The Mission of The Human Rights Foundation

Thor Halvorssen is a human rights activist who is the founder as well as the president of the Human Rights Foundations which was founded in 2005. As a human rights activist, Mr. Halvorssen rejects any political label despite the fact that he has been labeled many times as being a classical liberal. Mr. Halvorssen is particularly passionate about uncovering scandals of dictators and tyrants of countries that have been persecuting the people. With over 20 years of experience, Mr. Halvorssen remembers the exact day to which he began the fight for better human rights around the world. Mr. Halvorssen states that the year was 1989 and he started out as a young age due to the fact that he was heavily influenced by his parents and their actions with human rights.

Thor Halvorssen understands the necessity of the fight for human rights. In 1993 his father was falsely imprisoned in a Venezuelan jail despite the fact that his father was a well respected diplomat. The only reason his father was ever released was thanks to the avocation and influence of several human rights organizations. Thanks to Mr. Halvorssen, his organization now protects human right globally and focuses especially on the human rights of those that live without a choice in closed societies. The mission of The Human Rights Foundation is to preserve freedom and the importance of basic rights all around the world. This non-profit organization believes that basic rights should never be unattainable or even considered to be a luxury.

With current offices located in New York, this non-profit organization has received support and funding from individuals and companies from all over the world with a similar belief to the foundation. The Human Rights Foundation can also be spotted at Capitol Hill on an annual basis when representatives come and educate the public on the necessity of preserving and spreading basic human rights. In present day, this foundation has already done so much by freeing political prisoners, giving education to the public in closed societies, as well as using films and other means of entertainment to further educate the world.

Twitter: @thorhalvorssen

Successful Businessman Stephen Murray

The late Stephen Murray was born on August 2, 1962 and passed away on March 12, 2015. He is a former very successful businessman who worked as the President and Chief Executive Officer for a private equity firm called CCMP Capital.

This company focuses mostly on growth equity transactions. Murray was known as a terrific investor and deal maker.

He joined JP Morgan’s merchant bank in 1989 in which he helped to build into a sizable company that it is.

Murray attended Boston College where he earned a degree in economics in 1984. After finishing his education at Boston College, Murray later attended Columbia Business School where he obtained his Masters Degree in business administration.

Murray also worked at Manufacturers Hanover Corporation where he was part of the credit analyst training program. He eventually co-founded CCMP Capital and was later named as the President and CEO of the company in 2007.

He also worked for a lot of other companies serving on the board of companies such as popular nutrition company “The Vitamin Shoppe”.

Among the other companies were “Cabela’s” which is a popular store that sales outdoor gear. Murray was also on the board for Aramark, Generac Power Systems, AMC Entertainment, Warner Chilcott and Pinnacle Foods. Stephen Murray was very supportive to his former school serving as chairman on the board of trustees at Boston College.

Stephen Murray also supported the Make A Wish Foundation of New York. The Make A Wish Foundation helps to arrange special experiences for children who have life-threatening medical conditions.

It is through his hard work and determination that Stephen Murray CCMP Capital reached the levels of success that he was able to. It is clear through his support for foundations like the Make A Wish foundation that Murray was somebody who did his best to help others.

Learn more about Stephen Murray CCMP Capital: http://www.wsj.com/articles/ccmp-capital-advisors-gets-backing-to-resume-investing-from-fund-1430946145

How Does Weather Research Progress In Venezuela?

Millions of lives are lost every year because of extreme weather, and there are meteorologists like David Osio who want to learn how all the worst weather forms. They go looking for the worst weather systems, and they study them as much as they can. One of the most intense weather systems in the world is over Lake Maracaibo in Venezuela, and there is so much lightning that it can be studied over 300 days a year. There are about 200 strikes a minute, and there is so much lightning that anyone can get good data on the situation.
There is a great New York Times piece about how the Venezuelan government has allowed a lot of scientists to come in and study the lightning. They will learn a lot from what they see, and they can apply that information to other parts of the world where there is a need for more weather information. Using the lightning studies in Venezuela to help save lives is very important, and someone who wants to see how weather forms should watch the winds come off the mountains and over the lake.

Lake Maracaibo according to Visual CV study has become one of the great wonders of the world because the lightning over the lake is a spectacle. The people in the area are being studied to learn how lightning hurts them, and they are welcoming anyone who can glean something from the fierce lake lightning.

James O’Keefe Foils His Own Plot to Infiltrate George Soros Group

George Soros is the chairman and creator of a network of foundations that span over more than 100 countries, named Opens Society. His foundation aims to ensure that the civil rights of all people are respected and the government is held accountable for its own actions.

Open Society of George Soros began in 1979 and originally provided scholarships to underprivileged South African natives. By the 1980’s the group was aimed at undermining the existence of communism by helping recreate books and texts that had been banned by the government. Over the years, they have also been known to provide legal representation to people who are being held for unlawful reasons in foreign countries, including refugees from areas with known military conflict.

Governments Fear Soros’ Power

According to reports from CNN, the National Prosecutor’s Office in Russia has announced an official ban of George Soros‘ group. The explanation given for banning the group from the Russian State was that they are undesirable and a threat to the Russian constitutional system.

This ban took a large portion of the world by surprise considering that the Open Society Foundation is aimed at helping countries transition into a democracy, and Russia is already a democracy, which should make them allies.

James O’Keefe Foils His Own Plans to Infiltrate Open Society

James O’Keefe is a well-known conservative activist who has recently proven that he cannot keep a secret, even when it is his own. James O’Keefe has always been known as a well-educated man with good intentions, but an amateurish approach. O’Keefe has been known to attack topics before he has developed a full understanding of them, and is the poster child for jumping the gun on a multitude of issues.

Unfortunately, through all of his education, he forgot to learn how to hang up a cellphone after leaving a voicemail.

James O’Keefe placed a call to the Open Society Foundation and left a message, where he identified himself as a man named “Victor Kesh, and would like to get involved in the foundation.” After he finished leaving the voicemail, he forgot to hang up the telephone. He immediately turned around and explained his exact plan to infiltrate the group to a person in the room with him who has yet to be identified. The voicemail recorded 10 minutes of a conversation that explained his entire plan and the results he was looking to obtain by infiltrating Soros’ group.

The voicemail was then forwarded from the telephone it was recorded on to the president of the foundation. The foundation president openly admits that it is a little weird hearing them talk about infiltrating a peace group as though it were a military effort, but it was obvious that O’Keefe did not understand the interworking’s of the foundation.

People and groups who understand how George Soros’ charity group works find the recording of militant sounding operation very amusing. What they found even more amusing is that O’Keefe did not show even a basic understanding of how the charity works.

References:
http://topics.wsj.com/person/S/george-soros/209

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/05/busted-conservative-prankster-james-okeefe-exposes-his-own-sting-on-george-soros-group/

Event Design: Creative, Colors and Cake!

When it comes to event planning, everyone has different taste. For Jessica Boskoff, an event planner at Twenty Three Layers in New York, her taste is full of color and creativity. When you look at an event designed by Jessica, you will see plenty of pastel colors, unique props and sweet treats! Her main idea in even planning and deigning is to keep it fun and creative!

In celebration of the brands new and improved look, Twenty Three Layers had a photo shoot done that they designed themselves of course. The photo shoot gives a sneak peak of the work they do, and everything is very fun and bright, with a lot of beautiful flowers, bursting colors and decadent desserts incorporated throughout. Jessica loves what she does and being able to express herself and her personality through her work makes it all the more better in her book!

Twenty Three Layers is all about detail. They feel it is the little things that bring an event all together. And although they keep their style evolving and changing with the modern era, they will always pay attention to the little details, no matter how small, because to them, that is the important thing. Anything that is important to their clients is important to them, so they make sure to pay close attention to just about everything. They aim not just to make things look pretty, but to inspire by their artful taste and vibrant and bright designs.

Original article: http://www.theperfectpalette.com/2016/03/stylist-spotlight-jessica-boskoff.html

Helane Morrison Has Your Back

Everyone in life strives to do the right thing and be truthful with one another. However, sometimes it is hard to maintain that type of devotion throughout their lifetime. When it comes to the world of business and finance, this is particularly important. Since the decline of its reputation in the early 2000’s, it takes a certain type of person and a certain type of character to stay on the right path. That is the case with Helane Morrison.

Helane Morrison began her career as a journalist before getting into law. She attended Northwest University where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism. She worked hard to give people the truth, but protect the defenseless in the process. With the state of the finance industry today, especially investing, nothing is guaranteed. Helane went onto the University of California at Berkeley, School of Law, to earn her J.D. degree. While there, she was the Editor-in-Chief of the California Law Review.

Helane Morrison currently works for the law firm Hall Capital Partners LLC, where she is the Managing Director and Chief Compliance Officer. Prior to joining this firm, Helane was the Regional Director at the San Francisco Office of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. While working there, she was in charge of securities enforcement and regulatory matters. She also worked as a law clerk for the Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun as well as Hon. Richard A. Posner. With over thirty years of experience, Helane knows what needs to be done. She also serves as a member on the Hedge Fund Subcommittee of the American Bar Association as well as the Board of the Regional Parks Foundation.

Helane Morrison occasionally speaks about compliance and legal issues. With her knowledge, you know she is an expert in this field. Helane believes in doing the right thing, so you can trust her and know that she will do the right thing for her clients. She wants to protect her clients from a downward spiral and closing businesses. It is so important nowadays for your business to be compliant with the law. If not, you and your business can face many fines. Your business can even be shut down completely if you are not careful. With Helane by your side, you can rest easy and rest assured knowing you are getting the best possible help and advice out there today.

Planning a Wedding in 3 months

We live in a society that stresses the importance of wedding ceremonies. The ceremony is usually expected to be expensive and lavish. For this reason, the traditional time frame for planning a wedding usually falls between 12 and 18 months. For those who don’t have a year or more to plan a wedding, this time frame can be frightening! If most people plan their weddings in one year, how can it possibly be planned efficiently a quarter of that time? Rest easy as we discuss simple and efficient ways to plan a wedding that looks like it took a year to plan in 3 months or less.

If you’re planning a wedding in 3 months or less, the time to begin the work on the wedding was yesterday! If you got engaged yesterday, the work begins today. First, its important to find a venue. For a 3 month engagement, it is important to find venues that are not heavily sought after for weddings and events.  Instead, opt for a serene and private location like a small church or a friend’s lovely back yard garden. Choosing a venue like this will guarantee a beautiful site for the wedding with little to no wait time. Learn from event planners, NYC.

Next, choose the look of the wedding. Decide on color patterns, style of dress for the wedding party, people who will be in the wedding party, and the general set up of the wedding. All these things need to be decided immediately in order to purchase wedding clothes, food, chairs, tables, and decor. These decisions also need to be made with haste to secure the wedding party and guests.

After ordering supplies for the wedding, including food, decorations, and clothing, during the first month of the engagement, all that will remain for the second month is logistics. Simply making phone calls and visitations to ensure that everything is going according to plan should be enough to make your day everything you thought it would be. More information can be found here.

Surge in Oil Prices Backing Up Venezuela

Bloomberg just reported in a featured article that the rebound in crude oil prices is helping to prop up the economy of Venezuela. Venezuela has been in the middle of a serious economic crisis due to the massive drought the country is facing. The country relies heavily on hydro-power as its main power source. The intense drought has stripped the country of its ability to maintain normal operations, which has lead to fears that the Venezuelan economy could completely collapse.
Petroleos de Venezuela SA, a state owned oil producer, is owed a $1 billion bond payment from Venezuela in this coming October. The price of crude oil was just at a 13 year low, so as stated by expert Norka Luque, the recent increase in prices are certainly promising in terms of backing up Venezuela’s ability to repay its debt obligations soon. Right now, crude oil makes up an estimated 95 percent of Venezuela’s foreign currency earnings. The fact that the price of crude oil has increased at a drastic rate of 75 percent since February of this year, bodes extremely well for the country’s economic position.

Even though the price of crude oil is expected to continue to rise of the near future, Venezuela will still have to contend with rampant inflation and food shortages before its economy is completely back on track. Luque adds that it remains to be seen how long it will take Venezuela to recover to a sense of normalcy.

William Skelley and iFunding Are Making Waves

William Skelley is an alternative investment professional and the founder of iFunding. Since 2012, he has been dedicated to the concept of accredited crowdfunding. He is the one who coined the term accredited crowdfunding. Accredited crowdfunding is an investment concept that collects small amounts of capital from small investors and uses it to make investments that a single individual may find hard to access. CrunchBase tells that Skelley previously worked as principal at Rose Park Advisors, which is a hedge fund company founded by Dr. Clayton Christensen and specializes in disruptive innovation. Other notable companies that he has worked for include General Electric and Olympus. His success and that of iFunding has seen him be named a member of the “Next Generation of Real Estate Leaders.”

On the 17th January 2016, iFunding held its first annual dinner, an event that took place at the Columbus Citizens Foundation in New York.  The organizer of the event, Michael Stoler, is the Managing Director of Madison Reality Capital. He hosts the weekly television show “The Stoler Report: NY’s Business Report” that talks about real estate and business trends in the region. Some of the companies that were represented at the dinner include Carlyle Group, Kushner Companies, Cushman and Wakefield, Merrill Lynch, CIT, and Bank of America.

Skelley is one of the early adopters of the real estate crowdfunding concept. The industry was launched right after the ruling of the Title II of the JOBS Act in 2012. After the ruling, he launched iFunding, an organization that has grown to become one of the biggest online real estate platforms. He holds the position of chief executive officer (CEO) at iFunding and is responsible for overseeing business development activities. He has managed real estate projects valued at more than 250 million.

iFunding facilitates debts and preferred equity fundraising for real estate properties that range from big family residences and apartment block estates to apartment towers, hotels and resorts, single-family homes, retail locations, malls, offices, and mixed-use buildings. The firm provides an excellent opportunity for accredited investors to make an investment with a minimum of $5000. They oversee every deal from start to end and avails detailed reports and information to investors that give investors insight into how their investment is being used.  Follow iFunding on Twitter, where Skelley tweets about real estate development and the future of the industry.

The Rise of the Visual Search Engine Shows Promise

A way to simplify the already simple process of using a search engine has arrived. Typing a keyword is not always going to be necessary. The arrival of visual search engine technology means running an image is all that is required. Keywords look for similar text. Images seek out other images. Again, the process is all very simple.

Visual search engines are sure to evolve over time . Maybe an image can be used to find text. Technology always builds on previous advancements. Such a unique approach to searching online may soon become a reality.

Those who wish to gain a little insight into the future of searching should look at the basic app produced by Slyce. The app is designed to search for products and merchandise through retail stores affiliated with the company.

Slyce’s original app was so amazingly successful the company developed a number of other apps and programs for consumers and retailers alike.

Slyce based its original app on Amazon Flow, the earliest of the visual search programs. Slyce’s far more expansive program built on the Amazon concept and is changing the way people search for merchandise.

Visual search engines and technology (read more at Slyce) are expanding beyond retail sales venues.  The number of images are surely well into the millions. Locating a specific image is not easy. By running a search of an image similar to what is sought, finding the desired image becomes a lot easier.

Currently, the growth of visual search technology is increasing at a steady pace. The popularity has not reached the same level as traditional search engines since the visual search version: http://slyce.it/ is still relatively new.

The numbers of people using visual search technology is positively sure to grow since the programming of the product recognition is not difficult to use. One social media visual search engine requires nothing more than putting copies of images into a box. From there, the necessary search is performed automatically.

This leads to the other reason why this type of technology is sure to grow in popularity. The simplicity embodied by its design ensures many users end up being willing to give it a try. Effective results from the searches are sure to keep the curious coming back and using the engines time and time again.