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Houston Recovery may take longer than Usual Due to Shortage of Construction Workers

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\Houston has experienced one of the heaviest storms in the recent decades, and the pictures of the submerged city are showing the extent of damages. It is yet to confirm the total effects of damages as the storm is continuing.

However, people and administration have started assessing the plans to rebuild the city for an immediate recovery. Sadly, the recovery is not expected to make a usual progress this time due to the lack of sufficient construction workers.

It is identified that the city needs massive cleanup, repair, demolition, and reconstruction of various buildings include individual homes, apartments and other large buildings, and other infrastructure.

The lack of human resources is not easy to replicate this time due to multiple factors. It is already identified that the U.S. cities are facing the shortage of construction workers to assist in disaster recovery.

After the housing bust, most construction workers were laid off as the recovery was slow. Also, most of the construction workers during the boom was actually from Central America and Mexico. Some of them returned to their country, some went back after the new immigration policy implanted, and the rest were deported.

Considering the change of the rule in the country, the flow of workers to the country became negligible, and it became highly difficult to hire general workers. It should be noted that during 2007 Katrina, more than 100,000 Hispanic workers flooded to the Gulf Coast region to speed up the recovery mission. It cannot be expected this time. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase and Jim Larkin | Twitter

It is found that most of the migrants are facing various human and civil rights violations in the host countries, across the world. To reduce their struggles, many migrant and human rights organizations and nonprofit groups provide assistance and volunteering.

It includes Amnesty International, Worldwide Movement for Human Rights, International Organization for Migration, and more. The nonprofits work with local groups and mobilize funds and campaigns to assist the migrants.

Apart from these large organizations, small groups also play significant roles in addressing the issues pertaining to particular localities. Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund is such an initiative to fund various human, civil, migrant rights organizations in Arizona.

It was founded by Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey, two prominent journalists, using the compensation amount they received for challenging their unlawful arrest by Joe Arpaio, the then Sherriff of Maricopa County. On October 18, 2007, both the journalists were arrested from their home for reporting a grand jury procedure of asking editors’ notes featuring the Sherriff. Learn more about Jim Larkin: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/5-smart-ways-people-and-places-are-resisting-trumps-immigration-policies/ and http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/

Additionally, the jury ordered to provide personal details of the online readers of that news. With decades of experience in defending the First Amendment Rights, both the journalists challenged the county at the Court of Appeals. It relieved them from the charges and granted a compensation worth $3.75 million.

Both Larkin and Lacey decided to use the amount to create Larkin & Lacey Frontera Fund for supporting various groups working on civil, human, and migrant rights in Arizona by advocating civil participation and freedom of expression.

Goettl Acquires Walton’s Heat and Air, Set To Expand To Southern California

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Goettl is a company that is mainly involved with the fixing of air conditioning services in numerous locations across the country. The company was founded in 1939 by two brothers, and today has become one of the leading choices when it comes to air conditioning services. All through the years, the company has seen a massive amount of growth, because they have consistently adapted to the new trends in the industry. By embracing all the innovations that come their way, the company continues to offer their customers nothing short of the very best. Currently, the company is operational in Phoenix in Arizona, Las Vegas in Nevada, and also in some parts of California.

In a report by NorCal News, to expand their services further and reach a much larger customer base, the company decided to merge with Walton’s Heating and Air, a family-run company that is based in southern California. By acquiring this company, Goettl can now expand their reach to locations that they have previously not tapped into. The company was previously owned by Todd Longbrake, who worked as hard as he could to expand the family business.

Goettl initially approached Longbrake in 2015 with talks of merging to offer better services to its customer base in California. However, at the time, Longbrake was not too keen on giving up his family company and decided to work on it on his own. However, he changed his mind and chose to merge with Goettl to make expanding the business a lot easier than it would be if he were doing it all by himself.

Goettl has gone to great lengths to ensure that their customers are receiving the best services that they could ask for. Through the years, the company has had a long list of satisfied clients who have all been extremely pleased with the work that Goettl has done. The company has worked with individual households, as well as large offices and factories. To ensure that their customers are always receiving the best, the company hires only the very best. All the professionals working at the company are trained and taught how to go about fixing the air conditioners, and all adhere to the high standards that the company has.

Whenever a customer approaches Goettl for air conditioning services, the company takes the time out to understand their customer’s needs, and also the budget that they have in place. This allows them to give their customer the apt air conditioning services that are right for them. For more info, visit goettlshdm.com.

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Wild Ark – article recap

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Making the most of his early childhood memories of gathering sheep, riding horses and camping Wild Ark founder Mark Hutchinson imparts his love for preserving nature for this generation and generations to come.

Growing up in his home country of Australia, he recalled spending his holidays on friends’ farms and enjoying the wide open spaces. At the young age of 19, Hutchinson traveled the length of Africa by car. This guided his way to a deep affection for a remote wilderness adventure company, called Untamed, according to his blog post, wildark.com/blog/mark-hutchinson-for-the-wild.

Untamed, which emerged as Avana, was sold and Hutchinson eventually left the company to continue his wildlife journey. As the founder of several business ventures, Hutchinson united his love for nature with his entrepreneurial initiative to launch conservation company, Wild Ark.

According to Hutchinson, Wild Ark focuses on encouraging a passion for conservation through protecting the diversity of plant and animal life in the world as a whole, whether it be placing a tree in the ground, surfing or going for a bush walk.

Another focus of Wild Ark concentrates on obtaining land and restoring agricultural land.

Elaborating on his family’s favorite ways they benefit from nature, Hutchinson pointed out how his wife, Sophie and their children all take an active role in Wild Ark and how his oldest just finished a field guide course in South Africa. Learn more: https://www.ecotraining.co.za/about/owners/

He added that 80 percent of the family’s conversations at home revolve around what more they can do about wildlife.

Hutchinson draws on his passion for the wilderness to educate and make certain the planet is protected. An avid believer in education and a self-proclaimed student for life, Hutchinson obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Sydney and went on to receive an MBA from INSEAD Business School in France. He is currently studying for a Masters in Conservation Biology degree at Macquarie University. Learn more: https://www.facebook.com/wildarkglobal/posts/538048479728461

Andrew Rocklage: The Boston Entrepreneur Who Can Do It All

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Andrew Rocklage is not your typical entrepreneur. While many refer to specialize in one business area and run with it, Mr. Rocklage has done the opposite. As a trained and accomplished lawyer, he surprised many when he decided to found and operate the Sky Zone Trampoline Park.

The unconventional business decision has paid off as the trampoline park is one of the most visited recreational areas in Boston. The move has also propelled Mr. Rocklage to join a select few who can call themselves the most successful entrepreneurs in Boston.

Andrew Rocklage is a native of Boston. He studied in the city, having graduated cum-laude with a bachelor’s degree in Sports Management and Economics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Isenberg School of Management.

Always passionate about becoming a lawyer, he then went on to attain his Juris Doctor degree at Suffolk University’s School of Law. Therefore, given his undying and passionate commitment to the city, it was only natural that he made it in Boston.

Mr. Rocklage’s professional career was just as diverse and eventful as the educational journey that preceded it. He first worked at Major League Lacrosse as a public relations intern. He then moved on to another sports franchise, in the Boston Red Socks, where he first worked as a legal department intern before being promoted to a ticket services associate.

He then had a brief stint at Cubist Pharmaceutical, serving first as a legal summer intern then as a legal consultant. Thereafter, after years working on the fringes of the law, he took his first job at a law firm, serving as a legal clerk at Doherty, Wallace, Pitsburry and Murphy P.C. He then moved to Avery, Dooley, and Noone, LLP where he served in a similar position.

Mr. Rocklage then finally joined the big leagues when he was employed by EPIRUS Biopharmaceuticals, first as a legal consultant, then as the Corporate Counsel. After two years at the company, he felt that the time had come to venture out on his own. Thereafter, he founded the Sky Zone Trampoline Park, now found in Daytona Beach and Port St. Lucie.

Andrew Rocklage’s uncanny ability to thrive wherever he goes is not down to luck. Rather, it is the result of a unique set of skills that he possesses, lacking in many entrepreneurs today.

In addition to being extremely daring, he has shown that shown a high level of business acumen, especially with regards to his good understanding of the business scene in Boston. Additionally, he knows how to build a brand successfully.

Knowing that Sky Zone Trampoline Park is largely a service-based business, he has the awareness to ensure that the employees display stellar customer service. Many often return to the park as a result of being treated in a friendly manner.

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How Officers Use Securus Technologies Combating Drugs

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Drugs inside the jail can be a real problem for anyone who has to work or reside behind those walls. As a corrections officer in this jail, I know that drugs in the hands of the inmates will make things more dangerous for all involved. To try and maintain a certain degree of order, me and my fellow officers will go to great lengths to utilize all the resources we have at our disposal to keep this environment safer for all.

 

What my team has determined is that the visitor center inside the jail is where the biggest threat of drugs changing hands will occur. To combat the drug problem, we start by warning each guest of the consequences if they are caught passing anything illegal to the inmates. We then search all of the guests, watch them interact with inmates, and then check the inmates before they can get to their cells. This is conjunction with checking inmate mail, listening to inmate calls, and searching inmate cells, has allowed us to really keep most of the drugs out of our jail.

 

The day that Securus Technologies installed their call monitoring system in our facility, we had another powerful resource in our efforts to keep drugs out of the jail. The company has one objective, making this world safe, and all 1,000 employees of this Dallas-based company are committed to that process. Once I was better familiar with the LBS software, it was incredibly easy to listen to inmates using the phone.

 

All of a sudden we have been able to pick up conversations where inmates are taking about using drugs in the yard, hiding drugs in the jail, or asking people on the outside to bring them drugs. When we hear anything drug related, we can spring to action instantly.

Travel Well With Traveling Vineyard

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While Napa is famous for its numerous wineries, and many people visit the wine country solely to sample the unique bounty, there are those who never enter a tasting room.

The wine guides of Traveling Vineyards find Napa to be a wonderful, relaxing, informative and adventurous destination without drinking a drop.

If you’re the “hands-on” type vacationer you can get some exercise and take in the beauty of the countryside with a hike up Mt. Saint Helena in Robert Louis Stevenson State Park.

Another option is attending a cooking class at the Silverado Cooking School with Chef Malcolm de Sieyes. At the end of class you can enjoy the meal you prepared yourself.

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For art lovers there’s the Napa Art Walk exhibition. In addition to enjoying the art, if a purchase is made, a small amount is directed toward funding future shows.

The Napa Valley Historical Society offers tours and lectures to help you envision what the area was once like. The Society has collected tangible artifacts from long ago for viewing.

Napa Valley also grows great olives. A visit to Round Pond Estate will offer a guided tour of their olive mill showing how the olives become the oils. The estate grows Mediterranean olives with old-world methods, producing craft oils flavored with spices, herbs and flowers, in addition to traditional oils.

If you just want pampering, you can’t go wrong at The Calistoga Ranch, famous for natural hot springs, and Auberge Spa.

There are several benefits to becoming a Wine Guide for Traveling Vineyard. You are your own boss and your schedule is flexible. After set-up and prep, you guide your group through the tasting, using several different wines. Training is provided. For help, or advice, there’s always a support system as near as your phone.

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The Outstanding Career of Alfonso de Angoitia

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     Alfonso de Angoitia is one of the directors of Grupo Televisa S.A, which is regarded as the largest media firm that broadcasts in Spanish. He is also the executive vice president of the company. Angoitia has been serving as a board member of the Televisa as from April 1997. His excellent service made him be named chairperson of the finance committee of Grupo Modelo SAB de CV. During Alfonso’s long career, he has been a board member of companies such as Empresas Cablevision, Sky, Bolsa Mexican de Valores, the Mexican branch of the Pepsi Bottling Group, and many other businesses. Angoitia also served Univision’s board of directors as its alternate member.

Before being appointed by Grupo Televisa S.A as an executive VP, Alfonso had served as its chief financial officer as from 1999 to 2003. He was once an employee of White & Case LLP, which is based in New York. Angoitia was also a founding partner of a top law firm that is known as Mijares, Angoitia, and Cortés y Fuentes, S.C. He was hired by the CEO of Grupo Televisa, Emilio Azcárraga, to serve as his attorney. Angoitia and Azcárraga worked together in restructuring the financial and legal aspects of the company after the death of the Emilio Azcárraga Milmo who was the CEO’s father.

Alfonso is a close friend of Emilio Azcárraga Jean, and he has been a financial mastermind at Televisa. The executive VP played a great role in the creation of a partnership between Televisa and Univision. The deal was worth $1.2 billion, and it has assisted Televisa to have better access to the highly sought after U.S Hispanic market. Alfonso has also been participating in philanthropic undertakings. He chairs the board of trustees of Kardias A.C. The Fundación Mexicana para la Salud A.C has also appointed him to serve as a member of its board.

Lori Senecal, the Advertising Executive to Watch

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Advertising agencies serve clients from a wide array of industries and target diverse consumer bases. As such, they need to be creative and flexible. This creativity and flexibility not only flows from the agencies’ design teams but also from their leaders. In this regard, CP+B global chief executive officer, Lori Senecal, is one of the most effective leaders in advertising. While at CP+B she has been able to combine the required levels of flexibility and creativity with decades of experience and significant business acumen to create consistent and modern advertising agency.

Lori Senecal has delivered while at CP+B. Over the past two years with her at the top, the agency has won a number of highly sought after colossal accounts. Key among these accounts have been Pay Pal, American Airlines, Hershey, and Infiniti. Winning some of these accounts against bigger competitors has asserted both CP+B and Lori’s growth and ambition to be the best in the industry.

Before joining CP+B, Lori Senecal was still an accomplished advertising executive. Her prior engagement was at KBS, an affiliate of CP+B, where she served as the global chief executive officer and chairman of the board. Under Lori’s guidance, KBS grew significantly and truly took the form of an international agency. Before that, she worked at McCann Erickson, at one point serving as the president of New York office. For more details visit Inspirery.

With Lori at the helm, CP+B have been recognized in a number of awards. In 2016, the agency was feted as the Creativity Innovator of the Year by Advertising Age. It was also awarded the highest honor recognizing business innovation in advertising, Titanium Grand Prix, at the Cannes Lions Festival for work on the Dominos account.

Equally, Lori has received numerous awards while in her capacity as the CEO of CP+B and much further along in her professional career. Recently, she was among the “Agency Executives to Watch” named by Advertising Age. The same publication also previously named her among the “Women to Watch in 2014”. Before that, she had been awarded a Quantum Leap Award for leadership and innovation by AWNY (Advertising Women of New York) at the Game Changer Awards they hold every year.

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The outstanding Leadership Skills of Alfonso de Angoitia Noriega

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     Alfonso de Angoitia Noriega is an accomplished business leader who currently serves as a director of Grupo Televisa S.A.. The company is regarded as the largest broadcaster in the Spanish world. Noriega has been serving the Televisa’s board since April 1997, and he is the current executive vice president of the enterprise. He was once a board member of Grupo Modelo SAB de CV, which appointed him to act as the chairman of its finance committee. Alfonso de Angoitia Noriega has also had an opportunity to serve on the boards of companies such Pepsi Bottling Group (Mexico), Bolsa Mexican de Valores, Sky, Empresas Cablevision, and many other enterprises. Noriega was hired by Univision’s board of directors where he acted as an alternate member.

 

Noriega has served Grupo Televisa S.A in different capacities. As from 1999 to 2003, he was the firm’s chief financial officer. He was later promoted to his current office due to the tremendous contributions that he made towards the company’s growth. Alfonso de Angoitia Noriega formerly worked at White &Case LLP, which is a firm that is located in New York. He was also a founding partner of a renowned law company that is called Mijares, Angoitia, and Cortés y Fuentes, S.C. The current CEO of Grupo Televisa, Emilio Azcárraga, once hired Noriega to act as his attorney. The two worked together in developing great legal and financial strategies for the company after the death of Azcárraga’s father, Emilio Azcárraga Milmo.

 

Alfonso has been Azcárraga’s close friend for many years, and he is appreciated for making significant contributions towards the growth of the Grupo Televisa’s finances. As the executive VP of the enterprise, he assisted it in creating a $1.2 billion partnership with Univision. The deal has been beneficial since it has enabled Televisa to easily access the U.S Hispanic market, which is highly sought after by many corporations. Alfonso de Angoitia Noriega is also appreciated for the excellent contribution that he makes towards charity. He currently serves Kardias A.C. as the chairperson of its board of trustees. Alfonso is also part of the board of Fundación Mexicana para la Salud A.C. He is committed to ensuring that these nonprofit organizations accomplish their goals.

 

The Breakthrough In Tissue Regeneration Discovered By Dr. Cameron Clokie

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Cameron Clokie is directly responsible for Peter Russel having a complete jawbone despite the fact he lost seven centimeters due to a benign tumor. This is possible because of a revolutionary new treatment that has completely changed restorative surgery.

So far eight people in Canada have been helped by this surgery. Adult stem cells can become bone tissue with the use of a specific protein. Cameron Clokie heads the University of Toronto’s oral and maxillofacial surgery and discovered this technique that allows bones to grow just as they do in a baby. Learn more about Cameron Clokie: https://www.yellowpages.ca/bus/Ontario/Toronto/Dr-Cameron-Clokie/390278.html

The procedure has been performed at Mount Sinai Hospital and Toronto General Hospital and is a gigantic milestone in tissue regeneration. In the past reconstructing a body part was painful and involved taking muscle, fat and bone from other areas of the body.

Another of Dr. Cameron Clokie’s cases involved Ms. McFarlane who also lost part of her jaw due to a benign tumor. Her face became distorted but because her tumor involved a joint she was unable to be considered for the revolutionary surgery. Her jaw tissue was replaced in a standard surgery and she has 12 centimeters of bone removed from her shin.

When Dr. Clokie compared the two cases Ms. McFarlane had an operation lasting 19 hours and was in the hospital for two weeks. She requires a second operation where she will have bone removed from her hip. Mr. Russel’s operation lasted four hours and he was left with a vague scar. He was hospitalized for two nights and was skiing in Colorado two weeks after his surgery.

Dr. Clokie performs the reconstruction with a growth protein modeled into the shape of the jaw section in need of replacement. The procedure is supported with a titanium rod. As the blood vessels begin to grow the gel dissolves and the growth of the jawbone fills in any gap.

Dr. Cameron Clokie views the procedure as an excellent example of the capabilities of regenerative medicine.

The biggest problem with the procedure is the expense. The required protein comes at a cost of over $6,000 and Medicare will not cover this cost. The protein is called bone morphogenetic protein and will be vital for more breakthroughs in this field.

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