Yeonmi Park Takes The World By Storm

Young North Korean civil rights activist Yeonmi Park was born in 1993 in Hyesan, North Korea – just a brief 21 years ago. Born into a world very different from that of young Western children, Yeon-mi learned from an early age to hate foreigners, to express unending devotion toward her Dear Leader, and to trust no one. Her mother used to tell her that even the mice and birds had ears.

Last year, the UN released a report that was compiled based on interviews with over 300 North Korean refugees that detailed a mind-bogglingly long list of horrors and atrocities committed by the North Korean government against its own citizens. Many of the testimonies of those interred at government run hard labor camps painted a picture of abuse eerily similar to that which Louis Zamperini described in his biography “Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand.

The difference is that Louis Zamperini was in a Japanese internment camp during a war in which his country was a legitimate enemy of his captors. The North Koreans were imprisoned in camps by their own country and the guards their own countrymen and women. And yet the testimonies of North Korean refugees regarding their treatment in forced labor camps in their own country bear painfully strong parallels to Zamperini’s accounts of the treatment of Japanese guards towards their enemies in WWII.

One woman testified to watching a guard beat a starving woman who had recently given birth to a baby, before forcing the woman to drown her own newborn child. Another man testified to being starved so severely, that he dropped from a fit and healthy 165 lbs to a sickly and alarming 79 lbs in his brief 10 months of incarceration. Several people have testified to various means of torture employed by the guards, and stories of rape, forced abortion and infanticide are too numerous to list. Except of course in the 400 page report compiled and released by the UN.

In 2007, when Yeon-mi was a mere 14 years old, she and her mother escaped into China across a frozen river in the middle of winter. But rather than being in a place of safety once they arrived, they were still in danger of being hunted down and sent back by Chinese authorities. Unable to rely on the protection of government officials, Yeon-mi and her mother were subjected to more than a year of further horrors and ongoing atrocities. Finally, nearly two years after their original escape from North Korea, they made their way into Mongolia where they found shelter at the South Korean embassy.

Today, Yeon-mi Park is a vocal and outspoken advocate on Independent for freedom in North Korea. As a frequent guest on numerous radio and TV shows, she has gained a platform in South Korea and after a passionate speech delivered at the One Young World Summit in Dublin, Ireland in 2014, she gained a global following of sympathetic supporters. Recently she appeared on BBC’s revered “Top 100 Women of 2104” list and was one of the youngest women to ever receive that prestigious honor.

The Giving Nature of Dick Devos

The person we become when we grow up is determined by the upbringing we receive as a child. This is the case for Dick Devos and his wife, Betsy Devos. Dick Devos was born in a rich family of Richard Devos. From an early age, he was taught how to do business. These business lessons came along with the importance of helping the unfortunate people in the society. This was through actions and teachings. His father is hailed as amongst the richest people in the free world. He has an estimated wealth of $5.1 billion. This means that Dick Devos has a hand in most of his father’s businesses and ventures. Dick Devos is married to the 11th secretary of education of the United States.

 

Most of their philanthropy is managed through the Dick and Betsy Devos Family Foundation. This is an organization that has its roots in the year 1989. Since then, the organization has been part of many projects helping thousands of people in the Michigan area and across the United States. It’s estimated that since its establishment in the year 1989, the organization has dished over $189 million to philanthropy. Most of this money goes to charity donations as well as political donations. In the past, the two have been criticized for making large charitable donations to hide the outsized political donations they had made previously.

 

Dick Devos has lived in the state of Michigan his entire life. He even attended the Forest Hills public schools. Since then, Dick Devos has been involved with his father’s businesses. Professionally, he holds a degree in business administration from the prestigious Northwood University. He has also attended Harvard Business School but failed to graduate due to personal reasons. In the year 2015, Dick Devos revealed that he had made charitable donations of $15 million. Dick Devos is passionate about the education system. From time to time, he says that the current system has failed many Americans in pursuit of the American Dream. His love for education may be the reason why most of his donation goes to this sector. 26 percent of the 2015 donation went to this sector.

 

In the same year, he revealed that he had spent approximately $5.3 million on political donations. This makes it a third of the money he dished out that year. He has been a member of the Republican Party for a while even vying for the 2006 Michigan gubernatorial seat but lost to the Democratic candidate. However, Dick Devos also minds about other institutions in the society as the rest of the money goes to these institutions. These institutions include religious organizations such as churches and community service institutions. Some of the money goes to arts, civic leadership and health institutions.

 

Dr. Jennifer Walden is an Amazing and Sought-After Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Jennifer Walden is a plastic surgeon who is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. She is also formally trained in surgeries focused around cosmetic needs. She is a very family oriented person and has even left her busy office that she had located in New York to be able to raise her children around their family in Texas. She is an active member in many different societies including American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery as well as the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and many more. She has been recognized by Texas Monthly since 2014 as a Texas Super Doctor and in 2016 she was selected to become a member with the American Association of Plastic Surgeons.

In addition to her family life as well as her busy career, Dr. Walden is also a much sought-after person for topics like technological advances in surgeries, makeovers for mommies, injectables for soft tissue, plastic surgery done on celebrities, plastic surgery for teenagers, minimally invasive surgeries as well as non-invasive surgeries, breast implants and augmentations, lasers and more. Due to the fact that she is such a sought-after person, she even has her own lifestyle segment. This segment is known as Looking Good and Living Well with Dr. Jennifer Walden Reviews. She also has the honor of being a regular guest on numerous different national news outlets. Dr Walden on YouTube.

It is clear to see that Dr. Jennifer Walden is not only an amazing surgeon and plastic surgeon, but also an amazing person in general. She is continually the go-to person for those with cosmetic adjustment needs and the go-to person for answers and information on a broad spectrum of topics. Dr. Walden is very family oriented and loves spending time with her family in addition to providing her patients with all cosmetic adjustments that they desire. To know more click here.

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Toronto’s Dr. Cameron Clokie, MD Demonstrates Bone Re-Growth’s Exciting Potential

Maxillofacial and Oral Surgeon Dr. Cameron Clokie, MD has been making Canadian headlines with his cutting edge medical procedures creating bone re-growth in adult humans. The technique uses a protein that directs a certain type of stem cells, which freely circulate even in adults, to regrow broken sections of bones.

Prior to this innovation in regenerative medicine, patients had very few options. Bone grafts, implants and prosthetics do not provide nearly the same benefits as regrowing bone.

The protein was discovered in the 1950’s at the University of California at Los Angeles by the renown orthopedic surgeon and mentor under whom Dr. Clokie studied, Dr. Michael Urist, MD.

Known as bone morphogenic protein (BMP), it was learned over the years that the protein has the ability to cause stem cells in adults to be re-purposed into bone growing cells, a process akin to what occurs in newborns.

The process has been around since the late 1990’s and its use has proven beneficial in spinal re-fusing. It was uring this same period, Dr. Cameron Clokie began developing the regenerative process that would be used in facial re-construction.

By 1999, the first jaw bone repair using this technique had been realized. Unfortunately, the process requires a lot of raw bone material. Dr. Clokie’s first procedure required an amount equivalent to the leg and arm bones of 40 cadavers.

The modern BMP collection process has come a long way. A United States firm that creates the protein in Chinese hamsters using a gene insertion technique supplies Dr. Clokie’s current BMP needs. Determined to explore other avenues and increase the volume of the protein, Dr. Cameron Clokie is investigating a similar genetic technique to create BMP using goats.

In North America the procedure has already demonstrated its broad application. Peter Russel, a 60 year-old, retired investment banker, utilized the procedure to regrow tissue that was removed with a facial tumor.

The protein, in gel form, was inserted into the missing part of Russel’s jaw along with a titanium support rod. Within 5 days, blood vessels began forming around the protein gel. New connecting bone was revealed as the gel began to dissolve.

Learn more about Cameron Clokie: https://ca.linkedin.com/in/dr-cameron-clokie-136991109 and https://www.yellowpages.ca/bus/Ontario/Toronto/Dr-Cameron-Clokie/390278.html

Sheldon Lavin’s Past Experience Paid Off

Sheldon Lavin was not always going to be a major player in the food industry. In fact, he had no interest in the food industry when he first began his career and it was something that he did not put much thought into when he first started out with the companies that he worked for in the past.

Sheldon Lavin was a financial advisor and he worked in investments. Perhaps this is one of the reasons that he has been so successful with OSI Goup. Since he was an investor and knew the right risks to take in the past career that he had, he was confident that he would be able to continue that with his new career. Taking on the OSI Group was something that was somewhat risky for Sheldon Lavin but also something that he knew he had to do to be successful in the field.

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When Sheldon Lavin first started working with OSI Group, he was not an insider. He had never worked in the food industry before and he came into a company that was focused on selling their food to McDonald’s and McDonald’s only. He wanted to change that but still wanted to keep the mega-chain as one of the company’s top customers. By strategizing like he did in the financial world, he was able to come up with ideas to help him be a better brand ambassador and make things better for the OSI Group while still managing to keep their original message (and customer) in mind.

Since Sheldon Lavin has taken over as the CEO of OSI Group, he has managed to make the company better than it ever was in the past. He caters to many different restaurants and chains now but he also works to make sure that he is providing the same great service to McDonald’s. While this remains OSI’s best account, it is something that people are able to enjoy. OSI Group have different lines for different types of restaurants and that helps them to offer the food solutions that nearly any restaurant in the United States would ever want to have.

Find more about Sheldon Lavin: https://www.theofficialboard.com/biography/sheldon-lavin-d4824

Some HVAC Tips from the HVAC Professionals Goettl

Goettl’s High Desert Mechanical, inc. was founded by the two brothers Adam and Ted Goettl, who are the grandchildren of one of the original founders in the Goettl’s brand of heating and cooling services. The Goettl family has deep roots in the heating and cooling industry, ranging as far back as before the Great Depression in 1926, when seven years later the three brothers Adam, Bill, and John, moved from their original location in Mansfield, OH, to Phoenix, AZ. They set up shop in the great state and ever since then the brand has been Arizona based.

The brothers have passed on their teachings in the industry in providing a high quality service to businesses and homeowners in the central and norther Arizona area. They have an impressive resume under their belt, having worked on projects ranging from tract housing developments and large commercial projects since first founding the company in 1987.

The experts at Goettl suggest that homeowners especially employ a few specific tips, in order to maximize the amount of cool air they are receiving versus how much money they are spending each month towards their electric bill. This includes adding tint film to your windows, if you don’t already possess high quality tinted windows in your home. This film will help deflect the sun’s rays and heat away from the home. On the same note, weatherproofing should be done to all cracks in the walls, windows, and doors that could be leading to excessive amounts of cool air seeping out and warm air coming inside.

Another pro tip to keep in mind is to turn up the temperature. This may sound counter-productive, but by staying as close to 78 degrees as you can, you will save money. The lower the temperature is turned on your thermostat, the higher the bill will become, due to the larger amount of energy being expended to account for that lower temperature.

 

Investor Chris Burch’s Island Paradise

Seasoned entrepreneur and investor Chris Burch’s latest project is an ultra-luxurious resort called Nihiwatu on Indonesia’s Sumba island. The founder of Burch Creative Capital (and a host of other companies) bought the location in 2012 with James McBride, a veteran of the hospitality industry. After purchasing it from the original owners, the pair have transformed the beachfront property into a world-class vacation spot boasting 27 villas and a range of amenities and recreational opportunities for visitors.

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Burch’s own personal residence in Nihiwatu, known as Raja Mendaka, is also available to guests. Besides enjoying the plunge pools and their amazing tropical views, travelers can indulge in spa treatments or take surfing or horseback riding lessons. The resort also contributes to the Sumba Foundation which promotes local development and indigenous handicrafts are proudly displayed around Nihiwatu. In 2016 Nihiwatu topped Travel + Leisure’s countdown of the world’s 100 best hotels.

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Chris Burch is no stranger to ambitious business projects. His entrepreneurial debut was Eagle’s Eye, an apparel company he began as a college student with his brother and eventually sold for millions. Since then, Burch has been involved in building numerous brands including TV personality Ellen DeGeneres’s ED collection and office furniture supplier Poppin.  For more about his company, hit on burchcreativecapital.com.  In addition to Nihiwatu, Burch has also invested in the real estate market in New York’s elite Hamptons region and in Florida. A hotel project in Argentina is also in the works. As an active venture capitalist, Chris Burch also seeks investment opportunities in promising new start-ups with the potential to grow. Among the up-and-coming businesses that have benefited from Burch’s contribution is Chubbies, makers of men’s notoriously short retro shorts. Burch is always on the look out for the latest game-changer. When the Internet was still in its infancy, Chris Burch was an early investor in Internet Capital Group’s initial public offering. Known today as Actua, ICG was a pioneer in investing in online businesses.   The site forbes.com has important article for reading.

Along with his business endeavors, Chris Burch is also involved in philanthropy. He is a board member at the Rothman Institute Orthopedic Foundation and has contributed to non-profit organizations in the US and China as well as New York’s Mt. Sinai Hospital and NYU Langone medical center. Chris Burch is a graduate of Ithaca College’s business school and has six children, some of whom are also aspiring entrepreneurs.   Refer to fashionista.com for related article.

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Eric Pulier A Tech Beacon

Who is Eric Pulier?

*Published author

*Public speaker

*Philanthropist

*Entrepreneur

*Technologist

*Columnist

*Founder of over fifteen companies

*Has raised hundreds of millions of dollars for business ventures

Eric Pulier was born in New Jersey. At an early age, he manifested the ability to grasp computer science and began programming by the fourth-grade. While in high school he started a database company. His intelligence and focus not only allowed him to earn a high school diploma from Teaneck high in 1984, but it prepared him for the next level of his scholastic career. He went on to attend Harvard University and attain his BA. While at Harvard he studied Computer Science, English, American Literature, and Visual & Environmental Studies. He penned “PulierLeg” which was a column for the Harvard Crimson Weekly, that he was an editor for. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard in 1988. A people lover,Eric Pulier has helped those who are economically disadvantaged and financially challenged. He lends a hand inassisting children suffering from illnesses and chronic conditions. He has been at the forefront of his work focusing on technological innovations. In 1991 He moved to Los Angeles and founded People Doing Things. The company focused on offering technological solutions and innovative concepts to improve the education and healthcare fields.

In 1994 he launched Digital Digital Evolution, an interactive agency that later merged with US Interactive LLC in 1998.

In 1997 the Presidential Inaugural Committee chose Eric Pulier to complete the presidential technology exhibit. Also known as “The Bridge To The 21st Century” the exhibit was displayed in Washington, D.C.

He has founded 15 different companies to date.

He has launched and helped to launch multiple venture-backed businesses including:

*SOA Software

*MediaPlatformm

*Desktone

*US Media Interactive LLC.

Often invited to speak and appear at tech conferences and forums Puller is the executive director of the Enterprise Leadership Council and has served on the Clinton Global Initiative. He has consistently raised hundred of millions of dollars for companies and was named by VAR Business as on of the 30 e-visionaries to keep an eye on for the furuter.

Traveling Vineyard vs. Working a Regular 9-5 Job

There are people who often find themselves with a dilemma as to whether they should go with Traveling Vineyard or just stay with their 9-5 job. Fortunately for people, there are tons of advantages they can get from Traveling Vineyard. After all, it is a great opportunity that promises a lot of growth and fun while earning tons of money. Before they decide to move forward or stay with their regular job, they have to look at all of the advantages and disadvantages of each. Fortunately, after looking closely at what they have, they will be able to make a better decision for traveling on their work.

One of the disadvantages of working a regular job is that there is very little flexibility when it comes to the hours. Also, the earnings tend to be a bit lower than a work from home opportunity Traveling Vineyard. There is also the workplace drama and the office politics that tend to drain a lot of energy. This is a lot less likely to happen with Traveling Vineyard in that people are always going to meet some interesting and fun people. As a matter of fact, Traveling Vineyard is centered on events and fun. Therefore, people do not have to worry about any problems that usually come with working a regular job. Another advantage is that people can take as long off from excellent Traveling Vineyard as they want and not worry about losing their job.

One of the best advantages to Traveling Vineyard is that one could work this job while working their regular job. This could increase the amount of money that they earn. They could either choose to do this full time or part time. This is what makes this a very attractive opportunity for people who want to earn money while partying.

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Vijay Eswaran: Successful By Any Measure

To multilevel marketing company the QI Group’s founder Vijay Eswaran, success is about more than just increasing one’s net worth. It is about improving the quality of life for as many people as possible. Read more: Dato Vijay Eswaran: From taxi driver to worth over $500 million dollars

By any measure, Vijay Eswaran is a success. He has gone from driving a taxi, picking grapes and working as a laborer to make ends meet, to having a net worth of over $500 million. More importantly to him, he has been able to create jobs for hundreds of thousands of people and support charitable causes and organizations that have made life better for millions of people throughout Asia.

People that are familiar with Vijay Eswaran’s work with and commitment to helping the less fortunate call him a hero of philanthropy. But Eswaran is a very humble man that doesn’t revel in such titles.

To him his charitable work is just him being obedient to the teachings of his parents. They taught him that giving charity to the poor is one of the noblest and most meaningful things a man can do.

And Vijay Eswaran’s philanthropic works reflect those teachings. Not only does he give to charity personally, Eswaran has created two philanthropic organizations through which both he and the QI Group as an organization gives money and resources to people in need. Learn more about Vijay Eswaran: https://www.facebook.com/DatoSriVijayEswaran/ and http://www.qigroup.com/2013/11/vijay-eswaran-makes-ceo-of-the-year/

Vijay Eswaran has donated vast sums to improve the quality of education poor people in communities throughout Asia receive. He has made it possible for many students to get the higher education they wanted and needed but couldn’t afford. Eswaran has provided financial and material support to a wide array of arts and cultural programs for many communities. He’s also funded several projects aimed at improving environmental sustainability in the region. He has also provided much needed resources for a variety of social programs in underprivileged communities.

On the international stage Vijay Eswaran is lauded for being an astute and savvy businessman. In many communities people see him as a man that has put food on their table and hope in their hearts and created opportunities for them to have a better life.

James Dondero: A Big-hearted Veteran Hedge Fund Manager

In partnership with several philanthropic organizations, James Dondero and his company, Highland Capital Management ended a fifteen-year wait for the opening of a hippo exhibit at the Dallas Zoo. The remarkable feat was achieved after Mr. Dondero and the company he cofounded donated $1 million to finance the reconstruction of the new Simmons Hippo Outpost. The new post has revived the interest in visiting the Dallas Zoo as it allowed the zoo management to bring in two new hippos at the zoo after a 15-year wait. The hippo exhibit became dormant following the 2001 death of the only hippo inhabiting the sanctuary.

 

The $14 million revival was funded by other charities including Harold Simmons Foundation and the Eugene McDermott Foundation among others. It has already led to a spike in the number of zoo visitors from within and beyond Dallas. It has excellent viewing area and a state-of-art facility that can be rented out with all proceeds ploughed back into managing the area. The huge sum donated by James Dondero is testimony to active participation in various charitable activities and initiatives within Dallas having previously supported Snowball Express, Uplift Education and Education is Freedom Charity among others.

 

Career and Education Background

 

Currently serving as the president of Highland Capital Management, James Dondero has over three decades of experience working as a hedge fund manager. His successful involvement in the and financial investment industry is founded on a solid academic background having graduated at the University of Virginia – McIntyre School of Commerce with a degree in accounting and finance. After graduating top of his class, he embarked on a successful as a hedge fund manager. In addition to his academic certification, James Dondero also holds a financial analyst designation and a management accountant certification.

 

 James Dondero began his stellar career of salvaging poorly performing portfolios and companies and turning them into financial success at the Morgan Guaranty. He worked at the initiative for a year before becoming a corporate bond analyst at American Express in 1985. By the time he was leaving the company in 1989, he had risen to the position of portfolio manager. In 1989, he joined Protective Life as the chief investment officer and guided it to financial success before leaving in 1993 to cofound Highland Capital Management.