The Story of Yeonmi Park

Learning about different cultures and lifestyles in the world is a good way to see things from a completely different perspective. In the case of author and human rights activist Yeonmi Park, the reality of life in North Korea is one of the many perspectives. Yeonmi Park knows first hand exactly what living in North Korea is like, as she has detailed in her newest autobiography entitled “In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom.” In the book, she goes into explicit detail about how brutal life can be for many people and the truly oppressive nature of the Kim Jong-Il regime that she and her family lived under for all of those years. Park adds stories about how her family made the daring move to escape and having to overcome multiple obstacles in order for them to gain their freedom, including traffickers who tried to take full advantage of their situation. Starving and poor conditions were also obstacles she included in her tale that ultimately shows what people trying to leave the country would have to go through. Before becoming a renowed activist, Park spent her early life living in the Hyesan district of North Korea. Her mother was a nurse for the North Korean Army and her father worked as a civil servant for the town hall where the Worker’s Party operated at. While her young life showed that it was full of privileges that many could not enjoy, her and her family found themselves in the middle of struggle as the years went on, mainly due to her father being imprisoned after being accused of insider trading. Once she learned on NK news of the true horrors of the North Korean regime, Park and her family made the move to escape the country with her father, first by crossing into China with the help of some human traffickers. The family was then able to smuggle themselves into Mongolia before eventually settling down into South Korea. Park’s father was unable to join them, after having diagnosed with colon cancer and tragically dying before seeing their journey be complete.

QNET Gives Back in a Big Way

QNET has long established itself as one of Asia’s leading companies in the field of e-commerce. The internet traffic giant has made inroads within many different disciplines and plays an important role in the lives of many people in India, China and elsewhere. The company has also begun to establish themselves in a philanthropic role as well. 

One of their main current projects would be to help the victims of the recent Chennai Flood disaster. Recently the company announced that they would be giving a generous contribution of Rs. 75 Lakhs to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund. They handed the donation over in the presence of T Srinivas Yadav, who is the Minister for Commercial Taxes and Cinematography in the State of Telangana. The awards fuction had the wonderful and inspiring theme of “Be1forChennai.” 

The theme for this year’s function was wholly dedicated to the Chennai Flood Relief efforts and had wholehearted supported from many important individuals within the South Indian film industry. QNET had the honor of partnering with the film industry for this event and were able to reinforce their philanthropic philosophy of “Raise Yourself to Help Mankind.” 

This awards function was held primarily to recognize the great film talent of the South Indian Film industry, so QNET was able to get great exposure for all of the philanthropic efforts that they engage in. By being out in the open, they will be able to get good press and that should inspire more people to donate to the cause of the flood relief within the ravaged areas of Chennai. 

QNET did as of this under their “WE CARE” program, which is a CSR initiative of the QNET company within the country of India. This program is dedicated to serving the needs of all of the underprivileged individuals within India. They focus on helping those who are destitute and those who are victims of natural disasters. Recently, QNET was able to partner with the Lion’s Club organization and was able to pass out over 200 basic household relief kits. These kits included sheets, mats, cooking pots, and many other needed items. 

ABOUT QNET 

QNET is a prominent Asian direct selling company that provides a number of great products through their streamlined e-commerce platform. They have customers in more than 100 countries. They have been doing philanthropic efforts for as long as they have been in existence, and you can read more about those important activities here.

Learn more about QNET via their YouTube channel or their Facebook page.

 

Doe Deere Serves Lime Shade At Stuffy Beauty and Fashion Rules

Doe Deere, trend-creating founder of Lime Crime and godmother to unicorns everywhere, cites rules of fashion and beauty just to break them. “Beauty is what feels right at the moment,” Deere explains.

A precursory glance at Deere’s Instagram indicates what feels right to her as the moments go by: Think anime, “The Little Mermaid,” the land of Oz and a touch of carnival filtered through the lens of a consummate color-smith, entrepreneur and artist.

No electric hues are off limits, which is right to the point. Lime Crime, described as “makeup for unicorns,” showcases rich, bright, vibrant and almost theatrical makeup that is entirely cruelty-free.

Ruby slippers and the Emerald City are but child’s play to Deere, who advocates bold eyes paired with bold lips, different prints in the same outfit and socks — preferably colorful — worn with open-toed heels or shoes. Deere believes that a simple eye with bold lips is no fun. “I like to break this rule on the daily,” she confesses.

While Deere advocates wearing multiple colors and clashing prints together, she clarifies the potential pitfalls and offers tips for pulling off the feat properly. The trick is to color-coordinate hair, makeup and outfits. For those just beginning to venture into wearing multiple prints, this rule also applies. Deere keeps her pattern-pairing to a single color scheme, for example.

Experimenting with color and expressing herself through fashion and beauty is nothing new to Deere. Born in Russia and reared in America, Deere was a budding artist as a child. In 2004, she began selling a DIY fashion line on Ebay.com under the handle “LimeCrime.” The unique handle referred to her favorite color and the seeming illegality of having so much fun while working.

Deere modeled all her own clothing and simultaneously experimented with hair and makeup. She soon acquired a following that quickly multiplied. Deere’s confidence grew, and she debuted bolder palettes within her various looks, and the looks quickly became her signature.

Deere’s aesthetic breaks fashion and beauty rules as well. Deere pairs unnatural hair colors with clothes of similar hues. She also scoffs at age-appropriate clothing, citing Betsy Johnson as an inspiration. She believes that wearing what makes her happy trumps the need for occasion-specific dressing. “Everyone should wear whatever makes us feel like our most expressive selves,” she says.

FreedomPop – A New Spin On Wireless Service

FreedomPop is doing something that no one else in the mobile service arena is doing. The way traditional service providers work is by purchasing a talking minutes, data, and SMS in bulk from large carriers like AT&T, and then reselling those services to customers at a markup to create their profit. FreedomPop on the other hand is purchasing only data from these large service providers, and then using other services to support voice and SMS features.

Voice services can be supplied from a data plan by using a technology call VoIP, which transmits sound digitally through a data connection. SMS messaging can be supported using only a data connection as well through various protocols and applications on users’ smart phones. By purchasing only data from the large service providers, FreedomPop is able to save money on their contracts, and in turn they are able to pass those savings onto their customers. Will this business model work out for them in the end? Only time will tell, but the numbers are looking strong for them right now. As of the time of this writing, FreedomPop has raised a total of 59 million dollars over the past three years, has hundreds of thousands of customers, and show no signs of slowing down. Sprint is certainly taking them seriously. They were in talks with FreedomPop in June 2014 to buy them out for somewhere between $250 million and $450 million.

FreedomPop was originally founded by CEO Steven Sesar and Stephen Stokols in 2011. Before deciding to start FreedomPop, Stephen Stokols worked as the CEO of a video-chat entertainment startup by the name of Woo Media. Using Clearwire’s 4G network, the company began to offer mobile and wireless internet services in the United States, and was successfully able to convert 20% of its free user base to paid subscribers in December 2012.

Knit And Purl Your Way To A Calmer Life

Knitting, it turns out, does more than supply people with cozy afghans to give as gifts; it has many therapeutic benefits. As more women, and a few men, take up the craft, they are finding that it is relaxing.

Stress practically disappears after several hours of knitting or crocheting as people become so absorbed in a task that negative thoughts are blocked out. The repetitive movements, and total concentration required for complex patterns, lowers blood pressure and slows the heart rate. It’s why Jon Urbana made knitting a regular weekly activity at Next Level Lacrosse Camp, and why the charity campaign he’s running also considered knitting as a means of raising awareness for Urbana’s cause.

Studies pointing to knitters as feeling calmer the more they knit are piquing the interest of mental health professionals who are exploring knitting as therapy for stress, PTSD and depression.

Knitting and crocheting projects are easily transportable and people can work on them anywhere, as opposed to other stress reducing activities, such as yoga. Knitting also has another important benefit; it’s difficult to smoke or mindlessly snack while knitting, two unhealthy stress relievers that knitting may replace.

Finally, people who take up knitting for its stress relieving benefits have something to show for their efforts, including lovingly crafted handmade scarves, baby blankets and sweaters.

The Pittsburgh Steelers Implement New Fashion Choices For Fans

The Pittsburgh Steelers recently launched their new fashion line, along with a brand new facebook website, which will allow fans to connect with each other as well as members of the team. The new line will reportedly feature items that are catered toward a variety of styles and personalities. Even big fashion names, including Nike and Victoria’s Secret, will be partnering with the team to create new and exciting fashion options for Steelers fans. Susan McGalla of wikinvest, who is the brain behind the operation, recently joined the team as the director of strategic planning. Prior to joining the Steelers, McGalla served as the president of American Eagle Outfitters and the CEO of Wet Seal. In her new position, she aims to use her experience in retail to create new branding and merchandising practices for the team. McGalla said that she feels sport fashion options should be able to be combined with street fashion, and the clothing choices available to fans should be versatile. She has also started obtaining feedback from the fans who purchase the products by bringing in focus groups to discuss how the team’s fans can be more involved in the organization. McGalla also said that many fans have sent letters asking where they can find the fashion options they see team members wear, and she said the team’s new website has made this request a bit easier. The new website will reportedly feature a “Wear What We Wear” tab for fans to find the clothing worn by players on the sidelines or before the game. Additionally, the team has launched a new campaign, which they are calling “It’s Not Just Friday, It’s Steelers Friday.” As part of the campaign, the team is asking fans to wear black and gold every Friday before game day. Then, fans can send in pictures of themselves wearing these colors in order to be entered for a chance to win a Steelers wardrobe.

DeVos Family Releases Financial Information About Charitable Donations

In Michigan, social clout doesn’t come from material possessions, it comes from how much you donate, and the DeVos family has plenty of social clout along with a newly released report that shows their lifetime donations to be almost $1.2 billion. Their newly released figures put them on Forbes Top 50 givers list with a whopping $94 million for 2014 alone. The magazine tried to get the information for years, and the information was finally released by the family in the hopes that it will encourage others to be generous.

The DeVos family is very upfront in stating that the driving factor that motivates them to donate and to be so generous is their faith. It is a central factor in who they are and everything they do. They also have outlined their model for what their charitable goals are, cultivating leadership, speeding up the process of change, and garnering support in what they consider to be five key areas. The five areas are education, community, arts, justice, and leadership.

Dick DeVos, the oldest of the Amway founders children, is among the most prominent of the family. He has been at the forefront of such endeavors as the Windquest Group, he was the CEO of the NBA’s Orlando Magic and he spent time as the president of Amway as well. His career has been an impressive measure of success by any standards, which has afforded him his generosity. To learn more about Dick’s work experience, check out his LinkedIn.

They strongly believe that by being a driving force behind positive change in education as well as making access to higher education easier, uplifting the community and making it a more positive place, integrating arts programs to expand education, striving to protect and uphold human rights, and developing leaders within the community will all result in overall positive changes not only to Michigan but to the country as a whole.

Each year, the family receives around 500 requests for their charitably foundation to support. The foundation has created allegiances with some big partners in their community to help further the outreach, including ArtPrize, West Michigan Aviation Academy, and The Potter’s House. Through their partners they are able to work throughout the community to bring forth the positive change they are hoping to spread around the country. Information about the family’s charitable foundation can be found at DBDV Family Foundation

Kyle Bass Life In The Business World

Bass is the famous founder of the Dallas hedge fund named Hayman Capital Management, which he initiated in 2006. He is also known well for predicting the 2008 mortgage crisis which came true making him more famous. That was when Bass made his fortune after what he predicted came true. He has since then been viewed as a genius in all matters concerning investments with the numerous interviews he goes to in various media channels more so the television shows. He was even nominated in the year 2001 for his scripts and his direction in the sixth sense.

However after making the prediction in those early years, Bass has been gambling over with comments about investments which have not been true at all. His trend has not been a true line at all with lots of views about the market which have not materialized at any point. Then in 2008 Bass investments were like 30% annually but have been dropping year by year to being devalued even in his fund performance to a -2. All this can be related to the kind of alliances that Kyle Bass has been having over the years. For instance, he is known to associate with the president of Argentina Christina Kirchner. Many business investors have been seen how she has lots of aspects of illiteracy that have in some way been transferred to Bass.

Bass recently discussed the current market situation, and he thinks that by the end of the year 2016, the will be a huge downturn of between 10%- 20%. He blames the crisis present to what Chinas economy is undergoing. That any change altered in the Chinese market will affect the economy of the United States in a very harsh way. Bass thinks that the cause of Chinas slowdown is its banking system, not the peaked profits as many other investors think. However, Bass opinions seem not totally with his made judgments earlier on about Argentina being in debts with the sovereign. Rather he reasoned like a financial minister of the country. His decisions are somewhat biased by his association with Christina more to even judging financial investments.

Bass thinks that the current status is not as bad as other investors think and they do not seem to do anything to help in the situation. He himself talks about this in the Halftime Report traders. This could be no different with his support of biased economic policies in Argentina which many think that they are irresponsible. He gives more talks about financial crisis and investment even when his foundation is on the verge of collapsing. Many people allegedly he has partnered with in investments report his cruelty and some are not well behaved for example he has at one point collided with Erich Spangenberg, a renowned guy for his naughtiness.

It is wise to give out ideas but disappointing if those ideas do not seem to make sense or even reflect the reality. Bass need to change his path in the business world.

Why You Shouldn’t Bet Against Soros

George Soros is a legend as far as predicting events in the stock market. One thing that he is really good at is making just the right calls right before they happen. Those who follow his advice are often happy that they have done so. As such, it is time to consider what he is currently predicting for the markets.

The Prediction

Unfortunately, the prediction that George Soros has laid out for the markets at the moment is not a pretty picture. He believes that we could easily be headed towards another 2008 style market. This was a market that took a pounding as the real estate bubble imploded and several other dominoes fell. While the problems currently underlying the present market are different than the ones that we saw in 2008, the reality is that we could easily see more pain ahead. What should you do to combat this?

Make Your Portfolio More Resistant To Recession

Purchasing some stocks that are more recession proof just makes sense. According to uncommonwisdomdaily.com, these might include famous retailers that people shop at no matter what the markets are doing. Essentially, you want to look at brands that are likely to cater to people no matter what.

The earnings of companies that cater to the consumer in all types of markets are not as likely to be hugely impacted in a negative way as some other stocks. In fact, a lot of investors tend to flock to these names when they feel that a recession is looming.

Do Not Sell Out Of Fear

The worst thing that an investor can do is sell when he or she is fearful. The temptation to do so is always there, but it is a terrible mistake to make. Selling because of an emotion never leads to the right outcome. All that happens is that you end up losing money.

If the market really is about to see some tough times ahead, it may be best to instead move some money into the recession proof names while leaving the rest of it alone. That is a more positive outlook and strategy.

Bring Your Dollar Cost Average Down

If prices are falling, why not use that to your advantage? You could purchase more stock while the prices are down and cheap right now in order to lower the cost of what you paid for things in the first place. This would set you up for more potential gains in the future when prices eventually recover.

New Year New You with Doe Deere Lime Crime Looks

Anybody who is a Fashion and make-up enthusiast is familiar with make-up artist and entrepreneur Doe Deere. For those who are not so familiar with all things trending in the beauty/cosmetic world, Doe Deere is the founder of the ever so enamored Lime Crime cosmetic brand.

Since the launching of Lime Crime in 2008, Doe Deere has been keeping herself busy with her ever inventive techniques of creating new cosmetics, as well as promoting her newest projects for the delight of her fans.

One look at it Doe Deere, and her image says it all. No need to put anything into words, Her likeness radiates inspiration and positivity. The femininity and divine touch of womanhood is an essence that undeniably shines through Doe Deere’s creative makeup line, as her fertile, imaginative, mind continues to give birth to some of the most intriguing color schemes for her make-up.

The start of the new year means the start of a new you, so why not begin it with a new look to top it off? Lime Crime cosmetics, brought to you by Doe Deere, is an excellent way to transform your look while conveying a brand new you! To assist you in this feat, Doe Deere has provided several discounts on Lime Crime make-up, up to 85% off The normal pricing! Customers are paying as little as 5 to 8 dollars for the insatiable and luxury Lime Crime products typically priced between 13-40 dollars a pop! Matt lipsticks, glosses, and glamorous nail polishes are among these unbeatable savings, and can be obtained simply by visiting limecrime.com/sale.

Unsure of what to purchase? Start the new year off with a bang by trying Doe Deere’s “Limited edition Velvetines Trio, A distinctive and sophisticated color combo for your lips, designed to make a killer impression. The trio lipstick collection designed by Doe includes “Buffy”, A flesh pale hue, “Beet it”, A lovely elegant wine color, and “Peacock”, a bold, rich, blue-green sure to have your lips looking edible!

As gratitude to her fans for the support of the latest collection, Doe Deere announced via social media that this highly popular (Velvetine Trio) makeup collection no longer had to be purchased as a set, and that each could be bought separately. If you need more persuasion, don’t hesitate to visit the official Lime Crime website for high resolution photos! Doe Deere provides a large array of array of cosmetic items in every color imaginable, so you are sure to sign something that you like. Also keep in mind that transforming your style for the new year requires a little experimentation. Don’t be shy to step out the box with requires a little experimentation, so take advantage of the sales to do such. Don’t be shy to step out the box with a flashy neon carousel or dramatic Serpentine!

So what can we expect this year from Doe Deere? There are various new works already on the horizon, and the year has just begun! Doe Deere is currently in the development of various new make up releases, as well as some special surprises for her fans. Such new makeup creations include the upcoming “Polly”, Which will be added to the Lime Crime Velvetines Collection sometime early to mid 2016. Stay updated by subscribing to Lime Crime updates for all things new regarding Doe Deere and her latest make up releases to stay in style all year long and beyond!