Monthly Archives: April 2017

Betsy Devos Continues with her Fight for the American Education

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Just some few days ago, US secretary of education Betsy Devos was cornered into a wall by the Trump administration to go along with rescinding of the Bathroom Bill. Betsy had initially opposed these changes but was told to either go along with the changes or to quit. She, however, was reminded that it was the president’s responsibility to make these tough choices. Following her support, Betsy Devos was chased by protesters on the street urging her to fight as she had promised. However, before agreeing with the president, she asked for reassurance that students would be allowed to learn freely in a safe environment that is free from harassment. Betsy Devos expressed her dissatisfaction about this issue with the attorney general before being summoned to the White House.

In the White House summon, the secretary of education was quick to remind the president that they had sworn to protect American students and it was their responsibility to fulfill the promise. Betsy Devos held some earlier beliefs that the best way to protect a transgender is allowing them to use the bathroom of their choice. She further says that bathrooms are more than a place where teenagers go to answer the call of nature. Instead, Betsy Devos describes it as a place where kids can gossip and interact. Depriving kids of this right is a form of community stigmatization. This came at a time when Betsy Devos expressed her concern about the number of suicides being carried out by transgender children.

According to research conducted on American children attending public schools, the kids who receive the support of friends and families cannot suffer from depression originating from being transgender. Despite the setback, Betsy Devos continues with her dedication to changing the American education. Betsy Devos and Dick Devos make huge donations that are geared towards helping shape the American education.

April 30, 2017

Google.org Donates $50 Million to Nonprofits Aiming at Equal Education Access

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According to a report published on Google.org, the philanthropic arm of the search giant, 74% of students internationally have access to little or no internet connection. Over 221 million of students in school are instructed in a foreign language whereas about 32 million primary-going children cannot reach the conventional classrooms due to displacement and violet conflict.

Google’s Donation to Enable Equal Access to Education

Google.org pledged to donate $50 million to the education tech non-profits working hard to ensure children all over the world get equal access to formal education. This grant will be in form of money and other in-kind services from the search giant. It will boost the efforts of support organizations working hard to ensure quality teacher training and educational materials are available to students in most developing nations. They will also assist students in countries facing crisis keep up with their education.

Apart from the cash donations, the search giant will also provide these organizations with expertise in various areas like transliteration and translation, data analytics, user experience design, creating offline functionality etc. Brigitte Hoyer Gosselink, the international education portfolio lead at Google.org, announced the grants via a blog post. She stated that Google believes that every student deserves the right to get quality education. Google also believes that technology has the capacity to play an important role in ensuring better learning environments. However, this can only be possible if both the learners and their teachers benefit from it.

List of the Grantees

According to the report, a number of grantees were set to benefit from the cash donation. The Foundation for Learning Equality got a $5 million grant to take digital content offline to help students without internet connectivity by using local servers and thumb drives. War Child Holland received $2 million. It provides an educational game based on the nation’s curriculum standards. It aims to allow children cut off from school by conflict to keep up with their education even with the absence of schools and teachers. Other grantees were the Khan Academy ($5 million), Pratham Books’ StoryWeaver ($3.6 million), Clooney Foundation for Justice ($1 million), Million Sparks Foundation ($1.2 million) and Pratham Education Foundation ($3.1 million).

April 29, 2017

Lime Crime – Introducing A New Range Of Hair Dye For The Wild And Imaginative

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For people who do not mind extending their fantasy imagination to reality, Lime Crime, a famous cosmetic company, has recently launched “Unicorn Hair Dye,” and the 13 shades that it offers under this range are simply to die for. If you think you are wild and imaginative, then these offbeat shades provided by the company will take your game one notch ahead. Moreover, the company has put in over three years in the making the Unicorn Hair Dye a reality and has done extensive research before coming up with the 13 shades it has launched.

 

 

The best part is that the Lime Crime’s Unicorn Hair Dye does not use any harsh synthetic chemicals that can damage the hairs in the long term, such as ammonia or bleach. It is entirely made of Vegan ingredients and comes with an effective tint formulas and full coverage options, which makes its ideal for users with different hairs and coloring preferences. Moreover, Unicorn Hair Dye is not going to cost you a fortune and is reasonably priced at $16, which makes it super affordable for a young audience, the primary market for the brand.

 

 

For people wondering about the difference between the two formulas available, Full Coverage and Tints, it would be good to know that Tints are less flamboyant and offer pastel results, whereas full coverage provides complete results and is an ideal choice for users having lightly bleached hairs. As it based on vegetable glycerine, there is no synthetic chemical used in the product that can cause damage to the hair. It is a deposit-only hair dye, which causes no damage to the hair.

 

 

The shades available with the Unicorn Hair Dye range includes sext, pony, gargoyle, bunny, dirty mermaid, chocolate cherry, strawberry jam, anime, blue smoke, neon peach, Leeloo, salad, and jello. Using this dye is very easy, and one can do it themselves. However, Lime Crime does suggest using the help of a professional, especially for people dyeing the hair for the first time. The longevity of how long the Unicorn Hair Dye would last depends on the condition of the hair, how often it is washed, and depth of the color used. It certainly is one of its kinds products in the market that has the youth bursting with excitement. grab this hair dye here and follow them on instagram.

 

 

April 29, 2017

Andrew Rolfe Redefines Non-Profit Operational Standards

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Running a non-profit or other charitable organization is no easy feat, in addition to the difficulty of helping people often placed within awful and deplorable situations, non-profits must contend with many of the same things that other business must take into account to remain operational. Things like paying for the training of field agents, operational costs such as employee salaries and leases, and logistics are added to the task of ensuring that those in need receive the aid they so desperately need. Unlike their counterparts in the private sector, non-profits have many restrictions that must be adhered to ensure the organization is able to maintain its non-profit status. These restrictions are inherent parts of running a non-profit and at times unavoidable but a more detrimental set of restrictions often stifles the ability of non-profits, those set upon the organizations by donors in the form of grant restrictions and time limits.

 

Andrew Rolfe Seeks To Help More Families with the Ubuntu Fund

 

Restrictions set in place by donors are not a new thing to hit the non-profit sector, for almost as long as such entities have existed donors have set restrictions on funds and grants. These restrictions, though made with good intentions and certainly not willingly created to hamper non-profits, in the form of spending guidelines and time restraints often severely impair a non-profit’s ability to expand and at times even function. By setting restrictions donors are often unwittingly causing non-profits to face operational hardships as money that is needed to expand and grow often is unavailable when donor’s grants can only be put towards only one aspect of a non-profit.

 

Andrew Rolfe and the rest of the board for the Ubuntu Fund realized that although they were regularly receiving grants and donations, much of that money was not going towards sustaining the organization’s ability to expand and in turn help more people.

 

In response, Andrew Rolfe and the Ubuntu Fund have sought to redefine the non-profit sector by actively seeking sponsorship from donors that understand the new climate non-profits operate in.

 

If you would like to read more about Andrew Rolfe please visit the FT.com.

April 28, 2017

Federal Student Loan Forgiveness in Doubt

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While higher education in America has been a path to a better way of life, it has now often left millennials saddled with debt. Two-thirds of students graduating from institutes of higher leave with debt. Those who have graduated during the last decade who borrowed left school with $34,000 in student loans on average. That’s an increase of $20,000 from the decade before, according to data from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. More alarming is that ten percent of graduates accumulate more than $40,000 in debt, and a small portion (1%), leave with debt of $100,000 or more.

One solution to the problem was instituted by the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program created under the College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007. Anyone who has a federal loan and is employed by a qualifying public or non-profit organization, can have their load forgiven after ten years of on-time payments. However, a new legal filing by the Education Department last week calls into question the future of the program.

The first loans forgiven were schedule to begin in 2017. But in a recent court filing, the Department of Education signaled that application of the program may be limited. The Department filed legal briefs arguing that letters certifying people for this program were not legally binding if borrowers did not meet the legal criteria of the program. The issue arose in regards to four attorneys who worked for trade associations that were not 501(c)(3) nonprofit charities as required by the PSLF. The government response was to a lawsuit filed by the four attorneys who had student loans arguing that they shouldn’t be denied debt forgiveness after they’d been told that they were going to be in the program.

While the lawsuit is limited in scope, the Department’s position has raised concerns over the future of the program. Some estimates indicate that 25% of the federal workforce may be eligible for this program. The Obama administration made the PSLF significantly more generous in 2010, 2012 and 2015. But now some public policy think tanks are calling for abolishing the program all together.

April 28, 2017

Trump Budget: Military and Border Wall Win and Education Loses

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The education budget proposed by the Trump Administration, that has supposedly been designed to partially pay for a proposed military ramp up and/or border wall, would result in huge cuts to important education programs. As reported on March 29, 2017 by MLive, the cuts would slash a horrifying 13 percent, approximately $9 billion, of the total budget for the Department of Education.

Many of the cuts decrease critical professional development programs for teachers and after school programs that benefit students in general and especially students from certain demographics. For example, teachers and school administrators have noted that these cuts would hurt the poorest students the most by diminishing training to educators and the number and length of after school programs. These are proven methods for improving achievement and success among poor children.

The dollar amount for these cuts represents only a small amount of the $54 billion proposed by Trump for defense spending, but more than two-thirds of the proposed budget for the border wall construction. In other words, these cuts would take money from a part of the government that helps future generations to succeed and put them in one or two other areas that have been called “unnecessary” by experts. The United States has one of the largest armies in the world with more weapons then many other countries with similar-sized armies. Additionally, illegal immigrants, drug runners and others that Republicans have stated a border wall would stop have proven repeatedly that they can climb over and tunnel under walls and fences without being caught by border patrols. A border wall to the south of the nation might also increase nighttime attempts to access the country via water instead of land in the Gulf of Mexico and along the West Coast resulting in more on-the-water accidents and unnecessary loss of life.

Many critics of the cuts and of the proposed spending measures are concerned that the cuts are merely the first stage of a strategy designed to destroy the Department of Education entirely. Conservatives have repeatedly stated that they don’t feel that it’s a necessary government entity.

April 27, 2017

Teacher Encouragement Helps Students Stay in School

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Teachers are known to have an important role in both the educational and social development of students. However, new research indicates that positive input by teachers can actually help some students continue their education, even into the university level.

Conducted by the University of Cambridge, in England, the study involved more than 4,000 adolescent students who were evaluated on an annual basis. In the last year of the evaluation, students who reported receiving encouragement from one or more of their teachers were more likely, by a margin of nearly 10 percent, to continue their education beyond what was compulsory. The rate of continuation was even higher among students of average academic performance.

The encouragement issue was of most importance to students whose parents were not themselves well-educated. Among these adolescents, teacher encouragement raised to 12 percent the rate by which they continued their education over those who reported receiving no assistance. Teacher encouragement even led to more students continuing their education beyond the secondary level. Among the children of parents who possessed college degrees, however, such encouragement had little affect on whether they continued their secondary education and no affect on whether they went on to college. More about the relationship between teachers and the success of their students is available at www.reddit.com/r/education.

According to Dr. Ben Alcott, who authored the study, the Cambridge research project further showed the importance of teacher influence in the learning and development processes of students. This research counters the more traditional view that instructors should primarily concern themselves with teaching specific subjects and with disciplinary matters. The study should give teachers who elect to provide such encouragement a better understanding of the effects of their actions long after the students are beyond their influence. However, some aspects of teacher influence were known long before this study, with Alcott noting how adults will often point to the actions of a certain instructor when referring to a positive experience taking place when they were in school.

 

April 26, 2017

Betsy DeVos Manages Her Time In An Effective Way

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One of the most important habits of a successful individual is how she manages her time. People who have poor time management tend to find themselves slacking off and falling behind on their goals. Betsy DeVos is really good at managing her time. However, her time management is not like what many people would think it is. While some people may deal with breaking their schedule off into segments, Betsy and her husband take the time to focus on their main objective which is improving education for the children. One of the things that she is hoping to bring forth is the type of education that plays to the strengths of each student.

Betsy and Dick are working on approaching this objective in a holistic way. There are different aspects of bringing improvements to the educational system. Some of it is in a direct way. This is one of the best ways to get involved. I find that a lot of people try to help in a way that is very distant. They often go with the bare minimum. However, in some cases that is okay. When people are busy with their lives, they probably only have time for the bare minimum. Betsy DeVos, on the other hand, is heavily involved. This is perhaps because her career centers on this type of activity.

Betsy DeVos has a lot of passion and love for what she is doing. The one thing that helps her is her vision. She is hoping that each children get equal chances in schooling. For one thing, she is looking to protect every child. This includes children that are a little bit outside of the norm. One thing that she has seen is that the educational system is almost exclusive to a certain type of person with certain strengths. School choice helps people find alternative educational systems.

Know more: http://www.latimes.com/opinion/readersreact/la-ol-le-devos-vouchers-20170218-story.html

Betsy DeVos knows that each person has his own strengths. Therefore, she is willing to bring forth an environment that helps people develop every strength no matter what they are. For one thing, people have a short time to learn and capitalize on their strengths. Visit Betsy’s profile on Twitter.

April 20, 2017

Clay Siegall, A Medical Researcher and Business Leader

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Clay Siegall is the co-founder of Seattle Genetics. This is a medical research company based in Seattle. He is the CEO of the company and the chair of the board. The company is currently the industry leader in antibody-drug conjugates development. They secured an approval from the FDA for the first drug of this type in 2011. The drug (ADCETRIS) is available globally and is approved in more than 60 countries.

Siegall has helped Seattle Genetics to secure partnerships with other top medical companies such as GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, Genentech, and AbVie. These collaborations have turned out to be lucrative and have generated millions of dollars for the companies. Siegall is also responsible for raising funds for the firm. The company secured a billion dollars in financing during their IPO in 2001. The capital that was raised has allowed the company to conduct more experiments and research without the hindrance of finances. The company has tripled its stock price over the last few years under the leadership of Siegall. Siegall has shown business acumen in running a company.

Siegall attended the University of Maryland where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology. He later received a Ph.D. in Genetics from the George Washington University. He was first employed at Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharmaceutical Research Institute as a senior research investigator after school. He was promoted to principal scientist at the institute a few years later. Siegall left the institute to join the National Cancer Institute as a Staff and Biotechnology Fellow. He decided to start Seattle Genetics after working here. He is a member of the board of directors of Alder BioPharmaceuticals, Washington Roundtable, and Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical.

Siegall’s mission since he started his career in the medical field has been to improve the lives of cancer patients. His research is focused on developing more solutions to cancer patients and help in their treatment. He holds more than a dozen patents. He has written numerous medical publications. Siegall has been recognized with a couple of awards throughout his career. The awards include the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the year in 2012 and the University of Maryland Alumnus of the year in 2013.

 

April 8, 2017

The Kabbalah Centre Helps People Improve Their Lives with Ancient Wisdom

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The practice of Kabbalah has gained notoriety in recent years due to the number of high-profile celebrities who follow this practice. Since Kabbalah is associated with the Jewish religion, some people wonder why stars who are not Jewish would choose to follow this particular practice. The principles behind this practice help people put their lives into perspective so they can make better choices. Hollywood stars such as Sandra Bernhard, have made statements regarding how these meditation techniques have helped them bring order to an otherwise chaotic lifestyle.

Many of the Hollywood celebrities who follow the practice of Kabbalah do so through the Kabbalah Centre located in Los Angeles. This Centre promotes the ancient teachings of Kabbalah as providing the tools people need to bring joy and fulfillment into their lives. The practice of this ancient teaching allows people to attain more than just material possessions, which was why the late Sammy Davis Jr. chose to incorporate Kabbalah into his life.

Bringing Wisdom to Those in Need

The Kabbalah Centre in Los Angeles promotes the same teachings that were first established through the Centre’s founder Rav Yehuda Ashlag. The study of Kabbalah was designed to help improve an individual’s personal relationship with God. Early teachings were often limited to Rabbis and other religious scholars, but the evolution and establishment of the Kabbalah Centre has led to the offering of classes to the general public. Rav Berg made the decision to step outside the traditional boundaries of the way Kabbalah was taught in order to make the wisdom more accessible to the people who needed it.

The Kabbalah Centre in Los Angeles focuses on teaching people how to apply the ancient teachings to their every day lives. This facility also teaches people how to make the world a better place through the choices they make. As a shining example to the people they teach, the Kabbalah Centre in Los Angeles operates as a non-profit that helps raise money as well as consciousness, for many non-profit relief organizations such as those provided for Hurricane Katrina. The Centre also hosts several events throughout the year, which include spiritual retreats and tours to high energy sites.

April 7, 2017