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Squaw Valley Releases Statement

The Squaw Valley released a statement regarding the recent detection of coliform and E. coli reported by the Placer County Department of Environmental Health on November 8. Since the discovery, the water has had treated invariably. Water samples have been taken daily. Although authorities are indefinite when the ban will be lifted, the water samples show some improvement. The director of Placer County Environmental Health, Wesley Nicks stated that 3 out of 4 wells are showing no E. coli and low concentrations of coliform.

 

During this time, several precautions have been taken to ensure the safety of the public. Restaurants have remained closed and everyone has been advised against consuming water. Skiers can still enjoy the famous slopes of Squaw Valley. The health department has allowed the upper mountain to stay open but a direct plan was set in place. To keep the public safe packaged foods and drinks were made available for purchase. Water bottles are readily available to everyone. No health-related issues have been reported.

 

The statement was released on Wednesday, Nov. 30 to the Sierra Sun by Public Relations Director for Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows. In the statement, Liesl Kenney identifies the cause of the problem to be to a heavy rain storm. The storm is stated to have caused flooding of a recently improved water system at High camp and Gold Coast. It has been found that the contamination was limited to this system and the contamination was found prior to exposure to the public.

 

Kenney relays to the public that issue is being addressed accordingly. She states that water usage will not return to normal until experts and health officials make sure the water is completely safe. They stated the importance of the safety of their customers. Guests at High Camp and Gold Coast will have regular access to the amenities during the resolution of this issue. Bottled water will be freely available for consumption. They extend their gratitude to Placer County and the Squaw Valley Public Service District for assistance and cooperation.

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Stream Energy’s Philanthropy Becomes Official with Stream Cares

Stream Cares is a new philanthropic organization within Dallas-based direct energy seller Stream Energy. Stream Energy was founded in 2005 by Pierre Koshakji and Rob Snyder. Born of the deregulation of the energy market in Texas, Stream offered an alternative choice in gas and electric services. Since then the company has risen to become major competitor with energy service in seven states. It has also expanded to include mobile service and home security on a national level. Its direct-selling model and use of contractors sets it apart, but so does its corporate philanthropy.

Stream Energy is part of the new wave of business that make charity a part of the business model. Something that as normal to associates as weekly meetings and memos. Through Stream Cares contractors are able to facilitate their philanthropy through company means. The organization works with charities that Stream is involved with, organizes events, allocates funds, and focuses on company incentives. One subject that Stream Energy is passionate about is homelessness. Contractors and members of Stream Cares track increases in homelessness, and work with organizations like the Red Cross and Habitat for Humanity to fight back. Most recently Stream has partnered with Hope Supply Company to outreach to homeless children.

Stream worked with the charity to fund Splash for Hope. The invent covered the entrance and meal cost of over 1,000 homeless children at a Dallas waterpark. Stream has been working with Hope for over four years in their attempts to help children. Associates of Stream go out of their way to volunteer for charity events, send aid to local communities in the wake of disasters, and do what they can to increase the quality of life in Dallas. The company wants to give back, and by making that giving company policy it does it well.

https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/stream-energy

Equities First Holdings Wikipedia

Equities First Holdings was founded in 2002 by Al Christy Jr, yet was started in 2004. Equities First Holdings helps clients with their finical situations, such as businesses involving finances or improving finances, as well as event trade stocks. Equities First Holdings has offices in the United States, United Kingdom, Thailand, Australia, China, and more which gives them a wide international presence. They also have a satellite office in New York. Equities First Holdings is known for offering companies in need financial solutions and lending money services to businesses and investors. Equities First Holdings has completed more than 700 transactions.

Lacey And Larkin Butted Heads With Arpaio

Lacey and Larkin are two modern-day muckrakers who rub far-right politicians the wrong way. They are the guys who head Village Voice Media. On of the things that they are most known for is their blunder with Sheriff Arpaio. In 2007, he arrested them in a rush, but was quickly embarassed when everyone found out how wrong the arrests were.

Arpaio was the sheriff of Maricopa County for six terms. He called himself “America’s Toughest Sheriff.” However, he was wasn’t really that tough; he was just some guy with a lot of political power and manpower under his thumb. These types of power that he held were used to carry out his opinions. Read more: Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia and Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey Make The List of Civil Rights Protectors | Philly Purge

Things went downhill for him in 2016 and 2017. These were the years when he lost the election for what would have been the seventh term of his career as. It was also when he was held in contempt of court for not caring about the wishes of federal judges in the Melendres case.

The Melendres case was all about the fact that he was blatantly profiling Latinos as illegal foreigners. Sheriff Arpaio may have caught some undocumented people throughout the years, though many were American citizens.

Not every immigrant is undocumented, and not every Latino is a foreigner. There are a lot of Latinos who have been born and raised in the united States. It must have been pretty annoying to be stopped and arrested as a third-generation Latino American.

Lacey and Larkin make the argument that even if undocumented immigrants really were caught, it was wrong to go against them because illegal aliens have a right to live and work in America—even if the law says that they are here “illegally.” This is a particular viewpoint that runs against another train of thought that Sheriff Arpaio happens to have.

According to the viewpoint that runs against that of Lacey and Larkin, illegal immigrants should be hunted down and deported because by being in America illegally, they are not properly registered into the system; they are not running through the same hoops that citizens have to run through.

If they are living under a status where they are not doing the same things that citizens have to do and are not equally being held under the same conditions, the integrity and structure of society collapses. It also shows selfishness, a lack of loyalty and a lack of respect on the part of the illegal immigrants.

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Dr. Mark Mckenna’s Investments

Dr. Mark Mckenna wanted to be a doctor when he grew up. He had admired his father, a doctor with his own practice, while growing up and when he found out the living his father made helping people his path was set. He ended up at Tulane University where he would attain his medical degree in 2000. But he had some changes of heart along the way.

He learned at Tulane that the medical profession didn’t work the way it used to. Doctors were paid much less than they used to be and finding a job wasn’t going to be as easy as he thought it was going to be. While still at Tulane he realized he was going to need to diversify in order to make his financial dreams come true. He raised some investment funds by moonlighting at a prison giving inmates check-ups and began Mckenna Venture Investing to build a real estate portfolio. During this process he found the world of real estate a rewarding and challenging one, and he kept his real estate portfolio going after graduation and while he worked at his father’s practice.

But after 5 years of working as a doctor at his father’s practice, Dr. Mark Mckenna decided to leave medicine for the more profitable and personally rewarding world of real estate. He invested in the New Orleans area and made a good living for himself, attaining a portfolio worth of about $5 million, with a yearly cash flow of around half a million a year.

When Hurricane Katrina hit the area in 2005 his situation changed. Most of properties had been flooded underwater, leaving his portfolio value reduced by millions. Dr. Mark Mckenna decided not to cut his losses and run from a difficult rebuild, though: He stayed in the area and helped rebuild damaged properties.

Divesting from real estate right before the big market crash, Dr. Mark Mckenna went into medical investing. His current project is a Botox home delivery app called OVME. This ordering process can save both the patient and doctor a lot of time and needless effort.

http://medicaldailytimes.com/doctor/dr-mark-mckenna-doctorpreneur/2985/

Madison Street Capital Acts as Financial Adviser for Inifiniti HR’s Plans for Expansion

In an article that was recently published on PR.com, the efforts of Madison Street Capital to arrange a debt facility for the company Infiniti HR. This debt facility was valued at approximately $4.2 million by Madison Street Capital who is acting as their sole financial advisor in the business move for their client. Infiniti HR provides business process solutions as well as human resource services for their clients. Madison Street Capital’s client, Infiniti HR, is based out of Burtonsville Maryland and was founded in 2008. They provide their services to medium sized business and smaller so they can focus their time and efforts on the core operations of their companies. Oak Street Funding’s Chief Executive Officer and President, Rick Dennen, is familiar with the business model of Infiniti HR and believes that the partnership will be beneficial to everyone involved.

 

The funding for the business move was provided by Oak Street Funding with Madison Street Capital facilitating the transaction. The Chief Executive Officer of Madison Street Capital, Charles Botchway, announced the transaction that is being led by Barry Petersen, the Senior Managing Director. Scott Smrkovski, the Chief Executive Officer of Infiniti HR, stated that the only thing that had been preventing Infiniti HR from taking their business to the next level was not being able to access the capital that they needed to reach their goals. He believes that the partnership will help Infiniti HR to continue to operate in order to provide business solutions to their clients.

 

 

After being founded in 2005, Madison Street Capital has assisted their clients in a wide range of different industries. Madison Street Capital has multiple locations in the United States and countries around the world. They design their financial plans with the unique demands and needs of each of their clients in mind. Their advisory services make sure to let their clients know what the true value of their company is when making decisions about their financial present and future.

 

Figuring out the best financial service is a difficult task for many middle market business owners. There are so many different investment banking firms in today’s market, those business owners can quickly become overwhelmed. Madison Street Capital has many years of experience and has helped their clients achieve the success that they were hoping for. Because of this, they have earned the reputation of being one of the best financial services providers in their industry.

 

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Sahm Adrangi Blows the Whistle on Fraudulent Companies

An ethical culture in an organization is a necessity. This is because it can prevent the rising cases of whistleblowing. With that said, whistleblowing comes in when a firm lacks accountability for its values. Through whistleblowing, an organization is warned against failing to deliver excellent services to its clients or employees. Ideally, a whistleblowing system reflects a person’s commitment to creating a ‘’speak up’’ tradition to protect consumers and workers from being manipulated by service providers. Sahm Adrangi is one successful whistleblower who has mastered his game. He understands how different companies operate irrespective of their specialization.

Sahm Adrangi is a successful financial investor. He went to the Penn State University and joined Merrill Lynch for his first career practice. While there, he served as a financial analyst. Even though he was a junior employee, he delivered to the expectations of the employers. Dedication defines Adrangi’s career. He later moved to Longacre Fund Management where he also served as an analyst. Under his leadership, the firm accrued huge profits. He was asked to serve for three more years.

From Longacre Fund, Adrangi delved into private practice. He left a lucrative chance at Wall Street to try something new in personal businesses. That is why he established Kerrisdale Capital Management. This is an investment management firm that initiates research and investment ideas on different companies. The company has been actively exposing companies indulging in fraud since its establishment. For instance, recently, under the guidance of Sahm Adrangi, it highlighted the case of QuinStreet Inc.

Being an online investment company with a significant number of shares in the industry people are tempted to invest their shares in this firm. The stock prices of the firm have quadrupled suddenly. Investors have been flocking into the database with the hope of putting their money in the business. But, Sahm Adrangi noticed that one client generates the money referred to. This means that sufficient proof can not back the firm’s claims. Adrangi has issued a report with negated feedback to prevent investors from putting their money into the business.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-04-21/notorious-short-seller-raises-100-million-take-down-unknown-company

GreenSky Credit’s Crazy No-risk Business Model

David Kalik has always been good at math. Fortunately, those math skills lead him to amass a fortune of $2.5 billion. But David Kalik has never been too good at school. In fact, he didn’t even graduate high school. His story is remarkable.

David leveraged his Atlanta real estate to put himself $10 million in debt to start a company called GreenSky Credit. He fended off investors for years choosing to run the company on his own merit. And investors were chomping at the bit to throw money at his idea. Finally, he relinquished part of his budding company for more than $500 million.

He still owns more than 50% of GreenSky Credit. Revenues for 2017 topped $250 million while projections put the company at $500 million in 2018. It’s a good time to be David Kalik.

The revolutionary idea that launched his massive company is quite simple. Essentially, he developed an app for contractors. He rightly saw contractors as the conduit to homeowners. And homeowners are a lucrative demographic. They are all searching to upgrade their homes in order to create their dream houses.

Contractors took GreenSky Credit’s app to the homeowners themselves. The app provides all sorts of financial products that allow the homeowner to secure a home improvement loan. This allows the homeowner to hold onto some of their cash. That cash could then be used to perform more upgrades.

This flow of credit means that contractors are getting more work. The contractors are so happy that they share 6% of the loan amount with GreenSky Credit. Then the brilliance of GreenSky Credit’s business model really kicks in.

The financial services tech company then takes the loan to a bank. The bank funds the home improvement project while sharing 1% of their balance sheets with GreenSky Credit at the end of the year.

David Kalik figured out a way to own nothing but the transaction without assuming any risk. The bank assumes all the risk of default while the contractors own the equipment and perform the work. David and his company simply profit off of both sides of the equation.

https://www.bbb.org/atlanta/business-reviews/loan-servicing/greensky-trade-credit-in-atlanta-ga-27259210/reviews-and-complaints

Fortress Investment Group, 20 years of innovation

In just twenty years in operation, Fortress Investment Group has not only revolutionized the investment market but also has become a trendsetter. From just a private equity firm, the company made history as the first private company (equity firm) to go public in NYSE. From that historic stride, the company has revolutionized asset management to more dependable and a reliable practice.

The origin of Fortress Investment Group stretches back in 1998. The three initial founders, Rob Kauffman Wesley E. and Randal N. had such a big and clear dream. The company has grown to be the solution providers in the following financial areas. First, the company specializes in asset-based investing. This genre of investing is one of the main areas the company has specialized over the years and they have been successful. Second, the company has a lot of expertise in operation management. With the right personnel and the right business models, the company has been able to maximize on the possibilities of all what they have invested. Third, as a company, Fortress Investment Group has been able to facilitate one of the best and smooth corporate merges in the last twenty years as well as acquisitions. Finally, the company has been instrumental in capital markets and this expertise has benefited the company’s clients.

It is without a doubt that the company has one of the best finance pundits in leadership. With the initial, three founders who were financial experts before the formation of this company, Fortress Investment Group has been able to bring on board Michael Novogratz. He is an experienced fund manager with vast experience. Additionally, the company also brought Peter Briger. He also has a vast knowledge in financial markets and more specifically the Asia market.

As a company, the firm is always in constant research to evaluate the investment opportunities for their investors. One of the recent investment is iPass. The technology is revolutionary and the company saw the potential in the technology, evaluating the possibilities and potentiality of the investment. With these expansions on investment, the over 1,750 investors are assured of returns.

The company currently direct over $43 billion in all spheres of operations. Therefore, the company is synonymous with success.

Dr. Saad Saad has a lot of Experience Removing items from the Wind and Food Pipe of Children

Dr. Saad Saad is a highly skilled surgeon focusing on pediatric surgery. His more than 40 years of surgical practice has provided him with endless challenges, but one of his greatest challenges was removing foreign objects from the wind pipe and food pipe of children. He has successfully treated more than 1,000 children removing food and other objects from children, some as young as six months old.

 

Children are prone to swallowing almost anything they can get into their hands and then into their mouth. It is more about curiosity than anything else. Sometimes, the object swallowed will get stuck in the wind pipe or food pipe. Signs of such an object becoming stuck include trouble with swallowing or breathing and wheezing. If traditional methods of removing the object such as the Heimlich maneuver or holding a child by their feet and patting them on the back, is not necessary, a trip to the local emergency room is warranted.

 

If you witness a child swallowing an object it is imperative to not try to scoop the object out with your fingers. Doing so may push the object further down and create more problems. An ER X-ray will reveal the location of the object, if it is visible such as a coin, but if it does not and the child is still showing signs of a stuck object, the next step is warranted and that is an esophagoscopy or bronchoscopy.

 

During his career, Dr. Saad Saad has performed both procedures numerous times and was responsible for inventing an improvement to the endoscope that helped doctors perform the procedure more efficiently. The endoscope is very helpful in locating the object when X-rays are not that helpful. The endoscope has a port that acts as an anti-fog device to help clear up the picture. Dr. Saad replaced the anti-fog port with a suction and irrigation device to remove liquid build-up that is produced within the body, giving the surgeon a better and clearer picture of what is going on.

 

Dr. Saad has found two objects that children swallow that are extremely dangerous. One is a battery such as AAA or AA size battery, as well as the disk batteries that power cameras, calculators and watches and the like. The second dangerous item is peanuts. Batteries, when swallowed can leak acid that will cause serious burns and the associated injuries. When a peanut is swallowed whole and is lodged in the windpipe, the liquid from the lungs will soften the peanut and the item will expand causing more of a blockage.

 

Dr. Saad Saad cautions parents about not allowing children under the age of two to eat hot dogs. A hot dog will block the windpipe in its entirety. It is wise to not let children under the age of seven eat peanuts. It is also imperative to monitor children while eating at meal and snack time. Playtime items should always be age appropriate as children love to put almost anything into their mouths.

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Clay Siegall: Hard Work Is The Key To Success

For any entrepreneur to succeed, they must be willing to work long hours with little pay. No matter the type of business, it will require a commitment to excellence unlike anything else in life. For Clay Siegall, this was what he faced when starting Seattle Genetics. Beginning with a skeleton crew of researchers, salespeople, and others, Clay has expanded the company into one of the world’s leading research companies specializing in developing treatments for cancer and other related illnesses. Determined to find cures for illnesses that have shown little progress in treatments over the past decade or so, Clay and Seattle Genetics have made tremendous strides in a short period of time.

Partnering with leading pharmaceutical companies such as Pfizer and Bayer, Seattle Genetics currently finds itself working on well over 25 drugs that could potentially revolutionize how cancer is treated around the world. Along with this, Clay and his company also are focusing on drugs that can specifically target cancer cells and tumors, making these treatments far more effective as well as tolerable to patients.

In reaching this point in his career, Clay Siegall has a background that seemingly had him destined for where he is now. After graduating college with a B.S. degree in Zoology, he then obtained a Ph.D. in Genetics. From there, he went on to work with various pharmaceutical companies, such as Bristol-Myers. However, realizing he would never have the freedom he wanted to pursue his dreams, he laid the groundwork for starting his own business. After working with the National Cancer Institute and the Pharmaceutical Research Institute, Clay found himself receiving numerous accolades for his work. In fact, along with having research papers published in over 70 leading industry journals, he also holds 15 patents on various medical items.

Knowing much work is still ahead before truly effective treatments are a reality for many cancer patients, Clay Siegall is prepared to do whatever it takes to see his dream succeed. Whether this involves forming additional partnerships or hiring more scientists, it’s clear Clay Siegall won’t stop until cancer is a thing of the past.