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Avaaz-Giving Hope Back to the People

Avaaz was founded five years ago and has since grown to become the most powerful and largest activist network online, according to The Guardian.

Avaaz means “voice” in many European, Asian, and Middle Eastern languages and was launched in 2007. The mission of Avaaz is to close the gap between the ideal world and the world we have by uniting people all over the globe.

Avaaz is making it possible for millions of people from every walk of life to have some say and some power against the national, regional and global issues of our world today. Avaaz is addressing everything from poverty to climate change and the Avazz community is taking strong action against the injustices of the world.

Avaaz is served by a tea of 6 continents and thousands of volunteers and campaigns in as many as 15 different languages. Avaaz is using it voice to reach out to people through emailing, calling and lobbying governments, organizing protests, and signing petitions. Avaaz is working hard to make sure that the views and morals of the people in the world are being heard and will help to shape the decisions tat are made that inevitably affect each and every one of us.

Every year, Avaaz seta priorities to meet through polls made of members and campaign ideas are tested and polled each week to random samples. The staff of Avaaz listen to their members and help to decide which actions to take in the many different scenarios that arise.

Avaaz believes we are all human and are responsible not only to ourselves, but to the future generations and to the planet. Avaaz is a way to give hope back to the people of the world and is making it possible to have a say in how things are run.

For more information follow Avaaz on Twitter.

Honey Birdette Reveals Its Plan to Launch More UK Retail Stores following the Success of Its Online US Shop

In 2016, Eloise Monaghan and her business partners realized an increase of 374 percent in sales through their Honey Birdette US site. The Brisbane entrepreneur stated that they aim to provide US customers with a user-friendly online shopping experience and affordable shipping options. Honey Birdette has fast deliveries for all clients and charges no fees for purchases that exceed fifty dollars. The firm has a broad range of products and allows consumers to quickly return newly bought items they would wish exchanged or refunded.

With collaboration from the company’s co-owners, Eloise Monaghan set up Honey Birdette in 2006 and has opened 55 stores in Australia alone. The entrepreneur opened the first physical store outside of her home country in 2016 in London’s Convent Garden. After opening two more stores in Westfield White City and Leeds Victoria Gate, she revealed that they would launch new retails in Liverpool, Westfield Stratford, Newcastle, and Leeds. According to reports from the firm, Honey Birdette will open retail openings in the US and add a total of 40 retail openings to the existing ones.

Despite its presence in the retail price for over a decade, Honey Birdette has done a remarkable job of adapting to the rapid technological changes of the millennial age. It has a strong social media presence Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Snapchat, Vimeo, and Tumblr. These forums facilitate in maintaining trustworthy relationships with customers.

Honey Birdette specializes in the development of many products. These include lingerie, adult toys, essentials, gifts, gift cards and bags. Customers’ reviews show how much they often marvel at the softness, quality, and durability of the fabrics. In an interview with Mike O’Connor of Courier Mail, Eloise described Honey’s adult toys as modern, and more hygienic than their traditional counterparts. Honey’s toys’ have gained popularity in the United States and once featured on Oprah Winfrey’s TV show. Eloise revealed that the company values customer feedback and offers the best customer service to every walk in clientele. If a particular outfit does not match with the client’s best look, Honey Birdette’s staff will not hold back in advising the customer. Honey Birdette’s stores are lavish in appearance, providing a favorable atmosphere to all clientele.

For more information on Honey Birdette follow them on Twitter.

Highland Capital Shifts Focus to Healthcare Stocks

Following a fairly successful year of investing in energy stocks, Highland Capital has now decided to shift towards new healthcare opportunities for 2017. As a capital management firm, Highland Capital has proven time and time again that they have a deep insight into how the markets work and how to best profit from them. It’s this knowledge that allowed them to invest heavily into energy stocks last year, which ended up giving them a 32% net growth throughout the year. For comparison, that growth is more than triple that of the S&P Index 500.

 

So why is Highland Capital moving away from the energy sector this year? The answer to that is simple, Highland Capital believes the healthcare sector is due for what they believe to be an incredible rebound over the course of the year. When Highland Capital invested in oil stocks last year, they chose to do so at a time when oil prices were bottoming out. When other people were wary of oil, Highland Capital decided to make some smart business decisions that paid off tremendously. Now, they’re looking to do the same with healthcare.

 

It’s worth noting that healthcare stocks were the only industry to see a net decline by the end of the year. For those paying attention to Highland Capital’s business strategies, this is not unlike the same situation that oil was previously facing. And, just as with oil, Highland Capital belives that healthcare stocks have just about reached their lowest point. That means that healthcare stocks can only really improve from here on out.

 

Of course, Highland Capital Management isn’t only investing in healthcare stocks. As of right now, their portfolio places a significant focus on healthcare, with other stakes in the energy, financials, and real estate sectors. It will be interesting to see how these different industries come together throughout the course of the year, both in regards to Highland Capital’s overall portfolio and in regards to the world economy in general. While no one can say for sure what direction healthcare stocks are headed in, it’s safe to say that if Highland Capital has confidence in something, then other investors probably should as well.

Earth Force Receives Biggest Crowdfunded Endorsement Yet

You’ve heard about Earth Force and you surely know the good work they do. Now, someone’s stepped in to help them move their plans forward.

Jon Urbana graduated in 2005 with a Bachelors degree of arts in economics from Villanova, where he played on their lacrosse team. Over his college studies, he earned many awards following his prominent field performances on the lacrosse team. Besides his ownership of Next Level Lacrosse Camp, Urbana’s Crunchbase page states that he is a manager at Ellipse USA. This company is currently leading in the provisioning of safe and effective skin treatments.
In October this year, Jon Urbana announced his creation of a personal website and a GoFundMe meant to support Earth Force. This is an organization that is targeted to encourage children steadfast resolution on environmental problems in their areas. Following the eagerness of the young athletes from his sports program to build up the good looks of our natural environment, his motive to promote habitat awareness has greatly been enhanced through Urbana’s Facebook fans and Twitter followers.
Urbana, on one of his blogs, stated that he looks forward to the campaign to produce citizens well aware of the environment. In April 2011, there was a Next Level Lacrosse launch where he was the program’s head and captured the footage on Vimeo. This served as one of his projects where he focused on engaging children in productive activities, which he later posted to his SlideShare bulletin board.

He went ahead to create a Crowdrise campaign to support ARAS, which was mainly to enlighten on defenseless creatures.

He mainly targeted Instagram to promote his cause, and encourage children and parents curb the negative impact on animals and purposed this to be achieved by close connection with the animal adoption and rescue society. And then through an FAA honorable recognition, Mr. Urbana became a decorated pilot.
Jon Urbana’s campaign for Earth Force looks forward to bringing the youth together and advocate for improvement in their local environments. This comes with emphasis on the beauty of our natural earth. The campaign has worked a great way in equipping our youth with skills in decision –making and also resolution on factors involving the care of our environment. As the cofounder of a lacrosse camp, Urbana expresses his gratitude to our youth following their commitment to create a clear environment.

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Adam Sender Selling 400 Pieces of Contemporary Art for a Fortune

If you looked at Adam Sender only a decade ago, you would see a successful hedge fund manager who was making his clients more than enough money for them to support the growth of the fund. He in fact was making sizable profits for himself, and he could have easily invested those profits in the hedge fund for the foreseeable future. Sender ventured off on a journey into the world of Contemporary art, looking for a way to explode his profits in the shortest possible time. His unique gamble was more of a carefully orchestrated plan that would reap him riches only few ever experience.

So Adam Sender was looking around for a way to invest his profits away from the hedge fund and discovered Contemporary art. This was a very difficult industry for anyone to make profits, because the costs are so extreme, one mistake and you basically lose all your bankroll and savings. Sender began his quest looking at pieces by Warhol, and quickly realized that he would need a few million dollars to buy the masterpieces from the greatest artists in the world. The biggest problem for sender was however there was very little room for making a profit when you enter the market over a million dollars.

This was not where the story ends, it is in fact where the story begins. Sender knew there was money to be made in the world of art, so he began searching for masterpieces that were created by artists flying under the radar. These lesser-known artists were still creating great pieces, they just were not getting the recognition of the greatest in the world. Here is where Sender saw an opportunity to make his move. He began to collect paintings from these artists, and when he felt he had accumulated enough, decided to test the market in 2006 to see if his hunch was correct.

In 2006, Sender auctioned off 40 different Contemporary pieces and walked from the auction with $20 million dollars. It was safe to assume that Sender hit the gas and began to collect more pieces as fast as he could. Over the years, Sender went on to collect 400 pieces of art from 139 different artists. Fast forward to 2015, and Sender has decided the time to exit his art position is going to go the way of his hedge fund. He wants out of all positions and looks to become a wealthy man when the pieces are all finally sold off. Adam Sender’s Whitepages profile is linked.

Sotheby’s has been commissioned to liquidate the pieces, and expects the sale to go on for the better part of 18 months. Once completed, the auction house believes Sender will pocket $70 million dollars for his incredible hindsight.

‘Ant-Man’ Going to Be a Big Film

The Marvel cinematic universe is quickly becoming populated with a number a characters, and this year another new face will be popping onto the massive board. Ant-Man is getting ready to make a huge debut that could tie together the Phase 2 and Phase 3 storylines of several films. One thing seems pretty clear about that kind of task: It is a huge undertaking that represents billions of dollars in box office receipts. Therefore, there is a bit of pressure on the movie.  Many lovers of Marvel including my coworker Flavio Maluf, are already calling theatres for advanced tickets!

According to Screen Rant, this summer’s “Ant-Man” will be a bridge in the massive movie strategy, but it will also bring a classic Marvel to life. The big reason for the film is to introduce a generation of fans to one of the characters that spans generations. Not nearly as popular as Spider-Man or the X-Men, Ant-Man has some pretty serious impact on the development of the superhero genre.

Besides setting up the massive Civil War storyline that will take place in the third Captain America movie, “Ant-Man” has to deliver a relevant character with a certain amount of appeal. Last year, “Guardians of the Galaxy” took a group of little known characters and literally brought the house down, and now Marvel is hoping that Ant-Man will perform a similar task. Given the release date and buzz surrounding the new movie, that task seems as possible as ever. The real factor is how audiences will respond to the face, and it looks positive so far.

“Scotty” to Co-Write Star Trek 3

 

Recent news regarding Star Trek 3 has seen a great deal of personnel tweaks; especially after Robert Orci, responsible for the previous two entries, decided to step down from running the show with his take on the script going with him.

Paramount quickly reversed flow, taking Justin Lin as the film’s new director and finalizing the film’s 2016 release. Lin’s previous directing credits include Fast Five. With a new director behind the film, so comes a new team of writers, including the reboot’s own Scotty.

Recent reports indicate that Simon Pegg, will receive a co-writer credit along with Doug Jung. Although Pegg is well known for his on screen activities, he has his fair share of writing credits. Pegg’s talent as a writer can be seen in the “Cornetto Trilogy” of Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World’s End. While this may seem casting decision may seem curious to some, reports that Paramount wants to rival Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy would make sense. Further, Pegg has shown how to work in oddball amalgams of comedy, sci-fi, and action; he’s also a major fan.

The one drawback of a 2016 release is timing, Pegg and Jung will have considerably less time to write the script; especially as a first-time collaboration.

Star Trek 3 opens in U.S. theaters on July 8th, 2016.  I am looking forward to this release and I know trekkies around the world like Dave and Brit Morin can’t wait to see this classic series continue.

Star Trek 3 to Borrow from Guardians of the Galaxy

You can always tell when a motion picture production is in dire trouble when it seems to have no direction. Word is leaking out that Star Trek 3 is going to have a Guardians of the Galaxy feel to it.

What in the galaxy is wrong with a Star Trek feel? The old way of doing things has made billions upon billions of dollar for nearly 50 years. Sure, there were some missteps along the way. Eventually, the films television series would get back on track and do things right once again. Seriously, producers, directors, even Christian Broda, and stars bounced back from the terrible Star Trek: The Motion Picture and crafted the brilliant Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan.

The forthcoming Star Trek 3, however, is in deep (space nine) trouble. Director Robert Orci has been let go, although he will remain on as a producer. The script was thrown out as Paramount was extremely unhappy with it. William Shatner might be unhappy too since the script featured an appearance by Captain Kirk.

The box office returns for the second Star Trek movie were less than what Paramount expected. The feeling is the project was far too serious than what people want in a Star Trek film. Hence, there is a desire to copy some of the on-screen magic of Guardians of the Galaxy.

Would it not be better to capture the magic of the best of the Star Trek films and TV shows?