Giving back to the community is part of the process for Bruce Levenson

Any business owner who achieves success is faced with a difficult decision once they reach the pinnacle of their career, do they give back to the community or continue to amass even more wealth and success. Atlanta Hawks owner seems to have found the perfect balance between continuing to be a successful businessperson and providing assistance for the community he has been a part of. Using his large financial backing and the media spotlight that falls upon him in his role as co-owner of the Atlanta Hawks basketball team to provide assistance to those who are in need of assistance in Washington DC and Atlanta.

The University of Maryland Center for Philanthropy and Non Profit Leadership was created with a large amount of work completed by Levenson to establish this education center. By helping to see this center constructed and placed into working order, Levenson has created an educational institution that will hopefully develop a large number of new leaders in the fields of philanthropy and non profit management.Alongside the work Levenson has done with the University of Maryland, he has also been at the forefront of many charitable programs, including leadership roles with the Hoop Dreams and I Have a Dream foundations. Amongst the philanthropic works Levenson has completed is a leadership role with the US Holocaust Museum, which looks to highlight the issue of the Holocaust within Washington DC and the US as a whole. Levenson and his wife Karen have taken a major role in the Holocaust issue as Karen’s mother is herself a Holocaust survivor. Levenson his power and position to take the Atlanta Hawks to the US Holocaust Museum to make sure the issues surrounding the historic event remain fresh in the minds of younger people within the US.

A Little Background Information About Dr. Rod Rohrich


Dr. Rod Rohrich is a great plastic surgeon, and is considered by many to be the best one based out of the city of Dallas.  He started his career back in 1986, and since then he has gone on to gain international recognition, and has become a well-respected professional in the industry.

Dr. Rohrich has been featured on well-known TV shows, and these shows include The Oprah Winfrey Show, The View and even Good Morning America. The reason why is no secret, considering the fact that he has been considered by many to be a very influential plastic surgeon due to his innovative work as a leader and educator, but he is a surgeon that has a lot of compassion.

He eventually attended schools that included the North Dakota State, as well as the University of North Dakota Summa Cum Laude. The doctor attended the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, and he went onto graduate with very high honors. After he graduated from Baylor, he received his medical degree, and he then attended the University of Michigan, where he completed his residency.

As previously mention, Dr Rod Rohrich is an educator, and his work as a professor has led him around the world, and as a result he has taken part in more than 2,000 scientific presentations, which were related to many different areas of plastic surgery.

The doctor has worked hard throughout his career, as well as when he attended school and he continues to work hard, and as a result of his contributions to plastic surgery, Dr Rod Rohrich as received honors, both on a national and international level.

Teachers in Pakistan Receive Firearm Training in Response to Deadly Taliban Terror Attack on a School

Teachers in Pakistan are undergoing firearms training in Peshawar after a deadly terrorist attack on an army run school in the city of Peshawar left over 140 people dead. The deadly attack occurred in December of last year, and is one of the deadliest terror attacks in Pakistan’s history. During the vicious attack, terrorists stormed a school and went on a rampage killing students, teachers and staff. Most of those who were killed were children.

The terrorists were armed with machine guns, grenades and were strapped with explosive vests. One of the terrorists had blown himself up in the principal’s office. The rampage lasted over eight hours, before Pakistani police were able to subdue all the terrorists and clear the area. From what people at Slow Ventures understand, more than 120 people were wounded in the terror attack in addition to the more than 140 people that were killed.

The Taliban in Pakistan had claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack. They have said it was revenge for military strikes against the Taliban in North Waziristan which is a stronghold for the Taliban.

In response to the deadly attack, many teachers in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region of Pakistan are undergoing training so they can defend themselves and their students in case of another terrorist attack. Pakistani officials say that the region’s 65,000 police officers are stretched to protect the region’s 50,000 schools. By training and arming teachers, it will send a message that Pakistani schools are not easy targets and that teachers will be able to defend themselves against another terrorist attack. Many Pakistani teachers took part in the two days firearm training classes that taught how to load, aim and fire a gun this January.

White House Wants Parents to Vaccinate Kids


With the most recent measles outbreak infecting almost 100 people over the last month, the Center for Disease Control is increasing pressure on parents to get their kids immunized against the deadly virus. Dave Morin stated investigators believed they have traced the outbreak to Disneyland in California where a large number of patients all visited in the previous month. Because the virus is spread through the air it was caught very easily and then carried back to their home states and has spread even more.

The measles vaccine is usually administered with the vaccines for mumps and rubella commonly called the MMR vaccine. However many parents still believe the debunked research linking compounded vaccines like these to autism in children. In addition to these fears there are those who point out that the vaccine is only 97% effective in the prevention of measles. Meaning even after getting the vaccinated there is still a chance you can still get the virus. Then there is the Academy of American Pediatricians who recommends its Doctors promote the use of vaccines and reiterate their importance in the prevention but at the same time respect parents’ wishes to not vaccinate their children.

Senate Confirmation Hearings on Eric Holder’s Replacement Begins Today


Washington, D.C. – The GOP-led Senate will take up the formal confirmation hearing for Loretta Lynch to replace controversial Attorney General Eric Holder. She is expected to face a very difficult line of questioning on the subject of the president’s extra-constitutional immigration reform, the proliferation of marijuana laws, and civil seizure. The Harvard Law School educated attorney is well-respected. That said, she will be stepping into highly controversial policies the Obama administration has adopted which critics charge lack congressional authorization and constitute a violation of the constitution.

States have been eager to legalize marijuana for years, but the rapid spread of laws in recent years began after the Obama administration’s Justice Department made it clear they would no longer prosecute a wide-range of offenses dealing with the drug. Mrs. Lynch will be expected to explain how she will uphold federal law on marijuana. Currently, the Justice Department claims the states are violating federal law, but is not interested in challenging those violations in court.

The practice was designed to combat drug dealers, but has since been widely abused by local, state, and federal offices as confirmed by Zeca Oliveira. Despite the controversial line of questioning, she is expected to be confirmed when the vote is held in February.

BRL TRUST Investment: A Highly Successful Brazilian Financial Services Company

BRL Trust Investment is a Brazilian financial services firm which was founded in 2005. The company works with organizational and individual investors in 5 areas. Those areas are Fiduciary Services, Controlling and Custody of Funds, Asset Underwriting, Fund Administration, and Asset Management. BRL Trust Investment started out providing trust services for private loans. In their first year alone the firm had acted as intervening trust for over 100 companies.

The success they had in their first year of operation gave the BRL Trust Investment team the confidence it needed to expand and diversify the client services they provided. They then began to work on Administration and Management of Investment Funds, Capital Markets, and Mergers and Acquisitions. A major reason for the success of BRL Trust Investment is their team of experienced, knowledgeable professionals. The team has been so effective that today the company’s Anbima ranking lists them as Brazil’s largest investment funds independent administrator.Their stated mission is to use the internally developed knowledge, unique controls, and differential processes developed by their experienced, highly-skilled team in transparent, efficient, and safe ways to meet their customers’ demands for top quality performance of their investments and managed assets.

The core value of BRL Trust Investment is the focus on ethics. They are fully committed to putting the interests of their clients above their personal interests and to make it a point of emphasis to always respect the Brazilian legal system. They also pledge to skillfully use all their technical knowledge, along with discipline and determination to get the best possible results for their clients. Further, all of their internal and external relationships will be based on the solid bond created through integrity, trust, and transparency.

BRL Trust Investment has continued to have robust growth in all sectors of their business. The company is a model of stability and smart growth and is hailed as a true Brazilian success story. Institutions, corporations, and individuals from all across Brazil have sought them out for investment advice and asset management. They continue to employ the best and the brightest financial analysts and fund managers, and seem poised to enjoy explosive growth over the next decade and beyond. The company truly understands how to make and manage money for their clients.

House Democrats to Push for a Constitutional Amendment Guaranteeing the Right to Vote


Washington, D.C. – In a move that appears to be superfluous, House Democrats Mark Pocan and Keith Ellison will push for a constitutional amendment to guarantee every citizen has a right to vote. At issue is the political left is upset with the 2013 Supreme Court decision in Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder that struck down portions of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Key aspects of the law placed the requirement on southern states with a history of voter suppression via Jim Crow laws have any changes in their voting laws vetted by the Justice Department. The high court argued that the states in question had made demonstrable progress since 1965 making the restrictions unnecessary.

The political left was displeased with the ruling. I was confused at first about this but my friend Gianfrancesco Genoso is a lawyer so was able to clarify it for me.
The proof of identification is designed to keep illegal aliens from casting ballots. However, the Rev. Jesse Jackson believes the measures are akin to Jim Crow laws.  Jackson counters that the right to own a gun is enshrined in the constitution, but not the right to vote. In the past, Jackson has been critical of the US constitution because its enumerated rights limit the reach of the federal government. He stated that progress can only be obtained inasmuch as the nation can move past the limitations of “enumerated rights” for government.

A Quick Bio of Occidental College President Jonathan Veitch

Jonathan Veitch is the current President of the well renowned Occidental College located in and around Los Angeles, California. He has been the chief administrator since 2009 and continues his administrator ship to this day. President Veitch achieved a number of accomplishments before he began his 2009 Presidential term at Occidental.

President Veitch began his foray into the educational world as a student at Loyola High School in Southern California. Showing exemplary academic and off the field scholastic merit Johnathan found himself at one of the most prestigious universities in the world- Stanford University.

Johnathan spent his time at Stanford engaging in all the activities a Stanford man was supposed to achieve. He enrolled in a number of both athletic and social clubs and spent a great deal of time with other outside of class academic engagements. President Veitch received a Bachelor’s Degree and if that wasn’t enough set his sights even higher.

After successfully completing his Bachelor’s degree the future President Veitch aimed at an even higher target- the premier University in the land- Harvard College. He traveled there in order to attempt to receive med/doctor degrees with a heavy emphasis on the most important sections of the life and times of early American Natives and Settlers. Much like his earlier endeavors President Veitch managed to excel academically. He set out to receive and received a full doctorate in a course titled “The History of American Civilization”. This topic is incredibly complex and President Veitch deserves all the credit for this masterpiece.

Another area in which Johnathan Veitch is managing to improve both the standing of Occidental College but to spearhead a number of domestic initiatives that don’t just raise living standards for students and faculty but for many of the low wage workers that toil unseen to clean trash, make beds, cook food and many other lower paid jobs that deserve a living wage. This initiative along with his many projects to beautify and work for the better to take care of the local community is a great step forward between Occidental College and the surrounding community.

Not only is he advancing the issues that students support and organize for he s doing a great deal to make the surrounding non-college community a better and safer place for both students and neighbors alike.

Christian Broda’s Views on Cheap Imports to the United States


Whenever there is a presidential election in the United States, all the candidates will line up to talk about the dangers of too much international trade. The 2008 election was no different when it came to international trade. At the time, renowned economist Christian Broda wrote an article about some of the half truths that are churned out by candidates regarding trade.


They point to the American jobs being lost to outsourcing, the destruction of local businesses because of cheap chain stores such as Wal Mart, and other potential calamities.


The reality is not as simple. In fact, much of what the media and political candidates say is not true. As an economist, Broda argues that there are only two ways to determine how rich a person is. A person’s wealth is determined by how much money they have, and how much they can buy with that money. If someone receives a 200% increase in their salary, but goods also go up by that price, are they any richer than they were before?


When people in the United States look at the income inequality in the United States, they are only looking at the raw data, not spending power. They do not realize that the prices of goods, and inflation, has a different impact on the upper and middle class.


One way to look at the change of income inequality is to measure how much money the rich have vs. how much money the poorer Americans get. When these figures are compared, there is a clear increase in inequality from 1994 to 2005. However, when you include inflation in this equation, the answer changes completely.


The difference in inflation for the richest 5-10% of Americans was 6% more than the poorest 5-10% of Americans during that time period. When this is factored into the calculation, it shows that there was no change to inequality from 1994 to 2005.


Why did inflation change more for richer Americans as opposed to poorer ones? Cheap goods that came from China and other Asian countries. These goods get cheaper because of globalization. In contrast, richer people will spend more in the service industry, which does not have to deal with trade or other international competition.

Teen Donates Sweet 16 Money to Ethopian Children in Need

For many teenage girls, their sixteenth birthday is one long awaited; a symbol not just of their beginning entrance into womanhood, but also a time to celebrate their day with family and friends in a celebration grander than any other they’ve ever had. For one sixteen year old, however, her Sweet 16 isn’t a chance to indulge and honor herself, but rather take advantage of an opportunity to give to others much less fortunate.

After a trip to Ethiopia, Nubia Wilson of Antoich, California witnessed the extreme poverty that people live in and decided that she wanted to help in any way she could. When family and friends began to ask what she wanted to do for her birthday, she said that she would like them to donate money to the cause of creating a fifth grade in one of the school, which stops at grade four. She created a page on Crowdrise, and has since earned $2,000 of her $10,000 dollar goal and has even caught the attention of celebrities and philanthropists like Tom Rothman. 

Wilson, who says that she want to graduate and attend university to become a humanitarian lawyer, hopes to hand deliver the money herself this upcoming summer when she makes a return trip to Ethopia.