Betsy DeVos Brings About A Change In The Education Community

I have been aware of the work of Betsy DeVos for around 30 years, ever since she took her first tentative steps into the world of education reform that has pushed the Holland, Michigan born former Chair of the State Republican Party into the spotlight as the U.S. Secretary of Education. Mrs. DeVos first came to my attention over 30 years ago when she was one of the first wealthy financial donors to step forward and become a leader of what those of us who were involved with education reform at the time saw as a minority in terms of political opinion; however, I was always pleased with the understanding of politics Betsy DeVos has shown over the course of her life and is said to have begun during her time studying at Calvin College. Read more about her philanthropy at

Betsy DeVos has been a major success in almost every aspect of her life from the outset and I believe has shown her ability to adapt to different environments by taking on role with nonprofit groups, the Michigan Board of Education, and as a business leader. In 1989, Betsy DeVos worked with her husband, Dick, the former AmWay group President, to create The Windquest group; the success of The Windquest Group has recently been seen with the company being a major part of the work of the couple as they have invested in various different startup companies in the Grand rapids, Michigan area they call home and beyond. The Windquest group is also responsible for the management of a number of the groups developed by Betsy DeVos, including the West Michigan Aviation Academy that has been developed to provide a charter school experience providing an education aimed at developing new members of the aviation industry from an early age.

The newly installed Secretary of Education has always had an interest in education and politics, a combination I feel is impressive as they have prepared for the role that will define how Mrs. DeVos is viewed in the future. As a two time Chair of the Michigan Republican Party and a former choice of President George W. Bush for a role on the Board of the Kennedy Center for the Arts I feel the mother of four is more than prepared for her role in the President’s Administration; I also believe her work as an advocate for children in Michigan public schools shows the care and support the Secretary of Education has developed for children all over the U.S. This care for all has been shown, in my opinion, in the fact Mrs. Betsy DeVos has been willing to provide funding for campaigns to make sure all students are given access to school choice and school voucher systems no matter where they live in the U.S.

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Marc Sparks:An American Success Story

One thing an entrepreneur needs in order to succeed in any industry is diligence. Without this trait, anyone who attempts to work for himself is going to give up quickly. One thing that fuels diligence is knowledge that in most cases, it is going to take a while before people even make their first dollar on their own business. This is one of the reasons that they have to make sure that they are doing something that they enjoy as opposed to doing everything based on whether or not they are going to make money. Among the people that have learned this secret is Marc Sparks.

One of the best things about Marc Sparks is that he has persisted in the midst of every set back and failure. As a matter of fact, he will tell people that he has failed a lot of times and this is one of the reasons he has finally succeeded. He has also written a book that has detailed his attempts at starting a successful business. He has described these as very hard for him to write. However, it is very beneficial for many people in the case they want to try and start their own business. Learn more:

One thing people have to understand is that being an entrepreneur requires a lot of knowledge. One thing that entrepreneurs need to know a lot about is themselves. They have to know whether or not they can handle the type of work they are doing. One of the best ways to do this is by knowing their strengths and their weaknesses. Once they know what they are capable of, then they will have a better idea on how to proceed and the tools that they are going to need to use. They will also know the type of help they are going to need. Learn more:



How Does Kate Hudson’s Fabletics Keep Amazon Guessing?

Amazon usually doesn’t answer to anyone because they have been comfortably sitting on the top of the online apparel market for years. When a new company comes along that sells active-wear or clothing for women, they usually don’t close the gap to Amazon, who is enjoying 20 percent of the sales in that space. Out of nowhere however, Kate Hudson’s Fabletics has not only been closing that gap, this company has taken $250 million in sales that used to be Amazon money, and show no signs of slowing down in the coming years.


Hudson was asked to expand on the popularity of her athleisure brand, to which she simply responded that it is a combination of high-quality, personalized memberships, and the reverse showrooming process. This all sounds great, so Hudson was asked to explain the secret with a real-time buying experience. Women come down to the Fabletics store in the mall where they can try on all the clothing in the store if they like,. window-shop, apply for their free membership, or take part in the Lifestyle Quiz. Many women love this experience, but leave the store with nothing.


How does this equate to $250 million in sales in three years when the consumers are leaving the stores empty-handed?


The answer may surprise you, but it has to do with the e-commerce Fabletics site. Since the majority of women have been in the store trying on the apparel, they know what fits them perfectly. Once online, all those items are transferred to the online profile, so women now can just choose what they like or other styles based n the size they know fits them. This takes the guesswork out of buying active-wear, and women respond accordingly by adding even more pieces of workout apparel to the shopping cart.


The benefits do not end there however, those who get their membership at Kate Hudson’s Fabletics will also enjoy lower pricing on apparel, free shipping on online orders, and the help of a personal shopping assistant. Unlike shopping at Amazon and have to pay $80 to get 2-day shipping, Fabletics customers are going to get the right sized items the first time and not have to return them time and tine again until they fit. Customers appear to be responding accordingly because Kate Hudson’s Fabletics is smashing sales records each year and closing that gap between them and Amazon in the women’s apparel space.


Side Effects of Electronic Cigarettes as Published on Oncotarget

The University of Rochester Medical Center has done a research that revealed e-cigarettes have ability damage teeth and gums, same as a conventional cigarettes. Irfan Rahman, a professor at UR School of Medicine and Dentistry led the study which is the first of kind to focus on electronic cigarettes and their side effects to the users. Today, e-cigarettes are becoming more and more popular because it is considered to be safer option to traditional cigarettes.

In the past, health specialists believed that some chemical elements in cigarette smoke were the main cause of a variety of health complications, but after extensive research and study, the results have revealed otherwise. Professor Rahman noted that vapors inhaled from e-cigarettes release substances that accelerate stress within cells, which could later lead to different oral sicknesses. He further added that the extent in which gums and cavity are damaged largely depends on how often a person is smoking e-cigarettes. Oncotarget is also available on Dove Press.

According to scientists, the flavoring chemicals in e-cigarettes are capable of damaging cells found inside the mouth. Rahman believe that additional extensive studies should be conducted to help people understand the side effects of electronic cigarettes. He encourages manufacturers of these products to disclose different chemicals and materials used in order to help consumers understand the dangers they are exposed to when using e-cigarettes. This study was sponsored by National Institute of Health and published on Oncotarget.

About Oncotarget

Oncotarget is a global journal publishing general and detailed information relating to cancers. The journal provides information about therapy and treatment procedure used in order to improve and manage the health of cancer patients. Oncotarget provides information about the effects of management programs employed by medical experts to contain the disease. It also focuses on new therapeutic procedures that are being discovered by scientist. Oncotarget explores evidence placed by medical specialists to support existing and new therapies that give more effective results. In addition, the journal aims to understand how these therapies are used, and their acceptance by healthcare professionals as well as the patients. Oncotarget has played critical role of informing and educating health practitioners, patients, and general public about various causes of cancer and various preventive measures that can be applied. Follow Oncotarget journal on Twitter.


Roberto Santiago Confident that Shopping Mall Sector will Boost Brazilian Economy

In 2015, Shopping Mall Sector recorded a growth increase of 6.3 percent. This was unexpected as the country was facing economic crisis. This proves that the shopping malls sector is a potential sector that needs more investment. Currently, there are more than 540 shopping malls in Brazil and other 30 still in their development stages. There are speculations that the shopping malls might be the backbone of the Brazil’s economy. Despite the deteriorating economic conditions, malls still report high revenues, a good example being Manaira Shopping Mall, which reports at least one billion dollars turnover each financial year. Read more articles on

The shopping mall entrepreneurs have faith that the economy will stabilize and increase with a margin of 4-5 percent this year, which will be a great favor to them. With the improving economic conditions, the Shopping Mall Sector continues to attract more investors expanding the number of malls in Brazil. The intriguing issue is that, instead of the malls getting low returns because of the stiff competition, they still report high yields. This means that there is still untapped potential in the buyers who wish to have malls close to them that serve their shopping and leisure purposes.

Urban Studies Group in collaboration with Abrasce recently carried out a survey that depicted that the sector still has room for more innovation and that it has provided job opportunities to many individuals. The study indicated that the industry had employed over 1 million people, and the number will increase with an increase in more malls. The Manaira Shopping Mall, a commercial center in Paraiba, has more than 200,000 employees thanks to the entrepreneurial mind of Roberto Santiago. The mall lies on a 75,000m2 land, and it is the leading mall with the greatest leasable area.

According to Rafael Barros, the Manaira Shopping Mall site manager, the mall has to be designed in an innovative way to allow various activities in one place without congestion and space restriction. The mall houses hotels, gymnasium, shopping malls as well as a theater. The mall recorded over two million people movement in the mall with the primary attention being the household consumption area. This means that, if more malls allow individuals a space to sell household consumption products, they will receive an increased flow of people visiting the malls.

Roberto Santiago, the owner of Roberto Santiago Manaira Shopping Mall, build the mall with a vision of opening up Paraiba giving it a new description of not only being a city with stunning beaches, but also a city with beautiful and accommodating malls. Since its inauguration in 1989, the shopping mall has undergone five consecutive expansions as the number of people visiting the mall increased. Of all the five commercial shopping malls in Paraiba, Manaira Shopping Mall is the biggest and tops in returns. Roberto encourages entrepreneurs to invest more in shopping malls as the returns are worth the investments. Read more articles on


The Strength Of Jim Larkin And Mike Lacey In The Figth Against Migrant Injustice

The Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund was introduced due to an incident that occurred on October 18th of 2007. The Maricopa County Sheriffs office sent armed deputies to arrest Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin. These deputies were part of a Selective Enforcement Unit instigated by Sherriff Joe Arpaio.

Jim Larkin and Mike Lacey were executives at Village Voice Media and they were removed by force from their homes in the Phoenix area. They were then forced into SUV’s with no markings, Mexican license plates and windows deliberately tinted dark. The jail cells they were eventually sent to were under the management of Sherriff Joe Arpaio.

The Sherriff was directly responsible for these arrests. He called himself the toughest sheriff in America and claims outrage at the stories of his misdeeds published by the Phoenix New Times. The newspaper printed articles about his political posturing and the fostering of fear against Mexicans.

When newspapers began dismissing Arpaio as nothing more than another off beat character the Phoenix New Times talked about his mismanagement in his office and numerous financial irregularities.

They spoke of Arpaio’s substandard health conditions in their jails, how the inmates were mistreated and how some of them died. They placed their focus on his racial profiling, his systematic persecution and how he disregarded the constitution with his detention of Latino’s. Read more: About Lacey and Larkin- Frontera Fund

The reason Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey were supposedly arrested was for a story in the Phoenix New Times. This revealed how grand jury subpoenas were issued to get the private details about the readers, editors and writers of the newspaper. After an extremely unfavorable response from the nation, Larkin and Lacey were released with all charges dropped in less than a day.

The incident triggered a court battle regarding rights guaranteed under the First Amendment. Arpaio had tried to stifle the articles published in the New Times. The court stated there was no probable cause for the arrest of Larkin and Lacey. The decision of the appellate court led to a settlement for Larkin and Lacey in the amount of $3.7 million to be paid by Maricopa County. The year was 2013.

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin used the money to begin the Frontera Fund. This fund was unique and of benefit to the Hispanic community. This community has suffered from abuses of their civil rights and racial animus in Arizona.

Larkin grew up in Arizona and believes everyone needs to help the unfortunate. He feels the Mexican immigrants have shown bravery in their travels to Arizona looking for work and opportunities. While politicians began their campaigns in 2014 using the anti-Hispanic posturing used by Arpaio, Larkin and Lacey quietly used the money from the Frontera Fund to help the worthy groups advocating for the causes and civil rights of Hispanics.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio is responsible for detaining and demonizing the Mexican migrants along with any individual with brown skin. This includes American citizens. Larkin and Lacey stand beside the migrants. They believe people are better than the actions taken against the migrants in Arizona.