April, 2016

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Queens Of Drama: The Real Drama Behind The Soaps

“Queens of Drama” is a reality based television show about former soap opera actors arranging and attempting to sell a new soap themselves. Citing a lack of roles in a genre in decline and a positive opportunity for a female driven reality show, the six stars stir up drama both in the script and in front of the cameras. The stars of the show are soap opera legends including Vanessa Marcil, (“General Hospital,” “90210”) Donna Mills, (“General Hospital,” “Knots Landing”) Chrystee Pharris, (“Passions”) Lindsay Hartley, (“All My Children”) Hunter Tylo (“The Bold And The Beautiful”) and Crystal Hunt (“Guiding Light,” “One Life To Live.”)

Crystal Hunt is especially notable in the show, as the youngest and one of the most active of the ladies. She serves as a counter point to the unpredictable no-nonsense leader Donna Mills, who portrays a fictionalized version of herself. Facebook fans say Crystal stirs the pot early and often, but comes through as a peace maker in later episodes. The series culminates with a confrontation between the ladies and Mills, as she attempts to pitch the show to an undesirable network.

Crystal’s impressive resume includes a long history of soap operas, alongside roles in major films, including one alongside firebrand Amanda Bynes in the cult hit “Sydney White,” a modern take on the fairy tale “Snow White.” A more recent casting put her in the limelight, with a part in the smash hit “Magic Mike XXL.” In spite of these box office successes, Hunt started her career in the soaps, playing the troubled Lizzie Spaulding on the legendary “Guiding Light.” For the role, Hunt was nominated for a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series in 2005, but lost the award to Eden Riegel from “All My Children.” She was also featured in “One Life To Live” in the role of Stacy Morasco.

“Queens of Drama” portrays actresses in an increasingly difficult business, branching out and attempting to take control, of their careers, of themselves, and most importantly, of each other.  Be sure to also visit Crystal’s personal page on FamousBirthdays.

Charles Koch Asked to Revisit Hillary Competency Question

Long before the start of the current presidential race, Charles Koch had been asked several times if he thought that former First Lady, Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton could provide the leadership needed to effectively run the country. In an ABC News Exclusive interview on Sunday, April 24, the billionaire and respected financial and business leader reiterated some of his past opinions of Bill and Hillary Clinton and then briefly touched on his perception of Hillary Clinton’s leadership and his disappointment in The Republican Party’s candidates.

Charles Koch and his brother David H Koch are well known for their influence over United States politics. They have used their considerable wealth and business and social ties to raise funds for political groups, organizations and candidates who support their political ideas. They have also regularly contributed to frank discussions about the state of America and methods for boosting the economy and making the country safer. Given that they both have impressive academic and business backgrounds and that they have successfully expanded Koch Industries over the past 33 years into the powerhouse that it is today, it is no surprise to many that they are sought out for their opinions.

Koch maintained his stance on Sunday that he doesn’t see himself supporting Hillary Clinton unless she changes her planned policies. At the same time, when asked, he conceded that Bill Clinton did a better job as a Democrat at behaving like a conservative when it came to government spending and growth than George W. Bush. He also admitted that it might be “possible” that Hillary Clinton could turn out to be a better choice for POTUS than any of the Republican candidates.

Koch has been so put off by Donald Trump’s campaign, that he previously stated that he was considering backing efforts to block a presidential win. Yesterday, he noted that he won’t get involved at all at this point and that he might take a step back entirely from the presidential race because, as he put it, the race has no good “role models.” He then outlined several ways that Trump and the other GOP candidate, Ted Cruz, could improve their chances of winning the race. He mentioned that they both need to stop their personal attacks against other candidates and hate-filled rhetoric against Muslims. He then admitted that he can’t see himself supporting any candidate this year.

Source: http://www.cnn.com/2016/04/24/politics/charles-koch-hillary-clinton-2016/


James Dondero’s Contribution to Highland Capital Management

In the last few years, there has been an increase in private equity firms engaged in alternative investments in the United States. Alternative investment firms mainly deal with tangible assets like certain precious metals, historical antiques, coins and even stamps and real estate, venture capital and hedge funds. The United States has some of the largest firms involved in alternative investment in the world. One of the firms in this sector is Highland Capital Management that was founded in 1993 and is headquartered in Dallas, Texas in the United States. Over the years this firm has grown to become one of the most experienced firms in the world.

Highland Capital Management majorly deals with the management of hedge funds and structured investment. The growth of this firm is largely attributed to its Chief Executive Officer James Dondero and co-founder Mark Okada who have steered the firm to where it is today. The firm has expanded its operations and established offices right here in New York and ventured into London and Singapore. The two founders have inspired the employees of the firm who have also largely contributed to it being placed on the map as one of the best alternative investment firm in the world.

The firm has been operation for more than twenty years and the employees have gained invaluable experience in this sector and set them apart from other emerging alternative investment firms in the United States. Highland Capital Management has over one hundred and eighty employees spread out around the world. The firm’s philosophy is anchored on the principles of experience, discipline and boldness that have shaped how they handle their affairs in the course of serving their clients around the world. Those who wish to contact the firm can do so through either of their offices in Dallas or the offices mentioned herein for more information one can also visit the website of the firm.

Dondero is the current president of the firm and resides in Dallas Texas. He has worked for over three decades and has gained valuable experience in the financial sector. He is the chairman of Cornerstone Healthcare, CCS Medical and Nexbank. He began his career in 1984 in the Morgan Guaranty training program. He studied at the University of Virginia and graduated with Beta Gamma Sigma, Beta Alpha Psi from the McIntire School of Commerce with dual majors in Accounting and Finance. He is also a Certified Management Accountant and earned the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst Designation.

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Keith Mann’s Scholarship Helps Graduating Seniors

Keith Mann, the founder and CEO of Dynamic Search Partners, has introduced the Keith and Keely Mann Scholarship for Professional Achievement. The scholarship awards a graduating senior from Uncommon High School in Brooklyn, NY $5,000 toward college tuition. Uncommon Schools is a charter organization dedicated to providing low-income students with quality education.

Joe Frick, an Uncommon Charter High School college counselor, has expressed that he is very appreciative for the scholarship given by Keith Mann. Frick states that because of this financial reward, a student from the school who wouldn’t have been able to go to school will now be able to attend a four-year college.

Students who want to apply for the scholarship are required to write a 1,000-word essay. The essay should describe the ways in which a college education would help the student to achieve his/her professional goals after graduation. Dynamic Search Partners is a business that focuses on pairing professionals with the companies that can help them advance their careers. Mann is also a strong proponent of education, which is why he is proud to present this scholarship opportunity to deserving students.

The Keith and Keely Mann Scholarship for Professional Achievement winner was announced in March of 2016. The deadline for applications was February 29, 2016. Mann has been in the executive search business for more than 15 years. Dynamics Search Partners was founded in 2009, and Mann works with clients from all over the world, including the United States, Asia and Europe, with more than 200 client mandates each year.

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Source: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20160125006525/en/Keith-Mann-Announces-2016-Scholarship-Professional-Achievement

Avi Weisfogel’s Contribution to the Operation Smile

Avi Weisfogel is contented to launch a GoFundMe campaign that he will use to fund Operation Smile. Operations Smile is a global medical charity organization that offers free surgeries to children and young adults who are affected by cleft lips, cleft palate, and other facial disfigurements. Avi Weisfogel contributed 2000 dollars to jump-start the campaign. The organization devotes its support to giving children the hope of having a brighter future that is free from health problems. Operation Smile’s belief is that all children need to have access to proper surgical care, regardless of their background. The organization ensures that all children globally have hope, no matter the circumstances in which they are living.

Operation Smile gets support from local health care providers, governments, and non-governmental organizations for it to be able to conduct its activities. It aims at discovering the best means that can be used to reach the largest number of children possible. Medical missions are carried out by the organization annually. Operation Smile imports medical specialists and equipment to underdeveloped countries where they are not available. With the help of local medical personnel, the team offers quality services to the patients in their culture and language. Operation Smile was established by Bill and Kathy Magee to help disadvantaged children in the Philippines. The organization has however managed to build a worldwide network in more than 80 countries and has conducted over 220,000 free surgeries.

Dr. Weisfogel is a dentist based in New Jersey and he practices at Old Bridge Dental care which he founded in 2012. He has practiced for more than fifteen years and is popular for his outstanding skills and the ability to treat complicated dental problems. Most the doctors in New Jersey refer patients with complex oral problems to him. He has a passion for education and keeps learning new ways of conducting surgical operations, which makes him offer the best services to his patients.

Avi is the founder of the Dental Sleep Master Seminar. The organization is dedicated to conducting research on sleeping disorders such as sleep apnea, and the kind of treatment that can be offered using oral application. The information from the study is then share with other doctors. He attended the Rutgers University where he received a BA in biology and psychology and later got a DDS from the New York University college of dentistry. Check out his educational YouTube video below!

Source: http://www.wrcbtv.com/story/31366182/avi-weisfogel-dds-launches-gofundme-campaign-set-up-to-benefit-operation-smile

Armani Gives In To Animal Rights Groups

Armani has been a target of animal rights groups for years. They’ve been after the fashion giant to stop using furs in their fashion lines. Armani announced that there would not be any fur products in the autumn/winter 2016 clothing line. Armani announced to the press that he had given consideration to the rights of animals and protecting the environment. This belief in protecting the rights of animals and the environment led him to remove fur products from the clothing line on en.wikipedia.org. In fact, all fur products are pulled from the Armani Group, which includes Giorgio Armani, Emporio Armani, AJ Armani Jeans, and Armani Casa.

Fur Free Armani
Armani has taken a bold move and restricted fur inclusion in the Armani Group. This bold move demonstrates that the high end fashion designer has confidence in their customers and line of clothing. They believe that the consumer on Pinterest has strong feelings about the environment and animal cruelty. Therefore, a fur free clothing and fashion line should have a very positive effect on the way that the company is perceived by the public. The Humane Society International had a few positive words to say about the Armani decision. They believe it was a powerful statement to the fashion world. You do not have to wear fur to look fashionable. Several other fashion houses are also removing fur from their fashion line.

There is a quiet fashion movement happening online. Women are frustrated with the ridiculously high prices that they have to pay for good quality fashions that are trendy and stylish. However, JustFab has made it extremely easy for women to purchase high quality fashions that are trendy at a very affordable price. JustFab is the online subscription retailer that offers shoes, apparel, accessories, and more to their customers.

JustFab works remarkably well for just about any woman that likes fashionable styles and looking good. Getting started is super easy. Take their quiz to determine your personal style. JustFab will show you a personal boutique with the type of clothing that fits your style. Make a selection. JustFab will send the items straight to your home. 

Andy Wirth Returns To Work And Competition After Skydiving Accident

The problems of running one of the most famous ski resorts in the world once seemed like everything in life to Squaw Valley Ski Resort CEO Andy Wirth, but a skydiving accident changed everything for the German born tourism specialist.

Andy Wirth has been one of the most respected tourism experts with an eye on the resort industry from the very start of his career; a degree studied for in Denver is said to have been the starting point for the career of Wirth in resort management.

Andy Wirth has recently returned to work and to competition in Iron Man competitions (get full details here: http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424127887323846504579073381471958044) across the U.S. after making his way back from a life threatening injury suffered during what should have been a routine skydive. Skydiving was one of the many outdoor and extreme sports activities Andy Wirth has been completing for many years prior to his accident.

The accident ocurred when Wirth was blown off course by high gusts of wind that resulted in an emergency landing taking place in a vineyard; a metal stake used to hold up the vines struck Andy Wirth’s arm and severed it, an injury that could have proven life threatening.

Andy Wirth returned after months of rehabilitation and surgeries to restore movement to the arm of Andy Wirth, but found inspiration in a chance meeting with a Navy Seal training in the Olympic Valley area of California.

According to Iron Man, Andy Wirth was inspired to return to Iron Man competitions to raise funds for Navy Seal’s returning to society after active service; Wirth has now stated his confidence levels have risen to a stage where he wishes to compete instead of simply take part in these competitions.

Crowdrise officially stated that For Andy Wirth the change of lifestyle and effectiveness in completing both his personal and professional life has led to him taking a far more public role within the Lake Tahoe region. Since returning from his skydiving injury Andy Wirth has become an important member of the community in taking political and social decisions.

Can Your Thoughts Change The World?

One of the things I am very passionate about is helping people understand just how powerful their thoughts are. What you think will eventually turn into words. And what you say will eventually turn into actions. That’s why it is so important we surround ourselves with positivity.

When I heard about QNET and the RYTHM Foundation coming together for the Positive Thoughts Project I was super happy. What an amazing way to impact the world.

Here is how the Positive Thoughts Project Works:

For a period of four weeks the RYTHM Foundation asked all of their Facebook friends to leave a positive comment on one of their posts. The goal is to reach a total of 1000 comments during the initial four weeks. Being that Facebook has over a billion active users, it shouldn’t be too hard to reach 1000 comments.

If 500 comments are received during the first 2 weeks, QNET will donate a HomePure RED to Taarana, a school dedicated to helping children with special learning needs. If during the second 2 weeks an additional 500 comments are received, QNET will donate yet another HomePure RED to Rashid Centre. Rashid Centre is a centre that caters to the disabled in the UAE.

To help QNET reach this goal all you need to do is leave a positive comment starting today. Please know comments will be monitored and only those deemed valid will count towards the overall goal. Each individual is allowed to leave a maximum of 3 posts.

Once you leave your comment be sure to share the post with your friends. The more comments they get, the more children they can help. Just think about it, your positive comment can help deliver clean water to children who really need it. I don’t know about you, but I think that’s pretty awesome.

So what are you waiting for? Start commenting right now. All it takes is 60 seconds and you will make a huge impact in a child’s life. And though this sounds simple, don’t underestimate the power of a positive thought. It can do much more than you realize.

About QNET

QNET is a leading direct selling company in Asia. As you can see by this campaign, they take corporate social responsibility very seriously. The Positive Thoughts Project is just one of the many projects they have going on. To learn more about QNET visit them online at www.QNET.net.
You may also send tweets on their Official Twitter Account.

With Risk Comes Reward: Wendy Ayche

Wendy Ayche, better known as Wengie on YouTube, hit the million subscriber mark not too long ago. Like most dreams come true, it didn’t come without some risks taken.

Wendy left a six-figure marketing job to focus her engery toward YouTube as a full-time career instead, saying that it’s not something she regrets in the slightest. “When you get in a position where you put everything on the line for this one dream, you treat your channel differently. YouTube became something I thought about literally every waking moment.”

Her current subscriber standing indicates all the work put into her dream, Wengie boasting more than a million subscribers in just a three year period after launching her channel.

Miss Ayche herself is an Australian-Chinese beauty guru, gaining attention for her multicultural approach to beauty. She says she’s “constantly comparing beauty trends from different countries,” and that “Being Chinese and growing up in a Western country like Australia has made [her] more interested in beauty trends and products from other countries.” Her first hit video, in which she compared Korean to American makeup trends, confirms that this multicultural aspect gives her channel an edge. Despite that, Wendy holds steadfast to the idea that being unique on YouTube is overrated, that her main goal is to provide a quality experience. That, in itself, might be what makes her unique.

From a young age, Wendy has been interested in makeup and as a self-proclaimed creative individual this dream of hers only makes sense. What her mother couldn’t teach her, magazines and the Internet did wonders for.

The road hadn’t always been smooth, though. Wendy reports having lived on instant noodles in order to afford hand bags at times and then spending over 10k in shoes in a single month, and going back to wearing $2 dresses again. It’s been a full life that’s led her to be the bright person she is today. Her experiences made her capable of finding inspiration and beauty in everyday things and people, especially the people that love her and keep her channel going!

Venezuela Trying to Cope With Food and Water Shortage.

Many Venezuelans like David Osio have been hit hard by falling oil prices and need to come with new and inventive ways to put food on the table.

Inflation in Venezuela has hit more than 64 percent and basic necessities such as food, cleaning products, diapers and clothing have simply become out of reach for the average citizens of that country.

According to an article in the Guardian, Venezuela is 95 percent dependent on the export of oil. And with oil prices staying stubbornly low, it does not appear that relief is on the horizon. In an attempt to try to stabilize the situation, President Nicolás Maduro is traveling the globe seeking help from other countries such as Russia where he was able to get financial investment money that should help the precarious situation. (http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jan/16/venezuela-struggle-streets-inflation-shortages-oil-slump)

Venezuelans like David are fed up with having to deal with their crippling economy and have resorted to fending for themselves by starting to grow their own crops. Many people have started little backyard gardens in an attempt to assuage their food shortage.

In addition to the economic instability, Venezuela has now also been hit hard by a major drought. This further complicates the food shortage problem. President Maduro has declared for the next couple of months a four-day work week for public employees and encouraged everyone else to save on water and electricity. (http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/04/08/473530231/to-save-power-venezuela-gives-public-employees-fridays-off)

It is unclear how this country will overcome these trying times, but it is clear however that Venezuelans are fed up with their President and have taken to the streets in protest and want their leaders to come up with real solutions and fast.