Monthly Archives: January 2016

Alexei Beltyukov is Very Exited About Solvy and High School Math Education

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One thing that is for sure is that Mr.Alexei Beltyukov has long been interested in education. About.me shows that Mr. Beltyukov filled out a form for INSEAD that he cut out of a newspaper while he was a young medical doctor in Moscow. While working his way through school on his way to a Masters of Business Administration Mr.Beltyukov became the very first recipient of the Lister Vickery Scholarship. The scholarship was instrumental in helping Alexei Beltyukov for his family while still putting himself through school. In 1997 Alexei Beltyukov succeeded in his goal and was awarded the MBA degree.

Alexei Beltyukov has become a very successful businessperson and philanthropist, and he posts videos on Dailymotion encouraging others to take up the same causes. In 2006 he created New Gas Technologies and A-Ventures and then in 2013 he founded Endemic Capital which helped many young Russian entrepreneurs gather financing for their startups or venture capitalism. Alexei Beltyukov , his wife and some old school friends have created Russian Alumni Scholarship starting it off with a further $150,000 donation pledge.
Alexei Beltyukov and fellow student alumni Olesia Chikunova were very excited about giving back to the school that they are so grateful to have attended. Alexei Beltyukov also serves as the vice president for Skolkovo Foundation which works with the Russian government to help provide grants to generate opportunities for new Russian technology start ups.

With a background in business, philanthropy and the powerful passion for education, Mr. Alexei Beltyukov has launched one of his most creative endeavors yet. Solvy is an online platform and website created as a special place where students can do homework and connect with teachers for feedback and input. Author Mr.Beltyukov has instilled certain educational principles and techniques that are set in place to encourage creative thought. There are no more multiple choice questions because the students are actually encourage to learn from their mistakes.
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LinkedIn shows that Alexei Beltyukov is an active member of Interactive Educational Services and fully understands what kind of direction was needed to make the software successful. His goals for Solvy to become a household name in high school math education. With the customized approach that Mr. Alexei Beltyukov has created and personalized recommendations that will remain to help the students from the teachers really give these students real-world opportunities to use the math and of course making the entire process fun.

Teachers are already very excited about Solvy especially good feedback has been given about the automated homework and quizzes that are controlled by the parameters set by the instructor. The ability to allow the teachers to create a customized assignment that is matched specifically to students needs and a quick and efficient fashion.  Alexei can be found on Twitter.

January 29, 2016

U.S. Money Reserve vs. the Penny: Is the Coin Obsolete?

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Find a penny, pick it up. Or should you?
Recently, the penny has come under fire and arguments against its continued existence and circulation have been widespread. Most notably, the U.S Money Reserve President, Philip Diehl, has voiced his opinion that the penny should be eliminated among the rest of the U.S. currency.
According to Diehl, the value of the penny has decreased, and the cost to produce it ends up being higher than what it can be used for. As reported by CNBC’s Squawk Box, Dieehl is a staunch opposer of the penny.
Founded in 2001, the U.S. Money Reserve is an Austin, Texas based distributor of government issued gold, silver and platinum coins. Working with Senior Gold Specialists, the Reserve offers premium quality coins and exceptional customer service to its clients. It has successfully shipped over one million coins, totaling about a half billion dollars of merchandise. The experts who work at the U.S. Money Reserve engage constantly in research to pass the latest market information onto coin buyers. The operation is professional and highly respected.
Thus, Diehl’s rejection of the penny is rather significant. While others argue that the penny is necessary for keeping prices from being distorted and even preventing inflation, Diehl is of a differing opinion. He states that very few sales would be at all affected should the penny be eliminated, as only about 25% of all transactions are done using cash nowadays.
The annual cost to produce the penny is $105 million. The biggest opposition to getting rid of the penny are the companies who help manufacture the penny, and the zinc industry. The penny is over 90% zinc, and stopping production of it would be a huge blow to this business.
The future of the penny is hazy, but what is certain is that more and more influential people are openly criticizing the currency. It remains to be seen whether the coin will last much longer.

January 28, 2016

Russian President Bans Soros’s Foundations

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George Soros has plenty of money. To be a bit more exact, around $27 billion according to Fortune magazine. The man made it in the financial markets, and is known as one of the top financial speculators ever.

His immense fortune and liberal political interests led to his founding of Open Society Foundation that aims to protect human rights and government accountability across the world.

Yet, not everyone feels that way. The President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, is one of those. As Fortune Magazine reports, Soros’s foundations has been banned from Russia. The reasons cited include a threat to national security and the Russian Constitution.

Not long ago, Soros proposed a $50-billion package to aid Ukraine to stand up against increasingly belligerent Russia. He also argued that sanctions against Russia are necessary but insufficient in the wake of the Ukrainian crisis.

Both the Open Society Foundations and the affiliated Open Society Institute Assistance Foundation have been put on the list of foreign non-government organizations (NGOs) that are banned from operating in the Russian territory.

Meanwhile, George Soros said he believes the ban is only temporary. But, it doesn’t appear to be so. Just several days ago, a college in Russia burned more than 50 books provided by Soros’s foundation.

The books titled “Renewal of Humanitarian Education” were located at Vorkuta Mining and Economic College and confiscated for burning. And more than 400 books are due for shredding.

However, banning Soros’s publications may be quite hard in the age of digital publishing. On the other hand, banning his organizations carries more of an impact.

Vladimir Putin isn’t the only leader who appears to strongly dislike George Soros. The Hungarian Prime Minister, Victor Orban, blamed Soros for causing the European migrant crisis.

As Orban claimed, Soros seeks to undermine European countries and make their traditions change by encouraging and supporting Middle-Eastern migration to Europe.

What’s interesting in this case is that Soros was born in Hungary and appeared to have hard time there during his youth, which led to his immigration first to Great Britain and then to the United States.

At 85, Geroge Soros got his many billions of dollars to do and say what he feels is right, whether others agree or not.

January 26, 2016

Datings Apps Can Be Great Fun, If Used Right

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In the 21st century, one of the biggest changes to technology has been the ability to find friends or even dates using your mobile phone for more than just making phone calls or texting people. What once was a pretty small population of mobile dating applications has grown quite a bit in the last few months alone. Because there are so many applications out there, it can be a bit daunting trying to pick the one that is the best of the best.

The level of difficulty goes up quite a bit when you are a parent that is looking to make sure your son or daughter are getting plenty of exposure to people their own age and want to mix that with a desire to make sure they are using those applications correctly. One such app that has been picking up quite a bit of steam in the last few months is an application known as Skout. This application is actually not one that actually centers on dating. Rather the application is one that is built more for forging actual friendships.

This application is actually managing to stand out among the crowd because it offers something other apps haven’t really come close to providing. The service is able to actually help users see the sites in a land that is thousands of miles away without actually traveling to those places. The application allows users to get a detailed look at the famous sites as well as landmarks and even the nightlife that is featured in whatever town or country they are looking at through the Skout app.

That is the main reason why these apps are getting more popular. People are able to use feelers in order to find more about other users. This has allowed people to feel more confident in dating apps in general. That level of confidence has continued to increase the market and make apps like Skout that much more popular.

January 22, 2016

Manhattan Real Estate Market’s TOWN Residential Analysis Reports on Fourth Quarter Market Trends and Conditions

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A NYC real estate firm known as TOWN Residential released its quarterly report on residential market called The Aggregate. It reveals a continued increase in the price action, with the average prices being almost 2 million dollars. Every year, the average sales prices in Manhattan are reported to have a 5.2 percent gain, currently rising to 1,976,660 dollars. Compared to previous years, the median sales price also recorded significant growth, reaching 16 percent to a mark of 1,150,000.

As 2015 concluded, the trends of price per square foot also continued to rise, reaching record levels. TOWN Residential reported that it was 6.2 percent higher compared to the previous year when at 1,365 dollars. The trends confirmed that the growth that has been witnessed years after another also recorded a rise of 8.4 percent the previous year and 7.6 percent higher from 2015’s third quarter.

Manhattan co-op’s average price in 2015’s fourth quarter was recorded at 1,272,902 dollars compared to 1,217,017 dollars in third quarter of the same year. This is an increase of 4.6 percent. One the basis of year-over-year, co-op average price rose by 6.4 percent. The average price trends for every square foot were 1,087 dollars, which is a 6.3 percent increase compared to the previous year, and a bit higher compared to the reading of the last quarter which recorded 1,066 dollars.

According to the firm, the median price for a one, two and three or more bedroom condo reached 1,080,000 dollars, 2,056,865 dollars and 4,421,300 dollars respectively. The median price for a three or more bedroom cooperative particularly recorded an increase in 15 percent compared to the last quarter, which means that it surpassed the 3,000,000 dollars mark.

According to the CEO and founder of TOWN Residential Andrew Heiberger, Manhattan experienced a big gap between trends and new developments when it comes to the resale markets. He continues and notes that this is mostly due to the trophy listings closing within new developments. When one looks at the already established resale market, stabilization will be noted since sellers are beginning to adjust price expectations earlier in the year. There are also transactions that have reached record prices, which also contribute to gains in year-over-year.

January 22, 2016

The DeVos Family Gives Generously

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Dick DeVos has become one of the most charitable givers of this century, and he is leading the rest of his family down the same path to giving.

I really do commend him for this because he has been able to do so much good for so many organizations. I know that DeVos has dabbled in politics, but I believe, second to his reputation as a philanthropist, that he has shined the most as a businessman. He started a company under the umbrella of his father’s Amway company, and he has made millions over the years. His career also includes titles like CEO of the NBA’s Orlando Magic and memberships and founding chairs to multiple boards which you can see in detail on his LinkedIn profile. He has certainly made a name for himself in the business world, but even more so in the world of charity. I like the fact that he has felt the need to give back to others. There are a lot of people that may be wondering how his family is able to give so much, but my research has led me to an answer.

I am incredibly grateful to my parents for initiating and encouraging by example the tradition of philanthropy within our family. We are happy to be a part of this great community!

Posted by Dick DeVos on Monday, January 4, 2016

Both DeVos and his wife have had fathers that have left an inheritance. I think this made it easier, but it should still inspire people to give because the DeVos family didn’t have to give any money to any contributions. They could have simply spread the money with their family and continued to pass down the inheritance. Instead, the family the DeVos family has given tremendous amounts – over a billion – to various charities.

I think that the philanthropy that Dick has shown puts him right up there with billionaire givers like Bill Gates. The biggest may be that DeVos is not known by nearly as many people as Gates. Dick DeVos is known more so in the Michigan area because this is where he has spent his years as a business leader.

I had never heard of DeVos, but discovering his contributions have made me realize that there are philanthropists that come from all over the world. It really is great to see Dick put money into the Dick and Betsy Devos Family Foundation because it helps so many kids. He has also played a big part in the revitalization of the downtown area of the Grand Rapids because he loves the state of Michigan so much. I applaud Dick and his wife Betsy – along with their four children – for the money that they have given to these various charities and organizations that are in need.

To see more about the life and work of Dick DeVos, visit his personal website here: http://dickdevos.com

January 18, 2016

A Montage of Jon Urbana’s Collections

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Jon Urbana is a man of many talents and exploits. He is on one hand a legendary lacrosse player who broke records and was named the MVP several times. On the other hand, he is a serious businessman with interests in technology and marketing.

Jon Urbana loves nature and loves adventure. It is a combination that has seen him go on extensive hiking trips all over Colorado. It is also a prime motivator on his Tumblr blog that saw him enroll with the FAA to acquire a private flying license. His name was even featured in an article by FAA. http://aviation-business-gazette.com/A56/B10/Pilot-Jon-Urbana-Denver-CO.html.

It is told a picture is worth a thousand words and Urbana’s love for nature lets his photos do all the talking. Wherever Urbana goes, he snaps beautiful pictures and posts them on his various social platforms. His Instagram followers, who number 1363, probably enjoy the loveliest posts. The close-up photos of nature at their best are a delight. Check them out at https://www.instagram.com/jonurbana/. You can get others of his various travels at http://imgur.com/gallery/UUtPxfd

Jon Urbana is unsurprisingly a music writer and singer. He does enjoy relaxing music and is himself an amateur musician. He prefers to let his mixes do the talking, and he has used them to promote his various charities. He crafts beautiful original titles from his acoustic guitar that have an indie feel and sound to them. You can be the judge at https://soundcloud.com/jonurbana and enjoy the mellow music.

Jon Urbana has used his jonurbana1 Twitter handle and other social media to promote a cause he holds dear to his heart. He has launched several charities on Go Fund me and Crowdrise to raise money for the animal adoption society and environmental conversation. On the animal adoption, he collects homeless cats and takes the to a homeless shelter for animals. It is an effort you too can support by visiting https://www.crowdrise.com/jonurbana. Urbana has also launched a drive fighting global warming. It is a classic example of how charity begins at home.

Jon Urbana Supports Earth Force, A New Fundraiser from Jon Urbana on Vimeo.

January 6, 2016

The Oscar Pistorius Trial

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The trial of Oscar Pistorius is a story filled with irony, as it involves a heroic athlete who not only was able to compete in the 2012 Olympic Games, but one who also overcame a tremendous disability in order to compete. Pistorius is a double amputee who runs on running blades. Both his legs were amputated when he was only 11 months old, but he became a superb athlete with the help of prosthetics. Ironically, his life as a competitor came to a sudden halt when he was convicted of shooting his girlfriend, Reeve Steenkamp, when he mistook her for an intruder on February 14, 2013.

The many rulings and reversals that have come in the trial of Oscar Pistorius, along with the notability of the defendant, have made it an extremely difficult story to cover. While Pistorius was initially convicted of culpable homicide with a five year sentence and a three year suspended sentence for reckless endangerment (a separate sentence), that conviction was successfully appealed by prosecutors. After a temporary release from prison in October of 2015, Pistorius was convicted of murder on December 3, 2015, and his conviction for culpable homicide was overturned. He is currently under house arrest and will be sentenced on April 18 of 2016.

After over two years of numerous legal twists and turns, the trial of Oscar Pistorius is still not over, obviously. The trial has kept journalists at every level busy during over this time, as the family of Miss Steenkamp waits for the final verdict and sentencing.

Wardle holds three law degrees and has published numerous legal articles on a variety of subjects. She has been called on for her legal expertise by various media channels, including Fox News and Sky News Prime Time. As the twists and turns of the trial of Oscar Pistorius continue, news watchers can rest assured that Wardle will continue to cover the trial and offer her expert views on the meaning of this story’s conclusion.

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January 4, 2016