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“Caring Star” Given to The Manse on Marsh Once Again July 27, 2016

The Manse on Marsh has been named of the of Nations Best assisted living communities and won its second “Caring Star” award this year as well. The San Luis Obispo County based assisted living community has been a long time favorite of residents and prospective residents with an impressive 5-star all-time user rating on Caring.com’s website and no outstanding negative user complaints. It should be no surprise that the won the “Caring Star” award with that kind of quality recognition since entries into award consideration only have to maintain a 4-star all-time average and receive a single 5-star review. Meanwhile, the Manse on Marsh’s community received 5 such reviews during the timeframe of the award consideration.

The Manse on Marsh used an industry-vetted Care Planning System which enables their caretakers to create and maintain a personalized care plan for each of the residents. This ensures that residents and their families are only being billed for services they are actually using and want. These services include medication management, meal reminders, grooming sessions, and much more. When Logan Sexton the CEO and Executive Director of the company learned of their second time winning the “Caring Star” award, he stated that it was a sign that residents appreciated and recognized the premier level of care that they provide.

Awards like “Caring Star” are really a boon to the potential future residents of assisted living communities like the Manse on Marsh, found here on Facebook. The reason is that numerous studies have found that when selecting a company or product to trust or purchase that internet-based consumer review is one of the most important deciding factors. In fact, the CEO and co-founder of Caring.com, Andy Cohen, mentioned that the intent of the award was to recognize superior service and help steer potential residents towards trustworthy and reliable assisted living communities that American’s love most.  Check them out on Twitter for news and updates.

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ClassDojo’s an Unorthodox Startup, And Teachers Love It July 26, 2016

It’s as if it were a story straight out of the movies. After just a week of partnership, Sam Chaudhary and Liam Don started reaching out to teachers across California about their new business venture designed specifically for schools. With just days to go on Sam’s visa, they zeroed in on the biggest complication teachers encounter on a daily basis.

Years after their partnership began, Sam and Liam have turned ClassDojo into a household name, in use in more than two-thirds of schools across the United States and 180 other countries. Available through Apple’s App Store and Google Play, teachers can use this communication platform like most social media services, connecting them to parents who can learn about their child’s scholastic development through messages, pictures and videos passed along by the teacher.

While this platform may sound simple in what it offers, ClassDojo insists that connecting home and school has transformed the teaching experience for the better. With it, teachers can really make parents feel more involved in what goes on with students on a daily basis, “liking” updates that show off how well they’re advancing in that environment.

Parents are also allowed a bit of private communication with teachers with private messages that allow for more detailed conversations about the behavior of their children or places where they are in need of support in order to keep up with the rest of the class.

This not only does away with the need for semi-annual parent-teacher meetings where those two parties may exchange information about a student over a handful of minutes, but ClassDojo is single-handedly changing the atmosphere in classrooms by introducing unprecedented levels of collaboration that foster support for children at school and at home.

But ClassDojo is not without controversy. The platform has an application for behavioral tracking, which grades a student’s conduct with a number that suggests either behavior worthy of praise or one in need of correction. Yet ClassDojo continues to refine its platform and retain its place in the eyes of school districts everywhere.

Investors seem to be aware of that unique position ClassDojo has carved out for itself and are climbing over one another to hand out much needed funding for expansion. At the end of 2015, ClassDojo managed to raise $21 million on top of the $8.5 million from a previous round of funding in 2013.

ClassDojo is a communication platform that connects parents and teachers in order to exchange information about a student’s scholastic performance and conduct.

ClassDojo has been released in more than 180 countries, crossing cultural borders that make it possible to revolutionize the institution of schools through effective technology.

 

Read more about ClassDojo:

 

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2016-01-19-classdojo-s-critters-want-to-teach-you-about-growth-mindsets

 

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Venezuelan pop star Norka Luque goes worldwide with Tommorowland July 22, 2016

Venezuelan musical artist Norka Luque feels ready to take worldwide audiences by storm today with her latest single “Tomorrowland.” Well known in her native country, the Caracas-born pop star may surprise American audiences, not just with her sound, but her attitude – purely positive.

LatinOL.com describes her fusion of pop, reggae, and rock ‘n’ roll as “fresh” and “modern.” Her 2012 dance hit “Milagro” sat at number one on the Venezuelan charts for 14 weeks. The English language version, “Miracle,” remixed by DJ Ralphi Rosario, reached 11 on the Billboard dance chart. Luque has worked from the start of her professional career with producer Emilio Estefan, best known to American audiences for Miami Sound Machine and his work with spouse, singer Gloria Estefan.

Although much of Luque’s music resembles Gloria Estefan’s in some ways, her positive pop leans most toward dance. But the MTV generation shouldn’t expect J Lo styled dance videos. Although she studied ballet and flamenco her videos showcase little dance. The performer prefers storytelling videos that showcase happiness and a lust for life.

“We as artists have the great responsibility of bringing a positive message to our fans because the lyrics in our songs transport them to the deepest levels of their emotions. Both, societal and musical evolution go hand in hand,” she told Latino Show Magazine. “New rhythms and genres are born, but the essence of the message that we want to transmit to people should never change. With the song Milagro, I want to send a message of hope to those who are overwhelmed by a personal crisis, like the one that I went through, and who hope for a miracle to change their lives. I am the result of several situations which have allowed me to value life even more and to come to the realization that my destiny is music, the medium by which I want to transmit love.”

Spanish-speaking audiences already love Norka Luque, a fact supported by her 2011 nomination for Female Pop Artist of the Year by “Premios Lo Nuestro” (a Univision produced music awards show). In 2016, she’s ready to share her music and love with the world.

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Why Thor Halvorssen is a Key Figure in the Human Rights Movement July 21, 2016

If his incessant late night emails and encoded Wickr messages are anything to go by, then Thor Halvorssen is not your average human rights defender. Thor Halvorssen serves as the president of New York based lobby group, the Human Rights Foundation (HRF). Since launching the organization in 2005, the 39 year old half-Norwegian, half-Venezuelan has created a name for himself in the human rights movement.

During the Second World War, Thor’s grandfather served as the Norwegian king’s representative in Venezuela. He played a key role in diverting Norwegian merchant ships to Venezuelan sea ports after Norway was invaded by Germany. Thor’s father on the other hand played a crucial role in helping liberate Latin American countries from Spain. Thor therefore grew up in an environment where personal liberty was held in high esteem.

The Pragmatic Fight

Thor’s knowledge about human rights defense is not just theoretical. He has had first-hand experience concerning the suffering that citizens go through in tyrannical regimes. His father endured the full brunt of cruelty after he exposed a major narcotics syndicate. His mother was also shot while taking part in a demonstration against Hugo Chavez’s regime. His cousin Leopoldo, who has been a sharp critic of the Chavista administration is currently languishing in jail as a political prisoner.

Thor derives strength from such instances. Many would expect him to exude bitterness towards the Venezuelan people. He however loves them unconditionally. This explains why he has unconditionally embraced mavericks and political troublemakers who are best known for blowing spitballs at dictators while standing up against totalitarian regimes. Thor Halvorssen looks up to renowned political philosopher, John Stuart Mill.

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The human rights advocate has also had resounding success as a film producer. He has been steadfast in championing the rights of the powerless. His advocacy career begun in 1989 when he organized other students to demonstrate against the Apartheid rule in South Africa.

Under Thor Halvorssen’s leadership, HRF has helped liberate many political prisoners. He has also been pivotal in promoting democracy and tolerance in Latin America. Mr. Halvorssen has submitted damning dossiers to tens of commissions investigating human rights violations. He has similarly published extensively on issues related to human rights.

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Hard Times Making Devco Revitalization Loan Difficult To Repay

In 2005 DEVCO built the Heldrich Hotel complex, including a large conference center, which has never been more than 63 percent occupied. It was paid for with a loan to the Middlesex County Improvement Authority in New Jersey. The lead attorney who is guiding Devco and the Atlantic City Development Corporation, Chris Paladino, says repayment of the loan may take an extra couple of years. It was Paladino who put the whole deal together in the beginning. He is not worried for the long term, but does state that because of low occupancy, the loan for the complex will be repaid on a longer term schedule than was originally planned. He also points out that the project has shown to bring a revitalization of the downtown location, which will lead to the whole city becoming vibrant again, in the long run.

Devco stands for The New Brunswick Development Corporation. It is a non-profit organization that develops real estate specifically in New Brunswick, New Jersey. The aim is to use Devco to drive interest in revitalizing the city’s blighted urban areas. They have been particularly active in updating one full block of the downtown area into a new type of urban community. It was built with a $20 million loan provided by the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority. The loan’s repayment is already behind over $7 million.

So far, Devco has operated on several city projects, with a budget of $1.6 billion. Most of this came from New Brunswick investors. The method Devco is using has proved successful. Their partnerships, both public and private, are effectively re-imaging the city of New Brunswick. They are also expert at securing funding to complete their projects, some of which have won major awards. Read more about this in this article in Press of Atlantic City.

 

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Bernardo Chua Gives Back to the World July 19, 2016

One of the most competitive markets is the gourmet coffee market that has thousands of competitors all over the world. One of the fastest growing gourmet coffee company is Organo Gold, a company that was founded in a small coffee shop located in Vancouver. Bernardo Chua founded this company not only due to his love for coffee, but also because he is on a mission to spread the importance of living a healthy lifestyle around the world. The secret to the success of Organo Gold is the use of Ganoderma, a Chinese herb that has been even named “the king of herbs”. This special herb has been attributed to many health benefits that have been scientifically proven to be real. Consumers of this brand can not only look forward to reduced stress, but can also look forward to weight loss in addition to an improvement of the overall sleeping cycle.

Though this company started in Canada, it has spread to so many other countries such as the United States, Germany, Peru, and even the Philippines. As a Filipino, Bernardo Chua has used this company as a way to give individuals who cannot afford medical treatment, a cheaper way to life a healthy life. To keep costs down for the customer, Bernardo Chua even built several organically grown Ganoderma plantations in North America which makes this herb even more readily available for the consumer. Add that to the OrganoGold rewards program Chua has pioneered, and things are really taking off.

As one of the leaders in the distributing industry, Bernardo Chua has not only increased the revenue of his company, but has also increased the number of distributors of his company. Within five years of starting this company, Bernardo Chua has already brought over one million distributors on board with selling this product. As the company continues to grow, Bernardo Chua is still on the mission of spreading the importance of healthy living around the world. It is his opinion that there are worst things in life than relaxing and sipping on a cup of gourmet coffee.

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The People In Venezuela Are Waiting In Lines For Hours To Buy Food And Medical Supplies According To José Manuel González July 18, 2016

Venezuela is on the verge of collapse, according to José Manuel González, the former president of the Chamber of Commerce, and current Deputy of the National Assembly in the state of Guárico. There is a serious shortage of food, clean water, electricity, medical supplies and other items that are considered essential products. González has been very vocal about the long lines in front of drug stores that keep getting longer. And he is very concerned that the robberies and the riots are getting out of control in major cities across the country. Even pedigree pets are wandering around the streets because their owners can’t feed them.

The Venezuelan government, under the leadership of Nicolas Maduro, thinks there is a U.S. backed conspiracy in place to overthrow his government, but Mr. González thinks Maduro is his own and the country’s worst enemy. Maduro has turned businesses and farms into dormant entities, and he has closed shopping malls and cut government work hours in order to conserve electricity. González said Maduro is doing everything wrong, and Maduro confirmed that opinion when he recently placed the military in charge of distributing food and controlling the port authority. Venezuela is turning into a military socialist state, and González and other people in the National Assembly want to remove him from office. But that’s not easy. A petition must be signed by four million people in order to start the removal process, and most people are too busy to sign a petition because they are trying to stay alive.

But there is hope, according to Mr. González. He believes there will be outside intervention before the country turns into a chaotic mess. González is pushing for a national agreement, but the Maduro government is holding all the cards at this point.Venezuela can’t continue to suffer under this socialist dictatorship. The U.S. is trying to negotiate with government officials and countries like Brazil, and other South American nations are trying to help as well. González said his government is too important to be run by a band of misfits posing as leaders, and he is doing everything he can to change that situation.

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Kate Hudson with Elle Magazine July 12, 2016

Kate Hudson has been active since she was little, starting with dancing and soccer. Now, she’s moved on to dancing for Glee. But what’s her real passion? She loves getting people to work out and get healthy. Kate Hudson sits down with Elle Magazine to her clothes, her dancing on Glee, and her take on health fads.

In this interview, Kate explains that she is just like every other woman. Her six-pack abs come with a lot of will-power. “You realize it’s a state of mind more than anything,” she says as she snacks on popcorn. But she has to keep in shape, she is, after all, a dance instructor on the hit show Glee. Even though she loves it, she misses her late co-star Cory Monteith. She knows that motivation is hard for everyone. That’s why Fabletics is a place for all body types to rejoice in their motivation and work out in style.

Read more: Talking About That Athleisure Life With the Very Cool, Very Lost Kate Hudson

Fabletics isn’t just a clothing store. It’s a resource for all health nuts. Kate has created a place for women to find nutritional stability. An accompanying site provides work-out tips and recipes for all around success. She cites her favorite nutritional supplement is to do short cleanses. But to Kate, it’s all about what works for you. “I think everyone is still trying to figure it out, because everybody is different. I find it hard when people shove down an idea of a health fad and how it’s supposed to make them look. That’s impossible because everyone is so different.”

Her biggest accomplishment in Fabletics? Getting that butt support just right. “My must on the leggings was how to make butts squeeze in and up. They have a nice firmness to them that makes you feel secure, so to speak.”

Kate Hudson has created Fabletics; an active wear clothing line for people who want affordable clothes with quality in mind. She includes everything you need for your athletic lifestyle, all under $100. Some of Kate’s favorite clothes are ones you can wear just as well on the treadmill as on the couch. Her collections include shirts, sports bras, leggings and shorts for all different athletes. You can check out her site and see what kind of affordable collections you might find. Source: http://elitedaily.com/women/fabletics-swim-line/1447549/

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Coriant Gains Sucessful New CEO July 9, 2016

 

The optical transport vendor Coriant has gained a new CEO in the form of recognized business and technology leader, Shaygan Kheradpir. Coriant, a proven supplier of innovated networking operators in over 100 countries, is looking forward to having such a well-known and successful business-man suck as Shaygan as its new CEO.
After 28 years of executive experience across the telecom, technology and financial services industries, Kheradpir is sure to bring an innovated approach to Coriant.

After receiving his Ph.D in Engineering from Cornell University, Shaygan soon joined GTE Corporation where he was appointed Verizon’s EVP and chief information officer. Following his success at GTE, Shaygan joined Barclays, where he held a leadership role in the creation of the company’s TRANSFOMR program. Before finally settling with Coriant, Shaygan was also part of Juniper Networks, where he became CEO and developed an Integrated Operating Plan for the company. With such a respectable resume, Coriant is sure to have gained a valuable CEO who will bring new ideas to its company.

Pat DiPietro, who was Coriant’s CEO before Kheradphir took over, has since became vice chairman and returned to his role as operations partner at Marlin Equality Partners. DiPietro was quoted in saying, “We are honored to welcome Shaygan to Coriant and fortunate to have an executive of his caliber leading the company.” DiPietro also went on to say that, “His strategic insight and guidance on focused operational execution have been invaluable since we began working together earlier this year.”

Shaygan is already familiarizing himself with the new role by working closely with the senior management team since earlier this year in the role of Operating Executive to Marlin Equality Partners.

Their are some that might question if Shaygan is suited on taking on the role of CEO and running an optical systems vendor with around 500 customers and annual revenues of around $1 billion. Perception counts for a great deal in the business world. Yet, all Coriant’s business rivals have to do would be to look at Shaygan’s employment history to see that his experience is more than adequate.

Please click the link below for more details:
http://www.lightreading.com/optical/packet-optical/kheradpirs-coriant-comeback/a/d-id/718548

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Lime Crime CEO Shows Off on Self Made Magazine July 8, 2016

Lime Crime is a brand that has been established by Doe Deere. You may find interesting pictures of her on Instagram, showing off her painted face that defines her brand. She is much more than a pretty face, she is an entrepreneur, artist and self-made woman. Articles have been published about her in popular magazines, including Self-Made magazine. She speaks highly of her explosive brand and has a quirky personality that cannot be forgotten.

She was an imaginative child from the beginning and always was fascinated with color. She was very artistic and remembers exploring colors with pencils and paints as a young child. She would put as much colorful makeup on her face as she could possibly fit and enjoyed using her mom’s makeup. She truly loves her job and finds is exhilarating to create color as a career. Make up is just the beginning of her colorful world, there is so much more awaiting to be shared.

Her first memory with makeup involved a slumber party experience. She was with two of her closest friends and wanted to find a way to ‘conjure spirits.’ The girls were dressed up as witches with long skirts on and realized that something was missing from their persona. She then decided to pull out the makeup bag and use pink eye shadow and eye liner on her friends and herself. This experience was the beginning of her love for makeup.  Which would end up with her having her own Lime Crime makeup available on Amazon.

She has always been inspired by several women. A few women that have caught her attention would be Stella Rose and Elena. She never dreamed of being the popular entrepreneur that she is today but she is so blessed to now see her face on Self-Made magazine and next to the faces of other legends, such as Arianna Huffington and Suze Orman.  Follow the Lime Crime Facebook page for more information.

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