According to Kennedy Centre press release, John F. Kennedy Centre for Performing Arts has gone beyond it fundraising goals. The project upped its target of the planned expansion by another $50 million. The campaign is targeting $135.9 million that will be used to expand the centre and include riverfront pavilion, a pedestrian bridge that will link the Kennedy Centre and the Pavilion. Moreover, the project is targeting to include three new pavilions, offices, dining space, and education and rehearsal space.


The Kennedy Centre was established in 1971 and see about 3 million visitors each year. Most of the visitors are children who attend the facility as part of c community outreach and educational programs. Centre leaders have expressed the vision of delivering expanded facility by 2018.


The campaign of expanding the Kennedy centre for performing art started back in 2013 with a target of raising $125bmillion for expansion and $25 million for programming initiatives. However, due to strict scrutiny by federal planning agencies, the designed has changed, and the cost of construction has risen. The fact that the project of this magnitude is fully funded by contributed donations reflects a passion for arts in our community and country at large.


Earlier, at the Centre’s board meeting, Dick Devos a Michigan philanthropist along with his wife Betsy Devos announced that they would give the centre $22.5 million to continue with its noble purpose of training arts.


Dick Devos is the son of Richard DeVos, Amway founder. This was not the first time for Dick Devos to donate astronomical contributions to the Kennedy Centre. Often, the family has donated millions of dollars to Dick and Betsy Devos Foundation. The charity was founded by Dick and his wife Betsy Devos as a vehicle of giving back to the community in response to financial blessing they have received over the years.


The foundation is well known in Grand Rapids for its support of a broad range of community initiatives. However, it seems Dick and Betsy has a soft spot for education. Through the foundation, they have supported and donated heavily on various education initiatives such Rehoboth Christian School, Princeton University, Davenport University Education Freedom Fund, and the West Michigan Aviation Academy, which was the first chartered high school with a focus on aeronautical.


Sometimes the arts are easily overlooked in a discussion of education developments, but I am thrilled to see passionate people such as Devos family take a keen interest in Kennedy Centre for Performing Arts. It is nice to see there are Americans who cares deeply about the role of arts in our society.


Business Leaders, Business World

Lake Tahoe’s north shores community has seen better days. First, a drought took a heavy toll on local businesses and resorts that depend on visitation dollars. Then an incorporation battle threatened to change the area’s civic and business climate.
Squaw Valley Resort CEO Andy Wirth says he is relieved that both problems have been resolved.

“Our community has had a rough go over the last few years,” said Wirth. “First the weather then the incorporation effort. I wasn’t sure if we would survive it.”

With the help of El Nino, early storms are hitting the area and producing massive amounts of snow. This pleasant surprised led to area resorts opening well before the ski season.

Backers of the Olympic Valley incorporation (Learn more: effort formally withdrew this past week.

Wirth says the hundreds of thousands of dollars spent to fight the incorporation effort was money well spent. Had the effort passed, the local area would have experienced higher taxes and decreased services.

Wirth says regardless of how they tried to spin it, it would have been disastrous for the community.

Backers answered Wirth’s allegations by stating that the efforts to stop incorporation seemed to be more personal than business. California’s Local Agency Frmation Commission agreed with Wirth and pumped the breaks on the effort.

Wirth says despite the division, the one thing they all have in common is the love for the area.

Wirth has been a mainstay in the community since he was installed as CEO in 2010. Since that time, he has transformed Squaw Valley Resort into one of the best in the U.S., if not the world.

He has over 25 years in the resort industry, having worked for Steamboat Springs Resort for several years. Wirth says he was determined to address all of the issues put forth by visitors over the last few years. He started with a complete overhaul of the ski area and infrastructure. The latest plans call for a gondola to connect Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows.

In an effort to enhance airport travel, the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority Board recently made Wirth a member. “His extensive experience within the resort industry and international airline experience makes him the obvious choice for the position,” said a board member.


While most of us assume that the thin and beautifully toned Wengie must spend hours a day exercising at the gym, she reveals the truth in one of her recent videos: she doesn’t follow any kind of workout routine at all. For those who do head to the gym and get their sweat on a few times during the week this doesn’t seem fair. How is it that this Asian-Australian beauty has such an incredible physique and not have a rigorous exercise schedule? Wengie does dish out some unique recommendations though for those who want to appear more toned. Her first piece of advice is to pay attention to the input rather than just the output. In other words, instead of focusing solely on working out, we should pay attention to what we are putting into our bodies. While many spend a significant amount of time toning their bodies, their muscles remain hidden underneath a layer of fat. If these same exercisers made it a priority to consume protein-filled foods their muscles would probably have more definition. Wengie says she tries to incorporate foods that contain high-amounts of protein frequently into her diet.

Wengie’s other recommendation has to do with basic habits during the day. To help burn calories Wengie confesses that she moves around quite a bit. Even though this certainly does sound logical many people have a tendency to sit around a lot during the day. The Youtube fashionista clarifies that “movement” doesn’t have to be getting all geared up in sports attire and sweat, but can merely be putting on a pair of comfy shoes and walking. The key, Wengie advises, is to make movement habitual during the waking hours.

Even though Wengie is not committed to a training plan, she does see the value in having one. For her, in order to be diligent about exercising it’s got to be something that is interesting that she continually <i>wants</i> to do. Sadly, most forms of working out seem to consist of a a lot of work and little enjoyment. Once she is able to find that magical fitness formula, she too may become a fitness fanatic.


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Business Leaders, Business World

Thor Halvorssen is a Caracas-born American citizen. He speaks fluent American English despite being a half cast of Norway and Venezuela. His father brought him up in Caracas. His father was arrested, beaten and tortured before being taken a political prisoner in Venezuela. He was working as a governed agent in drugs cartels investigations. Police force got the warrant for his arrest after he exposed corruption in the system. Thor’s mother was shot dead in a political strike. The anti-riot police fired without being ordered to shoot to kill making Thor begin his fight for freedom. In 2014, Thor’s first-hand cousin was arrested and held captive as a Political prisoner.

Thor was a film producer and also an advocate for human rights. He studied Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania. His family greatly influenced his spirit and fought for liberation. For instance, Thor’s grandfather fought against Germany during the Second World War. He began fighting for the liberation of South Afrikaans Liberation. He strongly opposed The Apartheid regime.

According to Forbes, Thor initiated the Human Rights Foundation in 2005 following his mother’s death during the Anti-Hugo Chávez protest in 2004. Since its founding, it has managed to liberate seven people imprisoned due to political reasons. HRF also fights for democracy and equality in the Latin Americans. Thor serves as a Patron in the Children Peace Movement. Halvorssen also founded the Oslo Freedom Forum. Currently, he serves as its Chief Executive Officer.

Thor made it public that the only way to end poverty is the creation of more wealth, not redistributing the available wealth. Many countries have tried practicing Democratic socialism, but it fails terribly like in Venezuela. Researchers have sought to define it using many ways, but its concept remains the same. Democratic socialism only works when the rule of law is applied.

When leaders fail, the public’s resources are stolen leading to a national economic crisis. It once happened in Venezuela where the government controlled and set prices for goods. This scenario later resulted in a humanitarian crisis. Thor does not agree with socialists who violate human rights by promising to end poverty then later stealing funds from them.

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About Venezuela

Everyday people around the world enjoy some of the benefits of great health care, especially those suffering from cancer. However, recently in Venezuela, patients suffering from cancer are needlessly dying because of medicine shortages. The corruption from the government and medical agencies are creating a situation where there are too many shortages of medicine needed to treat patients who are suffering from cancer.
This medical crisis according to Dr. Jose Manuel Gonzalez is reaching a critical status resembling human rights suffrage. It is possible that organizations such as Amnesty First may need to get involved to help the Venezuelans who need the medicine to survive

Add to that the recent problems that Venezuela is having with the Zika virus and the number of persons who are starting to fall ill with that virus. The country is facing a health crisis. “It is not just cancer patients who are suffering” Dr. Gonzalez added. The entire healthcare industry in Venezuela is suffering as hospitals are deteriorating and becoming more and more filthy. Cutbacks have made it so there is no one to clean or take care of patients or the facilities.

With a Health crisis like this, the government is failing Venezuela. If change or help is not given immediately more people will continue to needlessly die.


Digital Marketing, Public Relations

Status Labs is a reputation management company. It is one of the most prominent companies in its industry. It was also given a chance to prove how effective it is as a reputation management company when it was faced with a problem caused by the actions of an executive who was later asked to resign. This mistake has made the news and as a result, Status Labs had a reputation crisis on its hands. It has taken a lot of different approaches in order to improve its standing with people. As mentioned in the Daily Beast, Darius Fisher, the founder of Status Labs has decided that the company does need a change in behavior for a lasting change in reputation. This included not only changing relationships with customers, but also relationships with employees.


Given what the company was faced with, Status Labs has proven that it is very effective at what it does. As a result, more clients have sought them out in the case that they had attacks on their reputation. Part of the reason for such a change in status for Status Labs is that they made a lot of fundamental changes. Darius Fisher has come to understand not only the needs of the customers, but the needs of the employees. Employees definitely need to be treated thoughtfully. Darius Knows that employees need more than just a big paycheck. They also need to know about changes and where they stand in their job.
All around, Status Labs is a good company that allows people to have a second chance at their business. They also make it possible for their clients to recover over and over from every set back that they face. Status Labs is filled with skilled professionals that know how to provide optimized content that will knock any bad reports off of the front page of search results so that people will get good news whenever they search for their clients. As a result, the client gains more customers, and his business will continue to thrive.

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Gold Investment

In the 13F form filed with the U.S. government for the first quarter of 2016, former hedge fund manager George Soros revealed he anticipates economic problems, and intends to profit from them. An article by Bloomberg reveals the details.

George Soros reduced his holdings of U.S. publicly listed stocks by 37%, bought put options on the stock market, loaded up on Barrick Gold, one of the world’s major gold companies and bought calls on the SPDR Gold Trust exchange traded fund.

He sold off his shares of Delta Airlines, Level 3 Communications, Dow Chemical and Endo International. Therefore, he no longer faces any downside risk if their share prices fall sometime in the future.

He now owns put option contracts on 2.1 million shares of the exchange traded fund SPDR 500, which tracks the S&P 500 Index of the New York Stock Exchange. This means that he will profit if the top 500 stocks on the New York Exchange fall in price below the option strike price, which the article didn’t reveal. The article on also didn’t specify how long the put contracts were for.

Soros bought shares of Barrick Gold, a stake worth $264 million as of March 31, according to the 13F form. That’s 1.7 percent of Barrick. Barrick is now the largest single company owned by the Soros fund. Located in Toronto Canada, Barrick Gold is one of the largest gold mining companies. It should continue to profit and go up in value for as long as the price of gold continues to rise.

George Soros now owns calls on 1.05 million shares of the exchange traded fund SPDR Gold Trust. Each share of that ETF consists of a tenth of an ounce of gold bullion. Therefore, just as the SPDR 500 ETF tracks the price rises and drops of the S&P 500, the SPDR Gold ETF tracks the price rises and drops in the price of gold. If the price of Gold Trust rises higher than the option strike price, Soros will profit from that without having to buy actual gold bullion. However, Bloomberg again did not specify the strike prices or terms of the call contracts.
Read more on: Billionaire Soros Cuts U.S. Stocks by 37%, Buys Gold Miner

In January this year, Soros warned that the economy reminded him of the months leading up to 2008. George Soros believes China has created far too much debt, and that its collapse would lead to deflation that would lower the price of stocks. Generally, in hard times people see gold as a safe harbor, causing its price to rise.

The price of gold rose 16 percent in the first three months of 2016. According to Bloomberg, that’s the largest quarterly price jump in 30 years. The share price of Barrick Gold has doubled in 2016.

Soros has also warned about the many problems facing the EU. Investing in gold could be one way of profiting if the EU fails.

Business World, Investing, philanthropist

The recent death of Stephen Murray has shook a lot of people to their core. This is someone that was highly respected, loved, and valued in his line of work. His occupation was that a private equity investor and philanthropist. He knew how to invest, when to invest, and the proper steps to take.

That is why he was so successful for so many years and why his death is such a tragedy. However, he may be gone, but as they say, he is certainly not forgotten. His legacy and what he accomplished will live on forever. The positive impact he made will not go unnoticed, unappreciated, or undervalued.

I mentioned that he was a philanthropist. So many people give back because it looks good or it makes them feel good as sort of a pat on the back. That was most certainly not the case with Stephen Murray. He gave back because he knew in his heart of hearts that it was the right thing to do.  Read more: Stephen Murray, The Great Investor and Deal Maker for CCMP Capital

He always did right by his investors and he always did right when it came to giving back. He knew that with great wealth came great responsibility. He was not a materialistic man looking to buy fancy things. It was just the opposite. He was looking for ways to help out others and make their lives a little easier.

In my view, that is the true measure of a man and that is why I say there is only one Stephen Murray. We don’t want to admit it, but we would be lying to ourselves if we didn’t face facts: we live in a cynical world these days. Read more: Ex-CCMP Capital CEO Steve Murray passes away

Stephen Murray had a kind heart, was generous, and an incredibly smart man. What he accomplished as the the former President and chief executive officer of CCMP Capital was second to none. He has left the company in good hands for the present and for the future.

While he is gone, he would not want us to mourn his death or sit around being sad. He would want us to remember his vision and his goals and carry on his legacy. That is one thing you can never take away from a man along with his reputation. That will forever stay with the people that were lucky enough to know him, work with him, and even get to call him a friend. Again, there was only one Stephen Murray.

Beauty Products

WEN hair shampoos and conditioners have been endorsed on QVC  by a number of celebrities for their natural ingredients. The hair products also yield great results for a number of customers. If you’ve been looking for a new conditioner to make your hair healthier and shinier, you may have considered giving Wen a try. Emily McClure from Bustle tried Sephora’s Fig conditioner for seven days. Here are a few important things she discovered.
McClure warns that it takes a lot of product to fully saturate the hair and give your tresses a deep conditioning. You could use up to 32 pumps of conditioner for one washing session. So, if the product works for your hair, it may be best to buy a couple of bottles at a time.

Emily also states that her hair felt better right away. Instantly, her hair was shinier and felt like it had more volume. The Wen conditioner also gave her hair a pleasant scent.

She noticed that her hair was much less frizzy while she was using the conditioner, but her hair was slightly greasier as well. Since her hair was oilier, it didn’t hold a curl for very long, but still had volume and shine.

Overall, McClure says Wen conditioner is ideal for women who wash their hair on a daily basis. She also recommends the conditioner for women with thin hair who want to add more volume to their coifs.
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Operation Smile

After achieving your own measures of success, it is crucial to give back to the community. Avi Weisfogel is an individual who has decades worth of accolades under his belt, and has decided to use his success to benefit those in need. Developing a GoFundMe page for the organization, Operation Smile, Weisfogel has set a goal of two thousand dollars. Stressing the importance of children receiving medical care regardless of a family’s ability to afford it, Operation Smile is a charity intent on granting children free surgical care for conditions such as cleft lip and other facial deformities.

This international charity was established in 1982 by Bill and Kathy Magee. Working with local hospitals, professionals, and the government, this charitable effort identifies the most effective strategies for curing children of these issues. By ascertaining the problems, Operation Smile has effectively helped children and young adults for nearly three decades. Combining their influence with Weisfogel’s vast knowledge and experience, this charity is moving in an even more positive direction.

“My passions and background led me to select Operation Smile as the beneficiary of the GoFundMe campaign I’m running,” said Weisfogel to WRCB TV. With a heavy background in sleep disorders, their treatments, and dentistry, the philanthropist believes that all children should be able to receive exceptional surgical care. Believing that money should never be an issue, Weisfogel intends to change the way of things by focusing on children.

Avi Weisfogel DDS obtained his Bachelor’s in Biology and Psychology from Rutgers University. He then earned his DDS from New York University’s School of Dentistry. From there, he opened his practice of Old Bridge Dental Care in 1999. Granting exceptional care to every patient, this man truly lets his passion fuel his skill and intelligence. Often showing a heavy interest in marketing for dentists and the general business aspect of dentistry, Weisfogel is a man of all trades. Shaping the world by better understanding it, his announcement showcasing his Operation Smile GoFundMe page further spotlights his compassionate soul.