Betsy DeVos Takes Aim at Education in America.

If there is one thing that you need to know about Betsy DeVos, the newest Secretary of Education in the United States government, it is that she is a complete fighter for what she believes in. While Betsy DeVos is certainly new to working with the government, this being her first federal position, she is certainly not new to fighting and championing what she believes in. Betsy DeVos has spent the past thirty years becoming the loudest voice in the fight for education reform around the country. DeVos herself has taken the works of Milton Friedman, penned on the importance of school choice, and made them once again relevant for a whole new generation of people. Now, as the Sec of Education, she will be given the tools to render large changes upon our country in order to change the future of education forever.

 

Donald Trump campaigned on changing Washington D.C. by getting rid of the ‘old guard’ and bring in fresh perspective. He championed the idea of getting rid of the ‘political dinosaurs‘ in Washington D.C. in order to give fresh perspective and opportunity to new people, like Betsy DeVos. Trump called it ‘draining the swamp’ and he has been working since day 1 to make that slogan a reality. Betsy DeVos marks the first and, perhaps, most important step in the swamp draining process. As the Secretary of Education, DeVos will be essentially holding the future of our children in her palms and in her policy directives. So, it is good for us that she has spent the past thirty years focusing on the job already.

 

Betsy and her husband Dick DeVos are two of the most philanthropically generous people in all of Michigan. According to financial disclosure reports, the DeVos family has donated over $1 billion dollars in their lives to charitable causes. This $1 billion mark makes up a good fifth of their enormous wealth. We say that to say this, Betsy has always been a champion of taking action in order to execute her vision. In Washington D.C., we are expecting Betsy DeVos to be just as politically active with actual actions. Betsy DeVos will have the full support of the Trump administration as well as the members of the Republican party, but don’t expect her to be hopelessly indebted to them. Betsy DeVos is a reformer first and foremost and she is willing to but heads with even her own party leadership in order to accomplish her tasks.

 

People are quickly coming to the conclusion that Betsy DeVos isn’t some green politician and that she has more than enough professional acumen in order to hold her own in Washington D.C. President of the American Federation of Teachers, Randi Weingarten, said that DeVos was ‘dangerous’ in a meeting room despite her pleasant demeanor and calm appearance. This thought was echoed by prominent Republican and former AG Mike Cox. Now that Betsy DeVos has their attention, she has the chance to start really pushing forward new legislation to further her agenda. Learn more: http://www.mlive.com/business/west-michigan/index.ssf/2017/06/ex-british_pm_david_cameron_pr.html

Sheriff Joe Apraio Is Pardoned While Michael Lacy And Jim Larkin Help Mitigate The Damage He Caused

In July of 2017, Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County received a conviction for criminal contempt. He had been the sheriff for 24 years, and he supported Donald Trump’s accusations that President Obama was not born in the United States.

The move was intelligent because he was just pardoned by President Trump. He will not go to prison, or pay for his actions. His opponents rejoiced when he lost the 2016 election, but felt he still had not paid for the pain he was responsible for.

The Frontera Fund is continuing the fight against men like the Sheriff, and the policies he endorsed. The career of Joe Arpaio was based on hard lining immigration. There is a large Hispanic and Latino population in Maricopa County, Arizona, and Joe Arpaio violated their civil rights.

He believed he was immune to prosecution because his behavior had lasted for so long with no consequences. In 2011, the change began when a preliminary injunction was issued by Judge G. Murray ordering the Sheriff to stop his persecution of Latino drivers.

Despite the clarity of the order, Arpaio continued the same tactics for at least another eighteen months. In May of 2013, Judge Snow ruled Arpaio was engaging in racial profiling. Arpaio’s claim was he had misunderstood the terms of the order. His protestations did not help him, and Judge Susan Bolton convicted him of criminal contempt.

She additionally ruled he had failed to make certain his employees obeyed the order, yet Joe Arpaio gave his employees orders to continue detaining the drivers of Hispanic and Latino descent. What a lot of the public was unaware of was in addition to harassing the Latino and Hispanic drivers, Joe Arpaio fought anyone who criticized him.

An excellent example is the case involving the Phoenix New Times. Arpaio was already unhappy with the paper for reporting his transgressions, and it came to a boil when the paper discovered Arpaio had grand jury subpoena issued requesting information about the readers, writers and editors of the paper. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: https://michael-lacey.com/ and http://www.phillypurge.com/2017/06/23/jim-larkin-michael-lacey-make-the-list-of-civil-rights-protectors/

An expose was published by the paper, and Arpaio reacted by sending armed deputies to arrest Michael Lacy and Jim Larkin from the Phoenix New Times. The two executives were removed from their homes, and placed in unmarked SUV’s. They were booked into jails under Arpaio’s management. Although they were released within a day, they had been detained illegally, and Arpaio was in violation of their First Amendment rights.

This resulted in a lengthy legal battle until 2012. The Court ruled there was no probable cause for their arrest, and it was noted public officials had ordered their critics arrested. Maricopa County had to pay a settlement of $3.7 million to Michael Lacy and Jim Larkin.

They established the Frontera Fund with the settlement, and began supporting Latino and Hispanic rights. The organizations supported by the fund help Hispanics and Latinos when law enforcement and public officials discriminate against them. While Joe Arpaio will not go to prison, much of the damage that occured under his rule is being undone by the Frontera Fund.

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You Wouldn’t Believe What Tony Petrello Did For Hurricane Harvey Victims

Hurricane Katrina – it’s mandatory to wish all brave souls affected by the terrible natural disaster while it’s first brought up in this piece of writing – is known widely by United States citizens as almost the worst natural disaster in the history of our collectively great country.

Fortunately for all those that live in the United States of America, citizens often get aid to cover themselves from health issues, lack of housing, and other detrimental results that come directly from not having sufficient resources to stow away their problems.

Here’s What Mr. Tony Petrello Started To Do For Those Taken Aback By The Peril-Promoting Natural Disaster Better Known As Hurricane Harvey

Money isn’t an issue for CEO Tony Petrello or his employer, Nabors Industries. Rather than giving money to all the people that worked there, dislocating regular church locations so that more people could go, or other “favors” that wouldn’t have really helped that much, if any at all, he decided to do something that would actually help everybody involved.

On a handful of workdays during regular, standard workweeks, employees were still paid for their regular positions, although they were allowed to go to areas that needed help. They were able to choose from a few locations, and able to go to whichever location they felt like needed their help the most.

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OK, So Nabors Industries And Tony Petrello Did Provide Funding, But In A Way That Was Proven To Help

Many people and organizations alike feel like giving money to those in need after natural disasters are the best way to help its affected populations out according to wsj.com However, even though it might not seem true upon first glance, this couldn’t be further from the truth.

Giving money directly to those affected would actually have been a bad idea. As the genius in Mr. Tony Petrello realized, doing so – if he and Nabors Industries did so, that is – was a rotten, spoiled line of thinking.

Nabors Industries matched donations that the employees of the company gave to help hasten relief efforts on a dollar-by-dollar basis, with Tony Petrello himself actually being that one that pocketed the cost.

$173,622 total dollars were contributed to such relief funds by employees, of which Petrello matched identically, as he promised, with a $173,622 total dollar value matched.

Petrello is currently the President, CEO, and Chairman of the Board.

Learn more about Anthony Petrello: https://patch.com/new-jersey/livingston/every-dollar-newark-academys-rise-flourish-campaign-matched-2017

Boraie Development: Investing In New Jersey Cities For Over 40 Years

Boraie Development LLC is investing in the future of New Jersey. The company is putting the finishing touches on the $81 million The Beach at South Inlet complex in Atlantic City. It’s scheduled to open next summer. This is the first market-rate development to be built in Atlantic City in over 25 years. The complex which contains 250 new apartments signals a rebirth in the works for Atlantic City. This project has created much needed optimism as Atlantic City endures a decade-long economic downturn that has seen multiple casino closings. The Beach at South Inlet and Atlantic City’s Gateway Project offer hope for Atlantic City’s future.

Atlantic City hasn’t had new housing stock in more than 4 decades. Over 60% of the city’s housing stock was built way back then. The investment in modern housing stock Boraie Development has made with this new complex is significant. The apartments have all the modern amenities including a pool, residents lounge and a gym. Not only will the 50,000 workers in Atlantic City benefit from this new complex, it can also help to attract new businesses, residents and visitors to the iconic resort city.

Boraie Development was founded in 1972 by Omar Boraie. The Egypt native came to the U.S. to study chemistry. While he saw people fleeing downtown New Brunswick, Boraie pictured the city being rebuilt. It reminded him of how post-World War II Europe rose from the ashes to become beautiful and prosperous. When city officials heard Omar Boraie’s plans to rebuild New Brunswick, they laughed. Boraie simply began buying abandoned, burnt-out buildings and rebuilding them. When Omar Boraie built the Albany Street Plaza Tower One and put the headquarters of Boraie Development on the 8th floor, there were 21 burnt-out and dilapidated buildings on the block.

These days downtown New Brunswick looks very prosperous and city officials give the visionary Omar Boraie lots of credit. Boraie Development recently completed a fabulous 18-story, mixed use complex called The Aspire. It has 238 housing units and retail space in excess of 10,000 square feet. They are also working with Shaquille O’Neal on a $61 million project in Newark. These days Omar Boraie’s sons, Wasseem and Sam and Hian his daughter, play important roles in running the company. They are preparing luxury accommodations to attract doctors, lawyers, nurses, firemen, police officers, teachers and young students and professionals to downtown areas throughout New Jersey. You can search on Yahoo to see more.

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Robert Santiago: Building the Manaira Mall

Roberto Santiago is one of the most successful entrepreneurs in Brazil. He owns the Manaira Shopping, the largest mall in the state of Paraiba. He managed to change the lifestyle of the locals, and transformed his hometown of Joao Pessoa into one of Brazil’s leading economic centers. Roberto Santiago was once a struggling writer, but because of his dreams of becoming a successful businessman someday, he persevered and did some hard work so that he can purchase a vacant lot located near the city center where the future mall would rise. He purchased the lot in 1987, and construction began immediately. The building was finished within two years, and Manaira Mall opened its doors to the public in 1989. Roberto Santiago’s mall became an instant hit, and so many people visited the mall during their opening day. Through the years of operation, the mall has undergone several renovations and expansions, and today, the mall has a number of fun activities that will keep the customers busy.

 

 

The mall has a dedicated entertainment center that can be enjoyed by families who are visiting for the weekend. There are brand new arcades inside their gaming center, and new blockbuster films are being shown inside their state of the art theater. There is also a bowling alley inside the mall, and a gigantic concert hall located on the rooftop, named the Domus Hall. It was completed in 2009, and it can seat up to 4,000 people per event. The concert hall is also the most visited location inside the mall, because international celebrities and musicians prefer to hold their concert inside the building which has a state of the art programming equipment. Aside from musical events, the Domus Hall also accommodates graduation ceremonies, birthday parties and wedding receptions.

 

 

Manaira Mall also offers a unique shopping experience. The mall houses some of the leading fashion brands, and they have a dedicated area inside the mall where people can find them. The mall also has a gastronomic section, where a gigantic food court can be found. This food court offers some of the best food around the city, and it comes in different cultural cuisines. Another feature of the gastronomic section is the set of gourmet restaurants which can be found inside the area, and they serve rare delicacies prepares by top chefs. Today, other facilities and institutions can be found inside the Manaira Mall, most notably fitness centers, residential complexes, banks, offices, and even an educational institution. The establishment of the Manaira Mall changed the life of Roberto Santiago. Today, the mall tycoon is planning of expanding his malls to major Brazilian cities like Sao Paolo and Rio de Janeieo. He also has plans of opening a second mall inside the city of Joao Pessoa.

 

Vijay Eswaran And His Book ‘In The Sphere Of Silence’

People today seem to be afraid of silence. They constantly surround themselves with the sound of conversation, music or television shows. The QI Group founder and CEO Vijay Eswaran believes spending time in silence has helped make him a better businessman.

In his book ‘In the Sphere of Silence’ he says spending an hour each day in quiet introspection helps to sharpen the mind. Silence can improve one’s imagination and inner life. Eswaran credits regularly spending time in silence with helping him build his $700 million company.

Raised in Malaysia, Eswaran values the meditative Hindu tradition of his Indian ancestors. His grandfather taught him a ritual of silence called mouna vratham. In his management book he advises people to do three very important things: Think before you speak. Listen a lot. Make daily to-do lists.

The book short, easy to read and contains aphorisms and quotations from people ranging from the Prophet Mohammed, Mother Theresa and Aristotle to Keats and Norman Schwarzkopf. Learn more about Vijay Eswaran: http://www.wceforum.org/speakers/dato-sri-dr-vijay-eswaran/

‘In the Sphere of Silence’ was published in 2005 in Asia by Eswaran’s publishing company Rhythm House and sold well in Southeast Asia. Rhythm is an acronym that stands for Raise Yourself to Help Mankind.

The book was recently released in the United States. It has helped Vijay Eswaran to develop the reputation as something of a spiritual guru for the business minded CEO set. Eswaran attributes his success in building the QI Group to following the precepts in the book. He says the optimum time to spend in absolute silence is between 4:30 and 6 a.m.

Vijay Eswaran breaks the hour into five periods. The first is spent reflecting on what he could have done better the previous day. In the second writes his goals for the present day. In period three, he writes his goals for the coming week, year and 5 years and restates them daily.

During period four he reads inspirational or informative literature and writes a brief summary of it. Period five is spent communicating with God. The book is designed to help people contemplate and channel their energies for maximum effect.

Read more: Executive Chairman of QI Group Vijay Eswaran Talks Business and Philanthropy

Goettl Air Conditioning on How to Save On Energy Costs

Being able to keep your home cool during summer can be quite expensive. The good thing, however, is that you can be able to enjoy a cool and comfortable environment in your home while saving energy costs. The following are ideas from Goettl on how to maximize your HVAC and still have low utility bills.

Keep your AC in excellent condition. Purchasing a quality AC system will go a long way in ensuring you keep your home cool throughout the summer. However, with time, even the best quality systems become less efficient. To ensure that your system works efficiently for a long time, you must maintain it by frequently cleaning it, replacing the air filter, keeping your HVAC unit away from any vegetation and checking the refrigerant lines for leaks. It is usually best to call a professional to do maintenance services.

Get a smart programmable thermostat. The thermostat can automatically sense when the house is empty and reduce the cooling even when you have forgotten to set it.

Keep your HVAC system in the shade. Setting your HVAC under direct sunlight will make it overwork to produce the same amount of cooling thus resulting in higher energy costs and reduced efficiency. You can put a shade on your system or plant a few trees at least two feet from the AC system to block the sun.

Goettl Air Conditioning

Goettl is the leading Air Conditioning Company in the HVAC business since 1926. The Goettl brothers John, Adam, and Bill established it in Mansfield, Ohio. After some years they moved to Phoenix, Arizona during the Great Depression to look for opportunities. Here they found the Phoenix-based Goettl Air Conditioning that became a global pioneer in the production of evaporative coolers and other innovations in HVAC technology. There was a particular time when the Goettl’s held a hundred plus patents. Goettl Air Conditioning moved to Tempe in 2003.

According to crunchbase.com, they provide unmatched quality services to their customers. Goettl repairs and installs all types of air conditioners. They also offer preventative maintenance schemes. They complete the services on the same day, and they have flexible appointments. Visit Goettl on Facebook.

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Josh Smith Tackles Hunger With Innovative Solar Technology

While efficient for producing some foods all year long, greenhouses can also be a drain on energy. It can be costly to keep the greenhouses properly lit and the environment at the correct temperature. A company out of Reno, Nevada, founded by Joshua Smith, may have come up with a brilliant solution. Smith’s idea is powered by pink roof panels, still made of glass and still providing optimum plant growth.

Adjusting the hue of the roof panels by infusing them with a magenta luminescent dye forms Wavelength Selective Photovoltaic Systems. This dying proved to still grow the food crops but also gathered the sun’s powerful rays. By collecting the sun’s energy the greenhouses could become their own power plants, effectively removing them from the electrical grid.

Researchers were able to generate enough power with the pink glass to control the greenhouse environment. The implications of this could be earth changing by first, removing greenhouses from traditional power grids, which will help reduce carbon emissions. A study conducted by Cornell estimated the four acres of greenhouses will create 9 million pounds of carbon emissions. A second benefit is producing fresh food less expensively, which could greatly impact the quality of lives of people who live in areas of poverty.

The way a plant grows is its cells detect light and determine quantity and brightness. The scientists discovered that the pink glass did not halt the plants ability to grow. They were surprised to find out that the plants grew 20% better when testing the pink greenhouses.

The research was conducted using a variety of food plants, such as basil, peppers, strawberries, lemons, tomatoes, and cucumbers. Many believed that the plants growth would be stunted due to the fact that the pink hue reduced the brightness inside the greenhouse, but it turned out growth was not impacted.

Founder of Reno-based Modular Greenhouses, Josh Smith, uses his company and knowledge to give back to his community. The company strives to provide greenhouses and fresh garden programs to all of the county schools. They hope to achieve this by 2020.

Modular Greenhouses does not focus on Reno, Nevada alone, but also looks to take it’s healthy foods gardening program to all primary and secondary school in the United States by 2025. With his innovative technology and passion for providing youth with healthy foods Smith is certain to change the face of world hunger.

Goettl Just Got You Covered During Summer

Worried about the sweltering heat during summer and bills going up trying to keep your home cool? Worry no more. Goettl Air Conditioning, the HVAC experts, have taken your concerns into considerations without you breaking your bank to stay cool. They have the best tips on how to keep your home cool and comfortable during summer, and ensure your bills remain intact. Find out the secrets below.

Top AC Maintenance

Everything works well when handled and maintained with care despite the initial purchasing cost. Systems wear and tear with time, but with proper care, they will serve you more than you expected. The AC is subject to dust, particles, and other foreign objects during summer. Clear all this up, and place the unit a few meters away from any vegetation. Also, make an effort to replace your filters at least once in 90 days.

Install a ceiling fan

Never underestimate the power of ceiling fans in providing a cooling effect. Ceiling fans help to improve cool air circulation in the room. The fans spread the cool air in the room, and apply more air conditioning effect with less additional energy. Surprisingly, the U.S. Department of Energy notes that the system can still maintain cool air even if you raise the thermostat degrees by an additional four degrees.

Save money by getting smarter

Who doesn’t want to cut on bills? I guess we all want to. Get smarter by upgrading to an automatic thermostat that even senses when no one is around and turns off the cooling effect to minimize costs. Additionally, the new thermostats can be programmed to raise temperatures while you’re away and keep the air cool once you check in.

Place the unit under the shade

We all cool ourselves under the shade when it’s hot, right? The thermostat also works well when placed under a shade. That is because the unit doesn’t have to work as many times to produce cool air.

Goettl has managed to maintain the top position in the HVAC industry since its founding in 1926. Their primary objective is customer satisfaction. They do so by providing unmatched air conditioning and heating services in Arizona.

Through its founders, Adam and Ted, Goettl High Desert Mechanical Company has made the citizens of central and northern Arizona happy by providing excellent heating and cooling solutions. The company also has specialists who offer timely services when called upon to install, repair, and service the units. Follow their Facebook page

Troy McQuagge: Leading One Of The Largest Health Insurance Providers In America

Troy McQuagge has been having a great year owing to the fact that he was recently given the award of CEO of the year.

Troy McQuagge is the CEO of USHealth Group, one of the leading health insurance providers in America. Troy McQuagge has been instrumental in bringing together numerous changes to the company and is the reason the company has managed to attain its position at the top of the sector. Read

The award stands as a testament to the incredible service that Troy McQuagge has been doing for the company and the incredible amount of work that he has put in to see the company at the position which it currently is in.

The award that was given to Troy McQuagge was by One Planet Awards. The organization is which gives out awards to notable people across several professional fields. The candidates who are nominated for this position are thoroughly examined by the organization’s esteemed group of members.  Learn more about Troy McQuagge: https://www.corporationwiki.com/Texas/Fort-Worth/troy-mcquagge/67287003.aspx

Troy was awarded owing to his incredible dedication to USHealth Group and the sector in general. He has brought along things that no CEO of the company has ever done before, making him the perfect fit for being the recipient of this fantastic award.

Even though he was the winner of such a massive award, Troy McQuagge tried his best to stay humble during his acceptance speech. His speech during the ceremony was inspiring, and he went on to say that the award was not just for him, but for the people working to make USHealth Group the company that it currently is.

Troy McQuagge has been working for USHealth Group for quite a long period. He is seen as an incredible leader of the company and believes in motivating his employees, rather than discouraging them so that they can always put their best foot forward at their workplace.

One of the reasons why Troy McQuagge has gained such incredible recognition, both inside the company and outside as well is due to the current policies that USHealth Group has in place. Read more; Troy McQuagge is Slated to Head USHEALTH Group, Inc.

Troy McQuagge, having spent so much time in the sector knew that people want a policy that fits their needs and is personalized to them and no one else. People who come to USHealth Group for their health insurance needs are often given insurances that are customized to them and their needs alone.

No two people getting health insurance can be alike, which is why Troy McQuagge thought that it would be best to go down this route and implement this efficiency system. The plans that are now being provided have been of great help to the people buying them, and also for the growth of the company as well.