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How Stream Energy Can Save You

It happens to even the best of us, we take one good look at the power bill and discover a whole new meaning to energy vampire. It literally makes you feel like the energy is being sucked right out of you but rest assured there is a solution that could save you money on your next bill.

What you may not know is that electronics still use power even when they are not being used and although that might not be a lot of power, it eventually all adds up.

For instance, by turning off your coffee maker you could be saving around $1 a year, $36.80 a year if you shut off the DVR and $130 annually if you cut the power off the entertainment system.

This method could count for all your electronic devices in your household and although one individual device might not save you a whole lot, you can see how doing it to all devices could make a noticeable difference.

You can keep track how much you are saving by using any monitor tools that will allow you to watch the amount of energy you use. View Stream Energy at mystream.com.

 Who is Stream Energy

In August 2004, after the deregulation of the Texas electricity market Stream was born and has produced over $8 billion in the past 12 years. Today, Stream Energy is the top direct selling corporation and a contributor of various connected services including:

Energy services – rather you get your power from natural gas or electricity, there are services that can provide you with the tools necessary to help you budget and manage your power usage while working around your daily routine.

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

Wireless – A national cell service that offers unlimited data selections and runs on the 4G LTE Network.

Protective – This service protects your health, travel, devices, and identity information.

Home – Allows you to connect to your home and also has Digital Voice available.

They received the Top 10 Most Trusted Retail Electric Provider in Texas Award in 2017 by the Market Strategies International and earned an A+ by the Better Business Bureau in 2016.

Currently, they offer all their services in Texas, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, Washington D.C., New York and Illinois. Visit the company profile on Facebook.

Differences between Civil and Human Rights and Why Fight for Them

Civil rights are essential to the Democracy that is the core of the political system of the U.S. They are crucial for the respect of citizens and law enforcers have to know the civil rights by heart to make decisions when justifying or condemning events that happen every day in the world.

Aggression towards a citizen’s civil rights is an aggression towards law and a violation of the core heart of the democracy, but sadly it happens more than you would think.

Sometimes, with an aggression that is left unpunished, a community arises with the understanding that there is no punishment towards offending people from another origin, another skin-color, another sexual orientation or even fights between communities. It is crucial that the sense of punishment and order exists so offenders are not born from citizens that thought it is okay to offend physically or emotionally religions and cultures. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/

The Civil rights are a conglomerate of a very broad set of laws. It is constantly being expanded and revised, and the core value of the civil rights laws are to condemn unfair treatment between citizens and to treat everyone equal.

Whenever civil rights are disrespected, there are institutions and organizations created to protect communities from legal abuse or aggression, and some of these groups that advocate for civil and human rights have changed the lives of countless communities, even in the territory of the U.S.

This set of laws and rules began with the “Civil Rights Movement,” but what is, then, the difference between civil rights and human rights? Are they the same thing?

They are not, there is a difference between both set of rights, but they are fundamentally essential for the order and the good relationship between citizens of the same group or different nations. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase and Village Voice Media | Wikipedia

Human rights arise from simply being a human. If you are a human being, you have the rights that were written in the set of laws of the human rights. These include the right to life, education, and, one of the most controversial topics: freedom of speech and expression. Fair trial is also a right contained in the human rights set, not the civil rights set, contrary to popular belief.

Both set of laws are equally ignored by some communities on a daily basis. Whenever a man strikes a woman or a citizen condemns the cultural beliefs and origin of another, it is a direct assault on these core rights of every citizen.

That is why there are organizations like the Frontera Fund, created by Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, two journalists and business owners who worked in the

The Frontera Fund was created to use a settlement money of more than three million dollars to fund institutions that advocate for civil, human and migrants’ rights.

As much as there are organizations that exist to help communities in need, these groups also have a hard time finding funding and support, which is why the existence of the Frontera Fund is crucial to the survival of these groups.

Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey:

http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427818/Michael_Lacey

Category: Philanthropy

The Bold Leadership of The American Institute for Architecture

Leading the helm of evolution in the architecture industry is The American Institute of Architects, or the AIA, President and Chief Executive Officer Robert Ivy. Ivy has been a staple of the architecture for decades and has had been leading the prestigious American Institute of Architects since 2017 and he has done incredible things to help the industry evolve and keep up with rapidly changing trends in the industry.

Professionally, Robert Ivy has a Bachelor of the Arts in English from Sewanee as well as a Masters of Architecture from Tulane University. During his time working at Architectural Record the magazine was awarded with many publishing honors including the National Magazine Award for General Excellence from the American Society of Magazine Editors, the Premier Magazine Journalism Award and 26 Jesse H. Neal Awards, among many additional honors.

Those who know Robert Ivy as an incredibly warm man who truly has made a tangible impact on the architecture industry. One of his main priorities for the industry is to encourage architects to have a vision for their work and career that spans beyond just the traditional roles of an architect. He believes architecture can successfully cross over with outside sectors to create a bigger impact. He also believes architecture can think outside the box and focus on everything from providing reconstruction in disaster relief situations to rebuilding communities that have long been in need of a revamp for better living conditions.

In a recent profile with Robert Ivy he cited several examples of how cross sector work can make lasting impressions on our country. He cited the concept of architects working with planners and parks to develop Central Park from a less than ideal part of the city with substandard housing to make it the gorgeous gem it is today that has driven up the value of areas near it at an incredible rate. He even noted that the development for Central Park was not even meant to be a recreational park, but it was developed as a way to improve the area’s public health. Learn more: https://dirt.asla.org/2011/06/22/robert-ivy-on-the-future-of-architecture/

He noted how important it was for architecture to contribute to public health issues. By taking into consideration how the design of buildings give people (or unfortunately take away) their open access to clean water, fresh air, sunlight or innovative solutions like patio gardening space they help contribute to the quality of life. Things are changing in the architecture industry and Robert Ivy is helping pave the path for evolution.

How to Protect Yourself From the Next 1987 Type of Market Crash

Most of the time an anniversary commemorates a positive and memorable experience, but one particular anniversary recently occurred which, while memorable, was as far from a positive occurrence as one could get. Thirty years ago this year, the great stock market crash of 1987 occurred. When the stock market crashed it fell over 500 points, over 22% of its volume in one day. After one of the most unusual periods of unstable activity in the history of the market, the unthinkable happened, the bottom fell out.

No one was sure why it was happening, no one was sure when or even if it would stop. To be most certain no one was sure what, if anything would be left of the foundations of the America or for that matter the global economy when the smoke cleared. There seemed to be no trigger factor, no collapse of a global base currency, no major political figure suddenly dead, and no powerhouse government collapsing due to any number of reasons. Instead the only thing that existed was panic fueling panic, fear stoking fear, and uncertainty giving birth to deeper uncertainty.

A post-mortem of the events of 1987 discovered that the mass rush to leave the market was compounded by computer -driven program trading was what lead to the sudden and irreversible collapse. Of course, since this time there have been major changes to the industry, which supposedly have made it a virtual impossibility that such a collapse could ever happen again. We should all take comfort tin knowing that right? What if you were to be told that the protections that you think you have to prevent another 1987 are a sham, and that there is no peace of mind that such a collapse could be prevented in the future? What if you were to be told that there is a very real possibility that such a collapse could happen again, and that there is a real chance that it could happen very soon?

Today it appears that despite the “safeguards” that are in place, the market is on the verge of yet another incredible roller coaster ride, and there is significant concern to be warranted that it may very well end the same way that it did the last time. The more disconcerting thing however is that with today’s highly unstable economy combined with the increasing political instability among the world leading super powers, it could be much worse.

The unnatural calm that we have seen in market activity recently, combined with the sudden growth that has occurred in the last few weeks leads to even stronger indicators that there is a chance of a massive market event on the horizon. So what can you do to help protect yourself? There are some things such as diversify broadly, use trailing stops, and of course set aside large sums of cash, but there is so much more and the Oxford Club wants to share with you special reports that have been compiled that can help you learn them.

The Oxford Club is an international network of investors and entrepreneurs which is one of the leading private authorities on the development and growth of extraordinary wealth. With more than 80,000 members around the globe, it is also one of the largest investment networks in the world. Founded more than two decades ago, it has been a guiding light in all types of market conditions. The club is founded on and guided by a simple belief that the best opportunities for investment and growth development are found outside of the mainstream press and the standard market reports. The cub conducts its own research and shares its findings on the best market moves to make exclusively with its membership.

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Building Better Cabinets With Siteline Cabinetry

The meeting of food and people are a great catalyst for making lasting memories. That is one of the reasons why people love to make their kitchens easily accessible, friendly, warm, and inviting. Having a great looking, functional kitchen pulls people in for great conversation while food is being prepared. No one knows this fact more than Siteline Cabinetry.

Established in 2015, Siteline Cabinetry offers many options to individuals interested in remodeling their storage spaces, whether it’s a bathroom, kitchen, or mudroom. Regardless of budget, Siteline Cabinetry offered several advantages over big chain stores:

Faster Turnaround- When an individual works with Siteline Cabinetry and orders custom cabinets, the order can be started immediately by the carpenter when the designs are submitted. Many of the popular dimensions have already been figured for a more efficient turnaround.

Setting A Budget- Working with a smaller company such as Siteline Cabinetry actually means sticking to a budget and getting more cabinet for better quality at the same price as a lesser made cabinet.

High Tech- Just because Siteline Cabinetry is a smaller, custom build shop does not mean that they are not abreast of the latest trends in high tech storage and building practices. It can be considered the best of traditional and modern techniques.

When an individual enters the shop or reaches out online, the staff can also educate the customer on the latest trends in cabinetry such as high tech integration of electrical device storage, design trends (Shaker style, glass fronts, and clean lines in basic colors like white or grey are the latest), horizontal cabinetry, and the many options of colors, textures, and treatments when dealing with custom orders.

Siteline Cabinetry goes above and beyond to offer quality made, custom cabinetry to suit the most diverse personalities. After all customizing to suit the customers needs is what turns a house into a welcoming home.

Interested? Speak to a Siteline Cabinetry dealer today.

Category: home, House

How Sweetgreen is Setting the Pace in the Food Sector

Backed by some of America’s leading investors, Sweetgreen is setting the pace in the restaurant business, and any future startups in the food sector can borrow a leaf from how Sweetgreen operates.

The company has hit all the right notes as far as the food industry is concerned. It provides a wide range of healthy foods whether it is organic, local, or fresh, attracting a wide customer base.

Sweetgreen boasts of over 40 location across the United States that are usually characterized by long lines given its great products. Nathaniel Ru, a co-CEO and co-founder at the company, points to the embracing of technology as part of its success.

A large percentage of transactions made by Sweetgreen are through its mobile application or website. This is one of the many valuable lessons that other food chains can pick from Sweetgreen to increase their chances of success.

The other individuals leading Sweetgreen alongside Ru are Nicolas Jammet and Jonathan Neman. This trio met up in college, and it has been close ever since culminating in their current entrepreneurial success. Read more: Nathaniel Ru | Crunchbase

The inception of their business was based on the fact that Georgetown was short of healthy eating options. Therefore, in 2007 upon their graduation, the three young men set up their first restaurant. They faced some rough times initially but overcame them to get to where they are today.

Sweetgreen puts a lot of emphasis on close customer relations. As Ru puts it, they do not work with corporate headquarters. The idea is to stay closer to customers to the extent of closing corporate offices a number of times every year.

Closure of offices means employees will work directly for the restaurants for some time. The co-CEOs also realized the importance of building a team early in their business and proved to be a vital ingredient for success.

About Nathaniel Ru

Nathaniel Ru is a third of the trio of chief executive officers and founders behind popular fast-casual salad chain Sweetgreen. He graduated from Georgetown University with a Finance Bachelor’s degree.

Right after graduating from Georgetown University in 2007, he collaborated with the other two individuals to set up a restaurant business. The business grew into what is now a household name, Sweetgreen, with over 40 outlets in the United States.

Category: Business, Businessman

Lead by Kate Hudson, Fabletics uses The Power of the Crowd to leap to the front.

Colorful, comfortable, convenient, and now gaining cult status, Fabletics leggings are taking the internet by storm! What sets this once small company apart from the rest? The soft, stretchy leggings that are a staple for the Fabletics monthly subscription aren’t just popular for their great fabric and style. Through the use of consumer reviews and social media, the once small company has harvested the power of the crowd.

 

The power of the crowd is a relatively new trend in online purchasing, where reviews and social media presence weigh as heavily as personal recommendations with buyers. Data has been showing customers leaning heavily towards reviews when researching and selecting products. These reviews (both on and off the original purchasing site) lend credibility to the manufactures statements. While many e-commerce sites have strayed away from featuring reviews, due to worries of backlash, it may have lost them more sales than they imagined.

 

An online article from HuffPost shows that consumer trust is reaching an all-time low. Customers are no longer willing to trust statements directly from companies through their websites or social media. Consumers are instead turning towards unbiased reviews from fellow consumers and trusted industry spokesmen. Companies like Kate Hudson’s Fabletics, who show reviews on all their products, are showing higher sales over companies that demand blind trust.

 

Looking closer at Fabletics, consumers respond as both positive and negative reviews remain on the site (unlike other companies who filter their reviews). Items with more negative reviews are quickly discontinued and likewise, items with higher reviews receive more colors, styles, and other variations. This style of a consumer-driven product allows Fabletics to quickly move inventory without consistently remarketing to their clients.

 

It’s no shock that Fabletics is doing so well. It’s the brainchild of actress Kate Hudson and TechStyle Fashion Group. Teaming together they sought to replace the current trend of bland, dull black and grey fitness gear with far trendier, attractive and desirable colors. The booming subscription-based model was a great fit in addition to the fresh new styles – however, for many customers, it was the hundreds of reviews that poured in praising their products. Kate Hudson remains with the company, still filming promotional light-hearted videos that are easy to relate to, and fun.

 

In a sea of distrustful startups, questionable quality, and doubting consumers, Fabletics stands as an excellent model for other businesses to follow if they want to keep consumers in the growing millennia age. It’s easy for one to see why to try out their online lifestyle quiz to see the reviews and leggings yourself.

Category: Fashion

American Civil Liberties Union and the Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund

Civil, Human, and Migrant Rights Groups are put in place to help fight and protect citizen rights as well as advocate for justice. These groups mainly help small organizations and minorities who unable to fight for themselves.

American Civil Liberties Union(ACLU)

ACLU is one of the best advocate groups for civil, human, and migrant rights that aims to guard individual rights and freedoms guaranteed by the United States Constitution. Since 2015, ACLU has been led by an executive director and president, Anthony Romero and Susan N. Herman, respectively.

Susan Herman serves as a chairman of the group’s board of directors, facilitates the setting of policies, and leads fundraisings. Anthony Romero, on the other hand, is in charge of the daily operations of the organization.

According to ACLU, thousands of women, men, and children reside in immigration detention facilities without due process. ACLU often steps in and offers legal assistance when civil rights are infringed. This advocate group has 1,000,000 members and works through lobbying and litigation. ACLU has a yearly budget of over 100 million dollars and gives legal assistance in situations where civil liberties are at risk.

In addition, the advocate group takes stances on supporting human rights against child pornography, abortion, birth control, gun rights free speech, gun rights, the death penalty, and HIV/AIDS discrimination. The local affiliates of ACLU are active in nearly all the 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia.

The Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund

The Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund is one of the largest founding organizations for civil, human, and migrant rights. Apart from advocating for civil, human, and migrant rights, the group also supports civic participation and freedom of speech within Arizona and along the Mexican border.

Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey are the co-founders of the Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund. The co-founders were journalists who mainly focused on defending the First Amendment.

On October 18, 2007, Lacey and Larkin were arrested by Joe Arpaio, Maricopa County Sheriff after they proved that the grand jury proceedings sought notes from reporters on articles that covered the Sherrif. As a result, Larkin and Lacey sued the Maricopa county and won a settlement of 3.75 million dollars.

The settlement amount was used to fund various migrant rights groups and organizations throughout Arizona. The Frontera Fund organization comprehends how hard it is for individuals to start their own business within the legal system and assist clients to have a wide range of options for lawyers to represent them.

Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey:

http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427818/Michael_Lacey
https://about.me/jim_larkin

Category: Business

Kevin Seawright: Benefits of Affordable Housing

There are numerous benefits that can be attributed to affordable housing projects. The benefits not only affect the homeowners but they are passed on to other areas of the community involved. Affordable housing projects revitalize idle land, boost the local economy and also promotes social integration.

Affordable housing projects are usually started by nonprofit organizations, private developers or faith based organizations who utilize funding from either private organizations, previous rent collections or government subsidies to set up housing units.

A partnership involving members from various sectors can see the local community benefits from affordable houses as well as other benefits that come with such plans.

Affordable housing projects are usually accompanied by the following benefits:

  • Provide housing alternatives for the low-income earners in the society
  • Revitalizing idle land
  • Creates job opportunities for the locals
  • Promotes social integration of the people living in the area.

RPS Solutions LLC is such one company that is involved in providing affordable housing options to the people around Baltimore. Founded in 2015, RPS Solutions LLC aims to make housing units that are affordable to people in the low and mid-range income levels.

They also aim at creating a stable and healthy society by creating customized housing units for the seniors and special needs people, who do not have access to good and customized housing opportunities that address their needs.

RPS Solutions was founded by Kevin Seawright, from New Jersey. Kevin has worked for various sectors in the United States.

PR Newswire revealed that Kevin Seawright has worked in the education sector, worked in the local government and finally in the real estate industry. All these have been in the areas of Baltimore, MD and Washington DC.

Kevin Seawright aims to have everyone willing to be a homeowner, have an opportunity to buy a home of their own. RPS Solutions believes in respect, justice, and quality of the work they do.

They conduct their business in a transparent way and ensures there is good interaction between them and the community. They maintain high ethical standards in their jobs and are accountable for the quality of the housing units they create.

Learn more about Kevin Seawright:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/kevin-seawright-7869a052

Jeremy L. Goldstein, Giving Back to the Community as a Trusted Leader

New York has just started a new legal referral service for those in need of an attorney. The project is called the Lawyer Referral and Information Service and is run by the New York Bar Association. Clients are able to visit https://nysbalris.legal.io and fill out basic information and describe their legal situation. The service will have a screener review the information and match the client up with an attorney in their area. Should the client live in an area that already provides a referral service, they’ll be directed to use that service, or referred by the NYBA to contact them. The fee is just $35 in most cases for a half an hour consultation with the attorney to decide if it’s a suitable match. Some cases are exempt from the fee; however, the LRIS website or agent will provide that information if applicable.

 

Jeremy L. Goldstein is among those great attorney’s providing assistance in the area of corporate law. His expertise is primarily in dealing with corporations that need guidance on compensation, benefits or other legal areas such as corporate governance. He’s handled some of the most complex and largest corporate matters in the last decade. He’s worked with banks, auto companies, and even the oil industry. He also works with issues regarding the merging and acquiring of companies.

 

Not only has Jeremy Goldstein done some impressive things in the legal arena, he’s also used his skills to help those in need. He’s served on the board of directors for charities both large and small. His humanitarian side in combination with his legal skills proves to be a great asset to these organizations. His long tenure as a director at a local charity helping those with mental illness shows his dedication to the community. Not only is Jeremy Goldstein an accomplished attorney, but also a leader in the community he serves.

 

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Category: Attorneys