Oscar Pistorius rose to fame during the 2012 Paralympic Games, but a few months later he was in the news for the wrong reason. The athlete had shot and killed his lover in the early hours of 14th Feb 2013. Oscar was arrested the same day and presented in court the following day and charged with the murder of Steenkamp. After more than one and a half years of proceedings, Judge Thokozile Masipa delivered a verdict, where the athlete was acquitted the murder charge, but would be charged of homicide of Steenkamp, as well as reckless endangerment.
The judge gave a prison sentence of five years for homicide charge, and another suspended sentence of three years for endangerment. Pistorius is a leading athlete with disability in South African, while his girlfriend was a model. In his defense, Pistorius said he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder and shot several times through the toilet door where she had locked herself. The presiding judge and her two assessors arrived at unanimous verdict that the prosecution failed to prove beyond reasonable doubts that Oscar was guilty of murder, and that the accused was not intending to kill the person behind the door. She accused Pistorius of failing to imagine that the four shots he fired would lead to the death of the person who was behind the door.
The judge delivered her ruling her ruling on 21st Oct 2014, where the athlete was sentenced to five year jail term for culpable homicide. Some people reacted angrily to this verdict, among them June Steenkamp, the mother of the victim. Judge Masipa was protected by police because she was subjected to threats by those who disagreed with her verdict.
Brenda Wardle is a renowned legal analyst in South Africa who covered extensively the trail of Oscar Pistorius. She is a respected legal analyst who had provided several legal analyses in her country and also abroad. She appeared regularly during the trail of Pistorius as a guest of the court, and she has covered this extensively in her new book.
Brenda qualified with three major law degrees including a Masters of Laws Degree. She has authored several articles most of them covering legal matters in South Africa and abroad. Wardle has also been interviewed by a number of media houses including Sky News Prime Time, SABC News Radio, BBC and many others all focusing on legal matters.
There is not a single investor alive today he does not remember the events of 2008-2009. This was a hugely turbulent time in the stock markets. It was a moment in history at which we were concerned that the entire economic system itself might collapse. Fortunately, this did not happen, but there is no question that no one wants to see those days again in the market. Unfortunately, there are some big names saying that this may be the direction that we may be headed towards once again.
Soros Worries That 2008 Is Coming Back
It is sure to grab some headlines when billionaire investor George Soros says that signs are pointed towards another 2008 like event, according to Bloomberg. He says that a lot of the worries in the market are things that are hard to overcome and get back to working the way that they usually do. What are the things he is particularly concerned about?
The Problem In China
CNBC reports that one of the primary concerns for Soros is what is going on in China. There are worries that the government in China is feeling the pressure to devalue its currency. This causes problems in US markets and in fact in markets all around the world.
The issues in China have certainly had an impact on their own stock markets. In the last few trading days we have seen the Chinese government pull out the circuit breakers to shut down the markets after they dropped some 7% or more in just the few minutes that they were actually open. This caused huge worries in the United States and have caused markets to get very jittery.
Greek Debt Problems Remain
They have been overshadowed in a lot of ways because of the other news in the market, but investors would be wise to not ignore what is going on in this country. There could still be ripples to the economy that are a result of the Greek debt crisis.
Why Listen To Soros
Of all of the voices out there talking about the economy, Soros is one worth listening to. He has actually made his money in the markets and continues to be a pioneer in those markets. It just makes sense that Soros is the kind of guy to listen to when it comes to getting the straight answers on the economy. He knows what he is talking about from experience, and he shares that information with the public.
It is a good idea to listen to strong voices in the market in order to get better ideas about what is really going on and to make sure that you are making the right moves. Consider the fact that he has made a huge amount of money by trading his whole life and you will see why it is such a good idea to pay attention to what he had to say.
Solvy.com is run by Alexei Beltyukov who was born in Russia, graduated from the INSEAD school of business according to LinkedIN, he holds a master in business administration. He also has other vested interest, which includes: A-Ventures(a company that invest in companies that are failing, with monetary assistant), Endemic Capital(this company invest in mobile applications,restaurants, and turbine power), Mechanicus(and New Gas Technologies. He also sits on the board of FORO Energy (involves in natural gas, geothermal,and mining industry).
Beltyukov began working at a medical career, but he did a complete about face and establish his own company. He is the Chief Operator of Solvy.com, which began operating it’s website on April 2015. The website is an on line homework mathematics helper, for children attending high school. It designed for teachers and students to communicate, by helping them to understand their work. It oversee what progress a student is making, and will help guide the instructor by providing the answer in different ways to get them there.
He is also an entrepreneur and philanthropist as shown on his website, who also know the value of a good educational background. So that why at Solvy.com he has employed the best educators, who have helped the students achieve maximum success. He designed the website so that there are no multiple choice questions. It was done this way because he wanted the student to improve their typing skills, and also be more in tuned on what they are working on at the moment, while allowing them to work harder on their mistakes.
He has funded many Russian businesses, and has help individuals wanting to attend school by establishing an Alumni Scholarship fund. At the Skolkovo Foundation he is the Vice President, this company gives grants to Russian up and coming technology company and individuals trying to start a business by providing financial guidance.
His goal is for educators to understand and help students make progress in mathematics education. The difference between SOLVY and other online courses, is that SOLVY gets involve with the student by giving clues and also commenting. This helps the teachers to keep abreast of the students progress, and those who requires extra attention, will get it. It also allows the teacher to know if the student is understanding what is being taught in class. Follow where Alexei is going next on Twitter.
The Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation recently donated one million dollars to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. According to a recent press release by the Kennedy Center this donation caps a $135.9 million dollar total that will go towards a new riverfront pavilion, and expansion and improvements to the center itself. DeVos is an entrepreneur businessman and former CEO of Amway, a consumer goods distribution company and through his foundation has participated directly in donating many thousands of dollars to the arts, education, and other worthwhile charities since 1990. Their foundation has been very committed to the arts, previously donating $22.5 million to the Kennedy Center Institute of Arts Management in 2010, which was then renamed the DeVos Institute of Arts. In further support of the arts, their foundation has supported ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, MI, since 2009.
Although Dick DeVos was born into the Amway family business, as his father Richard DeVos was a co-founder, his steady rise in the company was hardly nepotism. Under his steady leadership the company opened numerous new markets and tripled international sales from 5% of sales to over 50%.Check out Dick’s full resume on his LinkedIn profile or to read more about his history, click here.
DeVos retired as president of Alticor in 2002 and then resurfaced in a major political way in 2006 as he ran for Governor of Michigan as a Republican against then incumbent Democratic governor Jennifer Granholm. It was an election campaign that almost exclusively focused on jobs and the economy as Michigan was suffering through one of the highest unemployment rates of any state in the country. Even though he lead in the polls at one point 48-40 against Granholm, it proved to be too difficult a task to beat the incumbent governor, and he lost by a 14 point margin.
More recently in 2012 DeVos was very involved in Michigan’s becoming a right to work state. He started off with a series of debates with Teamster President James Hoffa and these debates focused on Michigan’s Proposition 2, to become a right to work state. Working in tandem with Governor Rick Snyder and the Republican controlled legislature DeVos worked behind the scenes with lawmakers and publicly by creating the Michigan Freedom Fund to help finance the campaign for Proposition 2’s passage. The proposal passed in 2013 and was considered a major political success for Dick as he was a key figure in getting it passed into law. Check out the interview with him explaining his position on this matter in the video below.
While stockbrokers issue warnings about the possibility of a new recession for 2016, at least for now the real estate scene in New York City is booming thanks to the deep pockets of some of the most famous people in the world, according to the New York Times.
The late Joan Rivers recently saw her 11-room triplex on east 62nd street being purchased for a whopping $28 million. Paul McCartney and his wife bought a place on Fifth Avenue for over $15 million. Legendary rocker Jon Bon Jovi sold his Broadway penthouse for an astonishing $34 million.
Moguls and billionaires have been scooping up property in the city for the cost of a small fortune. The big sales this year ended up shattering every monetary record in the history of New York real estate. Some called it the year of the big sale.
Hedge Fund kingpin Kenneth C. Griffin bought a triplex in Central Park for approximately $200 million. That is the largest sale of a single residence not just in New York, but in all of America. The previous most expensive residence was at Central Park West, a full-floor penthouse owned by a Russian billionaire costing a total of $88 million.
This anonymous individual paid an astounding $100 million for the place, which includes a grand salon and a reception gallery.
Big sales like this will continue for at least a few more years, because there are deals already signed that will be closing in the next 36 months at developments near completion, like Greenwich Lane in Greenwich Village.
No discussion of real estate would be complete without mentioning Donald J. Trump. The man who is going to make America great again sold two penthouses at Trump Park Avenue for a total of over $21 million to the found of the Fresh Market supermarket chain.
TOWN owns nine offices spread all throughout the city and at the heart each is a comfortable meeting place to network and collaborate.
TOWN Residential was recently voted as a Best Firm to Work For and was listed as one of the Top 50 Best Places to Work in New York City.
Helane Morrisoncurrently serves as the General Counsel and Managing Director of Hall Capital in San Francisco. Hall Capital is a major hedge fund operated out of central California, and the company has dedicated itself entirely to diversity and a culture of transparency. This article explains how Morrison has taken the diversity push at Hall Capital as a personal motivation to help women become strong leaders in corporate America.
Hall Capital considers diversity when making hires throughout its company, and Helane has seen more women and minorities come to work for the company over the years. Helane wants women and people of color to reach to the highest offices of her company, but she knows that other companies must take similar initiatives if women are to become players in the corporate game. She mentors women who are hoping for their big break in the corporate world.
#2: Helane Is A Beacon Of Diversity
Helane serves as general counsel for a massive hedge fund, and she is a beacon for diversity within the Hall Capital offices. Helane is an example to women who want to get ahead in the corporate world, and her company’s diversity plan is an example other companies may use when changing their own culture.
#3: Will Other Companies Take Notice?
Other companies around America have been slow to make changes to their own cultures, but Helane speaks regularly to business associations about diversity in the workplace. Diversity impacts people of color, women, homosexuals and transgender workers, but Helane is especially vocal about women in the workplace. The gender gap for women is a real concern in corporate America, and Helane wants women to have the same opportunities she had when she started with Hall Capital.
#4: Is Hall Capital The Model?
Hall Capital is a model hedge fund that other companies must look to for diversity implementation. Morrison rose to the top of the company because of a commitment to diversity at Hall Capital, and women around America could become general counsel, executive vice president and more when a commitment to diversity becomes the norm.
Women who want to be like Helane may become her mentee, and Helane will do everything in her power to make a difference.
People are no longer the only foodies on this planet as dog food business trends towards a demand for higher-quality nutrition. The markets have seen more premium dog food companies coming onto the scene who offer unique and nutritious alternatives for mealtimes and the bigger traditional brands are taking notice. At the Freshpet factory in Pennsylvania, Richard Thompson, CEO of the company, can be seen routinely walking the manufacturing floor checking his product for quality. Thompson is in the business of selling food for dogs. What makes Freshpet unique is that they are offering meals for dogs that require refrigeration. The company thrives on its high standards and refuses to use fillers and preservatives. Because of the lack of shelf stabilizers, the food must be kept under cold conditions and does not last as long as kibble and traditional wet foods. Freshpet wants to ensure their customers get to eat meals that are packed full of flavor and nutrition. While Freshpet is a small company they represent a larger demand for quality foods, beneful is one company are seen as more traditional but have also answered the request for a better diet for pooches. Beneful has been working since 2001 and now is ranked the number 4 most popular dog food brand. Beneful offers dogs a variety of choices for high-quality chow. Both in wet and dry, all the foods that leave Beneful’s production line are backed by lots of credible research on Facebook and checked for quality. Other companies like Merrick have achieved an official organic certification. Purina has since bought Merrick Pet Care. Purina who also owns Beneful, is looking to make it big on the premium pet food scene so look out for some added great lines from those brands.
Shaygan Kheradpir is joining Coriant as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Coriant is an optical transport company that provides all kinds of innovative supplies and networking solutions for companies all over the word, and it has hundreds of countries it serves.
Coriant’s competition in the field comes from other companies in the business such as Alcatel-Lucent, as well as Ciena and Cisco, along with Huawei, and Infinera, to name a few, and Kheradpir will be helping to guide Coriant into outdoing all of this competition as he takes the reins of the company.
Kheradpir is relieving the former CEO, Pat DiPietro, who know will be the vice chairman of the company, as well as returning to a role as one of the operating partners at Marlin Equity Partners. It’s not Kheradpir’s first time as a CEO, the man was also a CEO at Juniper Networks in 2014 for almost a year.
Kheradpir has decades of experience in the technology field and also has over 28 years of experience as a manager. As such, he has been employed at big and successful companies like GTE, Verizon Communications, and Barclay Bank.
Kheradpir has plenty of schooling to do the job
Besides practical experience, Kheradpir also has earned not only a master’s degree and a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Cornell University, he has also earned a Ph.D in engineering from there as well. Plus, he has been part of the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology and at one time served on Cornell University Engineering Council’s board. This shows he can also handle negotiations within organized groups and help facilitate successful talks and other needs regarding his company.
All in all, the big news is that Kheradpir is sliding into the slot as Coriant’s new CEO and is taking over from Pat DiPietro, and so is the new leader of the optical transport company.
Slyce has emerged as a tech startup that is rapidly changing the way numerous retail businesses operate. Actually, Slyce is doing a lot to change the way consumers make purchases online. A recent article published on MarketWired reveals some additional innovations emerging from Slyce’s offices.
Any company thinking of entering into a business arrangement with Slyce is going to be very excited over the news that a Fortune 500 toy retailer had signed a contract with Slyce for services. Within a year, revenue projections were double than what was anticipated. Surely, this bit of news is going to help Slyce draw in even more partners and affiliates.
And that was before the announcement of Slyce Link.
Slyce Link employs a spin to the traditional product recognition and visual search software the company has previously delivered. Online retailers want to make sales. They have to make sales. Customers want to buy products. Frequently, the customers do not have to make a buy. When they do not see the item they are looking for or the merchandise is out of stock, the customers go elsewhere.
Slyce Link provides a visual display of similar items intended to keep the customer from leaving without making a purchase. No, 100% of the customers are not going to be converted. That just is not possible.
Slyce’s original visual search app was designed to help customers use a photograph and a smartphone app to do retail searches for matching or similar products. Slyce’s success led it to purchasing other companies and expanding into different programs and apps. Unique coupon and discount apps are among the new arrivals. Acquisitions of other companies and apps have been performed as well.
Slyce really is on the move as the MarketWired article reveals. Look for Slyce ot be a major player in the tech and retail industry in the near future.
The economic development of the city of Newark relies heavily on the Newark CEDC. This is the corporation that pushes the city forward. It doesn’t matter if it is fundraising or business summits that attract business leaders. The Newark CEDC is in the driver’s seat when it comes to making the city better. Luckily, there are some strong leaders in place that are taking the wheel and expediting the time frame in which the city is growing.
Kevin Seawright is the Executive Vice President and the Chief Financial Officer for the Newark CEDC. He has a lot of experience, and his strong financial background has given him the ability to lead effectively. It is evident that his leadership is working because the city is showing a lot of progress. As someone that has worked in positions like payroll director in previous jobs he has become a strong leader with Newark CEDC.
Seawright has been in place to help with the fiscal management, and his skills have made the Newark CEDC quite successful in a lot of different ways. He has been instrumental in working with operations coordinator Ambreen Hernandez and Cesar Vizcaino, director of economic development, to bring lots of businesses to the Newark area. In this management role Kevin Seawright has a lot to do with the budgets and the contracts that come into the Newark area. Since this is the largest city in New Jersey there is a lot to be involved in. He has managed more than $200 million in contracts for different government operations in the city.
As Newark continues to grow there were be more opportunities for other businesses to thrive in this area. The city is so close to New York that it is inevitable for businesses to expand into this city. What the Newark CEDC does is show business leaders that there are opportunities to thrive in this city. This corporation works directly with the mayor and small business centers to connect with the residents of Newark. The staff for the Newark CEDC establishes events that will draw businesses in the city. This corporation also plays a part in attracting new residential property builders.