The Great Divide: Balancing Travel and Protecting Delicate Ecosystems

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – For some, traveling is a calling, a way of life. It’s about those who are more traveler than tourist, who prefer upscale lodging, who are happy to hike, horseback ride or kayak as a mode of transportation.
In short, they are adventurers who recognize the importance of exploring the world, albeit responsibly, to leave as small a carbon footprint as possible.
Welcome to ecotourism, or as The International Ecotourism Society defines it: responsible travel to natural areas that doesn’t just conserve the environment, but also improves the well-being of local people.
As goodwill ambassador to the San Diego Zoo’s Zoological Society, Joan Embery knows there is incomparable value to this type of travel.
“The tourism market, if properly managed, can have a huge positive effect by educating people who become ambassadors when they come home and talk about their experiences,” says Embery. “For many countries, it’s a major source of revenue, giving value to the resources we want to protect.”
For those interested in seeing the world in a different way, travel guru International Expeditions (IE) can help. This Alabama-based company is well-versed in handling travel plans from the Amazon to Zambia. Whether your upscale adventure includes lemurs or penguins, birds or reptiles (and everything in between), IE takes care of all the details to make your vacation a seamless experience.
With the support of IE, travelers are free to absorb local lore, and sample local food and discover unique customs and cultural practices. The end result, according to the Matador Network, is economic growth paired with authentic and appropriate interactions between locals and visitors.
This attitude of respect and reverence for another country’s culture, said Embery, is key to eco-traveling, and why she continues to travel halfway around the world to places like East Africa.
“I always enjoy taking people there [to East Africa] because you can’t be disappointed. There is always something to see — the sights, the sounds, the sunsets, the landscape and just the expanse of it. It’s mind-boggling to realize that still exists,” she said.
For more information, please visit www.ietravel.com.
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Online Platform Promotes Partnerships Between Businesses and Investors

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – Historically, specialty businesses had limited ability to expand beyond their immediate geographic region. However, current technology allows such businesses to promote themselves to a larger audience. Touch Up Teak is one example of how successful online investment partnerships can grow a business.
Touch Up Teak, based in Hollywood, Florida, provides a full range of services for preservation, repair, restoration and maintenance of exotic wood used for high-end furniture, home decor, decks and other areas requiring style and durability. The company also serves the resort and restaurant industries, and the yachting/boating community.
“I have wanted to expand for some time into markets beyond Florida,” Touch Up Teak CEO Paul Murray noted. “We decided to list our offering on the internet, and wanted to make sure we could reach as many possible capital sources in the most efficient and cost-effective manner we could.” To help expand its business, the company used DPOUSA, an online financial platform that makes information about up-and-coming businesses available to potential investors at any time, day or night. DPOUSA is visible to the public, and also maintains a growing database of 30,000 investors with over $500 billion in investment-ready capital.
“Since listing, we have begun discussions with accredited investors who just happen to own yachts, and see the value our business brings,” Murray said.
Touch Up Teak maintains additional facilities in Miami and Naples, but the company’s management has plans to expand the services offered and the geographic areas served, starting with high-end southeast markets in Orlando. Such expansion will require capital for facilities, marketing and advertising, and the company hopes to partner with additional investors online via DPOUSA.
As part of the expansion plans, Touch Up Teak has developed proprietary wood-finishing and restoration technologies tailored to the high-end woods used in demanding applications such as high-gloss yacht finishing and interior/exterior patio furniture, trim and decking. As an exotic-wood specialty company, Touch Up Teak is qualified to restore and maintain many different species of hard and soft woods including teak, ipe, walnut, mahogany, cypress, tiger, Patagonian rosewood, cumaru, burl and bubinga.
“Now that we have engaged in discussions with investors, our future expansion plans in the Mid-Atlantic and Southern California are closer to becoming a reality,” said Murray.
For more information about Touch Up Teak, please visit touchupteak.com. For details about how DPOUSA provides online investment opportunities for Touch Up Teak and similar companies, visit www.dpousa.com.
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Winning the Financial Security Lottery

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – Like many people, you may have dreamed of winning the lottery and being financially secure for life. However, you don’t need to win the lottery to obtain financial security. In fact, that security might just be available through the benefits offered at your job.
In addition to your salary and health insurance, your employer may offer other benefits that will help you address your financial challenges. One is a retirement plan. It could be an IRA, a 401(k) or a similar plan that allows you to save and grow your savings. You won’t pay taxes on the savings until you withdraw them in retirement. Some employers will match your contributions to your retirement plan up to a certain amount. The earlier you start saving, the more you’ll have when you retire.
Life insurance is another important employee benefit. It offers a safety net for your family if something should happen to you. Financial security comes from knowing that your loved ones will be taken care of when you’re gone. Your employer may offer coverage, which generally pays beneficiaries one or two times your salary if you die while your policy is in effect. In some cases, you can purchase more protection through a special arrangement between your employer and a life insurance company.
Another workplace benefit an employer may offer is disability income insurance. Often called paycheck protection, these policies replace some of your income if you are unable to work because of an injury or illness. A disability happens more than most people think. The Social Security Administration estimates that 1 in 4 20-year-olds in the workforce today will suffer a disability before they retire. Disability income insurance benefits help cover rent or mortgage, buy groceries and take care of other necessities while you are out of work.
Your employer also may work with an insurer to offer long-term care insurance. It helps pay for the high and rising cost of long-term care services. Today, the median cost of a one-year stay in a nursing home is more than $90,000. The median cost of a one-year stay in an assisted living facility is more than $40,000. Most people cannot cover these expenses on their own. Health insurance and Medicare generally don’t cover these costs.
Check with your employer for benefits offered at your work. More information about employee benefits is available on the American Council of Life Insurers’ website, www.acli.com.
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How to Earn a Hundred Million Dollars or More

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – The deal, which was later reported by major news media around the world, did not portend much initially. It was struck in 2005 between a high school dropout with a history of petty thefts and a little-known startup with no revenues. The latter wanted the former to spray paint graffiti on their office walls. The former brazenly asked for sixty thousand dollars — an astronomical fee in graffiti business; the cash-strapped startup countered by offering him its shares, which had no market value.
Seven years later, the company, no longer a startup but the largest social network, went public. That very day, the Facebook stock received by David Choe, the graffiti painter, turned into liquid assets valued at more than two hundred million dollars. As the stock price has been climbing, David’s network exceeded half a billion dolars.
This remarkable rags-to-riches story is now prominently featured on Stock4Services.com, deployed by renowned KMGi Group to facilitate similar investments of services into emerging growth companies.
“There’s over a quarter of a trillion dollars per year of unsold advertising inventory in the USA alone, which could be invested into promising businesses,” says Alex Konanykhin, CEO of KMGi “Yet broadcasters and publishers let it perish instead of investing in promising businesses that seek visibility. It’s a colossal waste, and we seek to correct it, generating tens of billions of dollars of value.”
Stock4Services also facilitates investments of other kinds of services, including online and outdoor advertising, visibility at major events, product placements, celebrity endorsements, public relations, programming, design and creative services. While no one can assure returns as high as in the Facebook example, investments can be quite secure, especially if made into VC-funded or public companies.
“Companies invest trillions of dollars in the stock market,” says Jay Baguioro, president of Stock4Services. “We provide them with opportunities to invest their services, without having to sell them for cash first. It makes the market more efficient and allows for faster wealth accumulation and economic growth.”
Stock4Services’ website lists some additional compelling examples that support their premise.
Rapper 50 Cent accepted stock from the company behind Vitamin Water in exchange for his endorsement in 2004. When Coca-Cola bought the company four years later, his after-tax earnings exceeded $100 million.
The stock that actor William Shatner received in exchange for being a pitchman for Priceline in TV commercials has risen to over $600 million.
Canadian geologist Chuck Fipke holds about a billion dollars in stock due to the work he’s done uncovering diamonds in the country’s Northwest Territories.
And now Stock4Services facilitates such deals to all service providers and advertising inventory owners. “We take a standard agency commission in the form of the stock of the transaction, so we only make money when our investors make money,” points out Jay Baguioro. “It motivates us to seek investment opportunities with the highest and fastest return.”
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Not All Encryption Is Created Equal

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – Despite constant news cycles of rampant data security breaches occurring everywhere from Fortune 500 companies to brand name retailers, and now, more alarmingly, to healthcare organizations, it seems that most people still have a laissez-faire attitude about encryption and protecting their personal information.
One of the problems, experts say, is that most people believe that strong passwords are a fail-safe against getting hacked, when in reality, all they do is create a false sense of security.
If, like most people, you’re unsure what all the hubbub is about surrounding end-to-end encryption, read on to get yourself educated.
What You Should Know
End-to-end encryption is a method of secure communication that prevents third-parties (hackers) from accessing data while it’s transferred from one device to another, according to one technology company.
Translated, this means that any data that is sent cannot be seen by anyone in between — not your internet service provider, the company behind apps that are being created (hello, Facebook and Google) or the person in Nigeria that would like you to send him money that he promises to pay back. Likewise, encryption extends to all forms of communication so that no one can decipher or read conversations, or see photos or videos.
It’s that simple.
All Encryption Software Is Not The Same
Now that you have a better understanding of what end-to-end encryption is and why it’s important, where to start?
One answer that is easy and cost-efficient is the Gabriel app, available at the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. Gabriel was designed and built with personal privacy and security as its foundation by VirnetX, an internet security software and technology company.
For just $10 to $15 per year, users can take advantage of the Gabriel app and benefit from uncompromising CIA encryption technology that will secure everything from talk, video chat, text, email and even sharing photographs or documents.
No one will be able to see, hear or intercept your communications except for the party you’re in contact with because Gabriel does not transmit or store data with any third party. It’s person-to-person, end-to-end encryption that all but eliminates hacking possibilities.
Other benefits include:
* Making free voice or video calls or sending instant messages to other Gabriel members.
* Receiving seamless email.
* Sharing pictures or files that can’t be intercepted.
For more information, or to download Gabriel, please visit www.gabrielsecure.com.
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Curbing Bad Behavior: App Seeks to Harness Overbilling by Contractors

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – That contractors routinely overbill governments at the expense of taxpayers may come as no surprise. That these overbillings likely total hundreds of billions of dollars should shock and infuriate us all.
Consider the recent example involving the city of New York. and its contractor called SAIC. In 2000, New York City contracted SAIC for a project called CityTime, an employee time management system budgeted at $73 million. After flagrant overbilling and kickbacks, the total project cost had ballooned to over $600 million. In 2005, an SAIC whistleblower alerted authorities about this massive overbilling. This led to a criminal fraud charge, and, in March of this year, SAIC (now called Leidos) admitted wrongdoing and agreed to a settlement of over half a billion dollars.
“For seven years, fraudsters working on CityTime had a field day at the city’s expense,” said Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara. “Today, the people of New York City have more than a half billion reasons to celebrate, and corporations that deal with the city have more than a half billion reasons to do so honestly.”
This profit-over-principle approach is even more disturbing when it exploits essential government services. Such was the case when Hewlett Packard overbilled New York City $163 million on an overhaul of the city’s 911 emergency-communications system. At a time when the city was struggling to pay for early childhood education, youth programs and fire companies, the devastating effects of government pilfering on taxpayers was clear.
Indeed, overbilling on labor costs is common, especially when contractors charge for unverified hours. But this problem can be solved with technology that objectively tracks and documents billable hours.
TransparentBusiness, an internationally acclaimed cloud-based coordination tool, is doing just that. Designated by Citigroup as the “Top People Management Solution,” TransparentBusiness monitors and tracks in real-time all the computer-based activity of any geographically distributed workforce. By capturing and storing, with CIA-grade security, regular screenshots from employee computers, government project managers can literally verify every billable minute. Such technology not only protects governments from inflated billable hours, but also increases productivity by up to 40 percent by making every billable minute accountable. Remarkably, TransparentBusiness offers much-needed protection from overbilling at no cost to governments.
We have the tools. It’s time to stop writing blank checks to government contractors who inflate their billable hours. It’s time to implement a transparent system of business that will save taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars.
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New Online Platform Creates Access to the American Dream

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – Technology continues to change the way businesses operate, and that includes how they find resources to get started, fund growth and find a buyer. DPOUSA is one example of the latest paradigm in funding business opportunities. DPOUSA is an online financial platform connecting companies with capital sources, buyers with sellers, and people seeking business opportunities. DPO stands for “direct public offering,” and DPOUSA.com is designed to allow individuals to present their businesses directly to potential investors. The ventures can range from startups to large enterprises, and the online platform has sections for each stage of the business life cycle. The site reflects the new business paradigm: It is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year for users interested in acquiring, funding or investing in new ventures.
The DPOUSA technology allows users to quickly search transactions and find the right match through a user-friendly interface. The online setup allows companies to deal directly with interested capital sources.
“All politics, issues and differences aside, this is the only country with an abundance of opportunity. DPOUSA exists to connect those opportunities and provide access to all Americans,” says Brian Jue, a founding member of the DPOUSA Special Council. “A startup needing infrastructure can now find a match in an existing business looking to transfer its assets?it might very well be a millennial connecting with a baby boomer to get something very cool off the ground,” Jue adds. “DPOUSA exists to strengthen the U.S. economy by enabling the American dream.”
All costs are completely transparent, and a special council of experienced business executives and professionals is available via the website to assist both sides of transactions. DPOUSA charges a flat fee to list a company’s opportunity. In addition, various packages exist to create affordability for earlier-stage transactions, with additional services and exposure also available for more complex transactions. Investors and financial institutions pay no fees to use DPOUSA.
DPOUSA includes a database of more than 30,000 accredited investors and financial institutions that collectively have over $500 billion to invest in businesses, and the site is designed to facilitate all types of transactions, for startups and well-established businesses alike. To ensure the growth of the platform, DPOUSA has committed resources for an ongoing campaign utilizing traditional, digital and social media to build its national presence.
For more details about DPOUSA’s services, please visit www.dpousa.com.
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Small Businesses Have Happy Workforces

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – New research shows that small-business employees are among the happiest people in the workplace. One major reason for their happiness stems from the way many small-business owners show workers how much they appreciate, respect and value them on a professional and personal level. Opportunities offered by small businesses, such as a family atmosphere, flexible work schedules and a greater understanding of how current goals fit into long-term plans for the company, may be harder to come by in larger companies. Small businesses can play to their strengths by frequently communicating and taking action in areas where their employees see opportunities for improvement. Learn more at aflac.com/smallbusiness.

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Protect Yourself From Cyber Attacks With Encryption

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – Much has been made about encryption and why it’s important to keeping your information safe. Yet, even after massive data breaches at major corporations (that you most likely frequent or have a connection to), it still remains one of those items that never quite seems to make it off your to-do list.
Consider this: According to an article in The New York Times last year, half of American adults had their personal information exposed to hackers in 2014 alone. In an attack at the federal Office of Personnel Management, hackers stole the most sensitive personal data for 21.5 million people. This follows on the heels of a massive data breach last year at health insurer Anthem Inc., in which almost 79 million people had their personal information compromised, according to The Wall Street Journal.
The problem is that the internet was never built for security. And with our mobile, on-the-go environment, experts say it’s no wonder that the idea of privacy is just that these days — an idea.
“The way technology is woven into our daily lives, you can’t do without it,” Amy Danker, an employee at Epic Wines and Spirits, told the Oakland Tribune in a recent interview. “So what’s your other option? Are you gonna go back to a pager? I just assume that all my private information is already available through IP address. You don’t even think privacy exists, because it doesn’t anymore, right?”
The good news is that it doesn’t have to happen to you, and the answer is simple and cost-efficient.
The Gabriel app, available at the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store, was designed and built with personal privacy and security as its foundation by VirnetX, an internet security software and technology company.
For just $10 to $15 per year, users can take advantage of the Gabriel app and benefit from uncompromising CIA encryption technology that will secure everything including talk, video chat, text, email and even sharing photographs or documents.
No one will be able to see, hear or intercept your communications except for the party you’re in contact with because Gabriel does not transmit or store data with any third party. It’s person-to-person, end-to-end encryption that all but eliminates hacking possibilities.
Other benefits include:
* Making free voice or video calls or sending instant messages to other Gabriel members.
* Receiving seamless email.
* Sharing pictures or files that can’t be intercepted.
For more information, or to download Gabriel, please visit www.gabrielsecure.com.
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