Monthly Archives: January 2016

Was George Soros a threat to Russia’s state security?

George Soros open Society Foundations and the Open Institute Assistance Foundation has been banned from Russia claiming it posed a threat to its constitution and the state security. Open society is a network of partners, foundations and projects existing in more than 100 countries. Soros drive to the idea of open society was to impact on the society where the government is accountable, where rights are respected, no one has the monopoly of truth. It is a foundations of a kind that is expected to make our society a better place.

George Soros reported by Fortune.com has been actively involved in philanthropy since 1979. He created the central European University to promote critical thinking, and introduced open society foundations in United States, Asia, and Africa. The role of the foundation involved representing thousands of individuals unlawfully being held for a year and without any legal representation. The society was involved in the history of Europe to bring back the people of Roma into the mainstream. Thousands of promising students have benefited from the foundations in terms of school fees including the refugees from conflict areas, young Roma and people from marginalized groups.

Open society has been in the forefront in bringing an international system with accountability and transparency in natural resource extraction industries. This was in consideration that profit oriented companies have been involved in secret payoffs leading to decades political unrest and heinous violence. George Soros has supported independent non-governmental organizations such as European Council of Foreign relations, Global Witness, the International Crisis Group and the institute of new economic thinking.

Soros is also an advocate for peace. In his article “A partnership with china to avoid world war” available at http://www.georgesoros.com/essays/a-partnership-with-china-to-avoid-world-war/ he says that the cooperation of the international community is in decline both financially and politically. The United Nations according to Soros has failed to address some of the critical issues facing the world since the end of the cold war. Soros believes that the G20 has lost its way due to its outdated governance. The only reason why the world avoided a depression in 2007/2008 is that some lessons were learnt from the experience of 1930s.

The financial crash of 2008 was indirectly linked to the euro crisis. This is because the euro at the time was an incomplete currency. According to Soros, a strategic partnership between the U.S. and China is a breakthrough to avoid another world war. In another article, found here http://www.georgesoros.com/essays/by-failing-to-help-refugees-europe-fails-itself/, Soros believes that Europe is failing itself by not helping the refugees migrating to Europe. It has forced individual countries to take matters into their own hands. Soros is particularly concerned that the mandatory 40,000 asylum seekers as taken by Greece and Italy to be processed in other EU countries was rejected.

Over the years George Soros has taken the responsibility to support with funding to various organization. Some of the organizations that have benefited from Open Society Institute (OSI) include Air America Radio, Advancement Project, Americas Voice, Alliance of Justice, America Votes and American civil liberty union among others. This is an indication that Soros is up to the good of the society and not to bring alarm or threat to a country’s security.

TOWN Residential Makes Light Of Recent Months In The New York Market

Visual Strategy Marketing recently released figures offered by TOWN Residential. The new figures show what the New York real estate market did in the fourth quarter, and anyone who is shopping in the area must be aware of trends in NYC luxury real estate. TOWN is known for its ability to artfully work in both commercial development and residential sales, and their magazine known as The Aggregate is taken as gospel in many circles. This article explains what the numbers from the end of 2015 mean for the beginning of 2016.

#1: New York Broke Many Records In 2015

The New York real estate market was growing throughout 2015. Prices were rising at rates that had never been seen before, and prices were so high that they broke records on their own. The rapid growth and high prices saw investors spending quite a lot of money on each new property, and companies like TOWN Residential were seeing an increase in revenues as a result. Everyone benefits when prices are high, but but high prices come with risks.

#2: Buyers Were Scared Of Rapidly Rising Prices

Buyers in New York were quite concerned that they would not be able to keep up with prices that were shooting up every day in the city. Someone who took a few days to decide on a purchase could have seen the price of a property rise several percent, and many buyers simply could not afford such growth. This was troubling for some buyers, but it appears that there is relief coming in 2016.

#3: TOWN Sees Prices Plateauing

The prices in 2016 will plateau at high rates, but TOWN does not believe that prices will get any higher. The prices are so high already that they cannot go much further, and a buyer will be safe in the prices they were quoted just before the sale. Investors who are making long term plans to invest in the city will save money, and people who are planning on purchasing in the spring or summer months will not pay too much when they are ready make a purchase.

TOWN Residential has done a steady breakdown of the numbers from 2015 in New York real estate, and this breakdown clearly explains how the market is leveling off. Buyers and sellers alike may expect prices to remain stable in 2016 after a record-breaking fiscal year in 2015.

Brenda Wardle – Not Your Average Broadcaster

Oscar Pistorius was on trial for murdering Reeva Steenkamp with addition to a few other firearm related charges. In March of 2014 the high court of South Africa began its proceedings on the case. Pistorius was found not guilty of murder on September 11, 2014. However, was found guilty of a culpable homicide of Steenkamp including the reckless endangerment with a firearm at a restaurant.

One person who has been watching this trial from day one has been Brenda Wardle. Brenda Wardle has three law degrees and her expertise in law is exceptional. She has pursued a career in law in many different aspects and has published numerous articles in the South African Attorneys Journal. Brenda has even written a book about the trial. Throughout the whole process of the trial, Wardle has been critical as she felt the trial was not handled properly on both sides. Wardle says the defense made all attempts to make Pistorius look so ridiculous that no one would believe what was said. On the other hand, the prosecution was no better. They were unable to unravel the story Pistorius was telling. Each day Brenda went on TV and told the public how the trial went without mincing words.

The opinion of the public on Pistorius was that they felt he was not guilty. People were beginning to believe what the government was telling them regarding the trial. However, Brenda’s opinion was a respected opinion. Her opinion even helped to push the public sentiment and sway public opinion enough to keep focusing the heat towards the prosecution. Brenda Wardle’s reputation had carried a lot of weight during the Oscar Pistorius trial. She continuously updates the nation on the status of the case, without ever giving her personal opinion. She simply states that the trial made South Africa look absolutely terrible. The coverage that she provided was among one of the best of any other news event similar in size in history. In the end, Brenda Wardle proved to the public that the government handled this particular case poorly and made it possible for the public to see the information for themselves. In today’s world, Brenda Wardle is the most poised broadcasters. Any other broadcaster would most likely have been shaken by the gory details of the trial, but not Wardle. She presented all the information without ever getting lost in the coverage.

Watch Brenda Wardle discuss the Pistorius Trial:

 

Bruce Levenson, Philanthropy, and The University of Maryland

Most people don’t think “philanthropy” when they hear the name Bruce Levenson, they think “basketball team owner”. It’s sad, though, because there is much more to Bruce. One great example is The Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at the University of Maryland. This organization was begun several years ago when Bruce and Karen Levenson made substantial donations which made it possible. Since then, The Center has grown. It’s grown so much that between its classes, some ten thousand dollars are raised every semester. When considered annually, that’s twenty thousand dollars a year. What is done with this money? According to PR Newswire, it’s actually given to charitable organizations deemed worthy. The center has been successful enough that it actually has its own dormitory now, and expansion seems to be in its future. Already considered a favorite recruiting pool by prominent D.C. philanthropy organizations like the Marriott Foundation and the Smithsonian, The Center seems poised only to continue changing the world for the better. It should also be pointed out that, at least according to the PR Newswire article, not only do those undergraduate and graduate students with a concentration in philanthropy benefit, but so do all students in attendance of the University of Maryland, as they are naturally funneled through The Center. This has been Bruce Levenson’s aim, so that all students at the University graduate “…informed and motivated philanthropist[s].” It seems his goal is being achieved, and the University will be positively affecting the world for years to come. http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/undergrads-and-graduate-students-mastering-philanthropy-300038081.html

Urbana Shares His Passions With The Public

The business executive and well known lacrosse player Jon Urbana has been seeking to share his life with those who follow him on social media sites in a bid to show the various aspects of his life. Urbana has become active on Twitter: jonurbana1 and many different social media platforms that allow the world to see the different aspects of his personality, which includes both text and image based social media accounts, including Urbana at Facebook and Instagram.

 

Jon Urbana’s WordPress account is of particular importance to those who follow him for his photography, which has become a major factor in his life over recent years. The photography created by Urbana has been evolving to reflect the studio based photography that has influenced his work since it began. The social media accounts and blogs created by Jon Urbana show off the food photography he has been working on, which sees him become one of the most accomplished photographers around.

The need to become one the very best at each and every activity Jon Urbana takes part in has driven him to rise to the very top of areas he would not usually be seen as an expert in. The Ellipse Technologies executive has embarked upon a career as a pilot that has seen him honored by the Federal Aviation Authority as one of the best qualified pilots in the world. The skills he has developed as a pilot have been placed on show in a series of videos and Tumblr updates that are posted to the Internet.

Any discussion on the life and work of Jon Urbana would not be complete without mention of his lacrosse career, which began as a college student at Villanova. Despite his playing career coming to an end the work of Jon Urbana continues with his annual lacrosse camps designed to aid young people in becoming better players and all round citizens.

Urbana is also running a GoFundMe campaign called ‘Jon Urbana Supports Earth Force Inc’ and you can donate here.

 

A Look at the Future of Coriant

It’s often difficult to know what companies will prove themselves to be the most innovative. However, over time some people have shown a knack for predicting what tech companies are capable of great leaps forward. Most recently this attention has been focused on Coriant. But to understand why the company is doing so well one must first understand some aspects of the tech industry itself.

Coriant has a strong focus on a variety of different but related technologies. These are related to digital data, voice and associated mobile technologies. To an outside observer this might not seem worth noting. But it’s important to remember that with tech companies one doesn’t simply create and distribute a product. There’s a strong synergistic relationship between the different areas of specialization within the industry. One can consider how smartphones are a combination of multiple technologies as an example of just how powerful this effect can be.

But the driving force behind Coriant is the new CEO. Shaygan Kheradpir has had over 28 years of experience in leadership positions within the industry. This ranges from positions with GTE to Verizon Communications. But one of the things which really sets him apart is the fact that he has a strong background in multiple areas. Multiple areas of specialization are as important for someone guiding a tech company as it is for the company itself. And Shaygan Kheradpir brings with him an extensive background in both managing and working with advanced technology.

Again, this is one of the traits that experts look for when attempting to predict future trends within a company. The term synergy might be somewhat overused but there’s good reason for it. When people bring multiple fields of expertise into a leadership position it means that the company as a whole is now able to move in a more fluid manner. Shaygan Kheradpir’s background in both technology and leadership allows him to leverage all available resources in an optimal manner. For example, someone coming from outside the industry might have difficulty understanding how engineers view timelines, estimates, or even morning meetings. The engineering profession has a unique style of review and collaboration that might seem foreign to someone on the outside. But Shaygan Kheradpir is able to understand how engineers function and act as a bridge between them and the rest of the workers. This allows Shaygan Kheradpir to make connections which would otherwise be much slower to form. And it also shows that Coriant is capable of amazing innovations within the tech industry.

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