Coldwater, MI: Theater and a Haunted House

Visit Coldwater to do some sightseeing. Coldwater is the home of the Tibbits Opera House. Opened in 1882, it was a stopping point for vaudevillians and thespians going between Detroit and Chicago. Some of the personalities who graced the stage were the Barrymores, Eddie Foy Jr., Joseph Jefferson, Chicago Symphony, etc. The Opera House is undergoing a major restoration project. Free tours are given when there is no rehearsal going open. The main drag is called Chicago Road, AKA as Sauk Trail. This is the same Sauk Trail which was only a block from our old house in Park Forest. Almost like a dirty penny, shows up everywhere.

Visit the Wing House. The house was constructed in 1875, by the son of the first mayor of Coldwater. He built it for his ‘mail order bride’ from New York. The house is like a French Cottage. It looks more like a Parisian house of ill repute. Obviously the architect did not understand the psyche of a woman: small rooms, gaudy colors, little room for a growing family. The bride did not care for the place and the local women shunned her. She left her husband and went back to the Big Apple. Supposedly she was not the runt of the litter, but comely and well dressed.

The guide, also the curator, was very knowledgeable about the house. The piece de resistance is that the place is also haunted. The haunting have been verified on film and sound. More interesting is that the woman who haunts the house never lived there. But she was one of the relatives.

Source: John Pelley
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HMD requests FCC change model number for the Nokia 9, cancelling version with 4GB RAM

FCC documents reveal that the Nokia 9, which already was certified by the regulatory agency with the model number of TA-1004, will now be known as the TA-1012. In a letter to the Feds, manufacturer HMD requested the change noting that the previous FCC results for the TA-1004 are representative of the TA-1012. HMD holds the license to use the Nokia name on its handsets.

Geekbench benchmark tests for the Nokia 9 have revealed versions of the phone with both 6GB and 8GB of RAM. Both of those models tested were powered by the high-end Snapdragon 835 chipset. Another Geekbench test of the now …

How to professionalize the security industry

How to professionalizethe security industry

After more than 400 years the private security industry in the UK can claim advances in proficiency yet continues to fall behind in its pursuit of professionalism. As a private security analyst, I’ll tell you why I believe the industry needs to do more to break away from a public perception that has it as no more than a force of ‘night watchmen.’

I strongly believe that there is no room in the industry for watchmen. Instead, the industry needs to develop a clear career path for those who join, and demonstrate that it is an industry with the ability to make a significant contribution to the overall security of the country.

As a store detective, I worked with a number of the country’s larger retailers. Constant contact with customers enabled me to track a variety of situations but, after around 3years there are two incidents that remain with me.

The first happened during my first day on duty at a store in Camberley. A couple entered the store and headed for the coat section. The lady removed a coat from the hanger, tried it on and casually walked over to the exit and with her partner made a run for a waiting car-The cost of the coat… £900 – Why high value coats were not protected better and why were they so close to the exit? These are questions I asked myself.

So with this in mind whenever I was assigned to a retail store, during my store tour, I identified items of high value and determined whether they were positioned in a location that facilitated their easy removal from the store.  I always submitted my findings with suggestions for improved security to the store management. Some managers cooperated but most of them didn’t. After all I am only a ‘security,’ what do I know?

On another occasion I was assigned to a store in London Colney.  It was located in the middle of nowhere, and no more than two minutes from the motorway. Two big retailers shared the site.

The store I guarded had two fire exits that opened towards the motorway. The toilets were situated between the two stores. For me, this meant that a shoplifter could take bags of merchandise towards the toilet but since technically they are still within the confines of the store security could not interrogate or apprehend them.

The biggest problem though was the merchandising of the stock. There were high value coats and jackets at the entrance. I raised my concerns in discussion with the store manager and gave him the benefit of my professional opinion, but he did nothing. Within a few hours of our discussion, seven of the jackets were snatched. Again, I was proven right.

You see, the store’s location made it easy for shoplifters to drive up to the store, make a quick grab, dash and speed off back onto the motorway. After that incident I advised the manager to remove the rest of the jackets from the entrance. He informed me that the plan for arranging merchandise on the shop floor comes directly from their head office. I suggested that maybe he needed to call the head office and inform them that his store was located in the middle of a ‘free for all’ and the current layout was unsuitable for this location. He listened but never acted on my advice. A few days later thirteen of the jackets were stolen. Finally he decided to remove them from the entrance. But his organization had already lost £5000.

Why didn’t the manager listen to me? Maybe it’s because Security officers have always had a love hate relationship with retail managers.

At times I feel that security is seen by most security buyers as a grudge purchase or an unneeded expense, instead of an investment. The main reason for this perception has been the industry’s inability to clearly define its role in the security pyramid of the UK. Everyone knows that the Police are responsible for enforcing the law, the Armed Forces defend sovereignty, MI5 and MI6 are internal and external operatives. Who or what is a security officer? How does the industry define itself? In marketing there is a saying that it’s not what is said but how it is said. It seems to me that the industry has been unable to define itself to the country and sadly for those who have chosen private security as a vocation.

Four Hundred Years On

The concept of private security is not a modern phenomenon. In fact, private security existed in the UK before the police force. Cave drawings and other archaeological findings clearly attest to the fact that the issue of safety has long been the concern of man from the beginning of time. The earliest security officers can be traced back to the 1600s when out of the desire to protect their property, wealthy merchants established a private security force known at the time as ‘Shiver and Shake Watch’. This was followed by the Bow Street Runners and eventually the Marine Police Force, sometimes known as the Thames River Police and believed to be England’s first professional Police force.

It was formed in 1798 by magistrate Patrick Colquhoun and a Master Mariner John Harriott, to tackle theft and looting from ships anchored in the Pool of London and the lower reaches of the river… The 1800s saw the creation of what can be considered the modern police force when the concept of the rights of the individual began to take hold. For the first time tax revenues were used to pay for night watch.

With the development of trade and the expansion of the free market economy also came laws that illegalised many previous practices. At the same time an increase in serious crime brought pressure to bear on the local constabulary and forced officers to prioritize their response,

Once again wealthy individuals decided to purchase their own security. This saw emergence of a more wide spread and professional private security industry. Like most privately owned businesses, the private security industry was left to operate under its own code. The result was near anarchy as criminal gangs drifted into an increasingly profitable industry.

In an attempt to regulate the industry in 2001, parliament enacted the Private Security Industry Act. That led to the formation of the Security Industry Authority.

Today’s security industry is a far cry from the night watch of yester year. It is a multi-billion pound global industry, employs three times more people than the police and engages in a raft of activities from event management to ferrying millions of pounds each day to businesses around the country. More recently it has become involved in the transportation of prisoners,

However, the industry is faced with a number of very important questions:

Step One to Professionalizing – Definition

As security professionals how do we define ourselves?  And what powers do we have? If we are to dispel the notion that we are just night watchmen to be called upon as the need arises, the issue of definition needs to begin with the government, police and other stalwarts of security in this country.  We are a significant part of the security structure and we are on the frontline of the prevention and maintenance of law and order. But we are a 21st century force with a sixteenth century mandate. We face modern day challenges and are expected to tackle them without the necessary tools or legislation. Consequently, the professionalizing process has to begin with an amendment in the Private Security Industry Act that provides a clear definition of our roles and powers.

Step Two to Professionalizing – Training

Whilst on duty in Camberley, I noticed two women stuffing their handbags with jewelry. I radioed CCTV control to keep a watch on them while I observed them from a distance. When they were satisfied that they had taken enough, they walked out of the store without paying for the merchandise. There were already two security officers positioned at the exit, so as they exited the store they were apprehended. While leading them towards the holding room, one of the ladies dropped to the floor at the entrance of the store and refused to stand up. It took three officers almost forty-five minutes to safely move her to the holding room.

A few weeks after this incident, I was assigned to a store in Cheshunt. While patrolling the aisles, I noticed a female customer remove a scarf and jumper and concealed them in her handbag. I kept her in my sight until she stepped out of the store without paying. I approached her and identified myself as a security officer. On hearing this she sped off. I chased after her and apprehended her in the middle of a car park. I felt I could handle her on my own. This was until a gentleman approached with a knife and threatened me. Because of my training I eventually managed to subdue him and take control of the situation. No one was injured.

Like me many security officers are faced with potentially dangerous situations every day but too many of them are inadequately trained to deal with unpleasant situations.

There needs to be three stages of training: Pre-licensing, Continuous development and Specialization

Pre Licensing

The SIA needs to recruit an adult literacy expert to work with industry professionals to design a training programme. The way the current programme is designed makes it impossible for anyone to absorb all the required information in 30 hours and be able to use it effectively.

Continuous Development

Along with the pre-licensing course work, there needs to be an in-house course designed for security companies that will be used internally to further develop new & seasoned security officers. Developments in security legislation should be incorporated into any continuous training & development programme. Security officers should also be assessed every 3 years to ensure that they are complying with the legislation. The renewal of their license will depend on their continued development and knowledge of the industry…

Specialised Training

If Security officers expect to be treated like professionals, then we must begin to behave as professionals. There is no professional in the world that undergoes only 30 hours of training in their lifetime. With the barrier for entry into the security industry so low we need to raise the level of training to give us the extra recognition we require to be seen as a professional industry.

Conclusion

In this country we have a few of the best institutions in the world: the BBC, Oxford & Cambridge, Scotland Yard, Fleet Street and above all the British Armed Forces. For centuries these institutions have been setting standards for the rest of the world to follow. The introduction of the SIA was another opportunity for Britain to set the standard and create a model of professionalism within the private security industry for the rest of the world to copy and learn from. After all we were the first country to introduce the concept of licensing in the security industry. However, the current structure is not designed for the extra tasks it is expected to undertake. The SIA was created to license security officers and accredit security companies.

Therefore professionalizing the private security Industry will require:

  1. Redefining the mandate of the SIA and restructuring it with the appropriate framework and mechanisms
  2. Defining our role within the grand scheme of the security structure in the UK
  3. Creating a set of criteria for entry
  4. Revamping the training regime to make it fit for purpose

The UK private security industry is seen by some as a gravy train, run by people who have never worked a single day as a security officer. If we are truly serious about professionalizing the industry, we will need to engage with those who understand the challenges facing the various stake holders.

Let those who regulate the security industry be reminded that there is no place in the 21st century for an institution that is run along the lines that made it fit for purpose in the sixteenth century.

Source: Romeo Richards
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Ionia, Michigan Criminal Law

Facing any criminal charge can leave a person feeling scared and wondering what is going to happen next?  This article will explain what to expect when a person is arrested in Ionia, Michigan, talk about the judges and prosecutor’s office in Ionia, Michigan and what are the common charges defendants face in Ionia, Michigan. 

The prosecutor’s office in Ionia, Michigan is very reasonable.  Defense attorneys find them to be fair, willing to negotiate and open minded to fairly solving criminal cases.  The head prosecutor in Ionia, Michigan is Ron Schafer.  Mr. Schafer is a respected prosecutor. He has an excellent staff of fellow prosecutors that work in his office. A lot of defense lawyers enjoy practicing criminal defense in Ionia, Michigan. 

The circuit court judges in Ionia, Michigan are David A Hoort and Suzsanne Hoseth-Kreeger. The district court judge is Raymond P. Voet.  These judges are all fair judges who don’t have a reputation of being extremely harsh on those who are found guilty of crimes in their court.  These judges will give each hearing before them a fair and honest shot of being successful.  They don’t just rubber stamp motions the prosecutor’s office files or deny defense motions that are before them without proper consideration.

The most common criminal charges issued in Ionia, Michigan are, retail fraud, domestic violence, driving on a suspended license, possession of marijuana, use of marijuana, possession of meth, assault and battery, Operating While Intoxicated (OWI), Driving Under the Influence (DUI) fourth degree child abuse.

The first court appearance anyone has when they are facing a criminal charge is the arraignment process.  At the arraignment, the judge will explain to the defendant what they are being charged with.  This explanation includes the maximum possible jail or prison time the defendant may receive and how high the fines could be.  Next, district or circuit court judge will go over the advice of rights form. The advice of rights form explains the rights a defendant has regarding their criminal case. Finally, the defendant will enter a guilty or not guilty plea.

If the defendant enters a guilty plea in district court, Judge Voet will likely sentence the person on the spot.  There are some exceptions.  If the crime is drunk driving or domestic violence, the defendant will have a pre-sentence investigation report done and come back for sentencing on another date. In circuit court, all cases typically have a pre-sentence investigation done before the defendant is sentenced. 

Source: Shawn Haff
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First Aid for a Heart Attack (Myocardial Infarction)

According to the World Health Organisation, Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) is the leading cause of death worldwide. Heart attacks make up a significant proportion of these deaths. Being able to quickly recognise the signs and symptoms of a heart attack is incredibly important, as early medical treatment significantly improves the prognosis.

What is a heart attack?

The heart is a muscle which pumps blood around the body. Like every other muscle in the body, it requires a good blood supply to ensure enough oxygen & nutrients are delivered and waste metabolic products (such as Carbon Dioxide) are removed.

The heart receives its blood supply from the coronary arteries which branch off from the aorta (the main artery in your body).

If a coronary artery becomes blocked (e.g: due to a clot), then the heart muscle beyond the point of the blockage will not receive an adequate blood supply. This will result in death of the heart muscle.

The medical term for a heart attack is ‘myocardial infarction’ (myocardium means heart muscle, infarction is tissue death due to lack of oxygen)

How do I recognise a heart attack?

Common signs & symptoms include:

> Central chest pain, which may spread to the arms/jaw/back/abdomen. Does not ease or go away.
> Shortness of breath
> Casualty becomes pale and sweaty
> Fear and anxiety
> Irregular or weak pulse

Not all of these symptoms may be present. In fact, some heart attacks can be ‘silent’ with very little pain which is often mistaken for indigestion. There has been some research which suggests these ‘silent’ attacks are more common amongst women and diabetic patients.

If you have any reason to suspect a heart attack, you should treat for one. It is always better to be safe than sorry.

First aid treatment for a heart attack/myocardial infarction

Step 1: Call an ambulance/emergency medical help, say that you suspect someone is having a heart attack.

Step 2: Make the person comfortable, if possible ask them to sit on the floor. The best position is known as the “W” position, this involves the person sitting up with something under their knees to raise them. This reduces the strain on the heart.

Step 3: If you are able to, ask the casualty to chew on a 300mg (big) aspirin. If they have any other medication for their heart (a spray etc.) which a doctor has told them to use, then let the casualty use it.

The casualty may loose consciousness before the ambulance arrives. Try to be reassuring and calm, the casualty will be incredibly frightened and anxious which could aggravate their condition.

No two attacks are the same. Different people may suffer different symptoms, there isn’t always the ‘classic’ presentation described above.

Source: John Furst
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Nokia 3310 unboxing: It finally arrived

The Nokia 3310 is the only feature phone that has generated any buzz whatsoever in recent years. It signified the return of the former mobile king, but does it have anything in common with its now 17-year-old predecessor? Let’s find out in our unboxing video below.

In the box:
Nokia 3310;Battery, packed separately;Headphones;MicroUSB wall charger;Quick start guide;Warranty;

Why Was American Idol Contestant Chris Golightly Kicked Off?

Why was the American Idol top 24 contestant Chris Golightly kicked off the season 9 show earlier in the week? Many people have had their theories about the reason he got kicked off but the truth has come out and now we know its because he actually has a recording contract already.

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The 26 year old from California who is also a shoe salesman would never have been allowed to audition much less get this far in the contest if the producers found out about this back in the summer of 2009 when Chris auditioned.

Now there is a replacement and his name is Tim Urban a 20 year old from Duncanville ,Texas.

Idol host Ryan Seacrest failed to inform television viewers that Golightly had been booted from the show. Perhaps the folks at Fox assumed no one would notice the lightning-quick swap


A short time later, when Fox introduced the 24 semi-finalists, one by one, Golightly was inexplicably missing. In the apparently hastily re-edited segment, he was mysteriously replaced by Tim Urban, a 20-year-old, baby-faced singer from Duncanville, TX.

Chriss Tried to call foul, claiming the contract was not in place when he tried out for the show, but a copy of the document obtained by TMZ appeared to show that Golightly signed an exclusive deal with Dream Projects Entertainment on May 30, 2009, one month before trying out for “Idol.” The terms of that contract were for two years.

Source: dani
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The Immigration War on America

America has the strongest and most high tech military the world has ever seen. There is no current military threat religious or otherwise in the entire world that is able to match it. As a result, America faces a different kind of war which has been waged at it’s borders for many years now and it’s called; “Massive Illegal Immigration”.

Listen to what the troops are saying who are in favor of massive illegal immigration…

In LA on April 8, 2007, Carrying signs saying “Amnesty Now!” and “Love Thy Neighbor, Don’t Deport Him,” about 15,000 people danced to Mexican ranchera music, chanted “Si, se puede!” or “It can be done!”

In Denver, Colorado, protesters waved Mexican flags and brandished signs saying: “Uncle Sam Stole Our Land!” and: “If you think I’m illegal because I’m a Mexican, learn the true history, because I’m in my homeland.”

“Today we march, tomorrow we vote”

In Dallas, Texas, on April 9, 2006 half a million people marched, again waving Mexican flags with “Our Lady of Guadalupe” (an immensely popular “apparition” of the “Virgin Mary” in Mexico).

The Main Force Behind Massive Illegal Immigration

“Prayer books and guides to social and religious services should be provided along the way and at the points of arrival. The migrants should be reminded of their role as evangelizers”.

U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

There has been little dispute about the vast majority of illegals being Roman Catholics coming from Mexico and other Latin countries. There has been however, various theories on the main force behind the massive illegal immigration army which is constantly crossing the US border. Talk show hosts in mainstream conservatism and liberalism media outlets say its merely poverty that drives them across. While others say illegals want to make money so they can go back to their own country and retire the rest of their lives while living a rich life. However, and this is not something you will hear on Fox News or CNN, but the Vatican has for years been the main force behind the invasion. Yes, the Vatican! Why? Like the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops have declared the role of the illegals is be “evangelizers”. Not only that, but it’s main focus is to basically populate America with more Catholics. A Roman Catholic priest, Paul Marx, back in 1987, was pretty clear and open about the Vatican’s role in supporting and encouraging illegal mass immigration of Latin Americans into the United States he states:

“America is a dying nation. I tell the Mexicans when I am down in Mexico to keep on having children, and then to take back what we took from them: California, Texas, Arizona, and then to take the rest of the country [the United States] as well.”

Also the late pope, John Paul II stated…

“They [immigrants] often bring with them a cultural and religious heritage which is rich in Christian [read “Roman Catholic’] elements. The Church… is committed to spare no effort in developing her own pastoral strategy among these immigrant people, in order to help them settle in their new land and to foster a welcoming attitude among the local population”

There was a study released in June by the California Catholic Conference, and entitled “Planning for the Future of the California Catholic Church. In that study contained interesting stats. By 2025, Roman Catholics are expected to comprise about 36% of California’s population, compared to about 30 percent now. In 2005, 11.1 million of California’s 36.6 million were Roman Catholics. By 2025, it is expected that 16.7 million of California’s expected 45.9 million people will be Roman Catholics. This is an increase of 5.6 million Roman Catholics. Of these, 3.5 million will be the result of new births, and 2.1 million will be new immigrants. “Church” membership will grow by 129%.

The Latino portion of the increased population of California in the period 1990-2005 was 79% of all new Californian residents. Between 2005 and 2025 it is expected to amount to 81% of new residents.

By 2025, 4.3 million new Roman Catholic baptisms would have occurred, over 3.1 million children will receive their “first communion” in the Roman Catholic institution, and the average parish will have expanded by over 1800 families.

“They [the immigrants]… come with the values that are so needed in the United States today…. This is a special moment in the history of the Catholic Church and the history of migration”.

Roman Catholic cardinal, Theodore McCarrick, of Washington, D.C.

The Vatican Using “Forgiveness” to promote illegal immigration

A local radio host in my local area who is a devote Catholic and has conservative political viewpoints informs the listening audience that he gets slightly annoyed by visiting Priests or his local Priest in general when political issues are brought up. He just doesn’t like politics mixed in with preaching he said. Mainly because he disagrees what the Priests are saying politically not doctrinally. For example, a visiting Priest in a loud voice told Roman Catholics they must forgive illegal immigrants, sex abusers, and so on. Since we are focusing in on massive illegal immigration, we will leave the sex abuse scandals for another time. But in the eyes of this Priest who was at odds with this devote Catholic radio talk show host, forgiveness of illegal immigrants is allowing them to cross the US border at will which is in line with the Vatican. And it’s not only him, but other Priests around the country are using “forgiveness” in the wrong sense to promote massive illegal immigration.

Mexico and The Vatican

Without question, there is also a push for expansion of Mexico which suites the Vatican just fine because Mexico has been mainly Roman Catholic for many hundreds of years.

“This is our land, and our continent, this is not property of the Europeans or their descendants. Not one inch of this continent belongs to Europeans, no matter what lies or distortions of ownership they may present…. Remember that we have only temporarily (and illegally) been deprived of the rights to our continent and our heritage. This occupation of our continent is not a permanent condition.”

Olin Tezcatilpoca

It’s not shocking to know that almost 60 percent of Mexicans believe they should be able to cross into the United States whenever they please. A woman on one of the most popular programs on the Fox News cable network was asked by the host, “Do you believe in the United States having the right to control it’s own borders”. She replied, “Back in the 1600’s people were free to travel anywhere in the United States”. The host looked puzzled for a moment and said with a stern voice, “I’m not asking you what happened in the past before America became a country, I mean now the present. I’m asking you again if you believe that the United States has a right to control it’s own border”. She then finally responded, “Yes of course, I believe the United States has that right to control their own border”. If you look closely to what she said, she indeed does not believe in the United States controlling it’s own border. For how can one believe that a country can control it’s own border but yet believe that people have the right to travel into another country as they please.

Elvira Arellano an illegal immigrant activist who was on a mission to try and change what she and others have called; “a broken immigration policy” in the United States. She was originally caught using fraudulent credentials and deported back to Mexico only to cross the borders again illegally. In 2002, she went to a Methodist ‘church’ building in Chicago to seek a safe haven in order to block attempts in sending her back to Mexico once again. She tried having a kid and using the kid’s health in order to argue she has to stay in the US. Finally it was revealed she was captured in August 2007, and sent back to Mexico while choosing to leave her son behind even though she could have taken him with her. The debate over massive illegal immigration began to take hold again nationally as tv and radio talk shows were talking about Miss Arellano’s situation.

Before I conclude this part on Mexico and the Vatican, the issue of how the US treats illegal immigrants with their US born kids came up after the Elvira Arellano situation…When it comes to illegal immigrants filtering into Mexico from other countries, the Mexican government requires them to pay a fee in order to cross their borders into the United States. Often times the illegals who cross into Mexico are treated very badly and spit upon by Mexican authorities or Mexican civilians.

Other Forces Behind Massive Illegal Immigration

While discussing the main force behind the push for massive illegal immigration. We cannot forget about the Communists and Socialists who are also a major force behind illegal immigration. Since 9/11 and even before then, we can also include terrorist support for illegal immigration. When it comes to pushing illegal immigration, socialists love the concept and practice especially from third world countries because it enhances their power as these illegal immigrates being poor they require such needs from the government like free education, free health care, and so on.

The (Communist) Workers World Party, and the International Socialist Organization, brought printed placards and signs to the demonstration, and handed out copies of their newspapers in Spanish and English. Socialist literature was displayed on tables. The Workers World Party distributed placards with pictures of Che Guevara. They also carried placards with the words: “Workers’ Struggles Have No Borders!” True Communist propaganda: that nation-states are irrelevant, that borders should come down.

Shaun Willcock

(A Christian Pastor who runs Bible Based Ministries)

What about big business or businesses in general? Many would ask and argue over as the main force behind illegal immigration…Indeed this is another force behind illegal immigration, no doubt about it but it’s not the main force. Many businesses who hired illegals for cheap labor has seen their profits increased more than with legal citizens. Many countries like China who have become an industrial powerhouse and take advantage of their cheap labor in their own country have made it difficult for America companies to compete for business. Thus, the illegals become more profitable for these America companies to hire. In some cases profit doesn’t matter at all, we find some rich people hiring illegals to be nannies, cooks, maids, and so on even though they can afford legal citizens to do the job.

On September 11, 2001 is when the world saw illegals for the first time attack the America in a massive way as many innocent people were killed in the name of the Islamic religion. For years terrorists have been in the United States either raising money, or training or even both. Certainly terrorists promote illegal immigration as a way not only to attack other countries with their distorted beliefs for world conquest for their god, but also attack America too.

What about poverty? No one can deny, it’s one of the major reasons which motivates people to come to the America. And who can blame them? After all, their country is so poor with little opportunities to have any measure of success in life. Thus, people tend to want to cross the borders to come to the US to obtain great wealth beyond their wildest dreams of what they wouldn’t have obtained in their own country. Sadly, they are used by their so-called ‘church’, and other groups which includes socialists and communists. What cannot look a the various forces behind illegal immigration without mentioning criminal activity. Criminals who sell drugs for example, make huge profits from their criminal actions by smuggling illegal drugs into the US by various means such as underground tunnels, or various transportation.

And lastly, media bias which is in step with the Vatican and all other forces or people who are in favor of illegal immigration. The liberal media in the United States and even some in other countries like the BBC have been on a re-education campaign to attempt to try and sway public opinion. In this media blitz, they use labels such as “undocumented immigrants” which in a way is misleading because many do use “documents” but it’s used in a fraudulent manner or even stolen. However, there is some truth to this label. It does mean the government has no document of that person or persons who enter into the United States. So there is accurate count or estimate on how many are actually in the US from other countries who came here illegally. More than likely there are more illegals than what they are currently aware of.

Progress or Lack Thereof on Restricting Massive Illegal Immigration

The Border Patrol still remains under staffed and even with an increased and capable staff, it appears their main job is to capture then send the illegals back without prosecution. A group of civilians frustrated with the governments lack of progress in securing the borders formed the “Minute Man” organization. Their objective was to assist the border patrol by spotting illegals and contacting them. President Bush decided to send the National Guard down to the US/Mexican borders to help assist with the problem of massive illegal immigration. But again, the National Guard is most likely going to be use to capture and then transfer the illegals back to Mexico without being prosecuted.

Recently as of August 10, 2007, President Bush is trying make a push for his plan to raise the fines on employers who hire illegal immigrants as part of a broader plan said Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff. Also a quicker deployment of an under staff boarder patrol. It’s unknown as this time how much the fine will be for employers who break the law to hire illegals or how many more boarder patrol agents will be deployed more rapidly. This part of the plan has the farming industry worried and suggested it would put them out of business. About 75 percent of the farmer’s workforce are illegals. More than one million. I believe it’s around 2-5 million illegals in the farming workforce…Without no documentation it’s hard to really tell how many are in the country so most estimates in the media are on the low side. The farming industry does have to worry more but if we look at the history of illegal immigration, the enforcement of laws are weak at best. The rest of the President’s plan wants most of the illegals who are working to stay while sending back the head of household to their particular countries for about a year before returning again, and have to pay a 5,000 dollar fine over ten years.

In Conclusion

Before I conclude this news item lets make one thing clear…There is basically nothing wrong with legal immigration. America is a nation of immigrants who came here for a better life, adapted into the society well, and so on…In fact, the United States takes in more lawful immigrants than any other country in the world! But what we are seeing today on immigration is a emphasis on massive illegal immigration that should be considered as a war waged against the United States for religious, business, and political reasons.

Source: Mike Deubig
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Are Forever Living Distributors Getting What They Need For Success?

Historical and Business Overview:

Forever Living Products (FLP), is also known as Forever Living Products International, Inc. is head-quartered in Scottsdale, Arizona. The company is a multi level company that sells Aloe Vera and Bee derived drinks, cosmetics, nutritional supplements, and individual care products in over 137 countries.

The company was founded by Rex Maughan in 1978. He is the CEO of the company. Forever Living was ranked number 340 in the Forbes list of the 500 largest private companies in 2006. FLP uses a technique of multi-level marketing (MLM) where reps are mainly part-time agents selling products online and locally using in-person presentations.

Forever Resorts:

Forever Living is a vertically integrated company; meaning, they own everything; from the land the aloe vera plants are grown, to the processing and manufacturing plants, to the distribution facilities. So they monitor the quality of each phase.

In addition, Forever Living operates Forever Resorts, which owns and operates more than 65 vacation and entertainment properties located in or near National Parks, Recreation Areas and National Forests around the United States. Forever Resorts operates 20 properties in Europe and Africa. Their most celebrated estate is the Southfork Ranch in Texas, which became a household label thanks to the TV show “Dallas”. Moreover, Forever Resorts builds houseboats in factories located in Arizona and Indiana. These houseboats are provided as rentals in Forever Resorts’ marinas.

Products:

The Forever Living goods is the world’s leading dispenser of aloe vera and beehive-based goods. Below is the details about their primary product, the aloe vera:

1. FLP only grows Aloe Barbadensis Miller, which is supposed to be one of the more powerful curative varieties of aloe vera.
2. The aloe vera plants are gathered by hand, washed, and filleted to remove the exterior rind. The interior gel is collected into stainless steel vats.
3. FLP only utilizes the inner gel of the aloe vera plant.
4. Aloe Vera is the number one ingredient. They start with 100% genuine inner gel and blend it with other ingredients as necessary.
5. FLP has a patented stablization practice to ensure the aloe vera is the same to the interior leaf gel. The aloe vera is also free of any type of pesticides, freeze drying and heat treatment.
6. All of FLP’s health, beauty, and dietary products carry the International Aloe Science Council Seal of Approval.
7. All of FLP’s goods are restricted and consistently tested by a team of microbiologists to ensure quality.

Forever Marketing Plan:

According to some sources, Forever Living has over 7 million distributors worldwide.

The distributors attend rallies to find tools, advanced training, and assistance.

How Does It Work?

The product is the principal thing to marketplace. As a Forever Living distributor, you get 5%-18% off the price of the products and you also get the same amount off every personal sale you make.

As you recruit individuals into the opportunity, you earn volume bonuses from their sales and you have the choice to earn trips, bonuses, and profit sharing.

Essentially, the earning potential stems from two central areas inside the marketing plan; selling and team marketing.

As a distributor, from the sale of the a variety of products, he or she can create a 43% profit. This means that for every $100.00 wholesale you purchase from the company, you will earn $43.00 profit. Moreover, FLP will pay you a individual bonus ranging from %5-18% of the retail cost.

When a distributor develops a team of distributors, he or she will receive, what is called, group volume bonuses, ranging from 3%-13%. Work with your team leaders and you will get an added leadership bonuses ranging from 2%-6%.

The business plan keeps you secure in whatever level of success you achieve. What this means is once you reach a status in the marketing plan, you stay there. You will also enjoy the victory of your team because the marketing plan does not allow any pass-ups.

As a distributor, you get instruction on the many products. They also lessen the paperwork and product inventory so that you can stay more focused on the customer, as well as with your distributors.

The FLB success cycle is as follows. First you purchase the business pak. Next move is to build a business plan, use and distribute the products, track your customers, do business presentations, and finally sponsor new reps.

Conclusion:

The FLB overall business model appears simple enough, but are the trainings given sufficient enough to offer new reps the skills they need to build a business? If you are currently a Forever Living rep or are taking into consideration to join Forever Living, only you can respond to this question. My belief is, to be successful in any opportunity, you must be marketing yourself, and providing value to your customers by giving them something initially prior to pitching to them your products or business. This kind of marketing technique is referred to “Attraction Marketing”, and it is an tactic that can help you generate more sales readily. But, this is a subject I will cover at another time.

Overall, I think that Forever Living is a impressive company. It provides a business model that allows the serious business owner to build a business that will allow them to design a pleasant lifestyle. The products look good. The pay plan is your typical compensation plan, which means that it is not much different than other compensation plans I have seen; it can lead to a extremely comfortable lifestyle. The only one weakness I see here is the trainings that are provided. But, if you feel the trainings are not helpful enough, there are internet systems and trainings that can address this issue. You just have to be open to learning new skill sets.

Source: Lawren Smith
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Hells Kitchen Season 8 Casting Now

If you have been enviously watching Gordon Ramsay scream at incompetent chefs for years now and have secretly wanted a go – now is your chance to be a television star and maybe get a job with the man with more Michelin Stars than almost anyone else!

You can apply a number of ways (although the chance of being most successful would be by attending a casting call at on of the locations listed below).

If you can’t make these castings, you can apply online at formspring.com/forms/realitycasting-hk

Or download a entry form that you can mail in via fox.com/hellskitchen/hk-application.pdf

Here are the locations for open castings;

LOS ANGELES

OPEN CALL – Saturday, 10/10/2009

Time: 11:00am – 3:00pm

The Conlin Company

11825 Major Street, Suite 106

Culver City, California 90230

Contact: Renee at (310) 482-0435

or hellskitchen8@gmail.com

DALLAS

OPEN CALL – Monday, 10/12/2009

Time: 12:00pm – 5:00pm

The Iron Cactus

1520 Main Street

Dallas, Texas 75201

Contact: Brittany at (310) 482-0564

or Brittanycasting217@yahoo.com

CHICAGO

OPEN CALL – Tuesday, 10/13/2009

Time: 10:00am – 6:00pm

The Illinois Institute of Art – Chicago

180 North Wabash St.

Chicago, Illinois 60601

Contact: Peter at (310) 482-0194

or hellskitchencasting@yahoo.com

LAS VEGAS

OPEN CALL – Friday, 10/16/2009

Time: 12:00pm – 5:00pm

The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Las Vegas

2350 Corporate Circle

Henderson, Nevada 89074

Contact: Brittany at (310)482-0564

or Brittanycasting217@yahoo.com

CHARLOTTE

OPEN CALL – FRIDAY, 10/16/2009

Time: 9:00am – 6:00pm

Johnson & Wales University – Charlotte

801 West Trade Street

Charlotte, North Carolina 28202-1122

Contact: Peter at (310) 482-0194

or hellskitchencasting@yahoo.com

NEW YORK

OPEN CALL – Monday, 10/19/2009

Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Sutton Place Bar and Restaurant

1015 Second Avenue (Between 53rd & 54th Street)

New York, New York 10022

Contact: Debbie or Lisa at 917-678-9996

or Twinsworld1@aol.com

Best of luck – hopefuly sixteen people who can actually cook make it onto season 8!

Important notes!

Please make sure to visit fox.com/hellskitchen or theconlincompany.com for the application and eligibility requirements.

Please fill out your application and bring it with you TO THE OPEN CALL.

You can attend the open call or you may be contacted by a casting producer to meet you prior to the open call.

PLEASE BRING YOUR APPLICATION AND A COPY OF YOUR DRIVER’S LICENSE.

Source: Mel Siff
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