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The Quincy Comes Under Fire

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The Quincy is now leasing to interested parties in New Brunswick, New Jersey. The Quincy offers New Brunswick residents several amenities that they should take note of before looking anywhere else for a home. The Quincy provides their residents with a rooftop pool, on-site garage, fitness center, and much more. The Quincy is also centrally located and close to important places like the Amtrak station, New Jersey Transit, and Downtown, New Brunswick.


The Quincy Comes Under Fire Twice

Of course, the Quincy is a new place that is actively seeking new residents. However, it is important to note that on two occasions the Quincy came under fire. On May 7, 2013 a pizza delivery man was robbed by gunpoint at the Quincy. The pizza delivery man was delivering a pizza to a building located at the Quincy. Upon arriving at the complex’s N Building, the resident stated that they did not order a pizza. The pizza man returned to his delivery vehicle and encountered 3 men that stated the pizza was for them. They put a gun to the pizza delivery man’s head and robbed him, taking the victims money, wallet, and pizza.


Police in New Brunswick state that the Quincy has been a crime hot spot for some time. On October 7, 2015 shots were heard in the area around 9:30 at night. The police were quick to respond to the shooting incident. Later, a person walked into the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital with a gunshot wound. It is reported that this shooting incident occurred at the Quincy complex.


It is important to note that the Quincy is still actively recruiting new residents for their building, although the area is still regarded as a crime hot spot that has experienced a surge in criminal activity across the area.


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Mike Baur was residing in Fribourg in Switzerland in his younghood though he still has a connection and keeps in touch with the society that brought him up during those days. As a young boy, back in the upcountry, he had a dream of becoming a banker. He was indeed quite personate about his dream and worked hard to make his dream career become his profession.

For two decades, Mike was an employee at Swiss Private Banking where he started his career as a trainee in the commercial industry at Clariden Leu and UBS before rising in ranks at UBS to becoming a member of executive management board of the great Swiss Private Bank. This milestone was a significant achievement.

In the year 1992, Mike was part of the bandwagon that teamed up with a bigger dream of starting Scan Source company. He held different positions in the company from1992 to 2007. He was the president and the CEO from inception to 2007, and a member of the board of directors from 1995. The company started as a small firm before tremendously growing into a wealthy international company with employees amounting to 2100 and 45 offices across Europe and America. The company made sales of up to a whopping 3 billion US dollars. This made Scan Source company be ranked among the 1000 largest companies by revenues authority in the United States. The company has its headquarter in Greenville.

In the year 2014, Mr. Baur left UBS after accumulating a wealth of experience in the senior position and spent much of his time in entrepreneurship dealings of startup companies. This saw him start Swiss Startup Factory, leading independent private company, at an exceptional age of 39 years in partnership with Max Meister and Oliver Walzer, the ICT Startup Accelerator in Switzerland. In January 2016, Swiss Start-Up Company merged with CTI Investment before joining hands again with Goldbach Group and Fintech Fusion later that year. With this new mega-merger, Mr. Baur was the assistant managing director.

Mike spends most of his time in entrepreneurship programs for the youths and gives back to the society in different ways. Mike assists the community financially by digging into his pocket, and as a mentor by giving his valuable advice to upcoming Startup companies so that they can also make it to the top and make lucrative sales. He does this in his three-months startup accelerator program in Zurich.

In conclusion, it is also important to remember that the Mike holds an MBA from the University of Rochester and an honorary from the University of Bern. This with his unbeatable experience and entrepreneurial network across Switzerland deserves him a standing ovation.


Succeeding against all odds in the Brazilian Real Estate; Construcap

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Brazil is developing very fast and currently, it is among the top 5 economic giants on the globe. The past few years have however not been easy for anyone, especially because of the rough political climate and the near meltdown in economics. At the start, most developers felt like it was time to fold up in Brazil and try their luck elsewhere. However, some industry giants such as Construcap seem to be thriving bearish market notwithstanding. What could be the secret for these companies?

A point had reached in the past few years when property was being constructed and going back to the developer on construcap.com without any bids being made on it. It is through this seemingly hopeless situation that a new solution presented itself. The property developers realized that instead of selling their property locally, it would work better if they found an overseas market on lovemondays.com. Foreign investors are finding the market great because it is significantly lower than the cost in their respective countries. There is also the hope that when the currently bearish market turns bullish, the cost of property will go up by a huge margin.

This is just one of the secrets behind the success of Construcap when creating real estate property for sale. They have also put in place other measures such as value added real estate construction. The first of their projects, the Mineirao stadium was a huge success because of these out of the box thinking. The construction project of Construcap has already been certified platinum by the LEED. This is because it adhered to all the requirements of green construction. They have successfully completed other projects such as roads, bridges and industrial complexes.

The construction of the stadium harnesses solar power to produce lighting for itself and surrounding structures. The rain water harvested on the roof can serve a town for a few months. There is also a waste recycling system that beats many in the industry. Investing in foreign companies and business partners is the step that has helped them reach their current levels of success. With the current levels of success, the sky is only the limit.

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Lending from Equities First Holdings LLC

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Equities First Holdings LLC a private owned company who provides securities based lending services for businesses, and individual investors. Specializing in non-existent purpose shareholder financing, alternative corporation financing solutions, and capital allocation. They provide a loan based on thier evaluation of the risk factors, and future performance associated with the stocks, bonds, and treasuries. Operating out of six countries which includes the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore and Thailand.

Equities First Holdings has executed more than 500 transactions. Having spent well over a decade assisting clients obtaining the much needed capital. Their cliental includes high net worth investors, directors of publicly traded companies, global financial service firms, and lending asset management organizations. Shareholders unlike the owners of sole proprietorships or partnerships, corporate shareholders are not personally liable for the company’s debts and other financial obligations. This means that if the company goes under, its creditors cannot demand payment from shareholders like they could from the owners of privately held entities.

Capital allocation boils down to how a business divides all of their financial resources as well as their capital, different processes, people and projects. The management’s goal is to optimize capital allocation so that it generates as much wealth as possible for its shareholders. Shareholders are partial owners of a company. This means that an individual or a company can have at least one share of the companies stock. Since, they’re a companies owner they can recap benefits when the company succeeds or fails.

Financial services are the economic services meant to encompass a broad range of businesses that manage money, including credit unions, banks, credit-card companies, insurance companies, accountancy companies, consumer-finance companies, stock brokerages, investment funds, bonds excreta. Bonds are a debt security, under which the issuer owes the holders a debt, and depending on the terms of the bond, is obliged to pay them interest, and/or to repay the principal at a later on, termed the maturity date. Unlike the leadership of other business types, companies with shareholders rely on a board of directors, as well as executive management to run things — meaning the actual owners, the shareholders, unfortunately don’t have much say in the day-to-day operation of the business.

Chris Burch Discuses Fashion and Technology

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Serial entrepreneur and billionaire Chris Burch knows fashion. One would assume this from the fact that he and his brother Bob took a $2,000 investment and turned it into a thriving business valued at $165 million in 1976 while an undergraduate at Ithaca College. Who would have thought that selling $10 sweaters for $15 would be the beginning of a long history of his intuitive ability to turn innovative thinking into realized success? Proof of that is that he is the founder and CEO of Burch Creative Capital, a domestic and international real estate investor, and the user of an abundant supply of creativity and imagination.




So, when Chris Burch talks, the wise will listen. Chris wrote an interesting article featured on Engaget about the fashion and technology industry and a merging of the two. The trend of combining the two industries results in better health, greater expression for the creator and wearer, improve material quality and better commerce. In the article Chis looked at the advancement in personal listening devices from the boom box to the Walkman to the iPod as part of the fashion industry and mentions the DareDroid and Pseudomorphs dress creations by designer Anouk Wipprecht as wearable technology. Although many would say that the dress designs are reminiscent of the Star Trek collective race, the Borg, however, there is more wearable fashion that could shape the future in more meaningful ways. One dress, the Bubelle Dress, uses sensors to change colors according to the mood of the wearer. One suggested use for this technology is to clue men in on how their companion is feeling. However, an A-line or closer fitting garment would be more appealing to many. Other fashion using sensors, such as fitness monitors, also offer wearers learning technology that improve their experiences as well.




Chris makes a good point about fashion designed to protect the wearer and to improve communication for rescue teams as well as garments created from recycled materials. There are also technology at work creating new textiles, such as engineered spider silk called Spiber ,and designed and engineered leather grown in a lab created by Modern Meadow to make it more sustainable and improve its properties. Two jackets definitely should be mentioned because one allows the wearer touch interactivity to tap, toggle and swipe their smart phone while wearing it and the other has an intelligent heating system inside that uses far infrared heat energy that the wearer absorbed to heat the muscles and increase blood flow.




In closing Chris tells us both industries working together makes the world a more beautiful, creative and protected place. An example of more beautiful is The Unseen created by Lauren Bowker as well as a backpack, scarf, and other products that change color as a result of body temperature, air pressure, and other factors including seasons of the year. An example of functional is the Tech Tats from Chaotic Moon Studios. It has the potential to be a valuable tool in medicine and banking. At this point, it must be applied by hand but the future may offer a temporary tattoo which can be easily applied and not only control your phone and monitor your vitals , but also hold your personal and financial information. Forbes list some of the new tec-fashion that holds great promise. There is a bright future and potential for the blending of fashion and technology.

Josh Verne’s Actionable Tips for Shining in Business and Life

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The desire to succeed is a virtue shared by most people irrespective of their origin or lifestyle. People have their own definitions of success. Some will equate success with having a caring and faithful spouse or a responsible parent while others will define success as having wealth, power, fame, and power. It takes hard work and strategic planning to be successful.


  1. Offer reliable leadership


Never try to act like a boss – bosses usually leverages their titles to achieve their goals.


  1. Go for the deal that favors you


Do not try to please people by settling for less or going for a deal that is a win-lose. Your success translates into success for your clients.


  1. Be a keen listener


Make yourself a leader by speaking less and paying attention to what others are saying. Make your words powerful by speaking less.


  1. Live a well-balanced life


Do not focus on accumulating wealth and ignore your health and family. Make sure that you are growing in every aspect of your life.


  1. Do what you adore


Find something that you adore and be the best in it. Your chances of succeeding are high when you venture into exciting areas.


Josh Verne


Josh Verne is a force to be reckoned with in the corporate world. He has an extensive entrepreneurial and executive experience of launching and developing top-notch multi-channel businesses. He established FlockU, a mobile platform through which college students can share and access valuable information on both curriculum and co-curricular matters. The platform features viral content, expert opinions, and explainers on a broad scope of topics, including sex, sports, and exam.


In 2012, he teamed up with his close friend Jon Dorfman and unveiled workspays.Me, a remarkable online marketplace that takes off purchases from the payroll. In 2014, Verne sold the company to Global Analytics Holding. Today, Verne is a renowned name in public speaking circles. He offers actionable insights on how to succeed in areas of wealth, relationships, wealth, and personal growth.

Flawless Transport – The Solution to Williamson County’s Traffic Problem

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The Williamson County Growth Summit brought together the leading authorities in the transit industry to solve a growing problem: traffic. Some of the figures who graced the summit are: Mike Heiligenstein, Executive Director of the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority; Leandre Johns, Texas External Affairs Director for Uber Technologies, Inc.; and founder of RideScoutt LLC Joseph Kopser.


The summit’s theme was on the effects of technology on the transportation system in Austin and the world as a whole. However, the panel members did not shy away from addressing the issues plaguing the city’s transportation system.


A Growing City, a Growing Problem

As one of the state’s biggest states, Austin is growing steadily in many aspects. On one hand, the adoption of emerging transport is improving efficiency in the city’s transport industry. For instance, ride sharing apps and driverless cars are positively reshaping the city’s transportation industry. On the other hand, the city’s population is growing steadily and its transport industry is coming under strain.


Mike Heiligenstein proposed that the city should make the remaining corridors more efficient, smarter, and more technically advanced. He also proposed the expansion of existing roads’ traffic capacities. Alan McGraw, Mayor for Round Rock, was also conscious of the traffic issue and was advised to maintain flexibility in land use and building.


Other related infrastructure including parking areas were also discussed. Among the panelists was Jared Ficklin of ArgoDesign, who has repeatedly proposed the construction of an aerial gondola system in Austin. He was particularly vocal about parking lots by proposing smart and space-efficient garages of the future. According to Ficklin, Austin should build parking garages that are only five feet tall with multiple levels. They should also feature charging stations for electric cars and service stations, among other amenities.


About Mike Heiligenstein

Mike Heiligenstein is an outstanding figure in Central Texas’ infrastructure development, and the transport system in particular. He is a graduate of the University of Texas and holds Masters Degrees in Business Administration and Government. He is the Executive Director of the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority. He has led the agency since 2003, and under his management the agency seeks to modernize the regional transportation network for Central Texas. He has also grown the agency’s assets from almost zero to a projected $4 billion in 2020.

Mike Heiligenstein has also served Central Texas in many capacities in the past. Some of his past jobs include serving on the Austin-San Antonio Corridor Council, the regional MPO, and chairing the Clean Air Force of Texas.

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CTRMA Offers Transit Solutions

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It is one of the saddest moments when we see to it that the traffic issues are only discussed in the hearing o Austin City and not any other art of the county. As much as we talk about the city becoming congested, we are failing to note the congestion in traffic which is acting the Williamson County which is one of the largest areas where people stay in this city. For this reason, we end up failing to acknowledge the greater benefit imposed on the people who work to get the highest fruits and steer the city’s economy struggle through traffic and other related issues.


According to the Growth Summit of the Williamson County held on this previous Thursday, it offered the greatest opportunity for us to present our grievances to discuss the ways of making this country flourish again. This was one of the rarest opportunities to have the transportation system in the country transformed in a manner which depicts maturity and the leader in the world-class transport network. Or us to take or county to greater heights, we must first understand the various ways through which we can develop the place and make it better for business. Business never allows for delays. This is caused through the lack of a proper transparent transportation system which allows for seamless business in the region. The regions of suburban communities are now affected more than ever. These are the people who work in the city and have a great contribution to the economy of the state.


The discussion panel had the inclusion of Mike Heiligenstein as the Regional Mobility Authority Executive Director of Central Texas, Uber Technologies Inc., Joseph Kopser as the founder of RideScout LLC, Leandre Johns as the Texas External Affairs Director and ArgoDesign’s Jared Ficklin. This discussion had the inclusion of one of the most influential people in t city who take care of the design of the transportation system in a modern city like Austin. While the main aim of this concern was to raise a new level of awareness in the state, they were missioned to have the state-issued with the summit to make it grow and solve the problems of traffic. The people brought all their ideas together and settled on matters which concern the issuance of the strategic facility development in areas involving technology changes which will work a long way to develop the transportation system in the region of the William County.

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Squaw Valley Statement

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Squaw Valley recently released a public statement addressing the confirmation of low levels of E. coli and coliform bacteria. Findings were initially released on Nov. 8 and Squaw Valley has since been treating the water at upper mountain, seeing steady improvement. Although progress has been made toward improving the water quality, the restaurants at upper mountain remain closed. Top to bottom skiing is still allowed, but skiers are still not allowed to drink the water. Despite their current ban on using the drinking water, skiing has been allowed to continue. Since the discovery, there have been no reports of health problems by anyone on the resorts.

In Squaw Valley’s statement, they trace the initial problems back to inclement weather in which a rainstorm impacted several systems in the area. The system affected was an upgrade, having recently been installed and the contamination was not a result of an inadequate structure or equipment function. In the statement released, Squaw Valley maintained that none of the contaminated water ever reached the public and that the current steps being taken were of a precautionary nature. The contamination was first discovered during a series of routine tests and the proper Placer County authorities were promptly contacted. Other water safety specialists have also been contacted and have been assisting those at Squaw Valley in their efforts to find a quick and effective solution to ending the contamination. Despite their progress at regaining normality concerning water usage, they are committed to waiting until the experts have confirmed all contamination is gone. Safety continues to be at the forefront of Squaw Valley’s concerns for the public and as they continue to work toward a resolution, they have begun offering free bottled water to guests on the resort. Squaw Valley has also publicly announced their appreciation to Placer County Environmental Health and the Squaw Valley Public Service District for their consistent efforts for a resolution.

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