As fans of anime grew up, so did the themes found in anime movies. Horror quickly became one of the more popular genres. Vampires and demons have always been a staple in anime horror. Such creatures won’t be going anywhere soon. Horror has a timeless appeal among the more mature anime fans.

Karl Heideck’s Accomplishments as a Litigation Professional

Karl Heideck’s Accomplishments as a Litigation ProfessionalLitigators are law experts who have excellent knowledge in offering legal services to plaintiffs and defendants during civil cases in court. They are skilled in filling litigations and ensuring that clients win the cases. A lawsuit has various stages, and they include pre-trail, investigations, discovery, and trial in the courtroom. The discovery stage enables the attorney of the plaintiff and the litigants to make findings that may assist them in winning their case. Another role of the litigator is being in charge of the settlements after a trial. They are also required to go back to court in case any of the involved parties appeals.

arl Heideck is an outstanding litigation attorneyKarl Heideck is an outstanding litigation attorney who is based in Philadelphia. The primary fields that he deals with are risk management, compliance, and lawsuits. Karl Heideck attended the Swarthmore College and got his undergraduate degree in English and Literature. Heideck then studied law at the James E. Beasley School of Law that is based at Temple University. Karl was awarded a Juris Doctor degree in 2009.

After being licensed as an attorney, Karl Heideck was employed by the Conrad O’Brien, where he served as a partner. He was a litigator at the firm, and his primary focus was in dealing with government probes and crimes that were committed in various offices. Karl Heideck got sufficient experience at the law company and later got a job at the Pepper Hamilton LLP. He served the company as a Projects Attorney and tackled white collar defense, bankruptcy issues, pharmaceutical litigations, and government investigations.

Karl Heideck was later hired by the Grant & Eisenhofer, PA, where he serves as a contract attorney. He got the position after serving in the sector for only four years. The firm has branches in different parts of the nation, and he is in charge of conducting discoveries in banking and securities fraud litigations.

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