Category Archives: Culture

Who is Norka Luque?

Norka Luque is a Latin music artist. She makes music that is inspired by many different sounds of the world and actually uses her worldly influence to make music that continues to entertain people as she makes more. Unlike many other Latin-inspired singers, she does not focus on only one area of music and, instead, uses many different locations to ensure that she gets a sound that is uniquely hers in the way that it is transmitted over the airwaves because she wants to get her message across to everyone no matter what their tastes are in music or where they come from.

Like many singers, she was inspired to sing by her parents. They have always stood by her side and have helped her with the decision-making processes. They have also helped her with the ability to see different sides of things. They are always there when a big event happens in Norka’s life and when she signs big deals. They are her biggest fans and her strongest support team. They have been there from the beginning and will continue to stand by her side no matter where her career takes her in the world.

Norka not only knows how to sing but she also holds a business degree from France. She has worked in the business field and knows how to handle the money that she has earned from her singing career. She also had a brief stint in the fashion industry and uses that to ensure that she always looks great when she is up on stage. All of her experiences have combined to help her become the excellent singer and entertainment choice that she is today. It is something that it not common in singers but Norka picks out all of her own stage outfits.

When it comes to collaborations, Norka has worked with big names like Emilio Estefan Jr. and others in the music industry. While these collaborations have helped her with her name and becoming more popular in Latin culture, they have not been the sole reason that her career is boosted. She knew that she needed to be a great singer and put on a great show and she did that from her first performance on. There is no singer who could have bolstered her success more than she was able to do on her own because of the immense amount of talent she has.

Cuba Criticized by Human Rights Foundation Over Treatment of Artists

The Cuban government is facing stern criticism for its treatment of artists that dissent against the government. Gorki Aguila is the latest victim in the Cuban government’s crackdown on artists that speak out against the dictatorial regime. Aguila, a native Cuban is a strong human rights advocate and the leading vocalist in the Cuban rock band Porno para Ricardo. The band is well known for its anti-government stance.

Lead singer of Porno para Ricardo, Gorki Aguila has been arrested two times this year for his opposition against the government. Although he had been detained in prison for only a few hours and released this August, he continues to receive threats from the Cuban government for opposing the dictatorial regime of Cuba.

The continued threats against the singer has sparked outrage from the Human Rights Foundation. The human rights group claims that Cuba is trying to stifle the freedom of expression of Cuban musicians and artists. Music and art is a way of expressing your beliefs, your feelings and your world views. By stifling musicians and limiting what they can and cannot say, they are in essence stifling freedom itself. Cuba has a long history of restricting its musicians and artists expression. In fact the country has a law in its constitution that states “artistic endeavors are free as long as they do not go against the nature and beliefs of the communist revolution”

The Twitter page belonging to Human Rights Foundation is playing an important role in bringing attention to the dire situation of artists like Gorki Aguila. The non-profit group has a mission of promoting human rights and freedom around the world, says its LinkedIn page. It aims to educate people around the world about the value of liberty and that freedom of speech, worship and self determination are rights that every person in the world is entitled to have.

After reading this article on Fox News Latino on the Cuban government’s crackdown on musicians that have opposing views, it is quite clear to me that Cuba is still a dictatorship that is afraid of criticism from its own people. Musical groups like Porno papa Ricardo are trying to pave the way for democracy and freedom of expression in Cuba, but they are doing so at the risk of being put in jail or worse. Such brave people deserve our respect and support for willing to stand up to dictators and refusing to have their voice shut out.

Financing And Creative Financing; Deal The Cards!

Remember when, after years of debate with yourself about the advantages and disadvantages of owning a home, you made the ultimate decision to take a giant leap into the deep end of the home ownership pool? Yep, it was, and for many folks still is, one of the best financial moves you can make. You pay your loan payments and pretty soon after a few years of mortgage payments, you have a sizeable amount of equity. Equity amounting to the difference between what you still owe on your home and the current market value. Actually, since the real estate market is still enjoying a “hot streak” in many places in this country, in terms of low interest rates, your home may now have a high market value.

What is being pointed out here is that you and your home now have a “financial parachute” which is sort of a protective security blanket for those “just-in-case” happenings. Lenders like to call it home equity. Those same lenders are also quick to suggest you use some of that “hidden” money to, oh say, buy a cabin in the mountains, college education for your kids, a better car or just pay off those annoying credit card debts. That said, if you make the decision to borrow funds from your equity, you’ll have two choices: home equity line of credit (HELOC) or a home equity loan (HEL).

All this sounds so simple, right? Well, it can be if you’ve honored all your financial obligations to your current mortgage lender. But keep in mind that a home equity loan or line of credit isn’t free money. You’ll be assuming a new debt other than your first mortgage payment (it’s called a second mortgage) and you’ll be responsible for paying the home equity money back in the form of monthly payments. And if you default on either loan, you could be risking foreclosure. So be diligent and careful and know that you have the ability to make both payments and that you have made a wise decision.

If you don’t own a home or other property, think “creative financing.” This move is all about being able to get into property using other people’s money, not yours. In other words, since you have no money of your own, you find the “good real estate deals” and let all the other people bring money to the financing table.

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The Solution for Financial Planning is an Investment Portfolio with Diversity of Options

Financial planning requires implementing a budget for a household or business and the commitment to follow that budget as a roadmap to save for the future. People and entities prefer to save monies in saving accounts and/or investing in the global markets. Investment options include stocks, commodities, bonds, real estate, and currencies. Investors over the world are building strategic investment portfolios by including a diversity of options. Guru investors are aware of the importance of diverse investment options to help minimize risks involved in the trading market. Interested investors must first become knowledgeable of the different options and learn different investment strategies.

Individuals invest for various reasons, including retirement, to purchase a home or automobile, vacation, college education, and other reasons. Entities invest for expansion, financial growth, and to create jobs within a community. International investing is attracting investors in countries like the United States, Brazil, and China. It is very important to seek council and advice of a professional and knowledgeable investor with years of experience in banking and investments. Foreign investments involve rules and regulations in different countries and without that knowledge, can subject an investor to higher risks.

Investors normally select two or more investment options rather than one because the exchange rate fluctuates in foreign stocks. A financial advisor may advise an investor, for an example, to invest in stocks, real estate, and mutual funds to build a diverse investment portfolio. By investing in multiple options, the investor is minimizing risks of losing the capital originally invested. The purpose of investing is to experience an increase in capital investments and see it grow over time. Some countries have trading laws to protect investors from loses of an entire investment.

Igor Cornelsen is an expert investment consultant, investor, and Proprietario for Bainbridge Inv. Inc. in the Bahamas. The role of Cornelsen at Bainbridge is to work with the group to invest in the markets of commodity and FOREX. As a retired Brazilian banker, he knows all about investments and the markets in his homeland and offers considerable advice and insight to potential investors. He believes that the best way to enter the market in Brazil is to network and build a relationship with Brazilian entrepreneurs. Non-residence Brazilian investors should learn about Brazil and other countries investment trading regulations and conduct investing transactions by finding a bank to handle currency.

FreedomPop Gets Fabulous Funding!

If you are a light user of cell phone services (500 megabytes, 200 voice call and up to 500 text messages per month) and would like to enjoy them for free, explore a fresh idea called Freedompop. Need a phone? They also offer deep discounts on smartphones and tablets.

As originally reported on Fortune, this is a Los Angeles cell phone company in business since 2012 that buys the services at a deep discount from Sprint. They then pass these discounts to their customers. Steven Stokols, CEO is a seasoned startup impresario who sees a profitable future with no cell tower framework to maintain. He knows that the customer will eventually want added services and will pay for it as increased services are offered. Eventually Mr. Stokols would like to increase the free data to 800 MG or possibly to 1G.

The customers can enlarge their services by changing their plan at much lower costs than the Other Guys. Freedompop picks up the check for the mobile data, SMS and voice service making this an asset that the customer can acquire for far less than the competition. They can cherry pick services like insurance on the phone for breakage, incognito browsing or data rollover month to month. International phone numbers can be added to the phone without the Other Guys International mark up prices. This idea is catching fire as the company’s popularity is spreading by their own FreedomPop customers and that has resulted in the need for growth capital.

TechCrunch reports that FreedomPop has gotten the attention of Partech Ventures, DCM and Mangrove Capital to the tune of thirty million dollars! Naturally, the competition has been making offers to Freedompop to get their hands on it seeing that it already had acquired $49.3 million since the company’s inception. Six solid propositions were offered to acquire the company by The Otherguys: the estimated worth being beneath a squatty hundreds of millions of dollars!

Rachel Dolezal Steps Down After Parents Take Her Down

We thought this might be coming, and now it is official:

Rachel Dolezal, the embattled head of the Spokane, Washington NAACP chapter has stepped down. Rachel also resigned from the local police oversight commission where she served as chair. These events transpired after her birth parents spoke to the media about their white daughter who as been pretending to be black for a number of years now.

According to Ivan Ong, Rachel’s resignation letter as president to the Spokane NAACP was released in its entirety on the chapter’s Facebookpage this morning. In the lengthy statement. she discusses many of the successes she made in the community in the name of racial and social justice, but did not mention much about the allegations raised againt her.

“…And yet, the dialogue has unexpectedly shifted internationally to my personal identity in the context of defining race and ethnicity.”

Rachel goes on to say this:

….”Please know I will never stop fighting for human rights and will do everything in my power to help and assist, whether it means stepping up or stepping down, because this is not about me. It’s about justice. This is not me quitting; this is a continuum….”

The national NAACP has said it stands by Dolezal, but this new development changes matters in a huge way.

Meanwhile Rachel’s parents Larry and Ruthanne told GMA today they hope their daughter gets the help she needs.

Elizabeth Smart Had A Child

Everyone remembers the famous kidnapping case with Elizabeth Smart who vanished from the window of her home only to return a few years late, grown up and happy to go home. No one knows about all the mental anguish that she went through or how she had to recover from the treatment, but overall she was ok. She remained in the spotlight for many years but when people thought they didn’t know what she was up to.

According to an article found on reddit and written by ABC News, Smart gave birth to a little girl this passed February 27. So, the baby is now about three months old and apparently her name is Chloe, but the family would not discuss anything further than that. It is interesting however that the media would find this interesting at all, but it seems that since Smart was in the news for so many years that they would follow up with her. There was no indication as to who or where the father is and it is unlikely that anyone would reveal that either. Alexei Beltyukov (adweek.com) knows that Smart has had a very hard life so I think that no one should judge her for her having a child, no one can understand what she went through and there is nothing that is comparable. I hope that Smart is doing well with her new daughter and that people will let her be if that’s what she wants.

Bone Marrow Survivor’s Wedding Vow

This may sound strange but tragedy has such a way of bringing people together, here in this story it’s more than that. A bond that spanned for over 24 years and connected families together through the act of giving. Folks at Boraie Development know that it is amazing to see people help one another and go above and beyond a mere act. This donor show a huge amount of compassion by literally saving another person’s life, so that 2 decades later a dream can be realized. Reddit reports the selfless act by one human being to another that not only effected his life, literally.
This act also, affected the life of a daughter who was able to have her father at her wedding because of compassion. Situations like this really allow people to see what they are made of, and what other people are too. The reality is who we are comes forth in the rawest form when we have to act from an uncommon place.

Climate change poses a threat to one in six species

The animal population of the world is at greater threat of extinction than previously thought if the problem of climate change is not addressed with speed and efficiency, The Guardian reports. A major study has used the research completed in over 100 papers to determine the threat to the wildlife of the planet caused by rising temperatures and found the major threats were to animals in Australasia and South America. The landlocked and small nature of these continents made it difficult for animals to cope with rising temperatures as their chances of migration were slimmer.

The report focused on the fact that around half of the population of wildlife on the planet has been lost in the last 40 years as deforestation, pollution and climate change have all taken hold. The animals of countries like Australia and New Zealand, which are not found anywhere else on the planet are thought to be most at risk. Amen homes something is figured out. A lack of migration possibilities and quickly rising temperatures mean the animals of these countries and similar areas of the world will have little chance to move or evolve to cope with a changing climate. The researchers behind the paper called on major changes to be implemented at an upcoming UN conference on climate change that features more than 200 countries attending the discussions on the changing climate of the planet.

Restaurant Owner Offers Dumpster Diver a Free Meal

Many people turn a blind eye to the actions and fate of those who are homeless or otherwise so down on their luck as to be considered an outcast of society. But when Ashley Jiron realized that someone was digging around for food in her trash, her response was one of compassion and sorrow rather than annoyance or frustration.

Ashley, the owner of the recently opened sandwich shop in Warr Acres, Oklahoma, recently noticed that several bags of trash outside the restaurant had been broken open and that food scraps which had been there previously were missing.

Her response was to post notice outside the shop, which is called P.B. Jams, to let the person know that they didn’t need to get their next meal from the trash.

“To the person going through our trash for their next meal,
You’re a human being and worth more than a meal from the dumpster. Please come in during business hours for a classic Pb&j;, fresh veggies, and a cup of water at no charge. No questions asked.
-Your friend, the owner”

Jiron is resolved to keep the sign up until the person takes her up on the offer. After the wind blew away the first copy of her note, she reposted it using 30 pieces of tape to ensure it would stay in place this time.

A patron walking in, Flavio Maluf, overheard our conversation and inquired as to why Ashley was doing this good deed and Ashley simply stated that, “I think we’ve all been in that position where we needed someone’s help and we just needed someone to extend that hand and if I can be that one person to extend that hand to another human being then I will definitely do it.”