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James Dondero Helps Construct The Dallas Zoo Hippo Sanctuary

Donations from Highland Capital leader James Dondero are among those responsible for the opening of a new hippo habitat at the Dallas Zoo that has opened to allow the return of hippos to the zoo for the first time in 15 years. The Dallas Zoo has not been home to any hippo, but those who remember the last hippo to be at the zoo and have asked President Greg Hudson to bring the animals back to Dallas, which has now happened with the aid of donors providing $14 million for a habitat to be constructed.

James Dondero and his Highland Capital company have been at the heart of the project at Dallas Zoo that has taken a number of years to complete as the safety and health concerns over the water and land based habitat. Costing an estimated $14 million to complete, the two acre Simmons Hippo Post includes a 120,000-gallon water tank with a large viewing area to allow visitors to the zoo the chance to witness these giant animals in their natural state swimming before a large viewing window.

The Harold Simmons Foundation provided the largest donation of around $5 million and saw the name of the founder of the Foundation giving his name to the Simmons Hippo Post. In the buildup to the construction of the Hippo Post the Highland Capital leader provided around $1 million in donations towards developing the hippo habitat at the Dallas Zoo, which is just the latest in a long line of community-based projects James Dondero and his Highland Capital employees have backed; the Highland Capital brand has been praised by Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings for taking a stance to push forward the many community-based projects that are taking place in Dallas to build a better lifestyle for the people of the city.

Beneful Fresh Ingredients

The cutest Beneful dog food commercial came on tonight. It was so cute. The dog was speaking to the camera about the dog food. It was for the healthy weight dog formula. He talked about how the main ingredient is chicken. The dog then talks about ridiculous it is that it could be healthy weight food when it tastes so good.

The second commercial that I saw was very similar to that one. It had a dog mom talking about the ingredients that are in the dog food. She was talking as the dog was as well. He then agreed with the woman. He said that it tastes like he imagines her meals do and how he is totally worth it. I’m sure the human mom would agree with that. The mentioned ingredients were rice, organically grown fresh veggies and real meat. She adds that meat is the main ingredient.

Greg Secker’s Gem Tips to Prospective and Newbie Traders

Greg Secker is a seasoned trader who has graduated to starting and running a trading company. He set up the Knowledge Action Group in 2003 in collaboration with internationally renowned traders. The organizations’ impeccable performance earned it a position in the London Excellence Awards of 2009. It was also enlisted in the 2010 Sunday Times Fast Track 100 awards. Greg Secker’s first financial job was with Thomas Cook Financial Services, an online trading platform. His expertise earned his the vice president’s post in Mellon Financial Corporation and several Fortune 500 investment banks.

Greg Secker recently shared his insights to newbie traders. He understands that nobody likes the complexities of analyzing charts and shifting markets. He, therefore, recommends starting out at Forex which has the support of software that easily analyzes charts according to the shifting data. He declaimed the myth that Forex is a complex market by explaining that anyone who takes the time to sharpen their knowhow in risk management strategies will have an easy time understanding the numbers. Additionally, the available software has innumerable knowledge that guides even the greenest user effectually.

Greg Secker does not have a favorite indicator that he automatically recommends to Forex traders. Considering that they analyze charts and keep tracks of shifts, every user may opt for a different indicator that best suits their needs. He, however, stated that learning the different features of every indicator will provide a clear picture on which one to pick.

Greg pointed out that an economic calendar will help any trader map out any significant news that causes major shifts in the markets. One such event is the 2016 Brexit which caused ripples for the pound. Greg advises every new trader on the Forex platform to take the time to learn the ropes and learn to capitalize even on short situations. Greg believes Forex to be the best channel because one can still earn money with currency drops if they are on the lower side of that particular currency. Apart from finance, Greg is actively involved in philanthropy and public speaking. He is primarily based in London but travels around the world to share his knowledge with the financials arena.


Career and Experience of OSI Group’s CEO, Sheldon Lavin

Mr. Lavin Sheldon is broadly known for being the Chairman as well as the CEO at OSI Group. He is known to have an outstanding leadership due to his ability to plan and put in place tactical activities to ensure success alongside the OSI International Foods Ltd. Sheldon occupies the General Trustee’s position at Rush University Medical Centre. Earlier on, he held the directorial position at the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

Having been among the managerial committee, he established more than twenty thousand job opportunities universally. The reason behind his success OSI Group style of leadership which is very inclusive and not dictatorial in any way. Those under him, therefore, follow the decisions agreed upon as they are engaged in coming up with them.

He has an experience exceeding forty-three years of service at the meat firm. In the application of his experience, his management of the OSI Group has resulted in positive results. Being a venture capitalist, he efficiently manages the assets of the firm to facilitate smooth operations of the business. In addition to his earlier service as a banker, he provides financial consultations at a personal level. He promoted the transformation of the OSI Group to a higher level and made it attain international ground in supplies of food products for restaurants and hotels. He also serves as the manager alongside the worldwide satellites belonging to the OSI Group.

Having secured the financing of OSI, the outcome was that he received some percentage of ownership in the company. His competency alongside leadership is what the rest of the leaders should make decisions to execute.

For his determination, the business expansion to different regions across the globe has been attained. It was in the year 2016 when he earned himself the Global Visionary Award. This was from the India’s Vision World Academy. The reception of the award earned him increased recognition for his competency.

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Jason Halpern: Inspired By High-value Service Driven By Generosity

Jason Halpern, the Founder, and Principal of JMH Development is known for high-value service in real estate development and his philanthropic work to the society. JMH Development is a major real estate development firm in the New York State with both commercial and residential projects across the U.S. The firm has developed many projects across the state that includes major hotels, townhouses, condominium projects, etc. The firm is especially known for developing high-value properties in Miami Beach, Brooklyn, and Manhattan.

Jason Halpern: Born to Develop Property
Jason Halpern: Born to Develop Property


Jason has great exposure to real estate development from his younger ages as his family is involved in constructing and maintaining hundreds of projects for the last 50 years. He has a tradition of maintaining the historical aspect of the area where he invests. So while developing, he ensures the historical value of the property or suburb is not compromised, and it is well preserved. This is greatly seen in the developments of 184 Kent, which was a century old warehouse. The 184 Kent was originally constructed in 1913 and Jason did a total remodeling without compromising its architectural values and converted it into 340 luxurious rental apartments. It should be noted that the property is currently listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It also won the Building Brooklyn Award in 2011 for the most adaptive to reuse category.

Jason Halpern with His Wife
Jason Halpern with His Wife

Jason’s commitment to retain the value of various structures brought him in renovating Starwood Aloft hotel in Miami. It was originally Motel Ankara, and Starwood entered an agreement with JMH Development to renovate the hotel along with building an eight-story tower. The Townhouses of Cobble Hill located at Brooklyn also has a similar story. It was the renovation of four historic townhomes along with five new ones. With high-quality architecture and luxurious finishes, it is one of the best townhomes in New York. Jason is very specific in understanding the need of the locality, building, and customers. He is highly motivated and dedicated to preserving the best of past and present to the future.

Jason Halpern with Model, Milana and Richard
Jason Halpern with Model, Milana and Richard

Jason is very active in understanding the needs of the society as well. He finds time and money to spend in philanthropic activities. He was instrumental in setting up Joel A. Halpern Trauma Center instituted at Westchester Medical Center. The center is known for some sophisticated treatments including life-threatening internal injuries, burn victims, caring children and pregnant women, etc. It has options for critical neurosurgery, open-heart surgery, and orthopedic surgery. He was also instrumental in leading his firm into the philanthropy and signed an agreement with a non-profit organization called water, to donate $20,000 for each contract it is signing in its Three Hundred Collins, a residential project located in Miami. Through two charity organizations named Splash and Relief Society of Tigray, the firm supply clean and safe water for at least 650 people in Ethiopia and Nepal.

Chris Burch’s Luxurious Island Resort Has Been Named The World’s Best Hotel

An interesting Business Insider article from earlier this year details how the successful venture capitalist and entrepreneur Chris Burch has become involved in the hospitality industry.

According to this article, back in 2012, Mr. Burch and hotel-industry professional James McBride purchased a beach lodge on the remote island of Sumba in Indonesia. With its serene location and picturesque views, the lodge had the potential to be a vacationer’s paradise.

After investing millions of dollars in renovations on the beachfront property, the pair named the luxury resort Nihiwatu. Since opening for business in 2015, Nihiwatu has proved to be popular with vacationers, and has become Sumba’s major employer. The resort features more than 25 separate villas for guests, and two luxurious, fully furnished tree houses.

In 2016, the influential travel magazine and website Leisure and Travel named Nihiwatu the world’s best hotel.   Additional article on

In the Business Insider article, Chris Burch states that he purchased the beach resort for his children, and hopes to preserve the spot and give back to the local community.  More of Burch insight and views on

A beach spa is provided at the resort, and an on-site wellness center offers daily yoga lessons. Horseback-riding on the beach and surfing lessons are also available at Nihiwatu. For people who want to learn how to be closer with and more comfortable around horses, the resort features a resident horse-whisperer.

An entrepreneur since he was in his early-twenties, Chris Burch has achieved great success in both the private equity and venture capital business, as well as in the fashion industry. As an active investor for several decades, Mr. Burch maintains a diversified investment portfolio.  Click for a look at this diversified investment portfolio.

More to read about Burch here.

In addition to his various business duties and interests, Chris Burch has donated funding to a host of beneficiaries, including the Sumba Foundation, the Child Welfare League of China, and Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York.  For an update of Burch timeline activities, head over to

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Oncotarget, the Trusted Medical Journal

Oncotarget is a weekly medical journal that publishes research papers on cancer research and various aspects of oncology. It also publishes papers on endocrinology, immunology, physiology, age-related diseases, and pathology as these all affect tumor development in one way or another. Anyone can access the journal for free. It is peer-reviewed, ensuring that all the information published is accurate.Ever since 2010 when Oncotarget published its first paper, it has done a great job at enlightening the public and those with any kind of interest in developments in the field of oncology and cancer. Andrei Gudkov and Mikhail Blagosklonny are the editors in chief of the journal. When authors submit their manuscripts for consideration, the editors review them and either accept them, recommend a few changes to be made, or reject them. This is all in an effort to ensure the information published in the journal is of high quality and is accurate. The journal has a Creative Commons license, proving its legitimacy.

Effect of Nutrition on Cellular Rejuvenation

One article published by Oncotarget discusses the effect of nutrition on cellular rejuvenation. Nutrition is known to be one of the major factors that affect the rate at which people age and their life expectancy. This is because good nutritional habits decrease the rate of cellular degeneration, and significantly slow down the rate at which people age. A number of tests were done on mice and the findings were consistent with the above. The findings also show why many people in Western societies are suffering from diet-induced health problems. The conclusion drawn from the studies was that restricting daily food intake can greatly decrease the rate of cellular degeneration and significantly extend one’s lifespan.


Oncotarget has been lauded for making it possible for the public to access accurate information on developments of oncology. The journal is a trusted source of information, and is even used by medical students and professionals in their research. With professionals like Oncotarget on the editorial team, it has managed to ensure that its publications are always of the highest quality.

Clay Siegall talks about a Total Eclipse that will sweep across America on Monday 21st Aug

Clay Siegall is the CEO at Seattle Genetics and the official blogger of his WordPress page where he writes on an array of issues. Very recently, Siegall highlighted a story on the upcoming total eclipse that will sweep the United States in August. A lot of people are eagerly waiting for this once in a lifetime phenomenon.

The total solar eclipse is expected to occur on Monday, 21st August and it will be visible across America. The last time America experienced total solar eclipse was in 1979. The forthcoming total eclipse will be the first of its kind as it is expected to cover coast-to-coast. There has never been a coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in the last 99 years.

According to info released by NASA, a partial eclipse will be visible throughout the U.S., but within a band that NASA calls path of totality that stretches from Oregon to South Carolina, a total eclipse will be visible. As of now, the Eclipse industry is already booming in these areas.

Some towns have already spent millions of dollars preparing for the phenomenon. One such county that has made a massive investment in the last ten years since the announcement was made is the Hopkinsville. The town is one of those that are in the path of totality. Currently, the town has an eclipse coordinator.

The Charleston Post and Courier hearsay that more than a million people are expected to visit Carolina in August when the eclipse will be happening. Charleston’s visitors’ bureau has already launched a website with a listing of viewing events and hotel packages. The full eclipse is expected to occur at precisely 2:48 p.m. ET, according to reports by NASA.

About Clay Siegall

Clay Siegall’s award-winning efforts in the fight against cancer have been built on a firm foundation. Clay earned his Ph.D. in Genetics from Washington University. Since his graduation, Clay Siegall has accumulated many professional accomplishments.

Clay started his career Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharmaceutical Research Institute where he served as a senior research investigator. Due to his commitment and hard work, Clay was promoted to serve in the capacity of Chief Researcher before he launched Seattle Genetics


The Secret Behind The Success Jim Tananbaum Investment in Healthcare

In A round to support neuropsychiatric treatment and diagnosis platform, Mindstrong Health managed to raise $14 million. The company’s focus is to provide “continuous digital biomarkers of mood cognition” which involves processing executive function, attention, speed and memory.

Foresite Capital was among the companies that led the round. According to Jim Tananbaum, CEO of Foresite Capital, he commented Mindstrong Health company for bringing together people who have different expertise to solve critical challenges that patients who suffer from cognitive health disorders can be cared for.

He says that bringing people together of different experience, technical vision and are determined to improve patients outcome, will assist in improving how care is given to this patients and also it will help the healthcare leaders to get more ideas for more innovation.

Jim Tananbaum is the founder of Foresite and he serves as its CEO. Jim came up with the idea of Foresite in 2011.It operated as a private equity company that specializes in healthcare leaders. It makes profit by supplying information, networks and capital to them. His vision was to merge different ideas of his career and try to make a novel investment platform. He has a passion of merging different ideas of interdisciplinary to come up with an innovative idea.

Jim studied at Yale University, pursuing a major in math and electrical engineering/Computer science. He was awarded M.D and M.B.A from Harvard University of the same course. He also studied at Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he did his M.S. He served in the advisory board of both Harvard and Yale University.

The success of his Foresite Capital can be attributed to the fact that Jim had previously co-founded two leading bio- pharmaceutical companies which include, GelTex which grew to produce almost $1 billion of revenue annually and Theravance ,Inc which also turned out to be successful.

Jim has been known to be a brilliant investor who led various investments in health sector, that includes, Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Healtheon NASDAQ, Amira Pharmaceuticals and Amerigroup NASDAQ.

With his intelligence in investment, he has led Foresite to invest in many health companies that deal with medical services, biopharmaceuticals, genomic sequencing and diagnostics.

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Police Using Securus Technologies to Prevent Crimes

Part of my duties as a police officer is making use of any and all resources to help keep the streets of our city safe. Each day that a violent offender is able to get away without being taken into custody, then innocent civilians are going to be in harm’s way. When the call came in that we had a repeat offender who was just released from jail already back to committing home invasions, I knew we had to take action fast.


One of the things that I will do is go right to family and friends to see if they are willing to cooperate and help close this case. In this particular situation, no one wanted to come forward because they feared the suspect would be able to figure out who told and he would be back for revenge. When you have even family or friends that terrified, it is extremely urgent we get the suspect into custody fast. I decided that I would return to the jail he was released from to collect my evidence.


Knowing that inmates are less likely to talk than close family, we decided our presence in the jail would get these inmates excited enough to run to the phones to call family and friends. We knew Securus Technologies installed the telephone monitoring service here in this prison, and we know that the LBS software can instantly pick up chatter on a number of key search terms.


It wasn’t long after we arrived that a few inmates were already on the phone warning their families to get a message to the suspect we were looking for him. These inmates are aware we can hear them, so we assumed they thought by all talking together we would miss something. The Securus Technologies doesn’t miss anything and lead us right to the location.