The people are losing trust in the elections, and it is mainly due to the amount of money spent without any transparency in these polls by the big companies. The big corporations and affluent individuals are spending an unlimited amount of cash on the elections, which can influence the decision of the voters as to whom they would vote. In most of the cases, the politician who has been able to reach out far and wide and has had a glossy and loud election campaign is the one to have influenced the voters the most, which results in their win. It is what money can do in the election campaigns, and it is what has taken off the power from the hands of the honest politicians who want to serve the people.
Citizens United Vs. F.E.C lawsuit judgment passed by the United States’ Supreme Court in 2010 gave the power to the big companies as well as wealthy individuals to spend as much money as they want on the elections to back the political candidate of their choice. The verdict of the Supreme Court said that the corporations and other entities be seen as individual and independent entities that have the right to use their money the way they wish. It opened the floodgates for the funds to be used during the elections. The amount of money being used in the elections these days is beyond imagination, and End Citizens United is a PAC that was formed in the year 2015 to protest the decision of Supreme Court constitutionally.
End Citizens United uses the fund it collects from the grassroots donors to support the election campaigns of the politicians whose ideology matches with the organization. In that regard, End Citizens United announced that it would be encouraging Conor Lamb, who would be running for Congress from 18th Congressional District in the Special Election to be held in March. Ideally, it is a firm Republican hold, but Conor Lamb has managed to arouse a lot of positive attention towards him, and his excellent track record as an ex-Marine and Federal Prosecutor has also helped him gain the trust of the people. Many of the people in the region are also disappointed with the Trump’s Presidency, who would be voicing their opinion through their votes in the Special Elections. End Citizens United hope that by backing the honest politicians who are not supported by the corporate money would help create a regime of honest politicians in an otherwise corruption dominated politics.
Robert Ivy earned his first degree in Bachelor of Arts at the University of the South, Tennessee before pursuing a master’s degree in architecture at Tulane University in Louisiana. By 1993, he was recognized and elevated by the AIA College of Fellows.
After his appointment as the new executive VP and CEO of American Institute of Architect (AIA), Robert expressed his experience with the institute as one that represents the highest standards of professionalism and design in the construction industry. To him, the AIA offers a powerful message to both its clients and the communities when it comes to architectural design, and he looks forward to joining hands with the staff, the board and other components in the institute. Robert Ivy showed his commitment to the success of the institute and the profession towards a transformed economy.
Clark Manus, who was the president of AIA in 2011, commented and said that the architectural industry was at a pivotal time. As such, it would be important to consider an individual who had the proper leadership skills to join the board and help AIA from the economic stress and economic rebounds that the world was facing. Clark said that Robert was among the best leaders in the architectural world and joining the AIA was the best decision to make. Clark is hopeful that Robert would be able to focus the resources and efforts provided by AIA to facilitate growth and respond vigilantly to emerging opportunities both in the U.S. and abroad.
George Miller, AIA’s president in 2010, also had his sentiments regarding the appointment of Robert Ivy. In his view, George was excited to see the combination of Robert’s skills and industry experience would help transform the leadership agenda at the board and the institute. In his view, George recognized the leadership style, seasoned experience and passion that Robert has presented himself with over the years, and he is hopeful that the unwavering loyalty of Robert would show steadiness and diligence during his tenure at the helm of management at AIA.
Robert Ivy is to join the national office in Washington, DC where he would be leading at least 200 employees and manage a budget of more than $56 million every year. Members of the AIA are also hoping to see Robert enhance the voice of the institute by demonstrating design value and the understanding of the public to architects and the profession. Robert is also expected to work in collaboration with 300 other chapters both overseas and nationwide. AIA members expect Robert’s first move to focus on raising tremendous support for the institute and by extension, the members. This is because Robert has proven to be an advocate for the profession for many years. He is well known for tackling issues that touch the profession and affect their social, political and environmental affairs.
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Securus Technologies announced recently that the company has agreed to terms to acquire payment processor, GovPayNet. The exact terms of the deal were not disclosed to the public, but GovPayNet will continue to operated under that name and CEO Mark MacKenzie will retain his role with the company. The move is the latest in a long line of acquisitions by Securus Technologies as they gain further market share in the corrections technology space. The move will allow the company the capability to process an estimate 1.2 million+ debit and credit payments per year. GovPayNet, headquartered in Indianapolis, is a premier player in the government payment processing marketplace. They have contracts with over 3,500 agencies, covering over 26% of counties in the United States.
Securus Technology is an inmate and prison technology company, providing inmate self-service, payment processing, phone and video surveillance, and other technology-based services to over 2,300 institutions. They are the largest company of its kind the North America and have over 1,000 employees across four office locations in the United States. The company was founded in 1986 and is headquartered in Dallas, Texas. They look forward to the future and the enhanced capability that the acquisition of GovPayNet will give the company.
The healthcare industry is one of the most sensitive sectors today. Over time, it has made great steps towards the improvement of our health as well as the management of various illnesses. Behind this great success is a popular graduate from The Tulane University Medical School, Dr. Mark McKenna. He has worked for several decades whereby he has led to new advancements in weight management using friendly techniques that are non-surgical. His foundation that specializes in this is referred to as Shape Medical Wellness Center.
During the official launch of ShapeMed, Dr. Mark McKenna talked about and demonstrated his relentless commitment to ensuring that patients get ideal medical weight solutions together with a number of up-to-date non-surgical aesthetic procedures. Under the proper leadership of Dr. Mark McKenna, ShapeMed topped the news for qualifying for Allergan Inc.’s certification referred to as ‘Black Diamond. Generally, this award is exclusive for cream of the crop medical institutions that show commitment to innovation and proper patient care in medical aesthetics.
Although Dr. Mark McKenna has invested so much in his medical skills through enrolment for further studies, he has an incredible life besides medicine as a serial entrepreneur. His success as both an investor and a doctor made him join the few outstanding individuals who have been featured as guests on the CBS television. Besides running boutique businesses, he stands out as a real estate guru through McKenna Venture investments, one of his investment companies that he founded during his young years. Later on, he acquired more companies including Universal Mortgage Lending company, and this made him a great employer with a large team of professionals working in his companies.
Apart from working together with his father after graduation, the doctor states that he really never has had a bad job, a good thing in his career which he attributes to his ability to work for himself. Since a young age after studies, Dr. Mark McKenna states that he has been working tirelessly on the right speed, something he appreciates and attributes to having concrete goals that he aspired to achieve. Furthermore, he has involved himself in community development projects such as supporting the rebuilding of New Orleans after a Hurricane Katrina caused massive destruction.
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About the Trabuco
The Trabuco was an early weapon of war employed during battles in the middle age period to cause havoc. The ancient machine worked by firing missiles in the form of large stones to harm the enemy and crush their protective walls. The Trabuco was first introduced to the battlefield in the 400 BC where it was first used by the Chinese armies and was later used in Europe in 600 AD. The ancient war machine was easy to construct and required five parts to assemble. The components included the beam, sling, chute, guide, and the counterweight.
How the Old War Machine was Utilized
The Trabuco war weapon used the sling or catapult method to shoot projectiles. The weapon was developed as a modification of the sling since it would accommodate large missiles, unlike the sling. Further, its mechanism worked by incorporating physics whereby the potential energy in the sling converts to kinetic energy to fire loads. Moreover, for the Trabuco to effectively launch the projectiles, the Chinese engineers had to have accurate calculations otherwise they would miss the target. What’s more, the missiles used were not only large stones but also included fireballs, human skulls, and even animal carcasses.
Furthermore, the Trabuco was initially made using a mechanism that comprised of human use as the counterweight employed to launch projectiles. The war machine was referred to as the balancing Trabuco, and at some point, it became too difficult to operate it as it was not easy to coordinate people. The war weapon was then upgraded to the traction Trabuco which was easier to use as it used a counterweight to shoot instead of human activity.
Equally important, the Trabuco machines were made in different sizes which in turn determined the extent of the destructions they caused. Some of the large Trabuco war machines would shoot projectiles which were up to 140 pounds while covering distances of up to 800 meters away. However, during the launch, some of the energy would get wasted due to gravity and friction. The war machine was later abandoned in the 13th century when gunpowder was discovered.
Brazilian Cassio Audi is an investment manager, a financier, and an entrepreneur. What many do not know is that Audi has other credits. Specifically, when he was younger, Audi was actually something quite surprising. He was a rock and roller.
Audi has worked in financial fields for years now. His past life, however, has been more exciting. During the 1980s, Audi was a professional musician. He was employed as the percussionist and drummer for the Brazilian heavy metal band named Viper.
Prior to Audi’s departure from the South American-located group in 1989, he performed on two fo the rock band’s albums. He also composed one of the cuts for the act’s 1987 LP known as “Soldiers of Sunrise.” That platter was successful enough to be re-released in both 1992 and 1997. It is because of that and his general contribution in introducing heavy metal music to all of Latin America that his name remains known to lovers of the genre to this day.
Audi took the gig with Viper while he was still in his teens. He was a band member for nearly the entire decade and was a significant part of the group’s development. When he felt he was no longer serving any purpose there, he bade the band farewell.
Over the years, Audi contributed to many songs and demos. His final work appears on the band’s debut disc, “Soldiers of Sunrise” which dropped the year before he quit. Like the others in Viper, he was significantly influenced by several popular English heavy metal acts from the early 1980s like Iron Maiden.
The band’s previously mentioned “Soldiers of Sunrise” studio release soon became big with not only fans of heavy metal music but also music critics. “Soldiers of Sunrise” is one of Viper’s most well-known and loved works to this day.
The actor, Paul Wesley is one of the most famous faces on TV for fans of some of the most popular supernatural shows produced by mainstream channels such as The CW. Wesley has been playing the role of Stefan Salvatore since 2009 and recently took his first steps behind the camera by directing an episode of the young adult drama.
For Wesley, the need to develop his career in many different directions has become part of his life in a way which has allowed him to explore the aspects of life he has yet to be exposed to. The role of Flynt in the play, “Cal in Camo” is a good case in point as the actor portrays a member of the military who returns to the home of his sister, the titular Cal in an attempt to overcome the death of his wife; Paul Wesley admits he had little inspiration to draw from in his real life but did work with his director to build an imaginary story based on events to help him understand his character a little more.
Standing still and continuing to perform and work in the same way has never been something Paul Wesley believes he should be doing and is reflected in the different roles he has taken on over the course of his acting career. Despite his long-running role in “The Vampire Diaries”, Paul Wesley has used the security of this role to explore work as an independent actor and producer. Wesley both acted in the movie, “Before I Disappear” and produced the independent movie based on an Oscar-winning short as he looked to enhance his career in a range of new ways to make sure his artistic ambitions are met.
One of the things that seems to have gathered a great deal of common interest among people in general is the desire to become healthier. With diabetes and obesity becoming more and more of a problem, it truly is a good thing to try and get healthy.
One of the most common occurrences for people when losing a significant amount of weight is saggy and droopy skin in areas that once had fat, especially the buttocks. Many things can be done to try and tighten up this region of the body but sometimes natural methods just won’t yield the results you want.
This is where cosmetic surgery can help, the butt lift or Brazilian butt lift can help to either redefine your backside or simply take care of excess or saggy skin in areas that once held fat. Any butt lift is a serious procedure and should only be done if the natural methods are failing to give you the results you want.
Keeping a realistic idea of what changes will occur after your procedure is extremely important and consulting with your cosmetic surgeon thoroughly will ensure that you know exactly what to expect.
Keeping your body healthy is also extremely important. In order to be a good candidate for either a standard butt lift or a Brazilian butt lift, you need to have a healthy body. Anesthesia is commonly used in these procedures and a healthy body helps speed up the healing process as well as help to ensure that the results last as they can fade fast without proper care.
One of the best regions to get any cosmetic surgery right now is Dallas, Texas, hosting some of the most talented, caring and considerate professionals in the industry, such as the staff at Dallas Plastic Surgery Institute or like private surgeons such as Dr. Sameer Jejurikar.
Dr. Jennifer Walden is a cosmetic surgeon who practices in various areas of Texas. She is proud of her practices because she is one of few women who work in the field. Her repertoire of cosmetic surgery services includes breast augmentation, rhinoplasty, abdominal liposuction, facelifts and more. Additionally, clients can come to her for fillers and Botox injections if they so desire.
Dr. Walden’s capabilities are far higher than what meets the eye. Along with the various cosmetic procedures she conducts, she also authors books and is a member of several prominent organizations for plastic surgeons.
Clients are very pleased with Dr. Walden’s work. She has countless numbers of positive reviews on her Google pages as well as other locations. The customers who have left raving reviews about her have all mentioned her kind demeanor and the knowledgeability of her staff members. Her skill level also came into play in the reports. Previously clients expressed pure satisfaction with the reconstructive work that she did for them. One of the best qualities of a cosmetic surgeon is the ability to create the vision that the clients present when they come into the office.
Dr. Walden has experienced many achievements throughout her career. She was recognized as one of the best beauty surgeons by Harper’s Baazar, and she was also notated as one of the first specialists to introduce the laser into a number of the procedures she conducted. Additionally, she has a prominent standing on the Board of Directors at the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and plays a commentating role for organizations like Fox News, ABC News and many more.
Dr. Walden has proven herself many times to be a trustworthy and consistently successful surgeon. Anyone who uses her services can feel confident about the choices that they made.
End Citizens United started creating news with its fight against big money in politics for quite a long time. It already declared that the PAC wanted maximum campaign finance reform supporters in the house after 2018 Congress election. Recently, it came with a strategy of specifically targeting 20 conservative Congress members in the upcoming election. The PAC has named them as “Big Money 20,” and it describes the Republican members as representatives who gave priority to the special interest groups by letting down their constituents. Strangely, these representatives are found to be accepting bigger donations from dark money groups and either helping them by opposing finance reform or backing legislation benefiting those money groups.
The list included two Senate members, the House Speaker Paul Ryan, and 17 Congress representatives. According to usatoday.com Tiffany Muller, the PAC’s Executive Director, confirmed that these representatives are the worst of the bad in Congress. The PAC had already spoken its mind that it wanted to raise a minimum of $35 million for the re-election bid of 2018, which is considered to be $10 million more compared to $25 million raised in the 2016 Presidential Election. While a majority of them are facing a tough challenge this time, Cruz or Ryan found to be less vulnerable by independent election analysts. Considering its goal, vision, and message it wants to give to the people, the PAC has set a contribution limit of $5000 per individual.
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It means that the PAC is not encouraging any large donations but smaller contributions from its over 3 million members. It also conveys the message of people that they want to change the system. Interestingly, this is the message that is taken into the hearts of both Democrats and a significant number of independents. Pollster Al Quinlan, a political research group, confirmed that reducing the influence of big donor groups in elections is a top priority of the majority of independent voters. Also, big money in politics type of campaign is creating waves in the election strategies. A recent research found that election finance reform message is influencing people compared to traditional Democratic messaging – something which ECU wanted, said Muller.
End Citizens United was established by a group of progressive thinking political activists in the year 2015. They found that the Citizens United verdict issued by the Supreme Court in 2010 created a big setback to independent and transparent politics and election system. The verdict gave access for the dark money groups to the election system and granted them permission of uncontrolled spending. In the recent years, a large section of people has identified that the system has rigged against them after the verdict. Because of that, End Citizens United is receiving a grand welcome from the people and became one of the largest PACs in the country with the biggest network of grass root level volunteers.