According to Dr. Mark Plunkett, board-certified pediatric heart surgeon, congenital heart disease (CHD) is the most common birth defect in not only the United States, but many other countries as well. Although researchers have taken strides in improving care and treatment for this condition, it is still one of the leading causes of infant death in the United States. More research is necessary to continuing the advancement of treatment options and improving survival rates. To raise awareness of this condition and educate the public, the week of February 7th to 14th was recently designated as CHD Awareness Week by the American Heart Association. Read more
The team behind Bible League International explains that more and more U.S. prisons are turning to faith-based programs to help to prevent recidivism and to improve the mental state of prisoners.
A study conducted by Baylor University that was published in the International Journal of Criminology and Sociology found that a faith-based prisoner re-entry program in Minnesota has saved roughly $3M by slashing recidivism rates.
Speaking about the program, Grant Duwe, research director for the Minnesota Department of Corrections, stated, “The InnerChange program is a boon to taxpayers. It doesn’t rely on public funding. Yet, at the same time, it provides a benefit by reducing recidivism, which results in fewer costs associated with crime.”
The study was a cost-benefit analysis that was based off of a 2012 study that looked at recidivism outcomes among 732 inmates released from Minnesota prisons between August 2003 and December 2009. In that study, researchers looked at a group of 366 prisoners, as well as 366 InnerChange program participants. They analyzed recidivism and program participation, and found that InnerChange slashed re-arrest rates by 26 percent, re-conviction rates by 35 percent, and re-imprisonment for a new felony offense by 40 percent. Read more
As an IT specialist, Peter Wiegandt knows that the basis for ensured social welfare and prosperity throughout Latin America lies in information technology. However, for technology to become a truly enabling force in the region’s social and economic development, there is one area in particular that will play an especially important role. This area is cloud computing.
The Second Wave of Cloud Computing
According to analysts and technology leaders in Latin America, the region has recently entered what is being called a “second wave” of cloud computing. In this wave, technological awareness has ceased to be an issue. Instead, businesses and other organizations are now focusing on how and where to properly invest in the cloud services on offer.
This growing awareness and acceptance of the cloud has been credited mainly to small and medium enterprises, or SMEs, throughout the region. These enterprises have been responsible for up to 45 percent of all medium-term cloud revenue. The technology bought by Latin American SMEs falls mainly under the distinction of software as a service (SaaS) and management purposes like supply chain solutions, CRM, ERP, and others. Read more
Bible League International understands that it is often a challenge to get a non-profit organization off of the ground. With so many worthy charities out there, it can become challenging to stand out, particularly as a new group. Following are some tips for aspiring non-profit leaders on how to propel a new charitable organization to success: Read more
Charting immense growth in 2013, Brand.com, led by president Mike Zammuto, continues to shake up the online brand management industry. As the new year begins, Mike Zammuto notes the importance of solid cultural values to encouraging growth, innovation, and integrity in operations. In short, he says the secret to keeping clients happy is prioritizing innovation—staying ahead of the curve in an industry that is changing rapidly.
“Brand.com builds a culture around innovation,” notes Zammuto. “Leadership needs to set the tone. We have to set big, audacious goals, and we push very hard.” Zammuto believes that it’s important for the company’s chief executives—including himself—to publicly and visibly prioritize innovation, leading by example.
He continues, “We reward innovation by demystifying and publicly valuing it. We openly celebrate the failures as well as the successes. As soon as companies start focusing more on protecting what they have than on what they need to build then the culture of innovation is lost.” Read more
According to Alexei Beltyukov, Russia has changed a great deal in his lifetime—and nearly all of that change has been for the better. For an example, look no further than to the increasingly progressive views that Russia takes toward tech entrepreneurship. The Russia of today has next to nothing in common with the Russia of Beltyukov’s youth, as far as this is concerned.
Then again, Alexei Beltyukov was technically born into the Soviet Union, which did not crumble until he was already a young man. In the Soviet days, small business ownership was non-existent in Russia. In fact, entrepreneurship was considered, in those days, to be criminal.
Things have changed, and according to Beltyukov, they changed virtually over night. Once the Soviet Union collapsed, everything was different. Suddenly, entrepreneurship was not only allowed, but also encouraged. Read more
Boston Pads, a Massachusetts-based information and technologies services provider primarily delivering solutions to the real estate industry, gives copious tips in buying, renting, and managing properties. Whether a person is interested in selling a home, renting out a space, or finding tenants as a landlord, there are a number of factors that determine a property’s value. Since its founding, the Boston-based service has learned how to deliver value by helping landlords gain access to data and information that assists to maximize monies of the properties they own.
An arbitrary dollar sign on a “For Sale” or “For Rent” posting does not mean anything unless the home is purchased or rented. When it comes to pricing a home, for example, sellers have to be aware of a number of different factors and influences that affect the final listing value. For starters, Boston Pads notes housing markets are largely local and differ based on a region. Near metropolitan areas, for instance, houses are typically more expensive (though in-city salaries are usually higher) because of demand. A property’s demand is everything.
Sellers are encouraged to enlist the help of real estate professionals like those found on the Pads website to adequately price their properties. Usually, Boston realtors will look at nearby homes that are similar in style and size and then investigate previous price trends. If one person bought an identical home for $950,000 last year, however, that does not mean another home will sell for the same amount. There are a lot of factors at play when it comes to the listing and sales price. Typically, the sales price is 5 percent less than the listing price. This is good for buyers, bad for sellers. With proper realtor backing, though, sellers can increase the value of their homes. Read more
QNET is a company that proudly touts its admiration of Gandhi; the company was founded on many principles that the famed humanitarian long advocated, principles of service and sacrifice. Not all companies have such lofty origins, of course, nor do many small businesses laud famous humanitarians as business touchstones. With that said, studies indicate that more and more businesses are engaging in philanthropy, a trend from which even the smallest enterprises are not exempt.
That more and more companies are giving to charity is difficult to argue with; the real question is how. For the business owner, philanthropy may seem like the right thing to do morally, but not necessarily something that is logistically or financially viable. The truth is, however, corporate responsibility is both an ethical imperative and a business boon. In the paragraphs that follow, the team explains why this is.
Though QNET bases many of its values on the teachings of Gandhi, it also has a corporate philosophy that is entirely its own. That philosophy comes with a simple acronym, RYTHM—or, Raise Yourself to Help Mankind. The idea behind this is simple: You empower yourself first, so that you are then able to go out there and help others. Read more
As a comprehensive resource that offers reliable solutions for higher education, College Planning Network is quite familiar with the many steps that are required to properly prepare a young student for university life. While many parents do not look forward to the day they send their children off to college, this noted organization says preparation can help make the process much easier.
When to Start
While it may seem excessive to start thinking about college as soon as a student enters high school, College Planning Network says it is vital to become comfortable with what the application, admissions, acceptance and financial aid process is like. Although younger high school students may not prove to be that interested in college life just yet, parents should encourage their children to begin to explore their options early on. Noting how competitive college admissions are in today’s academic climate, those students who are more aware of what they want to get out of higher education will often have better success rates when applying to selected schools. Read more
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