Thor Halvorssen Does Great Work

Thor Halvorssen has human rights in his genes. His father was a legendary political figure in his native Venezuela, who was thrown in prison after he tried to expose high-level corruption. His mother was once shot and badly wounded in a protest against the authoritarian policies of the late Hugo Chavez. But that’s not all. Thor’s grandfather, a noted Norwegian diplomat, resisted the Nazis, and once even got into a fistfight with a Nazi.

So, even though Thor comes from a privileged background, he hasn’t forgotten about the plight of those who are less fortunate. He attended college in the United States (the University of Pennsylvania) and, upon graduation, has devoted his professional life to human rights.

He founded his own Human Rights organization, the Human Rights Foundation, which today is based in New York and employs 12 people. Every year, Thor and his team host an illustrious human rights event called the Oslo Forum. Some have likened to the Davos Forum of the Human Rights World. He invites powerful, wealthy philanthropists and Human Rights activists from authoritarian countries in the developing world. The activists speak in front of philanthropist audiences, who often contribute large sums of money and work their connections for the activists’ causes.

If there’s one country close to Thor’s heart, it’s North Korea. The isolated Asian country has been ruled by three generations of the Kim family. Its population has suffered under communism and even endured a famine in the 1990’s that decimated its people. The country remains almost completely cut off from the rest of the world.

But Thor is working to change that. His mission is to deliver western media—movies, TV shows, criticisms of the North Korean regime—to the North Korean people. In this effort, he’s launched hot-air balloons, equipped with western media, from South Korea. Once the hot-air balloons infiltrate North Korean airspace, they are timed to drop their items in the North Korean countryside. Thor especially wants to North Koreans to get ahold of, “The Interview,” a Seth Rogan movie that skewers North Korea’s leader.

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Sapphire is the New Diamond: Sapphire Engagement Rings

Traditionally, when most people think of engagement rings, they think of diamond rings. For years, diamond has been the universal — and most popular — engagement ring. Recently, however, a new trend has popped up; sapphire engagement rings. While diamond rings are beautiful, more and more people have grown interested in using the beautiful sapphire gem in its place.

For anyone looking into purchasing a sapphire engagement ring in place of a diamond engagement ring, the National Sapphire Company is the place to go. The company is the leading authority and place to go for natural and untreated sapphire stones. As The National Sapphire Company sapphires are untreated, you don’t need to worry about the gem you’re receiving being altered in the slightest. But now, you might be wondering — why would one want to forego diamond in favor of sapphire? There are actually a variety of fairly good reasons — from simply preferring the appearance, to the symbolism, to name a few.

Possibly one of the most prominent reasons one would choose to use a sapphire ring in place of diamond is the appearance. While sapphires are typically believed to only be a very vibrant and beautiful blue, sapphire can actually be a variety of colors; such as pink, and purple, to name a few. As diamond engagement rings are typically clear, a sapphire engagement ring gives more options for color.

Additionally of note, sapphire actually has a relatively interesting symbolism when used as an engagement ring. While diamonds are traditionally viewed as a promise of things to come, sapphire engagement in an engagement ring symbolizes not only faithfulness, but also sincerity.

Finally of note, one other reason people are making the transition from diamond to sapphire is influence from famous/prominent people. Recently, the Duchess of Cambridge donned a sapphire ring in place of diamond, around the time the transition became widespread and popular — which could have likely influenced the transitions of others.

If you are interested in a sapphire engagement ring, remember to look into the National Sapphire Company, for the best untreated, natural sapphires.

Kenneth Goodgame predicts the business future at True Value

Predicting the future of any business is close to impossible. However, for business marketing, retail and sales, Kenneth Goodgame has proven to have the right skills to predict future market trends. He has enough knowledge to predict the future of a particular product. Kenneth has the skills to know reliable marketing strategies. He ensures that a business venture gets maximum profits from its business strategy. With such an expert, any company can be assured that it will reach its business goals and attain top positions in the market.

Marketing is usually a complicated process. Most companies avoid it altogether resulting in a bad performance. Enterprises that fail to have a proper marketing plan end up failing. Kenneth Goodgame has helped many business and clients grow their business. He designs an appropriate marketing strategy that makes it possible to record profits and improve business operations. His excellence in his work saw him work at True Value Company. He assisted the company to improve its sales and profits.

Kenneth Goodgame can be described as a real symbol of proper leadership. He comes out as a man of many attributes. He has a good brand perception, product creation, and resourceful. His leadership skills have seen him possess the ability to turn his ideas suggested by his team to a collaborate effort. Goodgame motivates his team members and has earned their trust, respect, and belief. His focus on every business problem has been to assist the company. He strives to achieve company goals and develop a long-term business strategy.

Goodgame has had an extensive education and experience in marketing. He received his undergraduate studies in Finance and Marketing from the University of Tennessee. He worked with several companies in the marketing department after graduation. He used to work for Techtronic Industries between 2008 and 2010. He assisted in the formation of a new retail section that improved company sales. He later moved to Ace Hardware between 2010 and 2013. He was in charge of monitoring losses and profits and global purchases in the enterprise. Goodgame has distinguished himself as an expert in the marketing department. He has enabled several companies to develop a successful business strategy.

James Dondero Provides $1 Million Dollar Grant

The co founder of Highland Capital Management James Dondero recently announced that he will give $1 million to a local Dallas charity known as The Family Place. This organization helps support victims of family violence. With the $1 million grant offered by James, The Family Place will be able to come up with a considerable portion of the $2.8 million it needs to fund its annual Legacy Campaign. Dondero’s announcement of providing the grant came when he attended the 21st annual Texas Trailblazer Awards Luncheon. By providing this $1 million grant, James Dondero will be in position to continue making a difference in his community.

James Dondero co founded Highland Capital Management in the year 1993. He started this firm after a long career in the finance industry. When starting up Highland Capital Management, James Dondero looked to continue working with large institutional investors by managing their capital. James had his firm offer a number of ways to manage large amounts of capital by taking advantage of hedge funds, equity securities and collateralized loan obligations. Over the years, James and his firm have helped a number of investors more easily and efficiently manage their capital on a regular basis. With this success, James decided to expand his firm to other parts of the world in countries such as the United Kingdom, Brazil and South Korea.

Prior to starting up his own finance firm, James Dondero worked in the finance field as a credit investor and a chief investment officer. At the beginning of his career, James was working as a trainee in which he would analyze and invest in credit securities. He experienced a considerable amount of success at this position as well as gaining some valuable experience. After a number of years, Dondero would advance to higher level positions such as chief investment officer. When working at this position, James would manage billions of dollars in assets for major corporations such as American Express. Before James started his career, he went to the University of Virginia where he attained degrees in accounting and finance. In his spare time he engages in philanthropic activities for causes such as education, healthcare and veterans affairs.

Diversant Principal John Goullet

Diversant is one of the top technology staffing firms in the United States. For over twenty years, Diversant has helped a number of companies locate and hire the top talent in the information technology industry. Along with helping companies hire the best technology professionals, Diversant has also assisted a number of technology workers find the best opportunity to advance their career. While there are a number of staffing firms that work with technology professionals, Diversant separates itself from the rest with its core values. Whenever Diversant works with companies and technology professionals, it adopts the philosophy of using teamwork, discipline and diversity. As a result, Diversant has been able to consistently meet the needs of a number of companies looking for technology professionals.

The firm Diversant is currently led by the principal John Goullet. He has worked in the technology industry for nearly three decades. As a result, John has a lot of experience when it comes to helping companies meet their technology staffing needs. Since the information technology industry is always evolving, companies will need to have the latest technology available for use. Goullet understands this and can therefore give recommendations to these companies looking to get the most out of their technology. As well as understanding the technology needs of companies, Goullet is also aware of the latest skills that technology professionals must have. Therefore he helps companies find the most experienced workers who have the most up to date skillsets to fill positions.

At the beginning of his career, John Goullet would work as a traditional employee. While working in this capacity, John would serve as a consultant for a number of computing companies. While working as an employee, John Goullet would manage and evaluate all of the technology resources such as hardware and software. He would also make recommendations to his employers on what to use in order to maximize their efficiency. After working as a consultant, John began to notice the growing demand of companies looking to hire technology professionals. Therefore, he founded his own technology staffing firm. After a few years, he merged his firm with Diversant to take on his current position as principal of the company.

Multi-State Campaign Signifies The Importance Improved Of Inmate Calling Features

Securus Technologies has taken a multi-state initiative to bring their customer’s a video chat service sponsored by Vimeo. This interactive feature is currently being used by 160,000+ customer’s nationwide. Video chatting is a technologically advanced feature that allows inmates and their families to talk over the internet. PRN Newswire reported, Securus Technologies is one of the fastest growing inmate calling network providers in the industry because of their video chatting initiative. Securus is committed to spreading the word on saving inmate’s families time and money. Say goodbye to public transportation or arranged commute to and from a correctional facility.


Securus Technologies is well known, for being a leading inmate regulation network with monitoring and surveillance. They work closely with the Public Utility Commission to regulate correctional calling. A recent fourth quarter audit caught irregularities with Global Tel-Link that allowed free inmate calls in Louisiana for a limited time. Securus has also received certification 1 that will give them international coverage. Thousands of men and women know the Securus name is backed with service excellency. You’re invited to visit their secure website for more details and promotional offers today.


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Telephone Pay Options


Imagine being able to get all of your calling features conveniently over the phone because Securus makes it a reality. You never have to leave home by using your valid debit or check card from your landline or smartphone.


Inmate Voicemail


Inmate voicemail features are available to inmates through their commissary as a personalized feature. Loved ones can leave inmates a message to retrieve at their own discretion. Voicemail features allows inmates to prepare for a life outside of the facility including a job search inquiry. Leave a message for an inmate with important details when you want.


IAP Worldwide & Recent Developments

About IAP
IAP Worldwide Services is a leading international service company that offers global scale contingency support, technical services, facility management services, and other support services for the US military, humanitarian groups, other government agencies, and several commercial enterprises. They have been in business for 60 years, and they integrate and leverage its capabilities to provide innovative, reliable, and safe solutions to meet consumer’s complex and diverse challenges. They have offices in Washington, D.C., Oklahoma, Maryland, Florida, the Middle East, and the United Kingdom. They operate in over 110 locations in 27 countries.

In Recent News- Developments
There have been a plethora of different developments going on with IAP. For instance, IAP Worldwide Services has recently been restructuring debt with the lender group, Deutsche Bank Trust Company. Kaye Scholer represents this lender group as an administrative agent.

IAP Worldwide Services owed about $354 million to the first lien lenders and about $125 million to its second lien lenders. The restructuring includes the 80% of the first lien debt to be converted into all of IAP’s new equity. It is also converted into a buyout of the second lien debt, a creation of a new revolving loan amounting to $50 million, the reinstatement and amendment of the then current term loan facility, and a letter of credit facility.

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On a more positive note, IAP Worldwide Services has very recently been selected to support an U.S. Navy’s contract valued up to $900 million. IAP Worldwide Services has a gained an excellent reputation in supporting these types of contracts with DoD entities. One example is them being the only government services provider for all four Air Force programs since 1996 which is under the Air Force Contract Augmentation Program. According to the Vice President for Global Support, Rick Nohmer, who is over this operation for the Navy, they are currently executing task orders worldwide in support of NAVFAC. He also stated that a joint venture called The IAP-ECC Team is pleased to continue offering critical infrastructure support maintenance and operations, and contingency services for the Navy.

The services offered to the Navy will consist of humanitarian efforts, facility support services having incidental construction in natural disaster’s support, full service of military actions, and incumbent breaks in service at locations worldwide in support of the nation’s efforts. The contracting authority, The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Pacific, has an expected completion date of September 2024.

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Writer, Filmmaker, Historian…Michael Zomber is a Man of Many Passions

Michael Zomber started out life in Washington, D.C. and when you grow up in a place that is filled with as much rich history as that there is little wonder that a person would develop a love of the past and a desire to fully understand it. Indeed, Michael has that love and has dedicated his life to it. He is a successful businessman, a philanthropist, a writer, a filmmaker, and as he states is most importantly a husband and a father. He lives outside of Philadelphia, another history rich city lie D.C., with Andrea and their two children. Through all of these roles in his life though he has one common element that drives him, he loves history, especially he has a love for Japanese history and culture.

Michael is the author of more than a dozen screenplays, and has, along with his wife and co-producer Andrea made several films though his proprietary film company Renascent Films LLC. He has also written several books including a concise exploration of how early Christianity heavily influenced the development of the traditional samurai values. This work entitled Jesus and the Samurai, has been widely regarded as a fundamental change piece in the fields of study regarding early Asian cultures and how the West influenced them.

In addition to Jesus and the Samurai, Michael has also written several fictional works including the critically acclaimed Sweet Betsy That’s Me: A Child of the Civil War, and the equally well received Son of Kentucky which is a novel which paints a picture of life in rural America in the years just prior to the Civil War as seen through the story of Josiah Johnson. Josiah is a poor tobacco farmer in the wilds of Kentucky who stands by his principles and refuses to farm his crops with the help of slave labor. Josiah’s determination to stand by what he believes him put him at odds with his friends and neighbors as the clouds of conflict gather over the country.

Michael Zomber has also been featured many times in the History Channel series Tales of the Gun. He has served as a guest historian on other History Channel projects as well and is considered to be an expert of antique weapons and means of war, most notably for his being an authority of the ancient art of Japanese Sword making. His has been called upon many times provide expert guidance and knowledge in cases where a weapon needed to be authenticated or traced to a particular historical event or person.

Michael Zomber is a man who was instilled with a love of history from the moment he entered the world. He has lived that love through his entire life and strives to keep learning and understanding all that he can about the past, so that he may be a part of building a better future.