Technology That Enhances Education

Parents and teachers have long relied on parent/teacher conferences as the ultimate way to communicate about the child’s education. These conferences are usually carried out quarterly and can feel like a lot of time passes between each one. The teacher has probably sent home notes and reports about the child’s performance, but the conference has been about face-to-face time where they can discuss the child together. ClassDojo is changing this to the extreme and in a greatly positive way. No longer do parents and teachers have to wait for this quarterly meeting to discuss the child and no longer does the parent have to feel left out of the child’s learning experience.

ClassDojo is an app that is now being used in approximately two-thirds of school all across the United States and is making it possible for parents and teachers to stay in touch throughout the school day by the teacher sending photos and videos to the parents on reports and projects the child is working on or just to pop in and show the child in their learning atmosphere. It also allows the parents and teachers to communicate by private message where other parents cannot see and opens the line of communication between parents and teachers like never before.

The child is also able to add photos and videos to their own personal portfolio in order to showcase their work for all to see. Parents can feel confident about helping their child at home with their work and knowing what areas need the most work without having to wait on parent/teacher conferences or rely on notes sent home by the teacher to do so. This help provide the child with an education that is carried over from the school into the home on the same day and reinforces their learning experience.

Class Dojo also has a calendar of events where teachers and administration from the school can add any information about events coming up in the future so that the parent will not miss out on anything. This is another ideal way to ensure that all messages are received and parents can make the proper arrangements in advance.

When it comes to a child’s education having everyone on the same page only enhances their learning experience and this app can certainly help provide that with ease. Technology has advanced to the point parents and teachers can reach out to each other just by text and that can only improve the child’s education.

Squaw Valley CEO Andy Wirth Knows What It Takes To Stay Competitive In The Ski Industry

Skiing is a wealthy sport. Die-hard skiers travel all over North America to ski, and they spend tons of money while they ski down slopes filled with tons of snow. The main attraction for these never-say-quit skiers are the resorts that offer not only challenging slopes but first class accommodations.

A ski trip is usually a vacation trip, and if you have enough money to buy the gear and clothes to ski, you want to stay in a resort that is known for pampering its guests. No one knows that better than Andy Wirth, the chairman of the Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows Ski Resort in Lake Tahoe.

According to KCWR, Andy Wirth has been in the ski business long enough to know that just hosting the Olympics in 1960 is not enough credibility to attract this new generation of skiers to his resort. That’s why Andy Wirth has been pushing the redevelopment of Squaw Valley. The redevelopment project is a 25-year project that will add 1,500 bedrooms, and an assortment of resort and retail amenities. The project has already been approved by the Placer County Planning Commission.

Wirth is known for his tenacity as well as his love for skiing, the resort business, and outdoor activities. Wirth is feeling the pressure of Vail Resorts buying British Columbia’s famous resort Whistler/ Blackcomb recently. Colorado and Canada are fierce competitors when it comes to attracting modern-day ski buffs.

A $70 million renovation of the property in 2010 helped business, according to Wirth, but since then traffic has gotten worse even though the number of true skiers has declined. The skiers that can afford to spend the big bucks are booking ski trips in other resorts, and Wirth wants them back in Squaw Valley.

If Wirth gets his way, and the project is approved, Squaw Valley will add a mountain adventure center that includes a water slide, several pools and climbing walls. Wirth also wants to add a shipping center and hire another 300 people.

But Wirth knows how to get things done. He spent 20 years working in Colorado. He learned how to attract more skiers to the slopes, especially the skiers that spend a lot of money.

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SEC Whistleblower Attorneys Are Using The Dodd-Frank Act To Protect Whistleblowers

In 2010, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was enacted by congress. This enactment is considered an overhaul of the financial regulations in the United States since the Great Depression.

One of the many reforms that was established by the Dodd-Frank Act is a new whistleblower program. Through the program, whistleblowers can be provided with significant financial incentives and employment protections. This way, they can report violations made by an individual on the federal securities laws. The report is made to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Responding to the historic legislation, different firms started looking for ways of protecting SEC whistleblowers. Lubaton Sucharow became the first law firm in the United States to devise a practice and program that exclusively focuses on protecting and supporting SEC whistleblowers. The firm has been building on its leading securities litigation platform. To this end, its whistleblower Representation Practice is enhanced through in-house financial analysts, investigators and forensic accountants. These professionals have expansive experience on federal and state law that is necessary to provide unrivaled representation for whistleblowers.

Jordan A. Thomas is the brain behind the practice. He is the former assistant chief litigation counsel and assistant director at SEC’s division of enforcement.  Under the program, an eligible whistleblower is entitled between 10% and 30% of the collected monetary sanctions by the SEC. This percentage is based on the successful action against a sanction exceeding $1 million. If this threshold is met, a whistleblower is able to receive additional awards that are calculated based on the monetary sanctions collected in relation to the actions reported by different law enforcement and regulatory organizations.

Employers are prohibited by the Dodd-Frank Act from retaliating against whistleblowers that, pursuant to the program rules, report to the SEC. Through an attorney, SEC whistleblowers can anonymously report possible security violations. Courtesy of the attorney-client privilege, information about whistleblowers remains confidential and protected. International whistleblowers have access to translation services.

All case evaluations are confidential and free. After answering various questions, whistleblower attorneys are able to start evaluating whether there was a violation of the federal securities laws. In the initial consultation, whistleblowers are discouraged from providing their personal information that may reveal their identity. In addition, they should not reveal the names of the security violators.

Lovaganza Global Celebration Announcement

Lovaganza is an adventure-inspired celebration, which celebrates the uniqueness of all cultures of the world with groundbreaking music entertainment from exhibitions, immersive attractions to motion pictures. Lovaganza is gearing towards its international celebration, which is scheduled to happen in May, September 2020 in eight different flagship locations around the world simultaneously. The Lovaganza Entertainment is inspired by every nation’s past, present and future. The global celebrations will showcase and celebrate the uniqueness of all cultures of the world through bedazzling entertainment.

The original scheduling for the Lovaganza global entertainment was 2015 but had to push to 2020. The pushing forward was to incorporate new nouveau concepts and make better utilization of the emerging current technologies in the entertainment sectors. Besides, the entertainment franchise on wants to help people better realize the experience of being plunged in different cultures of the world. The celebration will take four months to various locations in Africa, America, Europe, Asia, Oceania, and the Middle East. The celebration is expected to culminate in an unexampled Hands Across the World ceremony.

Several schedules will be preceding the 2020 global celebration. A Traveling Show is set to happen in 2017 with the aim of promoting the 2020 celebrations, missions as well as goals. The 2017 show will also help in the launching of the Lovaganza’s cinematic glasses-free 3D engrossing experience around the globe.  They will also be presented in 2D and standard 3D theaters. In many countries such as the US, Spain, and France, the trilogy has commenced shooting. The shooting will then resume in Africa, Asia, and the rest of the globe.

Lovaganza organizes its branding and planning protocols in two distinct systems. One of the structure is profit oriented, and it is the Lovaganza Entertainment Franchise. This structure is aimed at providing entertainment globally to inspire the audiences of the world. It also aims at bringing wonder and appreciation to the world audiences through helping people discover all the different cultures and nations of the world. Lovaganza also runs a distinct entity that is non-profit.

The not for profit entity is known as The Lovaganza Foundation, which primarily aims at utilizing the visibility and success of the Lovaganza Entertainment Franchise to impact the world positively. The non-profit foundation also aims at supporting both global and regional initiatives everywhere in the world. The Lovaganza Foundation will expectably be officially launched in 2018 so that it can be all encompassing and compliant to the different aspects of all the nations of the world.

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Seattle Genetics Reports Second Quarter Earnings

Seattle Genetics recently concluded its second quarter financial results conference call for 2016, which was spearheaded by Peggy Pinkston, the Executive Director of Corporate Communications, and Clay B. Siegall, the Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. Dr. Siegall spoke directly about the efforts and progress of Seattle Genetics in developing into a global multi-product oncology company. For the second quarter of 2016, Seattle Genetics reported an impressive $95.4 million in revenue. Contributing to this major achievement is the progress with ADCETRIS and its status in clinical trials programs.

Seattle Genetics (SGEN) Clay B. Siegall on Q2 2016 Results – Earnings Call Transcript

Dr. Siegall has been integral to the progress of Seattle Genetics since he co-founded the company in 1998. He has been the vision behind Seattle Genetics producing a pipeline of antibody-based cancer therapies. ADCETRIS has been one of the more promising and exciting recent developments for Seattle Genetics. It was granted accelerated approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration about five years ago and has been exhibiting plenty of positive signs in clinical testing.

While there is no doubt that Dr. Siegall has been the driving force behind the technological advancements at Seattle Genetics, he has also played a vital role in the company’s remarkable fundraising efforts. Under the leadership of Dr. Clay Siegall, Seattle Genetics generated more than $675 million in public and private financing in 2001 during its initial public offering.

Before Dr. Siegall founded Seattle Genetics, he worked at the Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharmaceutical Research Institute for about six years. In addition, Dr. Siegall also held positions at the National Cancer Institute and currently sits on the Board of Directors of Alder BioPharmaceuticals. His wealth of knowledge in all aspects of the biotechnology industry has been essential to the widespread success of Seattle Genetics. Dr. Siegall is extremely unique in that he is well versed in both the business and research ends of the biotechonology industry, which is no small feat. He continues to find ways for Seattle Genetics to be at the cutting edge of the industry.