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Teachers Continue Their Walkout in Oklahoma

Teachers in the state of Oklahoma are among the lowest paid in the nation. They rank 48th in pay among the 50 states. In order to help redress that situation, the governor signed legislation to increase teacher pay. However, teachers in the state are not pleased with this raise, and they are not pleased with the fact that lawmakers in the state did not significantly increase the overall education budget.

Teachers and the teacher’s union decided to stage a walkout from the classroom in order to protest the actions of the governor and Oklahoma lawmakers. The walkout began on Monday. An estimated 36,000 people joined with the teachers and rallied at the state capitol building.

The walkout has continued, and today, several teachers from the city of Tulsa are planning to embark on a 100 mile journey from Tulsa to Oklahoma City. They are hoping to draw even more attention to the teacher’s demands for more pay and for more spending on the state’s education budget.

The teachers have a few demands that they wish to have met before returning to the classroom. They are requesting a $5,000 per year additional pay increase. They are also calling for pay increases for other educational workers. In addition to this, they are requesting that the state increase the amount of money that is being spent on education.

Governor Mary Fallon has been critical of the teacher’s demands. She has been quoted as saying that the teachers are like, “a teenager wanting a new car”.

There is no word as to when the teacher’s walkout will end. Schools in most Oklahoma districts are scheduled to be closed for the remainder of the week. The teachers are hoping that the lawmakers will acquiesce as did the lawmakers in West Virginia who raised teacher pay.

Flavio Maluf Talks About His Latest Business Deal

The world of Brazil business offers many rewards for those who are able to pursue them. Doing so takes a great deal of vision and a willingness to take risks in search of potentially lucrative rwewards. Those who can take advantage of them can proper. One such person is Flavio Maluf. He understands this part of the world is one in which there is tremendous possibility for expansion. This is why he is pleased to announce that Eucatex and Duratex have agreed to do business with each other going forward. As part of this plan, Eucatex will give a farm that presently exists in Capão Bonito. In return, the firm will get access to a much needed factory in Botucatu. The company will manage the farm in order to help produce the raw material that the company needs. The plant Botucatu employs over two hundred people. The company can produce roughly 200 thousand m³ each year. Read more about Flavio at

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Flavio Maluf is also proud to announce that Duratex will be resuming the production of materials via a factory that is located inItapetinga. He is confident this is a good move for his company and employees. This will happen during April of this year. As the president of Eucatex, Flavio Maluf has let the employees at him company know what’s going on. He believes that it is a good idea to make sure that every one of his employees is kept in the loop and understands the company’s policies as they move forward under his leadership. Maluf has also announced to the public that his new business will be approved by CADE, an important regulatory agency. He and his company staffers are hopeful that the new venture will serve the needs of the local community as well as the international community. The new venture is part of his overall vision for local development that will help secure a profitable future going forward for the entire region. The new venture will increase production of several types of materials that the company produces. This includes fiber sheets, paper printing and paint. Learn more:


Oklahoma Governor Under Fire After Remark Against Striking Teachers

As Oklahoma teachers continued striking for the third day, the state’s Governor was the subject of much ire after remarks she made regarding the teachers. Republican Governor Mary Fallin is under heat for comparing the striking teachers to “a teenage kid that wants a better car.” The remarks were made to a CBS News correspondent after he asked her opinion of the teachers who were converging on the state Capitol steps to advocate for increased education funding and higher salaries.

The governor also remarked to the reporter her opinion that the anti-fascist group Antifa was behind the teachers deciding to strike, as opposed to it being a grassroots movement. Although the Oklahoma legislature was in session on Wednesday, there were no signs that the lawmakers were considering new legislation to move forward on educational funding.

Last month teachers announced the strike and set the date of April 2 as the first day of the walkout. The date was not arbitrary, as it coincides with mandatory federal student testing. Faced with the impending walkout, state lawmakers passed legislation last week which approved raising teacher salaries $6,100 and support staff income by $1,250 annually. The bill also provided an additional $50 million for general education funding. However, the teachers stated that this still fell well short of the $10,000 raise and $500 million in additional funding that they wanted to avert the walkout. Although many teachers are satisfied with the annual raise, they state the paltry increase to the educational fund is not nearly enough to make significant improvements to the quality of teaching that they can provide.

Equities First Holdings – French Tribune

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One newspaper has been following the firm for quite some time now. The French Tribune has followed the story with a lot of interest on the whole. The newspaper wants to see how well the firm will do in the future overall. Equities First Holdings is proud to do its part to expand lending services. The French Tribune follows their decisions and mark moves with interest over time. Read some stories to see how the firm has improved.

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The USA’s Educational Crisis

Over 30 years ago I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Education. I worked in that field for only a year before deciding it wasn’t for me. Why? The way the things have evolved in the world of education in the United States has become increasingly difficult for teachers. And in many ways things are not much better for students.

Protests are heating up these days, with teachers increasingly becoming disillusioned and angry. The recent protests in Oklahoma are the perfect example of this. Teachers are staging a “100-mile walk” to bring attention to the poor educational budget status of that state. They complain of broken chairs and textbooks that are duct-taped together.

This, in addition to low salaries has made many who love the profession turn to second jobs, or, like me, finding completely different careers.

Maybe its time for some uniquely different educational methods to come to the forefront. The system we primarily support in the United Stated is one that has evolved over the last 200 years without many changes. In today’s cyber-world, there are many other options that might be well to consider.

Whatever may come of recent events, its time for our nation to sit up and pay attention. One thing is certain – the future well-being of our society depends very much on the way our children are taught.

I applaud the teachers for taking a stand in Oklahoma, and hope it will garner some attention in other states as well. Aren’t our nation’s children are worth enough for us to pay attention to the great need for good teachers and better budgets?

Mark Mofid’s Leading Role in Gluteal Augmentation Industry

Mark Mofid is a plastic surgeon in San Diego, California. He is certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the American Board of Plastic Surgery, San Diego and La Jolla certified. In the cosmetic medical community, Mark Mofid is well known for his tremendous work. He trained at Harvard and Johns Hopkins University. Mark has shown other interests in industrial innovation along with his formal education. Mark Mofid has a great reputation and this has caused many people to develop trust with him. His practices in the medical world are safest. Mark Mofid is earnestly researching for methods of doing the surgeries better than he does. He has a deep understanding of the body fat, skin, muscles, and the body systems, which make him, exploit and think outside the box.

In recent research on gluteal augmentation, Mark points out that the most significant challenge in the previous times was implants becoming incompatible with the body muscle structures in many individuals. To him, this was a less perfect product that he needed not to work with. Mark Mofid moved on to examining and trying to discover a new initiative. It is during this time that he succeeded in his research to designing a great gluteal implant. Mark’s new implant has turned around the industry because of the exceptional features. It has improved ratios, low profile, perfect intramuscular positioning, and this has made it better than previous methods.

According to this new research by Mr. Mofid, there is no need for patients to worry about a wrong cosmetic operation since it is a fact that the treatment has been improved. Mark Mofid is a leading example in the gluteal augmentation industry through the sufficient innovations and the unique capacity in making things rights. Mark learned about this industry for some years and had collaborated with Dr. Gonzalez. This has enabled him to advance in his work and realize new things. He is now a master innovator and leader in this industry. To keep his standards high, Mark continues to learn, explore more, collaborate, and think beyond his abilities and potentials.

The Build it, Live it and Love it of Aloha Construction

Aloha Construction Company is actively involved in the community where it has partnered with the Boys and Girls Club of Bloomington and sponsored Roselle Medinah softball and baseball organizations. They are sponsoring the Central Illinois Flying Aces Hockey team with weekly awards for the best player, and helping cancer children from Camp One Step of Children Oncology Services, Inc by donating $5 for every assist during Illinois State University games.

Their community-based efforts were some of the main considerations that Better Business Bureau (BBB) used in awarding Aloha Construction the 2017 Torch Award. The Award honors companies that exhibit leadership, high ethical standards and responsibility towards their communities, employees, and customers. Efforts by the Dave Farbaky Foundation such as the Lake Zurich toy shopping spree for kids is another way the company gives back to the society.

Aloha Construction Inc. is based in Lake Zurich, Illinois with an office branch in Bloomington. It was founded by David Farbaky who serves as its president and CEO. The company is family-owned and operated, having an office team, field supervisors, inspectors, installers, and claim experts who have seen it complete over 7,000 local ventures. Professionalism, integrity, and honesty between subcontractors, suppliers, associates, and most importantly its customers are key virtues of the company. Customer satisfaction is paramount at Aloha Construction, where attention to detail and timeliness are ensured.

Being an all-around construction firm, Aloha Construction caters for all homes needs, such as windows, gutter, sides, roof, or home repair. They upgrade homes outlooks, perform minor and major repairs even if they were caused by severe calamities. When it comes to roofing, the company uses a 9 step inspection process checking out for any flaws in the roofing system. They check for damages on the shingles, flashing and attic ventilation. They also offer 10-year craftsmanship warranty on a roofing project they have done. With the recent launch of a certified, licensed restoration and interior remodeling department, Aloha Construction is seeking to offer more, better and quality services to its professional customers.

Why More People are Choosing Market America

Stay-at-home jobs are few and far between nowadays. You might have been involved with one of these schemes before only to find that it was either a full-blown scam or you were spending more money than you were making. This is why Market America has been launched for people who want to make use of a franchise without actually dealing with the requirements. When you work for Market America, you’re getting access to a product that you’ll be responsible to sell, but you’re not at all responsible for mailing out the products or buying more inventory. Because of the work that this entails for you, it saves time and still makes you lots of cash.

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Market America was founded in 1992 by a team of people who were tired of the idea behind franchises. Franchises can be difficult because of all of the regulations that are put into them. Instead of fighting with these issues, it is often better to deal with a job you can do remotely without the rules and laws put in place for yourself. This is the exact reason why tons of people who are wanting to work from home are choosing Market America. You are just responsible for the site that you own and operate while also marketing the site that you have opened for yourself.

The Market America team has put a lot of work into their products and they can be found in some of the biggest retailers all throughout the world. Because of all of this work that has been done already for you, you just need to sell the product and worry about nothing else. Market America is an opportunity for you to get your work going from home without starting from the bottom and hoping that you make your way up eventually.

Why You Should Invest in Your Future with US Money Reserve

Tax season is the perfect time to start or add on to your retirement savings. Investing in Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) is the most popular way to save funds. IRAs can be set up fairly easily and provide additional income that you can use to secure your retirement.

US Money Reserve provides the gold and silver backing that most brokers suggest individuals place in their portfolios. US Money Reserve unlike a traditional or a Roth IRA account offers a self-directed IRA. Read more: US Money Reserve | Facebook and US Money Reserve | Bizjournals

Self-directed IRAs give individuals flexibility that is not offered with traditional or Roth IRAs. With traditional and Roth IRA accounts your investments are handled by custodians that may not have your best interest at heart.

These accounts are also very limiting on what you can and can’t invest in. Some traditional and Roth IRA accounts will not allow you to invest in physical gold and silver assets. You also have a wider range of options, especially if you combine the self-directed IRA with a traditional or Roth IRA account.

US Reserve is a trusted gold and silver authority. Their Gold Standard Precious Metals IRA combines the security of the physical gold and silver asset with the support you’re used to with a traditional IRA. Self-directed Precious Metal IRAs give you more control over your assets while shielding your savings.

Diversification is a key element whenever you invest. It is important not to place all your savings in one “basket” but has multiple “baskets” to choose from when you retire. One of your financial investment strategies should be having at least two or three IRAs that you can tap. Learn more about Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin: and

One traditional IRA could be set at minimum risk with only two or three stock options. Another Roth IRA could be set to take a moderate risk to increase savings. The third self-directed IRA could have the secure physical assets and some high-risk stock options.

Investors that don’t have a lot of cash or assets on hand can still contribute to an IRA. Individuals can use their expected tax refund to set one up before the April tax deadline. Investors can also set up a spousal IRA for their non-working spouse. IRAs are an important component for retirement savings. You may be eligible for a saver’s credit if you make less than $31,000 a year.

Investing in gold and silver is a prudent investment for you.

DeVos Holds Meetings Relating to Obama-Era Guidance

On Wednesday morning, Betsy DeVos — who is the U.S. Secretary of Education — met with teachers, parents and civil rights leaders relating to an Obama-era guidance. The guidance asks schools reduce student suspensions and to determine if racial basis exists within their disciplinary actions. Reportedly, DeVos is considering repealing the guidance.

The meeting happened on the 50th anniversary of the shooting of Martin Luther King Jr. Participating in the meetings were some of the nation’s top civil rights organizations. Among these were the the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the Legal Defense Fund of the NAACP and the Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Without exception, these groups favor keeping the guidance in place. Also meeting with DeVos were education researchers and representatives of the National Education Association — which is the country’s largest teachers union — along with teachers from Educators for Excellence.

Later on Wednesday, DeVos will meet with those who want to rescind the guidance. This includes teachers, activists and parents.

Liz King, who is the director of education policy for the Leadership Conference and a senior policy analyst, said that the meeting was both underwhelming and frustrating. She further said that she told Education Department officials that the policies of the Trump administration were negatively affecting both immigrant and gay students, and she asked DeVos to keep the guidance in place.

Evan Stone, who is one of the CEOs of Educators for Excellence, said that he was happy that DeVos acknowledged that racial bias was prevalent in school disciplinary actions. He also said that DeVos was clearly moved by the stories of educators there, and that he asked her to visit some of the communities that have benefited from the guidance. Still, he said that he was facing an uphill battle.