Monthly Archives: May 2017

Getting to Know the Music Career of Cassio Audi

Currently, Cassio Audi isn’t famous because of his music ability. This is probably because his music career was very short and little was written about it.

 

Cassio Audi was a founding member of a band known as Viper. The group was founded in 1985 and he stayed with them until 1989. The band members at that time were Felipe Machado, Pit Passarell, Andre Machado, Yves Passarell, and Cassio Audi. All of them were Brazilian teenagers who got influenced by the Iron Maiden and British Heavy metal. Cassio was an excellent drummer and many who knew him believe that he could have made a very successful profession in music.

 

The band’s first demo album (the Killera Sword) was recorded in 1985. Audi played drums on this album, which included tracks such as Signs of the Night, Nightmare, and Killera, the Princess from Hell. All these songs found their way into the first album, Soldiers of Sunrise.

 

Cassio was with the band at the time when the first album was released. He was still their drummer in 1987. The raw talent and skills the band was showcased in the album. Many critics, including the fans felt that they needed refinements. Most fans spoke well about the lyrics and vocals of these songs. They also acknowledged the individual talents of the young men. Everyone could see how talented the teenagers were and that they would accomplish greater things in the future.

 

The first album, Soldiers of Sunrise, included tracks like Nightmares, Knights of Destruction, Signs of the Night, and Soldiers of Sunrise (the title track). Their album got high ratings on Allmusic since it gained four stars. This album has been released multiple times.

 

In 1989, Cassio Audi left the band and wasn’t involved when the band recorded the second successful album known as Theatre of Fate. He chose to join University, and that’s when his musical career came to a close.

Rights Activism: The Progressive Face of Today’s World

The world is undergoing an unprecedented era of democratization, which is characterized by a free flow of democratic ideals throughout the world. However, there are many places where this surge of democratic values such as civic, human and migrant rights faces political and cultural hurdles. These hurdles have stymied the realization of a freer and democratic world. Numerous civil society organizations that seek to break these hurdles by running extensive campaigns calling for the provision of basic human rights, civic rights and the rights inherent to migrants.

The issue of migrant rights has become a hot issue given the current colossal flow of migrants towards Europe from the less stable areas in the Middle East. The role of civil society organizations is very crucial in keeping a careful check on the policies of countries, which they formulate, most of the time, in the light of their geopolitical interests. The following paragraphs discuss some organizations that work in this line.

Driven by their passion for serving humanity and forging a just and democratic world, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin together established Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund. Through this Fund, Lacey and Larkin help organizations and groups that raise their voice for civic, human and migrant rights. Recently, the duo has decided to give the money they got through a settlement over their arrest with Sheriff Joe Arpaio to organizations working on migrants. The estimated worth of the money is $3.75 million.

Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund supports a wide array of civil society organizations groups across the U.S, including American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Arizona Justice Project, Centre for Neighborhood Leadership, and many others. The basis of this Fund lies in the arrest of Lacey and Larking in 2007 by Joe Arpaio, the Maricopa County Sherrif.

The two had been writing in their newspaper about the wrongdoings and infringements of the Sherrif, who in retaliation had ordered their detention in a bid to silence the voices challenging his corruption. Lacey and Larking started a series of legal actions against the Sheriff citing the rights under the First Amendment. They won the legal battle and were compensated $3.75 million, and this money became the basis for the Lacey and Larking Frontera Fund.

By profession, Lacey and Jim Larkin are adept journalists who co-founded a couple of news outlets: Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media. They focus on the issues people face, particularly migrants, in Arizona, their home state. The two champion the rights granted to citizens under the First Amendment by the Constitution of the United States.

With their percipient editorials and news stories, Lacey and Jim Larkin have earned an immense reputation for their objectivity and their dedicated service to humankind. The fact that the two have decided to give away a huge sum for a humane cause reflects their vision for a democratic and free world.

Learn more about Jim Larkin: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/

Why Madison Street Capital Is Making a Difference in the Investment World

Madison Street Capital is a household name in the investment management industry. The company is recognized internationally because of its investment nature that enables small and medium-size businesses to access financial support. In 2017, the firm was involved in as an exclusive financial advisor in arranging minority equity for one of its client. ARES Security Corporation is one of the longest serving clients of Madison Street Capital that was under financial constraints. As such, the firm sourced for the services of Corbel Structured Equity Partners. The company was mandated to spearhead the recapitalization process and enable ARES Security Corporation to resume its normal operations within one year. The process was initiated by the Chief Executive Officer of Madison Street Capital Charles Botchway. His aim was to ensure a successful transition process that would leave the company back to normal operations.

 

ARES Security Corporation is a high-end technological company with interest in providing state-of-the-art communication equipment. According to Ben Eazzetta, the President of ARES Security Corporation, the company appreciates the effort made by Madison Street Capital in finding the best financial partner to spearhead the whole process. Madison Street Capital reputation has been put to the test and recognized because of the significant periods of time it has been in the financial investment field.

 

Madison Street Capital is a leading investment firm with interest in merger and acquisition of assets, financial advisory services, business valuation and financial reporting among others. The company focuses on ensuring small scale business investor understand the area he is investing in and the potential market returns. It also ensures that companies get the value of investment opportunities made by performing business valuation to ascertain the actual value of properties and assets acquired. The firm has a long history and good reputation owing to the success story of reliability in service delivery.

 

The company has grown in the recent years to open branches in Asia, Africa, and North America. The extensive network has scaled-up the activities of the firm thus opening up other opportunities. The company believes in strengthening its relationship with other global agencies by engaging in charitable acts. It has partnered with The United Ways of the Midwest and South Disaster Fund to help in providing aid to help mitigate disaster affecting many states across the United States of America. Through this process, Madison Street Capital ensures that it makes a difference within the locals living within its jurisdiction.

 

Visit http://madisonstreetcapital.org/about-madison-street-capital.html for more details.

George Soros: Political Influencer And Enterprising Philanthropist

George Soros is a Hungarian-born businessman, investor, and philanthropist based in New York. For more than 30 years, he has been a vocally active supporter of liberal and democratic causes, through the Open Society Foundations. Through this organization, he advocates for the establishment of open societies globally. According to George Soros, an open society is one that is characterized by democratic governments, transparency, and accountability.

Personal Life and Professional Background

George Soros and his family left Hungary in 1947 headed for the United Kingdom. Here, he financed his college education at the London School of Economics by working as a waiter and railway porter. He holds a Bachelor’s degree and Masters’ in Philosophy from the LSE. While at the LSE, George Soros was exposed to the political ideals of Karl Popper in the book “The Open Society and Its Enemies.” This is what motivated him to establish the Open Society Foundations in 1979.

He began his career in international arbitrage working for Singer and Friedlander, a brokerage firm in London. George Soros relocated to the U.S in 1958 and started working on Wall Street as a stock broker.

In 1969, he founded Double Eagle, presently known as Quantum Fund. This was his first venture into hedge fund management, and the profits earned allowed him to set up a second hedge fund known as Soros Fund Management. This hedge fund currently has assets valued at $30 billion under its management. In 2017, he appointed Wall Street veteran, Dawn Fitzpatrick as the Chief Investment Officer, in charge of the investment portfolio of Soros Fund Management. Visit cnbc.com to know more about George Soros.

Political Attachment and Philanthropic Activities

George Soros is an active donor to political causes, primarily Democratic causes. Since the formation of the Open Society Foundations, he has spent over $13 billion as political and social donations for supporting human rights, health, democracy, and education globally.

He played a major part in Eastern Europe’s peaceful conversion from communism to capitalism by funding cultural exchanges between Eastern Europe and the Western world. George Soros was also influenced by psychedelic drug expert Allen Ginsberg, in his efforts to bring about the legalization of marijuana in 2000.

Over the years, George Soros has actively contributed to the election campaigns of well-known Democrats such as Barack Obama, Bill and Hillary Clinton, as well as Joe Biden. In 2004, he donated almost $27 million in the efforts to oust President George W. Bush and in 2016, pledged $25 million to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

He is a strong critic of President Donald Trump because he forwards that his stand on immigration reform, religious tolerance, and criminal justice matters are too extreme. George Soros has supported Democratic political action committees such as Immigrant Voters Win, Senate Majority PAC, Priorities USA Action, America Votes, among others.

He is played a role in the formation of the Democratic Alliance in 2005. This is a private club of Liberal and Democratic donors who sought to combat the influence of big money in politics.

Read more: http://www.forbes.com/profile/george-soros/