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If you’re a news publication, it’s more or less a silent obligation to provide readers with factual information. Well, that’s just what Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin did for years. Then, one lone night in 2007, the cops came knocking on their separate residences and took them both to jail.

And what followed was a tale that was convoluted with twists and turns that the two men thought they would never escape from it. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/blogs/az-aclu-honors-new-times-founders-jim-larkin-and-mike-lacey-as-civil-libertarians-of-the-year-6500737

The setting was Phoenix, Arizona and the real struggle wasn’t because they expressed the truth. It was the topic of the stories who found their reporting a problem. The main topic of the long running stories about policy abuses and corruption was Sheriff Joe Arpaio. So he had top legal people who orchestrated their arrest warrants

. It was Special Prosecutor, Dennis Wilenchik and the County Attorney, Andrew Thomas who arranged for a grand jury indictment of Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. The demand for story sources and all related documents was at the center of Arpaio’s protests, which lead to Lacey and Larkin being picked up in the middle of the night.

Arpaio demanded that they turn over everything used to gather background information for the stories about him and his administration; from January 1, 2004 to the date of their arrests, October 18, 2007.

He wanted all relevant materials including notes, recordings and tapes. Eventually, Lacey and Larkin had their arrests expunged and they sued Arapaio and Maricopa Count, citing abuse of their constitutional rights. Read more: Jim Larkin | LinkedIn and Village Voice Media | Wikipedia

The two men eventually won their lawsuit and were awarded a substantial amount of money and started a fund, the Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin would stop at nothing, until they prevented what they went through from happening to other innocent people.

The irony in all of this was the fact that they stories they wrote about Sheriff Arpaio were about his history of targeting migrants for arrest, through racial profiling. The Fund began with that 3.73 million settlement award and the main focus was to help organizations throughout Arizona, which worked to protect migrant rights.

The growing concern for Lacey and Larkin wasn’t if they should support these organizations. It was how many of them could they help mobilize right away to do the most good. The fund has now expanded and fights for many local causes in the Arizona area and the surrounding regions; leading up to the Mexican border.

The Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund has taken on many of today’s leading causes. Including fighting against building a wall at the border. However, the area that receives the most attention continues to be issues, initiatives and causes related to migrants and immigrants in Arizona.

And sometimes the fund even joins in supporting other states, such as launching opposition against the Texas Governor, for signing the “Anti-Immigration Bill.”


Recently, the End Citizens United (ECU) has decided to support Doug Jones, a Democratic nominee, for the US Senate. Mr. Jones will be up against Roy Moore for the Alabama 12th December special election to replace Jeff Sessions. The seat is vacant after confirmation of Jeff as the US attorney general by the Senate.

The ECU president praised Doug Jones as a man of integrity, character, and a tough prosecutor who will defend the rights of Americans. He brought to justice the KKK members who were involved in the bombing of 16th Street Baptist Church. ECU stated that “Jones is committed to unrigging the system by getting Big Money out of politics and giving a voice to those who have been shut…”

Against Roy Moore

ECU strongly opposed Roy Moore candidature in the election. ECU described Moore as an extremist with a narrow agenda that defend the rigged, corrupt system in Washington. They continued to state that Moore is there to grace the precedencies of the special few rather than the majority Alabamians.

According to Tiffany Muller, the president of ECU, the US Senate should not tolerate Moore’s extreme ideology and radical agendas. His interest for more will overshadow the political representations of the people. Muller gave an example of how Moore embarrassed Alabamians by paying himself and his wife over one million dollars from a charity. Furthermore, Moore has alignment with mega-donors like Mercer family and Steve Bannon.

Muller stated that Moore campaigns were full of hatred and sponsored by ‘dark money.’ Moore had repealed the Johnson Amendment allowing funneling campaigns money through churches. According to him, Moore suspension as the Judge demonstrated how he positions his personal view rather than that of the rule of law. He advised judges to deny marriage licenses to same-sex couple, pushed the idea that President Obama was not a born American and that “9/11 attacks were divine punishments on Americans.”

In his quest for the Senate seat, Mr. Moore got the support of the PAC, The Senate Leadership Fund. PAC had supported Moore’s primary opponent, Luther Strange.

About End Citizens United

ECU is a Political Action Committee in the US that dedicates itself to oppose Citizen United and fight reforms in the campaign finance systems. ECU support dedicated democrats who are ready for changes. Founded in March 2015, ECU is a grass-roots funded organization. ECU is very active in the social media with over three hundred thousand followers on Facebook and over thirty thousand on Twitter.

The mission is to elect pro-reforms candidates, evoking the money issue in politics as a national priority and advocating of the passing of pro-reforms laws in the states. Also, ECU utilizes its grassroots membership to present its political powers on the topic of money in politics.


Meeting Elizabeth II, the Queen of England, on a private one to one basis is a fairly rare occurrence and one which most will never get to do. However, this is precisely what Israeli diplomat Daniel Taub did one fine day in 2011. The Queen and the diplomat exchanged greetings, she in her garland attire and he, wearing his kippah, the small, brimless headpiece also known as the yarmulke, worn by Orthodox Jews.

The event was significant not merely because of the Queen but also because Mr. Taub himself, a native born Brit who had since moved to Israel, had previously been her subject. She inquired what it felt like to be speaking on diplomatic terms to the representative of the country he had been born and raised in. Read more:Daniel Taub | Wikipedia and Daniel Taub – Crunchbase

Mr. Taub responded that it was the highest of honors, for not only would he be able to work out political arrangements that would better the Israeli people, he would also be able to, at the same time, help his former countrymen and women.

He also expressed his keen interest in bring the state of Israel and the United Kingdom into a more amiable and mutually beneficial relationship.

Daniel Taub has since retired and in his relatively brief tenure as Israeli ambassador UK and Israeli relations have improved markedly. He stated publicly, in a interview with The Jewish Chronicle he also stated that most everything he had wished to accomplish had come to pass.

Mr. Taub made quite a impression to many during his stint as envoy to The Crown and his passing from office has been noted by the UK’s Jewish community with the greatest of admiration and sadness.

In fact he had become so popular in the last days of his tenure that he regularly received more invitations from members of the UK’s Jewish community than he could possibly accept.

A lavish farewell reception was thrown for Mr. Taub upon his departure where member of both the UK and Israeli community expressed the fact that he would be sorely missed. It is no exaggeration to say that Mr. Taub will be remember as one of, if not, the single most popular, Israeli ambassador since the days of Shlomo Argov.

Read more: In conversation with Reverend Nicky Gumbel


Vijay Eswaran is the Chairman and co-founder of the QI Group. He was born in Penang, Malaysia, in 1960.

Vijay Eswaran successfully completed his academic degree in socio-economics from London School of Economics in 1984. Later, he earned himself certification in CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) in the United Kingdom. Read more: Dato Vijay Eswaran: From taxi driver to worth over $500 million dollars

He then relocated to the United States of America to complete his studies at the Southern Illinois University and graduated with a Master of Business Administration. He studied and worked simultaneously.

He started working at a position of multi-level marketing. After his graduation, Mr. Eswaran went back to Malaysia and was employed to expand the marketing operations for Cosway, a multi-level marketing company.

After serving at a number of high-profile roles in various countries in premier companies including a job at IBM, he branched out in 1998 to start establishments on his own. Vijay partnered with Joseph Bismark to establish the QI Group, located in Hong Kong.

The QI Group is a direct-selling company that carries its operations in various fields such as luxury, property management and development, lifestyle and leisure, telecommunications, training and education, and logistics.

After 10 years, the company established regional offices across different regions including Thailand, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Malaysia. Additionally, the firm also grew its presence to more than 30 countries through a wide range of branches. Due to the massive success of the QI Group, the company managed to earn an approximate revenue of $750 million annually.

According to Ideamench, Vijay Eswaran is also an esteemed motivational public speaker. He has lectured on a different range of subjects ranging from spiritually to business across the globe. His listeners have included leadership conferences like Commonwealth Business Forums and World Economic Forum. He has also a delivered a speech to leading universities.

Besides, Vijay is also an author, having written In the Sphere of Silence, a best-selling book on managing life. The book has been translated multiple times in different languages. Other books that Vijay has written include,18 Stepping Stones, On the Wings of Thought, and In The Thinking Zone.

Vijay Eswaran is also a passionate philanthropist. His charitable works have been portrayed through his engagement in various activities including establishing RYTHM (“Raise Yourself to Help Mankind”) Foundation.

He then started the Malaysian chapter of QI Group, Vijayaratnam Foundation (VF), in 2006. Vijayaratnam Foundation is named after S. Vijayaratnam, who is Vijay’s father and also participated in charitable works.


Avaaz, which means “voice” in multiple different languages, is a global web movement focused on bringing people powered politics to decision-making all over the world. Since opening their doors in 2007 they have attracted over 45 million members from 194 different countries.

With over 340 million actions taken by members since January 2007, its safe to say Avaaz is taking the world by storm. In 2012 The Guardian labeled them as one of the largest and most powerful online activist networks in the world.

The Avaaz Mission

The mission of Avaaz is very simple and very democratic. According to their website, they hope to organize citizens of all nations and inspire them to close the gap between the world we have right now, and the world that we all really want.

Avaaz is accomplishing their mission by utilizing the power of the internet to empower millions of people from all walks of life to take action on the many issues that are plaguing communities all over the globe. Some of the issues they address include poverty, climate change and corruption. Flickr Photos.

Being that they use the internet as their organizing tool, they are able to reach millions of people in a short span of time. This enables them to create a powerful collective force for change with a few clicks of a button.

At the end of the day Avaaz is all about taking action. Their team members and volunteers send out emails, lobby governments, have petitions signed and organize protests all in an effort to ensure it is the people who are informing the decisions being made by governments all over the world.

To learn more about Avaaz and to be a part of something bigger than yourself, visit them online at www.Avaaz.com.

 


Mr. Vincent Parascandola is at the helm of AXA Advisors where he acts as the Senior Executive Vice President. His expertise primarily revolves around conducting interviews, employment of new personnel (he is also liable to fire personnel), sales, purchases, and mentoring of interns.

 

He is popularly known as Vinny, and he has been engaged in this profession for over 25 years. Due to his competence, he has previously been given the Rookie of the Year award while working at Prudential and also the GAMA Career Development and Master Agency Awards.

 

He ventured into the financial sector in the 1980’s, and it is then that he got a job at MONY Life Insurance. He was assigned a supervisory role and was expected to ensure that management accountability is achieved in the company. He worked there for over 15 years before proceeding to AXA Advisors. For more details visit Wallet Hub.

 

Due to his great career achievements, he has been invited to numerous forums to express his insight on various financial, managerial, and operational topics. His eloquence and smartness have him enabled him to educate a lot of people in the different conferences that he has attended.

 

Mr. Vincent Parascandola earned a Bachelor of Science from Pace University, and he occasionally visits the institution to talk to the graduating group. AXA Advisors is a multinational franchise with its headquarters in Paris, France. The company has been able to cope with the ever changing dynamics of the market, and its name has been modified severally since inception before settling on the current title. Its core mandate is to provide insurance and investments consultancy services to clients. The company has also ventured into charitable works in the spirit of contributing to the growth of the society.

 

According to Brightscope, Vinny is a member of GAMA, and he previously acted as the chair of LIMRA Field Officers Committee. Vinny is an investment technician who has ensured that he leaves companies in a better state than he found them when taking up the managerial role. He has achieved this factor through the use of investment strategies that help the workforce around him to realize its full potential.


Although many of the socialist persuasion may not want to readily admit it, it is an economic truth that attracting the rich and powerful is one of the most surefire ways to create great economic prosperity for any given region. This is as true in the developing world as it is in the developed, with many cities throughout Latin America, which are located in otherwise third-world countries, quickly coming up to the level of global first cities, such as Los Angeles, New York and Dubai.

Jose Auriemo Neto is one of Brazil’s foremost real estate developers. Throughout his career, he has always understood that the way Brazil can become a developed country, on the level of Switzerland, Germany or the United States, is through attracting capital and using its natural resources and splendor to bring in the capital resources that will help it grow into a fully developed country.

To this end, Auriemo Neto has focused the activities of his company on building the most luxurious properties and facilities ever seen constructed in Brazil. This is a tradition that his father, Fabio Auriemo, started all the way back in the 1980’s, with the construction of Hotel Transmerica, a hotel that, to this day, is still considered one of the premier destinations in all of Latin America. The hotel is still owned and operated by JHSF Participacaoes, adding yet another premier property to its portfolio.

But Auriemo Neto has kept this tradition of building and operating the most luxurious hotel properties in the country alive. Through the recent acquisition of the Fasano hotel chain, JHSF Participacaoes as acquired the entirety of one of the most prominent hotel chains in the country of Brazil. This adds yet another feather in its already nicely adorned cap, giving it even more cachet and experience with running successful luxury hotel chains.

It’s no surprise that with the stellar leadership of Auriemo Neto, the company has grown from a firm worth just a few tens of millions of dollars to a publicly traded giant of the Brazilian development space, worth billions of dollars today.

https://www.businessoffashion.com/community/people/jose-auriemo-neto


Vijay Eswaran is a respected businessman and motivational speakers. Having studied and worked abroad, he has vast management experience. While he was in London, Vijay pursued his socio-economics degree at the world-renowned London School of Economics. He also enhanced his skills in management accounting by obtaining CIMA certification. After staying in the United Kingdom for a while, Vijay felt the need to pursue further studies.

This way, he flew to the United States and enrolled in the revered Southern Illinois University to pursue his master’s degree in business administration. Notably, while he was studying, Vijay would also work to supplement his income. Read more: Dato Vijay Eswaran: From taxi driver to worth over $500 million dollars

One day when he was at work, a colleague approached him and talked to him about a new marketing approach known as multi-level marketing (MLM). Being the first time that he had heard of its importance, Vijay developed deep interest in the same.

After completing his studies, Eswaran returned to Malaysia. He secured a job with Cosway’s, a prosperous MLM company. During this period, Asia was feeling the effects of economic crisis. Eswaran posits that he did not have connections or any capital to operate a company. People could hardly believe that he would succeed with his venture.

However, Vijay had said that he would not spend his life working for someone. The shrewd entrepreneur contends that with like-minded partners like Joseph Bismark, he was able to incorporate QI Group, a successful direct selling corporation.

The multi-million conglomerate has invested in various industries, including education, logistics, telecommunication, lifestyle, leisure, conference management and development of property.

The company has been able to open regional offices in Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong. Under his transformative leadership, the corporation has been able to establish operations in more than 30 countries around the globe courtesy of its many subsidiaries. Learn more about Kevin Seawright: https://twitter.com/vjayeswaran?lang=en

The motivational speaker has been addressing his audience on matters of spirituality and business. To this end, he has been attending different forums and universities. Moreover, Vijay has written various books, which have been well received in the market.

They include “On the Wings of Thought,” “In the Thinking Zone,” and “18 Stepping Stones.” One of Vijay’s books, “In the Sphere of Silence,” is available in different languages. The book zeroes in on life management.

 


Nathaniel Ru and his comrades had a problem finding affordable healthy places to eat during his senior year in Washington D.C at Georgetown University.

Finally, they found a tavern on M Street which was 560 square foot gave them an idea to found their own. Six years later, they started an eatery on M Street which has grown to the current magnificent restaurant Sweetgreen. Learn more about Nathaniel Ru: https://affiliatedork.com/nathaniel-ru-blazes-a-trail-in-the-health-food-industry and https://www.linkedin.com/in/nathaniel-ru-b04a7310

It happened that the owner of the tavern space where they wanted to start their restaurant was the apartment landlord where Nathaniel and his friends lived. Ru called and explained to the landlord about their business idea, but she hung up.

For a month Nathaniel and his friends still insisted on calling the landlord until she agreed to have them for a business meeting.

They showed up at the meeting with a three-page business plan and had an idea of calling the place ‘greens’ and one page was for financials. The landlord believed in their idea, and therefore she asked them to get an architect and some sponsors and then present a real plan of activities.

It took them three and half weeks to find some business sponsors and an architect. Ru and his friends did not have any restaurant experience, but the landlord still helped them.

Sweetgreen now has stores in major Northeast’s urban areas and their outskirts such as branches found in Boston, Philadelphia, New York, and Washington. Most of their ingredients are brought from local farmers thus their food gets fresher, delicious and healthier daily.

Theresa Dold, another graduate from Georgetown University who is in charge of digital marketing at Sweetgreen, stated that Sweetgreen was not only started as a salad restaurant but with a deeper purpose.

In April 2009, the founders got a bigger restaurant space near DuPont Circle in Washington, but customers did not come in the first fortnight. The owners decided to introduce speakers and play music every weekend. This idea brought improvements in the company with almost 600 customers showing up. Therefore from the music idea, the company introduced an annual event called sweetlife.

Nathaniel Ru is the founder and the Co- CEO of Sweetgreen Company founded in 2007 together with Nicolas Jammet and Jonathan Neman. He is a graduate of Georgetown University at the McDonough School of Business. Nathaniel is passionate about his business ideas and hopes for a bright future for Sweetgreen.


Dr Jennifer Lee Walden is a certified plastic surgeon who hails from Austin, Texas. Jennifer serves as a member of the Modern Aesthetics’ and Plastic Surgery Practice’s Editorial Board of Directors. Jennifer’s primary area of specialization is breast and facial surgery. As an active and certified Board member of the American Plastic Surgery, she relocated her surgery practice from New York to Austin, Texas. Dr. Walden also serves as the Commissioner of Communications and on the Board of Directors for the ASAPS commonly known as American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

Jennifer Walden Specialty

Over the past eight years, Jennifer Walden has performed facial procedures and breast lift augmentation to significant volumes. The breast augmentation costs are approximately 7000 dollars whereas the cost of nose jobs and facelifts runs about 9,000 to 10,000 dollars. Also, she has presented and reviewed both topics on national and international levels. Her main aim is to assist her clients in making them feel and look better through the review of quality safety measures and patient care services. As a result, in 2004, Dr. Walden was listed by Harper Bazaar among the 24 Best Beauty Surgeons.

About Jennifer Walden

Jennifer Walden graduated from the University of Texas with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology. Afterwards, she undertook her residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch and graduated as a salutatorian in her year. Her career kick started her career under Dr. Sherell Aston’s mentorship at the Manhattan Eye, Throat and Ear Hospital.

Dr Jennifer Walden Reviews uses and reviews the latest technological advancements in her practices such as the Vectra, a 3-D imaging technique that visualizes and reviews the looks of patients before they undergo surgery. Apart from her plastic surgeon practice, Jennifer is a co-author of the popular Aesthetic Plastic Surgery book and serves as a media commentator on Fox News, Dr 90210, and ABC News. Walden is also an aesthetic consultant for companies such as Venus Concept, ThermiAestheticcs, and Sciton Inc.

Learn more: http://mdmonthly.com/dr-jennifer-walden-empowering-women-personal-professional-levels/


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