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The OIG for the DHS announced it will be reviewing DHS’ implementation of President Trump’s immigration ban

U.S. immigration officials detained refugees, as well as holders of valid U.S. visas and green cards, from seven majority-Muslim nations: Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen following the orders from Washington.

Trump signed an executive order Friday indefinitely barring all Syrian refugees from entering the United States and suspending all refugee admissions for 120 days. It also prohibits citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States for 90 days, whether they are refugees or not.

The Office Inspector General (OIG) for the Homeland Security Department (DHS) announced late Wednesday that it will be reviewing DHS’ implementation of President Trump’s immigration ban, signed by Mr. Trump on Friday.

HOW TO BE INSANELY CONFIDENT – Instant confidence trigger

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Some people have TONS of confidence. They can talk to anyone. They’re the life and soul of every party. They can command an audience on a whim.

These people were not born with confidence. They LEARNED it. And so can you. But you don’t need to throw yourself into embarrassing situations to push through your current mental limitations.

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You arrive at a party. When you walk in the room, EVERYONE stops and stares for a second, before crowding around you to talk.

Everyone wants a piece of you; you’re the center of attention. When you speak, people LISTEN.

They cling to your every word. You crack jokes effortlessly, and people find you funny…irresistible… and strangely magnetic.

Members of the opposite sex can’t help being around you. Everyone wants to be your friend…to seek your advice… to indulge in your stories. You’re strong, attractive, confident, radiating power and respect.

You’re the top of the food chain— the alpha personality that everyone loves and adores (and is secretly jealous of). If that describes you, great — you’re well aware of how this rare ability affords you an incredible lifestyle, fun and thrilling social encounters, and opens doors to career opportunities closed off to the general public.

But if that’s NOT you, listen up… because you’re seriously missing out. And what’s more, you can be that person, almost immediately.

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See, the reason you’re shy and introverted isn’t because you’re any less social, humorous, intelligent or charismatic than others. Many confident people aren’t smart or charismatic at all… they just don’t fear what other people think of them.

As a child, you were conditioned to keep your mouth shut (Ever been told by your parents “Don’t talk to strangers?”.). You were ordered to obey authority figures like parents, teachers, adults. As a grown-up, this “learned” behaviour is like a knife to your confidence… and is no longer relevant to your life.

It’s time to shake it off.

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Kenyan’s Hit The Jackpot in Lucrative Business – E/Waste, Diamond in the Rough!

E-Waste: Kenya’s Diamond in the Rough

Published Wed, Mar 26, 2014  |  

Kenya hit the jackpot.  It’s been sitting on this lucrative business for a while, and now, e-waste is turning into e-profits…

Nairobi’s Kibera district, a place far off from wealth and prosperity, with most of it’s population (0ne million) living on less than minimum wage, is Africa’s largest slum. But a new source of income has reached the surface. And we can thank Leonard Ngatia, a Soweto Youth Group collector. Every day he scrounges around local repair shops for electronic waste, banking up to $45 per day.

Leonard Ngatia says, “We don’t make money every day, but what we do get, we are able to plan for – we buy what we can, we pay rent… I can’t complain.”

Not too shabby. Electronic waste could be quite lucrative for business, after all. It all adds up: nine tons of copper, 24 kg of gold and 250 kg of silver. All can be found in every one million phones. Thousands of tons of e-waste pass through Kenya every single year. Charles Kuria, Managing Director at HP East Africa, argues that this resource is largely untapped.

Charles Kuria says, “We need to educate the population that this so-called electronic waste is actually a resource. It becomes a resource when it is recycled in the correct way.”

But there’s a downside: If the waste is disposed of in the wrong way, harmful toxins can be released. This Nairobi plant is training collectors (like Leonard) on how to handle it properly. This may prove to be promising for the jobs market.

Supposedly Kenya’s first sustainable e-waste recycling center, East African Compliant Recycling (EACR) has big plans: Process the waste and sell it back to the companies throughout the country.

EACR CEO Robert Truscott says, “This is the first model of its kind, not just in Africa… but anywhere in the world. This model is about connecting the collector to the global markets for the materials, and providing them with a fair and transparent price in actual fact to ensure they get the maximum value for the waste.”

One thing’s for sure… electronic waste has no shortage. By 2017, e-waste is predicted to reach 65 million tons (worldwide). That’s a 33% increase over the past 5 years, alone.

Your first Pitch to a Grantmaker

It’s never easy to ask for money for your non profit project, but sooner of later one will have to do so. Just remember to write down what you going to say to your Grantmaker; make sure to make it short, sincere and start with your mission statement to stay on the path of what you are seeking.  Read more from the Nonprofit times original link here: http://www.thenonprofittimes.com/management-tips/perfecting-your-first-pitch-to-a-grantmaker/?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=W140310

Perfecting your first pitch to a grantmaker

by The NonProfit Times – March 10, 2014

Your introduction to a grantmaker can be a nerve-wracking experience, but it’s an important entry-point in the grantmaking process. “First impressions go a long way, so make you opening pitch count!” said Holly Thompson, contributing editor to the Grantsmanship Center in Los Angeles, Calif.

Most people don’t relish the idea of having a “cold conversation” with a complete stranger. A good way of lessening the anxiety is to have a rehearsed and ready introduction, or “elevator pitch,” in your back pocket for when you meet a potential funder.

When crafting and delivering your pitch, Thompson suggests the following :

  • Write it down: Don’t shoot from the hip. Write yourself a short script so you have something to practice from and revise as you go along.
  • Make it clear, short and sincere: Don’t use jargon or acronyms and don’t be wordy — choose simple language that conveys your main points quickly. Limit your pitch to 30 seconds (at most), and be sure that it sounds like something you would normally say.
  • Say who you are and what you’re looking for: Begin with the basics: “My name is [name], I’m a [title, role] at [organization, group].” Next, state briefly what your organization does and for whom. Use your mission statement as a starting point, but be sure you use everyday language. End you pitch by stating what you are seeking, e.g., information, advice, resources, introductions.
  • Listen: Often the easiest thing to do when you’re nervous is to keep talking. Be sure to show you’re here to listen, as well. Remember that your pitch is an opening to a two-way conversation (not a monologue).
  • Practice, practice, practice: Say your pitch out loud to a colleague, friend or family member and get their feedback. Was it clear? Interesting? Too slow or too fast?

“The best way to hone your pitch is to deliver it in real time,” noted Thompson, “so have your pitch ready when you’re at a conference or community event, or when you have an opening for an introductory call.” In time, says Thompson, your pitch will come naturally, and the more comfortable you feel, the more fun and exciting it will be to network with grantmakers.

The Easy Money is On – 5 Mining Stocks to Buy – Buy a piece o’ Company for less than $12

Nowadays money in banks don’t earn you anything, and if it does it won’t be more than 0.02% do you agree? In fact, some banks they don’t even pay you interest on your savings, and we all know that banks use every bit of our pennies to invest them somewhere; otherwise, banks won’t make money. Service charges is not enough for banks to function, interest on loans doesn’t do lately because no one wants debts. People are tired of credits and credit cards. Yet, banks have to invest your money; in order to keep making money. So, wouldn’t you like to charge your bank a hefty interest for using your money as they are charging you for getting a loan? We all know you probably cannot charge banks interest on your deposited money, which they use to invest but, If you can’t charge them, then you can always invest your money in a company of your choice, a company you like.

What are you waiting for? Buy yourself a share of a company.  Wouldn’t you like to have a share of a company? It is easy to do so; and with today’s uncertainty on your money in banks, you are probably better off to own a stock to a company. — “When you buy a share of stock, you are taking a share of ownership in a company. Collectively, the company is owned by all the shareholders, and each share represents a claim on assets and earnings.”    You can learn more about stocks by clicking on the link given at the end of the article…. 

 Meanwhile, as we are talking about stocks, let us check out the 5 mining stocks by Anthony Mirhaydari, from InvestorPlace below

5 Mining Stocks to Buy Amid the Surge in Silver and Gold

The easy money is on, bringing a beleaguered sector back to life

By Anthony Mirhaydari, InvestorPlace Market Strategist  |  Feb 13, 2014, 9:04 am EST
  • It’s clear that the cheap money is going to keep flowing under new Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen, and that in turn has brought life into precious metals and mining stocks.

Although Yellen indicated, in her first appearance in front of Congress since being sworn in on Tuesday, that the taper of the “QE3″ bond-buying program would continue apace — at around $10 billion per meeting — this was offset by a moving of the goalposts on when short-term interest rates would rise from the near 0% perch they’ve been sitting on since 2008.

Yellen said rates wouldn’t move until alternative measures of labor market health, such as long-term unemployment and the number of folks working part-time for economic reasons, improves as well as the overall unemployment rate. That suggests more work is to be done, despite a quicker-than-expected drop in the jobless rate to 6.6% in recent months.

Also, she highlighted the fact that the Fed’s preferred inflation measure (personal consumption expenditures) is just 1.1%, below their 2% target, and that there wouldn’t be impetus to hike rates until inflation hit 2.5% — a level that hasn’t been seen since January 2012.

Investors reacted by pouring into gold and silver and related mining stocks as higher inflation — and the weaker U.S. dollar that will likely accompany it — has brought the beleaguered sector to life. After an initial surge higher in January, which I covered in a number of posts, the group is on the move again.

Here are five mining stocks to buy in response in the coming days:

Mining Stocks to Buy: First Majestic Silver (AG)

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First Majestic Silver (AG) is popping out of a downtrend going back to August as it crosses over its 200-day moving average — a level that it hasn’t spent much time above since late 2012.

The company, based in Canada, operates mines in Canada and Mexico and a silver trading operation in Europe. Management expects silver production to increase between 19% and 25% this year.

A return to the August high would be worth a 45% move from here.

Mining Stocks to Buy: Yamana Gold (AUY)

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Yamana Gold (AUY), like AG, is also pushing over its 200-day moving average, moving below that threshold in early 2013 and not looking back. The company has operations in Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Mexico and Colombia, but is based in Canada.

Analysts at Morgan Stanley recently increased their price target on the stock to $12 a share — which would represent a 41% gain from current levels.

Mining Stocks to Buy: Harmony Gold (HMY)

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Harmony Gold (HMY) traded as high as $15.33 share back in 2011 — the last time inflationary pressure bubbled up and the Fed was forced to slam the brakes on the “QE2″ bond purchase program — before suffering a whopping 85% price wipeout into a low set back in December.

Shares have since stabilized and are pushing higher in what looks to be a challenge of its August highs — a move that would be worth a 47% gain from here.

Mining Stocks to Buy: Great Panther Silver (GPL)

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Great Panther Silver (GPL) has been in a persistent and catastrophic downturn since peaking in early 2011, falling from more than $5 a share to a 2013 low of just 65 cents. That looks to be changing now, as shares break a persistent channel resistance line that has held the stock over the last four years, save for a short reprieve back in August 2012.

The company is looking for a 10% production increase this year via its operations in Mexico. Great Panther is also pursuing development opportunities throughout Latin America. GPL is already up 4% for me since adding it to my Edge Letter Sample Portfolio on Tuesday.

Mining Stocks to Buy: Silver Wheaton (SLW)

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Silver Wheaton (SLW), a larger market capitalization pick than the other four presented here, has been relatively buoyant in comparison. That makes it a better selection for a more conservative investor. Shares are down more than 40% from their late 2012 high, but is now enjoying upside momentum as it breaks above resistance from its 200-day moving average — a level that held throughout 2013 and into early 2014.

Disclosure: Anthony has recommended AG, AUY, HMY, GPL, and SLW to his clients.

Anthony Mirhaydari is founder of the Edge, an investment advisory newsletter, as well as Mirhaydari Capital Management, a registered investment advisory firm. 

Original link:- http://investorplace.com/2014/02/5-mining-stocks-to-buy/view-all/#.Uv5DnWJdWSo

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The Party is Over with the Markets – G.Sachs issued Major Warning

“This (2014) is the year of the end game. The party is over. We are now just at the point where they are rounding up the Wall Street drunks who are swilling on the fifth consecutive seasonally maladjusted phony recovery. That will become evident in the weeks and months ahead. Then I think the markets are going to have a pretty rude day of awakening.”

Why Did Goldman Sachs Just Issue This Major Warning?

By Michael Snyder (The Economic Collapse Blog | Original Link)January 14, 2014

Why has Goldman Sachs chosen this moment to publicly declare that stocks are overpriced?  Why has Goldman Sachs suddenly decided to warn all of us that the stock market could decline by 10 percent or more in the coming months?  Goldman Sachs has to know that when they release a report like this that it will move the market.  And that is precisely what happened on Monday.  U.S. stocks dropped precipitously.  So is Goldman Sachs just honestly trying to warn their clients that stocks may have become overvalued at this point, or is another agenda at work here?  To be fair, the truth is that all of the big banks should be warning their clients about the stock market bubble.  Personally, I have stated that the stock market has officially entered crazytown territory.  So it would be hard to blame Goldman Sachs for trying to tell the truth.  But Goldman Sachs also had to know that a warning that the stock market could potentially fall by more than 10 percent would rattle nerves on Wall Street.

This report that has just been released by Goldman Sachs has gotten a lot of attention.  In fact, an article about this report was featured at the top of the CNBC website for quite a while on Monday.  Needless to say, news of this report spread on Wall Street like wildfire.  The following is a short excerpt from the CNBC article

A stock market correction is approaching the level of near certainty as Wall Street faces a major paradigm shift in how to achieve price gains, according to aGoldman Sachs analysis.

In a market outlook that garnered significant attention from traders Monday, the firm’s strategists called theS&P 500 valuation “lofty by almost any measure” and attached a 67 percent probability to the chance that the market would fall by 10 percent or more, which is the technical yardstick for a correction.

Of course Goldman Sachs is quite correct to be warning about an imminent stock market correction.  Right now stocks are overvalued according to just about any measure that you could imagine

The current valuation of the S&P 500 is lofty by almost any measure, both for the aggregate market as well as the median stock: (1) The P/E ratio; (2) the current P/E expansion cycle; (3) EV/Sales; (4) EV/EBITDA; (5) Free Cash Flow yield; (6) Price/Book as well as the ROE and P/B relationship; and compared with the levels of (6) inflation; (7) nominal 10-year Treasury yields; and (8) real interest rates. Furthermore, the cyclically-adjusted P/E ratio suggests the S&P 500 is currently 30% overvalued in terms of (9) Operating EPS and (10) about 45% overvalued using As Reported earnings.

There is a lot of technical jargon in the paragraph above, but essentially what it is saying is that stock prices are unusually high right now according to a whole host of key indicators.

And in case you were wondering, stocks did fall dramatically on Monday.  The Dow fell by 179 points, which was the biggest decline of the year by far.

So is Goldman Sachs correct about what could be coming?

Well, the truth is that there are many other analysts that are far more pessimistic than Goldman Sachs is.  For example, David Stockman, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget under President Reagan, believes that the U.S. stock market is heading for “a pretty rude day of awakening”

“This (2014) is the year of the end game. The party is over. We are now just at the point where they are rounding up the Wall Street drunks who are swilling on the fifth consecutive seasonally maladjusted phony recovery. That will become evident in the weeks and months ahead. Then I think the markets are going to have a pretty rude day of awakening.”

For many more forecasts that are similar to this, please see my previous article entitled Dent, Faber, Celente, Maloney, Rogers – What Do They Say Is Coming In 2014?

There are also some other signs that we are rapidly heading toward a major “turning point” in the financial world in 2014.  One of those signs is the continual decline of Comex gold inventories.  Someone out there (China?) is voraciously gobbling up physical gold.  The following is a short excerpt from a recent article by Steve St. Angelo

After a brief pause in the decline of Comex Gold inventories, it looks like it has continued once again as there were several big withdrawals over the past few days. Not only was there a large removal of gold from the Comex today, the Registered (Dealer) inventories are now at a new record low.

And of course the overall economy continues to get even weaker.  The Baltic Dry Index (a very important indicator of global economic activity) has fallen by more than 40 percent over the past couple of weeks

We noted Friday that the much-heralded Baltic Dry Index has seen the worst start to the year in over 30 years. Today it got worse. At 1,395, the the Baltic Dry index, which reflects the daily charter rate for vessels carrying cargoes such as iron ore, coal and grain, is now down 18% in the last 2 days alone (biggest drop in 6 years), back at 4-month lows. The shipping index has utterly collapsed over 40% in the last 2 weeks.

So does this mean that tough times are just around the corner?


Or perhaps things will stabilize again and this little bubble of false prosperity that we have been enjoying will be extended for a little while longer.

The important thing is to not get too caught up in the short-term numbers.

If you look at our long-term national “balance sheet numbers” and the long-term trends that are systematically destroying our economy, it becomes abundantly clear that a massive economic collapse is on the way.  Our national debt is on pace to more than double during the Obama years, our “too big to fail” banks are now much bigger and much more reckless than they were before the financial crash of 2008, and the middle class in America is steadily shrinking.  In other words, our long-term national “balance sheet numbers” are worse than ever.

We consume far more wealth than we produce, and our entire nation is drowning in a massive ocean of red ink that stretches from sea to shining sea.

This is not sustainable, and it is inevitable that the stock market will catch up with economic reality at some point.

It is just a matter of time.

Turn Your Computer Into A Money-Making Machine

Turn Your Personal Computer Into A Money-Making Machine by Storing; Printed Reports On Disk


Fact 1: Mail order business is the most ideal business to operate from home. Thousands make lucrative incomes and enjoy operating from the comfort of homes, setting their own business completely out of the “rat race” . These people will never work for a boss again. The postman brings them fat profits every day – often more than they earned in a month working for others. A US. Government report states that many one–person mail order businesses are making profits up to $50,000 per year. The more successful mail order dealers have become Millionaires!

Fact 2:The world’s easiest mail order business is Selling INFORMATION BY MAIL. Hundreds of thousands of men and women are making money in this wonderful, fantastic work. When I say information I mean VALUABLE INFORMATION, with intrinsic value-. It could be an idea, a secret a name, an address, but something, of value it at people are willing to pay for it. What could be more profitable than selling paper and ink whereby you print information for pennies… and sell them for dollars?

Fact 3: ””Information by Mail” is a billion dollar a year Mail Order Business with a market of over FORTY MILLION CUSTOMERS, and it is growing faster every year. We are now in an information AGE where there is an explosive demand for valuable information in all sectors of today’s society. With such statistics, it’s easy to see why more and more people are entering today’s most exciting; and more profitable business.

Many individuals just like yourself are making more money in only a week in the Self-PUBLISHING BUSINESS than they can make in a month working for someone else.


There are two ways you can be a SELF-PUBLISHER; the hard way .. .or the easy way.

1. You can write your own self-published materials. You do your own research, find out what topics people will buy and the right price they are willing to pay, develop and advertise your offer or report, test the market, etc. etc.

 Although this may be a more rewarding experience (especially if you love to write and want to be an author), I don’t advise it. As a beginner, I mean. Once you become an expert in this business, you can write your own materials, make more money and have a lot of fun. But meanwhile …

2. You can BUY your own self-published materials by acquiring the best-selling reports and manuals that are available in the market today, including the right to resell and reprint. That’s right. You save the hassle of writing your own reports. You simply pay the full retail price, which will include the right to reprint the items you bought!

Now listen. I am not talking about the sub-standard material in the market. Be careful when you acquire an article or report for resale; You don’t want to purchase incorrect or incomplete information, reports of poor reproduction quality,or information that simply has no apparent value.

To be successful, you must buy for distribution, the kind of quality material that will satisfy your customers and make them want to order from you again. One source of reports with reprint rights is: Infopreneur Box 20412 El Cajon CA 92021. The company offers a free catalog. 

Once you acquire reproduction rights you can reproduce materials as you receive orders. A report of several pages in length can be reproduced for 20 to 30 cents and sold for several dollars. This generally provides a profit of 100% a higher When you purchase the reproduction rights you acquire the right to reproduce the copyrighted materials, which also includes the right to resell the reprint rights. Meanwhile, let’s say you have acquired the reproduction rights for top notch reports


The most important thing that you can do as a Self-Publisher is to convert your printed information into computer-readable moneymaking information! This simple act will give you the leading edge in this business. By combining technology with the information self-publishing concept, you gain tremendous possibilities for success.

1. You keep your information current, accurate and easy to update. You can change, improve and add information as you gain more experience. You can include your own personal identity and unique information regarding your offer or business.

2. You maintain high quality printed information by using the latest technology in printing hardware and software. You have more convenient storage, faster access and better manageability in maintaining your information

3. When printing costs become prohibitive, say in producing a 100-page report, you can sell your information on disk. This automatically eliminates printing costs and reduces mailing costs substantially.

4. Since your information is stored in your computer, you can then transmit via modem, bulletin Board, electronic mail, fax, or any means of telecommunications. Shape of things to come? Nope. This is happening today. This is now a common mode in the business of transmitting (and selling) information.

5. Finally, with the above hi-tech facilities, you will be operating just like a big corporate publishing firm and will be perceived as one. You improve your credibility as an entrepreneur. There are now thousands of small one-person businesses operating from home, just like the big ones.


Here is a summary of the important benefits of operating your own Self-Publishing Mail Order business:

No. inventory to carry and easy to reproduce

Extremely high mark up

Easy and inexpensive to ship via First Class or UPS

Ideal as a primary offer or as follow up offer to existing buyers

Very Large market demand

By the way, you don’t have to own a computer to operate your own self-publishing business.

The purpose of this Guide is simply to show how much more of advantage you will have if you use a computer as a tool in making yourself-publishing business more efficient and successful. Be a self-publisher first, then computerize your information later.


Think about the future. Whether you work part time or full time, you’ll be able to operate this proven, wealth building business from your home, and you’ll have fun making money. You wont need any employees, and you. You won’t have to share your profits with anyone.

NOW IS YOUR MOMENT TO ACT!!! You have much to gain and nothing to lose.




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RISE for the Philippines – V-Fund Benefits Women & Men on the Ground Immediately

V-Day has set up a V-Fund to benefit women and men on the ground immediately. 100% of donations will go directly to these efforts via GABRIELA and Gabriela Women’s Party. Please read the below letters from One Billion Rising Director Monique Wilson and V-Day Founder/Artistic Director Eve Ensler, and consider donating whatever you can – every little bit helps.

From Monique in Manila:

As you can see from the news, the destruction from super storm Haiyan (local name Yolanda) was on such a massive scale – the likes of which our country has never seen before. Five million affected in the storms path, a million homeless, 10,000 dead in one city alone (we do not have yet the death toll from other cities and provinces), mass burials because there were not enough body bags, corpses still hanging from the trees or laying on the streets, entire towns wiped out and destroyed. Two thirds of the country was hit and as of today, several of our 7,000 islands have already gone missing from the map. And along with that, entire towns and communities. There is another big storm arriving on Wednesday, and reports of at least three more before Christmas.

The sad news is that so many of our GABRIELA communities – rural and peasant women, fisherfolk and farmers – especially those who lived on the coastal towns – have been affected. Women who led the incredible risings in these villages, towns and cities have lost families, loved ones and lost their homes. GABRIELA is the largest grassroots based womens alliance in the Philippines who provide direct services to women and advocate for their rights.

The country is still in desperate need for help and V-Day and One Billion Rising is calling on all of you, our Rising sisters and brothers, to please donate what you can. V-Day has set up a V-Fund to make donating easy and secure. 100% of the donations will go straight to the local GABRIELA and Gabriela Women’s Party chapters to directly benefit the people on the ground.

Funds raised will be used for a women’s mission in the most affected areas – to provide direct services – food, clothing, shelter, medical and health needs specific to women – as well as psycho-social support for the women survivors. In disasters, even in evacuation centers – we know that sexual violence heightens and we need to ensure the safety and protection of the women and girls.

Despite the horror, the immense sorrow and heartbreak – the Gabriela women from the poorest communities here who have been the worst affected – continue to inspire me. Despite having no homes, no food, no water and nothing at all except their spirit, their will and their hearts – they have been sending me messages to say THE RISING CONTINUES. NOTHING WILL STOP US. They told me “OUR RISING FOR JUSTICE WILL BE BIGGER AND STRONGER THAN THE STORM.”

Thank you my dearest sisters and brothers of my heart. There is much to do – but we are moving forward. We will Rise. And we will continue to Rise and dance in memory of everyone and everything that we have lost – and for the future we are all dreaming for.

Thank you for keeping my beloved country in your embrace. It has meant so much to us.

With love,

From Eve in Berlin:

Dear our most generous One Billion Rising and V-Day activists,

The Philippines was the site of one of the biggest risings for One Billion Rising 2013. We need to rise for our sisters and brothers in the Philippines now.

This huge crisis in the Philippines that comes as a result of climate change, and which is a natural and human-made disaster – connects us all. It connects us to people and to the land.

There are so many factors that contribute to a crisis. There is the storm – a natural phenomenon. There is climate change. And there are the things that we are doing to the land, like mining, that are done out of greed. We need to look at what our countries do in the name of profit, that affect the most vulnerable communities around the world in times like this. When the mountains are gone because of mining, what higher ground can people go to during a storm surge?

All of these factors make it even more evident why we need to Rise For Justice. Why we need to Rise right now. Why we need to Rise for the Philippines. And in any natural or environmental disaster, it is the women in the most marginalized, the most oppressed and impoverished communities, who suffer the most.

The need to wake up to what is happening in the Philippines is a major call for the world.

I have traveled the world, far and wide – but I do not know of any organization that is as committed, as radical, as organized and as dedicated to the women in the grassroots communities as GABRIELA in the Philippines. They led the incredible One Billion Risings there. They are on the ground, with the people – and every dime you contribute will get to the women and children affected and their families. Whatever we raise through activist donations, will get matched.

With love and thanks,

V-Day is a California 501(c)(3) public charity.
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The Power of CHOICE Summons Universal Forces in a Flash!

Choice is yours for the taking      –        Life is yours for the making! –                                                        One thing that can change everything…

The Choice Factor! By Aine Belton

           Choice is a gateway to the possible – not only at cross-roads on your path, but in every moment, giving access to the limitless palate with which to paint your life.
You can choose a new action, thought, feeling, or behaviour at any time, and birth an entirely new reality as a result.
There are no ‘perfect’ choices, but there may be choices that you may feel more passionate about, aligned to, enlivened and inspired by, choices that move you, speak to your heart, and take you towards bright futures.
Those may be small choices, big choices, easy or more challenging choices.
One of the magical things about choice is… you can make a new one in any moment!  Choice, when owned and yielded, is a powerful tools with which you create your reality, especially as it can steer and direct the others – namely your beliefs, thoughts, feelings, imagination, focus, and so on.
A vast number of choices you make are barely conscious, or you may fail to acknowledge them as the choices they indeed are. Habits, for example, are choices that have become more automatic, be they your sleeping patterns, the way you communicate, your job, your daily routine, how you take your coffee (that you even drink coffee), etc.
What you tangibly do (your actions) are the most obvious choices, but there are choices at subtler levels, i.e. what you think and feel, your attitudes, principles and values, etc.
Choice opens you to the realization that each moment is filled with possibilities – for more love and joy, for a new beginning, a new direction, expanded success, etc.
Every choice has an impact to a greater or lesser extent, each one like a pebble dropped in a pond; the ripples, the ramifications, spreading out into your future and other areas of your life.
Even one small choice made today that shifts your life by one degree, overtime can lead to a future far brighter than where you may be currently heading, opening you up to a new path and life; new doorways, visions, people, horizons, places, and opportunities, new levels of love, happiness, health and success.
I’ve no doubt you can remember choices you made weeks, months or even years ago that have significantly changed who and where you are right now. Perhaps you can also think of choices you didn’t make and wonder where your life may have ended up, for better or worse, if you had.
What choice could you make TODAY that would change your life for the better – both now, and in the coming days, weeks and months ahead?
One of the contributors to our education project I’ll be sharing about was telling me how some years ago he began asking the question, several times a day, “How may I serve?”
From that asking, inspirations began flowing to him, including a book, that flowed out onto paper within 3 days.
It reminds me of a quote I share on twitter:
“If you lack vision, passion, motivation or direction, think of how your gifts can be of service in some way”.
If you feel unclear or uninspired by choices, reflecting on how you may be of help to yourself, others and the world can ignite possibilities.

hat choices could you make for sharing your gifts, love and being of service in some way?              
There are many ways you can give. You can give of your time, care, attention, love, money, information, support, appreciation, joy.
That includes giving those to you and making serving choices for you and your life too, obviously. If your tank’s empty, you’re not going to have any juice for others. One of the greatest gifts you have to give the world is the gift of your happiness.



This agreement dated __________(1)___________, is made By and Between ________(2)____________, whose address is ____________(3)______________, referred to as “Company”, AND ____________(4)_________, whose address is ________(5)__________,

referred to as “Consultant.”

1. Consultation Services. The company hereby employs the consultant to perform the following services in accordance with the terms and conditions set forth in this agreement: The consultant will consult with the officers and employees of the company concerning matters relating to the management and organization of the company, their financial policies, the terms

and conditions of employment, and generally any matter arising out of the business affairs of the company.

2. Terms of Agreement. This agreement will begin __________(6)___________ and will end _________(7)__________. Either party may cancel this agreement on thirty (30) days notice to the other party in writing, by certified mail or personal delivery.

3. Time Devoted by Consultant. It is anticipated the consultant will spend approximately ___(8)___ in fulfilling its obligations under this contract. The particular amount of time may vary from day to day or week to week. However, the consultant shall devote a minimum of ___(9)___ per month to its duties in accordance with this agreement.

4. Place Where Services Will Be Rendered. The consultant will perform most services in accordance with this contract at ___________(10)_________. In addition the consultant will perform services on the telephone and at such other places as designated by the company to perform these services in accordance with this agreement.

5. Payment to Consultant. The consultant will be paid at the rate of $___(11)_____ per ____(12)____ for work performed in accordance with this agreement. However, the consultant will be paid at least $___(13)___ per month regardless of the amount of time spent in accordance with this agreement. The consultant will submit an itemized statement setting forth the time spent and services rendered, and the company will pay the consultant the amounts due as indicated by statements submitted by the consultant within ten (10) days of receipt.

6. Independent Contractor. Both the company and the consultant agree that the consultant will act as an independent contractor in the performance of its duties under this contract. Accordingly, the consultant shall be responsible for payment of all taxes including

Federal, State and local taxes arising out of the consultant’s activities in accordance with this contract, including by way of illustration but not limitation, Federal and State income tax,

Social Security tax, Unemployment Insurance taxes, and any other taxes or business license fee as required.

7. Confidential Information. The consultant agrees that any information received by the consultant during any furtherance of the consultant’s obligations in accordance with this contract,

which concerns the personal, financial or other affairs of the company will be treated by the consultant in full confidence and will not be revealed to any other persons, firms or organizations.

8. Employment of Others. The company may from time to time request that the consultant arrange for the services of others. All costs to the consultant for those services will be paid by the company but in no event shall the consultant employ others without the prior authorization of the company.

9. Signatures. Both the company and the consultant agree to the above contract.

Witnessed by:


___________(14)_________________ ___________(15)_______________


___________(14)_________________ ___________(16)_______________



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