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Yeonmi Park Stands For Human Rights Recognition in North Korea

Many times people feel inadequate and helpless when it comes to invoking change. This feeling of helplessness happens due to different reasons. Many times, people see a situation and feel that they are too small to institute any sort of opposition. Others may excuse a long-standing wrong because of apathy. Some may play a part in the political system, and because of a perceived injustice or wrong, they may decide to stop participating. In many cases people feel like they don’t have a voice in a matter, even though there ideas and actions were right and just. Many give up a cause they don’t see a change.

But many movements and political actions begin with the efforts of one person. Throughout history, we have seen how one person, working toward an end goal, can mobilize like-minded people to change injustices or situations that have the capacity to inflict suffering and pain.

Yeonmi Park is a North Korean human rights activist who witnessed first-hand how the brutal dictatorship of her former homeland affected her compatriots. She was raised by her mother and father in an affluent home. Both of her parents had jobs working for the country’s government, her mother as a nurse in the Korean army, and her father as a high-ranking member of the Workers’ Party. She remembers her very early childhood as a happy one, living with her parents and sister.

Her happiness came to an end when her father was accused of smuggling and sent to prison. He endured several years of hard labor there. Park insists that her father was only trying to make extra money because her family was starving. Nevertheless, his crimes earned him years of hard labor. He was released years later when he became extremely ill. It was at that time that her father insisted that the entire family needed to escape North Korea. Although the family carried out his wishes, he was too sick to make the journey himself, and later died in North Korea.

Park and her family made a harrowing journey, first crossing North Korea into China, enduring during harsh brutality at the hands of Chinese smugglers. Yeonmi Park was forced to watch her mother viciously assaulted, and raped in front of her. Park and her mother continued their journey, until they escaped to China and it crossed over into Mongolia. There, they made contact with South Korean diplomats, who helped him cross over into South Korea.

Park now speaks about her and her family’s ordeal, and about the North Korean government and its oppression towards people. She believes that the ways of the North Korean government are wrong, and that the oppression the North Korean people endures needs to end. Since her escape into South Korea, she has spoken to groups around the world, and is currently writing a book about her escape.

In many cases, it just takes the efforts of one person to change a nation. Park’s story of perseverance and endurance is an example to be followed for all people wishing to evoke change in seemingly unchangeable circumstances.

Levenson Philanthropic Endeavors Helps Communities

Bruce Levenson, the recent owner of the Atlanta Hawks, sold the NBA team to a group of buyers led by Anthony Ressler. The purchase was finalized somewhere in the neighborhood of $840 million. The bank managing the sale of the team over-estimated the sale price to be around $1 billion, which may have chased other potential buyers away. There could have been more interested participants in the buying of the Hawks if the selling price had not been set so high possibly scaring other buyers with less cash to not participate in the bidding.

Levenson is now settling into his new life able to spend more time with his wife and family including grandchildren. Although Bruce is extremely busy on any given day, he and his wife Karen, have many philanthropic endeavors they work on. They are both involved in educational initiatives for disadvantaged young students. One of their favorite organizations is called “I Have a Dream.” Another organization is “Bringing the Lessons Home Program.” Creating a connection with students today of the Holocaust history and students taking lessons of this history home to be shared with their family, friends, and community. This is an awareness program that connects history with communities. The program is a 14-week course taught on Saturdays, with guided tours through the Holocaust Museum in the Washington, DC Area. The students earn community service credits and are eligible to participate in the Stephen Tyrone Johns Summer Youth Leadership Program. Bruce and Karen are very active in this program while building other educational events in their community.

The Levenson’s also started a Philanthropic-In-Resident program at the University of Maryland. This program is introduced to freshmen students during orientation week, designed to motivate students to become philanthropists and give them the education to work successfully in non-profit organizations while earning their degrees and after graduation. The programs are now expanding to many countries overseas including China, India, and Japan.

Bruce and Karen Levenson live in Maryland, just a short ride to the Washington, DC Area where so many of their philanthropy also resides. Raising their family in the same area they do so much community work builds strong community ties.

Bruce Levenson started his career as an award-winning journalist and writer shortly out of college with his partner Ed Peskowitz when they started UCG United Communications Group. This is a privately owned business and one of the largest in the world with over two million clients in various business sectors. UCG helps their customers achieve their goals and objectives. Throughout Bruce Levenson’s career, he has continued to play an active role in the UCG business.

Revolutionizing Online Shopping With Slyce

Online shopping has become the norm for most individuals today and at the current rate of growth online shopping will be the norm for everyone. Why is that? Instead of going through the hassle of having to go to a store and make purchases, people can now simply pick the items they wish to buy right at the comfort of their own home computer. And, there isn’t even a need to lug all the purchases home either, since most online shopping solutions provide door-to-door delivery services.

But if you thought online shopping was the zenith of shopping innovations, you’d be dead wrong.

Enter Slyce – a revolutionary new way to experience shopping. Slyce is an innovative new shopping solution which employs image and product recognition paired with its own unique search engine system to enable one to pinpoint with utmost accuracy, any product that is queried. This image recognition system employs one of the most common features of all handheld Smartphones – its camera.

This quick, efficient, and smart method of online shopping guarantees exact searches with every click, thanks in part to Slyce’s access to a wide database of products and images accessed through online connectivity. Think of it like Google image search, without the need to upload a specific image from a memory card or hard-drive.

Slyce image recognition employs three distinct methods of product research and recovery – one, the product’s barcode or QR code is obtained, then the data is run through and the exact match is found. Two, a photograph is run through an online search and a 1:1 match that corresponds to your images’ metadata is given back along with the descriptions.

And three, a picture is run through various servers for possible matches as per different attributes, resulting in matches that are close to, if not perfectly matched to your query. The way humanity shops online is now revolutionized with Slyce. To learn more about Slyce shopping, visit their website at:

The New Vibe in Makeup Today

Why does makeup matter? Is it just a fun hobby for beauty enthusiasts who like to play with color and contour, or is it really something that has an impact? We vote for the latter philosophy, as without beautiful faces to light up our days, would life really be worthwhile? No, beautiful faces don’t need a ton of makeup to have an impact, but the right choices in makeup, whether it’s a subtle touch up or a full on glam effect, make a huge difference in the impact of those gorgeous faces on the beauty starved masses.


There’s a reason why the makeup industry keeps on booming, year after year. For women who love to look good, having a great set of makeup tools is as important as breathing air and drinking water. Just ask any glam gal you see walking down the street, she’ll tell you it’s true. Another reason great makeup is always part of a woman’s fashion set list is that makeup is an affordable way to look good, no matter how much the economy swings around.


Any woman who cares about looking good with absolutely have a go to set of cosmetics that she simply can’t live without. Most makeup bags will include essentials like a great concealer, a great foundation in the perfect tone matching shade, a powder that blends perfectly and absorbs flawlessly, plus a foundation primer to keep it all smooth. Beyond these must-haves, fashionable gals will also want to have high quality cosmetics to highlight their lips and eyes. The colors and styles she chooses for her lips and eyes will depend on her personal taste as well as what she’s dressing for, but lipsticks and eyeliners and shadows are also absolute essentials.


Once a gal has all her makeup basics covered, she may be ready to explore looks that are a bit more unusual, and even daring. That’s where up and coming brands like Lime Crime, which is the boldly colorful makeup line that’s the brainchild of entrepreneur Doe Deere, comes in.

Lime Crime offers wildly colorful lipsticks and eye colors in a range of hues that would truly make a unicorn proud. Perhaps that’s why Doe Deere chose a unicorn as the symbol one of her leading lipcolors, Unicorn Lipsticks. These matte lipsticks go on smooth and stay put, to create a beautiful pout that’s pretty as can be. The Venus palette of grunge glam shadows from Lime Crime has everything needed to heighten her eyes and facial contours with a look that glows and adds an extra dose of glam.

Yes, makeup is a beauty essential for women today, and for women who want to take their look all the way to the edge of wild, there are great brands like Lime Crime out there to lead the way.

What Kind of Writing Does Wikipedia Expect

Wikipedia is a top of the line site that expects their writers to be at the top of their writing game. They want to make sure that all the content on the site are extremely exceptional and can provide real information. When you submit your own content to the site, it can be really tough to get content accepted unless you work hard at improving your writing. If you want to create Wikipedia pages for others, edit a few pieces, or even make your own Wikipedia page for your name or business, there’s several things that can help you succeed quicker.

What Kind Of Writing Does Wikipedia Expect?

They expect for writing to be very narrowly created. In other words, you must be capable of creating content that fits in to their needs. What makes professional Wikipedia service so reliable is how their content is always top of the line. They always come up with top notch content that is based on fact, and every time a new sentence is added it must be backed up by sources. This could be something that most personal pages can affected by. If you cannot showcase the truth behind anything with an existing news article online that shows proof, then you are not going to be approved. The writing they expect must also be of high quality.

The best way for any new writer to get something written for them for Wikipedia is to have the Get Your Wiki company to do the job. They have a wide range of experienced writers who understand the needs involved with the Wikipedia site. The team behind this site is very clear with how they do business. They have showcased with their program that they have the knowledge to create content for Wikipedia that they know the editors are sure to accept without any problems. The site is very updated with how they do business, and they are always more than willing to do the work needed so that your wiki article is written with exact precision.

Wikipedia is not an easy place to write for because of their high expectations with content. This is why companies like Get Your Wiki is a great option. They have guarantees and also complete services to make sure you are successful with your Wikipedia article. Their writers have also had previous articles accepted by the Wikipedia editors, so they know the entire acceptance process.

Take a Slyce out of Amazon

Slyce Inc is a Visual Search and image recognition software company was which was founded by Cameron Chell and Erika Racicot in 2012. The visual Search and recognition software centers around the user being able to take a picture of an item on their Smartphone that they want to purchase. The software will identify the item in the picture and then bring them to a partnered website where they can purchase it. It is an incredible piece of software, which is garnering a lot of attention; Slyce has so far raised around $10.75 million in funding.

Slyce is in direct competition with Amazon Flow, a similar service that will be available exclusively on Amazons website, while Slyce aims to be used by every other retailer on the planet. Slyce however does have some competitive advantages over the Amazon App, first and foremost it will have a larger retailer platform to find the products you want. Secondly and perhaps more importantly, Amazon Flow more often that not requires that the product be in its original packaging to find it correctly. Slyce does not have this limitation; according to Chief Digital Officer Mark Elfenbein the App will be able to identify items that are outside of their original packaging wherever they are.

Amazon is claiming that most shoppers will use the Flow App when in a physical store location in order to find a potentially better price online, so most pictures will be taken while in the packaging. However Slyce wants to take this one step further and allow consumers to take a picture wherever they are, for instance seeing a handbag you like and having the ability to take a picture of it to find where it is for sale.

Slyce is also attempting to enter the gift registry market, by allowing users to take pictures of items to add to gift registries. Slyce’s technology will rely heavily on machine recognition, however in instances where the item cannot be matched they will have an employee apply the finishing touches.

The organization has already received significant backing financially but plans to take this in further in the next few months. Slyce has been acquiring companies at a rapid pace in order to gain competitive advantage, which in this day and age is a smart investment. Technological developments move at a blistering pace and it is important for companies to have that edge.

Atlantic Hawks

Atlanta Hawks is pro-level basketball competing in the National Basketball Association (NBA). They form part of the Southeast Division of the Eastern Conference. All their home games are staged at the Philips Arena.

According to, they were originally known as the Tri-Cities Blackhawks back in 1946 and a member of the National Basketball League. The Blackhawks re-joined the league in 1949,after the amalgamation of NBL and Basketball Association of America to give rise to the National Basketball Association.

In 1951, this team relocated to Milwaukee and thus changed its name to Hawks. Hawks moved to St. Louis later on in 1955. They won the NBA Championship in 1958. In 1968, the Hawks moved to Atlanta. The Hawks are recognized to be the team with the second longest drought of winning the NBA Championship of about fifty-seven. While Hawks were in St. Louis, they happened to make it to the NBA final-showdown. Afterwards, they went forty-eight league years without making it past the second-round playoffs. They accredited this failure to the history of the NBA draft.

Since 1980, the Hawks have traded only four players who were chosen to play in all the All-Star game.They are Dominique Wilkins, Doc Rivers, Al Horford and Jeff Teague. Dominique played from 1982 to 1994, he won the Slam Dunk Contest of 1985 and 1995. While coach Mike Fratello became the Coach of the Year in 1986.

In 2007, there seemed to be some hope with the signing of Al Horford who brought quality into the team. He became a runner-up for the Rookie of the Year honors. He started the season by winning the first game against Dallas Mavericks. During the 2009-10 season, Hawks improved their game and won 53 games. They were swept off by Orlando Magic in the second-round. At the end of this season Hawks fired Woodson Mike from being the head coach.

The Hawks’ performance backtracked and finished the 2010-11 season with 44 wins only to be beaten again in the semifinals by Chicago Bulls. Hawks employed San Antonio Spurs as the Vice President of Basketball Operations and Danny Ferry as the President of Basketball Operations and General Manager in June 2012. Hawks finished with a 44-38 record and appeared for six straight seasons, and were unfortunately eliminated by the Indiana Pacers after six matches in the first round. On May 2014, Atlantic Hawks showed their new logo which is a modification of the “Pac-Man” logo.

Bruce Levenson announced his sale of his share of the team on 7th September 2014. His share was sold in a$850 million-bid. It was reported that he made about twenty-seven percent profit. It was stated that by Bruce’s investor overselling Hawks, they put off other bidders from placing their bids. The auction was won by a group that was led by co-founder Tony Ressler. NBA stated that Atlanta Hawks will retain its location as a condition for the sale. The NBA Board of Governors approved the sale of the team on 24th June, 2015.

Minnesota Dentist Kills Beloved Lion

Walter Palmer went on a hunting trip in Zimbabwe and killed beloved Cecil the lion. This Minnesota dentist paid officials in that country $55,000 to acquire the licenses and permits in order to take part in the hunt. As far as Walter Palmer knew, he had secured all the correct documents and he was only following the advice of his guides as they made their way into the park. After luring Cecil to the outer edge of the park, Walter Palmer killed Cecil with a bow and arrow. The lion was found beheaded and skinned, missing its park collar.

Cecil was beloved by many in the country, he has been a fixture in that preserve for over a decade. How a hunter from the United States can hunt and kill this animal by mistake is of great concern to officials said James Dondero. Investigations have begun into the way the process was handled, who gave the go on killing Cecil, and how Walter Palmer acted during that night. Protestors quickly took to the internet to voice their displeasure, flooding the dentist’s Facebook page and Yelp website, forcing the dentist to take down his website.

Investigators are looking more closely at his record too, noting they have already uncovered evidence he shot and killed a bear illegally a few years back and was cited and fined for not following proper protocol. This dentist is not without some serious baggage. In addition to the bear killing, he has a sexual harassment suit on his record that he settled for $150,000 with the receptionist that worked for him.

Reifler Takes Note Of Non-Accredited Investors Limited Options

Brad Reifler, the CEO of Forefront Capital has taken note of the troubles that middle-class investors have in terms of investment options. So many of these investors are not able to play the market the way that they want to. Reifler learned this first hand when his 80 year old father-in-law gave him his life savings to invest as he had retired. Reifler realized that there were not as many options as there are for those who are accredited.

To be accredited means to have a net worth of greater than $1 million and an annual income in excess of $200,000. These are the types of investors who have more options in the investment realm than the rest. For Reifler’s father-in-law though, the options were not nearly as vast. Reifler wanted to change that.

Forefront Capital started to offer more choices for those who are non-accredited. They began to take on more of these types of investors and have a wider scope of services offered. At the very least, investors who do not have as much money can still have some of the options that are available to those with much higher incomes.

Forefront is one of the only firms that has taken on these types of investors. They look at it as a market that is not being reached out to enough and want to change that. People like Reifler’s father-in-law at least have a place they can turn to at this point whereas they did not in the past.

The idea of people having the same access as one another to everything is a uniquely American idea. It is a value that most of us hold dear, and it is something that the investment world is finally starting to get on board with in some small way as well.

Jason Richardson and the Atlanta Hawks

Jason Richardson has been at it a long time for a pro basketball player. The NBA veteran player has made his name with five different teams throughout his career. Until last season, he was a small forward for the Philadelphia 76ers. For most of that time, he has averaged 17.1 points per game. In his early days, he was so good that in 2003 he won the Slam Dunk Contest championship. However, his point average has been slowly getting lower. During his time with his two most recent teams, Orlando Magic and the 76ers, Richardson saw his average drop to an average of 9.1 points per game. In part, this lowering was due to an injury. Two years ago in the January of 2013, the free agent suffered a cartilage tear which forced him off the court. This past February he finally returned to play for the Philadelphia 76ers.

Now the he is making another big transition. Just a few days ago, Richardson signed with the Atlanta Hawks. This is something the 34-year-old veteran player has desired for some time. Although Richardson’s average is down and he is currently still dealing with an injury, he is still considered a great basketball player and a very good offensive acquisition for the Hawks. Many NBA basketball players never even attain a 9.1 average.

This is still a very lucky break for Richardson who since returning to the court has missed 10 games due to continuing difficulties with his knee and has yet to be cleared by the doctors to play back-to-back games. Despite all of his present medical issues, Richardson still feels very optimistic about his future with the Hawks. He is committed to becoming the player the Hawks need. Before beginning his first season with the Hawks, he will be spending the rest of the summer getting his knee in tip-top shape so that he can play the entire season. The Hawks have determined to place him in the shooting guard position. This will be his 14th season playing basketball. He hopes to make it several more.

Just as Richardson is about to be living his dream through the Hawks, he is coming in the recent departure of an owner who also fulfilled his own lifelong dream through the Hawks. This man is Bruce Levenson. Since childhood, Levenson had dreamed of becoming the owner of a sports team. In 2004, that became a reality when he led a group of investors to purchase NBA team the Atlanta Hawks, NHL team the Atlanta Thrashers, and operating rights to Philips Arena. Up until selling his share of the team, Levenson remained an active owner, having a seat on the NBA Board of Governors and the Hawk’s Board of Managers. And he was great at what he did. Levenson led the Hawk’s to the NBA playoffs seven seasons in a row, the only team in the Eastern Conference to do so. The Hawks did so well during the 2014-15 season, that they had one of the best records in the entire NBA.