Dick and Betsy DeVos Charity Helps Fund John F. Kennedy Center of Performing Arts

Located on the banks of the Potomac River near the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C., the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has been giving the public the best artistic and exciting plays, ballets, musicals and orchestral scores in our time. The Kennedy Center has greatly expanded since its opening in 1971 and is still expanding to this day thanks to charitable donations. In 2013, the Kennedy Center has started a fundraiser to expand the center and to open new programs for the arts. The fundraiser has sky rocketed past its goal for the expansion project but instead of ending the campaign, they are adding another $50 million to the project thanks in large part to generous individuals and charitable foundations. See the full article here for details http://www.bizjournals.com/washington/breaking_ground/2015/09/whos-giving-the-kennedy-center-millions.html

Dick DeVos, one of the Kennedy Center’s donators, has donated to the Kennedy Center $22.5 million in an effort to train arts and cultural leaders across the country.

DeVos was born October 21, 1955 and is a businessman-entrepreneur from Michigan. From 1993 to 2002 he was the CEO of the consumer goods distribution and is listed as the 67th richest person in the United States by Forbes magazine. He has held many career positions, ranging from research and development, marketing, manufacturing, financing and sales. He started working for the Amway Corporation in 1974 and became one of Amway’s vice presidents in 1984. While under his leadership, he opened new markets to the company and has tripled international sales compared to domestic sales for the first time in the companies history. He also became the President and CEO of the National Basketball Association’s Orlando Magic in 1991.

Dick, along with his wife, Betsy DeVos. has been very involved in donating to the center’s fundraiser. Betsy DeVos has also been a member for the Kennedy Center for 6 years and was impressed when the president of the Kennedy Center, Michael Kaiser, said “how we invest millions of dollars in the arts, and training artists, but how we invest very little in training the leaders who hire the artists and run the organizations. We want to help develop human capital and leverage that capital to the greatest extent possible.”

Because of Dick DeVos and his wife’s charitable donations to the Kennedy Center, Michael Kaiser will remain part of the center’s leadership and overlooking the center’s structure through 2017 and will be directing what will be named the DeVos Institute of Arts Management. 

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The Trial Of Oscar Pistorious

On March 2014 Oscar Pistorious was on trial for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. He is a disabled South African runner, who competed in the Paralympic Games and the 2012 Summer Olympics. His girlfriend who was a professional model and was killed on February 14th 2013. Pistorious never denied that he shot her, but was adamant that it was an accident. He was then arrested and charged with her murder.

The murder trial was quite a sensation. You name it, every one was there covering this trial, including Brenda Wardle, a South African legal expert who covers high profile cases. She holds three degrees, one in Criminal Justice Administration, a Bachelors of Law, and a Masters of Law. She has the distinct honor as being a publisher on law, which includes an article on Presidential pardons, but her writing is not exclusive to law matters only, she just publish an autobiography entitled “To Kill a Fragile Rose-The State’s Case Against Oscar Leonard Carl Pistorius.

Wardle is also a mediator and controller with the education system in South Africa, training about four thousand delegates in the last two years. Her firm was the host of a conference, on the topic,”Selected Sentencing and it’s Impact”,she was able to draw distinguished people in the law circle. Wardle has appeared on many news Channel discussing Pistorious trial, who was also looking at an illegal gun charge, when the trial began on March 3rd,2014 in Pretoria. The presiding Judge was Thokozile Masipa. Janette Henzen du Toit and Themba Mazibuko worked along side her. The case was going to be tried without the presence of a jury, because South Africa got rid of that system during apartheid.

Judge Maspipa states that the trial would be held in English, because Pistorius spoke English and, South Africa’s bill of right states that the person on trail has a right to a fair one and,the language spoken must be in a form that the accused understands, or should be translated in the accused language.

His lawyer Kenny Oldwage states Pistorious thought he shot at an intruder, and didn’t realize it was Reeva Steemkamp because he never knew she left the bedroom. Barry Roux another lawyers said that Pistorious genuinely believed he was acting in self defense, and insisted that under South African law the murder charges should be dropped and he should be charged with Culpable homicide (negligent unlawful killing of another person),other words manslaughter.

So many witnesses were called including people who heard screams and gunshots. His neighbor said he found him in prayer over the decedent. Phone messages were revealed between him and Steemkemp, sometimes not showing Pistorious in a good light.

Pistorious was eventually found guilty of manslaughter and was given five years, but was then released after serving just one year.

Brenda Wardle and many legal analysis were worried that the verdict was setting a bad example, because South Africa has one of the highest crime rate in the world.

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Why the Definition of a Premium Dog Food is Changing

The definition of what is considered a premium dog food has been changing and now new technologies are driving the way to new and innovative products for dog owners, as per an article by the Daily Herald. Higher quality ingredients are being added and the overall quality and taste of dog food is now improving to the point where humans can try the food and not be grossed out by the flavor. No longer does dog food simply taste like industrial by-products. In fact, some manufacturers such as Mars’ Cesar Home Delights is designing dog foods that sound like dishes you get from your neighborhood restaurant, like lasagna and beef stroganoff. While there is the question of whether dogs preferred these concocted dishes more than just meat, can be formed, there does appear to be a market for these. Other brands such as Freshpet have specially designed refrigerators for fresh meat to serve to your dogs without the added preservatives that are used in canned food and promise a higher quality product as well. Of course, the cost of this food is double what traditional dog food costs. Beneful, a brand that has long been associated with quality, offers an as you like it option that allows for a personalized plate for your dog with owners being able to specify the ingredients in the dog food to allow for greater selection and control of your dog’s diet. In addition, Beneful’s parent company, Purina which is owned by Nestle, another well-regarded brand, acquired Merrick Pet Food which has long been associated with quality organic foods and have been integrating this into the Beneful line for a higher quality premium dog food that is truly standing out to consumers as top of the line. The providers of premium dog foods are not standing on their laurels and are constantly innovating in order to get ahead in the marketplace. Therefore, the definition of what is considered to be a truly premium product has been shifting, much to the delight of customers who are receiving higher quality products all around. This is keeping their dogs healthier and improving the bond between owners and pets.

The Success Behind The Development of the Status Labs

The development of the internet has led to improved business development across the world. This is because the internet provides business platforms for people to engage in different types of entrepreneurial development. Due to increased development, the internet has posed some security threats to personal information especially from hackers. As such, there are companies that have been established geared towards helping people manage their own personal information and handling customer complaints. According to New York Times, a restaurant owner in California has benefited a lot from the emails he sent to his customers about encouraging them to visit his restaurant to experience good delicacy. He has continued boasting of the good seafood he is offering that will leave you satisfied to the fullest. As a result, Andrew Gruel has attributed the success behind the growth of his restaurant to the customer complaints he addressed online. He goes on to say that customer reviews are the best way to interact and attract customers to the restaurant or development of small business but the reviews should be recent to attract large following.

Status Labs is one of the leading online reputation management and public relation firms that have seen the development of other channels of doing business online. As a result, the firm has provided ways of dealing with online reputation management by formulating ways to boost business growth. When creating a public relation survey, it is important to ensure you remain on the topic and know your contacts. This will enable you formulate a message that will sink well in the minds of the recipients. Being a story teller is an important aspect in the development of good public relations platforms. Here, people are able to know the kind of information people are dealing with thus attracting tremendous following.

Other way the company has continued to advice prominent personalities on how to deal with online reputation management. Avoid putting personal data on the internet which will keep at bay many people who may want to infringe on your private life. Changing social media privacy policy is an important way of putting enemies and hackers at bay. As such unwanted people will not have access to the information on your social media platform to distort the content.

The Announcement of The New Coriant CEO

Coriant has been a leader in the networking industry for many years. They have been the leaders in networking throughout many different countries. Their wide reach has allowed them to create a great name for themselves in the industry. This reach is only continuing to grow as they are expanding with new technologies and better business practices. Each year Conant continues to have a stronghold on the international networking market. Shaygan Kheradpir has just been announced as the new CEO of Coriant to the excitement of many in association with this company.

With a masters degree in electrical engineering it was easy to see why Shaygan Kheradpir would end up working in high-level positions in many tech companies until becoming CEO of Coriant. Working with companies like Verizon, Barclays, Juniper, and GTE primed Shaygan Kheradpir for his position he holds today as CEO of Coriant. He absolutely has the experience needed in order to succeed as the CEO of Coriant.

Shaygan Kheradpir has been instrumental in many different companies when it comes to corporate restructuring, bringing new technologies to market, and creating stability in changing markets. Shaygan Kheradpir has worked hand in hand with many industry leaders to find new ways to change company policies and procedures to have a more streamlined and profitable approach to business practices. Since 1987, Shaygan Kheradpir has been building his professional image as an individual who knows how to really get things done on a timely manner for an effective cost. These are very invaluable qualities for leaders in business to possess.

Why You Need A Proficient Lawyer

Are you facing a tough legal battle in Brazil? Looking for a competent lawyer to represent you and help get you the best result available in your case? If you need quality legal advice or guidance, it is important to find a reputable lawyer. Dealing with legal issues can be very stressful and frustrating, and a competent lawyer can help get you out of the situation. Whether you are going through a business dispute or you are dealing with a personal legal matter, you need to hire a good lawyer.

There are many lawyers in Brazil to choose from, but you shouldn’t hire someone without knowing about their background. Not all lawyers created equal, so find a lawyer who has great expertise in the type of legal matter you are facing. Research is absolutely necessary if you are serious about getting the best representation available.

Choose a lawyer who is well known for working hard for his or her clients, that way you can be sure you will get the best possible representation. It is extremely important to choose a lawyer you can work well with. Many lawyers offer a free consultation, so by taking advantage of a free consultation you will have a chance to meet with your potential lawyer and find out his or her style of practice.

Ricardo Tosto de Oliveira Carvalho comes highly recommended in Brazil. He specializes in business and corporate law litigation and has great experience in the field. Ricardo Tosto is considered one of the most prominent legal litigation experts in Brazil, with numerous satisfied clients. With over 22 years of experience in Brazilian Law, Ricardo Tosto is well qualified to provide you with top notch representation in your case.

Ricardo Tosto believes understanding and transparency are essential for successful relationships. He makes clients’ interest and well being a top priority and takes the time to listen to his clients. Ricardo Tosto has superior skills when it comes to high profile cases and has helped numerous clients resolve cases others consider extremely difficult to handle.

Town Real Estate Leads The Success Of The New York City Markets

New York City has always had one of the world’s most vibrant and important real estate markets as it has often been immune to the issues affecting the global real estate industry. The latest reports for November 2015 have been revealed by The Real Deal to show the markets across the entire New York City area have been growing over the course of the year. Although many people simply believe the real estate markets of new York City are based on Manhattan Island the number of options has grown for buyers and renters to include areas of Brooklyn and those surrounding the island.

Town Real Estate has been one of the driving forces behind the success of the New York City markets and the movement off Manhattan Island to find more available properties. When Andrew Heiberger founded Town Real Estate in 2010 the market on Manhattan Island was reaching breaking point through a small number of properties. The more than 250 agents employed by Heiberger over the course of the first year of operation allowed the company to be at the forefront of the movement towards the Brooklyn area that has grown in popularity.

Heiberger has seen Town Real Estate become one of the top real estate agencies in New York and now employs some of the top agents the city has. Town Real Estate does not limit itself to employing the most experienced agents in the city, but also provides a chance for the individuals who wish to break into the real estate market to have an opportunity to break into one of the world’s fastest moving real estate markets.

The movement of the people of New York City to other areas of the city other than Manhattan Island has been seen in the reports on the real estate markets. Brooklyn is seen in the reports to be a booming area for real estate developments, which includes more than $1.7 billion in revenue from multifamily homes. Around half of all new developments have been sold in Brooklyn and have driven up the value of the markets ion the borough.

Property Values in Nashville Increase

Nashville has become a city where construction cranes are a common phenomenon with tall condos uprooting one-story buildings and most neighborhoods becoming the prize of developers, even the ones that were once feared. The real estate market has become red hot and is expected to lead to a major increase in property values, a historic increase, in the next reappraisal. The city’s previous appraisal which was in 2013 was a 5.3 percent increase from the 2009 appraisal.
The County Property Assessor in Davidson, George Rooker Jr. has estimated the residential property values will have an average increase of between thirty three and thirty seven percent. That will be in 2017 during the next property reappraisal in Metro. The appreciation in value varies from neighborhood to neighborhood with the rapidly developing communities such as Inglewood witnessing over the last two years, the largest gains in property value.
This anticipated increase in property value would be the single largest ever spike in Nashville since the Tennessee state started requiring its municipalities to reassess the value of properties in every four years in 1989. Nashville holds a current record of thirty three percent from 1993 to 1997.
This historic boom in real estate prices in Nashville has Scott Lumley and Resolve Financials to thank. Resolve Financials which is a real estate development firm where Scott Lumley has been a partner for five years now, has reignited many neighborhoods in the area with its many projects. The effort Scott Lumley has done for the city of Nashville has helped create a booming real estate market.
Before joining the real estate market in 2010, Scott Lumley was the president of the Nashville Broncs Inc. and before that the president of Large-lots Inc. this former rodeo champion who born in Dyersburg, Tennessee is famed for his decision to erase the negative memory of Middle Tennessee’s ABA team whose reputation of of having one of its owners storm the court in the middle of a game and firing a coach was still vivid in many. He did this with a more polished approach to running one of the league’s franchises which was new then, the Nashville Broncs.