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Sightsavers’ CEO on Disability Rights

If you didn’t know, there are an estimated billion people who live around the world and have some type of disability. Research shows that nearly over 80% of those individuals are living in underdeveloped countries, impoverished areas and have no awareness when it comes to disabilities nor do they get the respect they deserve. When it comes to basic human rights such as getting a job or quality education, many are denied within this group.


Nearly 800 delegates from all across the world attended The Global Disabilities Summit. It was geared toward shining a light on a list of challenges so many faces when having a disability. Before the Summit started, 36 international development organizations brought their leadership together within the UK to create an open letter with signatures expressing optimism and hope regarding the objectives surrounding the Summit.


It has been a slow process when it comes to the challenges of these people that has been talked about over the decades along with getting commitments in place. The concern was how to implement them within the UN’s convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The Summit at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London was designed to bring about four important themes:


Technology and innovation

Inclusive education

Economic empowerment

Dignity and respect for all


Building up to the Summit, Sightsavers had a target vision of what it would be like to see things happen and be accomplished at the event. They created a “Put Us In The Picture campaign, which the company made aware that it wanted to see all attendees make strong agreements on inclusivity pertaining to the disabled. The business also had hoped to see a first-hand accountability pertaining to the agreements spoken about during the summit and how they will be honored by those particular organizations and member states. It didn’t take long for Sightsavers to join with other partners across the globe to form a commitment of success when going about achieving these innovative goals. During the Summit, nearly 300 signatories were there in support of the Global Disability Summit Charter for change. This effort brings them together to make a promise to pursue equality and inclusivity among those people suffering from disabilities in society and in their countries.

Acquisition of Fortress Investment Group

There is a lot that takes place in the world of business. There are those who wish to expand their operations, and they are forced to acquire other organizations to attain that goal. On the other hand, they are those that are closing some of their activities to focus on a different field. All these are things common in the business world. However, there are those acquisitions that take place that make the people outside the business world wonder. Some organizations go out of their ways to acquire other organization that are outside their industry. For instance, the acquisition of Fortress Investment Group by SoftBank has let many wondering what SoftBank’s motive is.

SoftBank has acquired Fortress Investment group with a sum of $3.3 billion. The deal just came to an end in December 2017 after the Fortress shareholders approved it. What most people don’t understand is what an international organization that deals with tech and internet industry would consider Fortress as an organization to acquire.

When one looks at the two organizations and their histories, they will understand why such a deal took place. These companies on their own have always sought after new areas to expand into. By the time SoftBank came into existence in 1981, the organization was focusing on PC software. At the moment, the company concentrates on tech companies having stakes in over 400 firms that offer different services like e-commerce, broadband, internet, tech services, fixed-line telecommunications and others. With the company acquiring Fortress Investment Group, it shows that SoftBank wants to get into a different direction of business. To know more about the company click here.

When it comes to Fortress Investment Group, the organization has been around for more than 20 years. The company has always been ready to take up complex challenged to remain viable in the market as well as maintaining its competitive advantage. The company is based in New York and was founded by Randal Nardone, the organization’s chief executive officer and Wes Edes, the co-chair. Fortress concentrates on businesses to do with hedge funds, private equity investments, and real estate. There is about assets worth $40 billion under the company’s management from 1750 institutional customers and private investors.

Fortress investment will be controlling all its operation despite the acquisition as well as having its headquarters remaining in New York. This to many looks like an acquisition just by name but SoftBank had to agree to these terms to acquire Fortress Group.

OSI Group Extends its Global Market Base

In its continuous expansion strategies, OSI Group continues to purchase the strong companies to cater to the demands of its clients. One of such acquisitions is the purchase of Tyson Foods located in Chicago. According to the group’s senior Executive Vice President in North America Kevin Scott, the group has no other alternative rather than finding ways to counter the fast-rising customers’ demands. With 65 facilities spread over 17 countries worldwide, the company will stop at nothing in working to satisfy rich customer base. With the main offices in Aurora, Illinois, the company rose from a small butchery in Oakland, Chicago to the current giant food processor of today. It started as Otto & Sons way back in 1909, and the improvement trend is still ripe since then.

Baho Foods is another manufacturer, who joined the OSI Group in 2016. The acquisition of the European deli meat and snacks maker aimed at improving the accessibility of the Group’s European market. Although Baho Food products are the same as those of OSI Group, the company’s acquisition will help in the distribution. Distribution will be made possible through the five Baho subsidiaries spread across 18 European countries. These companies belonging to Baho have operations in Germany and Netherland, which will strengthen the market base. Through Gelderland Frischwaren, Q Smart Life, Bakx Foods, Vital Convenience, and Henri van de Bilt, the group will achieve its targets in Europe.

Flagship Europe joined the OSI Group chain in 2016. Later named Creative Foods Europe in early 2018, the company caters for frozen poultry, pies, sauces, and other supplemental foods. The collaboration improved flagship’s customer base and market expansion thus enhancing its productivity. In Spain, no acquisition made, but the available plant in Toledo was boosted to increase production. The group spent up to the tune of € 17 Million to upgrade the plant. Upgrading of solid waste and supplies containers, hot water tanks, new shipping hall were some of the upgrades done to the plant.

Additionally, production costs lowered through the installation of a heat recycling system. Electricity cost was a concern, and through this method, the heat produced by refrigerators and production system would heat water. The upgrade of the Toledo plant will give room for production of more products. Additionally, there is an expectation for poultry production to increase from 12,000 tons to 24,000 and together with other products to increase to 45,000 tons annually.

Matt Badiali: Analysis of Global Oil Markets

Matt Badiali spent much of his life studying and training to become a geologist until a friend of his discovered that he possessed a true potential in finance. Today, Mr. Badiali is a financial analyst who puts his background as a geologist to good use by specializing in resource stocks. His many years as a geologist taught him the specifics of what makes a resource company valuable. He traveled all over the world to examine mines and oil wells. He met with top executives from many companies who showed him geological data, as well as helped him to understand how the company operated. Today he can analyze resource companies and choose whether a company can be a profitable stock pick for an investor.

Matt Badiali believes that there are current developments that could affect the price of oil and investors should remain wary of how things could play out. The United States terminated the Iran nuclear deal and put sanctions back on Iran. These sanctions should begin to affect Iran in November. Matt Badiali pointed out that these sanctions will make it harder for Iran to export its oil. Iran provides the global oil market with two million barrels of oil daily and that amount of oil is not easy to replace. This could cause a shock to the oil market if the supply ends up not being met.

Matt Badiali acknowledges that China and other countries may help to prevent the oil prices from going up higher. China has stepped up and plans to ignore any sanctions that the United States will put on Iran. China is more than willing to accept oil from Iran, especially since China has seen the amount of oil it imports greatly increase from the beginning of this year. Due to the escalating trade war taking place between China and the United States, China also sees this to undermine the United States. China could also stop accepting oil from the United States. Other countries have stood with China and plan to accept Iranian oil because they disagree with the United States for ending the agreement.

Betsy DeVos is a New Kind of Education Secretary

“Every child deserves to attend school in a safe, supportive environment where they can learn, thrive, and grow.” -Betsy DeVos


Education in the United States has been viewed as important ever since the beginning. Thomas Jefferson supported public school education for all American children. The founders of the nation understood that an educated population would make progress and be better equipped at being caretakers of the new nation. In today’s age, Americans still strongly support education. The future of the nation is made up of every student that goes into our school systems. Truth be told there are aspects to the nation’s school systems that are less than perfect. American students are not showing as much strength in math and science as in other developed countries. Betsy DeVos was appointed to be the new education secretary based upon the need for change in the education department.


Betsy DeVos is not a traditional type of education secretary. But then again, President Trump is far from a traditional type of President. She was chosen as education secretary based on her philanthropic efforts in her home state toward education programs and her push for charter schools funded off of vouchers that are made up of money meant for public schools. This system is called school choice. The senate approved of her selection as education secretary based on republican senators believing she would be fully capable of making change happen in the education department for the better with her different ideas.


Primarily, DeVos is not a politician. She is someone who is strongly involved with her community and within the schools of her community based on her philanthropic mind. She is a philanthropist before anything else. Her philanthropy mindset sometimes rears it’s head when she has to handle some decisions made by the president that she has disagreed with. She disagreed with the president removing the bathroom rights of transgender students in American schools. She has stated that hopefully the school districts will vote on their own rules regarding the issue. DeVos also displayed her philanthropy mindset when she proposed that Congress have an open debate following the school shooting in Parkland.


DeVos is a politically involved education secretary who leads with her philanthropic mind. Hopefully this blend of political philanthropy will improve the education department and the education of students. DeVos has sworn that she wants to improve the way students are educated so the United States will be equal to Europe and China in math and science.


For updates, follow Betsy DeVos on twitter.

Whitney Wolfe Herd Turns Harassment into Success

Whitney Wolfe Herd was two years into relationship network swiper Tinder when she left due to sexual harassment. The harassment came from her co-founder and at-the-time boyfriend Justin Mateen. The experience was horrible. In an interview Hern described it as being treated like just some woman. “It broke me,” She said. All of this occurred in 2014, the same year she bounced back with Bumble. Now Herd sits atop a successful business, has launched two other apps off Bumble’s success, and is a model example of an independent businesswoman. In everyway she turned her harassment into success. Through Bumble and its sister apps Bumble BFF and Bizz, Hern is now paying her success forward to young women just like her. Visit on her twitter account for more updates.

Bumble is a swiper app that allows women to do the preliminary swiping. The male users of the app can only respond if the woman selects them. This feminist approach is in tune with current social movement, and an ever-growing body of independent women searching for equality. Whitney Wolfe Herd compares it to a symbolic Sadie Hawkins dance. The girl gets to choose first, the boy gets to try to keep up.

Bumble has enjoyed much success in its four-year career. The client based has increased by 70% a year and it currently serves 35 million users. Whitney Wolfe Herd has also used the success to piggyback two different apps of Bumble. The first, Bumble BFF, is a social networking app for friendship finding. It is designed to connect young women to like-minded individuals for friendship and comradery. The second is called Bizz and it is a career networking site. It is designed to aid career-minded women find their niche, connect with successful companies, beef up their resume, and expand their success. Both apps serve as rewards for the loyal customers who have made Bumble so successful. Their specific focus on women gives them a chance Whitney Wolfe Herd did not. Through such apps she is able to provide benefit to her fellow sisterhood, and set a better precedent for female kind. Learn more:


Could Philanthropist Ara Chackerian Have The Answer To Depression?

The pre-eminent investor, entrepreneur and philathropist, Ara Chackerian is known for his quest to re-invent today’s healthcare system, and his scientific approach to treating depression with Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. But the co-founder of TMS Health Solutions says this is why we must push things forward. About 20 percent of patients are medication-resistant when it comes to treating depression. But Ara Chackerian says there’s a more effective treatment with a substantially lower cost.


In a previously posted interview on Ideamensch, Ara Chackerian explains the initial development of TMS Health Solutions, as well as TMS Health Education. The Florida University graduate spotlights how his organization is driving awareness to empower professionals with the best tools that can successfully treat patients that suffer from depression.


Stimulating Brain Cells


Whether walking, running or talking – every behavior is controlled by activity through the nerve fibers of our brain. Also perception, feelings and thinking depend on the function of our nerve cells in the brain. As soon as we directly influence the activity of these nerve cells, says Ara Chackerian, our behavior also change, thus with TMS therapy. You can visit Medium to know more.


According to The New Version, TMS is a method of brain stimulation which uses a device with a magnetic coil that is held over specific regions of the head. The process is a non-invasive approach that uses weak electrical currents, which depolarize and stimulate brain neurons. Doctors still can’t figure out exactly what occurs deep inside the cerebral cortex, but clinical studies worldwide show that Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation works for several neurological diseases. In recent years, TMS has gained importance in acute stroke, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease patients.


As an investor in start-up healthcare businesses, Ara Chackerian could see the potential in TMS therapy, and starting in 2007, along with co-founders, Chackerian began developing out-patient centers that focused on psychiatric care. Today, there are seven TMS Health Solution centers, soon to be eight, that offer depressive services and telepsychiatry. Chackerian agrees that a one-track strategy that uses only medication could be limiting when there are other strategies, such as Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation to treat depression.



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Alex Hern Applies Virtual Reality Solutions To Business

Alex Hern is not only the co-founder of Tsunami VR, he is also the co-chairman and the co-chief executive officer for Tsunami VR. He has a background as the chief executive officer and chairman of Military Commercial Technologies (Milcom) from 1996 to 1998. The virtual reality solutions that Alex Hern and Tsunami VR are able to provide for global businesses can be applied to the construction industry, the manufacturing industry, the automotive industry, the energy industry, the healthcare and life sciences industry and the aerospace and defense industry.

Tsunami VR has already had success in the applications of virtual reality in a business setting. Tsunami VR teamed up with an energy company to run a field trial to test the capabilities of virtual reality. Employees of the energy company used a HoloLens headset and were able to change out a pneumatic drill component. This process would usually take the employees over two hours to complete. With the help of the virtual reality software, they were able to make the change in only fifteen minutes time. Visit to know more.

One of the challenges that virtual reality is facing in society is the implementation in everyday use by the masses. The mobile industry has taken a stab at attempting to incorporate virtual reality into the everyday use of the mobile smart phone. One of the problems with this is the weight distribution. Mobile phones are not designed for virtual reality use and the inconsistencies are extremely noticeable. Another issue is the battery life of the phones. It cannot sustain the energy consumption of the VR hardware and software because it was not designed to do so. Follow Alex Hern on Linkedin.

According to virtual reality experts, the gaming industry needs to implement more virtual reality hardware and software. However, the games need to be original and not remake’s of already existing games.


Sameer Jejurikar, MD, Increasing Safety One Brazilian Butt Lift At A Time

Cosmetic plastic surgery has become more normalized in our society. More and more people are opting for cosmetic plastic surgery procedures as the services have become more abundant. But a rise in popularity does not necessarily correlate with a rise in safety. That’s exactly why Sameer Jejurikar, MD, founded the Multisociety Gluteal Fat Grafting Task Force.

If you haven’t put it together, the Gluteal Fat Grafting Task Force concerns the popular Brazilian butt lift procedure. The procedure sounds simple in practice. It’s simply a matter of taking fat from one area of the body and grafting it on to the backside. But there are major complications at risk. The fat tissue can become tangled up with a blood vessel. This can create blood clots and it can be fatal.

Sameer Jejurikar, MD, travels the world with his task force to educate doctors on the cosmetic plastic surgery procedure. Knowledge of the procedure can help mitigate any risks to increase patient safety. The group also performs studies to maximize the efficiency of the initial incision for the fat injection. The studies also concern angles of injection and planes of injection to reduce any risks.

The Gluteal Fat Grafting Task Force brings these findings to doctors worldwide. They also believe that their training is so comprehensive that doctors are receiving more experience performing the procedure which should increase patient safety. After all, everyone gets better at performance as the performance is practiced.

Sameer Jejurikar, MD, hails from Dallas, Texas. He has been performing the Brazilian butt lift procedure for more than 21 years. And he has watched as the procedure has become more popular at the risk of safety. Markets are expanding, more doctors are entering the field and prices are becoming more competitive which can put the patient in a precarious position.


The Success of Paul Mampilly

Paul Mampilly is currently serving at Banyan Hill publishing educating people on the stock investment. Before he began writing for the newsletter, he was in the Wall Street. He is, therefore, experienced in the business. He explains that the reason he wanted to leave Wall Street, was to get a chance to reach out to many people. The latter only considers and favors the needs of the prominent people in the society.

Paul Mampilly also admits that working in Wall Street was a lot of pressure. He says that having transactions and investments worth billions on your shoulder is a lot of weight. Mampilly is quick to add that he is still committed to giving his readers quality investment advice. Paul Mampilly says that winning in the Wall Street makes you a hero, but once you lose, you go back to zero.

When asked whether the people in Wall Street have the advantage to information compared to other outsiders in an interview, he admits that they do. He says that this is why he wants to use the knowledge that he has to help the local investors.

One thing that is paramount to mastering a skill is practicing something consistently. Paul Mampilly explains that he has always been dedicated to reading about stocks and tracking the stocks. By so doing, no new information comes up and passes him without his knowledge. Mampilly feels like college education is irrelevant. Well, not purely irrelevant because he could not have been hired without the papers, but information on Wall Street can only be learned practically. If he had a chance to make a choice, he could skip college and read the stock books by himself.

Many investors encourage positivity and viewing the glass full of water. However, Mampilly has a different view on the issue. He says that he always focuses on what could be wrong with his model. He also tries to see his model from other people’s perspective, and draw the negatives that they could find. This helps to avoid sticking to something, thinking it is a grand plan, and later find out it was full of flaws.

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