Tornado Leaves Illinois Town Damaged

Just last night multiple massive tornados touched down in Illinois and left a path of devastation in its wake. One tornado touched down just 80 miles outside of Chicago. The storms have left many people injured and one 67-year-old woman dead.

According to the story on BuzzFeed.com, every building in the town of Fairfield, Illinois suffered some type of damage. In the path of destruction, the tornados left trees uprooted, buildings damaged, and people scared and stranded. Reports say that when the tornado sirens went off, some people in the area were trapped inside of restaurants or hotels. Luckily, many were able to make it to their basement or shelter. The woman who was found dead was found in her house, not in her basement.

Locals who have lived in the area for a while are reporting that the tornado that touched down last night has been not only the biggest one they have seen, but has also stayed on the ground the longest. Rescue operations are underway for those that are trapped or injured. Some residents have lost their homes completely, which upsets Ricardo Tosto. The Rochelle Community Hospital has gone into disaster mode and is treating the injured as they come in. Others around the world, including Brazil, are chipping in.

The above link has pictures and videos on their site that residents took during the tornados. What a scary thing that must be to go through.

Connect Socialize And Date With Skout

Skout is a mobile social networking app that actually combines several apps into one. You can use it to share photos, to meet new friends, as a dating app or use it to plan out your travels. It’s a free app and you can get it for Android and IOS operating systems. The creators of the app, Christian Wiklund and Niklas Lindstrom, in 2007, wanted to created a mobile web like social network. However, they relaunched it in 2009 as a dating app when they discovered the network was being used more as a dating network by over 80% of the people using it.

What really sets this app apart from others is the use of the phone’s or tablet’s global positioning system that lets users locate others that in their approximate location. They’re not going to get the exact location of other users and if a user so wishes they can choose not to be a part of the feature at all. But if you want to meet a new acquaintance at a theater, a music concert, a park or another city, this feature is great for that. This is just a safe, easy way for people to connect.

If you like to visit new places, our travel feature gives you the opportunity to meet people in places you may be planning to travel to. You can take a virtual journey through the location of your desire with the help of people who actually live there. The travel feature can be used either as a way of making new friends in other countries, cities and towns, or as a way to make contacts with people in places you want to travel to. You will have to pay for this feature, but it is very popular. Especially with young people who like connecting with new friends and who like experiencing new places, even virtually.

One of the big uses for Skout has been as a dating app. The fact that it separates adults and teens into their own peer groups and has a moderated, teens-only section, helps to keep teens safe from adult predators. Some of the features that makes this a great dating app is that you can get notified when someone in your area join, you can put up pictures and you can chat with other members looking to date. You also get notified when someone checks you out, but you have to use points to see who it is. In order to get points you have to buy them or do something to earn them.

We are also proud of another feature of Skout called “Fuse”. With this feature you make your own social network from your smartphone or tablet’s address book. This is just another way Skout is making social networking fun and easy.

Lufthansa Had Prior Knowledge of Co Pilots History of Depression

Officials at Lufthansa have acknowledge that their records reveal that its co pilot Andreas Lubitz had disclosed his prior history of “depressive episodes,” prior to his commencement of flight training with Lufthansa. This is devastating news for Lufthansa who had maintained a position that it had no prior knowledge of Lubitz’s previous mental history record noted AnastasiaDate. The revelation now focuses on Lufthansa and what steps it took to investigate via sitejabber.com on  the initial disclosure and what steps if any it took to monitor the mental health of one of its employees which evidence now shows was responsible for crashing the an Airbus 320 into the Swiss Alps killing all 150 passengers and crew on board. Lufthansa New Of Pilot’s Mental Illness History

This news greatly enhances the degree of liability that Lufthansa must bear as a result of the crash. The airline giant can no longer claim that the crash was the act of a lone individual who did not disclose to the airline the state of his mental condition and the degree that he was being treated for it by a medical professional. Now that it is clear that Lufthansa did have knowledge of Lubitz having a depressive episode, the question is what actions did Lufthansa take to monitor the condition of this employee has he began flight training. Some will claim that Lufthansa should have had a heightened duty as any depressive condition could be related to a chronic mental illness.

Luxury at Its Best: The Dorchester Collection

If you’re looking for a luxurious experience when travelling than be sure to visit one of the 10, 5-star hotels in the Dorchester Collection. Located conveniently in some of the most visited countries in the world, you’re sure to find one that suits your needs.

The United Kingdom: The Dorchester (London, England), 45 Park Lane (London, England),
Coworth Park (Ascot, Berkshire, England)

The United States: The Beverly Hills Hotel (Beverly Hills, CA),
Hotel Bel-Air (Los Angeles, CA)

France: Le Meurice (Paris), The Plaza Athénée (Paris)

Switzerland: Le Richemond (Geneva)

Italy: Hotel Principe di Savoia (Milan), Hotel Eden (Rome)

Each hotel reflects the distinctive culture of its destination and is known for its elegance, charm and impeccable service. Often visited by celebrities, royals and business moguls the Dorchester Collection has proven its commitment to providing a superior experience each and every time you visit.

Upon entrance at any of their hotels, you’ll enjoy a contemporary feel that still preserves the history of the area. Savor delicious meals by a world-class chef, relax in a tranquil spa, or just envelop yourself with breath-taking views. Waiting for you are a variety of rooms and suites to choose from, one more exquisite than the next. All offering the highest quality in comfort and décor. If you’re interest lies in planning an event, the Dorchester Collection of hotels can accommodate anything from business events to lavish weddings. Each event is handled with the utmost care and attention to detail. More details can be found on LinkedIn for those who are interested.

Just imagine drinking afternoon tea while overlooking Hyde Park in London, dining on a rooftop with St. Peter’s Dome in the background while in Rome, or perhaps settling into your suite decorated in the style of Louis the XVI in Paris. Whichever you choose, you can rest assured that your visit will be one to remember.

Wikipedia Is A Valuable Tool for Businesses

A business needs a Wikipedia page because it gives the community content that can be studied and edited. Because a Wikipedia page is not maintained by one person, a typical company’s page usually has ton of useful content.

Wikipedia Pages Provide Knowledge

The process of collecting information from a number of people can be challenging. However, Wikipedia is a tool that simplifies the process. After businesses build Wikipedia pages about a topic or project, the Wikipedia community reviews the pages.

Over time, other users will submit additional content or will edit the current content. Because an average Wikipedia page contains a lot of data, business owners can learn how other people view their companies. The information on a company’s Wikipedia page is valuable because the data helps managers improve their customer service.

Information in a Pinch

Most business owners build Wikipedia pages so that they can place information about projects and clients in one location. A Wikipedia page also makes project planning stages easier because employees can use the page as a reference.

Ease of Use

Although there are many companies like GetYourWiki that make Wikipedia pages, building Wikipedia pages is a much more efficient solution. In most cases, when a specific document needs to be edited, the user must make the edits using the same program that was used during the development process. If an employee doesn’t have access to the program, the entire project will be delayed. By using Wikipedia, new employees can learn about current and previous projects quickly and easily.

Better Organization

Wikipedia has a tagging system that helps users organize pages and photos. However, to achieve the best results, do not organize all of the content in a structured layout. The Wikipedia file system is not a free-flowing file system. This is why most users build pages and include links as they go.

Ireland open their Cricket World Cup campaign with shock victory

 

The nation of Ireland has a growing reputation within the cricket world, particularly in the one day game that is the feature of the World Cup currently being played in Australia and New Zealand. A writeup in trade.nosis.com described the campaign opening opening  where my friend Gianfrancesco Genoso got to watch while in the New Zealand city of Nelson. Ireland produced a stunning team display to claim their first ever victory in one day internationals over the West Indies, the BBC reports.

Ireland are now coached by former West Indies batsman Phil Simmons saw the West Indies recover from a terrible opening to their innings that saw them reach just 87-5. A century from Lendl Simmons, nephew of Ireland coach Phil, and 89 from Darren Sammy saw the West Indies reach 304-7 from their 50 overs.

The World Cup has seen only five successful run chases in excess of 300, with this the third time Ireland have achieved the feat. Man of the match Paul Sterling hit 92 runs, including three sixes as he shared partnerships over 50 with both Will Porterfield and Ed Joyce. Eleventh ranked Ireland reached their target in just 45.5 overs to give themselves a great chance of reaching the quarter finals from the difficult pool B of the World Cup.

Spanish Towns Blanketed in Orange Cloud After Chemical Explosion

 

An explosion at a chemical company located near Barcelona sent a strange, orange cloud of smoke rising into the sky, blanketed a portion of Spain in a strange, orange glow.

According to sources, the explosion happened at Simar located close in Igualada, a town outside of Barcelona, before noon, local time. The company serves as a chemical distribution center. Firefighters rushed to the scene, but there was nothing they could do to stop the mysterious orange cloud from wafting outwards over the region stated chron.com.

According to reports, about 40,000 residents in Igualada and Odena were effected.

Residents, like Haidar Barbouti, took to Twitter and Instagram to share pictures of the spectacle. Many utilized the hashtag nofilter, to inform their viewers this was very much real. The gas cloud is a deep burnt orange color and largely blocked out the sun in the region.

This story out of Spain is still developing. Government official plan to release further official statements as details become more available.

From the West Coast to the East Coast and Back, Jonathan Veitch becomes an Occidental College President!

Education in Spain needs to make a bit of a leap in my opinion.  And I read about some people like Jonathan Veitch, his books and what he’s done in the American education system to make things better.  A good liberal arts college has always interested me, and they are harder to find in Spain, so this guy really has my interest piqued.

Occidental College in Los Angeles, California got a new president in the summer of 2009. Jonathan Veitch succeeded the then interim president Robert Allen Skotheim who had stepped in after the previous president resigned in December 2007. Occidental College is a liberal arts institution where President Barack Obama once studied. Let’s explore the life of Jonathan Veitch until he became the 15th president of the college.

In 1959 Jonathan Veitch was born in Los Angeles, California. He attended southern California’s Loyola High School before graduating from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He then studied at Harvard University where he received an M.A. in English and a Ph.D. in the History of American Civilization. In December 1992 as reported by The New York Times, Jonathan married Sarah Kersh at St. Paul’s Chapel at Columbia University.

After serving as a professor for four years at the University of Wisconsin, Vietch moved on to become an associate professor at The New School’s Eugene Lang College in New York City. Here he taught literature and history and served in several capacities that included chair of humanities. He then became dean of the Eugene Lang College which is the liberal arts division of The New School. While chairman of humanities, Veitch penned his first book, American Superrealism: Nathanael West and the Politics of Representation in the 1930s. This award-winning work was published in 1997. In the book, Veitch examines the letters of Nathanael West as well as the short stories, novels, and screenplays.

Veitch also has a unique connection with the Hollywood film industry. The film star Alan Ladd made many movies in the 1940s and the 1950s. Ladd was Veitch’s step-grandfather. Veitch’s father was John Veitch who became president in 1979 of the worldwide productions division of Columbia Pictures in Los Angeles.

When Jonathan Veitch accepted the post at Occidental College, he became the first Occidental president who was a native Angeleno since he was born and raised in Los Angeles. He has worked at improving relations with the neighboring community and has created partnerships with other cultural institutions in Southern California. In 2013 he revealed a 1 megawatt solar array which will produce part of the energy supply needed on campus. It is estimated to save the college over $200,000 a year! Jonathan and Sarah Veitch live in the Wallis Annenberg President’s House on campus with their three children.

BRL Trust: The Future of Investing

For anyone looking to take their investments outside of the country, BRL Trust in Brazil is one of the best options available. This investment firm is able to help not only monitor a person or individual’s portfolio, but they are also there to help grow the money as well. This way, an individual is able to bring in more for their investments, without needing to sit and monitor their portfolio at all times of the day. After all, most people are busy and have far too much to do and just don’t have the time to have their performance information right on their computer screens at all times. If this was the case, they probably would not invest in an investment firm as this would have been their day job.

First of all, the company is able to perform international investments from around the world for the client. This ranges from commodity investments to property investments and almost anything else in between. This is truly going to help expand a portfolio, which is not only desirable due to the value attached to it, but it is also most likely going to help increase the overall safety of the portfolio as well.

Outside of simply performing international investments, BRL Trust can work with a client in order to do exactly what they want. The investor might just want BRL to monitor how the investments are performing and to move investments around if it is necessary. There are times where a client might just want the firm to do whatever it can in order to reach a potential value amount by a certain amount of time. This gives the company much more time to work with and more freedom to do whatever it needs in order to increase the value of the portfolio. Many people who have the money to invest just want to know their money is working for them, no matter how it is working for them. Regardless of the kind of control a client might want with their investment, BRL Trust is able to work with them and offer exactly the kind of insights and financial assistance that any sort of investor might desire for themselves and their portfolio.

 

Addressing Racism in Europe

 

In the wake of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp during World War II, some public figures have expressed concern about rising incidents of racial and ethnic hatred in Europe, especially a significant increase in anti-Jewish crimes. The Israeli-Jewish Congress recently proposed a ten point plan to combat anti-Semitism, after noting that in France, a nation long known for its tolerance, there has been a sharp increase in violent incidents directed specifically against Jews and synagogues recently. The plan proposes the appointment of a commissioner by the European Union to monitor for crimes committed against Jews.Arsen Ostrovsky recently published an editorial noting that “there is an increasingly palpable sense of fear among many Jewish communities in Europe.” He noted recent assaults against Jews wearing religious attire, incidents of vandalism of synagogues and the attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris this January.

Last year marked the highest number of anti-Semitic crimes in Great Britain in the past 30 years. The British government is reportedly considering contributing funds to construct a memorial and educational center in London to remind people of the importance of never forgetting the genocidal events of Holocaust that occurred during the Second World War. Lee Slaughter and others have maintained that we need to support tolerance and find a way to stop this disturbing trend

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