Founders – Matice Zasovska http://www.maticezasovska.cz/ Fri, 18 Nov 2022 11:28:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 http://www.maticezasovska.cz/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/icon-4-150x150.png Founders – Matice Zasovska http://www.maticezasovska.cz/ 32 32 Aditi Pany, founder of Qalara, reflects on how e-commerce is shaping the retail industry http://www.maticezasovska.cz/aditi-pany-founder-of-qalara-reflects-on-how-e-commerce-is-shaping-the-retail-industry/ Fri, 18 Nov 2022 10:07:20 +0000 http://www.maticezasovska.cz/aditi-pany-founder-of-qalara-reflects-on-how-e-commerce-is-shaping-the-retail-industry/ Booming e-commerce It’s no secret that e-commerce is booming. For years, retailers have sat idly by and seen growing numbers of consumers turn their backs on traditional brick-and-mortar stores, favoring the choice and convenience of the online world instead. In doing so, these consumers have been aided by an increasingly sophisticated set of e-commerce platforms […]]]>

Booming e-commerce

It’s no secret that e-commerce is booming. For years, retailers have sat idly by and seen growing numbers of consumers turn their backs on traditional brick-and-mortar stores, favoring the choice and convenience of the online world instead.

In doing so, these consumers have been aided by an increasingly sophisticated set of e-commerce platforms capable of meeting a changing set of needs and a desire for unique and personalized products. “Previously, there would have been a handful of well-known brands in any given category,” says Aditi Pany, founder of Indian company Qalara and a retail professional for more than a decade. “Today, it has become more democratic. Platforms like Shopify and others offer a huge selection of brands, each with distinct identities, that cater to even a single consumer’s different needs and interests.

Aditi’s background in retail is remarkable. Having spent time in Silicon Valley while studying at Stanford University, she recalls the feeling of “potential disruption” that characterized the early days of e-commerce. As she says, “I felt like retail had been done in a particular way for decades, and this was an opportunity to embrace a lot of change.”

In 2011, Aditi made the decision to return to India, which would later lead to the launch of a fashion and lifestyle e-commerce business – a business that has since grown to over $1 billion in revenue. and has become one of the biggest e-commerce companies in India. More importantly, though, it’s been an experience that Aditi says has given her a “big picture” view of the retail industry, ranging from traditional brick-and-mortar stores to online merchandising, marketing and to supply chain technology. It was this oversight that encouraged Aditi to launch Qalara – a global wholesale sourcing platform, designed to make it easy for buyers to source products reliably, conveniently and sustainably at an affordable cost.

“The growth of e-commerce has had implications across the entire retail ecosystem,” Aditi acknowledges, reflecting on that experience. “In India today, marketing budgets are split between offline and online mediums, and even the smallest retailers are now reaching out to customers via WhatsApp or other digital means as they seek to drive footfall in their physical stores. Needless to say, digital payments have become an absolute way of life. It’s driven by online, but is now fully integrated into the offline retail space.

“Upstream B2B engagements have also benefited from the move to e-commerce, allowing merchandisers, buyers and sourcing teams to discover products and engage with producers on a digital basis,” she continues. “It ushered in a new era of supply chain transparency.”

At the start of 2020, the arrival of the Covid-19 pandemic hit the retail sector like no other. Shutters fell in stores around the world, and the company itself moved online. As Aditi’s comments show, however, the impact on retail was not a complete unknown, but an acceleration of trends already underway.

“Where previously e-commerce was focused on lifestyle shopping, the pandemic has accelerated its spread into the essential shopping category,” confirms Aditi. “With in-store retail impossible, consumers responded to online shopping for groceries, pharmacy and medicine, and other general merchandise.

“At the same time, we have seen the acceleration of hyperlocal e-commerce,” she continues. “Traditionally, e-commerce relied on larger distribution centers located in specific centralized clusters across the country. Today, goods are delivered by and from local stores, which have evolved to be much more than just an end destination, but rather have a role to play within the wider supply chain.

But embracing e-commerce comes with its challenges. For large organizations, a growing disconnect between members of merchandising and purchasing departments and their consumers has propagated a disconnect, especially when it comes to online. As Aditi points out: “Facebook isn’t necessarily cool anymore.

“Sourcing and merchandising methods have also changed,” she continues. “Brick-and-mortar retailers have had a limited number of SKUs, which they buy deep. With e-commerce, the opposite is true: you engage with unlimited SKUs, purchased shallow, with faster turnovers. This does not lend itself to an efficient supply chain. Straddling these two very contrasting environments requires different types of assortment planning. »

Going forward, Aditi expects e-commerce to further shape the retail industry. “In particular, the cross-border supply chain represents the next frontier, with even smaller retailers leveraging it as a channel,” she insists. “Meanwhile, younger generations are driving an evolution in the way we consume as a society, with an increasing emphasis on sustainable and environmentally friendly products. For some parts of the world, like India, it’s a return to a way of life that disappeared not too long ago, going back to what used to be traditional methods and materials, like linen, hemp or natural dyes, and give them relevance in our contemporary way of life. What is certain is that these trends are now gaining traction among retailers.
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3 Black Startup Founders Share Their Top Tips for Acquiring Venture Capital http://www.maticezasovska.cz/3-black-startup-founders-share-their-top-tips-for-acquiring-venture-capital/ Mon, 14 Nov 2022 20:57:56 +0000 http://www.maticezasovska.cz/3-black-startup-founders-share-their-top-tips-for-acquiring-venture-capital/ In 2021, black business founders raised $4.2 billion in venture capital. That’s 281% more than they received in 2020 – but just 1.3% of the total pie, meaning there’s still a long way to go to close the funding gap for businesses led by blacks. In October, Good Housekeeping‘s Tiffany Blackstone moderated a panel on […]]]>

In 2021, black business founders raised $4.2 billion in venture capital. That’s 281% more than they received in 2020 – but just 1.3% of the total pie, meaning there’s still a long way to go to close the funding gap for businesses led by blacks.

In October, Good Housekeeping‘s Tiffany Blackstone moderated a panel on venture capital at Hearst’s annual meeting Celebrate the pinnacle of black style, a three-day streaming event highlighting influential black voices in fashion, beauty, business and entertainment. For her chat, Tiffany sat down with three black startup founders to talk about their journeys to securing funding for their businesses and the lessons they learned along the way. The panelists were:

  • Dr. Tye Caldwell, co-founder and CEO of ShearShare
  • Morgan Hewett, co-founder and CEO of Options®
  • Carmelle Cadet, Founder and CEO of EMTECH

Read a highlighted excerpt from the panel below, where Tiffany and the panelists discuss connecting with investors during the first pitch of ideas. Scroll down to watch the full discussion.


Tiffany Blackstone: You referred to pattern matching where [investors] invest in people who look like them and whom they recognize and identify with. We know that investor groups are not like us. How else do you combine them? Is there a way you’ve found to jump over that hurdle and say, “Okay, where else can we identify?”

Tye Caldwell: Well, I think it’s just about being authentic. I think what really shocked us was when [my wife and I] were at our first investor meeting in Silicon Valley, the investor said when we walked in, “Oh, I thought you were going to be two white guys who were 6 feet tall.” That’s when we had to realize – because of our idea. They thought that because we had this idea, it was someone from our white counterpart.

And we understood that it was going to be a “no”, [so then] What are we doing? Are we going out? Are we saying something crazy? Are we being disrespectful? But at the end of the day, we were business people…we’re long in the tooth. We not only knew how to behave as founders, but we knew how to bounce back from that, and I think once we ended that conversation word got around that little community that ShearShare was here -down. We come from industry. We represented what we build, and I think that’s what helped us.

TB: Morgan and Carmella, tell us a bit about your experiences. You were both already in the tech industries and in financial services… Was it easier for you? Did you know what to expect when raising capital for your businesses? Did this help you?

Morgan Hewitt: Well, I think Tye understood that investors need to find something they can relate to. When we started our business, it was actually very difficult for my co-employee and I to share our origin story because it was deeply personal. I wouldn’t want to cry telling this story but I learned that I had to wear my heart on my sleeve because all of our early initial investors invested in it because my family member’s story was the story of their sister, the story of their cousin or the story of their best friend. There are so many people in this country who, unfortunately, are affected by mental illness, by suicide, by things like that. That’s what got the first group of investors to take the leap…those early checks are the hardest, and then once you have good people behind you, it’s great. For us, Hearst opened a lot of doors once Hearst supported us.

Carmel Cadet: So I had the experience of working in business for a few years as an investor in “big business”. But it’s very different to be the founder and a startup in the market. Part of it is, of course, learning how an investor thinks, and I think VC in general is different than a loan from the bank or an angel investment, even friends and family. It’s very different. If you are lucky enough to have a family member to invest or have enough funds to do so, sometimes they just assume they are giving you money and you are going to lose it. They just trust you and they love you. [But venture capitalists] expect you to deliver… and that’s the name of the game.

It took me a while to understand this new world. I was lucky enough to start the business. It was a one-woman show at first, and I convinced my husband to also take half of our 401K and said, “Trust me, honey. I’ll find a way for us to fill the gap.” gap here.” And finally, I did this… I was lucky enough to find an acceleration program and [our] first investor, who was a black investor at 500 and got us into the accelerator… It opened my eyes to the power of networks. For me, going through experience, as soon as someone says “yes”, they can open new doors. And taking advantage of that and understanding the rules of the game is important. There are a lot of ideas, and I realize that VCs get so much that in order for you to stand out and for you to ask for the time to explain what the idea is, you need to have something compelling that’s going to answer in certain boxes.

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Elon Musk explains why he rejected FTX founder’s $3 billion offer to buy Twitter http://www.maticezasovska.cz/elon-musk-explains-why-he-rejected-ftx-founders-3-billion-offer-to-buy-twitter/ Sat, 12 Nov 2022 10:13:51 +0000 http://www.maticezasovska.cz/elon-musk-explains-why-he-rejected-ftx-founders-3-billion-offer-to-buy-twitter/ Youri Molchan The centibillionaire has revealed why he turned down Sam Bankman-Fried’s offer earlier this year Contents “He left by the BS detector” FTX gets hacked, funds leave for anon wallet The @TechEmails Twitter account shared screenshots of correspondence between Michael Grimes, whom the same account earlier this year called “Musk’s banker”. In this correspondence, […]]]>
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The centibillionaire has revealed why he turned down Sam Bankman-Fried’s offer earlier this year

Contents

  • “He left by the BS detector”
  • FTX gets hacked, funds leave for anon wallet

The @TechEmails Twitter account shared screenshots of correspondence between Michael Grimes, whom the same account earlier this year called “Musk’s banker”.

In this correspondence, Grimes suggested that Elon Musk sat down with FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried to discuss their potential partnership regarding the purchase of Twitter.

“He left by the BS detector”

According to Grimes, Bankman-Fried offered to invest between $1 billion and $5 billion in the acquisition deal. He also offered to help Musk transition Twitter, once purchased, to a blockchain base.

Musk went on to explain his view that Twitter on the blockchain in the impossible due to the inability of the peer-to-peer network to support bandwidth and latency requirements.

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In the correspondence, Musk asked Grimes if Bankman-Fried definitely had between $1 billion and $5 billion.

Today, November 12, Elon Musk replied to this tweet from @TechEmails, confirming that the screenshots are genuine. He also provided the reason he rejected the FTX founder’s offer – “he left with a BS detector,” Musk tweeted.

Because of this, he didn’t believe the FTX founder had the money he was offering to invest in the Twitter takeover.

Now Musk is slamming Bankman-Fried on Twitter, posting a pornhub meme about the CEO of FTX.

FTX gets hacked, funds leave for anon wallet

Rumor has spread on Twitter that hackers have attacked FTX and are withdrawing huge amounts of crypto. Tether froze a transaction, raising just over $31 million.

Elon Musk, in his recent tweet, acknowledged that Twitter’s contribution to FTX’s “merger/rancage” was being tracked in real time.

According to CoinDesk, around $600 million worth of crypto was stolen from the exchange which just filed for bankruptcy.

@PeckShieldAlert reported that crypto is withdrawn from various FTX wallets and sent to anonymous wallet 0x59AB…32b.

Several screenshots of FTX’s moved crypto have been posted in the thread.

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Pang Chin Hin, founder of Malaysian snack bar Mamee, dies at 92 http://www.maticezasovska.cz/pang-chin-hin-founder-of-malaysian-snack-bar-mamee-dies-at-92/ Wed, 09 Nov 2022 02:01:00 +0000 http://www.maticezasovska.cz/pang-chin-hin-founder-of-malaysian-snack-bar-mamee-dies-at-92/ hong kong CNN Business — The founder of Mamee Monster, Southeast Asia’s iconic noodle snack brand, has died, the company confirmed on Tuesday. Mamee-Double Decker Group, a Malaysian food manufacturer, told CNN Business that Pang Chin Hin had died. Saturday at the age of 92. The local media had given his age of 96, reflecting […]]]>


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The founder of Mamee Monster, Southeast Asia’s iconic noodle snack brand, has died, the company confirmed on Tuesday.

Mamee-Double Decker Group, a Malaysian food manufacturer, told CNN Business that Pang Chin Hin had died. Saturday at the age of 92. The local media had given his age of 96, reflecting a traditional Chinese way of calculating age.

“Without [him] many of our childhoods would be very different,” Group CEO Pierre Pang Hee Ta, grandson of Pang, told CNN Business in a statement. “He is truly a legend, we have our utmost respect for him, and we are grateful for what he has done and we will now continue his legacy.”

Pang leaves behind a beloved brand that has become a pantry staple for consumers across the region. Mamee is best known for its colorful packets of crunchy, dry instant noodles, which are usually sold with a powdered salty flavor. Some have compared the image of a furry blue cartoon character on its packaging to the Cookie Monster of Sesame Street.

Pang, a former used-car dealer, based the company in 1971, when he and a business partner set up an instant noodle factory in the Malaysian coastal state of Malacca.

The company started by making traditional instant noodles, with vermicelli packets sold under a brand called Lucky.

About three years later, Pang’s son noticed workers who worked as rubber tappers “eating uncooked instant noodles straight from the packet,” according to a company biography posted on his website. The family then decided to branch out into a new category: selling noodles as dried snacks.

The Mamee range now offers different flavors in powder, ranging from barbecue to chicken and black pepper. The company says the name of the snacks, which are popular with kids, is a play on the word “mom.” The group sells its products in 86 countries.

Today, the company’s product line has expanded to include a variety of snacks and beverages, including Double Decker crackers, Mister Potato chips and Boom+ vitamin drinks.

In an interview this year, Pang’s grandson said that while Mamee was his most recognizable brand, Mister Potato chips were his biggest source of income.

Peter Pan Told Malaysian publication The Edge in March called the launch of these potato chips “the most important decision in our history, as the brand contributes over 70% of our revenue and is exported to 18 markets”.

He added that his father and grandfather, the late Pang, were receptive to new ideas and supportive of his vision to grow the business in new directions.

“I’m so lucky they’re so open,” he said. “We are the product of two great avant-garde generations.”

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The Walt Disney Family Museum will hold a special conversation with the founders of Baobab Studios http://www.maticezasovska.cz/the-walt-disney-family-museum-will-hold-a-special-conversation-with-the-founders-of-baobab-studios/ Sat, 05 Nov 2022 19:14:59 +0000 http://www.maticezasovska.cz/the-walt-disney-family-museum-will-hold-a-special-conversation-with-the-founders-of-baobab-studios/ The Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco invites its members and guests to a special conversation with the founders of Baobab Studios next month. What is happening: The Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco is hosting a special in-person program that will include a conversation with the founders of Baobab Studios on December […]]]>

The Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco invites its members and guests to a special conversation with the founders of Baobab Studios next month.

What is happening:

  • The Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco is hosting a special in-person program that will include a conversation with the founders of Baobab Studios on December 3.
  • Join the museum for a conversation with the Baobab Studios leadership team on their journey to inspire its audience to dream, evoke a sense of wonder, and tell stories that matter. This mission permeates the studio’s slate of award-winning creative projects, many of which are adapted into books, movies, games, original series, and more. Moderated by Public Programs Manager Tracie Timmer, the conversation includes CEO and Co-Founder Maureen Fan, Creative Director and Co-Founder Eric Darnell, and CTO and Co-Founder Larry Cutler.
  • The Talk is free for Walt Disney Family Museum members, and $25 for non-members, and $20 for seniors and students (with valid ID). $15 for youth and children 5 and under are free.
  • Tickets for the program are available now and must be secured through their online portal only here.
  • Launched in 2015, Baobab Studios already has nine Emmy Awards to its credit. Studio credits include innovative VR fare such as Invasion!, Raven: The Legend, and Baba Yaga. The studio also recently announced that it is teaming up with Disney Branded Television on The Witchversea series of anthologies for Disney+ based on Baba Yaga short.
  • Once called “The Pixar of Virtual Reality,” Pixar founder Ed Catmull join Baobabfrom the board in May this year, where he will lead creative and operations as the studio accelerates storytelling across emerging and traditional mediums.
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Alaska’s Judiciary: Our Founders Got it Right | Community insights http://www.maticezasovska.cz/alaskas-judiciary-our-founders-got-it-right-community-insights/ Thu, 03 Nov 2022 15:00:00 +0000 http://www.maticezasovska.cz/alaskas-judiciary-our-founders-got-it-right-community-insights/ We write in response to politically motivated attacks on our state justice system that are dishonest and misleading, threaten the fairness and integrity of Alaska’s courts, and undermine the promise of equal justice. These attacks come in the debate over Ballot Measure 1 — whether Alaska should hold a constitutional convention — and in judicial […]]]>

We write in response to politically motivated attacks on our state justice system that are dishonest and misleading, threaten the fairness and integrity of Alaska’s courts, and undermine the promise of equal justice. These attacks come in the debate over Ballot Measure 1 — whether Alaska should hold a constitutional convention — and in judicial retention elections.

Those who want convention argue that Alaska’s constitutional provision on the selection and retention of judges has resulted in judges who are not accountable to the people. This is simply not true – no state judge anywhere in the country faces greater scrutiny or greater accountability to the people he serves than the judges of the Alaska. Alaskans should fight to protect the system that provides such transparency — not promote the destruction of this important constitutional provision.

Submitted by Donna Goldsmith and Elaine Andrews, Co-Chairs, Alaskans for Fair Courts, and Board Members Niesje Steinkruger, Jim Torgerson, Debra O’Gara, Erin Jackson-Hill, Bud Carpeneti, Bruce Botelho, Barb Hood, Chuck Kopp and Tom Amodio.

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Co-founder of KCET and pioneer of public television, was 101 – Deadline http://www.maticezasovska.cz/co-founder-of-kcet-and-pioneer-of-public-television-was-101-deadline/ Sat, 29 Oct 2022 02:05:00 +0000 http://www.maticezasovska.cz/co-founder-of-kcet-and-pioneer-of-public-television-was-101-deadline/ Shirley Baskin’s Familiar, the public television pioneer, multimedia artist, philanthropist and businesswoman who helped found Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream, died peacefully on the night of Oct. 13 with her children by her side, according to her family. She was 101 years old. Familian was deeply involved in KCET since its advent in 1964. During its seven […]]]>

Shirley Baskin’s Familiar, the public television pioneer, multimedia artist, philanthropist and businesswoman who helped found Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream, died peacefully on the night of Oct. 13 with her children by her side, according to her family. She was 101 years old.

Familian was deeply involved in KCET since its advent in 1964. During its seven decades on the board, the channel produced the landmark series Cosmos: a personal journey with Carl Sagan, produced or presented The Cousteau Odyssey and American family for PBS. It was one of the stations in the consortium that produced the Emmy-winning film American theater. Huell Howser’s folkloric California’s Gold was also produced on the KCET grounds until Howser’s death in 2013. Familian was honored by the KCET Women’s Council at the organization’s annual fundraiser, Star Luncheon, in 2011.

As an artist, Familian has used stamps to create collages, images, and new versions of everyday objects like a stool or mannequin. Her work has been exhibited at the Los Angeles Craft & Folk Art Museum, the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, and the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

After attending college, she married Burton “Butch” Baskin, who had just returned from World War II. Butch Baskin teamed up with Shirley’s brother, Irv, who had learned the dairy business from their father, to found Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream. Shirley worked alongside them to transform what was originally a chain of six stores into the largest ice cream company in the world.

Her first husband died when she was 47. She briefly married a second time to Aaron Goldfarb before his death. At 60, she marries Isadore Familian with whom she shares 20 years of marriage.

Shirley Baskin Familian is survived by her children, Edie Baskin Bronson, Richard Baskin and Richard “Skip” Bronson; grandchildren Anabella, David, Scott and Jon; and great-grandson Goldie Bronson.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the UCLA Neurosurgery Institute and the Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Center.

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As a final tribute, the Travis Roy Foundation will honor the founder’s legacy http://www.maticezasovska.cz/as-a-final-tribute-the-travis-roy-foundation-will-honor-the-founders-legacy/ Tue, 25 Oct 2022 23:18:14 +0000 http://www.maticezasovska.cz/as-a-final-tribute-the-travis-roy-foundation-will-honor-the-founders-legacy/ Travis Roy, on the patio of his home on Lake Champlain in Colchester, Vermont. Roy, who was paralyzed from the neck down in his first college hockey game in 1995, has dedicated his life to advocating for people with spinal cord injuries. He died on October 29, 2020 following surgery. Kevin Cullen/Boston Globe The Travis […]]]>

Travis Roy, on the patio of his home on Lake Champlain in Colchester, Vermont. Roy, who was paralyzed from the neck down in his first college hockey game in 1995, has dedicated his life to advocating for people with spinal cord injuries. He died on October 29, 2020 following surgery. Kevin Cullen/Boston Globe

The Travis Roy Foundation is closing its doors, not without a final tribute to its founder and namesake.

Maine native Travis Roy suffered a spinal cord injury when he fell headfirst into the boards during the opening seconds of his first game as a freshman hockey player at Boston University in 1995. Paralyzed from the neck down, he devoted the rest of his life to advocacy, supporting research and raising funds to help others with spinal cord injuries.

Roy died on October 29, 2020, at age 45, following surgery. Last year, the non-profit organization he started announced that it would soon cease operations, as he had previously requested.

Now, as the foundation draws to a close, it will make major gifts to two of the nation’s leading spinal cord injury treatment sites: Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston and the Shepherd Center in Atlanta. The Boston Globe reported the donations will total $4 million, and Roy’s family and the foundation will share details of the endowments on Friday, a day before the second anniversary of his death.

“Both are renowned for their care and rehabilitation of spinal cord injury survivors and respected for their field research,” the foundation published on Facebook. “Through these endowments, Travis’ legacy will live on forever. Your friendship and generosity have made this possible, and we can’t thank you enough.

Roy was born in Augusta, raised in Yarmouth and attended North Yarmouth Academy where he excelled on the ice. After establishing the foundation in 1997, he traveled around the country, speaking about his accident and his life. The foundation has raised more than $25 million over 26 years and has awarded grants to more than 2,100 people with full or partial paralysis.

The foundation held its last fundraising event in June and has now ended its ongoing charity operations. However, the website still contains letters of appreciation from some of the recipients. Among the messages, there is one from a young woman who became a quadriplegic in a car accident; the foundation helped her get a laptop to use while studying medicine.

Travis Roy as a freshman at Boston University in 1995. Associated press

“It was the laptop I received from the foundation that ended this nightmare for good and allowed me to pass subsequent medical school exams with peace of mind,” said she writes. “It was a great support at the time, as I embarked on a journey through an already expensive academic pursuit. The laptop helped me during my basic science classes, including taking exams, as well than my clinical rotations in hospitals and outpatient clinics.

Others have written about how grants from the foundation have helped pay for electric wheelchairs, vehicle repairs, home improvements and chair ramps.

“It makes my life more accessible and easier,” said one woman. “Now I can go anywhere without being afraid to go out.”

In 2014 Roy received the prestigious Spirit of Courage Award from the Christopher Reeve Foundation for his efforts on behalf of people with spinal cord injuries. At the time, he was talking about the foundation’s growth over the years and its broad impact.

“The first seven, eight years, the impact was very small,” Roy said. told the Press Herald. “In the past eight or ten years, we have changed the lives of 1,000 people. We fund research. I realize that (the Spirit of Courage award) is important. It means a lot to me because I share it with so many others. I’m just the lead singer of this band.


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The Harlan Boys Choir honors its co-founder on his 57th birthday http://www.maticezasovska.cz/the-harlan-boys-choir-honors-its-co-founder-on-his-57th-birthday/ Sat, 22 Oct 2022 22:35:00 +0000 http://www.maticezasovska.cz/the-harlan-boys-choir-honors-its-co-founder-on-his-57th-birthday/ HARLAN, Ky. (WYMT) — While almost every community has a school choir, the tradition of the Harlan Boys Choir is unique. “The Boys Choir has traveled a lot. They went to Graz, Austria. They went to California. They went to Canada. They went to New York. They’ve just been everywhere,” said director Marilyn Schraeder. Hundreds, […]]]>

HARLAN, Ky. (WYMT) — While almost every community has a school choir, the tradition of the Harlan Boys Choir is unique.

“The Boys Choir has traveled a lot. They went to Graz, Austria. They went to California. They went to Canada. They went to New York. They’ve just been everywhere,” said director Marilyn Schraeder.

Hundreds, if not thousands, of Harlan students have participated in the choir since its inception in 1965.

“You’ve played basketball, football, baseball, the Boys Choir,” said Terry Harris, president of the Harlan Boys Choir Alumni Association.

The choir is more than just a group of students singing, it’s a family, starting with co-founder David Davies.

“Mr. Davies is just one of those guys. I mean, he just, his love for music. He started the choir in 1965, and there are several of the alumni who started with him who are here,” said Marilyn Schraeder.

Davies’ impact goes beyond music. He has a passion for positively impacting the lives of students.

“Mr. Davies is a teacher, a good Christian, a good example,” said Terry Harris. “He taught me a lot.”

With the impact of David Davies and other teachers, music is part of the culture at Harlan.

“The hills will be alive with the sound of music, that’s for sure,” said Marilyn Schraeder.

To celebrate his success, Harlan County Executive Judge Dan Mosley named October 22 “David Davies Day.”

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Kona Coffee Founders Are Selling Their Hawaiian Mansion For $14.8 Million – Robb Report http://www.maticezasovska.cz/kona-coffee-founders-are-selling-their-hawaiian-mansion-for-14-8-million-robb-report/ Thu, 20 Oct 2022 10:10:10 +0000 http://www.maticezasovska.cz/kona-coffee-founders-are-selling-their-hawaiian-mansion-for-14-8-million-robb-report/ Building a home on the rugged cliffs of Hawaii can be difficult for some. But for one couple, Oahu’s rugged terrain served as the perfect setting for a new beachfront mansion. Raymond and Jacqueline Suiter, the founders of Hawaii-based Kona Coffee Purveyors, bought land on the island in 2015 and decided to nestle their four-bedroom […]]]>

Building a home on the rugged cliffs of Hawaii can be difficult for some. But for one couple, Oahu’s rugged terrain served as the perfect setting for a new beachfront mansion.

Raymond and Jacqueline Suiter, the founders of Hawaii-based Kona Coffee Purveyors, bought land on the island in 2015 and decided to nestle their four-bedroom abode into the hillside. In this way, the estate shares a much deeper connection with the land that surrounds it. Kind of like how Kona coffee beans share a closeness to the region they’re grown in, apparently. After finishing construction earlier this year, the couple decided to put the Hawaiian oasis on the market for $14.8 million, as reported The Wall Street Journal.

Given its position, the Oahu home offers incredible panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, the Mokulua Islands, and beyond. The Suiters hired Honolulu’s James McPeak as the architect to create the elegant bones of the abode, while Los Angeles-based designer César Giraldo brought the 4,450 square foot interior to life.

The Oahu Residence offers breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean.

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“When designing a space, it’s essential that I consider the topography of the area,” says Giraldo. California Home + Design. “For me, it’s extremely important to be very aware of the project environment to understand how my designs will communicate with the outside.”

To that end, you’ll have 1,100 square feet of covered outdoor space at your disposal, as well as a small (but super cool) pool. Then there’s the epic rooftop bar where you can sip selections from your own temperature-controlled wine cellar.

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Sliding glass doors help integrate indoor and outdoor living spaces.

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Contemporary living areas feature a mix of high-end finishes, from European white oak and lavender marble to teak accents and travertine tiles. In the master bedroom, there’s an eye-catching abstract mural by French painter Pierre Bonnefille, along with a cozy fireplace and more ocean views.

“My client wanted to make sure the eye could take in the spectacular views from every space in the house while maintaining good flow,” adds Giraldo.

What more could you ask for from an island retreat?

Erik Hinshaw of Hawaii Life holds the SEO.

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