25 Apr
2017

The nonpartisan Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability has been released and has caused a lot of bluster. The program is designed to bring new investment capital into areas that are struggling. The Government Oversight Committee has commissioned an OPEGA report to get all the facts. The report showed that the taxpayers in Maine have received solid investments from the program.

For every dollar places into the Maine New Markets Tax Credit program, the state has generated $21.67 in their gross state products. This measures the state’s economic activity including taxes, sales and other activities. The direct numbers have been exceptional. Every single dollar invested resulted in in state spending of $1.19.

The OPEGA reports the program will bring in a revenue gain of $15.8 million for the budget of the state from 2013 until 2021. This money will be a community investment and fund programs critical to the state.

The reports also showed an incredibly positive impact on the workforce. A total of 764 permanent jobs in Maine were either retained or created. Additionally, 1,000 indirect jobs were either saved or created. If it were not for the New Markets Capital Investment Program these jobs would not exist.

OPEGA found a timelier approach is required in understanding investment projects. They also found some of the programs idiosyncrasies that need adjustments to make future investments even more profitable. One of the main criticisms is that the tax credits are going to companies based out of state. This is considered a backwards criticism since economic development requires investments from other states. This money helps to grow the economy and without the funds stagnation is the result.

The report from OPEGA showed most of the investments made were by investors who had never placed their money in Maine before. This is exceptionally good news for the state. The economy in Maine is struggling and smart thinking and hard work are needed to create more jobs within the state. The report showed the New Markets Capital Investment Program is an excellent way to help achieve this goal. The solid return rate is having a positive impact in the success of the communities. As the upgrades are implemented and the program moves into the future Maine will be well served for many years.

13 Feb
2017

Becoming a private art collector in Miami is quite an important investment strategy for anyone who has quite a lot of money. Someone who is collecting art in the city will find it possible to use a new artist who makes the style of art they love. The love of art is a fine reason to collect, and someone who is learning how to collect art will pick up information they need in this article. The artists who populate Miami are collected by amazing people who include celebrities who are coming to the city for their vacations.

#1: What Is The Purpose Of Collecting Art?

Collecting art is a way for people like George Lindemann to invest money, and the money is quite safe as art will increase in value over the years. The art that has been collected may be displayed or sold at any time. Someone who has quite a lot of time to hold their art will make money, or they may sell at auction for a short-term profit.

#2: Who Is Collecting Art In Miami?

Alicia Keys and other stars have come to Miami to collect art. Leonardo DiCaprio comes to the city for his trips away from the set, and he often purchases art because he wishes to fill his homes with some beautiful. He may pass his art on to his children, or he may sell his art at any time for a profit. The investment is far more stable than using the stock market, and there are many other actors and wealthy business people who do the same.

#3: What Sort Of Art Is Made?

There are quite a few people who are searching for art that is made in a particular style, and those who are searching for certain types of art will find it with people who create sculpture or paintings. The paintings are most-common, and sculpture is something that may be interesting to those who have quite a lot of space to display. There is a place where the buyer may come to find the best art, and they will buy reliably on every trip.

The finest art in Miami is made by people who are created many different people who are committed to their craft. The craft of building art for sale is interesting as it is a business for the artist, and it is a form of investment for someone with money to spend.

28 Nov
2016

Miami is well known for its beaches,clubs, George Lindemann, and music. Unless one lives there or is a frequent visitor,they do not know about the popular art scene. While there are currently no publicly owned art collections, there are private collectors who choose to share their collections with the public. These collectors have brought attention to appreciation for modern day art. Contemporary artists also receive more recognition this way. The most successful of collectors showcase their pieces during the Miami’s annual Art Basel. Art brings many different people together and celebrities that have been seen at the event include everyone from Rose McGowan to Sylvester Stallone and Kanye West.

The showcases would not be possible without the private collectors. One of the most successful of collectors is billionaire Martin Margulies. His warehouse contains such pieces as sculptures and installation work. He has made a living from being a property developer and doesn’t feel the desire to sell any of the artwork he has accumulated over the last thirty years.

The Rubell Family have been in business since 1964 but did not open their Miami warehouse until 1994. Their collection today features pieces by such artists as Jeff Koons and Jean-Michel Basquiat.

Norman and Irma Braman are known for their collection of classic American artwork. The couple recently decided to fully fund the construction of the Institute of Contemporary Art in Miami. The Braman’s have invested much of their fortune in art.

Those are just a few of the art collectors known for bringing attention to the art scene in Miami. When residents are not at the beach or partying, they should visit one of the privately owned collections opened to the public. They never know what they may discover when admiring. Art should be an essential to anyone’s home, whether classic or contemporary. There is always a place for art.

14 Jul
2016

The best weddings are a result of teamwork between the couple, the wedding party and the service provider. As the man, you want to choose groomsmen who will be committed and willing to sacrifice their time to help in the wedding planning. On the side of the groomsmen, it takes great sacrifice to always appear in the meetings, chipping in in terms of time, money and ideas. For this great sacrifice, awarding them a small gift basket after the wedding is the least you can do. Here are some creative ideas for gift baskets for the groomsmen

Super Car Vouchers

Almost every man fantasizes of driving a super car, even for an hour. Giving your groomsmen vouchers for rental super cars is the best way to go. This gift will show that you appreciate their effort. They are bound never to forget the feeling. There are many luxury car rental companies who offer these services, as well as racetracks that organize events.

Hunting Gifts

Hunting is a manly affair where men friends get to bond. This gift shows your groomsmen that you would like to stay connected with them. Put some hunting gear in the gift baskets and then plan the trip. You can also include some camping necessities from a site like REI.

Chocolates

Gifting your groomsmen with a box of quality chocolate is very thoughtful . Everyone loves chocolate. They make a perfect gift, especially, on a day when your groomsmen are so exhausted. Help your groomsmen revitalize after the long day. You could even splurge a little and get some fancy chocolate from Mast Brothers.

Cigar Collection

Giving your groomsmen some cigars is a great gift. Make a collection of some of the premium and super premium brands and pack them in humidors. This is one gift that your groomsmen will definitely enjoy. Check out

Game Night Gifts

This is the perfect gift to show your groomsmen that you appreciate them and that you would like to continue hanging out. A few items that you could include: poker cards & chips, chess boards, scrabble etc. The items to include in this gift will depend on what your friends like. They will get to enjoy this gift, and enjoy it with you.

Personalized Liquor Accessories

This will come in handy when they are holding parties or going on road trips. Take time to choose some classy glasses or leather engraved flasks. Have each of them engraved with the name of the groomsman it is meant for. They will feel that you had each of them in mind when planning the perfect gift to award them.

 

22 Jan
2016

The United States Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Yousef Al Otaiba, recently spoke at a conference on world relations and the need for unity. The UAE is one of the richest nations in the world, and it has become a backdrop for amazing development that is recognized on a global level. These developments are going to be much easier for the world to enjoy if the world comes together as one, and the ambassador spoke up about these issues.

The World Needs to be Less Divisive
The world has become divided over the years due to civil wars over religion and politics. However, political leaders like Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba, are trying to facilitate unification. In fact, the West is working with the Arabian countries that are most progressive in their development and laws.

Cooperation in Trade
Countries that are willing to cooperate over trade and other matters are going to see much more success just because they are able to work with the west to have normal trade relations. The UAE has normal trade relations with the US. In fact, many people from the West travel to the UAE each year, contributing to the country’s economy. There is no major division between the West and these countries, but there are pundits who want the Arabs and the west to believe that they are vastly different. The ambassador wants people to ignore these people because the differences are minor.

World Peace Will Come Through Talking
The talks that are going to happen outside of the media will be the ones that are going to make the world peaceful again. Anyone can be convinced to talk under the right circumstances, and there are many people who are not willing to talk. The ambassador is more than willing to talk to anyone who wants to have normal relations with his country, and the country is actively fighting against extremism.

The world is not as divided as we believe, and people like the ambassador are going to help to lead these talks. The world will become much more peaceful, and the world could finally get past issues that have attempted to divide it in the past.

22 Jan
2016

UUMMANNAQ, Greenland – “When I was a young man,” a fisherman named Ole Qvist tells me, “I was a champion dogsled racer. But now,” he sighs, “it takes seven dogs to pull me.”

I’m unfamiliar with dogs as a measure of weight, but I gather from the way he palms his belly, mounded like his native Greenland’s polar ice cap, that seven dogs indicates a serious body-mass index.

Uummannaq, where Qvist has lived his whole life, is a settlement 400 miles north of the Arctic Circle in western Greenland. The July sun hangs like a fixture spraying light from the top of the world. At midday, it could be midnight. It’s a balmy 65 degrees, warm enough for short sleeves and smoothies. Just offshore, an iceberg three stories high and as wide as a small apartment building floats in a fjord like a late delivery from last winter.

As a child, I’d look on maps at the great wedge of land over America and wonder just what, and who, was there. Later, I flew en route to Europe over its massive ice cap, like a vast desert of frost. That ice, melting and cracking and calving island-size icebergs, has lately focused attention on the world’s largest island. As remote from the rest of the planet as it may be, it is a crucible of global issues: As Greenland gets greener, it’s becoming a hothouse of change. There is a nationhood movement for independence from Denmark, which has ruled it since 1927 (among Greenland’s 57,000 residents are about 7,000 Danes). Economic development and environmentalism, globalization, and heritage grind against one another like the tectonic plates deep below the softening permafrost.

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Source: Philly.com

22 Jan
2016

Ten years ago, only a handful of Fortune 500 companies issued sustainability reports. Now, a large number of businesses — large and small — have integrated corporate social responsibility as part of their daily business routines. Today, more consumers than ever are demanding that companies change their practices, become more transparent and communicative and take a more hands-on approach to making the world a better place.

According to a 2014 Nielsen survey, more than half of online consumers around the world surveyed (55 percent) said they would pay more for products and services from companies that are socially and environmentally responsible.

So, is corporate social responsibility (CSR) a sign of changing consumer demands or just a knee-jerk reaction?

Not too long ago, I would have said the latter. Many business leaders used to refer to CSR as “hypocritical window dressing” and shove it back into its place (they thought) as a small offshoot of the public relations or philanthropy department

CSR was an afterthought to many and was dusted off only if leaders needed to minimize their companies’ negative impact following a scandal. But that’s changed: CSR is now more of a direct corporate response to consumers’ ever-growing demands for transparency.

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Source: Entrepreneur.com

16 Dec
2015

The Stimson Center was founded in 1989, and over the past 25 years has been able to enhance international peace and play a strong role in developing policy and solving international problems. During its existence, the Stimson center has hosted a variety of programs and esteemed guests such as United Arab Emirates Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba, Japanese Ambassador Kenichiro Sasae, and Co-chair of the Commission on Global Security, Justice & Governance Madeleine K. Albright.

One important meeting at the Stimson Center is the Chairman’s Forum. This meeting serves as an opportunity for important political leaders to discuss foreign policy issues with Ambassador Lincoln Bloomfield, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Stimson Center. These forums, and other similar events hosted by the Stimson Center, give Ambassadors and other policymakers such as Yousef Al Otaiba the opportunity to discuss the challenges facing their countries and find ways to reach mutually beneficial policy changes.

This is especially important for foreign ambassadors such as Al Otaiba who are heavily involved in improving the relationship between the United States and their respective home countries.  To that effect, in the most recent forum with UAE Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba, he and Ambassador Bloomfeild were able dive deep on such policy issues affecting the United States.

Open discussions such as these are very important to the mission of the Stimson Center. The center has established itself as a trusted source of knowledge on security issues facing the globe. In fact, the center has multiple forums every month that range on topics from humanitarian crises, nuclear weapons, and global health. Some other topics discussed and challenged by the Stimson Center include:

  • Foreign Policy Deals
  • American Diplomacy
  • Global Water and Energy Resources
  • Nuclear Weaponry

Due to the efforts of the Stimson Center, there is a forum for policy leaders to discuss the many complex barriers that stand in the way of achieving global peace, accelerating the way to a more peaceful and secure world.

1 Aug
2015

inclusive-societySome problems are not easy to be solved and can’t be hidden among mankind, as many of those problems transcend the national boundaries of the different countries that have them.

For solving these kinds of problems, there have appeared different organizations and different forums that are trying to ease the situations in the less developed countries from all around the world, where these problems were identified.

Here are some of the global society issues and their meaning, just to see a little in the depth of these problems.

Aid

Some countries or some regions of this planet are in a dire need of aid, depending on their situation. There are different forms of aid, from a long-term development aid to humanitarian emergency assistance. Some of the societies_type_transparentorganizations provide them with military assistance or food aid, medical assistance or basic schooling. However, not all the areas can be covered, and sometimes there is a delay in helping them due to the political agendas, inefficiency of delivery and so on.

Causes of Poverty

As many of you know, the poverty is a serious problem in different place all around us. You will see the countries from the third world, where they lack even the drinking water or simple basic food, but you will also see developed countries which tend to split their population in two – big-societythose who have more than enough and those who have nothing to sustain themselves. There are more than 3 billion people – about half of the population of the Earth – who lives with less than $2.5 per day. Due to this reason, less and less children receive a basic education – they don’t know how to read or write.

Racism

Even if we live in the 21st century, racism has not disappeared entirely. Racism is that belief that says that some people from different racial groups are superior to others, no matter their educational background or the fact that they prove to be qualified for one job or another. As far as things go, racism is hand in hand with discrimination, and these represented powerful and efficient weapons to encourage hatred or fear of others, in a time of war and conflict.

Women’s Rights

llscdThere are still countries in this world who still believe that the woman is made only to take care of the house and the children. They don’t have access to education and sometimes not even to medical care. In some places, women are not allowed to work to sustain themselves or their family, they can’t be alone on streets and in some Islamic or Muslim places, and they need to be covered from head to toe in special clothing to not show off their body. Gender discrimination is spread more widely than anyone can think or comprehend.

Environmental Issues

CivilSocietyIconThis can be a large subject and it can surely touch different areas. The truth is that we take less and less care of the planet that we live on. Because of our lack of concern, this can easily turn against us. Our waters are polluted, our air is full of toxic elements and the soil can’t sustain any more of the debris that we deliver at it. There are many things that we should do, but there are even more things that we should not to. If we continue to pollute the nature that surrounds us, we will be facing extinction for different species pf plants, microorganism and animals – as all of this is known as the biodiversity.

There are many more things that can be filed under global society issues, but the power to make a difference and change the world is in all of us. Just consider that a better and cleaner world would be better for us than no world at all.