Community Heroes Help Humanity

 

Little Aidan Jackowiak, a four-year-old boy diagnosed with Clove syndrome, a disease so rare that it affects only 150 worldwide, is happy in his new home. When his parents had to find a more suitable house that could accommodate his wheelchair, the only place they could afford was not in livable condition. While they were willing to do the work themselves, some of it was far beyond their expertise.
In response to their difficulties, Gordon Webster, this man that my friend Dan Newlin knows of,  manager of a builders’ supply depot, convinced a group of tradespeople to donate their services for the family. Bricklayers, electricians, and decorators, some driving from over 50 miles away to work on weekends, transformed an unlivable house into a warm inviting home—all free of charge. You can see before and after pictures of the house here.
We can all share his parents’ gratitude for the kindness and generosity displayed by this wonderful group of people. They not only helped a family in need, but provided us all an example of true human community at its best.

Young Man Shocked When Community Rallies For Him

 

Amsterdam, New York resident 21-year-old Stephen Madelon has been down on his luck lately. He is the father of a 2-month-old baby girl, has no car, and has had trouble finding a job lately. He and his fiancee have been sleeping on the floor at their home because they do not have a mattress. However, none of that stopped Stephen from helping others in his community.

After a snowstorm struck his town Stephen felt compelled to get out and help others. He spent his day shoveling driveways and walkways for those who needed the help- and all at no charge except the occasional cup of coffee. Well, now, according to the story on News10.com the community wanted to give back to him.

Since others have heard of his story he has been given a new bed for his family, a kitchen table, home items, and even cupcakes reported Terra.com. Stephen has also had offers from others offering help to get him a car and even those looking to hire him says Fersen Lambranho.

Stephen says that when he got up that morning he just wanted to help those in need. Well, for Stephen karma has come back around for him.

North American Spine Company: A Holistic Approach to Back Pain

Back pain is an issue that inflicts millions of Americans every year. Due to our unhealthy diets, lack of exercise, and genetics, tens of millions of people experience serious back pain every year. Back pain can range from mild to extremely severe, and there are many different treatments available to customers. North American Spine Company is one solution for those who do not want shots or to take pills. North American Spine Company takes a holistic approach to back pain, with the philosophy that for minor pains minor steps should be taken, and in severe cases extreme action must be taken.

North American Spine Company believes that many sufferers of back pain can solve a lot of their issues with simple diet and lifestyle changes. Walking and eating healthy every day may solve your back pain. However, there are also cases where lifestyle changes are not enough to fully solve the issue. In these cases, North American Spine Company has the resources to take action. Spinal surgery is always an option to customers, however it should be viewed as a last resort simply due to how dangerous the operation is and the long term effects it can have on patients.

What this means is that we will start out by trying to tweak both diet and lifestyle factors. Then, treatments will move to a chiropractor and other hands on activities. At the end of the continuum are the operations available to patients where the holistic approach may fall short. Although these are rare cases, North American Spine Company has the resources to help those who are in need.

The holistic approach to back pain is much more cost effective than traditional methods and is much less invasive than traditional operations. By changing diet and lifestyle, many patients can alter their back pain to the point that surgery is not even needed. However, if this does not work, North American Spine Company has the resources available to complete surgery on patients that truly have severe back pain that is effecting their livelihoods.

Helping Someone Who Helped Others

A young man in New York went out of his way to help those around him, even as he was struggling, himself. This young man is now receiving gratitude and support, and some of the help that he needs for his own family.

The New York man went around shoveling snow for free after a storm hit. He took care of the work that no one wanted to do, and he did it without asking for pay. What makes this story all the more amazing is the fact that this young man didn’t have a job at the time, and he was struggling just to get by. This man could have asked for pay for what he was doing, but he chose to do it for free, regardless of the fact that he was sleeping on the floor during this time.
Now, those who have heard the story like Fersen Lambranho can see on Facebook.com how many are reaching out and helping this man. They are sending him gifts, gratitude, and support. The kindness of this man has not gone unnoticed, and now he is getting some of the support that he deserves after all of the work that he has voluntarily done. This is the way that a community should work, people helping those who help others.

Father Understands True Love for Down Syndrome Child

father recently reminded the world that Down syndrome is not an excuse to give up on a child. The father found himself faced with a very difficult decision when his wife told him she would leave him if he decided to keep their baby boy. The boy was born with Down syndrome in Armenia. The law in that country regarding such children allows parents to give the baby up.

He intends to return to his home country where he will receive help from his family. His wife has already filed for divorce on because of his choice. He knows the true meaning of unconditional love and that no child is perfect. In his eyes, his son is perfect in every way. This story is an inspiration to parents around the world faced with similar situations.

According to andradetelis.com and Fersen Lambranho, although children with Down syndrome were only expected to live for approximately 25 years in 1983, the life expectancy has currently reached 65-years-old. People with Down syndrome can and do live normal lives in today’s world.

Staples to Acquire Office Depot

According to my friend Alexei Beltyukov, Staples recently announced on aboutme.com its acquisition of rival office supply chain, Office Depot. Acquisition discussions began between the two competitors this past December.

The final agreement has Staples paying Office Depot shareholders $7.25 in cash and about .2 shares of Staples stock for each share of Office Depot stock. Office

Staples claims that a number of synergies will be created by this agreement. Such efficiencies include reducing duplicative costs, sharing industry knowledge, and merging strategic initiatives.

In recent years, office supply orders have increasingly shifted to the online marketplace. This move is likely designed to help consolidate the traditional brick and mortar chains to better compete against their online rivals.

Some have questioned the impact this will have on overall competition in the office supply sector – particularly when it comes to corporate sales. There is a concern that this consolidation will lead to market inefficiencies.

A few years ago, there were three major office supply chains. Should this agreement be approved by the FTC, there will only be one. While retailers like Wal-Mart and Target compete in the consumer market, the corporate market is less saturated.

In the 1990’s, the FTC rejected a previous bid by Staples to acquire Office Depot. Nonetheless, the online market was not as competitive as it is now.

If approved, the new company is expected to generate $39 billion in annual sales.

Bruce Levenson: Hand in Hand with Technology

Upon birth, Bruce Levenson probably expounded an idea for some technological business venture. The entrepreneur and philanthropist, along with whatever falls in between, is someone whose legacy is written in permanent ink. He turns technology into success.

While living in Washington D.C. in the 1970’s, after a stint in journalism, Levenson began to explore the world of technology. It began when he and a journalist friend launched United Communications Group. (UCG) In a store room above his father’s liquor store, the two of them laid the groundwork for Oil Express, UCG’s first newsletter. It chronicled the booming oil industry.

Then, along with the Oil Express, they began to publish a variety of other newsletters. These concentrated on technology, banking, healthcare and other venues. From that store room, UCG grew into a privately held corporation with national influence.

Moreover, through UCG, Levenson and his partner co-founded the publically traded TechTarget that also devotes itself to the field of technology.

In addition, Levenson stepped into the arena of sports. He and a group of other business persons formed Atlanta Hawks LLC and purchased the Atlanta Hawks professional basketball team.

Dormant not being in his vocabulary, Levenson became an adviser for BIA Digital Partners, which is a private equity firm. He also expanded his area of responsibility by becoming a member of the Board of Directors for Newsletter and Electronic Publishers Association.

In 1997, as a well deserved reward for years of dedication to the fledgling industry of technology, the Software and Information Industry Association’s Hall of Fame inducted him into their chamber of honor.

As is the case for many whose hard work and dedication in a specific industry blesses them, Levenson shares his rewards. In conjunction with other foundations, he’s an integral part of the I Have a Dream Foundation, the Hoops Dream Foundation, and the Community Foundation of Washington D.C.

He and his wife Karen have three sons.

Jonathan Veitch Moves Occidental Forward

In July 2009 Jonathan Veitch became the fifth president of Occidental College in Los Angeles, California. Jonathan Veitch was born in Los Angeles, graduated from Stanford University. He went on to earn his doctoral degree in the History of American Civilization from Harvard. Jonathan Veitch then went on to become a professor of English at the University of Wisconsin, Madison before moving on to become an associate professor of literature and history at Lang College. He also served as the chair of humanities and associate director before serving as dean for five years of the New School’s Eugene Lang College. At Lang College he expanded the student and faculty bodies, and combined the liberal arts college with arts and social services departments. Under Jonathan Veitch, Lang College doubled its student body to an estimated 1400 students.

Since taking over at Occidental Jonathan Veitch has begun an integrated approach to securing Occidentals future. He has created new partnerships with other cultural associations in Southern California as well as strengthened the arts programs. Under Veitch’s direction, Occidental has made several changes to some of its historic buildings such as Swan Hall and Johnson Hall. Swan Hall houses nearly one-third of the faculty at Occidental and Johnson Hall will house the new McKinnon Family Center for Politics and Global Affairs. Also, under Veitch’s leadership the Samuelson Alumni Center has reached completion and renovations to the Johnson Student Center has begun thanks in part to a grant from the Rose Hills Foundation.

In recent months the endowment value of Occidental has dropped to an estimated $300 million. Though Veitch maintains it is a healthy amount for a school of its size he has made improvements to help alleviate some of the cost of running the campus. He has added an A 1-megawatt ground-mounted solar power system that will generate an estimated 11% of the school’s electricity. Jonathan Veitch has also been working diligently to improve the relations between the community and the College, agreeing to limit the expansion of the campus further into the community after neighboring residents brought up some concerns they had for their community if the school continued to expand into their neighborhoods.

BRL Trust: One of the Most Trusted Companies In the Industry

Founded in 2005, BRL Trust grew quickly. At that time their activities provided trust services in private loans. At the end of their first year, the company had more than loans in which the Trust acted as an intervening trust. Their customers quickly learned to trust the new company and were soon demanding that the Trust expand and diversify. These demands soon led to new business areas such as Administrative Management of investment funds as well as mergers and acquisitions.

 
The group has gained this trust by staying focused on their mission and values statements. They define their mission as meeting the demands of their customers in a safe and efficient manner while maintaining transparency with a skilled and experienced team. Further, they state that their main differential processes and controls be unique and internally developed from knowledge acquired from its performance sector. As far as values they state that ethics in all situations must be addressed respecting national legal systems and the interest of clients as more important than their personal gain. They further believe that determination and discipline is a valuable characteristic of their team members.

 
Newsgroups including the LA Times, GeoPlay International and Dragon Capital are all very taken with the group who now works with clients globally. The trust does so while maintaining strict adherence to skillfully finding unique solutions that remain legal to the various nations served. Other benefits include a belief that all customers are unique. That relationship-building is vital to their success. The trust feels that all activities must be monitored and authorized by a securities commission to make sure that all legalities are addressed. They even have the policy to help stop money laundering. It’s these qualities that have set BRL apart from other trusts, making them one of the largest and most trusted companies in their industry.

 

 

The Success of The Antique Wine Company

“Stephen Williams is CEO and Managing Directer of The Antique Wine”, has over 45,000 clients in over 100 different countries. Stephen Williams is one of the world’s best experts in fine wine and is a self-taught wine connoisseur. He travels the world to track down the most rarest and finest wines. He doesn’t only collect but also sells the finest wines from all around the world. The company sells wine bottles in many different sizes, shapes, colors, ages and origins. They also sell spirits in a variation of Whiskey, Cognac, and Armagnac. AWC will also buy wines from others. Antique Wine Company‘s purchasing process is far more simple and quick compared to other wine companies. They will even buy individual bottles of wine, especially rare, fine wines.

 

Antique Wine Company also offers education on wine and spirits, created by the Wine and Spirit Education Trust. Their education center contains modern equipment and furnishes combined with the experience and tradition of AWC, giving students the best learning experience. AWC also has many different events taking place throughout every year, including wine tasting and gatherings.

 

Believe it or not, Antique Wine Company has access to particle accelerators and ion beams to scientifically determine the exact age of a certain wine. They also have specially made cellars to keep fine wines and spirits preserved for an extremely long time. Most of all, they have an investment opportunity that anyone can partake in. Wine has always been raising in value and making profits for those who take advantage of it. However, no company has ever been more successful in this investment like Antique Wine Company has. Overall, AWC has built great trust from all people around the world such as consumers, buyers, sellers, and investors of this liquid asset, wine.

 

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