Ground Report http://www.groundreport.com World News & Opinions Wed, 24 May 2017 23:13:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 97389241 NYSE:CFG Investor News: Lawsuit alleges Securities Laws Violations by Citizens Financial Group Inc http://www.groundreport.com/nysecfg-investor-news-lawsuit-alleges-securities-laws-violations-citizens-financial-group-inc/ http://www.groundreport.com/nysecfg-investor-news-lawsuit-alleges-securities-laws-violations-citizens-financial-group-inc/#respond Wed, 24 May 2017 23:13:58 +0000 http://www.groundreport.com/?p=5209054 An investor in NYSE:CFG shares filed a lawsuit against Citizens Financial Group Inc over alleged Securities Laws violations. Investors who purchased shares of Citizens Financial Group Inc (NYSE:CFG) should contact the Shareholders Foundation at mail@shareholdersfoundation.com or call +1(858) 779 – 1554. The plaintiff claims that the Defendants failed to disclose that Company employees were falsifying […]

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An investor in NYSE:CFG shares filed a lawsuit against Citizens Financial Group Inc over alleged Securities Laws violations.

Investors who purchased shares of Citizens Financial Group Inc (NYSE:CFG) should contact the Shareholders Foundation at mail@shareholdersfoundation.com or call +1(858) 779 – 1554.

The plaintiff claims that the Defendants failed to disclose that Company employees were falsifying information related to the Citizens Checkup program, that, as a result, the Company’s reported Citizens Checkup figures were inflated, and that, as a result of the foregoing, Defendants’ statements about Citizens’ business, operations, and prospects, were false and misleading and/or lacked a reasonable basis.

Citizens Financial Group, Inc. is a retail bank holding company. Citizens Financial Group Inc reported that its Net Income rose from $840.00 million in 2015 to over $1.045 billion in 2016.

On March 29, 2017, it was reported that Citizens Financial Group Inc’s employees admitted that employees faked “financial checkup” meetings with customers. Reportedly Citizens Financial Group Inc claimed that the “Citizens Checkup” program resulted in 400,000 scheduled appointments in 2016. The article stated, however, that former employees said they falsified information because of pressure to meet expectations related to the program.

Shares of Citizens Financial Group Inc (NYSE:CFG) declined on March 27, 2017 to as low as $32.99 per share.

On May 22, 2017, NYSE:CFG shares closed at $34.57 per share.

Those who purchased NYSE:CFG shares have certain options and should contact the Shareholders Foundation.

Contact:
Shareholders Foundation, Inc.
Michael Daniels
3111 Camino Del Rio North – Suite 423
92108 San Diego
Phone: +1-(858)-779-1554
Fax: +1-(858)-605-5739
mail@shareholdersfoundation.com

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NYSE:CHU Investor News: Investigation over possible Securities Laws Violations by China Unicom (Hong Kong) Limited http://www.groundreport.com/nysechu-investor-news-investigation-possible-securities-laws-violations-china-unicom-hong-kong-limited/ http://www.groundreport.com/nysechu-investor-news-investigation-possible-securities-laws-violations-china-unicom-hong-kong-limited/#comments Wed, 24 May 2017 19:19:29 +0000 http://www.groundreport.com/?p=5209105 An investigation on behalf of investors of China Unicom (Hong Kong) Limited (ADR) shares over potential securities laws violations by China Unicom (Hong Kong) Limited and certain of its directors and officers was announced. Investors who purchased shares of China Unicom (Hong Kong) Limited (ADR) (NYSE:CHU), have certain options and should contact the Shareholders Foundation […]

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An investigation on behalf of investors of China Unicom (Hong Kong) Limited (ADR) shares over potential securities laws violations by China Unicom (Hong Kong) Limited and certain of its directors and officers was announced.

Investors who purchased shares of China Unicom (Hong Kong) Limited (ADR) (NYSE:CHU), have certain options and should contact the Shareholders Foundation at mail@shareholdersfoundation.com or call +1(858) 779 – 1554.

The investigation by a law firm focuses on possible claims on behalf of purchasers of the securities of China Unicom (Hong Kong) Limited (ADR) (NYSE:CHU) concerning whether certain statements by China Unicom regarding its business, its prospects and its operations were materially false and misleading at the time they were made.

China Unicom (Hong Kong) Limited reported that its annual Total Revenue declined from over $40.17 billion in 2015 to over $39.75 billion in 2016 and that its Net Income fell from over $1.53 billion in 2015 to $90.62 million in 2016. Shares of China Unicom (Hong Kong) Limited (ADR) (NYSE:CHU) grew from $10.04 per share in June 2016 to as high as$14.10 per share on April 7, 2017.

On April 18, 2017, media outlets reported that China Unicom’s former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Chang Xiaobing admitted at trial in China that he accepted bribes worth more than 3.76 million yuan during his 14-year tenure at China Unicom.

Those who purchased shares of China Unicom (Hong Kong) Limited (ADR) have certain options and should contact the Shareholders Foundation.

Contact:
Shareholders Foundation, Inc.
Michael Daniels
3111 Camino Del Rio North – Suite 423
92108 San Diego
Phone: +1-(858)-779-1554
Fax: +1-(858)-605-5739
mail@shareholdersfoundation.com

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Minorities Continue to Face Uphill Battle in Lending and Insurance http://www.groundreport.com/minorities-continue-face-uphill-battle-lending-insurance/ http://www.groundreport.com/minorities-continue-face-uphill-battle-lending-insurance/#respond Wed, 24 May 2017 16:00:38 +0000 http://www.groundreport.com/?p=5209064 While most of America might not recognize it, minority groups face an uphill battle when it comes to obtaining important resources. As a result, they often find it difficult to overcome the circumstances they were born into. One specific area in which this is becoming evident involves financial services like insurance and lending. Discriminatory Practices […]

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While most of America might not recognize it, minority groups face an uphill battle when it comes to obtaining important resources. As a result, they often find it difficult to overcome the circumstances they were born into. One specific area in which this is becoming evident involves financial services like insurance and lending.

Discriminatory Practices Holding Minorities Back

While there are still instances of extreme discrimination in today’s society, most of it flies under the radar and is very subtle in nature. Unless you’re a victim of the discrimination – or actively looking for it – you probably won’t see it. This is definitely true when it comes to car insurance.

Just a couple of years ago, Consumer Federation of America (CFA) found that major insurers charge good drivers 70 percent more in predominantly African American zip codes than in predominantly white zip codes. For perspective, that’s roughly $1,060 compared to $622.

“These findings suggest a troubling pattern of high rates in African American communities regardless of driver history,” Tom Feltner, Director of Financial Services at CFA, said at the time the report was released. “We are not rushing to judgment about why this happens, but it is urgent that regulators, lawmakers, and the industry take a hard look at these findings and address the impact of high auto insurance prices on drivers living in predominantly African American communities.”

The CFA research isn’t an isolated study. Pro Public and Consumer Reports also ran a similar study and got the same results (though with a less dramatic variance). Their research showed that insurers charge as much as 30 percent more to drivers in neighborhoods that have a dominant minority population.

In addition to insurance, the data shows that minorities also face an uphill battle when it comes to obtaining capital for the purposes of starting or growing a business. While it’s difficult for any entrepreneur to gain access to capital, the Small Business Administration (SBA) has conducted research that shows minority-owned businesses struggle disproportionately when trying to obtain capital.

“Minority business owners often face daunting obstacles when it comes to traditional credit markets,” Small Business Loans Co admits. “The study concluded that minority-owned small businesses require targeted loan programs in order to provide a level playing field in the realm of entrepreneurship and small business development.”

Most surprisingly, independent research also shows that working class blacks have a tougher time getting approved for mortgages. According to the annual mortgage lending study by the Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group (PCRG), the odds of a working class black getting rejected for a mortgage loan is roughly two times greater than a white working-class individual. In total, 46 percent of all mortgage loan applications submitted by African Americans in 2015 were denied.

The exact reasons for this disparity is still being studied – and much has to do with a shortage of cash to close and poor credit – but experts hypothesize that it has to do with high unemployment rates in black communities, as well as the income disparity between the black and white populations.

When Will the Playing Field be Leveled?

From the outside, it’s easy to feel as if the playing field has been leveled for minority groups in this country. However, when you study the raw data and look at the numbers gathered in research reports, it becomes clear that we still have a long way to go as a country. The first step is for people to acknowledge that these disparities and discrepancies exist. The second step is to start moving in the right direction by closing the gaps that unjustly hold minorities down.

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Actress Valeriya Matveeva breaks into Hollywood http://www.groundreport.com/actress-valeriya-matveeva-breaks-hollywood/ http://www.groundreport.com/actress-valeriya-matveeva-breaks-hollywood/#respond Wed, 24 May 2017 00:25:47 +0000 http://www.groundreport.com/?p=5209073 Valeriya Matveeva is young and upcoming actress.  Just in a few years she became very busy actress by following few rules. Which are working hard, working while every one are relaxing and working with a positive energy. Hollywood is simple, as long as you keep on working, have good attitude, positive energy and great communication […]

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Valeriya Matveeva is young and upcoming actress.  Just in a few years she became very busy actress by following few rules. Which are working hard, working while every one are relaxing and working with a positive energy. Hollywood is simple, as long as you keep on working, have good attitude, positive energy and great communication skills, you going to make it.

She graduated from New York Film Academy, where she met a lot of her co-workers and very talented writers, actors and filmmakers. What she learned the most from there is if you want to be a part of the project create one. Don’t sit around, rather write yourself a character or write a story that you are interested in; if you don’t know how to write, find a friend that does and create beautiful, inspiring stories together. 

Valeriya is a writer, painter and actress in a short film “Blue Apples”. One day Valeriya painted a portrait of a two-faced creature, however people would see a beautiful butterfly. Which led Valeriya to write this picture, to shine light on how differently people perceive the world.  What’s a better way to show it, than to write a story about a blind painter, Violet.  Ironically even girl’s name is a color, which she cannot see or recognize. “Blue Apples” was officially selected in multiple film festivals, like Glendale International Film Festival, Sochi Film Festival, Female Filmmaker Fuse Film Festival and won LA Shorts Awards.  LA shorts Awards granted Valeriya Matveeva a best actress award and Lizzi Moyseyenko a best editing award.

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Nigerian born Cinematographer lensing Hollywood http://www.groundreport.com/nigerian-born-cinematographer-lensing-hollywood/ http://www.groundreport.com/nigerian-born-cinematographer-lensing-hollywood/#respond Wed, 24 May 2017 00:24:07 +0000 http://www.groundreport.com/?p=5209079 With a background in cityscape photography, Olamide Oladimeji, is carving a niche for himself as a cinematographer. Olamide graduated with his Bachelor’s degree from Nigeria’s prestigious University of Lagos, while in the university he was nominated for several photography awards and was employed by NGO RCCG City of David to shoot documentaries. The new terrain […]

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With a background in cityscape photography, Olamide Oladimeji, is carving a niche for himself as a cinematographer. Olamide graduated with his Bachelor’s degree from Nigeria’s prestigious University of Lagos, while in the university he was nominated for several photography awards and was employed by NGO RCCG City of David to shoot documentaries.

The new terrain of documentaries opened his eyes to the world of filmmaking therefore leading him to move to the United States to study cinematography at the New York Film Academy which he describes as “amazing experience, understanding how one person with the collaboration of others can elicit emotions, actions and reactions with light, colors and perspective”.

Having graduated from his diploma program, Olamide has gone on to work on several projects as a cinematographer, and most of them have been nationally and internationally accepted. In a short working professionally, Olamide’s projects

have been screened in the some of the world’s biggest film festivals like Cannes Film Festival, Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival, California’s Women Film Festival, and also nominated and won awards around the world too. Also he has been able to work on projects with the likes of director Benny Boom, cinematographer Tommy Maddox-Upshaw, actors Terrence Howard, Jay Ellis, Snoop Dogg, to mention a few

Looking into the future, the young Lagos born cinematographer is already booked to lens an impressive list of commercials, music videos and movies in the US, Central Europe and Africa even till 2020, and hopefully beyond.

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Keeping Your Body in Balance – Working on the Right Muscle Groups http://www.groundreport.com/keeping-body-balance-working-right-muscle-groups/ http://www.groundreport.com/keeping-body-balance-working-right-muscle-groups/#respond Tue, 23 May 2017 22:42:02 +0000 http://www.groundreport.com/?p=5208927 By now, the majority of people are familiar with an abundance of benefits of working out. Even though some of them pick up the habit and get decent results, it takes a bit more dedication and knowledge to know exactly what you are doing. For example, many people start going to the gym and working […]

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By now, the majority of people are familiar with an abundance of benefits of working out. Even though some of them pick up the habit and get decent results, it takes a bit more dedication and knowledge to know exactly what you are doing.

For example, many people start going to the gym and working on various group muscles without knowing what the core muscle groups they should work on are. The reason for this hides behind the fact that people are more focused on how they are going to look and what results they are going to get in the short-term.

If you are planning to start a routine, or you are already working out, it is crucial to understand that you primary focus should be on developing bigger muscles and strength, the aesthetic part will follow. Let’s take a look at the most important muscle groups you should focus your workout plan on.

Chest and core muscles

Guy’s love working on their chest muscles, but often forget that this muscle group consists of three different building blocks. The most important group, the upper chest or clavicular pectoralis, are often neglected. It is that this chest muscle head is responsible for stability, power and better overall chest growth. Therefore, do your research about effective chest growth strategies that will make you work more on this particular muscle.

When people think about the core, they think about a great looking 6 pack. Well, not everything is in the looks, the core muscles include much more than the 6 pack everyone wants to get. The abs and the muscles of the lower back work passively in wide array of exercises, making it essential to work on them.

Complete back muscles

While everyone is in love with the front body exercises, not many people actually love working on their back. Even those who love working on their backs are more focused on building up their upper back. Not working on the whole back can lead to serious injuries when you start working with serious weights.

Keeping the chest and back in balance will keep your shoulder joint safe and mobile, so you should be working with similar weights with both muscle groups, but you should also work on your lower back. As back exercises are a bit harder, many people find it challenging and do not offer their maximum when working on these muscle groups.

Additionally, working on lower back involves exercises that many consider risky, such as the deadlift. It is very important to stress that this exercise is only risky if done with poor form and with weights that one cannot handle safely. If you always pay attention to your form and leave your ego at the door, the chances of getting a back injury are quite slim, yet the benefits that this exercise brings are many – it actively improves core, lower back, and hamstring strength, and works a variety of smaller muscles to an extent.

By avoiding it, many workout enthusiasts put themselves at a high risk getting being injured and they limit the amount of overall muscle mass they could be putting in their frame.

Leg muscles

Never skipping a leg day has become a well known piece of advice that many people advocate, but for a good reason. An incredibly high percentage of people who work out actively skip leg days. OK, the thing is that besides the aesthetic disbalance, neglecting leg muscles can lead to some serious injuries.

Therefore, on top of having to wear jeans in the summer, you are putting your whole body at risk. It is also important to mention that the gluteus maximus is the largest muscle found in the human body. Working on it regularly will get you much better results in the gym and sports in general, and having a big strong butt and thighs will help you do more work and burn through more calories workout and after the workout.

Training legs is hard, but on the plus side, leg strength is important for several other exercises, and will help you perform better in a variety of sports and in daily life in general.

If you are working out regularly, remember that you have started the whole journey to become healthier. In order to stay on that path, dedicate the right amount of time to all of your muscle groups, it will keep you safe in the gym and in the field.

Additionally, it will help you continuously improve your lifts, as all of the exercises are connected with each other. The next time you are in the gym, stop worrying about whether your biceps are big enough, and start working on your strength; it is a much healthier approach that will get you insane results and keep your body healthy.

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Investigation for Investors in shares of Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX) announced http://www.groundreport.com/investigation-investors-shares-express-scripts-holding-company-nasdaqesrx-announced/ http://www.groundreport.com/investigation-investors-shares-express-scripts-holding-company-nasdaqesrx-announced/#respond Tue, 23 May 2017 21:30:04 +0000 http://www.groundreport.com/?p=5209056 An investigation on behalf of investors of Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX) shares over potential securities laws violations by Express Scripts Holding and certain of its directors and officers in connection certain financial statements was announced. Investors who purchased shares of Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX), have certain options and should contact the Shareholders Foundation […]

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An investigation on behalf of investors of Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX) shares over potential securities laws violations by Express Scripts Holding and certain of its directors and officers in connection certain financial statements was announced.

Investors who purchased shares of Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX), have certain options and should contact the Shareholders Foundation at mail@shareholdersfoundation.com or call +1(858) 779 – 1554.

The investigation by a law firm focuses on whether a series of statements by Express Scripts Holding regarding its business, its prospects and its operations were materially false and misleading at the time they were made.

On April 24 2017, Express Scripts Holding Company announced its 2017 first quart financial results and its 2017 guidance. Among other things, Express Scripts Holding Company issued an update on its current long-term PBM contract with Anthem that is set to expire December 31, 2019. Express Scripts Holding Company said that although conversations have been ongoing, the Company was recently told by Anthem management that Anthem intends to move its business when the Company’s current contract with Anthem expires on December 31, 2019, and that Anthem is not interested in continuing discussions regarding pricing concessions for 2017-2019 or in receiving the Company’s proposed pricing for the period beyond 2019. Shares of Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX) declined to $57.80 per share on April 25, 2017.

Those who purchased shares of Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX) have certain options and should contact the Shareholders Foundation.

Contact:
Shareholders Foundation, Inc.
Michael Daniels
3111 Camino Del Rio North – Suite 423
92108 San Diego
Phone: +1-(858)-779-1554
Fax: +1-(858)-605-5739
mail@shareholdersfoundation.com

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Sunesis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:SNSS) Shareholder Investigation over potential Wrongdoing http://www.groundreport.com/sunesis-pharmaceuticals-inc-nasdaqsnss-shareholder-investigation-potential-wrongdoing/ http://www.groundreport.com/sunesis-pharmaceuticals-inc-nasdaqsnss-shareholder-investigation-potential-wrongdoing/#respond Tue, 23 May 2017 18:18:02 +0000 http://www.groundreport.com/?p=5209055 An investigation on behalf of investors in shares of Sunesis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:SNSS) was announced over potential breaches of fiduciary duties by certain officers and directors at Sunesis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Investors who purchased shares of Sunesis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:SNSS) have certain options and should contact the Shareholders Foundation at mail@shareholdersfoundation.com or call +1(858) 779 – […]

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An investigation on behalf of investors in shares of Sunesis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:SNSS) was announced over potential breaches of fiduciary duties by certain officers and directors at Sunesis Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Investors who purchased shares of Sunesis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:SNSS) have certain options and should contact the Shareholders Foundation at mail@shareholdersfoundation.com or call +1(858) 779 – 1554.

The investigation by a law firm concerns whether certain Sunesis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:SNSS officers and directors breached their fiduciary duties and caused damage to the company and its shareholders.

On May 2, 2017, Sunesis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced that it will withdraw its European Marketing Authorization Application for vosaroxin, its proposed treatment for relapsed/refractory AML. Sunesis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. conveyed to shareholders that its decision followed recent interactions with the European Medicine Agency’s Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use, in which it learned that the committee was likely to formally adopt a negative opinion in its evaluation of the product. Shares of Sunesis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:SNSS) declined on May 3, 2017 to $2.82 per share.

On May 22, 2017, NASDAQ:SNS shares closed at $3.19 per share.

Those who purchased NASDAQ:SNSS shares have certain options and should contact the Shareholders Foundation.

Contact:
Shareholders Foundation, Inc.
Michael Daniels
3111 Camino Del Rio North – Suite 423
92108 San Diego
Phone: +1-(858)-779-1554
Fax: +1-(858)-605-5739
mail@shareholdersfoundation.com

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Increasing Relevance of Blogging in Internet Marketing and Business Promotions http://www.groundreport.com/increasing-relevance-blogging-internet-marketing-business-promotions/ http://www.groundreport.com/increasing-relevance-blogging-internet-marketing-business-promotions/#comments Mon, 22 May 2017 22:12:11 +0000 http://www.groundreport.com/?p=5209030 Blogging has become an integral part of Internet marketing and content strategies. Despite its growing importance, many of the business owners are still doubtful or unaware of the relevance of blogging when it comes to business promotions or online lead generation. That is why this article has been prepared for those who are still in […]

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Blogging has become an integral part of Internet marketing and content strategies. Despite its growing importance, many of the business owners are still doubtful or unaware of the relevance of blogging when it comes to business promotions or online lead generation. That is why this article has been prepared for those who are still in the dark about blogging and its efficacies. Read on if you are looking for some valuable insight into it to give your digital marketing and SEO efforts a boost!

Why should you have a blog for your business?

It is natural to feel skeptical about something you have never tried before. You are already allocating a standard budget for SEO and marketing, why should spend more money on blogging? A well maintained blog can bolster your content marketing strategies significantly and give your brand a huge recognition on social media. There are many other advantages of blogging. Let’s take a look at a few of them.

  • It helps to drive more traffic to your site

Increasing website traffic is one of the primary goals of online marketing. If you restrict the number of daily visitors to the people who already know you, you will never be able to generate more business leads than you already are. A good blog receives hundreds and even thousands of visitors every day, and some of those visitors even turn into conversion. Your business prospects are bound to get high with a steady stream of daily visitors.

There is the option of buying email list. This is a bit expensive, and sometimes illegal too. Marketing through paid ads is another expensive strategy, and the very second you stop promotions, the inflow of traffic stops too. That is why marketers are on the lookout for more creative and effective ways of increasing website traffic, and blogging seems to be on top of the list of solutions.

When you think from a technical standpoint, the blog helps you address a major issue. How many pages do you have on your site? How frequently do you update them? Google likes updated content. But when it comes to maintaining a website, changing webpage content every now and then is not feasible. This problem can be solved with a blog. Every time you publish a new post, it gets indexed by the search engines, and has better chances of showing up in search results. This is considered to be one of the most relevant organic SEO activity.

Blogging is also an ideal solution to let people discover you through social media. If visitors find your blog content useful, informative or entertaining, they will share it on social media platforms, and that will expose your website to a lot more people and potential leads than you can imagine now. That is why you must add social share buttons on your blog.

Quality blog content will keep you active on social media. Instead of making separate social media content, your blog itself can serve as a content repository for various platforms. Through this mindful and innovative way, blogging serves its primary purpose of bringing in more traffic to your website by working closely with social media and search engines.

  1. It helps to convert traffic into leads

Once you ensure that traffic is easily flowing into your website through the blog, next you have the golden opportunity to convert a significant amount of traffic into prospective leads. Just like each blog post you write converts into an indexed page, each post also brings in an opportunity to generate more leads. All you have to do is add a compelling call to action with every blog post for lead generation.

The call to action should be cleverly and naturally incorporated into your blog posts. The objective behind the CTA can be anything from signing up for free e-books, evaluation reports, white papers, free training, webinars etc. Through this CTA, you can urge the users to fulfill the action of your choice. This is a great lead generation tactic that can help you collect user info such as name and contact details. The process works in the following manner:

  • A random visitor first comes to your site.
  • They read through your informative post or a promotional content.
  • They see a call-to-action with some offerings.
  • They are taken to a landing page after they click on the call to action button.
  • They fill up a form or sign up using their name, email address and/or phone number.
  • They submit the information to receive the offer.
  • You get the data in a structured format and use those contacts as leads.

If creating a blog is fast and easy, adding a call to action is a piece of cake! The trick lies in writing a great call to action that compels the visitors to perform the intended task. There are a few major reasons why blogs are identified as the best sources to attract internet marketing leads.

  1. Search engines now love blogs more than web pages to deliver their users the most updated content.
  2. Blog posts have a longer shelf life with evergreen content.
  3. It allows the users to easily share the most updated news and events.
  4. The blog will help you to establish your business in a niche field.
  5. It let you engage openly and deeply with customers.

However, you cannot expect all your readers to be converted into leads. Through analytics software, you can keep a track of visitor-to-lead conversion rate to identify what works, and then you can set benchmarks accordingly to improve results.

  1. Blog helps to build authority

Good blogs always answer the common and most relevant questions and concerns that your stakeholders have. By attending to the queries of the stakeholders and users, you can effectively increase and improve your authority. Blogging is particularly the strongest tool for service and sales personnel. Establishing authority is not an easy metric, but once achieved, it can take a business to newer heights. If the prospects can find informative and convincing answers for the questions they have through your posts, they are more likely to  be in touch with you, and they may even share their personal contact details.

Above all, blogging is the right channel to ensure long-term results. Say if you do blogging at least once or twice a week, and you are able to make at least one of your posts go viral in every 3 months, you can double up the number of incoming leads over time. As you can see, strategic blogging can yield impressive results. Therefore, it is a must-try for today’s businesses.

To find out more, check out the 4 easy steps to creating a blog of your very own.

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Rouhani’s Second Term Continuation of Political and Economic Repression http://www.groundreport.com/rouhanis-second-term-continuation-political-economic-repression/ http://www.groundreport.com/rouhanis-second-term-continuation-political-economic-repression/#respond Mon, 22 May 2017 22:06:35 +0000 http://www.groundreport.com/?p=5209038 For those who voted for current President Hassan Rouhani, it is possible that they believed it would mean more changes and the moderation of the ruling regime. According to Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), Rouhani would try in his second term, as in the past, through deceit […]

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For those who voted for current President Hassan Rouhani, it is possible that they believed it would mean more changes and the moderation of the ruling regime. According to Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), Rouhani would try in his second term, as in the past, through deceit and hollow postures to present himself as the key to the problems, however, this would only give rise to further crises and tensions within the regime.

She also believes that Rouhani would be rapidly discredited when faced with people’s expectations and demands, as massive economic and social destructions along with political suppression would continue. Rouhani neither wants, nor is able to seriously alter the foundations, structure, or behavior of this historically backward regime.

In an attempt to knock out his opponent during the election race, Rouhani acknowledged that the ruling faction “during 38 years only knew how to execute and imprison people”. Khamenei’s reaction to this revelation and threatened him with a “slap”, he retreated immediately and announced in a public gathering that he is willing to kiss the hand of the “exulted leader” dozens of times.

“This is, of course, not unusual from Rouhani, who for the past 38 years has held the highest positons in the regime’s security and military apparatus in domestic suppression and war mongering. As his rivals have noted, he was the one who called for public hanging of conspirators during Friday prayers right from beginning. In this light, portraying him as a moderate figure bears no color. Those who adhere to this notion must be challenged by asking them to make him unveil the true number of victims of the 1988 massacre of political prisoners and details of their cases, respect human rights, freedom of speech, freedom of political parties, and freedom of political prisoners and pull out from Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Lebanon, and Afghanistan,” said Rajavi.

Rouhani openly declared on February 8, 2016, that the regime’s presence in Syria and Iraq was used as a lever to gain concessions during nuclear talks. “If our forces did not fight in Baghdad, Samarra, Falluja, and Ramadi, and if they did not help the Syrian government in Damascus and Aleppo, we would not have had any security in order to be able to conduct the negotiations so well,” said Rouhani.

Yet this president’s past four years have only brought about further suppression, executions, poverty and injustice during his presidency in the past four years. Funds gained as a result of the nuclear agreement were used to fuel wars in the region and increase military and security spending. This means that the people of Iran continue to live with the burden of a stagnant economy, inflation and high unemployment.

“The only solution to Iran’s problem is the overthrow of the religious tyranny by the Iranian people and the Resistance; people’s freedom and sovereignty instead of clerical rule,” said Rajavi.

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Investigation for Investor in NYSE:WU shares over Securities Laws Violations by The Western Union Company http://www.groundreport.com/investigation-investor-nysewu-shares-securities-laws-violations-western-union-company/ http://www.groundreport.com/investigation-investor-nysewu-shares-securities-laws-violations-western-union-company/#respond Mon, 22 May 2017 19:12:34 +0000 http://www.groundreport.com/?p=5209010 An investigation for investors in The Western Union Company (NYSE:WU) shares over possible violations of securities laws by The Western Union Company and certain of its directors and officers was announced. Investors who purchased shares of The Western Union Company (NYSE:WU), have certain options and should contact the Shareholders Foundation at mail@shareholdersfoundation.com or call +1(858) […]

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An investigation for investors in The Western Union Company (NYSE:WU) shares over possible violations of securities laws by The Western Union Company and certain of its directors and officers was announced.

Investors who purchased shares of The Western Union Company (NYSE:WU), have certain options and should contact the Shareholders Foundation at mail@shareholdersfoundation.com or call +1(858) 779 – 1554.

The investigation by a law firm focuses on possible claims on behalf of purchasers of the securities of The Western Union Company (NYSE:WU) concerning whether a series of statements by The Western Union Company regarding its business, its prospects and its operations were materially false and misleading at the time they were made.

The Western Union Company reported that its annual Total Revenue declined from over $5.48 billion in 2015 to over $5.42 billion in 2016 and that its Net Income declined from $837.80 million in 2015 to $253.20 million in 2016.

Shares of The Western Union Company (NYSE:WU) declined from $22.57 per share in January 2017 to as low as $18.89 per share on May 17, 2017.

Those who purchased shares of The Western Union Company (NYSE:WU) have certain options and should contact the Shareholders Foundation.

Contact:
Shareholders Foundation, Inc.
Michael Daniels
3111 Camino Del Rio North – Suite 423
92108 San Diego
Phone: +1-(858)-779-1554
Fax: +1-(858)-605-5739
mail@shareholdersfoundation.com

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American Realty Capital Properties Inc (NASDAQ:ARCP) Investor News: Lawsuit against directors filed http://www.groundreport.com/american-realty-capital-properties-inc-nasdaqarcp-investor-news-lawsuit-directors-filed/ http://www.groundreport.com/american-realty-capital-properties-inc-nasdaqarcp-investor-news-lawsuit-directors-filed/#respond Mon, 22 May 2017 16:21:32 +0000 http://www.groundreport.com/?p=5209009 An investor in American Realty Capital Properties Inc (NASDAQ:ARCP) filed a lawsuit against certain directors of American Realty Capital Properties Inc over alleged breaches of fiduciary duties. Investors who purchased shares of American Realty Capital Properties Inc (NASDAQ:ARCP) and currently hold any of those NASDAQ:ARCP shares have certain options and should contact the Shareholders Foundation […]

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An investor in American Realty Capital Properties Inc (NASDAQ:ARCP) filed a lawsuit against certain directors of American Realty Capital Properties Inc over alleged breaches of fiduciary duties.

Investors who purchased shares of American Realty Capital Properties Inc (NASDAQ:ARCP) and currently hold any of those NASDAQ:ARCP shares have certain options and should contact the Shareholders Foundation at mail@shareholdersfoundation.com or call +1(858) 779 – 1554.

The plaintiff claims that American Realty Capital Properties Inc knowingly overstated its financial performance in order to line certain of its executives’ pockets with millions in fees and commissions.

The plaintiff says that American Realty Capital Properties Inc allegedly inflated its adjusted funds from operations (AFFO) figures between 2012 and 2013 from approximately $220 million to $20.5 billion. However, the plaintiff alleges that while American Realty Capital Properties Inc allegedly told investors that all of its acquisitions and mergers created value for American Realty Capital Properties Inc allegedly, the deals primarily benefitted certain executives and not investors. The plaintiff alleges that the American Realty ‘acquisition machine’ was designed to and did effectively transfer hundreds of millions of dollars from the company to entities owned or controlled by the American Reality Capital’s former CEO and CFO, and other senior executives.

The plaintiff says that over a period of three years, American Realty Capital Properties Inc paid American Realty Capital Properties Inc Advisors ‘and its affiliates’ over $900 million – largely for supposedly acquisition-related ‘commissions,’ ‘fees,’ ‘services,’ and ‘expenses while in October 2014, American Realty Capital Properties Inc was forced to admit it had massively and intentionally misrepresented its adjusted funds from operations (AFFO) figures.

Shares of American Realty Capital Properties Inc (NASDAQ:ARCP), now Vereit Inc (NYSE:VER), declined from $17.81 per share in 2013 to as low as $7.17 per share in early 2016.

On April 28, 2017, Shares of American Realty Capital Properties Inc (NASDAQ:ARCP), now Vereit Inc (NYSE:VER) closed at $8.37 per share.

Those who purchased shares of American Realty Capital Properties Inc (NASDAQ:ARCP), have certain options and should contact the Shareholders Foundation.

Contact:
Shareholders Foundation, Inc.
Michael Daniels
3111 Camino Del Rio North – Suite 423
92108 San Diego
Phone: +1-(858)-779-1554
Fax: +1-(858)-605-5739
mail@shareholdersfoundation.com

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NASDAQ:DRYS Investor News: Investigation concerning potential Securities Laws Violations by DryShips Inc. http://www.groundreport.com/nasdaqdrys-investor-news-investigation-concerning-potential-securities-laws-violations-dryships-inc/ http://www.groundreport.com/nasdaqdrys-investor-news-investigation-concerning-potential-securities-laws-violations-dryships-inc/#respond Mon, 22 May 2017 14:39:24 +0000 http://www.groundreport.com/?p=5209008 An investigation was announced for investors in NASDAQ:DRYS shares over potential securities laws violations by DryShips Inc. and certain of its directors and officers in connection with certain financial statements. Investors who purchased shares of DryShips Inc. (NASDAQ:DRYS), have certain options and should contact the Shareholders Foundation at mail@shareholdersfoundation.com or call +1(858) 779 – 1554. […]

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An investigation was announced for investors in NASDAQ:DRYS shares over potential securities laws violations by DryShips Inc. and certain of its directors and officers in connection with certain financial statements.

Investors who purchased shares of DryShips Inc. (NASDAQ:DRYS), have certain options and should contact the Shareholders Foundation at mail@shareholdersfoundation.com or call +1(858) 779 – 1554.

The investigation by a law firm focuses on possible claims on behalf of purchasers of the securities of DryShips Inc. (NASDAQ:DRYS) concerning whether a series of statements by DryShips Inc. regarding its business, its prospects and its operations were materially false and misleading at the time they were made.

From November 9 through November 16, 2016, DryShips Inc’s stock price rose from $163 to $2,336 per share.
The Wall Street Journal reported “A day after shares peaked,” DryShips Inc. “embarked on a series of stock sales totaling more than $500 million,” and continued to describe how DryShips sold its stock to Kalani Investments, which then sold the stock to “small investors.” It was further promoted that this “sequence of events” could “yield” George Economou, DryShips Inc’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, “tens of millions in profits.”

On May 19, 2017, NASDAQ:DRYS shares closed at $4.00 per share.

Those who purchased shares of DryShips Inc. (NASDAQ:DRYS) have certain options and should contact the Shareholders Foundation.

Contact:
Shareholders Foundation, Inc.
Michael Daniels
3111 Camino Del Rio North – Suite 423
92108 San Diego
Phone: +1-(858)-779-1554
Fax: +1-(858)-605-5739
mail@shareholdersfoundation.com

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Tencent Plans to Build eSports Town http://www.groundreport.com/tencent-plans-build-esports-town/ http://www.groundreport.com/tencent-plans-build-esports-town/#respond Sun, 21 May 2017 18:23:27 +0000 http://www.groundreport.com/?p=5208997 Tencent Holdings Ltd (HKG:0700), China’s leading online games developer and owner of WeChat, is pushing the future of eSports, with plans to create an entire town dedicated to the industry. The plans to build the eSports town are moving along quickly, with the developer signing a framework agreement with the local government. The town will […]

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Tencent Holdings Ltd (HKG:0700), China’s leading online games developer and owner of WeChat, is pushing the future of eSports, with plans to create an entire town dedicated to the industry. The plans to build the eSports town are moving along quickly, with the developer signing a framework agreement with the local government. The town will be in Wuhu, China.

The town’s plans are impressive, with the company planning to house a cloud data center in the town and create a creative park, eSports university, theme park and an animation industrial park, too.

The company will leverage their current following to bring the town to life. Tencent will bring the QQJOY convention and the QGC mobile competition to Wuhu. Tencent’s plans to bring eSports to a wider audience also includes another theme park in Chengdu. The company’s gaming unit accounts for 47% of the company’s revenue, or $10.2 billion.

Talks of holding national eSport competitions in the town will allow other eSport conventions to find a new venue to hold their competitions. Announcement of the company’s plans to build a city came one day before the company posted a record high quarter.

The company’s revenue in the quarter ended March hit $7.2 billion, with net income of $2.1 billion on the quarter. Revenue in the company’s mobile game division grew 57% on the quarter to 12.9 billion yuan, or $1.87 billion.

New mobile games were also announced as part of the company’s earnings, with the company stating that they’ll unveil new games through acquisitions and investments. The company plans to develop their own games, too, with the goal of attracting more users from overseas to the company’s current lineup of users.

Honour of Kings, the company’s most popular mobile game, continues to pick up new users, with the company posting 50 million active daily users play the game across their QQ and WeChat platforms.

China’s gaming market is massive, with 500 million people estimated to play video games and 145 million that play video games more than one hour per day. The country’s growing gamer base has caused the city of Taicang to announce their own 3.55 sq km town that will allow for experience zones and an industrial park for eSports. The city plans to offer special zones near the Taicang lake, too.

Numerous cities in the country have pledged money to build eSports industrial parks to boost local economies and attract more tourism.

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Ladies! Do Not Make These Common Mistakes With Lipstick http://www.groundreport.com/ladies-not-make-common-mistakes-lipstick/ Sun, 21 May 2017 02:06:21 +0000 http://www.groundreport.com/?p=5183255   Putting on lipstick might not appear to be as hectic a process as finding a cute hairstyle. I suggest creating an outline then complete it, right? However, one improper move and then suddenly you appear just like 90’s Goth girl. And you are attempting to obtain a red carpet appearance but regrettably, wind up […]

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Putting on lipstick might not appear to be as hectic a process as finding a cute hairstyle. I suggest creating an outline then complete it, right? However, one improper move and then suddenly you appear just like 90’s Goth girl. And you are attempting to obtain a red carpet appearance but regrettably, wind up obtaining a clown town appearance. One has to know the truth that there is a particularly thin line in between “clown town” and even “red carpet” whenever it involves make-up particularly putting on lipstick. Nearly all girls happen to make these common lipstick mistakes ; therefore, we have got collected best nine typical lipstick errors and that nearly every girl makes.

Forgetting to exfoliate:
Perfect makeup starts with genuine skin preparation, and also your lips happen to be the same. Make sure to get rid of dead skin cells through buffing using the warm moist towel or even removing the dead skin using a soft scrub just like the all- organic Lush Mint Julips that includes moisturizing peppermint oil.

Not spending time to prime:
When you might prime your face skin before foundation, use the moisturizing coating to your lips, and that will certainly lessen fine lines plus work as the magnet concerning lip color. All of us prefer the particular color-free MAC Prep + Prime Lip. On the other hand in case, your lips are specifically dry, use the lip solution such as Bioderma Atoderm Moisturizing Stick for assisting you to rehydrate them FIFTEEN minutes before using makeup.

Not selecting the right shade:
Lipstick beginners will be aware of that the ocean of shades upon the shelves could be terrifying. Get started through pursuing all these skin tone guidelines from MAC Senior Specialist and also have a note of all these shades that happen to be made to match all: MAC Ruby Woo (a true red), Hyde Park (a deep berry red), NARS Satin Lip Pencils in Rikugien (a rose pink), MAC Cremesheen Lipstick in Crème, In Your Coffee (a dark toffee pink), Topshop Lipstick in Mescaline (a golden neutral)

Not getting the right method:
Usually, this happens to be a private choice; however, various formulas imply various principles. The matte textures may have lengthier power; however, you may feel dried out and even tight on lips therefore, make sure to moisturize very first and even use with accuracy. And a creamy texture much more flexible but will require being used more regularly, particularly to the middle of the lips. In case, you choose gloss, select one that happens to be moisture-rich plus remarkably pigmented and therefore you just need a sole swipe.

Shunning lip liner:
Lip liner obtained a poor rap for quite a while nevertheless capabilities happens to be well worth celebrating. Ensure it fits your lipstick and also utilizes it to shape your lipstick, looking up the lip line for avoiding lipstick ‘bleeding’ exterior of it.

Not layering just for longevity:
Usually, this happens to be a time whenever lip liner shows the value. Use it everywhere on the lips before lipstick, and once again on top for containing the pigment into the lips. And this sandwiching method happens to be a strategy utilized for the red carpet and even can make your color ultra-dense.

Not setting your lips:
Just for the supreme staying power, here you require fixing your lip color. A good old school trick might be useful to keep the tissue over the lips and even dust translucent powder throughout it. And this fine film will certainly mattify plus place it. On the other hand, the ‘topcoat’ like Lipcote happens to be more preferable for the matte textures or even to maintain the dewy finish spritz just on the spray toner such as Dr. Hauschka Facial Toner or even the make-up setter just like Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray.

Letting it transfer to teeth:
Extra- use will certainly lead to your lippy caking or even glooping and also possibly transferring to the teeth. Just go easy and remember to mark using a tissue soon after application to eliminate extra product.

Not drinking via a straw:
While we will not inform you to prevent locking lips (to be kissable happens to be a deliberate result of putting on lippy), then we suggest via a straw to avoid dropping your lipstick on either side of the drink.

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French for Beginners At The Wine Company Gurgaon http://www.groundreport.com/french-beginners-wine-company-gurgaon/ http://www.groundreport.com/french-beginners-wine-company-gurgaon/#respond Sat, 20 May 2017 18:08:12 +0000 http://www.groundreport.com/?p=5208960 IT WAS many years ago that I first realised how tricky French wine labels could be for beginners when a lady friend of mine insisted that Chablis tasted so much better than the “regular whites” such as Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. “Anything but chardonnay, yaar,” she said, using an expression that had become very popular in […]

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IT WAS many years ago that I first realised how tricky French wine labels could be for beginners when a lady friend of mine insisted that Chablis tasted so much better than the “regular whites” such as Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. “Anything but chardonnay, yaar,” she said, using an expression that had become very popular in the United States in the 1980s and 90s. The expression, in fact, is now a part of the wine lexicon — it is known by its abbreviation ABC.

So you can imagine my friend’s shock when I gently let out the fact that Chablis is a famous wine region in Burgundy, France, and the white wine she had drunk was yet another expression of Chardonnay grapes. So is Pouilly-Fuissé, another famous Chardonnay, but from the Maconnais region of Burgundy. So also is a Côte de Beaune, which is a Chardonnay from the south of the Burgundian region of Cote d’Or. Going back to Pouilly-Fuissé, don’t ever make the mistake of believing it’s a cousin of the Pouilly-Fumé, the famous white from the valley of the Loire river to the west of France. The latter is a Sauvignon Blanc, just like the Sancerre, also from the Loire Valley!

If you read a French wine label, you’re most likely to find yourself sinking in a sea of unfamiliar verbiage, for none tells you what wine you’re about to drink. It may be a good idea therefore to first recap the names of the main French wine-producing regions and connect them with the wines/grape varieties they are best known for. Remember, each wine grape variety has certain distinctive qualities, gifted by the ‘terroir’ (soil and microclimate) of which it is a native, and these get transmitted to the wine it produces. In France, wine labels are supposed to tell this story. The Wine Company Gurgaon presents the connections you must first make to get to the bottom of the mystery:

 

Alsace — Gewurtztraminer, Pinot Gris and Riesling (all whites)

Beaujolais — Gamay (light-bodied red). It is a part of the Burgundy region, but its wines have acquired a cult following, justifying its independent status.

Bordeaux — Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, which is the region’s most planted grape variety, and Cabernet Franc (medium-to-heavy-bodied reds). This region, famous for its reds, also produces whites made from Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. France’s biggest and most prestigious wine-producing region, Bordeaux is divided into the Left Bank and the Right Bank (the two sides of the Gironde estuary), which are further split into sub-regions, notably Pauillac, Saint-Émilion, Pomerol, Médoc and Graves; its best-known chateaux have been divided since 1855 into five ‘growths’ ranked according to their quality profiles, the ‘First Growth’ having room for just five labels; Saint-Émilion has had its own classification system since 1955 and Graves since 1959. Confusing!

Burgundy (Bourgogne) — Chadonnay (white) and Pinot Noir (light-bodied red). It’s a complex maze of 100 appellations, including 44 of them that take their names from villages, classified as Grand Cru (2 per cent), Premier Cru (12 per cent) and Villages (the rest) according to rules dating back to 1855. These include the better-known Chablis, Corton (notably Aloxe Corton), Maconnais, Montrachet (notably Puligny-Montrachet) and Pommard. Of these, Chablis, Maconnais and Montrachet are famous for their dry whites (Chardonnay); Corton and Pommard are better known for the reds (Pinot Noir). More Confusing!

Champagne — Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier (all three go into making champagne)

Languedoc-Roussillon — Grenache and Carignan (both light-to-medium-bodied reds)

Loire — Sauvignon Blanc, Muscadet (the grape variety is Melon de Bourgogne) and Chenin Blanc

Provence — The region is home to 36 grape varieties, but it is famous for its  rosés, produced from Cinsualt, Mourvedre, Grenache and Syrah.

Rhone — Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre (GSM — all reds); Viognier (white).

Sauternes — These prized dessert wines from the Sauternais region of the Graves area of Bordeaux are made with Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Muscadelle.

Sud Ouest (South West) — Malbec (a grape variety famously associated with Argentina) and a host of others.

 

To make life easier, I have interpreted three labels for you. The first is of Chateau Mouton Rothschild, which has the distinction of having famous artists paint the label for each vintage:

Toute la recolte a ete mis en bouteilles au chateau — The entire harvest has been bottled in the chateau. This authenticates the fact that each stage of the wine’s production took place in the chateau.

Appellation Pauillac Controlee — The wine is from the sub-region of Pauillac, a small town in Bordeaux famous for being home to three of the five ‘First Growth’ wines. Mouton Rothschild, in fact, is the only First Growth wine that didn’t get its status in the 1855 Classification, but in 1973, thanks to Baron Philippe de Rothschild’s lobbying power.

Baron Philippine de Rothschild — The signature of the chateau’s owner and one of the most influential women in France.

13% vol — 13 per cent alcohol by volume

75 cl — 750 ml

What the label does not say is that it is a Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated wine, with Merlot, the most planted grape variety in Bordeaux, playing a supporting role. Do not confuse it with the highly successful Mouton Cadet, which is produced by the House of Mouton Rothschild with grapes picked up from different regions of Bordeaux.

The art on the label is by Giuseppe Perone, the renowned Italian sculptor and leading light of the Art Provera movement.

 

The second label is from Burgundy, from a famous house of wine merchants.

Chambolle-Musigny Les Charmes — Chambolle-Musigny is a Burgundian appellation and Les Charmes is one of its 24 (and most renowned) Premier Cru vineyard sites, or climats. Premier Cru is the second rung in the Burgundian classification. A number of Les Charmes wines are available in the market, signifying that different producers own individual vineyards on a small swath of land, which is a typically Burgundian phenomenon.

Appellation Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Controllee — Chambolle-Musigny is an appellation in the Cote de Nuits sub-region of Burgundy. It is famous for its red wines extracted from Pinot Noir grapes. (As you can see, you have to go to Uncle Google to decode a French label, but you learn a lot this way.)

Mis en Bouteilles pas Louis Jadot — Bottled for Louis Jadot. As you can see from the legend below the name, Louis Jadot is a ‘Negociant-Eleveur’; in other words, the house of wine merchants, based in Beaune, Cote d’Or,  are also into the production of wine.

 

The third and last label is from Loire Valley.

Sancerre — This is the region famous for its distinctive, food friendly Sauvignon Blanc. The words ‘Appellation d’Origine Controlee’ indicate that it is a controlled appellation.

Mis en Bouteilles au Domaine — Bottled in the Domaine.

Domaine Gerard Millet — Like Burgundy wine houses, Loire’s producers prefer to use Domaine over Chateau.

Proprietaire-Recoltant — Grower-producer whose wines are made/bottled on his/her property.

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The Greening of America’s Cities http://www.groundreport.com/greening-americas-cities/ http://www.groundreport.com/greening-americas-cities/#comments Fri, 19 May 2017 20:20:30 +0000 http://www.groundreport.com/?p=5208956 Not so very long ago living in a city meant rarely seeing a blade of grass, wildflower, or even large trees. The city sidewalks, large buildings, and roads took up every available inch in order to maximize maneuverability. City planners thought this was the best decision for the residents and businesses of their individual cities […]

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Not so very long ago living in a city meant rarely seeing a blade of grass, wildflower, or even large trees. The city sidewalks, large buildings, and roads took up every available inch in order to maximize maneuverability. City planners thought this was the best decision for the residents and businesses of their individual cities at the time. Very little was known about the psychological impact of spending time in nature.

The Grass is Always Greener

Where one lives is the most important consideration of what type of grass will grow best in your yard. The problem with living in a city is that there is rarely the space to have a yard, much less cultivate an entire lawn. However, as people began to see less nature throughout their day they began to long for the green turf of childhood.

Finding appropriate lawn seed types is possible in a large city, it just takes some creativity and a willingness to think outside the yard. Some buildings have small areas to the side or at the front of a building where raised beds could be installed and filled with miniature lawns. Those with balconies could even use a large planter to cultivate a miniature field as an escape from the cement and glass of the city.

Benefits of Time in Nature

A surprising amount of research has shown that people benefit greatly from time spent in nature. Some of the benefits include a reduction in stress levels, an increase in the perceived level of happiness, and an improvement in cognitive performance for those who spend even small amounts of time surrounded by nature.

The Japanese custom of forest bathing has been gaining popularity throughout the world as scientist has confirmed the beneficial nature of spending even modest amounts of time surrounded by trees. The practice bean in 1982. Since that time, documented benefits include reduced production of stress hormones, decreases in blood pressure and heart rate, and a more robust immune system.

Modern City Planning

In many cities, planners have begun taking back portions of their city to create nature areas for the citizens to enjoy. Larger parks, trees and flowers planted throughout the city and even median spaces with thoughtful landscaping.

Unfortunately, not all cities have taken the initiative to create more natural spaces. Citizens who are interested in promoting this type of movement should talk with their city council members, mayor, and other city officials about the benefits of doing so for the health of the citizens of the town and also the financial benefits that may be available for those communities that make a concentrated effort to restore more of the natural environment.

Another way cities can incorporate green spaces is to promote urban agriculture. Food crops and flowers can be cultivated in abandoned lots and many youth groups and charities have demonstrated a strong interest in facilitating this type of community involvement.

As Americans began to realize the great extent to which they effect the environment, they also begin to realize the substantial impact their environment has on them. This has led to people who are more interested in protecting the earth from pollution and a population that is eager to bring nature back into their life. As this trend continues, it is expected that more green spaces will begin to emerge in cities across the United States.

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Your Consultant with a London Address Could Be in China Instead http://www.groundreport.com/consultant-london-address-china-instead/ http://www.groundreport.com/consultant-london-address-china-instead/#comments Fri, 19 May 2017 20:16:32 +0000 http://www.groundreport.com/?p=5208953 The internet has created an interesting dynamic in which people exist in a non-location. Once online, and conducting activity online, the exact geo-location of the user is relatively arbitrary and irrelevant. In so many ways, the internet is the great equalizer of humanity; no longer is your physical proximity a major decider in your potential […]

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The internet has created an interesting dynamic in which people exist in a non-location. Once online, and conducting activity online, the exact geo-location of the user is relatively arbitrary and irrelevant. In so many ways, the internet is the great equalizer of humanity; no longer is your physical proximity a major decider in your potential to acquire knowledge and become self-sufficient.

This equalizing aspect of the internet also enables individuals to override the discrimination and subconscious profiling which is standard practice when operating in the physical realm. Skin color, religious affiliation, dialect, and fashion preferences are checked at the door.

Yet in many instances, the most cunning and savvy of entrepreneurs are recognizing the benefits to taking a more active approach. Rather than merely take advantage of the objective lens through which the internet allows the world to see us, these men and women have decided to optimize the potential for identity modification online to increase business prospects.

Covering Tracks

The basics of what we’re talking about can be easily understood through the phenomenon known as catfishing, where someone online uses fake or altered photos in conjunction with truth-bending statements to lure someone into a romantic relationship, in which any potential physical contact would uncover the charade. In short, people can say whatever they want online regarding who they are, what they do, where they’re from, and what their intentions truly are.

Entrepreneurs and other self-employed men and women looking to mask their exact location due to potential prejudice – say a skilled web developer living in the Democratic Republic of Congo – have to do more than simply bend the truth and shy away from disclosing details. It’s relatively easy to narrow down an online entity’s location due to IP address. Investing in a reliable virtual private network – or VPN – is essential for folks wishing to disguise or otherwise conceal their exact location.

Correspondence Covered

One step further for many cunning entrepreneurs around the world is to outright change their company address. In conjunction with a VPN, professionals are setting up virtual mailboxes so that their mail gets sent to major cities. It could be an address in San Francisco or one in Barcelona – it often looks a lot better than a listing for a building in Addis Ababa.

So what happens when mail gets sent to California for a startup in Ethiopia? It gets scanned and the images are emailed to the recipient. This way, correspondence is established with nobody the wiser, enabling a firm to function as based wherever it prefers in order to better appeal to potential clients and customers.

Copy Crafted and Content Controlled

The final step in this fascinating e-trick being perpetrated by businesses around the world is to have complete control over the copy and content about themselves available online. Any small slip up can provide the glaring clue indicating a firm is stretching the truth about their location and identity.

For example, it might seem appealing to surrender business details to Google without a second thought. After all, what business doesn’t want to have itself easily visible when searched for online? However, this could lead to Google Maps and other apps defaulting to the exact location unless business leaders are careful to keep it from happening.

Confidence Gained

When added up, the result is oftentimes an online business presenting itself as a true blue American company or a proud enterprise serving the Commonwealth, when in fact, it’s running from a bunker on the other side of the world.

Whether this is a bad thing is ultimately based on the intentions and activities of the business. If providing a useful product and service at a fair price and delivering as promised on a consistent basis, what difference does it make?

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Tablets are Helping Improve Learning in Kids http://www.groundreport.com/tablets-helping-improve-learning-kids/ http://www.groundreport.com/tablets-helping-improve-learning-kids/#comments Fri, 19 May 2017 20:08:51 +0000 http://www.groundreport.com/?p=5208949 Technology has improved our lives in so many ways, so it shouldn’t be surprising that it is making its way into the classroom. Not only are teachers using technology to help manage the classroom – such as for more easily recording grades or communicating with parents – but they are also using it to improve learning […]

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Technology has improved our lives in so many ways, so it shouldn’t be surprising that it is making its way into the classroom. Not only are teachers using technology to help manage the classroom – such as for more easily recording grades or communicating with parents – but they are also using it to improve learning for all types of children.

In particular, several schools around the country have invested in wholesale tablets to outfit all their classrooms or to experiment with one or two classrooms with plans to expand. Some are applying for special grants to get the tablets, and others are reappropriating funds from other resources to make the investment. Schools in needy areas have found success qualifying for special grants, in particular, since these schools usually have children that can’t afford this technology at home yet are likely to need learning interventions the most. Some are lucky enough to get the tablets donated.

Here are a few of the ways that studies have shown that tablets can help children improve learning:

Alleviate Pressure to Communicate

Personality differences are just as important as learning styles when trying to reach children. Introverts may not perform as well in some settings because they do not like speaking in front of a class or performing work in a group. Some can even feel anxious in one-on-one interactions, such as with the teacher.

By performing work on a tablet, children don’t have the same pressure to communicate, so they can focus on the concepts instead. They can work on them at their own pace, without the need to factor in interpersonal interactions. They can focus on what’s most important.

Increases Language

A UCLA study found that autistic children were able to increase their language significantly over a short time using tablets. The children had low language skills – usually knowing only 20 words or less – when the study began. By the end of six months, they had an average of 100 words.

Researchers concluded that the reason that working on the tablet provided such results is that the children could get repeated practice even in a short period of time. The tablets also provided visual stimulants that enhanced learning for these children.

Though the study focused on autistic children, the results are seen in children without learning disabilities, as well, and for the same reasons.

Clarify Difficult Concepts through Multiple Formats

When children are working on tablets, they have multiple options for learning about a concept. For example, if they are reading on a tablet and run across a difficult word, they can listen to an audio clip pronouncing it, read a short entry defining it, see an example of it in another sentence, get synonyms and antonyms, and more.

Or say a child has a hard time understanding a math principle; he can see a visual explanation, work through word problems, see numerical equations, and more. The different formats allow a child to explore a concept from various angles to tap into all the ways he or she learns.

Engages Children

Technology is so widespread that children use it in many areas of their life. They have become comfortable with it, and they equate it with entertainment in most cases. By using technology in the classroom, teachers can make children feel more engaged with what they are learning.

Two different studies found that the use of technology, and particularly tablets, made children more interested in the lesson and more excited about what they were learning. When children were using the tablets, they turned in work or made progress that exceeded teacher expectations.

Tablets allow teachers to use a variety of apps and programs to help children of all ages and abilities to learn every kind of concept. The technology can be used to learn how to play guitar just as well as it can to learn how to write poetry. Children who use tablets are more engaged in learning and are better able to understand concepts. They can also communicate with teachers more easily, and they can become better prepared for a life after school that includes the widespread use of tablets and other types of technology for work and home life.

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3 Creative Uses For An Autodialer Besides Cold Calling http://www.groundreport.com/3-creative-uses-autodialer-besides-cold-calling/ http://www.groundreport.com/3-creative-uses-autodialer-besides-cold-calling/#respond Fri, 19 May 2017 20:01:30 +0000 http://www.groundreport.com/?p=5208946 An autodialer — a word that blends “automatic” and “dialer” — is either an electronic device or a piece of software that calls people’s phone numbers. If someone answers the phone, then they are connected to a live person. If the call goes to voicemail, a recorded message is left for the person. A predictive […]

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An autodialer — a word that blends “automatic” and “dialer” — is either an electronic device or a piece of software that calls people’s phone numbers. If someone answers the phone, then they are connected to a live person. If the call goes to voicemail, a recorded message is left for the person.

A predictive dialer will connect the person who answers a call to a live agent. It is sophisticated enough to use real-time analysis to figure out the best times to call more numbers. A power dialer is similar to a predictive dialer, with the exception that after the telephone conversation, it will call the next number in a pre-set log of numbers. Finally, a robocalling autodialer simply plays a pre-recorded message. It may, for example, ask the person who answers the phone an opinion poll question and direct them to press a certain digit if they are on one side of an issue or press another digit if they are on another side of it.

While autodialers are usually used for cold calling, other creative uses include following up with people who are in the sales process, following up after the sale and following up with people who have unresolved issues in customer service.

Let’s take a closer look at the benefits of these types of follow ups.

  1. Why you should follow up with people who are in the sales process.

Instead of thinking of each call you make to a prospect as having an acceptance or rejection outcome, think of each call as a relationship builder. If they don’t buy anything when you first call, this call was not a failure—it was introducing them to the idea. Consequently, all your other calls are continually warming them up to the idea. People will not buy anything from you when you are ready to sell them on something; instead, they will only buy from you when they are ready to buy.

  1. Why you should follow up after the sale.

Many businesses make the mistake of not calling customers after a sale is made. They see the whole transaction as a done deal and they move on to find new customers. However, somebody who has bought from you once is much more likely to make a return order after they’ve consumed the product or buy something else from you related to their interest if you stay in touch with them.

Making a follow-up call after someone has purchased a product to find out if they liked the product and if they need any help with using it provides four big benefits.

  • First, it builds trust and goodwill.
  • Second, if there are problems with the product, it heads off problems related to returns or warning family and friends never to buy from your company.
  • Third, it opens the door to future sales possibilities.
  1. Why you should follow up with people who have unresolved issues in customer service.

The best businesses offer excellent customer service. The quicker you get back to someone who is having trouble with your product or service, the sooner it can be satisfactorily resolved. Calling is faster than emailing, and far more personal. You become aware of any objections and can answer them on the spot. If your company has made a mistake, then a customer will appreciate your apology and reassurance that you will set things right.

If the issue is a protracted one that can’t be solved quickly, calling customers back reassures them that you have not forgotten the issue and that you are still working on it. And, sometimes the fault is not your own, but a customer’s due to unrealistic expectations. The marketing department may have done such an excellent job that the customer is disappointed by getting the actual product. In other words, the sizzle may have been exciting for them then the steak. By talking to them in person, you are able to keep things real and help them understand the benefits of the product.

In closing, following up with people who are in the sales process, following up after the sale, and following up with people who have unresolved issues in customer service has usually been done with emails. However, in a small company, it can be overwhelming and tedious for one person to answer hundreds of emails a day every day of the work weekA predictive dialer will make it easier to call a large number of people for follow up calls.

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Investigation for long-term investors in NASDAQ:ELGX shares over possible Wrongdoing by certain directors of Endologix, Inc. announced http://www.groundreport.com/investigation-long-term-investors-nasdaqelgx-shares-possible-wrongdoing-certain-directors-endologix-inc-announced/ http://www.groundreport.com/investigation-long-term-investors-nasdaqelgx-shares-possible-wrongdoing-certain-directors-endologix-inc-announced/#respond Fri, 19 May 2017 19:11:43 +0000 http://www.groundreport.com/?p=5208892 An investigation was announced for investors in NASDAQ:ELGX shares over possible breaches of fiduciary duties by certain Endologix Inc directors. Investors who are investors in Endologix, Inc. (NASDAQ:ELGX) shares, have certain options and should contact the Shareholders Foundation at mail@shareholdersfoundation.com or call +1(858) 779 – 1554. The investigation by a law firm for current long […]

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An investigation was announced for investors in NASDAQ:ELGX shares over possible breaches of fiduciary duties by certain Endologix Inc directors.

Investors who are investors in Endologix, Inc. (NASDAQ:ELGX) shares, have certain options and should contact the Shareholders Foundation at mail@shareholdersfoundation.com or call +1(858) 779 – 1554.

The investigation by a law firm for current long term investors in NASDAQ:ELGX stocks follows a lawsuit filed recently against Endologix, Inc. over alleged securities laws violations. The investigation on behalf of current long term investors in NASDAQ:ELGX stocks, concerns whether certain Endologix officers and directors are liable in connection with the allegations made in that lawsuit.

The plaintiff alleges that the Defendants made false and/or misleading statements and/or failed to disclose that Endologix did not have the requisite clinical data for FDA premarket approval of its Nellix® EndoVascular Aneurysm Sealing System, and that as a result, Endologix’s public statements were materially false and misleading at all relevant times.

On May 18, 2017, NASDAQ:EGLX shares closed at $4.26 per share.

Those who purchased NASDAQ:ELGX shares have certain options and should contact the Shareholders Foundation.

Contact:
Shareholders Foundation, Inc.
Michael Daniels
3111 Camino Del Rio North – Suite 423
92108 San Diego
Phone: +1-(858)-779-1554
Fax: +1-(858)-605-5739
mail@shareholdersfoundation.com

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Amyris Inc (NASDAQ:AMRS) Investor Notice: Lawsuit alleges Misleading Statements http://www.groundreport.com/amyris-inc-nasdaqamrs-investor-notice-lawsuit-alleges-misleading-statements/ http://www.groundreport.com/amyris-inc-nasdaqamrs-investor-notice-lawsuit-alleges-misleading-statements/#respond Fri, 19 May 2017 16:31:42 +0000 http://www.groundreport.com/?p=5208891 An investor, who purchased shares of Amyris Inc (NASDAQ:AMRS), filed a lawsuit over alleged violations of Federal Securities Laws by Amyris Inc. Investors who purchased shares of Amyris Inc (NASDAQ:AMRS) have certain options and should contact the Shareholders Foundation at mail@shareholdersfoundation.com or call +1(858) 779 – 1554. The plaintiff claims that the defendants made false […]

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An investor, who purchased shares of Amyris Inc (NASDAQ:AMRS), filed a lawsuit over alleged violations of Federal Securities Laws by Amyris Inc.

Investors who purchased shares of Amyris Inc (NASDAQ:AMRS) have certain options and should contact the Shareholders Foundation at mail@shareholdersfoundation.com or call +1(858) 779 – 1554.

The plaintiff claims that the defendants made false and/or misleading statements and/or failed to disclose thatin the first quarter of 2017, Amyris made a decision to take an equity stake in one of Blue California’s affiliates that focused on the sweetener market in lieu of cash payment under the license agreement, that consequently, due to Amyris’ decision, Amyris would be unable to recognize $10 million in fourth quarter and fiscal year 2016 revenue from the license agreement with Blue California, that and as a result, defendants’ public statements were materially false and misleading at all relevant times. When the true details entered the market, the lawsuit claims that investors suffered damages.

Shares of Amyris Inc (NASDAQ:AMRS) closed on May 18, 2017 at $0.296 per share.

Those who are current long term stockholders of shares of Amyris Inc (NASDAQ:AMRS) have certain options and should contact the Shareholders Foundation.

Contact:
Shareholders Foundation, Inc.
Michael Daniels
3111 Camino Del Rio North – Suite 423
92108 San Diego
Phone: +1-(858)-779-1554
Fax: +1-(858)-605-5739
mail@shareholdersfoundation.com

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Investigation for Investors in shares of Arconic Inc (NYSE:ARNC) announced http://www.groundreport.com/investigation-investors-shares-arconic-inc-nysearnc-announced/ http://www.groundreport.com/investigation-investors-shares-arconic-inc-nysearnc-announced/#respond Fri, 19 May 2017 13:15:40 +0000 http://www.groundreport.com/?p=5208890 An investigation was announced for investors in NYSE:ARNC shares concerning potential breaches of fiduciary duties by certain officers and directors at Arconic Inc. Investors who purchased shares of Arconic Inc (NYSE:ARNC) have certain options and should contact the Shareholders Foundation at mail@shareholdersfoundation.com or call +1(858) 779 – 1554. The investigation by a law firm concerns […]

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An investigation was announced for investors in NYSE:ARNC shares concerning potential breaches of fiduciary duties by certain officers and directors at Arconic Inc.

Investors who purchased shares of Arconic Inc (NYSE:ARNC) have certain options and should contact the Shareholders Foundation at mail@shareholdersfoundation.com or call +1(858) 779 – 1554.

The investigation by a law firm concerns whether certain Arconic Inc directors breached their fiduciary duties.

New York based Arconic Inc.is engaged in lightweight metals engineering and manufacturing Arconic Inc reported that its annual Total Revenue declined from over $12.41 billion in 2015 to over $12.39 billion in 2016 and that its Net Loss increased from $157 million in 2015 to over $1.06 billion in 2016.

Shares of Arconic Inc (NYSE:ARNC) closed on May 18 2017 at $26.92 per share.

Those who purchased shares of Arconic Inc (NYSE:ARNC), have certain options and should contact the Shareholders Foundation.

Contact:
Shareholders Foundation, Inc.
Michael Daniels
3111 Camino Del Rio North – Suite 423
92108 San Diego
Phone: +1-(858)-779-1554
Fax: +1-(858)-605-5739
mail@shareholdersfoundation.com

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Iran Supreme Leader Lashes Out – Education 2030 is Founded on Corrupt Western Lifestyle http://www.groundreport.com/iran-supreme-leader-lashes-education-2030-founded-corrupt-western-lifestyle/ Fri, 19 May 2017 12:24:56 +0000 http://www.groundreport.com/?p=5206733 The UN has introduced a global education agenda, known as Education 2030. The goals of the agenda aim to stimulate action over the next fifteen years in the Five Ps of critical importance: People, Planet, Prosperity, Peace and Partnership. The framework for action outlines how to translate into practice the commitments made at the country, […]

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The UN has introduced a global education agenda, known as Education 2030. The goals of the agenda aim to stimulate action over the next fifteen years in the Five Ps of critical importance: People, Planet, Prosperity, Peace and Partnership. The framework for action outlines how to translate into practice the commitments made at the country, regional and global levels and provides implementation guidance.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his cabinet have adopted this UN-devised plan and have received strong criticism from the Supreme Leader as a result.

“Iran is not a place for infiltration of the flawed, devastating and corrupt Western lifestyle,” said Khamenei at a gathering of Iranian teachers in Tehran on Sunday. “That document and similar ones are not things that Iran would give in to.”

Signing that document Education 2030 and its silent implementation is certainly not allowed and this has been announced to the organizations in charge, Khamenei added. He then blamed the Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution for being careless in handling the case so that the Leader himself now has to get involved and oppose it.

“A so-called international organization under the influence of big powers has no right to make decisions for different nations with various histories, cultures, and civilizations,” said Khamenei.

He then went on to slam the adoption of the agenda as wrong in nature, noting that Iran has its own grand documents in the field of education. “This is the Islamic Republic of Iran, and in this country, Islam and the Quran are the base,” he added as part of his remarks.

This move shows the splintering that is occurring in the factions within the regime. In the past, Rouhani wouldn’t have adopted such a measure without direct approval from the Supreme Leader and Khamenei would have never had to publicly oppose such a measure. It is this discord that seems to be telling the international community that Iran’s regime is not as cohesive in its messages as it has been in the past.

The lack of a true successor has also weakened Khamenei’s position, as he is seen as a leader that is on his way out. Without a successor, there could be a significant power vacuum within Iran upon his passing. This is just one example of how individuals within the regime are attempting to consolidate their own power and the instability of the regime as a whole.

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Ground Report is Under New Ownership http://www.groundreport.com/ground-report-new-ownership/ http://www.groundreport.com/ground-report-new-ownership/#respond Thu, 18 May 2017 23:03:08 +0000 http://www.groundreport.com/?p=5208886 You have recently come across a post on Ground Report that explained we are shutting down the site. The previous organization had done a phenomenal job of keeping this site running for many years and they simply no longer had the time and money devoted to making this site what it should be. As a long […]

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You have recently come across a post on Ground Report that explained we are shutting down the site. The previous organization had done a phenomenal job of keeping this site running for many years and they simply no longer had the time and money devoted to making this site what it should be. As a long time reader of Ground Report, I figured I would give it a shot and put a bid in for this web property in hopes that I could purchase it and keep it running. Fortunately, they contacted me immediately before they were ready to shut down and agreed to my proposal.

Many you loyal readers may already notice some of the changes we have made over here thanks to my awesome tech people over at Nuts and Bolts Media. Expect more changes to come as I continue to revamp and organize the site and content. This site started as a news outlet from from amateur writers on the ground, experiences firsthand, that were swiftly communicated in an intelligent and informative manner. Over the past year many of these contributors abused their privileges and began posting spammy links for a few bucks while not sharing in their profits with the organization that struggled to keep this site afloat.

Going forward, you will see content that is more relevant and of higher quality. We want to bring a loyal readership back to this site!

I have quickly disabled the contributor section of this site so that I can properly vet all potential writers and contributors to this site. If you are interested in both free and paid writing opportunities please use the contact form and reach out and let me know how we can mutually benefit from each other.

I own many other sites in my personal portfolio as well, and run a small digital marketing agency in the United States called Search-Ladder, LLC. If you are interested in some other web properties I own and run, please see below:

So Over This – I discuss my path to financial independence and my monthly income reports that show you my progress along the way.

Northern Cheapskate – Read up on my frugal hacks and tips for leading a fulfilling yet affordable lifestyle!

Cents + Order – If you are having trouble spending less than you earn, and are struggling to get out of debt,  then stop by Cents & Order for tips on how to achieve all the above.

Great Passive Income Ideas – Great Passive Income Ideas is exactly what it sounds like. I focus on ways to make money, mostly online, and usually of the passive variety.

I look forward to getting to know all of you over the coming months and always welcome any contact through our Facebook and Twitter pages as well.

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