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Ken Griffith, CEO, Investor and Philanthropist09.30.15

Founder and CEO of the Citadel LLC., which includes investments and hedge funds, is Ken Griffin, but the word that best describes him is philanthropist. Mr. Ken Griffin has an entire portfolio of organizations and worthy causes that he supports, such as Chicago’s civic and cultural institutions. Charter Education and many other areas of education. He is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Art Institute of Chicago, the Whitney Museum, the University of Chicago and the Museum of Contemporary Art. He is a Republican and is not afraid to donate to those politicians. The total of all his donations so far is approximately $500 million.

Kenneth Griffin is an Expert at Investments and Hedge Funds

Last year, Mr. Ken Griffin on wsj donated $150 million to his alma mater Harvard University, and to date, that is the largest donation ever made to that institution. So, you might ask, how does Mr. Griffith find time to lead and manage the international investment firm that he started over 20 years ago?

The answer is that he makes the time and he does it very well. Citadel claims a net worth of $6.6 billion this year and Ken takes a yearly salary of $130 million. His expert management and consultation in hedge funds and other investments has gained him an incredible reputation worldwide.

Childhood, College and the Citadel

Ken Griffith was born on October 15, 1968, and he grew up in Daytona Beach, Florida, which is known as the World’s Most Famous Beach. This seems an unlikely place for a financial entrepreneur to grow up, but from the start he was dedicated to making money. He attended Harvard University and received a BA degree in Economics. While he was at the University, living in the dorms, he used his computer, TV satellite and fax machine to set up a small investment firm, so he could trade in his room.

This was a small venture, but that innovative concept led him to meet Frank C. Meyer, an investor and founder of Glenwood Capital LLC. Mr. Meyer was impressed by what he heard, and when Ken graduated in 1989, he invested $1 million into the beginnings of the Citadel, Kenneth’s dream company. The Citadel was founded in 1990, and with Ken Griffin’s Midas touch, it has prospered ever since.

The Citadel is Super Successful

With more than 1,350 members worldwide who work within the Citadel, Mr. Griffith has grabbed the coattails of his dream and is riding victoriously. These expert investment brokers are trading at the top of the market, and their advice follows right in line with the recommendations of Mr. Griffith.

Today, Mr. Griffith is #89 in Forbes list of the 400 richest people in America; he rose up from last year 11 places. Mr. Griffith has nowhere to go but higher and as the Citadel takes in more investors, Ken Griffith’s success continues. He is then able to donate more to his charities, politicians and other worthy funds.

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The question of human rights is of critical concern to the entire world at this time in human history. As a species, we are learning to understand what it means to be human.

This is a great step in our development and evolution, and though it’s not actualized yet, we’re on the path to becoming smarter and kinder.

Till recently, the question of human rights was hardly an issue. People fortunate enough to be born with wealth and power were the ones able to make decisions for themselves and persons born as lower caste, workers, slaves or serfs had no rights.

How does it happen that the spark to be free which exists in all of us, slowly but surely began to emerge, demanding equality? History reveals that the need for dignity and freedom exceeds the fear of retribution or death and compels some people to risk everything to challenge the Status Quo and demand rights and fairness for themselves and for all.

There is hardly any area of the world where the issue of equitable treatment for all has not emerged. Currently, we are confronted with many examples of people fighting hard and forcing everyone else to accept the simple concept of freedom and equal rights.

Isn’t that what our Declaration of Independence is all about? Is that not what Gandhi and Martin Luther King proclaimed and fought for? Is that not what the refugees surging out of war torn Syria and other areas in the Middle East are demanding? They want the freedom to be happy and safe and decide their own life choices.

The question of human rights is the same question raised by the LBGT community, the same sex marriage issue, and in fact the issue about true religious freedom.

Fortunately there are numerous advocates for basic human rights; individuals who speak out freely or at great personal risk, as well as organizations dedicated to the premise of human equality and fairness.

One such advocate is an immensely brave young woman named Yeonmi Park from the totalitarian country of North Korea. The democratic People’s Republic of North Korea is a perfect example of a country still existing in a feudal mind set, ruled by the Supreme Ruler Kim Jung-un, a true tyrant. Total obedience is expected or one can be tortured and murdered with no compunction.

Yet Yeonmi Park defied all expectations and although her family was sent to a labor camp, suffering great hardship, she and her mother were able to escape to South Korea. She is now a very vocal voice for her people and was named one of the Top 100 Global Women by the BBC and is writing a book about her life, hoping her journey and story will be a factor in bringing change to North Korea.

Humanity is moving toward our own enlightenment, with our own best angels leading the way.

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Ads In Brazil: Effective Advertising For Businesses09.18.15

Are you considering promoting your business in Brazil? Do you want to a world wide audience and sell your products or services? Advertising online is a proven way to reach prospects and customers world wide.

As you may already know, advertising is the lifeblood of any business. If you do not advertise effectively, you will have a hard time succeeding in business. Without advertising, your prospects will not know that you are offering what they are looking for. Nowadays, almost all businesses have an online presence, and any marketer or business owner who does not utilize this proven advertising method will certainly lose a large number of potential clients or customers and revenue.

Online advertising is a cost-effective way to reach prospects with your advertising message. Online advertising offers a variety of formats, including ads displayed with search engine results, ads including video and audio, classified advertising, e-mail marketing and pop-ups and banner ads. Online advertising offers businesses the potential to reach a worldwide audience. And you can measure the effectiveness of your advertisement by checking click-through data, such as the number of people that viewed it and how many times the ad was viewed.

As already mentioned, there are several types of online advertising that you can benefit from. One of the most popular types of online advertising is search engine optimization. With search engine optimization (SEO), you can make your website appear in the top ranking position in search engines. When a searcher enters a related term or keyword phrase in the search engines, your website may show up with other websites optimized for the same keyword. An Internet user can click the link to your website and go directly to your website, to check out your offers. This usually happens when you are able to get a high ranking in a search engine results page.

Other effective online advertising methods include content and link advertising. Content advertising involves connecting through two sources. Often times, businesses use online press releases as a source, or even a blog or content site. You can also utilize content advertising through video sites. Link advertising is a method used to connect to customers or shoppers from one source.

Cláudio Loureiro is founder of the advertising company, Heads Propaganda. He is a well known advertising executive and expert in Brazil. Cláudio Loureiro has helped numerous businesses and large corporations achieve their advertising objectives and take their business to the next level. Cláudio Loureiro is highly respected by his peers and clients.

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Brad Reifler: A Career of Unprecedented Success09.18.15

In the business world, there are certain people who have big dreams and then do whatever it takes to make them come true. This has been the case with entrepreneur and investor Brad Reifler, who for the past 30 years has made a habit of having one success after another. Whether it was his first company Reifler Trading Company or his latest Forefront Capital Management, Brad has used his rare combination of knowledge and experience to attain unprecedented success. By always being a person who paid attention to the smallest of details, he has stayed ahead of the competition and in fact established trends of his own. Yes, Brad Reifler‘s business career has been one filled with success that few others can ever hope to match.

From his earliest days at Reifler Trading Company in the 1980s, Brad developed a combination of knowledge and experience that few have been able to match. By the time he sold Reifler Trading Company in 2000, it had become one of the world’s leading futures companies. And as CEO of Pali Capital in the 1990s, Brad was able to further establish his reputation as one of the best in the business by developing and implementing sales strategies few had ever seen, much less put into practice in their own firms. However, never one to back away from a challenge, Brad and his sales team moved full steam ahead and amassed an incredible $1 billion in commission income over a 13-year period. A feat never before seen in financial circles, Brad immediately became known for his risk-taking and ability to develop strategies that were custom-designed for a particular business. LinkedIn points out that from then on until today, Brad has the respect and attention of the financial world, ensuring he and his ideas will be put to the test.

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Brazil’s Legal Market09.18.15

Just as Brazil boasts a proud multi-cultural community, its legal market currently is considered “sophisticated and mature.” There are large elite firms traditionally recognized as full-service leaders in the market. There also are a significant representation of boutique firms alternatively chosen over the large firms for their areas of specialization. The traditional medium size and small Brazilian firms have a strong presence, however, foreign firms may be applying annoying competitive pressure on the Brazilian legal market, and this is an irony. A closing commentary made in an Economist article titled, Foreign Law Firms Keep Out, shows both sides of this subtle skirmish:

“There is a further twist to the tale. ‘The people behind this were battling on behalf of their clients to open up Brazil’s economy to the world in the 1990s,’ says one disillusioned foreigner. ‘So it’s ironic that now they’re trying to protect their own turf.’”, June 23, 2011

Despite this crowding out effect, Brazil’s legal market will retain its client bases that correlate to the level of marketing effort put forth by Brazilian firms and client satisfaction because it would be embarrassing not to do so.

When Ricardo Tosto De Oliveira Carvalho organized his plan for success many years ago and entered Sao Paolo’s Mackenzie Presbyterian University School of Law, recognized for its excellence in teaching, this type of market defense probably was unfanthomable in his mind. He was preoccupied with legal studies. On beginning the practice of law, Ricardo Tosto, joined a small firm. It took no time for him to become a rising young attorney. He later made the decision to next join a large corporate firm. Today, with over 22 years in the practice of law, he has earned the reputation of a top Brazilian lawyer. His plan succeeded.

Now, Ricardo Tosto is the founder of Leite Tosto e Barros Advogados, a prominent Brazilian law firm, and he is a recognized leader and strategist in legal practice. He places an emphasis on being a credible individual, professional and attorney. His firm specializes in banking, corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, and civil litigation. His interns know him as a mentor.

Ricardo Tosto is active in national and international bar associations and a member of the Law Firms and Partnerships Research Centre. He is a former president of São Paulo OAB Commission for Modernisation of the Judiciary and also a founding member of the Brazilian Institute for Electoral and Party Law Research. Ricardo Tosto has written articles and reviews related to the legal practice; is a frequent speaker on legal topics at conferences and events.

For Ricardo Tosto, it’s business as usual, and his clients will agree.

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The Justification for Proper Environmental Law09.18.15

People always want to live in clean places, which cannot harm their health. When one’s place of existence is not clean or simply compromised, they will not enjoy the stay. It is a clean environment that gives a piece of minds and keeps people free of diseases and any other uncomfortable occurrences.

Many countries have recently taken steps to ensure that eh environment is preserved without much question. To them, it is not a fact that should be debated on, for it is a social need. It is common to see destruction of forests and building along river banks. It is one of the most degrading ways to compromise the environment and welcome global warming.

Global warming and sent many countries into legislative chambers to formulate laws that guide and punish those found guilty of environmental degradation. It is vital to have a clean environment that is punctuated with fresh air. With time, the authorities in cities have taken it seriously, and are detaining those closely related to such barbaric acts. It is such acts cases that have given rise to a service offered by law firms.

Law firms are now specializing in environmental law. In fact, some lawyers are specialists in that and have a deep understanding of both the local and international laws on the environment. The role they play has increases in the last decade as court cases on the subject matter sprout. It is either people are taking the regulations for granted or simply cannot avoid harming the environment.

Frans Schoeman is an Attorney  on crunchbase with vast experience and skill on matters law. He has on several cases represented big clients and corporations successfully. In total, Frans has 21 years experience in law. He is an expert in environmental law being a senior partner in his organization. The role he plays is fundamental in helping the society come to terms with the reality that safeguarding the environment is not a matter that should be taken lightly.

Newsrooms and the international media houses continue to play a significant role in voicing concerns where the environment is destroyed. Therefore, all stakeholders are called upon to join hands and make sure that acts against the environment do not happen at their watch. By taking the approach, cases of environmental destruction will be minimized.

The environmental law is legislation that the international community needs that every country works on, so as to improve the environment. With stringent laws, people will not be destroying water catchments, throwing plastics, cutting trees and dumping in rivers and killing life in the water. Countries like India have been known for poor dumping habits instead of seeking alternative ways to keep the waste materials. Some Asian countries that entertain a lot of production have been to have minimum environmental laws that govern dumping and many other forms of destruction. The international community has called on the countries to provide dumping alternatives to the factories lest their environment and children suffer from the effects of a bad environment. It is saddening to see people go against the laws and destroy the environment for profit.

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Why Sign Up for a Dating Site?09.15.15

For anyone out there who might be new to the online dating world, it could get pretty confusing, especially if you’ve never done it before. The more experienced dater might assume that online dating like Skout on prnewswire is similar to dating in the real world, but there are a few differences to look out for. One of the differences between online and real world dating is the fact that online dating takes place solely on the Internet.

If an individual wishes to meet and interact with people in social situations, romantic situations, or simply to make a new set of friends, can achieve that by signing up for and searching through various online dating websites that are available.

Within the past decade or so, this has become the new and exciting way to meet new people. It’s rare to find someone who hasn’t dipped their toes into the online dating game because it has become a popular thing these days. Research shows that out of every five people, one of them are a member of an online dating website.

No matter where a person’s interests lie, there is sure to be a dating site out there that will cater to them. It is much easier to find someone with similar interests when you are not limited to dating people in your area. There is always a guarantee that someone in some part of the world will also appreciate the same things.

The increasing number of people who are signing up for online dating websites shows just how much of a fixture in people’s lives that they’ve become. More often than not, younger generations are using these sites as a way of meeting people, whether in their area or all over the world. They find this method of interacting with other people as an acceptable one, plus the ability to remain anonymous without having to give too much information over the Internet is an appealing feature.

One of these popular sites, that also comes with an app, that people are using is Skout. Skout has been dubbed as the flirting app, which gives its users the option to sign up as either a teen or as an adult since it caters to both demographics. Once a specific age group has been chosen, the users are placed into the appropriate groups for them so the two groups don’t intermix. The site boasts a huge amount of users, 10 million of them to be exact, so it’s easy for anyone to interact without having to leave the comfort of their home. It’s the perfect app for those who wish to expand their social circle with those in many different cities and countries. Skout has definitely proven to be a top contender in the dating site world, so it’s a must try for anyone looking to find love or friends.

It’s very simple to sign up for a website, but if you’re really looking for love or even friendship, it will take some dedication. However, it’s worth it in the end. Take a chance and experience the excitement of getting to know someone new!

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TOWN Residential has Helped Diversify NYC’s Real Estate Market09.15.15

The real estate market in New York City is known around the world as one of the most valuable real estate markets on the face of Earth. The large number of inhabitants in New York City have helped grow the size of the real estate market, but the demand of people wanting to live in New York City is never ending, unlike the vast majority of areas on the market.

NYC luxury real estate market has attracted a certain niche of investors, but Chinese real estate moguls have never really been involved in NYC’s real estate. The value of property in New York City is considered excessively overvalued by some, but the lack of running out of demand ensures that homes and apartments in New York City will nearly always sell.

TOWN Residential is a real estate firm operating out of New York City, who specializes in luxury real estate pieces. Price range from around a million to upwards of thirty million dollars. TOWN has received many awards and accolades from well-known entities, including one of the Top 50 Best Places to Work in New York City, and is a Best Firm to Work For. TOWN Residential has also been involved with helping New York City’s luxury real estate market become more appealing to Chinese investors.

China is the largest country in the world, and its investors are responsible for lots of capital. Having Chinese investors generally interested in New York City real estate is ideal for New York City’s real estate market.

Chinese real estate investors have been focused on buying real estate properties outside of Manhattan, which is where most people tend to invest. Brooklyn and Harlem have generally not been thought of areas of New York City that one would want to invest, especially with the sheer cost of property in New York City in today’s real estate market, but Chinese investors have been able to make good investments of real estate in Brooklyn and Harlem, overall.

Mr. Andrew Heiberger, the Chief Executive Officer of TOWN Residential, estimates that the majority of Chinese real estate purchasers are armed to spend between eight hundred thousand and two million dollars. These sums are significant by anyone’s means, even by the most prominent investors.

Many economists, financial analysts, and other real estate experts expect New York City’s real estate market to keep growing in value for the foreseeable future.

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What Economists Study09.12.15

Economists are social scientists that study how people, companies, and governments use limited resources to satisfy virtually unlimited wants and needs. For example, everyone must make choices about how to use their paycheck to pay for housing, buy food, clothing, and consumer goods, about how to get to and from work, what insurance is best and how to save for the future. The idea of scarcity of resources whether it is money, labor, or raw materials, is one of the basic concepts that economics is based on.

On the other hand, we all have a long list of wants. A new car, maybe a vacation home, a sailboat, or even simpler things like a new television, or better clothes or a bigger apartment. Governments also have a list of things they want to provide like better health care and education, or a way to set aside more land for parks. Companies, of course, always want bigger profits to fuel growth and to maximize returns on their investments.

It is at the intersection of the resources and wants that economists study. They look at how a change in pricing affects the demand for a product, or how an increase in the supply of corn can affect food prices. Most of the time. the answers can be confusing and complicated. Part of this is because of another basic tenet of economics dictates that people, corporations, and government always act in rational ways that maximize the individual’s gain. This tenet is called Homo economist, but as many can attest to, it doesn’t always work that way.

An example of this was tested in 2008 when the US Congress passed legislation that gave many families a tax incentive in the form of a check during the middle of the year. The idea was that by giving people access to their tax refunds earlier, they would spend the money and help stimulate the then-sluggish economy. Traditional economics held to the Homo economist thinking and said the stimulus checks would be saved and not spent. Saving the money would do nothing to move the economy forward and would place a drain on the Treasury Department.

One economist, Christian Broda, tested this idea in a paper he co-authored. By using a data set of sales from mass merchant, drug and grocery stores, Broda was able to show that household spending increased in the weeks after they received their stimulus checks and helped increase spending by 2.6% for that quarter, and 4.1% for the following quarter.

Christian Brodaon nber earned a Ph.D. in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and had taught at the University of Chicago for a number of years. His research has been published in a number of economic journals, several of which Broda has edited. Currently, he is the managing director for the New York City-based hedge fund Duquesne Capital Management. A hedge fund is a company that pools assets from many different investors to provide capital to other companies, or invest it on behalf of their clients.

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Stuck In Eyeshadow Ruts09.11.15

If you have always dabbed eyeshadow by using the same ritual day after day, consider some options for versatility. For those who feel that they lack the proper skills to apply eyeshadow, consider that one can achieve a unique and lovely look quite simply. Even if you have never been thrilled with makeup (particularly eyeshadows) by acquainting oneself with different application techniques, you might just transform into make-up geek!

When one’s eyes are the center of focus, a face can look vitalized and brighter just by producing the illusion using the right cosmetics. Creating eyes that are brighter can be done by simply highlighting some areas using deeper colors that enhance depth, focusing on the eyelid center and inner edge of the eye and right along the brow bone. Placing shadow in these areas will emphasize eyes and make them look like you got plenty of sleep. To update a daily eyeshadow routine, consider all the many ways that eyeshadow can be used simply by uniting different textures and shades that can make eyes take on a different shape. For instance, if you were born with eyes wide set, a deep shade dabbed on the inner portion of the lid can lessen the area between one’s eyes.

Of course one can just be daring and try something totally new such as from Lime Crime, developed by business executive Doe Deere, who made sure that her brand of cosmetics are all cruelty free. For a kit offering good basic colors, give Lime Crime’s Palette D’antoinette Pressed Eyeshadow a try as it offers a smart selection of matte shades in lovely pastels like silver, pink, peach, green and lavender. These are innovative in vibrancy and texture since most light colors of eyeshadows tend to be on the chalky side, which these lack. Lime Crime also makes a primer that makes eyeshadows last a long time for all skin types even the oiliest of eyelids. This High Performing Waterproof Eyeshadow Primer is the best you will find, particularly if skin needs everything to be waterproof. Unlike a primer in which eyelids become moist and creased after a few hours or after a grueling day at work, this Lime Crime primer will keep eyeshadow looking fresh.

Insistent that her products never be tested on an animal and made from vegan substances, Doe Deere has a genuine affection for cats and unicorns. Residing in Los Angeles, the young entrepreneur left her home in Russia when her family relocated to New York City. As a youngster she was in a band known as Sky Salt. Deere created lime Crime in 2004 and she does her best to support female business owners.

So if you find yourself struggling to apply shadows to enhance eye shape or find yourself bored with your usual routine, fret no more as there are cosmetics like Lime Crime. Different techniques will change an eye look and don’t forget to dabble on a color you would not usually wear!

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