Monthly Archive: March 2016

One Girl’s Escape from Oppression in North Korea

Freedom is something many take for granted in the modern world, but there are those who are born into a life without ever knowing what freedom truly is. 23-year-old Yeonmi Park is one of those who endured the most inhumane hardships possible, yet escaped the horrors of life in North Korea and her story is chronicled in her book, In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom.

In this new release from Penguin Press written with Maryanne Vollers, Yeonmi Park details her life from its early beginnings to the perilous escape from North Korea through China, Mongolia, and then across the Gobi desert to South Korea. This two-year odyssey that began in 2007 included human trafficking, sexual slavery, and betrayal, with no hope in sight for the then teenage girl. Now, almost ten years later as a free woman and human rights advocate, Yeonmi Park shares on NY Times her heartbreaking story in hopes of bringing about awareness of the suffering behind Kim Jong Il’s regime in North Korea and what its people experience every day.

Facing starvation, the life of Yeonmi Park’s family began to crumble when her father was arrested for trading on the black market. It was his only opportunity to feed his family and survive the economic hardships of the nation at the time, but after his incarceration he was tortured and his family ostracized. Escape was their only option and ahead of them lay a cruel and difficult road, which saw the disappearance of Park’s sister and the eventual tragic death of her father.

In Order To Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom is not just the story of one family, but the struggle of all North Korean families living through persecution and subjugation. Park’s voice on Youtube is brave and honest, but most importantly, hopeful, and her book gives a chilling account of life behind the walls of a totalitarian society.

 

 

The End to the Incorporation Olympic Valley

Earlier plans to incorporate Olympic Valley has been shelved as the plan no longer seems workable. According to the California Local Agency Formation Commission, the plan seemed unviable. This comes as good news for the area, who experienced drought the past seasons. Thanks to winter storms bringing in an earlier season, the area has seen a boom in business as resorts have opened before their usual time. Business owners and denizens alike are rejoicing the change in the decision of those interested in the incorporation the area. For inhabitants and companies, this means they can stay in business as usual.

Andy WirthCEO of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings, LLC, received the news well since he put in efforts to oppose the backers of the incorporation. The battle over land usage was taken to California officials, where it was decided that the plan was not viable. Without the incorporation initiative, he is able to expand real estate and invigorate more business in the area. To ensure the incorporation didn’t happen, Wirth opposed the efforts, spending hundreds of thousands in the process. Since the incorporation is no longer happening, the focus has turned to issues more relevant to the community.

Wirth’s determination was fueled by his experience in the Olympic Valley area. He has an extensive background in business and started out in 1986 working for Steam Boat as an intern. He then began working in the marketing division. He later founded the Mountain Village Partnership and served as president of the board of directors. During his time with both companies, he was instrumental in the 2001 and 2006 American Olympic team send-off celebrations. In 2010, he became the CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Resort, where he is still in position today. As head of Squaw Valley, the resort increased in popularity. They are now one of the top 20 ski resorts in America.

He is also a philanthropist who donates his time and money towards various charities. He has served in leadership roles on the boards of several charities, which includes Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club and the California Ski Industry Association. Wirth helped develop the Wounded Warrior Support Ironman team to support the Navy SEALs. He felt compelled to help Americans who were wounded while serving their country. The proceeds raised through the Ironman competitions go to the Navy SEAL Foundation.

For more information, visit the original story at the Reno Gazette-Journal.

About Solo Capital and Founder Sanjay Shah, A Leading Philanthropist

Sanjay Shah began his career with high aspirations. His parents are originally from Kenya, but immigrated to the UK in the 1960s. Sanjay grew up in the Marylebone neighborhood in London, and studied medicine briefly before deciding against becoming a physician. He then decided to study Accounting instead, which enabled him to obtain his first position out of school with the global firm Merrill Lynch, then to Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse, ING, and Rabobank. The financial crisis motivated Sanjay to venture out on his own and start Solo Capital. This led to a massive financial gain for Sanjay as his venture was able to rapidly expand in London and Dubai. His goal of raising funds for autism research has amounted to a large sum, underlying the success of his philanthropic efforts. Sanjay made the headlines for earning a large sum of money by betting on European Sovereign Debt.

Another major turning point in Sanjay’s life was the birth of his son Nikhil. The boy was unable to hold down food, and this led to bloodwork at a children’s hospital in the UK. Doctors diagnosed Nikhil with autism based on the blood test results. His son’s diagnosis motivated Sanjay to become a philanthropist, at which point Sanjay decided to start Autism Rocks. This organization brings some of the best acts out front to put on performances which raise money for research into Autism. This philanthropic venture has enabled Sanjay to pursue something fulfilling which has had a positive impact on others.

The idea for Autism Rocks began over tea between Sanjay Shah and Snoop Dogg, and has a global impact. The charity launched in 2014 in London, which was an invite-only event. The event featured Michael Buble, Lenny Kravitz, and Drake. The funds are contributed to the Autism Research Trust at Cambridge University, which supports the Autism Research Centre. This is a long-term research project which has found methods of identifying potential individuals whom will develop Autism. Autism is the fastest-growing disorder, and boys are 5 times more likely than girls to develop the condition. This disease costs an average of $60,000 per year per family. Sanjay Shah is currently in a good financial position to help others and to pass on his wealth to those whom could benefit the most from autism research. Many families would not be able to spend $60,000 per year to help an autistic child, and Autism also has a high impact on the quality of life of the child.

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Latino Voters Get A Huge Support From George Soros.

 
The news out there is that liberal donors led by George Soros plan to donate over $15 million to the presidential elections campaign cycle. These funds are aimed at funding efforts to mobilize immigrants especially Latino to join the Democratic wing. These campaigns are aimed at those Latinos is areas that are known to be strongholds of Donald J. Trump and other Republicans. The main motive is to get as many votes as possible from the Latino so that the Democrats’ can increase their chances of winning.

According to political analysts and NY Times.com , this plan may prove very productive for the Democratic billionaires. This is because the strategy will hold the record for the biggest voter turnout mobilization effort from the Democrats that has ever been aimed at Latino and immigrant voters. This funds mainly target Latinos and immigrant voters in Colorado, Florida and Nevada. It will also target campaign groups in other areas that have a large or are experiencing a growing population of Latino and Asian. Political analysts say that voters from this factions will play a crucial role in the presidential race and also in the Senatorial elections.

This strategy by the Democratic billionaires led by George Soros will be executed by Immigrant Voters Win PAC, a new super PAC that is inclined towards Latino and immigrant voters. This super PAC will also work with other Democrat-inclined PACs to achieve their goals. The main concentration of the campaigns of this super PAC will be at swinging non-Democrat Latino and other immigrant voters to the Democratic camp. George Soros says that this strategy will bear a lot of fruits and is aimed at earning Democrats over 400,000 new voters at the November polls.

George Soros is expected to give a total contribution of around $5 million to the super PAC, Immigrant Voters Win PAC. This will be among the funds George Soros plan to donate on his return the large-scale political funding league. He is already a liberal hero for giving heavy donations towards their campaign course. After this $5 million donation, George Soros will already have contributed over $13 million to the November general election. This will be his largest his largest donation since 2004 when he donated over $20 million towards anti-Bush campaigns. George Soros also has another $5 million donations towards the legal campaigns by Democrats who are against discriminative voting laws in states like Ohio, Wisconsin, and North Carolina, on his way.

George Soros says that the main reason that he came back to the political funding scene this season is to try and give Americans the best leaders the deserve. George Soros is a big supporter of good governance that respects human rights. He has been strongly opposing the bad policies fro the Republican side which seeks to deport illegal immigrants and block Muslim asylum seekers from entering the country. According to George Soros, who himself is Hungarian, these are backdated policies that should not be given room in the current world.

Sourced from:
The New York Times
http://www.breakingnews.com/item/2016/03/10/billionaire-george-soros-and-other-liberal-donors/

Andy Wirth Sees Relief From Olympic Valley Incorporation

It’s been a struggle for some of Lake Tahoe’s north shore communities in the last few years. Between the drought that has left them with a tough winter and the incorporation that’s been pushing the concept of new regulations on them, they’ve had their work cut out for them. The political corporation has caused quite a drift for the beautiful Olympic Valley resorts, especially the Squaw Valley Resort. The drought has slowed down business in the past four years, but they are finally seeing some relief.

Andy Wirth is the CEO and president of Squaw Valley Resort and has luckily experienced some positive news in the form of early season winter weather and the political incorporation withdrawing their efforts to raise taxes among the communities along with other issues. The storm swept through the valley early bringing in some much needed moisture to the resort. Many people come to enjoy the winter activities and take part in the beautiful scenic views, and they were able to do that a little earlier this year, which has helped the Squaw Valley Resort immensely.

Andy Wirth has many years of experience in the historical parks and resorts. He is from Germany, but moved to Colorado to attend the Colorado State University. He then moved to Steamboat, Colorado where he worked at the resort as their marketing manager. He then decided to take the move and become the CEO and president of the beautiful Squaw Valley Resort, which he is overseeing many positive changes happening. He is assisting in the process of building a gondola that will attach from one resort to the other, allowing skiers to get from one resort to the other in a timely fashion. They will have to park at one or the other, but once inside the resort, they will be able to utilize the gondola and both resorts for their winter activities. The building process has not begun yet, but one it does, it should take a few years to complete.

Andy Wirth is very passionate about the environment and the surrounding areas of the community. He is a major contributor to environment and community services. His goal is to improve areas so that people of all ages can happily enjoy. After surviving a near fatal sky diving accident, Andy co-founded the Wounded Warrior Support charity in honor of Navy Seals that have served their time and are returning home to their families.

Andy Wirth hopes that the political corporation and he can move past the issues that have been brought up. If they can move past this and allow a chance for healing, they can focus on the needs of the communities as well as the resort traffic.

Source: the Reno-Gazette Journal

George Soros Is Afraid The Economy Is Headed Down The Drain

The world economy seems to have begun to rebound from it’s low point during the 2008 crash. However, some question whether or not this recovery is likely to last. George Soros very much questions the economic stability of the current recovery. He actually sees things that appear similar to the conditions of the world economy as the crash was looming. He gave this warning to investors, when he spoke at a conference in Colombo, Sri Lanka. There are some pieces of evidence that one can point to with this. On one past occasion, he has predicted economic disaster that didn’t end up coming true though. However, George Soros is still a very reputable person according to Bloomberg in the investment world. He has become a billionaire through his investments, and he really has an exceptional degree of skill with forecasting the path of investments.

China has gone through a process of industrialization. While there is still quite a lot of manufacturing taking place in China, the economy has changed from this model. In fact, the Chinese economy has become more consumerist oriented rather than production oriented. This transition also has happened in other countries, including the United States. However, China doesn’t seem like it is able to navigate these waters. As a result, their economy seems to be floundering somewhat. The Chinese currency does not have as much value as it used to.

The economic instability has been noted by people other than George Soros. In fact, well known measurements for economic instability have increased in recent times. The Chicago Board Options Exchange Volatility Index is appearing to be on the rise. This index has gone up 13 percent. This particular measurement holds a lot of credibility amongst investors, and it has been called the “fear gauge”. The Merrill Lynch Index of Anticipated Price Swings appears to be rising, as well. This index has risen by 5.7 percent. Another measure that has been affected by the recent signs in the economy is the Nikkei Index. The Nikkei Index measures how volatile the stock markets are in Japan. This index seems to be taking a sharp rise. It has risen 43 percent! This is a truly startling rise in the level of instability.

Hopefully, there isn’t going to be another economic crash. However, George Soros seems to point to a number of different troubling signs in the economic climate. The indexes of instability also seem to be picking up on something that could be potentially on the horizon. These two things together should serve as a warning to investors throughout the world to brace for the possibility of another crash. George Soros believes that if the economy crashes again, it has the potential to be a serious crash.

Olympic Valley Incorporation: Dividing Communities, Businesses And Residents

Andy Wirth is the CEO and President of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings. He holds a Bachelor of Science that he received after graduating from the Colorado State University. He has decades of experience working in all different roles in tourism and the wilderness. Wirth has also worked his way from the bottom up. He first served as a firefighter and national parks ranger in New Mexico and Colorado. He then became an intern at Steamboat Ski and Resort Corporation. He worked for Steamboat for more than 20 years in all different marketing type positions. Due to all of this experience, Wirth was asked to be the Chief Executive Officer of Squaw Valley.

Andy Wirth is also very involved in philanthropy and in his local community. He has won several awards for his hard work, including the Chairman’s Outstanding Service Award, the Steamboat Springs Business Leader of the Year Award and he was listed as a Top 25 Minds in Hospitality and Travel Sales and Marketing. He has also been given several other honors like being asked to speak at the graduation ceremony of his alma mater or having a place on the board of several highly esteemed organizations and associations.

For the past 4 years, Wirth has been fighting a move to incorporate Olympic Valley, where Squaw Valley Ski Resort sits. He believes that incorporation will only hurt both the individual residents of the town but also the businesses in the town. The main reason is an significant increase to taxes. A secondary reason is that the services that the residents have come to know and appreciate, will cease. These services include snow plowing and road maintenance. Another secondary concern is that it will no longer be a member of the north shore communities, who have historically worked together to deal with regional issues. The Reno Gazette-Journal covered the issue in a recent article.

The other side of the argument, by the parties in Olympic Valley who would like to incorporate say that they want a town council so that the residents of the town will make the major decisions. At the current moment, the decision in the town are made by the Placer County Board of Supervisors. Most of the board members live in the suburbs in Sacramento. However, after four years, the Local Agency Formation Commission denied the town the right to incorporate because they said it was not financially viable. After this took place, the supporters of incorporation withdrew. The article closed by saying that the combination of this issue and the drought that has struck the Lake Tahoe area have created division within the town.

The Zika Virus Has Hit Brazil

The Zika Virus actually is not a new disease, and it was actually first discovered in the 1940s. However, it was isolated to countries located in Africa. However, it began to spread to other areas of the world. In recent times, it’s spread into regions of Latin America, such as Brazil. In Brazil, Dr. Sergio Cortes is studying the virus and it’s effects on people. Dr. Cortes and other doctors are in agreement that the virus generally does resolve on it’s own, without being medically treated. However, if it is a pregnant woman that catches the virus, the unborn baby can often suffer severe consequences. In fact, it can lead to a condition called microcephaly, which can cause severe cognitive birth defects. There is also suspicion in the medical community that the Zika Virus can lead to Guillian Barre Syndrome in unborn children.

Doctor Sergio Cortes believes that pregnant women need to take measures to avoid contracting this virus. He recommends that pregnant women are careful to avoid being bitten by mosquitos. There are certain hours that are associated with higher mosquito activity, and pregnant women should stay indoors during these times, if possible. Also, pregnant women should wear clothing that works well to prevent bug bites. Insect repellents can also be effective at preventing mosquito bites. Also, screens should be placed on windows that effectively keep mosquitos out of the living quarters of pregnant women.

If a pregnant women notices any troubling symptoms, immediate medical attention is crucial, according to Dr. Cortes. Often times, the symptoms of the Zika Virus are somewhat subtle, and they can be easily confused with other more mundane illnesses. So, medical attention is warranted, even when pregnant woman is experiencing the symptoms in a mild way. Although doctors cannot use any objective tests to determine if someone has the Zika Virus, they can recognize if one is, in fact, displaying it’s symptoms.

The Zika Virus has become startlingly common in Brazil. This virus has been infecting Brazilians since mid-2015. During these months, more than a thousand people have had Zika Virus related complications. The microcephaly that the Zika Virus can cause is not only capable of causing serious mental impairment of infants, but it can also be fatal to babies. In fact, there has already been a case of infant mortality caused by the Zika Virus.

The Zika Virus presents a very serious health concern. Despite it’s deceptively mild symptoms, it presents a very serious health risk to pregnant women. It has already been implicated by the World Health Organization as being a cause of very severe birth defects. The virus has also become scarily common in Brazil, and it has been implicated in cases of birth defects in the country.

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