Wal-Mart is Growing a Conscience

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A state proposal in Arkansas which would prevent state and local governments from expanding anti-discrimination protections for gays and lesbians is being criticized publicly by Wal-Mart whose corporate headquarters are in Bentonville.

The pending bill, HB 1228 would bar cities and counties from expanding anti-discrimination protections to gays and lesbians because they supposedly create additional burdens on religious beliefs.

Wal-Mart includes sexual orientation and gender identity in its non-discrimination policy.

Susan McGalla knows that the bill follows a December cancellation of a Fayetteville, Arkansas ordinance that made discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity illegal. Human rights advocates are disturbed by any act that permits an individual to use religious beliefs to justify discriminatory behavior.

A Wal-Mart spokesman said that the bill would not change the way Wal-Mart treats its employees which is with respect for every individual.

Wal-Mart’s public opposition to this bill comes after its commitment to raise its lowest level wages to $9.00 per hour in April. It’s looking a lot like Wal-Mart is defending civil rights and improving conditions for workers. Wal-Mart critics may start feeling kind of warm and fuzzy toward this big box corporate behemoth one day, maybe soon.


Kanye West Defends His Latest Grammys Onstage Antics

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Kanye West has proven himself to be a polarizing figure in recent days as his latest appearance on the Grammys stage came during the acceptance speech about to be given by Beck after winning the best album award. The people at CipherCloud have heard that West has used an interview with Ryan Seacrest to defend his actions and provide an insight into the reasons behind his latest decision to crash the Grammys stage, Pitchfork reports.

The rapper and Adidas show designer claimed during the interview the voices in his head told him to join Beck on the Grammys stage, but also stated he managed to control himself and did not take the microphone as he respected Beck to much as an artist to take away from his speech time. West went on to explain he did not make himself clear in a post Grammys interview where he claimed Beyonce should have won the best album award and the choice of Beck showed a lack of respect for true artistry. Backtracking on his comments, Kanye said he is a fan of Beck and sees him as one of the nicest and most talented people in popular music.

During the interview, West also revealed Taylor Swift had given him support after he left the Grammys stage, before he announced the pair would soon collaborate on new music.


Skout Lists the Top Friendliest Cities

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Congratulations to the web for celebrating its friends! Social Media has never been so popular. One top leader who continues to grow globally is none other than Skout.

As the social world of the online community grows we celebrate February 4th, 2015 as the first official International Online Friendship Day. Skouts focus on growing the worlds global population has brought together nearly 500 million online users as friends. A trend that has people feeling a freedom of sorts. Honesty online is a happening thing.

Not to be outdone, Skout is the social app in more than 180 countries. Reaching out globally in fourteen languages through the Internet to grow friends and your business too.

A recent top-ten survey done by Skout members rated the top friendliest U.S. cities. To see if your hometown city made the list click here.

Since 2007 the company has been head-quartered in San Francisco with a commitment to growing the safest social media platform to its users around the world. Share your world in the place that gave International Online Friendship Day a reason for being. And yes, you can even connect to them through Facebook and other social media.

See the original Press Release or learn more about Skout globalization for friends, click here to join in.


Jonathan Veitch: President And Leading Advocate Of Liberal Arts Education

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Jonathan Veitch is the current president of Occidental College. He has been the president of Occidental College ever since July 2009. Occidental College is a two-year liberal arts college. Many notable people have attended this college, including president Barack Obama. Before Jonathan became the president of Occidental College, he was the dean of the New School’s Eugene Lang College.

Veitch grew up in Los Angeles, California and was educated at Loyola High School. After high school, he attended Stanford University where he earned his bachelor’s degree. Veitch decided to continue his education after college and was awarded a doctoral degree in American history from Harvard University. Veitch taught at the University of Wisconsin after he earned his doctorate degree. He was an associate professor of history and literature.

Veitch has made a major impact on Occidental College ever since he became the president. He has worked hard to improve relations between the surrounding community and college. In 2013, he unveiled the megawatt solar ray, which helps the campus generate solar energy. When Vietch first took the position as president, he stated that one of his goals was to boost Occidental College’s engagement in the city. He has attained that goal and is still working hard to improve the college.

Veitch is a member of a famous family. His step-grandfather is Alan Ladd, who is an actor. His father, John Veitch, was the president of Columbia Pictures Worldwide Productions.

Not only is Veitch the president of Occidental College and former dean, but he also has published author on his resume. He is the author of a book called American Superrealism: National West and The Politics Of Representation in the 1930s. Nineteenth and 20th century cultural history and American literature are Veitch’s areas of acadmemic specialization. Veitch is currently doing research on the history of higher education in the United States.


5 Things You Might Not Know About the Antique Wine Company

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The Antique Wine Company specializes in extraordinary wines and stores over 10,000 bottles in their cellars. Founder Stephen Williams currently has his private wine company based in London with offices in Hong Kong as well. The following information explores several aspects of this incredible wine company you might not have known.

1. China and Hong Kong are Their Biggest Customers
Until recently, buyers from the United States were the primary customers for the Antique Wine Company. Now the Asian market has surpassed the Americans. In 2008 the Hong Kong government abolished the wine tax, opening the doors for increased business. Even though the United States and Hong Kong are major customers, the company has over 20,000 clients in approximately 70 countries.

2. The Company is Part of the Grand Chateau Series
The Antique Wine Company has become part of a venture to make elegant wine cabinets for their customers. Each Chateau Edition has just 5 cabinets, making sure they will ultimately become valuable investments. These exquisite cabinets are painstakingly crafted and are constructed using the finest materials.

3. High Technology is Used to Determine the Age of a Wine
Companies such as the Antique Wine Company employ sophisticated methods to determine the age of their wines. A few of these techniques include using particle accelerators as well as ion beams to discover the age of the glass the wine is stored in.

4. Stephen Williams Previously Worked in Banking & Insurance
The founder of the Antique Wine Company, Stephen Williams, worked in banking and sold life insurance before embarking on his passion for wine. He had begun working on weekends at the age of 14. This strong work ethic likely enabled him to eventually build the successful wine company he has today.

5. The Company Holds the World Wine Record
The Antique Wine Company sold the most valuable bottle of wine on record in July 2011. This particular wine was a bottle of Chateau d’ Yquem from 1811. The buyer of this wine, Christian Vanneque, says that he eventually will drink his purchase.


Dr. Rod Rohrich

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Plenty of celebrities get surgery from world renown surgeons but us lay people can also get the treatment of the stars. Dr. Rod Rohrich is an internationally renown cosmetic surgeon and a member of academia. His mix of the academic and altruistic make Dr. Rohrich a highly respected and sought after plastic surgeon. Reconstructive and plastic surgery are the fields of his most significant contributions, along with education, facial aesthetics, and anti- aging techniques. He is board certified with the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and has appeared on syndicated television programs. He has been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show, The View, and Good Morning America. Taking an innovative approach to his field, he has used extensive scientific knowledge in the new development of a breast augmentation implant. In addition to breast augmentation methods, he has published valuable information on rhinoplasty, body contouring, injectable fillers, and liposuction.

Dr. Rohrich’s approach to plastic surgery is patient based. He has written on patient safety guidelines, which put the safety of the patient as the top priority in the industry. Rohrich is a Professor and Chairman at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas Department of Plastic Surgery. In addition to this, he holds the Crystal Charity Ball Distinguished Chair in Plastic Service at the University. Other distinctions include the Betty and Warren Woodward Chair in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. His work in academia has earned Rohrich international acclaim in the medical field, with the award of the Rod J. Rohrich, M.D. Distinguished Professorship in Wound Healing and Plastic Surgery as acknowledgement for his medical prowess. In addition to working with the University he is also Editor in Chief of the medical journal of American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.He has also taught plastic surgery in third world countries.

Dr. Rohrich actively participates in organizations promoting the innovation and regulation of cosmetic surgery techniques along with resident education. His post as President of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons was one in which he exercised his acumen for leadership, education, and advanced knowledge of regulations and standards within the cosmetic surgery industry. Due to his important place on various plastic surgery committees and experience within the plastic surgery field, he has authored many articles, and as many as 600 peer reviewed articles. He has authored 50 chapters in textbooks on the subjects of plastic surgery. In addition to this, He has written “Navigate Your Beauty: Smart and Safe Plastic Surgery Solutions” for patients needing guidance in their cosmetic surgery choices. In this book, a patient based approach for plastic surgery candidates is explored.


One Interesting Individual

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Who is Sam Tabar?

According to the CNBC article I just read, Mr. Sam Tabar is indeed one interesting individual. He currently is located in New York City. He is. At this time he is practicing law in New York State. He started his career as an Associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate & Flom LLP. He then moved onto business development and capital strategy. He graduated from Oxford University in the year 2000. He received an MA and BA in the field of law. Next he did go to Columbia Law School for his LLM. He has been an associate for Skedden since 2001. He has also worked in Hong Kong. He Co-headed the Asset Raising Team. He developed asset raising strategies along with product development, which is something everybody should read up on from time to time.

 

Experience

As a prominent attorney and capital strategist, Sam Tabar can offer a wealth of knowledge and experience. He has said that if the right decision is to be made there must be research performed. He believes that commodities are all about careful investment and research. He will also make the point that problem products have got to be watched out for. His experience as the former Head of Asia Capital Introduction at Merrill Lynch taught him to know exactly what to look for when it comes to a safer commodity investment. In order to establish a reasonable return on an investment it is essential to avoid poorly managed funds. Sam specializes in Mergers and acquisitions, negotiations, along with general corporate practice. It should be duly noted that Sam Tabar graduated with honors from Oxford.

Hedge Fund Formation

He did counsel clients on hedge fund formation and structure. He did this when he joined Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP as a Senior Associate. This occurred in September 2013. He also provided his wise counsel on management agreements structure, side letters, and placement memoranda.

 

 

He does indeed have so many talents and gifts that he offers to the world. It would appear that there will be much more to expect from Sam Tabar. His knowledge and high intelligence will most likely lead to many more accomplishments. His talents are way above average.


Iggy Azalea on Her Career

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Most pop culture icons know that their popularity is limited. Typically, they get worn out and are not in the “it” category anymore. Iggy Azalea, the controversial singer, is aware of this and has addressed the issue. The singer claims to be “OK” with that and whatever happens and wants to make the most of what she can now. The singer has come under some fire recently after a series of old tweets have been uncovered showing racist remarks. The singer herself is in some beef with fellow singer Azealia Banks over the issue of race. Most people think “why does race matter if she is a singer” but the truth is no one wants to buy music from (and directly be supporting) someone who believes that they are inferior to them simply based on the color of their skin. Iggy Azalea has apologized on numerous occasions for these tweets and any kind of misunderstanding. One thing about being in the spotlight is that your words and intentions are misinterpreted big time, even if it is an honest mistake or misunderstanding. Fans of the singer have started to question whether her music is worth supporting anymore. Fans like Sergio Andrade Gutierrez have even gone as far to boycott her music. With such big recent events being related to the issue of race, it is easy to try and make the connection to race on most issues. Iggy is no exception to excuse racism but you really do wonder if what she is doing is truly with bad intentions due to being racist or just stupid mistakes.

A Successful Man; Andrew Heiberger

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Looking for a place to live can be a grueling process, that’s why having the best real estate in the area is essential. You need someone who knows the area, can negotiate a deal, and has a backbone made of steel so at the end of the day you get the residential place you deserve. If you’re looking around Manhattan, New York, Andrew Heiberger is your man!

Andrew Heiberger grew up a family man, working in his family’s business since he was 16-years-old. It was this job that groomed him to become a successful real estate agent, as his family worked in the business of selling and buying land in Long Island, New York. It was also this early life experience that served as a foundation for his educational career, which he ended up earning a bachelor’s degree from University of Michigan and a law degree from the University of Miami, School of Law.

Ten years after he stated working, Andrew Heiberger started his first company at the age of 26. This company is named Citi Habitats, it is a Manhattan-based residential brokerage and he ran the company for ten years until he sold it in 2004 to NRT LLC. NRT LLC is the largest residential real estate brokerage company in the USA.

After selling Citi Habitats, Andrew Heiberger Buttonwood Development, a real estate development, investment and syndication firm in New York City. He paid homage to his childhood by naming the company after the street he grew up on, a tribute to the family history and his experiences growing up in New York and in the land business.

Not satisfied, Andrew Heiberger returned to the brokerage business with the founding of Town Residential, a luxury residential real estate firm, in December 2010. Within a year, the firm was ranked in The Real Deal’s list of top 10 largest residential brokerages in Manhattan. A powerful force in Manhattan residential brokerages, Mr. Heiberger makes sure to have a relationship outside the workforce; he serves as a member of the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) and serves on their Board of Governors. He is also a member of the Young Presidents Organization, the University of Michigan Tri-State Leadership Committee and the New York Bar Association. He is also a philanthropist, and supports a multitude of charities including The Princess Margaret Hospital, The Fresh Air Fund, A Little Hope Foundation, The Max Cure Foundation, The Mann Foundation, The NephCure Foundation, Charna Radbell Foundation, Jewish National Fund, Friars Foundation, 100 Mile Man Foundation, CCFA (Crohns & Colitis Foundation of America), American Heart Association, the University of Michigan Scholarship Fund, The Wildlife Rescue Center of the Hamptons, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Besides being a busy and charitable man, Andrew Heiberger says that his greatest pride isn’t in his work, but in his family. He is a proud father of two children, a son and daughter named Lucas and Nikki, who live with him in New York.


Dr. Daniel Amen: A Totally Amazing Psychiatrist

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An Overview
Dr. Daniel Amen is America’s most popular and well known psychiatrist who is double board-certified. He has written several books and articles, and he has received rave reviews from many trustworthy and respected professionals and organizations. He is also the founder and director of the Amen Clinics, and he is a New York Times best-selling author, in which he became the best-selling author nine times. Some Personal Aspects
Dr. Daniel Amen was born in 1954. He is married to Tana. He has four children, and he has five grandchildren. He is also a spectacular table tennis player. 

Amen Clinics
Dr. Amen’s clinics are located in San Francisco, CA; Newport Beach, CA; Atlanta, GA; New York City, NY; Reston, VA, and Bellevue, WA. His clinics contain the world’s largest database that include functional brain scans relative to behavior. These scans total nearly 90,000 from patients who are from 111 countries. 

The Amen Clinics offer medical services for people suffering from different brain disorders, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and others. A single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) will be used to identify what the sub-categories are concerning these disorders. He also perform studies on brain injuries of professional athletes, and is the consultant for NFL’s post-concussions. 

His Beliefs and Work
Dr. Daniel Amen believes that brain health is essential to all success and health, and is therefore, committed to improving people’s brains and lives. He also has teamed up with Pastor Rick Warren, Dr. Mark Hyman, MD, and Dr. Mehmet OZ, MD in being one of the main architects of the “Daniel Plan” at the Saddleback Church. This is a program that lasts for 52 weeks, and their focus is to make the world healthy through the religious organizations. 

Other Accomplishments 
Dr. Amen has other accomplishment as well that include the following:

1. He hosted, written, and produced nine popular shows, which talked about the brain. 
2. He authored and co-authored over 30 books, seven book chapters, and 60 professional articles. 
3. Several of his scientific articles were published in prestigious medical journals.
4. He appeared in movies called “The Crash Reel”, and “After the Last Round”. 
5. He appeared in Emmy award winning shows, such as the “Dr. Oz Show”, and “The Truth About Drinking”.
6. He spoke at distinguished scientific and medical organizations, such as the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Harvard’s Learning and the Brain Conference.
7. His work also appeared in numerous reputable shows and magazines, such as 20/20, BBC, Newsweek, and Time.

 

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