American Printing House for the Blind Partners with Connecticut Prison for Braille Program

Society

Inmates provide educational materials for students who are blind, gain job skills and experience

The American Printing House for the Blind (APH) is implementing a prison braille program at the York Correctional Institution in Niantic, Connecticut. One of forty braille production facilities housed within correctional centers nationwide, this program is a partnership among the Connecticut Department of Corrections (DOC), the Connecticut Department of Rehabilitation Services – Bureau of Education and Services for the Blind (DORS-BESB) and American Printing House for the Blind (APH). The J. Walton Bissell Foundation, Inc. in West Hartford, Connecticut, awarded APH a grant in the amount of $26,000 to purchase computers and other electronic equipment to launch this program.

APH coordinates the National Prison Braille Network of programs across the country, in which long-term inmates learn braille and transcribe print educational materials into braille for students who are blind. By learning braille and becoming certified by the U.S. Library of Congress, inmates gain valuable job skills and daily work experience, reducing their risk for recidivism following release from prison.

“Once the program in Connecticut is operational, inmates will provide much-needed braille textbooks for students K-12 who are blind throughout the state,” said Nancy Mothersele, Braille Coordinator for BESB. “This represents a significant contribution to state taxpayers.”

“APH is proud to partner in this endeavor and help inmates learn valuable job skills while developing much needed educational materials for children who are visually impaired,” said Craig Meador, president of APH. “We are working together toward common goals.”

Established in 1989, the J. Walton Bissell Foundation provides support for people with vision loss and for programs that stem the tide of recidivism in Connecticut.

“I am excited that this grant allows DORS to partner with APH and the DOC, returning a much-needed braille production program to Connecticut,” said DORS Commissioner Amy Porter. “This collaboration will ensure we are providing high-quality braille materials at substantial cost savings to the state.”

“It is difficult to overstate the impact of this grant award. Not only will it allow us to provide offenders with meaningful job skills – greatly reducing the risk of recidivism, but it will also produce invaluable educational materials,” said Scott Semple, DOC Commissioner.  “I am confident that I echo the sentiments of all our partners in this endeavor when I extend a grateful ‘thank you’ to the good people at the J. Walton Bissell Foundation for their support.”

About American Printing House for the Blind
The American Printing House for the Blind, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization is a worldwide leader in designing innovative lifelong learning solutions for children and adults who are blind or visually impaired. In this fast-changing world, we believe in the power and necessity of learning to open the doors to educational success, satisfying employment, social inclusion, active citizenship, and personal well-being. We level the learning playing field by providing specialized technology, materials, products, and services that are essential for education and life. The American Printing House for the blind is headquartered at 1839 Frankfort Avenue in Louisville, Kentucky. For more information, please visit www.aph.org.

About York Correctional Institution
The York Correctional Institution is a high-security facility.  It serves as the state’s only institution for female offenders.  It serves all superior courts in Connecticut and manages all pretrial and sentenced female offenders, whatever their security level. The programming units at the facility have an extensive array of positive interventions for the population. The Department’s Correctional Enterprise of Connecticut (CEC) manages a program based at this facility in which offenders are employed on projects. CEC’s programs offer inmates opportunities to be productive, learn new skills, be accomplished and responsible, thus aiding in the overall safety and security of the agency. This is accomplished through voluntary inmate participation in CEC’s production shops, which reduce prison idleness, instill work ethic, and promote skill development.

About the Department of Rehabilitation Services–Bureau of Education and Services for the Blind
The Bureau of Education and Services for the Blind (BESB), as part of the Department of Rehabilitation Services, provides resources, comprehensive low vision services, specialized education services, life skills training, case management, and vocational services to individuals of all ages who are legally blind and to children who are visually impaired.

Seeman Holtz Property & Casualty’s First Oklahoma Acquisition Adds Specialty Professional Liability Expertise

Business

Seeman Holtz Property & Casualty, Inc. is pleased to announce the acquisition of Fifth Avenue Healthcare Services, headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma. For over 20 years, Fifth Avenue has curated relationships with various networks, health plans, hospitals, surgery centers, state/federal agencies, and medical malpractice insurance carriers to get the lowest rates and best plans to their clients. Seeman Holtz continues to acquire specialty commercial and professional liability agencies with specific expertise to enhance their portfolio of companies. This acquisition will strengthen Seeman Holtz Property & Casualty’s foothold in the Midwest.

Seeman Holtz Property & Casualty, Inc. continues to target high-quality independent agencies for geographic expansion and continued growth throughout the United States. With the addition of Fifth Avenue Healthcare Services, Seeman Holtz Property & Casualty, Inc. will continue to reach new and current clients by helping them protect their most important valuables with not only the right insurance but with the right service for each client.

SHP&C offers:

  • Homeowner’s Policy
  • Automobile Insurance
  • Renter’s Policy
  • Private Client
  • Umbrella Coverage
  • Commercial and Employee Coverage
  • Personal Liability Coverage
  • Employee Benefits
  • Human Resources
  • Professional Liability Insurance

Marshal Seeman, President of Seeman Holtz Property and Casualty, stated, “Fifth Avenue Healthcare Services is a great company, and we are so happy they chose to merge with Seeman Holtz. We are always looking for high-quality niche insurance agencies to grow with. Fifth Avenue is one of the best we’ve seen.”  Eric Holtz, Executive Vice President, and Chief Marketing Officer commented, “We are thrilled to have the Fifth Avenue team on board. They have tremendous expertise in the marketing and delivery of Med Mal insurance, and we look forward to building on their already successful model.”

About Our Company: The Seeman Holtz family of companies provides comprehensive financial and insurance advice to clients across the country.

J.D. Power Reaches Strategic Partnership with BitAuto on Digitization

Technology, Telecom & Internet

J.D. Power, the global leader in marketing data and analytics, today announced a strategic partnership with BitAuto, China’sleading consumer-facing automotive portal, to conduct joint research and develop big data and artificial intelligence.

The collaboration will help leverage J.D. Power research and analytics capabilities and BitAuto’s data and technology strengths across various business sectors. The partnership will strive to generate real-time data accuracy and new data analytics services, enabling Chinese automakers, dealerships and consumers to proactively and efficiently make effective decisions in an increasingly complex and dynamic market.

Under the partnership, J.D. Power will publish its independently conducted Voice of Customers-based ratings across various BitAuto platforms. The state-of-the-art ratings system will provide Chinese customers with full access to J.D. Power’s model-level ratings and scores, hence helping consumers make more informed purchasing decisions.

Additionally, J.D. Power and BitAuto will work together to digitalize new research subjects and methods. In China’s fast-evolving market environment, such joint research initiatives will help automakers navigate and understand latest market trends and disruptions.

Looking at the future in China, J.D. Power and BitAuto intend to explore an automotive, strategic data collaboration focused on developing data collection, processing, analytics and artificial intelligence. The partnership will aim to build the most efficient automotive big data center and artificial intelligence platforms serving China’sautomotive industry.

“This partnership between J.D. Power and BitAuto is of strategic significance,” said Jacob George, Vice President and General Manager, J.D. Power Asia Pacific. “We look forward to teaming up with BitAuto to write the new chapter on digitization for automotive consumer insights and advisory services.”

“Our partnership is a win-win and impactful one,” said Zhu Lei, Chief Technology Officer of BitAuto. “J.D. Power is one of the most influential and respected market research institutions globally, known for its methodology, independence and integrity. BitAuto, after 18 years experiencing fast growth in China, possesses abundant data resources and technology capabilities. In teaming up, both parties will ensure effective and efficient data services and intelligent solutions development.”

“Established in 1968, J.D. Power has accumulated rich experience, sophisticated methodology and an international talent pool conducting market research, data analytics and consulting services within the automotive industry over the past 50 years,” said Joseph Pacini, Chief Executive Officer of XIO Group. “J.D. Power’s collaboration with leading players such as BitAuto will further enhance its digital capabilities and services. We look forward to driving the global automotive industry’s sustainable growth in China’s connected and digitalized market.”

For decades, J.D. Power has been focusing on providing in-depth consumer and industry insights though its cutting-edge research methodologies and data analytics, capturing opinions and perceptions of millions of consumers. PIN, also known as Power Information Network, is the most representative data product launched by J.D. Power in 1993, specialized in helping OEMs and dealerships better manage their businesses, increase revenues and profitability using analytics tools.

About J.D. Power
J.D. Power is a global leader in consumer insights, advisory services and data and analytics. Those capabilities enable J.D. Power to help its clients drive customer satisfaction, growth and profitability. Established in 1968, J.D. Power is headquartered in Costa Mesa, California, and has offices in ShanghaiBeijingTokyoSingaporeMalaysia and Bangkok serving the Asia Pacific region. J.D. Power is part of XIO Group, a global alternative investments firm headquartered in London, and led by its four founders: Athene LiJoseph Pacini, Murphy Qiao and Carsten Geyer. For more information, please visit china.jdpower.com or stay connected with us on J.D. Power WeChat and Weibo.

About BitAuto
BitAuto Holdings Limited (BITA) is a leading provider of internet contents & marketing services, and transaction services for China’s fast-growing automotive industry. BitAuto’s main business segments include: advertising and subscription, transaction services, and digital marketing solutions. For more information, please visit www.BitAuto.com.

 

My Government’s Only Agenda for Budget is Development: PM Modi

Governance

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today also said that holding Vidhan Sabha and Lok Sabha elections simultaneously can save money and manpower

“My government has only one agenda for Budget – and that is development. And that’s what you will see,” PM Modi said in an exclusive interview to Sudhir Chaudhary, Editor-in-Chief, Zee News & WION.

Modi government is going to present its last full Budget ahead of the general elections 2019. The financial statement for the year ahead is being keenly watched by critics because of tough decisions taken by the Modi government like launching the unified Goods and Services Tax (GST) and demonetisation.

When asked about the bold financial decisions taken by his government, PM Modi said, “If you measure the work done by our government in these four years by only these two parameters, it’s unfair. After nationalisation of banks, about 30-40 per cent of population was out of banking system. We brought them into the system. Isn’t that an achievement? Thousands of girls skipped schools because there were no toilets. We built those toilets for them. Isn’t that an achievement?”

PM Modi also said that he is in favour of holding general elections and state polls together.

“Logically speaking, holding different elections on different dates creates burden on the exchequer. Politicians are always under stress. So, I think both Vidhan Sabha and Lok Sabha elections should be organised simultaneously. It will save money and manpower,” the PM said.

He also said that every atom of his body is indebted to the country and he wants to keep serving the people of the country. “When I see satisfaction in the eyes of a common man, it gives me power,” PM Modi said.

Indonesian Halal Scientist wins King Faisal Prize for Service to Islam

Science

Indonesian research scientist Irwandi Jaswir has been named the winner of this year’s King Faisal Prize for Service to Islam in recognition of his outstanding research work in the field of ‘Halal Science’.

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Professor Jaswir is currently the Deputy Dean of the International Institute for Halal Research and Training (INHART) and Secretary of Council of Professors at the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM). He has published over 120 peer reviewed articles in scientific journals and more than 30 research studies on the topic of Halal Science.

He is credited with the major findings related to identification and verification of porcine DNA in commercial gelatin and gelatin containing processed foods. His research work has contributed to the development of the ‘Portable Electronic Nose’ for Halal authentication in beverages, and production of fish gelatin nanoparticles for drug release in medical applications.

A member of the editorial board of many reputable scientific journals, Professor Jaswir’s work has also won over 60 other awards and honours, including the 2013 HABIBIE award and the Islamic Product Innovation Award in 2016.

The King Faisal Prize recognizes outstanding works of individuals and institutions in the areas of thought and science. The previous winners of the Prize include heads of states and national leaders as well as researchers and scientists. Last year, the Service to Islam Prize was awarded to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia.

About King Faisal Prize

King Faisal Prize was established in 1977 by the King Faisal Foundation (KFF),
a philanthropic organization founded in 1976G / 1396H by the sons and daughters of the late King Faisal bin Abdulaziz, as a tribute to their father. The Prize was granted for the first time in 1979G/1399H in three categories: Service to Islam, Islamic Studies and Arabic Language and Literature. In 1981G/1401H, a prize in Medicine and a prize in Science were added. The Medicine prize was awarded the following year, in 1982G/1402H, whereas the Science prize was awarded in 1984G/1404H. The main objectives of King Faisal Prize are to recognize distinguished initiatives that instill Islamic values in the society and contribute to the development of Muslim communities as well as the overall progress of mankind.

 

Research Scientist Irwandi Jaswir winner of King Faisal Prize 2018 for Service to Islam (PRNewsfoto/King Faisal Prize)

Don’t let skiing and snowboarding injuries take you downhill

Safety

Preseason conditioning and other tips to help winter sport athletes prevent bone and joint injuries

Skiing and snowboarding are fun winter sports. As the popularity of these winter sports continue to rise, according to a review article published in the January 1, 2018, issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the number of skier and snowboarder injuries also continues to rise.

“Skiing and snowboarding are associated with a large number of injuries, with specific patterns and anatomic areas affected,” says Brett D. Owens, MD, lead review article author, an orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in sports medicine as well as complex shoulder and knee surgeries and who is a professor of orthopaedic surgery at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates that more than 140,000 people were treated in hospitals, doctors’ offices, and emergency rooms in 2015 for skiing and snowboarding-related injuries (88,210 and 61,668 injuries, respectively). According to the review article:

  • Snowboarders were three times more likely than skiers to sustain injury.
  • In 1989, snowboarding injuries accounted for four percent of all snow sport-related injuries. By 1999, it made up to 56 percent of all snow sport-related injuries.

“While some injuries are unavoidable, many are caused by skiers and snowboarders exceeding their comfort zone in either speed or technical challenges on the mountain. It is critical to stay in control and be prepared to slow and stop to avoid contact with another person on the slope,” says Dr. Owens.

The most common skiing and snowboarding injuries are to the spine, pelvis, shoulder, wrist, hands, knees, and foot and ankle. Skiers are more likely to experience lower extremity injuries, especially to their knees, “due to the rotational forces on the knee despite effective binding releases.” Snowboarders are more likely to experience upper extremity injuries “due to falls onto their hands.”

“Snow sport athletes can best prepare for their sport with a general preseason conditioning program as well as familiarity and maintenance of equipment,” says Dr. Owens, who offers the following injury prevention tips:

  • Be prepared for the season with well-conditioned muscles and a body that is adequately hydrated.
  • Be knowledgeable about how to use your equipment appropriately, and ensure everything is in optimal working condition.
    • Check that the ski bindings can release from your boots when appropriate, and that boots fit appropriately.
    • Check that the edges of your skis and/or snowboard are flat and sharp for maximum performance to minimize injuries.
  • Always wear a helmet.
  • Avoid alcohol or drug use.
  • Be sure you have the ability to slow down and stop on busy days when many other athletes also are on the mountain.
  • Use extreme caution when weather conditions are not optimal.
  • Always follow signs and ski patrol instructions. Never ski or snowboard “out-of-bounds.”

Supreme Court Takes Case to Decide Fate of Online Sales Tax

Governance

Retailers back South Dakota case as opportunity to overturn 1992 Quill decision; restore free market competition

Twenty five years after the United States Supreme Court created the loophole that today allows Internet-only sellers to evade state sales tax collection, the Court has granted South Dakota’s petition for certiorari in South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc., Overstock.com, Inc., and Newegg, Inc.  By taking the case, the Court can end the carve out created by Quill and validate efforts by states and the merchant community to create a level playing field for all retailers.

“The Court’s decision to grant South Dakota’s petition is an important signal for retailers that invest in storefronts and jobs in local communities,” said RILA General Counsel and Retail Litigation Center President Deborah WhiteRetailers have supported this case since the beginning, and believe it is the right case to correct the constitutional course set more than 50 years ago — well before the advent of e-commerce — that today gives online-only retailers an unfair commercial advantage at the expense of local retailers.

“The retail community is grateful that the Court has recognized the extraordinary importance of this issue,” said White. “Retailers hope that the Court will ultimately conclude that the economic-nexus standard is a more appropriate way to decide today which retailers must collect sales tax than the physical-presence test created more than a half century ago.  In doing so, the Court will validate efforts by the states to treat community and absentee retailers equally when they conduct business with consumers in their state.”

The Retail Litigation Center is a public policy organization that identifies and engages in legal proceedings that affect the retail industry.  The RLC, whose members include some of the country’s largest retailers, was formed to provide courts with retail industry perspectives on significant legal issues, and highlight the potential industry-wide consequences of legal principles that may be determined in pending cases.

RILA is the trade association of the world’s largest and most innovative retail companies. RILA members include more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers, and service suppliers, which together account for more than $1.5 trillion in annual sales, millions of American jobs and more than 100,000 stores, manufacturing facilities and distribution centers domestically and abroad

Cryptocurrency Finds Security Amid Underlying Mutual Distrust Common Between Trading Partners

Technology, Telecom & Internet

 

In a global marketplace where Internet-based technologies increasingly allow businesses the means and confidence to work with each other beyond political borders and with a minimum of governmental interference, cryptocurrencies have the potential to create a B2B interdependent financing system – perhaps even a single, common digital currency someday – because of the blockchain technology that underpins cryptocurrency trade. With the beginning of market movement for the New Year, cryptocurrency started just shy of $613 billion in total capitalization and climbed steadily toward $750 billion on Jan. 4, showing an exponential rise just since April 2017 when it passed the $25 billion mark. ChineseInvestors.com, Inc. (OTC: CIIX) (CIIX profile) is one of the businesses committed to the development of blockchain-based cryptocurrencies, recently announcing plans to spin-off two of its corporate divisions tied to hemp marketing and the burgeoning legal cannabis industry in order to focus on its cryptocurrency division (http://nnw.fm/5sf8Z). Other companies preparing to capitalize on opportunities in the blockchain sector include MGT Capital Investments, Inc. (OTC: MGTI), LongFin Corp. (NASDAQ: LFIN), Bitcoin Services, Inc. (OTC: BTSC) and Overstock.com, Inc., (NASDAQ: OSTK).

ChineseInvestors.com (OTCQB: CIIX) provides innovation in real-time market analysis and educational services in Chinese language character sets, support services for advertising and public relations, and the sale of hemp-based products and other health-related products. Despite China’s prohibitions on trading cryptocurrencies as a regulated central exchange, company CEO Warren Wang stated in an interview last month that many Chinese investors are trading them legally on unregulated “over the counter” platforms that connect individuals to each other. And ChineseInvestors.com showed its own commitment to cryptocurrency by installing a Bitcoin ATM in the lobby of its San Gabriel, California, headquarters (http://nnw.fm/VIa3n). Wang called it the first such automated teller for cryptocurrency within the Chinese community in the United States and said it has generated a lot of traffic.

China serves as an example of the mutual distrust that drives cryptocurrencies’ prospects while relying on so-called “miners” to establish a level of trust in the legitimacy of the exchanges.

Despite the lack of a regulated Chinese exchange to trade cryptocurrencies and what Wang referred to as the Chinese government’s “badmouthing” of bitcoin though its official TV media outlet, the CEO said Chinese-speaking people within China and North America are very interested in buying, selling and trading bitcoin among themselves and he urged entrepreneurs to be patient as the community learns the ropes.

“I believe Chinese investors will be the richest group in the world in (the) next 20 years, because Chinese middle class are emerging since 2000 when the country opened the door to worldwide people,” he said in an interview with NetworkNewsWire (http://nnw.fm/U2Uct). “Real estate is very expensive and so are labor and rents in China. Investors have a high savings rate. They now would like to make bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies part of their assets.”

Blockchain technology was established on the principle that an unalterable digital ledger of transactions (arranged in blocks) requiring transparency among multiple parties would reduce the risk of fraud and prevent duplication in the transactions. It was proposed as the foundation of an alternative, people’s-run economic system that would not require the security of an established storefront middleman like a bank to uphold the transactions. Critics have questioned it on a commodities basis, searching for an undeniable stability that investors can rely on.

ChineseInvestors.com’s ATM is one example of the company’s commitment to providing cryptocurrency education. The company recently attended a Toronto cryptocurrency roadshow and educational seminar on how to buy, sell and manage the coins, and it produces a daily video from the New York Stock Exchange called ‘Bitcoin Multimillionaire’ that is focused on news about the currency (http://nnw.fm/Lfrx8).

“In an effort to expand its media products, as the first quarter of fiscal year 2018 came to a close, the Company announced that it would be working with Wall Street Multimedia (WSM), an independent news agency located in the NYSE, to produce a daily cryptocurrency video newscast in Chinese, providing timely information and exclusive analysis regarding all aspects of the emerging digital currency world, including specific cryptocurrencies, such as ‘Bitcoin’ and ‘Ethereum,’ industry trends, price movement, blockchain technology, sector-related stocks and ETFs, etc.,” ChineseInvestors.com stated in its most recent 10Q filing in October.

The company has offices in ShanghaiNew York and California, and has plans to expand to Canada.

“There’s so many cryptocurrencies from China emerging, or at least on the exchange right now,” Wang said, referring to a sort of anti-governmental sentiment and a “huge demand from (the) Chinese community trying to learn these assets and what (they) are about” that “gives us tremendous opportunity to bring the revenue and profitability to our shareholders.”

Other companies focused on the potential of blockchain’s financial applications include:

MGT Capital Investments (OTCQB: MGTI), which is a Northwestern United States company deeply invested in cybersecurity technologies for mobile and corporate applications. The company is also one of the largest worldwide working in Bitcoin mining and announced agreements in December to secure “reliable and adequate” electrical power in Sweden to begin bit mining operations there by the end of January. (http://nnw.fm/noP3K).

LongFin (NASDAQ: LFIN) specializes in structured commodity trade finance worldwide and works to establish markets and ensure liquidity through technological advances. The company stated in the fall of 2017 that it aims to connect 70 FX and spot exchanges with 300 banks through its electronic market platform, and in December made headlines when the acquisition of Ziddu.com sparked a huge cryptocurrency fever-inspired bounce in trading (http://nnw.fm/jRr8I).

Bitcoin Services (OTC: BTSC) is another company that performs bitcoin mining services, and began mining its own cryptocurrency known as Dash in early 2017. The company develops and markets blockchain-related software, and created subsidiary CryptoCapital Corp. in the fall of 2017 as a cryptocurrency holding firm, or a digital wallet, that would let users store multiple digital currencies in one place.

Dreaming of College? Florida Realtors® Seeks Student Scholarship Winners

Real Estate & Development

Do you have kids currently in college, or maybe one who is about to graduate high school? Are they interested in a possible real estate-related career? Then find out more about the Student Scholarship Program offered through Florida Realtors® Education Foundation Inc., a not-for-profit corporation that provides real estate-related educational scholarships. But act fast: The application deadline for this year’s program is March 5, 2018.

“Our Realtor members across the state are investing in Florida’s future by helping young people realize their dreams for college,” says Mary McCall, 2018 chairman of Florida Realtors Education Foundation. “Florida Realtors Education Foundation’s Student Scholarship Program is one way that we give back to our communities. We feel privileged to be able to provide much-needed financial support to young Floridians struggling to continue their education.”

With the program now in its ninth year, Florida Realtors has awarded a total of $1,306,300 in scholarship funding, which helped 790 students go to college or university.

This student scholarship program is open and available to students whose parents are Realtors or are licensed real estate practitioners, or whose parents are employed by any local Realtor board/association or by Florida Realtors, as well as any Florida student currently enrolled at a school (including home-schooled students or those attending a charter school.) It is based on an application form, which can be found on Florida Realtors’ website at www.floridarealtors.org/AboutFar/Scholarships/index.cfm

Who can apply for the scholarships? Any Florida high school senior who will be attending an undergraduate college or university; any student currently enrolled in an undergraduate college or university (any major); or any student pursuing a graduate degree is eligible. There are no limitations as to location of the college or university attended, provided the applicant indicates the intent to return to work in Florida after graduation. Proof of the student’s legal Florida residency is required, however.

Scholarships start at $1,000; the number of scholarships and dollar amounts awarded may vary each year and are determined by the Education Foundation’s Board of Directors. Criteria to be considered include, but aren’t limited to: academic achievements, financial need, relationship to the Realtor family, and contributions to family, school and community. The Foundation’s Board of Directors has “sole and absolute discretion” over all decisions as to whether an applicant qualifies.

An important reminder to all applicants: The Florida Realtors Education Foundation Scholarship application is only available online at https://floridarealtorsfref.fluidreview.com/. Please note that applications may not be mailed or faxed in for this scholarship. Only the applications submitted through this website will be eligible for review.

Remember, you have until March 5 at noon to fill out the online application for the Florida Realtors Education Foundation’s student scholarship program. To find the application form and check out FAQs, go to: www.floridarealtors.org/AboutFar/Scholarships/index.cfm

Florida Realtors® serves as the voice for real estate in Florida. It provides programs, services, continuing education, research and legislative representation to 180,000 members in 54 boards/associations. Florida Realtors® Media Center website is available at http://media.floridarealtors.org.

Snapchat Subscription Platform Baecash Announces Fundraiser to Provide 100 HPV Vaccines to Nigerian Women in Early Stages of Cervical Cancer

Business

Baecash (www.baecash.com), the innovative new platform for selling and managing private Snapchat subscriptions, has launched an online fundraiser that will empower and save the lives of 100 women in Nigeria. The goal of the Save 100 Women campaign is to raise $65,000, which will enable the delivery of 100 HPV vaccines used in the treatment of early stage cervical cancer. Learn more about this humanitarian effort at https://baecash.com/save100women/.

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month, and the Baecash Save 100 Women campaign aims to ship all 100 sets of HPV vaccines by the end of this month. Each set of four injections costs approximately $650 when shipping and duty fees are included. However, it’s impossible to put a value on the life of a mother, wife, daughter, aunt, sister or friend. That’s why Baecash is so eager to hit its fundraising goal as quickly as possible.

According to the World Health Organization, Nigeria sees about 100,000 new cases of cervical cancer each year. Another 80,000 die every year from the disease, making it the second most deadly cancer for women in West Africa. Cervical cancer does not discriminate by age — women from 15 to 55 are affected. The tragedy is the disease is highly treatable in the developed world, but Nigeria lacks the resources and infrastructure to provide timely health care to communities where it’s most needed.

The Save 100 Women campaign is the first online fundraiser to focus specifically on the HPV vaccine and cervical cancer in Nigeria. The team at Baecash is hopeful this year’s campaign is the start of a long tradition. In addition, raising awareness of the immense human toll exacted by this completely preventable disease could spur similar efforts from other companies, organizations and governments.

Improving women’s lives in West Africa is the mission at Baecash. While the company is a new endeavor on the web, the concept has been studied and tested for three years. Its creators are now confident in the vitality and sustainability of the business model. That model consists of providing young women in Africa a pathway to achieve financial independence by developing a niche for themselves on the web.

Baecash facilitates the sale of private Snapchat subscriptions. The platform includes a feature-rich administrative dashboard for handling every aspect of the user’s account. While premium Snapchat focuses on adult content, private Snapchat accounts might include any form of original content. Every week, Baecash deposits subscription earning directly to its users’ bank accounts.

About Baecash

Baecash is a platform for selling your private snapchat subscriptions, founded by 29-year-old university dropout/serial entrepreneur Ejiro Ugbowie aka Don Baba E. Baecash makes it easy to charge for private snapchat subscriptions, as well as easily manage the monthly rebills. Simply sign up and Baecash handles all the payment processing, including rebills. You can manage all your users on your administrator dashboard.