How ClassDojo Is Revolutionizing The Educational Sector

Ad Astra schools founded by Elon Musk is partnering up with ClassDojo, an Educational software developer. The partnership will allow ClassDojo to deploy its new tools and software directed towards digital learning for both teachers and students. The motive is to design critical thinking puzzles also known as Conundrums.

The puzzles aim to promote open-ended critical thinking and highlight ethical problems. The students are encouraged to understand the problem and engage in group discussions to brew up a solution. The planned curriculum is uncommon in most of the elementary and middle schools.

ClassDojo provides an online platform for students, teachers, and parents to stay connected at all times. The purpose is to create a productive learning environment which will enhance holistic personality development and hone one’s skill set with time. ClassDojo can work as an app with provisions for teachers to share performance reports, photos and even videos to observe student behavior.

In 2011, Sam Chaudhary and Liam Don released the beta version of ClassDojo. The response was overwhelming, and in a year, ClassDojo was accessed by 3.5 million teachers and students across 30 countries. Later they made the app available in different languages. The founders took the step of adding messaging services and an educational online stream designed mostly by teachers Currently with a consumer base spread across 180 countries ClassDojo is becoming the choice of app for promoting critical thinking in students from an early age.

The app is designed to be interactive with a very simple interface. It can be accessed through any smartphones, desktops and even tablets. The level of transparency in unbelievable as the students can invite their parents to view performance reports and attendance records. The teachers can reward the students in the app for a task well completed.

They were recently included in the list of “25 Most Disruptive Companies” Published by Inc. ClassDojo featured in the list of “100 Most Promising Companies of the United States” published by Forbes. It was awarded for the Best Education Startup by TechCrunch. Fast Company included ClassDojo in their list of “The 35 Most Innovative Apps of the Year” this year.

Sheldon Lavin Leads OSI Group’s Expansion in Spain

The market in Spain is demanding more chicken, and OSI Group is there to supply it. Their plant in Toledo, Spain was recently expanded and it is now possible for them to produce twice as much chicken as they were able to previously. In total, OSI Food Solutions has the capability to produce 45,000 tons of meat products including beef, pork, and chicken.

Not only are they able to produce more food for their customers in Spain, they are providing more jobs in the area. It’s estimated that this expansion has created approximately 140 new jobs. One of the most exciting developments from this expansion is a new test kitchen that will allow OSI to create new food products that could be sold to customers around the world.

Sustainability is important to OSI Group, especially to their CEO Sheldon Lavin. When this expansion was designed, Sheldon Lavin and other management at OSI Group considered the different ways that they could minimize their environmental impact. Not only did OSI create the new portions of the plant, they also upgraded the equipment that was already there to make it more energy efficient and environmentally friendly.

OSI Group has gone through some big changes over their 100 years in business. When their Chief Executive Officer Sheldon Lavin first joined the company, it was still known as Otto & Sons. He played a large role in the transition of the company to the corporation that is it today. In 1975, Sheldon Lavin was asked to become a partner of the company.

One of the largest clients of OSI Group is McDonald’s, and they have dedicated a large part of their capabilities to ensure that they are able to meet the demands of the ever-expanding fast-food chain. When McDonald’s became an international business, OSI Group did as well. The first international market that OSI joined was Germany, the country their founder originally immigrated from to the United States.

This expansion into international capitalization left Sheldon Lavin with a lot of responsibilities. In the early 1980’s, he was named the CEO and Chairman of OSI. After this expansion, OSI saw a lot of growth that continues to this day. They have become one of the biggest companies in the United States with $6.1 billion in sales in 2016. Through hard work and expansion, they are considered to be one of the most vital providers of food across the globe.

Paul Mampilly, Jeff Yastine, Matt Badiali and Several Others Set to Appear on This Year’s Total Wealth Symposium

All investors worldwide are urged to make their way to this year’s total wealth symposium. The event which is held annually and led by experts like Jeff Yastine, Paul Mampilly and many others, often addresses vital issues directly or indirectly affecting the world of investors thus helping them maximize their profits. According to statistics, investors who attended last year’s symposium maximized their profits by 1665% and this year; the experts are aiming at helping those who participate gain profits worth $1 million and above by the end of next year. During last year’s event, Mampilly and Jeff Yastine addressed the issue of cybersecurity, which according to various experts, is one of the most pressing issues in the business world as it tends to impact the corporate arena more than any other scope. There have been speculations that the issue will also be addressed this year.

Some of the guest speakers lined up for investors include; Paul Mampilly, Ian King, Jeff Yastine, Ted Bauman and Matt Badiali. All of them boast lucrative careers in the realm of finance making them the ideal experts to have on a business symposium panel. For instance, Paul Mampilly is a seasoned stocks guru who dispenses his financial acumen using Profits unlimited. His insights on the best stocks always work as he invests time in analyzing and researching the most viable stocks. His rich financial accuracy can be attributed to his past experiences as a portfolio manager in various Wall Street companies.

On the other hand, Jeff Yastine is a skilled journalist who throughout his career has interacted and interviewed some of the greatest business minds like Warren Buffet, Richard Branson, Michael Dell, Steve Ballmer and many others, thereby gaining business proficiency. Today, through total wealth insider, Jeff offers insights on the most profitable companies. In a nutshell, all the individuals lined up for the symposium are a big deal in the finance arena and what’s even better, is that investors have a chance to meet, greet and interact with them personally. Additionally, there will be more notable names from the protection arena such as Chris Gaffney, Eric Roseman and Rob Vrijhof.

Who is Paul Mampilly

Paul Mampilly is an Indian-American investment expert famed for his rich finance acumen. He boasts experience from Wall Street having worked for various A-level companies such as Bankers trust, ING and Kinetics asset management. Paul is a Templeton Foundation award winner and is a senior editor at Banyan Hill where he is the CEO of Profits Unlimited among other newsletters.

Felipe Montoro Jens IDB reports from annual governors meeting

A special governors meeting was called this year on March 24th. The key officials regarding the South American economy were in attendance as well as Felipe Montoro Jens. Felipe, the infrastructure specialist and reporter detailed many topics discussed. The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) meeting was held in Mendoza, Argentina. Felipe reported Luis Caputo, Dyogo Oliveira, Luis Alberto Moreno and Irene Garrido. Visit on his twitter account for more updates.

Irene Garrido, as the Secretary of State for Economy and Business Support, was there to identify the allocation of Spain investments in South America. Dyogo Oliveira, The Minister of Planning, Development, and Management addressed IDB has, in fact, invested $12.9 billion in loans to Brazil, which is a 20% increase from 2017. However, Dyogo Oliveira continued there is a need for more infrastructure investments for roadwork construction projects and water and sanitation projects also. These projects are needed, Oliveira continued, to support the 4.0 industrial revolution on the horizon. Luis Caputo, who is the Minister of Finance and Chairman of the Board of Directors supported the idea of a financial safety program designed for the private sector.

Luis Caputo and Dyogo Oliveira feel private investments have slowed because of the high risk of participation in the public-private-partnerships. Public-private-partnerships have been proven successful in Brazil. Brazil has invested heavily in PPPs, but the momentum gained is slowing and this due to the high amount of risk taken on by the private business owners. Felipe Montoro Jens reported the governors to want investments from the IDB into studies to identify financial solutions to lower the risk for the private sector.

Felipe also reported Luis Alberto Moreno, the president of the Inter-American Development Bank was also concerned about the condition of the roads and other means of transportation available between the countries in South America. The Economic and Business Support Secretary, Irene Garrido said Brazil is first in line for investments from Spain.

Read more: https://www.terra.com.br/noticias/dino/veja-com-felipe-montoro-jens-a-historia-do-processo-de-privatizacao-no-brasil,4d1cfee159791826fd7c00be88ff5defx4uhd4g6.html

Their Efforts in Banking Industry

NexBank is a banking company headquartered out of Dallas, Texas. NexBank deals with commercial and mortgage banking as well as institutional services. John Holt is the CEO and president of NexBank. Holt recently served on the panel for the Texas Bankers Association. The conference was located in New Orleans, Louisiana. The purpose of the conference was for leaders in the baking industry and and advisers to exchange information and ideas in regard to the acceleration of the industry. The panelists and attendees discuss opportunities and possible solutions to the industry’s dilemmas.

NexBank is a regional bank with total assets of $8.4 billion. NexBank is the fourth largest bank in the city of Dallas. The total limit for lending is $150 million. Their mortgage bank reached a total of $3.5 billion during 2015. During 2016, their total was $5.0 billion. During 2017, their total was $6.1 billion. NexBank is a SBA preferred lender.

NexBank assists in grants and sponsorships services. They offer mortgage services to the low to moderate income bracket. Nexbank provides housing and consumer loans to 2,200 veterans in Texas. Nexbank sponsors financial literacy at 12 public schools. Some of the organization they are affiliated with include The Real Estate Council Community Fund, Dallas Neighborhood Homes, Dallas Women’s Foundation and Texas Veterans.

Dallas Neighborhood homes is a nonprofit mortgage servicing provider. They offer an Affordable Housing Loan Program for Dallas residents. They aim to assist in 100 loans a year for the next five years specifically for southern Dallas residents. Matt Siekielski, Executive VP of NexBank, stated he was proud of the partnership with Dallas Neighborhood Homes. Nexbank is assisting with $50 million in loans to help the expansion of the program for the proceeding five years. Dallas Neighborhood Homes will be using the funds to assist low-income homebuyers. They said they will help prepare homeowners with counseling for ownership.

NexBank has acquired College Savings Bank from Princeton, New Jersey. College Savings Bank of Princeton, New Jersey, specilizes in college loans. The company will keep its name under the acquisition of NexBank.

Igor Cornelsen: Investor in Brazil

Investing is a proven method to generate wealth. Few people invest enough money to reach their goals. In Brazil, the economy is booming with growth. Millions of people have moved to Brazil in the past decade searching for jobs.

With an influx of people, the country has a healthy real estate market. Igor Cornelsen is a Brazilian investor who has years of experience managing companies. He is proud of his work as an investor, but he has plans to keep growing his portfolio in the future.

Commercial Businesses

Many years ago, Igor started investing in commercial properties across the country. He foresaw the massive influx of people moving to the nation. As the economy improves, more people have an opportunity to spend money on various purchases. The commercial real estate market in Brazil has exploded in value. Igor has made a ton of money from his investments in this sector.

He plans to build additional shopping malls in the future. Although online retail is a growing area, Brazil’s citizens primarily shop at physical stores. The online shopping trend is not mainstream in the country.

Igor’s Early Life

Unlike many successful business owners, Igor was not born into a wealthy family. Instead, he had to work hard for everything he earned. He worked multiple jobs while he was in college to pay the bills. Although he could have settled for a secure job at a large company, he decided to start a business. Running a business was a more significant challenge than he believed.

After developing a successful business, Igor decided to focus his efforts on investing. He enjoys looking at investment opportunities throughout the country. He also teaches college students the importance of investing to reach financial goals. Some people have speculated that Igor could run for political office in Brazil. However, he says that he has no plans to do so.

Fortress Investment Group Creates Innovation as Private Equity Firm

Fortress Investment Group was featured in the New York Patch article “A Force of Innovation: Two decades of Fortress Investment Group.” The article was written by a Patch contributor, Kay Singer.

Fortress Investment Group was created by Randal Nardone, Wes Edens, and Rob Kauffman. The first two are still the current principals, though Kauffman retired in 2012. The co-founders have experience in working with some of the leading financial institutions like BlackRock Financial Management, Goldman Sachs, and Lehman Brothers. They created the company because they wanted an investment firm that was focused on different assets that used private equity. They were able to grow their assets incredibly quickly. They turned the initial $400 million into $3.9 billion within the first five years. In 2007, it continued to grow to $32.6 billion.

The company released the first investment vehicle, called the Fortress Investment Fund in 1999. The company had investments in the New York and Toronto real estate markets. They continued to expand into hedge funds and debt securities. Eventually, it grew 40% from 1999-2006.

Co-founder Rob Kauffman retired after he recognized lifelong passion of car racing. He invested in the Michael Waltrip Racing and he founded the RK Motors Charlotte. He has participated in a number of races like the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. He also has cars in a number of IndyCar Series Races.

After Kauffman left, the company brought on two key players to help lead the company into even greater success. Peter Briger joined from Goldman Sachs as a principal. He had more than 15 years in the financial industry and had considerable experience in the Asian financial sector. They also brought on Michael Novogratz to be one of the leading fund managers. He left Fortress Investment Group in 2015 to focus on cryptocurrency.

When the new principals came to the Fortress Investment Group team, the company continued to grow. They had a high initial public offering where newspapers revealed that it was the first private equity company to go public. They set the trend for other businesses like Blackstone Group and KKR& CO. to follow.

Backpage Shutdown

On Friday, April 6th 2018, Government agencies seized and shut down backpage.com,   . Even though the ninety-three indictment count does not include sex trafficking, Jim and Michael have long battled accusations of unlawful internet practices.

Agencies involved in the investigation include the Federal bureau of Investigation, Internal Revenue Service Criminal Division, US Postal Inspection Service, and US Attorney’s Offices From the districts California, Arizona and Texas.

Cindy McCain who is part of the Arizona Governor’s Human Trafficking Council and the wife current senator John McCain, has for years been voicing against Backpage.com for what she claims is a website that provides consensual adult prostitution and sex trafficking. Mrs. McCain has testified for Congress before on similar issues and has been a voice for (SESTA) Stop Enabling Sex Trafficking Act. Learn more about James Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://james-larkin.com/press/ and http://james-larkin.com/

Paul Cambria, Lacey’s Criminal defense attorney and former lawyer for the famous Larry Flint, has stated his client will plead “Not Guilty”. Cambria decried that the actions taken against his client were a violation of his first amendment rights. Cambria told the press the following: “We don’t believe our client has done anything wrong to merit this type of police behavior”.

Any time legal authorities impede by discontinuing a major form of speech, it has a huge effect on freedom rights across this country. We don’t believe that the actions taken against our client are constitutional, and we intend to use the law to uphold the freedoms provided by the constitution”

It is worth mentioning that during the years Lacey and Larkin operated the Phoenix New Times, the paper exposed McClain’s viewpoints on a number of issues. Read more: Jim Larkin | Facebook and Village Voice Media | Wikepedia

Not all groups were against the shutdown of Backpage.com. The group for Woman’s March showed support for Lacey and Larkin by stating the following on their Twitter page “the shutting down # Backpage has ramifying effects for sex workers who rely on the site to safely get in touch with business partners. This is a clear violation of sex workers rights or women’s rights.”

Former Judge Richard Posner, In statement that could apply to the closing of Backpage, said “anyone who tries to impede expression of ideas and opinions through ‘actions or threats of government authority’ is violating the law of the constitution.

This is not Lacey and Larkin first encounter with authorities regarding the freedom of speech. In 2016 senator Kamala Harris pressed charges against the men. After being arrested and held without bond for days on pimping charges, they fought their case, winning this dismissal by the Supreme Court from California on multiple occasions.

Most recently they were arrested in 2007 by the authorities of Maricopa County on charges of being a whistleblower of grand jury information.

In time, the case was dropped and they ultimately won nearly a $4 million settlement, and used a portion of that to set up the Frontera Fund, a non-profit that donates money to Latin American organizations throughout the State of Arizona

Dick DeVos Works With WIfe Betsy To Bring Opportunity To Michigan Residents

Dick DeVos is a man with a long history of fighting for what he considers to be the best interest of his beloved Grand Rapids, Michigan. This resolve was tested in 1991 when a group of real estate developers announced their plans to build a multi-purpose grand arena a few miles north of downtown Grand Rapids.

 

In response to the news, Mr. DeVos joined efforts with a group of local businessman who shared his belief that the arena would prove to be detrimental to Grand Rapids. The group identified themselves as the Grand Action group and were not only successful at thwarting the plans to build the downtown sports arena but also would go on to be responsible for a number of significant real estate developments in the area themselves.

 

Dick, and wife Betsy DeVos, who is the current United States Secretary of Education, share a sentiment that with the vast fortunes that were inherited from both of their family comes a responsibility to champion the causes of the less fortunate.

 

The couple founded the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation together and from a period that began in 1989 and extended to 2015 the Foundation gave away $138.7 million. Among the initiatives supported by the DeVos Family Foundation were programs supporting the arts, leadership training programs, and the center of many efforts on the part of the couple: reform in education.

 

The DeVos’ are firm believers in the rights of parents to have a say in where and how education is distributed to their children and have fought long and hard to make this dream a reality for all. And while their efforts to sway public opinion regarding the matter has not always been successful, the setbacks experienced by them has never instigated thoughts of dropping out of the fight.

 

One particular defeat for the school choice movement took place in 2000 when an amendment to the Michigan state constitution that was sponsored by the DeVos and would have provided tax-funded vouchers to lower-income students in the state to attend charter schools was voted against by voters.

 

The DeVos emerged undaunted, however, and soon refocused their advocacy for school choice programs and targeted areas throughout the country. Largely due to the efforts of Dick and Betsy DeVos, 24 states in American, as well as Washington D.C. can now boast of some sort of voucher program allowing students to attend private schools who otherwise would not have been able.

 

In a more personal contribution to the movement, Dick DeVos founded a charter school of his own. The West Michigan Aviation Academy opened its doors to its initial 80 students in 2010 and used abandoned office space at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids as makeshift classrooms. The school grew quickly and just a few years later is the owner of its own building and provides quality educational services for 600 students that reside in seven counties throughout the state of Michigan. The popularity of the school is such that annual spring lotteries have been needed to be used when applications have exceeded openings.

 

To learn more, visit http://www.dbdvfoundation.org/.

CEO Rick Shinto On Leading InnovaCare Health

Healthcare is a leading industry that is being changed by the advancement of technology. Because of the implementation of such advanced technology into healthcare, the government is working hard to ensure that the best medical facilities are available to support the needs medically of people. When the government created Medicare, it created the program to help citizens with discovering the best medical practices, treatments and medicines. This program has been so successful it has ben implemented by other medical corporations, including InnovaCare Health. Dr. Rick Shinto, as chief executive officer, has made sure his company properly uses Medicare to the fullest extent of benefiting and taking care of the needs of patients.

 

Rick Shinto attended the University of California at Irvine. After earning his bachelors degree, he went to medical school at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and then earned his masters of business administration from the University of Redlands. After he had got an education, he began working for a host of companies in the healthcare secotr. He was the president and chief executive officer at Aveta Inc from 2008 and 2012. Other medical related companies like MedPartners and NAMM California were previous employers of his. In addition to working as a doctor and top executive, Rick Shinto also found time to be the author of several healthcare industry journals.

 

Rick Shinto’s company InnovaCare Health provides medical services, funded by Medicaid and Medicare, to offer health plans to people across North America. The quality of the health plans are unbeatable and having a cost effective model allows for the company to work in places like Puerto Rico that is still recovering from the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. He is in charge of overseeing that InnovaCare Health works across the continent to make sure healthcare challenges are met with the world’s latest technologies and expert professionals. The company believes in emphasizing the need for patients to come first.

 

Rick Shinto a specialist in pulmonology and internal medicine and a leading businessman has pushed InnovaCare Health to become the largest healthcare company providing aid in Puerto Rico. The company’s goal of putting patients first and aiding those in needs are certainly being fulfilled under the leadership of the company’s hard working chief executive officer.