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On the night of October 18,2007 journalists Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, were arrested by deputies of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) on what they considered to be trumped up charges. The founders of Arizona newspapers the Phoenix New Times and the Village Voice Media later sued and were awarded over three million dollars.

Lacey and Larkin distributed the money to migrant rights groups in Arizona through their own non-profit organization, The Frontera Fund. Throughout America, there are many Laceys and Larkins, giving freely of themselves to benefit their communities. These advocates of the common good work through many different organizations.

The Anti-Defamation League has been, since 1913, working against all forms of discrimination.

The Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) provides assistance to state and local groups in community organizing on issues influencing poor and minority children.

The Public Policy Institute of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) researches and campaigns issues affecting the elderly.

The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) advocates for more than 56 million Americans with disabilities. Read more: Michael Larcey | Crunchbase and Michael Larcey | Facebook

The Innocence Project works to exonerate the wrongly convicted.

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) fights intolerance through litigation and learning.

The National Immigration Law Center (NILC) protects the rights of low-income immigrants.

The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) works to insure the civil rights of 40 million Latinos living in the United States.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State (AU) have been working to defend the separation of church and state since 1947.

The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) promotes the freedom and openness of emerging technologies worldwide. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/immigration/2014/12/16/proceeds-arpaio-suit-fund-asu-journalism-chair/20480479/

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) defends constitutional rights under the law.

The National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) is primarily a research organization at Columbia University which works to identify and prevent child poverty.

The International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF) advocates for humane working conditions for workers worldwide.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of America focuses on after school enrichment programs for children.

The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights, protects the legal rights of immigrant children cut off from their families.

The National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty works to end homelessness in America.

Border Angels is an all-volunteer organization advocating for immigration reform on the U.S. Mexico border.

The National Immigration Law Center fights for the legal rights of immigrants.

Campaign Zero works to end violence by law enforcement.

Advocates for Youth provides programs to help young people make better choices.

The National Immigration Forum works to help immigrants gain citizenship and find jobs.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), advocates for legal rights for Muslims.

AmeriCorps*VISTA works nationwide on programs to empower the poor.

In communities across America, good people are working for what they believe.

The impact of Omar Yunes in the global prominence and success of Sushi Itto

Omar Yunes realized a significant international approval after joining Sushi Itto as a franchisee. Sushi Itto is a fruitful and large chain of Japanese restaurants with a strong presence in Mexico and across Latin America. At a young age of 21 years, Omar Yunes began his career in business. Presently, he is a proud owner of 13 Sushi Itto franchise units in Mexico City, Veracruz, and Puebla. The units comprise of up to 10 percent of the brand’s franchises and retain a workforce of over 400 employees.

According to Mr. Yunes, to become a successful franchisee, it is mandatory for one to posses outstanding managerial skills, choose a solid brand, select a supportive franchisor that thoroughly understands the relevant market and believes that there will always be tests along the way.

Back in 2015, Mr. Yunes became the winner of the Best Franchisee of the World; an award meant to recognize entrepreneurs and affiliates that showcase attention to mission and professionalism not forgetting their brand’s value. The 2015 Best Franchise of the World edition counted up to 34 representatives from different countries and evaluated them based on their influence and impact on their particular chains in various fields such as employee motivation, enhancements to the franchise model, and the implementation of saving strategies.

After obtaining this high-status award, Omar Yunes was recognized both locally and internationally as an important game changer in matters franchisor-franchisee relationships for realizing improvements in control implementation and communication that allowed for better units evaluation under his management. The CEO of Sushi Itto, Benjamin Cancelmo stated that the franchisor deems these awards as a demonstration of collective effort to provide clients with exceptional taste, unparalleled hospitality, and excellent service.

In Mexico alone, Mr. Yunes’ brand functions in more than ninety restaurants. Moreover, Sushi Itto’s presence in South America is very big with most of its restaurants located in Mexico, Panama, El Salvador, and Honduras. The award is meant to identify innovative accomplishments in the growth of franchise that immensely contribute to the growth of the entire franchising brand. The brand has been able to achieve considerable growth by encouraging franchises to improve leadership, operational processes, and teamwork.

Beneful Brings The Goddness Of Real Food To Pets Around The World

In 2001, the Purina pet food manufacturing company launched its first range of all natural pet foods under the name Beneful, the brand has since expanded across both dry and wet foods while always keeping an eye on the need to include the best in natural ingredients. At the launch of the brand the meaning of the name Beneful was given as “full of goodness”, a meaning that can be seen to reflect the fact the Beneful pet food produced uses the highest quality natural ingredients and has made a commitment to giving pets in all areas of the world the healthiest possible foods.

Most pet food industry insiders believe Purina was far ahead of the game with the launch of the Beneful brand as the 21st-century has seen a major rise in the level of natural pet foods not created by many of the major brands selling products across the globe. The growth of the natural pet foods market has seen a large level of growth across many major areas of the industry, including a dedicated move to bring the best in natural products and non-processed foods to the attention of the public.

The slogan “full of goodness” has been one the manufacturers of Beneful have stood behind throughout the majority of their time as a top pet foods manufacturer. The initial launch of Beneful saw the development of a line of wet foods praised by consumers and critics for the real food included in each meal that resembled a stew filled with vegetables and chunks of meat; the continued use of natural ingredients and the first ingredient of meat continues to keep the Beneful brand in the top five of the most impressive pet food brands in the world.

 

NuoDB SQL Database Defined

NuoDB, a technology company based in Massachusetts, specializes in the technology utilized through its personal database. Founded in 2008, the NuoDB gained its official name in 2011 and has since been publicized and utilized by major brands and companies. The NuoDB works hand in hand with SQL, and is called NewSQL. The SQL database is able to run faster due to the elasticity and architecture that allows the database to scale-out.

NuoDB is an evolution of the SQL Database in which it retains foundational blueprints of the SQL Database but is now able to support processes in cloud. Application programs still communicate with NuoDB and SQL Queries as traditional databases do. NuoDB’s particular structure has three components that differentiates itself from the original SQL Database architecture: administrative, transactional, and storage. This new structure allows the NuoDB Database to work without an application and data disk being coupled, which is an advantage for its use in cloud where the coupling is typically found to be hindrance in a cloud environment.

Talos Energy’s New Oil Drilling Impetus in Mexico

For over 8 decades, Mexico’s rich oil rigs were a reserve for the government-owned Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) after country’s leadership nationalized the oil sector in 1938. The move locked out all privately owned oil rigging and exploration companies from directly carrying out such operations directly within the Mexican territory. However, the recent reversal of this policy by the government has opened up the Mexican oil industry to foreign based and privately owned companies with huge potential of revolutionizing the industry. One such company is Talos Energy, which is in line to benefit from the cessation of Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) monopoly in the industry. After successfully submitting a bid jointly with Premier Oil Plc and Sierra Oil & Gas in 2015, Talos Energy was given the go ahead to prospect and drill oil rigs in Sureste Basin, Tabasco.

The historic drilling operation took around ninety days. The winning of the bid and the subsequent drilling operation elicited positive reactions from the industry players including analysts and investors. Majority of these players believe it would be a successful investment for the three companies involved, shareholders and the Mexicans. According to the deal, Sierra Oil & Gas based in Mexico will own 40 percent of the rigs while the United Kingdom-based Premier Oil will own 25 percent. Talos Energy with own the remaining 35 percent.

Talos Energy: Exploiting the Highly Profitable Oil Niche Market

In 2012, Apollo Global Management LLC and Riverstone Holdings LLC pumped in a staggering $600 million as investment fund to help Tim Duncan found an investment company specializing in high-end niche markets in oil and gas industry. The product of their investment is Talos Energy. Since then, Tim Duncan has overseen the growth of Talos Energy into one of the leading companies in the industry.

Specializing in highly profitable ventures, the Houston, Texas-based company has expanded its operations by flexing its huge financial muscles through strategic acquisitions and operational capacity building. This has enabled the company establish a significant presence in the Gulf of Mexico and the Gulf Coast. The portfolio company highlighted its financial strength in the industry with 2013 acquisition of Energy Resource Technology GOM, Inc.

Honey Birdette: Looking to Expand Across the Globe

Honey Birdette, a lingerie company founded by Eloise Monaghan and headquartered in. Brisbane Australia, has plans on expanding. The company just recently launched an ecommerce website for their US based customers and have big plans to add more retail stores for their UK consumers.

There are currently three Honey Birdette retail stores in the UK and they have plans to increase that to 40 stores by the end of 2018. They launched their first store in the UK in 2016. The first store was launched in London.

Honey Birdette also decided to launch a US ecommerce website because they had seen significant growth from their US consumers online within a 12 month period. This will benefit their US consumers by providing them with faster shipping, free shipping for orders over $50, a quicker return process, and items offered specifically for their US customers. The Honey Birdette brand is also hoping to open retail stores in the US in the near future.

In Australia, where the brand was founded, Honey Birdette has 55 retail locations. Prices for their products start at £35 for briefs to about £60 for bras.

Honey Birdette was founded in 2006 and came from an idea between two friends who wanted lingerie that could not be found anywhere else. They offer high-end lingerie and toys. Every design is created in-house at the Honey Birdette headquarters and the design department is directed by founder Eloise Monaghan. The company is about empowering women to be confident and feel good about themselves.

Entrepreneur Marc Sparks On Attaining Business Goals

Marc Sparks is a renowned visionary Dallas entrepreneur and business expert. Marc through his experience has helped many companies achieve monumental success. He is a major shareholder in the following companies: Cardinal Telecom LLC, Blu Jay Wireless, and Cobalt Real Estate Services LLC.

 

 

Marc Sparks came up with the idea of Spark Tank, an innovative concept that requires executives in the social service industry to come up with ideas that lead to social success. Sparks has been involved in community work, helping communities raise funds for various support services. A good example is The Samaritan Inn homeless shelter. He helped this community project to grow from scratch to a $3 million annual turnover project. Today, the project feeds over 200 people every day. Learn more: https://classroomvoices.org/marc-sparks-risk-taker-in-and-out-of-business/

 

 

Through the Marc Spark Tank initiative, he introduced mentorship and offers financial support to small non-profit organizations involved in community charity work that supports the members of the community. One beneficiary of Spank Tank initiative is an organization called ‘Mommies in Need.’ They are the winners of the second Spark Tank financial grant: Mommies in Need engages in the activity of delivering trained nannies to families that need childcare assistance but do not have the financial capacity to do so on their own. Mommies in Need avails such support at no cost.

 

 

To qualify for Spark Tank grant, applicants should be a 501c3 group with at least 2 years of operations. Applicants are given 10 minutes to explain their course before a Spank Tank panel. The panel then reviews the applications and presentations and decides on the most deserving. Sparks being the successful entrepreneur he is, started this program to promote social success in his backyard. The idea is to improve the lives of the community by giving grants and presiding over accountability. Learn more: http://timbercreekcapital.com/

 

 

In his latest book, ‘They Can’t Eat You’ Marc Sparks outlines his journey, from successes to failures. From this experience, Sparks established the Timber Creek Capital, LP, whose aim is to help people understand the various stages involved in launching a profitable business (https://www.amazon.com/They-Cant-Eat-Marc-Sparks/dp/0990495000). Through Timber Creek Capital, Sparks offers emerging businesses mentorship and access to requisite resources. Marc Sparks is the founder and the CEO of Timber Creek, LP. He is as well a philanthropist, author, and entrepreneur. Marc Sparks engages in humanitarian works such as building affordable housing for low-income families and donating laptop computers to needy children.

 

 

Talos Energy Consortium Makes History With Endeavor off Mexico’s Coast

A historic venture between Talos Energy, Premier Oil, and Sierra Oil and Gas has sunk a successful offshore exploration oil well in Mexican waters, the first by foreign companies in almost 80 years.

Houston-based well operator, Talos Energy LLC holds a 35% stake in the project while London-based Premier Oil’s and Mexico’s Sierra Oil and Gas’s interest is 25% and 40%, respectively.

The Zama-1 well, located 37 miles from the port of Dos Bocas in the Gulf of Mexico, completed drilling operations ahead of schedule and under budget in July. Current yield estimates are at 1.4 to 2.0 billion barrels, well above pre-drill expectations.

This being the first time since 1938 that an offshore exploration well has been launched by anyone other than state-run Pemex, the results of the Zama-1 drilling were highly anticipated by the industry. The project is a culmination of a process that began in 2015 when the joint venture won rights to the prospect in the first round of bidding, following the Mexican Congress’s vote to open up its oil industry to private investment.

According to Talos President and Chief Executive Officer, Tim Duncan, “We believe this discovery represents exactly what the energy reforms intended to deliver: new capital, new participants and a spirit of ingenuity that leads to local jobs and government revenues for Mexico.”

He also states the project’s success shows that smaller operators can “match the operational sophistication of our larger peers, but with a heightened sense of urgency.”

Talos Energy is an independent oil and gas company founded in 2012 by a management team with expertise in deep-water asset acquisition, offshore exploration, and production in and around the Gulf Coast and the Gulf of Mexico.

Talos’s use of state-of-the-art seismic technology is evidence of its commitment to innovation and helps reduce the risk and costs of exploration and operation. Talos also emphasizes safety, focusing on the protection of the public and environment. Noted for its collaborative, entrepreneurial culture and community involvement, Talos is consistently recognized as one of the top workplaces in Houston by the Houston Chronicle.

MB2 Dental – Helping Dentists Run Dental Office Seamlessly

MB2 Dental is a familiar name in the world of dentistry in the United States. It is an organization that helps the dental services to run efficiently and in an organized manner while ensuring that the dentists continue to retain the full control of their office. It is often the problem with the dentists that apart from their core job of looking after patients and providing them with the best dental treatment, the dentists also have to look after and monitor the administrative part of the job closely. However, MB2 Dental is an organization that takes care of all the backend and administrative dental services that a dental office may require and ensures that the dentist is offloaded of all their non-core responsibilities.

It gives the dentists enough mental space to focus on their work and provide excellent services to the patients. It also helps in increasing the reputation of the dental office in the market and making it possible for the dentists to check more patients on a daily basis. The services provided by MB2 Dental do not only help in cutting stress from the lives of dentists but also helps in adding revenue of the dental office. There are many aspects that need to be looked into carefully to run a dental office successfully, which includes billing, customer service, appointments, HR solutions, recruitment, following up, cleaning, maintenance, reception, and more. MB2 Dental has a huge network across the country, and many dental offices are affiliated with the company. It is a well-known fact that MB2 Dental helps tremendously in running a dental office, and it is the reason why more and more dentists running an independent practice are seeking their service.

One of the success stories of MB2 Dental is that of Dr. Akhil Reddy, who became dentist very early in life due to his excellent scores and academic credentials. He did graduation in Biological Sciences from the University of Pacific and studied dentistry at the same university to be certified as the Doctor of Dental Surgery. Dr. Akhil Reddy runs an independent dental practice affiliated to MB2 Dental and says that if it weren’t for MB2 Dental, it wouldn’t have been possible to come so far in this highly competitive sector. Dr. Akhil Reddy says that MB2 Dental has helped tremendously in providing patients with quick treatment as well as attentive customer service, which has become an essential requirement for most of the patients these days.

New Developments For Cancer Treatment Centers Of America

Cancer Treatment Centers of America is not working in conjunction with Eviti a branch of NantHealth decision support solution, to enable access to the workflows of the Allscripts Sunrise electron health record or EHR. This development allows for the integration of Clinical Pathways programs which assists Cancer Treatment Centers of America in their effort to provide effective treatments. The data base collects and provides the latest information regarding cancer care.

This is just one of the many ways in which Cancer Treatment Centers of America provides the very best treatment and resources to help their patients with their journey to defeat cancer and provide the support they need to be informed. The center was founded in 1988 and its mission is to provide personalized cancer treatment tailored to fit each patient. They use all of the latest resources to ensure patients have the best tools and most knowledgeable staff to help provide excellent and effective treatment.

Individuals who have not had success with other cancer treatments, or who have special conditions which require special attention are excellent candidates for treatment with Cancer Treatment Centers of America. They have an incredible track record and take pride in making a difference in the quality of life of their patients. Anyone who is searching for a world renowned and respected treatment center should get more information about their services and locations. With a specialized treatment plan from one of their clinic, patients have a way to treat their cancer and make progress on their road to remission.