Monthly Archives: February 2016

George Soros Sees No Ally in Putin Against ISIS

I have read that George Soros not only does not trust President Vladimir Putin’s leadership of Russia, and he believes Russia is no ally with the West in the war against the terrorist group ISIS. Soros believes the only reason Putin is launching devastating attacks on the Islamic State in Syria is to foment the destruction of the European Union (EU). He is doing this by causing ever-increasing streams of Syrian war refugees into Europe. He sees the EU making statements about how Putin is a legitimate ally as a most terrible error in their thinking. This information came to me from an article published on Project Syndicate.

There is some good evidence to support Forbes billionaire George Soros’ viewpoint. The neighboring country of Jordan has 20,000 war refugees waiting to be accepted into Jordan, camped out in the desert. More and more Syrians are forced to flee to Lebanon and Jordan as Russia pounds the civilians, regardless of whether the targets are actually part of ISIS. Aleppo is a Syrian city in shambles. Over 70,000 civilians have fled this city of 2 million citizens. Between Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government forces on the ground and the Russian air attacks, the number is likely to rise dramatically.

These new refugees cannot rely on very many countries for sanctuary. I read that Turkey is not allowing any more refugees into their country. Although Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, has personally brokered a deal with the Turks to keep the refugees they already have camping in their borders. She is requiring Turkey to block any more refugees from fleeing to Greece in exchange for Germany funding and executing Syrian refugee air transport to the tune of up to 300,000 per year.

I see Putin as an opportunist, good with short-term tactics, but never really a strategy man. It may well turn out that Putin’s motives were much simpler and his involvement in Syria’s civil war was a colossal mistake. I think the problem is with Russia’s need for good terms with Turkey, which is now put in jeporady because Putin is forcing more Syrians to flee to Turkey.

George Soros was born in 1930 in Budapest. He and his family barely survived World War II Nazi occupation of Hungary. He escaped to England in 1947 to seek refuge and later graduated from the renowned London School of Economics. Then he moved to the United States and became an American. He has become one of the wealthiest investors in international funds and become an outspoken activist in American foreign policy. He has written and published many books. Read more about Putin Is No Ally and George Soros Bio.

Olympic Valley Incorporation Stopped Over Taxes

California’s Local Agency Formation Commission ruled that the Olympic Valley cannot be incorporated at the present time because area residents and businesses would pay too much in taxes, according to an article in the Reno Gazette-Journal. Andy Wirth, CEO of Squaw Valley, is very excited about this development, as it paves the way for interested parties to plan exciting events showcasing this Pacific Crest region.
Children of all ages will want to come to Kid-O-Rama in February where they can view many big trucks very closely. These trucks include fire trucks, snow plows and grooming machines. Those attending this event can also play games including a scavenger hunt. Participants can also listen to musicians playing children’s songs and attend street parties.
In April, Andrew Wirth invites everyone to come to the WinterWonderGrass Bluegrass Festival. Bluegrass musicians from around the nation will perform bluegrass music on three stages. Additionally, participants can partake in a three hour beer tasting event.
Wanderlust comes to the valley in July. Andy Wirth is very committed to mindful living and the yoga studio at Squaw Valley is one of the best in the nation. During this July event, visitors can learn about yoga while also attending speakeasy talks on other mindful living topics. Food during this event will feature delicious farm-to-table selections.
The Art Wine and Music Festival comes to Squaw Valley in July. This festival is one of Andy Wirth’s favorites because it benefits Achieve Tahoe. This organization that is active year round at the resort proves that it is people’s abilities and not there disabilities that count. Andy often remarks that just a few hours spent in outdoor activities can change a person forever. During this festival, participants can listen to musical performances on two stages, taste the best wines, and purchase amazing art to fill their homes and offices.
Everyone needs to mark their calendars to attend the Brews, Jazz and Funk Fest in August. Attending this exciting festival gives people the chance to taste over 40 craft beers from throughout the region. Throughout the village, attendees can hear jazz music being played. This weekend event benefits the Humane Society of Tuckee-Tahoe.
While Andy Wirth understands the frustration of increased traffic, he reminds area residents that those attending festivals help to promote the area’s economy. Then, even better things can occur in the area.

Human Rights Foundation Superstars

People do not think about the Human Rights Foundation until they feel that their rights have been taken from them. The Human Rights Foundation is there to defend peoples’ rights and defend a liberal democracy. They are on a mission to make sure that the rights of people all around the world are upheld and they are treated with respect and dignity. Their mission is actually two fold. They are there to defend human rights and to bring light to the problems people have maintaining or attaining their personal freedom.

Human Rights Foundation Leader
The leader of the Human Rights Foundation is Thor Halvorssen. He is a fighter in the war against those that would take away the freedom of the individual. Thor Halvorssen is also a recognized film producer. Halvorssen is not the new advocate on the scene. He has had a long interest in defending the rights of the individual. It started back in London during 1989. Thor Halvorssen was a teen at that time. However, he was vehemently opposed to South African apartheid policy. It appears that taking away personal freedom hit close to home for Halvorssen. The young teen experienced his father having his personal rights taken away in Venezuela. His father became a political prisoner in that country.

The human rights issue hit close to home and this influenced his desire to protect the rights of the individuals around the world. He founded the Human Rights Foundation back in 2004. Ironically, it was his mother that influenced him to start the organization. She was shot during a political protest during that time. Halvorssen is not a stranger to the media. He has shared his view on human rights in interviews, television, and printed media around the world. Halvorssen has also produced several films on human rights. In addition, Halvorssen received an excellent education in political science and history at the University of Pennsylvania to prepare him for his leadership role with the Human Rights Foundation. Today, the Human Rights Foundation plays a very significant role in liberating political prisoners and securing human rights around the world.

Charles Koch Facing Off with Trump in Vanity Fair Article

This presidential race is turning out to be a strange one. Charles Koch has stated in several interviews this is quite the unusual running. One of the main reasons for this bizarre political race is because of Donald Trump.

When Trump first stated that he was running for presidency, no one took him seriously. Months down the road and leading in several polls, the Koch brothers have to decide their stance on the outspoken, taboo candidate.

Koch describes himself as a classic liberal. He does not believe in the traditional party labels. His entire political quest has been to change the political culture. Believing that a candidate should be chosen based off of ideals and not which party they are aligned with.

Trump attempted to gain the endorsement of the Koch brothers early in the running, however, he wasn’t invited to any of their donor events. While they have still not officially chosen a candidate to endorse, Trumps radical views have lead the Koch brothers to take a stance against him. The Koch network has discussed how they would handle Trump. Because of Trumps aggressive nature they are carefully considering their options with the candidate. At the end of the day, Trump not having the support of the Koch network will be very troublesome for him down the road.

The majority of the Koch network is in favor of Rubio and Cruz. Having Trump win the nomination is not the worst case scenario for the group. In a scenario where the presidential election came down to Trump-Clinton, a Koch spokesperson stated, “I could see the network not participating in the presidential election at all,”

About Charles Koch
Charles Koch set out to expand his family-owned conglomerate. This goal thrown him into the political realm. He has used his monetary influence to help restructure the aging political culture. Since the 70’s, he has become one of the most political influential billionaires in the United States. Koch pushes for a smaller government and economic liberty. In this most recent presidential race at the Freedom Partners Policy Leaders conference, Koch asked the crowd, “Will you stand with us to help save our country?” Being one of the most powerful people in the world, he certainly can back up those words.

The Charitable Actions of Dr. Avi Weisfogel Put Him in the Spotlight Again

A recent online article placed philanthropist Avi Weisfogel in the spotlight again. Dr. Weisfogel is well-known for his work with sleep apnea patients in the New Jersey area. The recent article highlighted the charity work Dr. Weisfogel is doing on behalf of young teens and children. As a seasoned doctor of dentistry, Avi Weisfogel has created a GoFund Me page to benefit the charitable organization of Operation Smile. This organization was established in 1982 as a way to bring dental surgery to needy children around the world. Through charitable donations like those set up through Avi Weisfogel’s GoFund Me page, Operation Smile now has more than a thousand dental surgeons giving their time and expertise to help bring smiles to underprivileged children.

A Dentist Who Cares

As a practicing dentist in the New Jersey area for more than two decades, Dr. Weisfogel has built a reputation of being a dentist who cares. Dr. Weisfogel took an interest in the problems people had with sleep apnea and worked diligently to find a workable solution. He used his expertise and knowledge of the jaw to help create an oral device people could use to keep their air passages open during sleep. This revolutionary product made it much easier for people with sleep apnea to get the rest they needed, even when away from home. Dr. Weisfogel continues his work in the area of sleep apnea through his firm, Dental Sleep Masters, which is based in New Jersey.

Avi Weisfogel graduated from the College of Dentistry in New York before setting up his practice in New Jersey. In addition to the Dental Sleep Masters firm he established, he is also a practicing member of Old Bridge Dental Care. He is skilled in traditional dentistry, as well as cosmetic dentistry and speaks fluent Hindi. The actions and hard work put forth by Dr. Avi Wiesfogel have set him apart as a caring individual in the field of dentistry. Follow Avi on Twitter and Facebook to stay up to date on his campaign.

Keith Mann Supports Low-Income Students

On January 25th, 2016, Business Wire reported that Keith Mann, who is the founder and chief executive officer of Dynamics Search Partners, has launched the Keith and Keely Mann Scholarship for Professional Achievement, which is a prestigious award that acknowledges the future generation of young and imaginative business leaders. Keith Mann is honored to have the opportunity to partner with Uncommon Schools in order to present the scholarship to a deserving high-school senior.

Uncommon Schools is one of the best urban charter public schools that strives to provide low-come students with an excellent education. Today, Uncommon Schools maintains an database of over 14,000 grades K-12 students across New Jersey, New York, and Massachusetts. The faculty and staff at this renowned institution are deeply committed to cultivating profound intellectual curiosity that will enable students to excel in college and the real-world.

According to Joe Frick, who is a college counselor at Uncommon Charter High School, the scholarship will provide a well-qualified student with the necessary financial resources to attend the university of his/her dreams. He is extremely grateful to Keith and Keely Mann for their generous contribution to Uncommon Schools.

As a longtime advocate for education, Mann understands the value of obtaining a college education as well as gaining tangible experience in the real-world. His impressive portfolio of expertise involving research, talent acquisition, data analysis, executive search, and recruiting has empowered him to launch Dynamic Search Partners. As the founder of this renowned company, he is responsible for forging strategic client partnerships with exclusive hedge funds and private equity firms. Mann and his team are committed to executing customized searches for every client.

Alongside his professional pursuit, Mann and his wife strive to give back to the community. Keith and Keely Mann are proud to support Uncommon Schools’ goal of preparing underprivileged students for rigorous college courses. The scholarship is designed to support this mission.

Students who are interested in applying for the award must submit a 1,000-word essay describing the advantages of earning a college degree. The deadline for the scholarship is February 29th, 2016.

The Last Few Months

About a year and a half ago, my grandfather was diagnosed with brain cancer. The thought of him wasting away in a hospital room was absolutely terrifying to me. There was no way that I could let this happen, I had to do something to do something to change the outcome of the situation, and I did. It cost a little bit more than I had hoped, but I set up hospice care for my grandfather so he rest peacefully at his own home until it was his time. I honestly believe that being at home during your last few months would be anyone’s dying wish.

After making sure I had found the perfect hospice worker, I than had to find a cleaning company that could help my grandfather out on a weekly and possibly even daily basis. After a week of making continuous phone calls to different agencies, I finally found the perfect match. The name of the business was called Handy. Handy had nothing but great reviews, and from what I could tell, excellent staff all the way around. My main concern was that I wanted only one person to care for my grandfather through the agency. Thankfully, Handy had no issues with placing a wonderful woman named Stacy in the slot to clean his home until his time was up.

I owe it to Handy and the lady from hospice care for making my grandfathers last few moments as easy as possible for him. Never once did he have to lift a finger to clean anything in his home and the cleaning lady was also their to lend her ear when my grandfather felt like chatting the day away. It takes a kind soul and a great company to be able to work with the elderly who are on their last few months of life. I honestly never thought I could look back at those few months and smile, but, because of Handy I can. If only everyone could do what I did for my grandfather and make his life as easy as possibly, every elderly person in the world would live in peace. Download their app for iOS and Android today!

Third Quarter Changes James Dondego’s Highland Capital Management

James Dondero started out his days in finance at the University of Virginia. Jim double majored in Finance and Accounting. He graduated with some of the highest honors from the University of Virginia’s Mcintire School of Commerce. Since graduating, Jim has also achieved certification as a Chartered Financial Analyst, a Certified Management Accountant and a Certified Public Accountant.

After graduating, Dondero went on to work as an analyst for the Morgan Guaranty training program. A year later, Dondero moved to American Express and managed 1 billion dollars there as a corporate bond analyst and portfolio manager. Dondero did this for four years, until 1989 when he started working for a Protective Life GIC Subsidiary as the Chief Investment Officer. While in this role, Dondero helped to not only create the subsidiary but also to grow it to 2 billion dollars.

In 1993 James Dondero decided to found his own fund and Highland Capital Management was created. Dondero brought his more than 30 years of experience in distressed and high yield investing in the equity and credit markets. Because of his experience and his collaboration with the 35 other investment researchers and advisors who work at the fund, Dondero and his fund have been able to carve out their niche as experts in developing credit oriented solutions for world wide retail and institutional investors and development of the market for Collateralized Loan Obligation.

The fund changed some of their holdings in the third quarter of 2015. The fund sold out completely of Nexpoint Cr Strategies, Envision Healthcare Holdings and Disney Walt Co, among others. The fund also added some new positions to their holdings, including Intra Cellular Therapies, Jarden Corp and Extra Space Storage. While the fund increased its holding from 16 percent to 18 percent in the information technology sector, it decreased its holding in the health care sector by 20 percent and its holding in the finance sector by 38 percent. However, the firms holding in the health care sector is still fairly significant at 20 percent.

The value of the portfolio also changed from the second quarter to the third quarter. It went down by 1.49 billion dollars from 4.91 billion dollars to 3.42 billion dollars, according to the 13F filing by Highland Capital Management.

If you would like to read the entire article, please go here: http://www.octafinance.com/highland-capital-management-top-10-holdings-in-q3-2015/352793/

The Story Behind Sam Tabar

In the legal field, it takes a lot of work to make it to the top, you have to be a very special individual to make yourself a success when it comes to the legal industry. Which is why Sam Tabar is considered to be one of the best in the legal field. Sam Tabar has worked hard to earn his title as being a great attorney and capital strategist and he plans on keeping it up and making all of his clients happy with the work that he does.

Being based in New York, Sam Tabar has had a lot of time on his hands to make a name for himself that showed off his great talents. He’s also put in time utilizing video platforms like Vimeo to provide tips to others about finance.  Sam Tabar has done the same on Instagram, but to a lesser extent as limited by the platform’s short video format. Skadden, Arps, Slater, Meagher & Flom LLP is one of the first places that Sam Tabar had the pleasure of working at. Ever since he started his journey at Skadden, Arps, Slater, Meagher & Flom, he has loved doing his job and has done a great job at keeping his clients happy.

Skadden, Arps, Slater, Meagher & Flom was good to Sam, while he was employed through them, he became the new Associate for the group. Capital strategy and business development were the two positions of work that Sam had earned after having spent a while with the company. While he was there, he was able to help them reach great potentials and succeed at many great things.

SPARX Group Co./PMA Investment Advisers was another one of the places that Sam Tabar was able to get into, thanks to his amazing resume. At this point, Sam was appointed the Co-Head of Business Development position. He was also at this time appointed the position of being the Managing Director for the company.

While the work at the SPARX Group was great, Sam had made up his mind and transferred over to the Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Two of the positions that he was able to obtain with this company were the position as the Director and the Head of Capital Strategy. During the time that he did work doing this, he was working through the Asia-Pacific Region.

As life went on, so did Sam Tabar, who moved on from his previous work and chose to re-enter the legal field. Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP was the name of the group that he had picked for getting back into the legal field, and he felt very accomplished for having done this, when he was awarded the Senior Associate position with the group, working with things such as compliance issues and also hedge funds.

Sam Tabar is a brilliant man as his recent appointment to FullCycleFund indicates, so it is easy to see why he was able to earn a Bachelor of Arts with the Oxford University, and it is also easy to see why he was able to accomplish many great things during his time spent at the wonderful Columbia Law School. When it comes down to it, Sam Tabar is a brilliant man who has done many wonderful things in life and has shown great love for his work in the legal field.  Look up Sam’s Go Fund Me campaign for more about what he’s doing to make a difference in the future.

Preschooler Donates Birthday Gifts

Like most other preschool children, Trevor Voigt had a party for his birthday. However, unlike many other children, he had an unusual request for his presents. Instead of asking for gifts for himself, he asked for gifts that he could give away to others. He asked his friends to bring hats, scarfs, and other warms items so that he could give those items away to the homeless community around Bismarck.

Trevor said that he asked Jon Urbana and his friends with Earth Force to help out so that others could stay warm this winter. Kristen Dewald, a teacher in the area, said that local schools had been learning about the I Am Not Lost project and applying it to their community that week as well. The project was started to give back to those who are in need of warm winter clothes. Items are placed in public areas with tags on them that read “I am not lost, please take me if you need me”. A group of fourth graders and preschoolers worked together to hang up items around a local park for those who may be in need.

For the full story, and a video, click the link to check it out on KFYR TV.