Reformer Betsy DeVos Finds Success In Different Areas

The education reform movement has recently been celebrating the appointment of one of its major supporters to the position of U.S. Secretary of Education in the shape of Betsy DeVos. Mrs. DeVos has impressed me with the work she has completed in terms of reforming education and as a philanthropist who has created a network of good causes she backs with both financial donations and her own vocal support for to raise awareness; the different areas of interest for Betsy DeVos have taken many different forms and include her backing of educational programs across many different sectors. One of the most impressive aspects of the work completed by Betsy DeVos has been her work to make sure arts management programs are available throughout the U.S. after she and her husband, the former AmWay Group President Dick DeVos donated around $22.5 million to the creation of the DeVos Institute for Arts Management in association with the Kennedy Center for the Arts. Visit Betsy’s profile page on Facebook.

It is easy to see how seriously Betsy DeVos takes her commitment to politics extremely seriously in my opinion as she has spent a large amount of her time making sure she maintains a dedicated view of the political situation in the U.S. Although Betsy DeVos leads a busy life as an education reformer and advocate for many different groups she has taken on a number of roles within the Republican Party in Michigan and on a national level that I believe show how highly her opinion has been regarded for a number of years; in Michigan, Betsy DeVos impressed me as the Chair of the state’s Republican Party and took up the role a second time to show just how popular she remains within the party. The Secretary of Education may now be one of the most influential figures in the current Administration of President Trump, but I believe President George W. Bush was the first to see her political abilities when he personally appointed Secretary DeVos to the Board of the Kennedy Center for the Arts.

Betsy DeVos has been a major supporter of groups backing education reform and chaired two educational reform organizations during the 1990s, which were the American Education Reform Council and the Children First America groups. I look at the founding of the West Michigan Aviation Academy charter school by Betsy DeVos as showing how she has an understanding of the needs of students seeking a higher level of success over the course of their educational careers and her work with the Thunderbird School of Global Management as signs of the wide ranging reform of the education system I am pleased Betsy DeVos is heading. Visit betsydevos.com to know more about Betsy.

YouTuber Utlizes Nintendo Switch as VR Device

Virtual reality (VR) is coming. Every gamer knows it and the anticipation is building. So much so, that one YouTuber gamer recently jerry-rigged his Nintendo Switch to become a VR headset.

 

For the uninitiated, the Nintendo Switch is the one of the latest Nintendo developments in portable gaming technology. The tablet-sized, approximately 9” x 4”, device can be attached to a large TV for game play. It can also be a stand-alone portable game console much like its predecessor the Wii U. The Switch comes with many tailor-made games and more are in the pipeline.

 

The Switch has been well-received with sales at its launch surpassing Wii U launch sales. There have been rumors swirling that Nintendo released the Switch with the further intention of converting it for VR use. Its compact size and price would make it unique among the current VR offerings. For example, the Occulis Rift requires touch controls and a VR Gaming PC and the whole set up costs over $1,000. A Nintendo Switch, by comparison, retails for about $380.

 

YouTuber Nintendrew decided to see how the Switch would work as a VR device. He found a VR headset called the Durvois Dive 7 which fit the Switch perfectly. He recorded his game play of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, from the Nintendo DS, for viewing on YouTube. He then used the Switch’s web browser to view his recorded YouTube game footage.

 

The experiment was a success, although it was not a perfect experience. The Switch’s 500 pixel screen does not allow for great resolution. Still, it may be possible that the Switch is just a first step in Nintendo’s development of a compact, affordable, VR system. The company filed a patent last year that could convert the Switch console to a VR device. Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima has explained one stumbling block is any issues that might occur from wearing a VR device for hours at a time.

 

Nintendo Switch Drops Jaws with High Sales

You’ve likely been a gamer for the better part of your life. Along the way you’ve probably played your fair share of consoles. Out of all the video game console developers in the world it seems like one company consistently rises to the top: the Nintendo Switch. Nintendo is a company that innovates while staying true to their roots, never forgetting the nostalgia of yesterday while pursuing making history tomorrow. Now we are looking at another era of Nintendo memory making with their newest console: the Nintendo Switch. While fans are always nervous when a new console launches it seems like, in this case, the nerves were for nothing. As of this writing the Nintendo Switch has turned into one of the fastest selling consoles in Nintendo’s history.

 

We’ve finally gotten a chance to see some of the sale statistics for the first full month of the Nintendo Switch’s lifespan and the results are great. Nintendo managed to sling 2.7 million units in March alone, bringing nearly $584 million for the stalwart company. The Nintendo Switch had many of the concerns that the Nintendo Wii had when it was first released: it was a console that was trying something new and fans feared that it would just be a gimmick. Well, fear no more. The Switch has gotten rave reviews and the sale numbers are hard to ignore.

 

Gaming has changed dramatically even since the Nintendo Wii had launched. Nowadays customers have the option to pursue more video games, video game consoles, and video game companies than ever before. Mobile gaming has taken a huge bite out of the budget that many people had previously set aside for console gaming. Still, Nintendo continues to plug along without losing their focused. Tatsumi Kimishima, the president of Nintendo, simply stayed: “I was relieved by a strong start of the Switch.”

 

Kimishima knows that his console is selling well but there is still some concern amongst analysts that the console is lagging slightly behind. A few of the big concerns for potential lag include: dead pixels on the console’s launch screen, a lack of game choices, and the high marketing budget for the game eating away at the edge of profits. For now, however, the grass seems to be green.

 

Computers and Games Might Be Closer and More Distant at the Same Time

There’s an old saying that the more things change the more they stay the same. It’s hard not to reflect on that while reading a recent article about computers and gaming moving to a more streaming based architecture. The article begins by discussing methods by which one can play video games without even having them running on a local system. The details get more complex as the discussion progresses. But right from the start anyone who’s familiar with the history of gaming will recognize a pattern.

 

Video games have been in the home so long that most people consider that the norm. But before home gaming was a reality there were arcades. And shortly before that period there was a mix of the two. And that mix has a lot in common with the cutting edge of today.

 

The earliest video games made use of a client server model. These tended to focus on dungeon crawling computer role playing games. When people think of these early games they tend to assume that they were similar to a modern MMORPG. It’s true that some of them did have extensive multiplayer functionality. But it was more common, especially at the start, for the games to focus on a single user experience. The player would simply sit down at a very under powered computer that would connect to a far more powerful one. The powerful computer, a server, would essentially run the game. The text and graphical output would then be sent to the player’s computer.

 

Today this concept is being used by services such as Shadow. For a small monthly fee a customer can sign up to essentially rent out a powerful Windows based computer. They’ll never actually see this computer in person. But they can use a windows or mobile app to connect to the system’s video display. From there the user will essentially be using this very powerful computer from their much more humble home setup. It makes it possible to essentially play even the most demanding Windows games from one’s phone or under powered non-gaming laptop. Though there’s even more interesting ways to tie this into one’s setup.

 

Adding cloud technologies will mean that someone can integrate file sharing with home systems. This can be an easy way to share files between a home computer, a powerful computer accessed through the Shadow service, and other instances of a particular game. Such as one might be able to play at a friend’s house. It’s a whole new era of streaming games. But at the same time one can easily see where it all began.

 

New Nintendo 2DS XL to Hit Market!

If you are a fan of handheld gaming then you’ve spent more than a couple of hours with your fingers wrapped around the Nintendo DS. The Nintendo DS is one of the greatest handheld gaming consoles in the world and, of course, it was the team at NES behind it all. Now the Nintendo DS is getting a big old upgrade in the form of the Nintendo 2DS XL. If you are a fan of 2D gaming, like the savage that you are, then this announcement can only be met with a resounding cheer. 2D gaming is still where w want to spend our time at and any upgrade to 2DS technology is a huge welcome.

 

Nintendo is and has always been a handheld gaming company first and foremost, at least if you were born in the early ’90s. The Gameboy may have gotten us all started but the guys and girls developing at Netflix haven’t slowed down in the slightest bit. Now Nintendo is focusing on their 2DS XL which offers size, efficiency, and a sleek design in an affordable package. Reggie Fils-Aime, the Nintendo of America President, put his thoughts into a succinct statement regarding the new launch, “The new Nintendo 2DS XL sports a beautiful clamshell design and offers a great balance between prize and performance.”

 

If you have refrained from jumping into the handheld market until now, which would be absolutely shocking, this might be the perfect time to strike. While there is no price point attached to the Nintendo 2DS XL, we expect it to be relatively competitive — especially thanks to the fact hat the Nintendo Switch is getting such a huge push right now. The newest Nintendo 2DS XL will be released in conjunction with two brand new games to the handheld Nintendo family: ‘Hey! PIKMIN’ and ‘Mitopia’. Of course, these new games won’t be the only reason you need to jump on board.

 

No matter where you stand on the console race, you have to admire Nintendo’s focus on improving their older hardware. There used to be a time when consoles would get their release and then get used until they were done. The fact that Nintendo is holding tight to a non-3D option of their famous 3DS is great, and what we respect most about them.

 

 

Xbox One: Backwards Compatible Titles Hit Market!

The further we get away from the original Xbox, the more things seem to change — while still staying the same. There used to be a time when we just assumed that there would be some level of backwards compatibility between sequel-systems. For awhile the Xbox One seemed to nail that concept shut but a much needed upgrade came along. Now you can play some of your favorite Xbox 360 titles on the Xbox One simply by downloading them through the online store via your Xbox dashboard. Today we’re jumping into announce six of the newest titles to get released with backwards compatibility.

 

If you’re a fan for atmospheric, science fiction themed horror games then you need to get ready to jump back into the world of ‘Dead Space’. This past week we saw both ‘Dead Space 2’ and ‘Dead Space 3’ join the backwards compatible crowd, joining the original entry in the series. If you’ve never experienced any of the ‘Dead Space’ games this is probably the perfect chance to get in on the horror action — especially with ‘Alien: Covenant’ coming out here soon. While ‘Dead Space’ and ‘Alien’ share only a genre and theme, they make perfect companions to one another. Besides, who doesn’t love the thrill of fear that only space creatures can bring?

 

Looking past ‘Dead Space’ we see that Cabela is getting in on the action. Cabela’s famous hunting series just dumped seemingly its entire library onto the backwards compatible store: ‘Hunting Expeditions’, ‘Alaskan Adventures’, ‘Dangerous Hunts 2013’, and ‘Survival: Shadows of Katmai’. While we can’t personally attest to the quality of these games, they are there for you if you need them. What we appreciate most about the Cabela dump is that it shows that developers are alright catering to niche audiences, which means your favorite game might be joining the compatible list in the near future.

 

We also want to post a heads up to gamers on the Xbox One. If you subscribe to Xbox Live then you are granted the ability to download multiple games per month for free through the ‘Games With Gold’ service. Two XB1 options are available as well as an Xbox 360 option. These games are only playable while your subscription to Xbox Gold is in tact.

 

Tammy Mazzocco Sells The Deal

Tammy Mazzocco is a professional real estate broker in Central Ohio who specializes in residential properties. She thoroughly enjoys what she does and is passionate about the people with whom she meets. She started out in the real estate business as a secretary, but she did not end up that way as she soon saw the difference from an economic standpoint.

In 1999, Tammy Mazzocco joined with her friend and mentor, Judy Gang, with the Judy Gang Group of RE/MAX in Pickerington Ohio. Pickerington is just south of Columbus and has the feel of the country along with big city amenities.

Tammy learned quickly as she loves sales and the people who are involved. She is passionate about her work and enjoys the fact that she can help families find the house of their dreams. She likes to focus on her customers and find out what is making them tick. Most people who are buying a house are in a very emotional and vulnerable position as they may be moving from some other locale and they are making one of the biggest financial decisions of their lives.

Tammy focuses on the needs of her customers and makes an attempt to get to know them better. She answers all of the questions that they have about the local stores, shopping, schools, transportation, and entertainment. But then it gets down to the real reasons that they want to buy the house, and it is sometimes surprising.

The woman may want the house, but the man doesn’t and vice versa. If she can get the real reasons out about house buying, she usually gets the sale because she can probably find a house that suits them both.

Tammy is a goal setter. She sets goals on a daily, weekly, monthly, and annual basis, and then breaks them down into smaller chunks which are more easily achieved. In this way, the process keeps her moving and on track. Many people try to conquer the goal all at once and then give up when they can’t do it.

Tammy sets her sights on getting as many people as possible out to look at houses with her. She knows that if they will just spend the time, she is going to find them a house. That is just how it works. People are not going to spend a lot of time out looking at properties if they are not interested. House hunting with prospective buyers is the most important activity that Tammy says she can do, and she arranges all of the time possible to be doing just that.

Check out her Facebook page.

Building Long Term Wealth

Do you want to change your finances? Many people in Brazil are starting to see the economic possibilities that there are in the country. Not only that, but many people are ready and willing to make changes to the way that they are living in order to have success. Many people today are starting to take on debt in order to buy things and invest in companies. However, debt can be a bad thing for your finances if you do not have a plan to pay it off. Overall, there are a lot of people who are ready to stop having a hard time with how they are living financially.

 

Designing a Financial Plan

 

If you want to have success with anything in life, you need a financial plan to do so. There are a lot of people who are looking for ways to pay down debt and increase their income. With the economy booming, Brazil is looking for ways to take their people to a new level. There are a lot of people who are taking on multiple jobs in order to make as much money as possible. With the changes that are starting to take place in this area, now is a great time to start building plans for the future.

 

Advice

 

When ti comes to your finances, a lot of people want to get advice on what to do. There are many people who are in the industry who are looking for ways to make a positive impact on others. Igor Cornelsen is the type of person who you should work with in order to make a difference in the lives of other people. Not only that, but he is excited about the changes that are starting to take place in this life and career. With some of the shifts that are starting to occur, now is the perfect time to try and make a positive impact on your finances. With the changes that are made, people need to have a plan for how to prepare for an economy that is going to change rapidly in the years ahead. Not only that, but you can start to see all of the positive change that Igor Cornelsen is proposing for your finances over time.

How E-Governe is Fostering Efficiency

E-Governe is a suite of products that are used to improve institutions and facilities. Users of e-Governe systems have access to support staff that is ready to assist them with any issues that they might have. Public administration has always had a hard time managing the different state and municipal health offices. Many processes and tasks are running at any given time. E-Governe Health has proved to be economical, efficient, and functional. It has reduced friction between different institutions and departments because everything can be managed from a central place. It has brought transparency to health facilities and offices and has made accountability easier.

 

Professionals and practitioners are able to plan their schedules and their days through the system. This has resulted in better services at the hospital because everyone is aware of the time that they have to be at work. Appointments can be scheduled through the platform, and the doctors can view them at their convenience. This allows hospital officials to regulate the attendance of people. They reduce the long queues. The result is an efficient hospital and staff because every minute is managed and accounted. The hospital is able to offer quality services to the public since they are informed of the specific time that they will be served.

 

E-Governe Health has made tracking of financial transfers efficient because all the records are in one place. This has eliminated corruption at the facilities and in public offices since all the information is available on the platform. The system allows officials to review tasks and processes that waste hospital resources and remove them. This results in the general improvement of the health sector because inefficient methods are removed and avoided. Ambulatory control is possible through the system. This makes it a wholesome package that can be used at any hospital.

 

The distribution and managing of medicine can be done through the system. Doctors can then schedule the administering of vaccines depending on the amount that is in stock. The system can be integrated with other e-governe platforms to ensure consistency across the board. The municipal and state governments can work together because there is harmony. The municipality of Osasco was the first to be equipped with e-Governe in Brazil. They signed a contract with ICI for the setting up of the e-Governe school system a few years ago. ICI installed an electrical and logical network and supplied computer equipment to various institutions. The system had already been tried out in Teresina, Piaui. It was a success.

 

ICI was also tasked with implementing a call center at the education department of the municipal. The system was installed in all the 140 school units present in the municipal. It was set up at the Continuing Education Center and the main offices of the Municipal Education Department. E-Governe Education has helped to manage the integrity of the records of the institutions and public offices. It has also made sharing and generating reports easy and reduced the time to only a few seconds.

 

Andrew Rocklage: Sky Zone Owner and Operator

Within the last handful of years, a chain of indoor trampoline parks has skyrocketed in popularity around the United States. Sky Zone introduced this concept to the country, and the chain rose to prominence quickly. Sky Zone owners come from many walks of life, but few are as interesting to learn about as Andrew Rocklage. A native of Boston, Massachusetts, Rocklage is currently the owner-operator of a new Sky Zone location in sunny Tampa Bay, Florida. So, how did an East Coast native with a background in law end up owning a trampoline park in the Sunshine State? Read on to find out.

Growing up, Andrew Rocklage was always active and into sports. Naturally curious and adventurous, he was always willing to try new things and to broaden his horizons. He excelled in his studies in secondary school, so it came as no surprise that he decided to proceed directly to college. Andrew was accepted at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and he threw himself into college life. While academics were his main priority, Rocklage continued to be very active. Through the years, he even trained for and ran half-marathons and full marathons. His love of running hasn’t waned to this day.

Andrew Rocklage graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a Bachelor of Science degree in sports management. He also came away with a minor in economics, so he had a broad base from which to begin his professional career. While working on his degree, he completed various internships and volunteer opportunities that afforded him the chance to see what life was really like in the business world. He also forged crucial connections with well-known people throughout the Boston business community; these connections would come very much in handy later in his life.

While he was satisfied with the work that he had done and what he had accomplished at UMass, Andrew Rocklage wasn’t done with school just yet. He had realized that he was fascinated by law, so he decided to return to school to earn a law degree. Impressively, he was accepted into the prestigious Suffolk University Law School, where he worked tirelessly to earn his degree. In 2013, after several years of work and study, he came away from the school with a Juris Doctor law degree. Finally, he felt like he had the educational background that he needed to accomplish the goals that he had set for himself in life.

Initially, Andrew Rocklage thought that he would be happy working strictly in the field of law. Although he did an internship in public relations for Major League Lacrosse at one point, he decided to take a job in the legal field to see how he liked it. He worked as a legal consultant and law clerk before taking a job as corporate counsel for EPIRUS Biopharmaceuticals. The work was demanding and interesting, but it didn’t quite do enough to satisfy Andrew’s desire for innovation and forward thinking.

Since he had dipped his toes into the world of Boston business already, Andrew Rocklage decided to see what kinds of opportunities existed for him in that area. He finally realized that what he really wanted was to be master of his own destiny. To do that, he needed to strike out on his own and to stop working for others. He was actively seeking opportunities to own a successful business when he was alerted about an opportunity to invest in a Sky Zone franchise. Luckily, he was already familiar Sky Zone and really liked the concept. Several locations were already open in the Boston area, however, so Andrew knew that he would most likely have to relocate to make it happen.

After spending his whole life in Boston, where winters are positively punishing, Andrew Rocklage was more than happy to escape to the warmth of sunny Florida. He relocated to the city of Jupiter, Florida, and then he went to work getting a new Sky Zone franchise location open in the area. Finally, he became the owner and operator of a brand-new Sky Zone in Tampa Bay, FL. Located on International Speedway Boulevard, the facility includes a vast array of features and attractions. In addition to the immensely popular Freestyle Jump area, the facility includes SkySlam, which incorporates basketball and trampolines; FoamZone, where people can jump and have fun while surrounded by soft, cushy foam; and even a snack bar. At long last, Andrew Rocklage has found his calling. Will he be satisfied forever, though? Only time will tell.