Monthly Archives: June 2016

Thor Halvorssen Transforming Oslo Freedom into an International Human Rights Movement

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Thor Halvorssen proved himself to be a critical player in the human rights movement and a key player in the Oslo Freedom Forum as well. Many individuals involved in the human rights movement came to this important conference, and Halvorssen was able to give some important advice to exiled Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng and his wife.

To start with, he told them they needed to continue to cultivate their relationship with “Christian”. In other words, the popular Batman actor Christian Bale, who had gone to China to negotiate the release of Chen and his wife.

Halvorssen had ingratiated himself to many because of his ability to navigate the dizzying politics of global human rights. At the same time, he has also made himself out to be a polarizing figure in this realm simply because he will go to any lengths to fulfill his objectives. He will do whatever it takes to extricating activists from their countries, instigating campaigns to free political dissidents from their oppressive regimes, or inviting them to speak or participate in the Oslo forum.

Halvorssen, who is part Norweigan and part Venezuelan and speaks four languages, says the pivotal moment in his life came when his father was imprisoned in 1993. The younger Halvorssen was an undergraduate student then, and he mounted a campaign with Amnesty International and succeeded in getting his father released in just 74 days.

Halvorssen’s relationship with his home country did not improve, perhaps because his mother was shot in 2004. He has since taken up the mantle for her struggle for human rights. Indeed, if you demonstrate you are a mover and a shaker in the fight for human rights you will not need to find Thor; he will find you.

Thor Halvorssen has become well-known for this work. As a film producer he endeavors to chronicle the human rights abuses many face in other countries simply for doing things that Americans take for granted every day. He founded the Human Rights Foundation in 2005.

Often, Thor’s struggle for human rights hits close to home as in the case of his mother, but also in the case of his cousin as well. Leopoldo Lopez recently became a political prisoner under the Maduro administration in his home country. Thus, Halvorssen’s struggle continues and will be something he does for the remainder of his life.

Source: Buzzfeed

Hillary vs Trump: A Reputation Disaster!

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In a recent CNN politics article, Hillary Clinton’s speech that was scheduled to be on major foreign policy was reviewed. The recent speech Hillary made turned into a savage mocking of Donald Trump rather than covering the foreign policies she had been billed to discuss.

It is said this is one of the most striking speeches of Clinton’s career that she delivered with her well known diplo-speak she’s been characterized with. She unleashed some very biting attacks on Donald Trump and went right for his jugular. Clinton warned that with Trump’s reputation of “very thin skin” no one should let him anywhere near the nuclear codes.

Clinton went on to state that Donald Trump’s reputation for being temperamental makes him unprepared to hold the office of President. This is an office she states that requires knowledge, immense responsibility, and stability- qualities she says Trump does not have.

As is his reputation, Trump turned around and unleased on Clinton the day after her speech. He called her speech “pathetic” as it was not a political speech and had nothing to do with foreign policy. Critics are saying the speech has made a significant moment in Clinton’s campaign. It has given a preview on what her tactics and attitude will be during the upcoming campaign. The presidential debates this year are likely to become fierce clashes between these two candidates.

If this is Clinton’s strategy it has some risks. Trump has the reputation of taking on rivals who have not been able to survive his return fire. Her attempt to convince voters that Trump is a mix of “bizarre rants” included a string of insults that she meant to ridicule him with and to render him unacceptable as a United States President.

Source: CNN.com, OnlineReputationReviews.com

Andy Wirth and Big Changes in the Olympic Valley Incoporation

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The Reno-Gazette Journal recently printed a piece about Squaw Valley Ski Holdings and its CEO, Andy Wirth. Recent times have been rather difficult for the people of the northern shore of scenic Lake Tahoe. A major drought was extremely harmful to the region’s winter resorts.

It was also extremely harmful to businesses that were highly reliant on them. Issues with nature and water weren’t all that plagued the region, either. People in the region also have had to deal with political matters. These political matters revolved around incorporation issues that involved Olympic Valley. The famed Squaw Valley resort is located in Winter Valley.

Squaw Valley Ski Holding’s CEO and president Andy Wirth may be feeling a bit better as of late, however. Positive changes could be in store for him at this point. He said that the past four years have been extremely hard. Nature had a hand in aiding his business lately, however. There were some storms early in the season that enabled resorts in the area to open quicker than normal. Colder temperatures also contributed to the resorts being able to open at a different time period than normal.

The aforementioned incorporation attempt had many supporters who were troubling to Wirth and Squaw Valley Ski Holdings. Wirth was worried about them because he thought that incorporation would harm local civic and business activities.

These supporters, however, recently made the decision to go back on their quest for incorporation. Squaw Valley Ski Holdings had to use a significant sum of money fighting the incorporation attempt. Wirth said that the incorporation would have raised taxes for businesses and locals.

He also said that it would reduce standards for key services including snow plowing and road upkeep. Wirth indicated that the incorporation would have been a major financial nightmare for the region. He said that it would have been damaging to anyone who runs a business regardless of the specific type.

Andy Wirth was born “Andrew Wirth” in Neubrücke, Germany on July 25th, 1963. He’s been involved with the hotel and mountain resort worlds for a long time.

Wirth chose to become part of the hotel and mountain resort field while studying at Fort Collins, Colorado’s Colorado State University. After he finished his studies at the school, he went on to Edinburgh, Scotland to go to Edinburgh University.

Wirth later served as a San Pedro Parks Wilderness Area wilderness ranger and a Rocky Mountain National Parks backcountry ranger. This was a natural progression for him. Conrad Louis Firth was his grandfather, and he used to work as the US National Parks Service Director.

Wirth has many responsibilities as Squaw Valley Ski Holdings’ CEO. He also, however, concentrates on many philanthropic activities when possible.

More information can be obtained at: Squaw-Alpine boss looks to turn page on ‘divisive’ fight

People doubt the success of the New Brunswick DEVCO Due to Loan Default

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Back in 2005, Casino Reinvestment Development Authority financed the building of The Heldrich, a New Brunswick hotel and conference center. New Brunswick Development Corp. developed The Heldrich. In January 2016, the Middlesex County Improvement defaulted to pay $1 million in principal and interest on the $20 million loan it had received from the CRDA (Casino Reinvestment Development Authority).
According to Press of Atlantic City, the improvement authority had failed to repay the loan for five years, and the arrears were approximate $7 million. Due to this, Stephen Sweeney has touted the corporation as a paragon of the outcomes when public money is channeled through private entities to implement large-scale construction. Christopher Paladino promised that the money will be paid in a few years time. The Heldrich has 235 rooms and it has been struggling to attract visitors ever since it was opened in 2007. In 2015, the occupancy rate was 63.5%. The hotel is performing anemically and is not able to fund its upkeep.

New Brunswick Development Corporation (DEVCO) was founded in the mid-1970 with a purpose of speeding up the city’s revitalization. It is a private non-profit urban real estate development firm. Devco’s expertise in creating strong public-private partnerships, strategic alliances, and inventive project financing structures has given rise to adverse inventory of successful mixed-use projects. Since its launch, DEVCO has administered approximately $1.6 billion of investment in New Brunswick.

References
http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/news/breaking/unpaid-million-crda-loan-raises-questions-about-new-brunswick-devco/article_a03318e2-dcdb-11e5-a563-67611bc7b7bc.html

 

Plans to Incorporate the Olympic Valley are Thwarted after Opposing Efforts by Squaw Valley

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According to the Reno-Gazette Journal, the Lake Tahoe North Shore area has been hard hit by a massive drought in the last four years. This has significantly affected the livelihood of the communities residing in the area, as they largely depend on the induced business from the ski resorts based in this region. Dwindling business in the area over the four years has been attributed to the fall in snow levels.

Further, the area has been experiencing political issues due to various entities pushing to incorporate Olympic valley. The Olympic Valley is home to the best winter sports terrain in North America as well as Squaw Valley Resort, which is headed by Andy Wirth as its CEO. However, Wirth is a happy man since Mother Nature has helped to solve the snow problem through early storms accompanied by cold temperatures. This has led to various ski resorts in the area to open earlier than scheduled, which is good for business.

Why Andy Wirth Opposed the Incorporation Effort

Wirth claimed that the incorporation move would damage both the civic and business climate in the area. In addition, he stated that the move would trigger reduced level of service delivery to the residents such as snow plowing and road maintenance while hiking taxes for business and residents. In Andy’s relief, the incorporation motive was thwarted the California Local Agency Formation Commission.

Squaw Valley Development Projects

Squaw Valley Resort is set to boost the real estate sector in the area through increased commercial and residential development. Further, the company has been making plans to connect itself and the Alpine Meadows and through a gondola. The original information was published via the Reno-Gazette Journal http://www.rgj.com/story/life/outdoors/recreation/2015/12/03/squaw-alpine-boss-looks-turn-page-divisive-fight/76735928/

Andy Wirth

He is an alumnus of the Colorado State University where he obtained his Bachelor of Science degree before going to the Edinburgh University for further studies. Upon completing his studies, Wirth worked as a wilderness ranger at the San Pedro Wilderness Area. Later on, his career took shape during an internship at the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corporation. During his time in this company, he went through a transition of positions to become the executive vice president of sales and marketing.

Apart from handling business matters at Squaw Valley ski resort, Wirth takes part in initiatives that benefit the local community by supporting community service and environmental organizations. After a fatal accident, he went on to establish the Ironman team, which is dubbed as the Wounded Warrior Support. Through this team, Wirth helps to raise finances in support of the Navy SEAL Foundation as a way to honor the soldiers of the Navy SEALs. The information can be obtained from https://about.me/andywirth

James O’Keefe Unknowingly Reveals His Plan Against George Soros Group Through A Voicemail

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Failure to hang the phone caused the consecutive activist, James O’Keefe, to trip his attempt of infiltrating one of the groups funded by George Soros. After making a call to the Open Society Foundation, James identified himself as Victor Kesh and left a message. However, because he failed to disconnect the line, James went on to explain his ill plan against the group to an unidentified person.

In his voicemail to Dana Geraghty, James asserted that he would be interested in helping the firm fight for the European values. He went on to explain that Kesh was a Hungarian-American. Kesh ends the call after requesting to be connected to a senior member of the organization and leaving his number. However, in the voicemail, James is heard telling someone not to say anything before he hangs up the phone. It is here that James engaged the unidentified person in a 10-minute deliberation concerning his plan against the George Soros group.

During the discussions, Kesh is heard saying that he would like to use Geraghty’s LinkedIn page to get to Soros. However, he soon realizes that by using Dana’s LinkedIn page, he would reveal his identity to her through his LinkedIn account. Geraghty was later to confess how chilling it was to hear that she would be used as the point of entry. Dana was sure that James and his people were not technology savvy. After listening to the voicemail, she forwarded the same to the president of the foundation, Chris Stone. Stone scorned their attempt to use Garaghty as the entry point to the foundation. Stone went ahead to assert that since James and his people could not use internet browser, they were ill prepared to carry out undercover operations. He decried James’s action against the foundation. This information was originally reported on Raw Story as elucidated in the following link http://www.rawstory.com/2016/05/busted-conservative-prankster-james-okeefe-exposes-his-own-sting-on-george-soros-group

About George Soros

George Soros is the founder of the Open Society Foundation. He also serves as its chairman. The foundation was established with the view to enhancing open societies across the globe. Through the Open Society, rights are respected and governments become accountable for their actions. Over the years, George has been instrumental in establishing different initiatives that have helped millions of people around the globe. Soros is credited with establishing an international system that advances accountability and transparency over the extraction of natural resources. Soros posits that his achievements in the financial markets gave him the independence to take stands on controversial matters.

It is imperative to note that George is a successful author. George Soros’s books highlight his approach to investment and business as well as his views on economics, open societies, globalization, politics and philanthropy. Some of these books are The Tragedy of the European Union, The Soros Lectures at the Central European University, Financial Turmoil in Europe and the United States: Essays and the Crash of 2008 and What it Means. The other books are The Age of Fallibility, George Soros on Globalization and The Bubble of American Supremacy among many other books. This information was originally reported on George Soros’s website as highlighted in the following link http://www.investopedia.com/university/greatest/georgesoros.asp