John Marshall Law School Celebrates 205th Commencement

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, UNITED STATES, May 21, 2018 / — The John Marshall Law School held its 205th Commencement on May 20 at the Aon Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier. At this year’s spring commencement, the law school conferred 227 degrees, including 213 JDs and 14 LLMs.

John Marshall alumnus Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti (’98) delivered the commencement address. Sanguinetti is Illinois’s first Latina Lieutenant Governor. In 2010, Sanguinetti suffered an accident while walking on City of Wheaton property. Subsequent medical examinations revealed that she had Multiple Sclerosis, but Sanguinetti vowed to never let her diagnosis stop her. In 2011, she was elected to the Wheaton City Council on a platform of delivering efficient, streamlined government. After meeting Bruce Rauner at a convention of the Republican National Hispanic Assembly, she joined his 2014 Illinois gubernatorial ticket and assumed office in January 2015.

John Marshall Professor Hugh Mundy received the Spring 2018 Lex Ancilla Justitiae Award. The award, which translates to “law is the servant of justice,” is given to the faculty member who the graduating class believes best embodies this guiding principle of education at John Marshall. Graduating student and Student Bar Association President Bria Riley presented the award to Professor Mundy.

The valedictory address was given by Nicolette L. Bartolameolli. Bartolameolli received her bachelor’s degree in history from Saint Louis University. While at John Marshall, Bartolameolli served as Staff Editor for The John Marshall Law Review, a council member of the Moot Court Honors Program and competed on the John J. Gibbons Criminal Procedure Moot Court Team. Bartolameolli took first place in the Dean Fred F. Herzog Moot Court Competition and was the highest-grade recipient in many of her courses; she is also the recipient of the John N. Jewett Scholarship and the Arba N. Waterman Scholarship.

Additionally, more than a dozen students received their diplomas from family members who also graduated from John Marshall. These students are referred to as legacy students.

Student Taso Tsiganos and recent graduate Amrita John received this year’s Lucy Sprague Public Service Award. The Lucy Sprague Public Service Award, named in memory of Lucy Sprague who attended John Marshall in 1995–1996, honors a John Marshall student who makes a significant commitment to public service. Made possible by a generous gift from the Sprague family, the first Lucy Sprague Service Award was bestowed on a John Marshall student in 1998.

About The John Marshall Law School
The John Marshall Law School, founded in 1899, is an independent law school located in the heart of Chicago's legal, financial and commercial districts. The 2019 U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Graduate Schools ranks John Marshall's Lawyering Skills Program 6th, its Intellectual Property Law Program 15th and its Trial Advocacy Program 20th in the nation. Since its inception, John Marshall has been a pioneer in legal education and has been guided by a tradition of diversity, innovation, access and opportunity.

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Each and every piece that exists is somehow, in their way, related to its Source

To Life itself; human beings as well as 'things'.

LOS ANGELES, CA, UNITED STATES, May 21, 2018 / — The 12 Writings – now on the Website – are about the possibility of consciously connecting with the origin of all Life/Being/Existing – unbelievable as this may sound.

The Website gives information about this and stresses that this direct contact is possible and is available for each and every person.

It contains personal experiences, the writer's reactions and many revelations of facts about what living is truly all about – of the full facts of the Real Reality. Including the role of humanity and the origin and scope of what we call evil.

Nothing is asked of the reader: no religion, group forming, contribution or reaction.

The only request is, to honestly look within oneself – to one's innermost spiritual self – and see if somehow what is offered here 'rings a bell'. How we choose to react is who we really are.

Pieter Noomen
Words For All
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Del Mar & Associates Brings Businesses to the US

Del Mar & Associates are as dedicated to their clients as they are to their clients' businesses.

HOLLYWOOD, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, May 21, 2018 / — Noe Del Mar has been in the industry of helping both businesses and families come to the United States for 18 years.

In that time, he opened his own firm in 2002 and has helped clients internationally for nearly two decades.

Garnering U.S. citizenship is hard enough. Bringing a business to the United States has its own set of challenges.

Del Mar & Associates is dedicated to bringing businesses to the United States.

Their expertise, connections to resources and international trade make Del Mar & Associates the perfect firm for the job.


Del Mar himself isn’t the only person in the firm who has an abundance of passion and experience. Highly educated, passionate and specialty-driven personalities help make this team successful.

Del Mar & Associates can help with filing the appropriate paperwork to get a business brought to the U.S. However, that’s only the beginning.

This firm fosters a lifelong relationship with clients. So, with that in mind, they have become a powerhouse of helpful resources and expertise.

Whether the business needs accounting, insurance, trade or expansion, Del Mar & Associates can assist.


Del Mar & Associates deals with a plethora of business and immigration cases each year. Therefore, they have a unique insight into loans and international financing.

Del Mar & Associates have garnered relationships with financial institutions worldwide.

This has made the firm internationally revered. For businesses, this means that the firm can broker deals and secure finances that other institutions cannot.

Plus, with their esteemed reputation, the firm can negotiate the details of the loan to the needs of their client.

So, if a business wants to come to the U.S. but doesn't have the funds, Del Mar & Associates has the ability to find a viable option.

International Trade

In addition to having connections within the financial sector, Del Mar & Associates also has connections with international trade.

Recognized as an International Trading Company in 2002, the firm has propelled its relationships through international trade exponentially.

The ability to broker deals internationally is an asset for getting a business into the U.S., as well as expansion.

This business asset can become continuously beneficial when the entrepreneur wants to broker a deal for foreign goods. This relationship can become essential if those goods are a key component of the product or service.

To close, Del Mar is a business owner too, so he understands how important it is to keep the passion alive, even throughout the process of citizenship. That is why Del Mar and his team are so dedicated to helping fellow business owners establish their businesses in the United States.

Bringing businesses to the U.S. is a benefit to all Americans. Not only does it stimulate the economy, it helps the U.S. infuse culture into the place where the business settles.

Therefore, it is an invaluable asset. Del Mar & Associates understands that.

Contact Del Mar & Associates today to schedule a consultation.

Eric Ash
Web Presence, LLC
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Northbrook Web Design Firm atCommunications Wins American Web Design Award

atCommunications, LLC

A new Web site atCommunications created for the University of Illinois’ Strategic Brand Communication program has received Graphic Design USA magazine’s 2018 American Web Design Award.

Northbrook Web design firm atCommunications, LLC is the recipient of Graphic Design USA magazine's 2018 American Web Design Award.

This award marks atCommunications' fourth time being honored by Graphic Design USA magazine.”

— Terry Kasdan

NORTHBROOK, IL, USA, May 21, 2018 / — Northbrook Web design agency atCommunications, LLC is the recipient of Graphic Design USA magazine's 2018 American Web Design Award for a Web site it produced for the University of Illinois.

For 55 years the editors of Graphic Design USA have honored the outstanding work of creative professionals in the graphic arts community with their American Graphic Design Awards, according to Gordon Kaye, the magazine's publisher. This marks atCommunications' fourth time being honored by Graphic Design USA, said the firm's founder Terry Kasdan. atCommunications previously won American Graphic Design Awards in 2001, 2003, and 2013.

This year's award-winning Web site was produced for the University of Illinois' Strategic Brand Communication program, a new Master's degree program offered jointly by the University's Gies College of Business and College of Media.

The American Web Design Awards is a sub-set of Graphic Design USA magazine's American Graphic Design Awards competition (which also includes In-House and Packaging Design competitions). In all, nearly 35,000 designs were entered this year, and the top 5% in each category were named winners. Award winners will be featured in the "2018 American Graphic Design Awards Annual," to be published in print and online later this year by Graphic Design USA magazine.

atCommunications ( is one of the Midwest's oldest and most well-respected digital marketing agencies. Over the course of more than 18 years the firm has designed, programmed, hosted and promoted more than 1,000 Web sites, CDs, DVDs, and mobile applications for clients spanning the spectrum of industries and service sectors—from Fortune 500 companies like McDonald's, Microsoft, Pepsi, Pfizer, and State Farm, to small businesses and not-for-profits serving their communities. The firm was founded by Northbrook residents Terry and Abby Kasdan in 1999.

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Knowledge Management Software Market – Key Trends, Applications & Future Developments by 2023

Knowledge Management Software Market – Key Trends, Applications & Future Developments by 2023

HOUSTON, TX, UNITED STATES, May 21, 2018 / — A comprehensive analysis of the Global Knowledge Management Software Market is being done in this intelligence report. It includes the investigations done on the past progress, ongoing market scenarios, and future prospects. An accurate data of the products, strategies and market shares of leading companies in this particular market is mentioned. This report presents a 360-degree overview of the competitive scenario of the Global market. The report further projects the size and valuation of the global market in the coming forecast period. The report also presents a thorough qualitative and quantitative data affecting to the projected impact of these factors on market’s future growth prospects.

Top Leading Players: Atlassian, Freshworks, eXo, Lucidea, Bitrix, EduBrite Systems, Yonyx, MangoApps, CallidusCloud, Nuance, ProProfs, Pgi, Theum, Chadha Software Technologies, Auros Knowledge Systems, Connotate

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The competitive landscape of the Global Knowledge Management Software Market is discussed in the report, which also includes the player’s market share. The report profiles some of the leading players in the global market for the purpose of an in-depth study of the challenges faced as well as growth opportunities in the market. The report also considers the approaches implemented by the main corporations to sustain their hold on the industry. The business synopsis and financial synopsis of each of the companies have been examined.

The report utilizes a variety of primary and secondary research methodologies for gathering quantitative as well as qualitative data on global as well as regional fronts. With the help of a number of industry-best analytical methods, the vast amount of market data thus gathered is filtered and narrowed down to the details that matter the most to companies operating in the market or aspiring to enter it.

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A detailed evaluation of the competitive landscape of the global Knowledge Management Software Market has also been presented in this market study. Researchers have reviewed the profiles of the leading companies functional in this market in a bid to assess their growth prospects and the key strategies they have adopted for the development of their businesses.

Geographically, the global Knowledge Management Software Market can be segmented into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific (APAC), Middle East & Africa and Latin America. North America has acquired the leading position in the global market and is projected to retain it over the forthcoming years. The rising demand for dietary supplements is likely to drive the growth of the North America market in the years to come. Europe is also anticipated to witness a healthy rise, leading to a considerable development in its market, states the research report.

In the last sections of the report, the companies responsible for increasing the sales in the Knowledge Management Software Market has been presented. These companies have been analyzed in terms of their manufacturing base, basic information, and competitors. In addition, the application and product type introduced by each of these companies also form a key part of this section of the report. The recent enhancements that took place in the global market and their influence on the future growth of the market have also been presented through this study.

Table of Content:
Global Knowledge Management Software Market Research Report 2018-2023
Chapter 1 Knowledge Management Software Market Overview
Chapter 2 Global Economic Impact
Chapter 3 Competition by Manufacturer
Chapter 4 Production, Revenue (Value) by Region (2018-2023)
Chapter 5 Supply (Production), Consumption, Export, Import by Regions (2018-2023)
Chapter 6 Production, Revenue (Value), Price Trend by Type
Chapter 7 Analysis by Application
Chapter 8 Manufacturing Cost Analysis
Chapter 9 Industrial Chain, Sourcing Strategy and Downstream Buyers
Chapter 10 Marketing Strategy Analysis, Distributors/Traders
Chapter 11 Market Effect Factors Analysis
Chapter 12 Market Forecast (2018-2023)
Chapter 13 Appendix

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Culture of Excellence at Sahara Group inspires My Performance – 2017 Overall Best ICAN Candidate

The workplace should provide platforms that give employees the springboard they need to get to the zenith of their careers.

I am inspired by the work ethic at Sahara Group which places a high premium on excellence”

— Michael Oladeji

LAGOS, LAGOS, NIGERIA, May 21, 2018 / — The workplace should provide platforms that give employees the springboard they need to get to the zenith of their careers. This is the case for Michael Oladeji who recently emerged Best Overall Candidate of the 2017 Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) Qualifying Examination. Michael is a staff of Ikeja Electric, an affiliate of leading multinational energy conglomerate, Sahara Group. Michael says he is inspired by the work ethic at Sahara Group which places a high premium on excellence. He adds that his line managers at Sahara – some of them previous ICAN laureates – continue to guide him in his quest to achieve more laurels as an outstanding accounting professional. In this interview, he speaks about his love for the Accounting profession and how youths can rise up to the challenge of becoming outstanding leaders of tomorrow.


Q: Can you share your initial reaction when it was announced that you emerged as the best ICAN student?

A: I was grateful to God. I was a really excited even though I have been a prize winner in all my ICAN exams diets. I was delighted about making the best of all the work I put in while I was preparing for the examination. This achievement really means a lot to me and I am grateful to God.

Q: What is the significance of your achievement as ICAN's best student?

A: Personally, it’s a reward for my hard work. I look beyond my prizes most times. What really matters to me is the fact that I love my career path/work. I have a lot of passion for finance. I have fun making sense out of numbers. I believe my passion for finance will give me a platform to contribute extensively to socio-economic development in Nigeria and beyond our shores.

Q: Can you describe some of the challenges you had to overcome to achieve the goal?

A: The major challenge was that I had a short period to prepare for the exams simply because I was a serving corps member and was on the “rigorous” recruitment process of the Sahara Group Graduate Management Trainee programme. I had to reduce my sleep time to cover the syllabus.

Q: Who are your role models in the accounting profession?

A: I have a lot of role models. Firstly, my mum is my role model. I owe my love for numbers and work ethic to her. My role models in the accounting profession include Taiwo Oyedele, J.B Akeju, and Olumuyiwa Adebayo.

Q: How has working in Ikeja Electric, an affiliate of Sahara Group helped to advance your career?

A: There is a unique culture of excellence at the Sahara Group which is obvious even from the recruitment process. This encourages innovation and inspires staff to operate at the highest performance level at all times – in spite of challenges. Working in the Management Information System (MIS) department avails me the opportunity to take on challenging tasks that stretch my abilities and requires me to learn something new. The opportunity to take on challenging tasks has always been a source of motivation for me. At Sahara, being excellent is like breathing, I find it very inspiring and the impact on my performance is invaluable.

Q: What has been the reaction of the organization to your achievement?

A: There has been some form of recognition and words of encouragement especially from my line manager, colleagues, the CEO of Ikeja Electric and the entire Sahara Group. I felt quite special that my achievement was considered worthy of celebration by the organization. I featured in several internal recognition platforms in line with the culture at Sahara. I have also been decorated as a SaharaGEM, a moniker for Sahara's hall of fame that is exclusive for outstanding members of staff.

Q: What role do you currently handle at Sahara Group and what prospects of growth are there for you?

A: I currently work as an MIS analyst at Ikeja Electric and my team is also involved in setting up MIS for the generation companies (Egbin Power Plc & First Independent Power Limited, FIPL) affiliated with Sahara Group. This has given me the opportunity to learn more about the generation and distribution aspects of the power sector value chain.

Q: What role can the accounting profession play in nation building and credible leadership?

A: Accounting is not only about Debit, Credit, and balancing of accounts. The scope of Accounting has grown at a broad level. Accountants are the backbone of the nation’s economy and due to their financial expertise, they can guide the nation by strategically analyzing and suggesting various economic and financial measures to uplift deteriorating Nigeria’s economy and boost up industrial growth. Professional accountants contribute to better information, reporting, measurement and decision making. When nations have a vigorous system to track the flow of funds in government, within and between businesses, transparency and accountability are improved, organizations are strengthened, and economies are enhanced.
A rational person can see the participation of Accountants in every field and sector of the economy. Their expertise knowledge is required in every area.
In addition, Accountants play a major role in ensuring credible leadership by preventing corruption. An aspect of the profession which separates it from other professions is that members of the accounting profession are expected to act in the public interest. It is, therefore, our responsibility as a professional accountant not to act exclusively to satisfy the needs of a particular client or employer’. When the demands or needs of a client or employer appear to be contrary to the public interest, we do consider the public interest.

Q: There's been a lot of conversation around young people rising up to leadership roles. Do you think Nigerian youths are ready for this challenge?

A: The major problems limiting the Nigerian youth includes social media distraction; eagerness of youths to become rich these days by all means and rising menace of drug abuse among youths. Nevertheless, some of us are charting new frontiers; creating a huge tech industry on their own. Our entrepreneurial spirit, work ethic, and creative abilities are delightful. In addition, we now have an increasing number of youth activist and participation in politics. For these reasons, I believe some Nigerian youths are ever ready for the leadership role.

Q: How do you plan to give back to students seeking a profession in accounting?

A: I have once benefited from CSR activities of both individuals and companies. I truly understand the importance of CSR to our community development. Some of the ways I plan to give back to my society especially to young students seeking to join the accounting profession is by offering mentorship and free tutorials to students planning to write professional exams.

Q: What goals do you have for the future?

A: One of my major goals involve growing in Sahara Group where I hope to continue learning and taking on additional responsibilities in order to contribute as much value as I can. I am eager to experience new challenges and excited to invest considerable years specializing in a career I find extremely interesting and motivating.

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Sahara Group
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EVIDENCE DESTROYED by National Car Rental While Agent Asserts Enterprise Holdings' Damage Liability Threat to Renters

Renters easily implicated by $200 'stain' cleaning fee stamped to contract.  Stain preexisting.

Renters easily implicated by $200 ‘stain’ cleaning fee stamped to contract. Stain preexisting.

Preexisting damage; driving light missing means $$$ for renter

Preexisting damage; driving light missing means $$$ for renter

Preexisting damage; significant scrape means $$$ for renter

Preexisting damage; significant scrape means $$$ for renter

Preexisting damage; under car damage means $$$ for renter

Preexisting damage; under car damage means $$$ for renter

Company repeatedly notified to secure booth surveillance but purposely destroys while National agent effectively acknowledges the risk$$$ waiting for renters.

In the last 18 months after more than 100 hundred rentals, I’ve had only two vehicles that I could find no concern or minimal damage that warranted written and photographic evidence to prove condition”

— David Howe, National Car Rental crime victim

MIAMI, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, May 20, 2018 / — SubscriberWise, the nation's largest issuing CRA for the communications industry and the leading protector of children victimized by identity fraud, announced today the presumably intentional destruction of video booth surveillance by Enterprise Holdings' National Car Rental. The company notified the Lee Clerk of the Court that they do not have evidence that was directly and repeatedly requested as part of an investigation related to a 'ding and dent' scam at the SW FL Fort Myers International Airport in October 2016. SEE THE STUNNING 'SPOLIAGE' ADMISSION CONTAINED ON THE OFFICIAL FILING WITH THE LEE CLERK OF THE COURT:

In addition, National Car Rental crime victim David Howe has produced audio from a conversation with a National agent who explains the company's 'expedient' rental process (listen now to agent: that places the car renting population at incredible financial risk related to the virtually unlimited instances of minor 'wear and tear', as well as more apparent preexisting damage that has successfully ensnared millions of consumers from here and around the world.

Related: CBC News: 'Agents Say Scam is Systemic'

“Tomorrow I’m going to earnestly investigate what remedies and what sanctions are indicated for this intentional and, perhaps illegal (, destruction of critical evidence regarding proof of whether vehicle damage – which was ultimately determined to be nothing more than normal ‘wear and tear’ by Enterprise owns standards – was preexisting at the time of rental origination,” said David Howe, National car rental fraud victim and America’s identity guardian for babies for girls and for boys.

“Within days of the predatory encounter at SW FL Fort Myers International airport and immediately after receiving notification of the financial extortion attempt, I made direct and repeated requests to obtain video booth surveillance to unequivocally determine the vehicle condition at the moment I obtained the rental.

“I ultimately was told to return to Miami where the rental originated. In fact, that’s exactly what I did,” continued Howe. “And when I arrived at the rental location, of course, no one was aware that I was coming despite multiple calls to agents and even to the Manager on duty, ‘Ricardo’. For the record, and the call to prove it is recorded and in my Ohio office, Ricardo specifically stated to ‘come here and a manager would assign you to the person who has access to the video’. In addition, Lee Port Authority Police made multiple calls to the Miami office but reported on the official police report that ‘as of the date of this report those calls have not been returned’.

“That is an outrage,” exclaimed Howe. “And if any one has any doubt about how outrageous this really is, then I defer to the nearly 8-million-dollar Chipotle jury verdict that was rendered last week against an employee who was accused – based on apparent video surveillance of her accessing a safe – but who was otherwise never offered the opportunity to view the footage that was used to implicate her.

“In many ways, this is the very same thing,” Howe argued. “The company was told in no uncertain terms, repeatedly, to have the video for my review. Moreover, the company was told to expect litigation as a result of this entire predatory behavior. And not only from me did agents and management hear my drum beat of pending civil litigation. In fact, the police detective who investigated the crime evidence, ultimately concluded – in writing and documented in the official police report – that this case should ultimately be pursued as a civil matter. That, to be certain, would mean to any reasonable person that ALL evidence, including in particular one of the most critical items of evidence — namely the booth surveillance, should be protected, safeguarded, duplicated, and preserved.

“Of course we now know, based on the response to the subpoena duces tecum and filed with the Lee Clerk of the Courts, that effectively Enterprise Holdings’ National Car Rental destroyed the evidence. In other words, they engaged in ‘Spoliation of Evidence’. And they should be sanctioned severely for this predatory and outrageous abuse.

“So today, I’m asking — I'm urging — Congress to listen to the words of a representative at National explain the company’s ‘expedient’ method of renting vehicles to consumers who otherwise expect the ‘good faith and fair dealing’ covenant: listen now to agent: I’m asking Congress to acknowledge the remarkable risk that such a method exposes for the renting public. In other words, the current method is truly a ‘liability in waiting’ for millions of renters who simply get in a rental car and drive down the road without any indication that preexisting damage is their financial liability. And Congress must understand that the industry isn’t eager or willing to change the method because it’s so lucrative and it’s so easy to implicate honest people and their insurance companies.

Related: BBB issues nationwide warning about Payless Car Rental —

“Need proof,” Howe asked? “Then here’s one video among myriads of similar examples I’ve been collecting since my own criminal victimization on October 29, 2016: . And in virtually every single instance of this financial extortion scheme, there's not a shred of evidence of liability; instead, the renters trust with the agency combined with the lack of photographic evidence of vehicle condition at the time of rental is exactly why consumers are routinely and easily victimized financially by the car rental industry.

“In the last 18 months after more than 100 hundred car rentals, I’ve had only two vehicles that I could find no concern or minimal damage that warranted written and photographic evidence to prove the vehicle condition at the time of rental. While remarkable, it's true. And in one very recent and very predatory situation, I was handed a rental agreement with a stamp conspicuously placed on the contract that specifically indicated that ‘vehicles returned with stains to the interior would incur a $200.00 cleaning fee’ (see photo of stained seat contained with this news). And like all customers, I simply initialed and signed where told. When I went outside and opened the door – SURPRISE – the vehicle has a very obvious stain on the driver-side front seat.

“That, Congress, is a LIABILITY IN WAITING,” declared Howe. “And the car rental industry is literally banking on said liabilities, despite their desperate lies to the contrary. Yes, had I not been a victim of a ‘ding and dent’ scam, I would have likely have not even noticed or thought about the stain. I would have simply driven away assuming when I returned the vehicle with the very same stain, the agency would not attempt to collect $200.00 based on the language that was stamped on the contract and otherwise legally implicated to me by my initials and/or signature. Of course, my predatory encounter at RSW changed all of that and I took photos and documented the stain to protect myself from a similar scam.

“And that’s why Congress MUST act to enforce predictable and uniform standards for this under-regulated industry. It’s the reason also that Congress must require predatory arbitration clauses greedily pursued by the car rental industry unlawful,” Howe concluded.

Related: Enterprise Holdings and Canadian Car Rental Scandal: Christopher Elliott and His Prophetic Article in the Chicago Tribune Could Not Have Been More Precise —

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16th Annual African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF) – Chicago June 8-14, 2018

Mama Africa: Miriam Makeba Poster

The Citizen is a “poignant drama” – Chicago Reader

FOREIGN BODY: French-Tunisian director-writer Raja Amari creates feminist thrillers.

ADIFF Chicago presents 19 documentary and fiction films set in The United States, Mexico, South Africa, Haiti, Barbados, Nigeria, Brazil, Malawi, Cuba and more!

"Kirikou and the Sorceress" – which celebrates its 20th anniversary – was called a "marvel for the eye and ear" by Ted Shen of the Chicago Reader. Not to be missed!”

— Diarah N'Daw-Spech – ADIFF Co-Director

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, USA, May 19, 2018 / — New York, May 14, 2018 – To celebrate its 16th Anniversary in Chicago, the African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF) – hosted by Facets Cinematheque and presented by ArtMattan Productionsts from June 8 to 14 – will present its most thought-provoking program to date in the Windy City. With 19 documentaries and fiction films set in The United States, Mexico, Peru, South Africa, Haiti, Barbados, Nigeria, Brazil, The UK, Malawi, Cuba, Honduras, Tunisia, Hungary, the Virgin Islands and France, ADIFF Chicago will celebrate 16 years of great cinema and great talks with new films, special events and revealing stories!


Opening Night Film "Bigger Than Africa" by Toyin Ibrahim Adekeye (2018, 90min, USA, Chicago Premiere) is a fascinating documentary that follows the impact of the trans-Atlantic slave trade in the USA, Nigeria, Brazil, Republic of Benin, Trinidad & Tobago and Cuba to explore and find reasons for the survival of the Yoruba culture in the New World. Nigerian director Toyin Ibrahim Adekeye will be on hand to talk about his research in trying to understand why, of all cultures of Africa, the Yoruba culture is the one that has survived for centuries in the Americas.

"Streetlight Harmonies" by Brent Wilson (2017, 84min, USA, Chicago Premiere) is about Doo-wop and features stellar vocal harmonies sung a cappella, born on street corners in the 1950s. In Streetlight Harmonies, a who’s who of musicians trace the evolution of American pop music from doo wop and Phil Spector’s legendary ‘wall of sound’ up through Motown, surf music and the British Invasion. It’s a toe-tapping stroll down memory lane for music lovers of all ages.

In "Foreign Body" by Raja Amari, (2016, 92min, France/Tunisia, TIFF Official Selection, Chicago Premiere) a young woman (Sarra Hannachi) flees from Tunisia to France after informing on her brother, an Islamist radical. Adrift in a new country, she seizes on an opportunity to work for a glamorous widow (Hiam Abbass), and is uncertain how to respond when one of her brother's friends (Salim Kechiouche) shows a romantic interest in her.

"The Citizen" (Az Állampolgár) – Winner of the 2018 Chicago European Film Festival Audience Award for Best Film (2016, 109 min, Hungary) – is a timely narrative about a middle-aged African immigrant Wilson (first-time actor Cake-Baly, who brings breathtaking grace and nuance to the role) wanting to become a Hungarian Citizen. This touching humanist drama exposes the unwelcoming climate that greets many immigrants to Europe, as Wilson finds a sympathetic teacher and prospective lover in lonely abused wife Mari (Máhr).

Exquisite award-wining animation "Kirikou and the Sorceress" by Michel Ocelot (1998, 74min, France) is celebrating its 20th Anniversary. Kirikou and the Sorceress tells the tale of tiny Kirikou, born in an African village in which Karaba the Sorceress has placed a terrible curse.

Back by popular demand, "Mama Africa: Miriam Makeba" by Mika Kaurismäki (2011, 90 min, South Africa/Germany) is a powerful documentary that retraces the life, music and activism of international star Miriam Makeba, one of the first African musicians to win international stardom.

Closing Night screening of local documentary "70 Acres in Chicago: Cabrini Green" by Ronit Bezalel (2014, 53min, USA) – the story of a community displaced when their neighborhood is torn down in the name of progress – will be followed by a Q&A with the director and a reception.

The CENTERPIECE screening of MULTICULTURAL SHORTS "The Exception and the Rule" by Joel Zito Araujo about an Afro-Brazilian who won a discrimination lawsuit against his employer in 1992; "Jimmy Jean-Louis Visits Tijuana" by Todd Kellstein which follows Haitian actor and activist Jimmy Jean-Louis visiting Haitian immigrants in Mexico & "Scattered Africa" by Sheila Walker a documentary about scholars focusing on issues related to the African Diaspora. The screenings will be followed by a discussion with Dr. Sheila Walker, Ph.D, cultural anthropologist, filmmaker and Executive Director of Afrodiaspora, Inc. who will talk about the history and concept of the African Diaspora as presented in the films. The program will close with a reception.

THE AFRO-LATINO PROGRAM includes two films. "Revolutionary Medicine" by Jesse Freeston & Beth Geglia is an inspiring documentary that shows how a hospital’s alternative health model is not only transforming communities on Honduras’ Northern Coast, but also standing as an alternative to an increasingly privatized national health system. "The Invisible Color: Black Is More Than a Color" by veteran Afro-Cuban filmmaker Sergio Giral investigates the black Cuban exile community in South Florida, since the first wave of political refugees in the 1959 revolutionary aftermath, to today.

Sponsored by the Dusable Heritage Association is the special screening of "When the Drum is Beating" by Whitney Dow that celebrates the resilience of one Haitian band that has seen it all: Septentrional. For six decades this 20 piece band has been making passionate, beautiful music — a fusion of Cuban big band and Haitian voodoo beats — through dictatorships, natural disasters, coup d’etats and chaos, navigating the ups and downs, the glory and the tragedy that is Haiti’s history. The screening will be followed by a reception.

"Timeless" by Ed La Borde, Jr. is a love story that transcends time from 19th Century Ghana to the modern day Caribbean. It explores the idea that hurricanes are really the souls of people that suffered in the “Middle Passage.” It is a story that highlights history and promotes the culture of the Virgin Islands with rich imagery and complex subject matter through unexpected twists and turns. The director will be in attendance to participate in a discussion after the screening.

The 16th Annual African Diaspora Film Festival-Chicago is made possible thanks to the generous support of the following institutions: Facets Cinemateque, ArtMattan Productions, the Center for Black Diaspora at DePaul University, Spotlight Cinema Networks, the Alliance Network and The Dusable Heritage Association. The African Diaspora International Film Festival is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization.

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Diarah N'Daw-Spech
African Diaspora International Film Festival
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Mama Africa: Miriam Makeba Trailer

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More real estate agents can now access the GREL platform with their newly launched subscription model

GREL Announces Subscription Model

The newly launched GREL subscription model provides ease of access and ensures affordability even for 3rd world countries so no agent misses out on success!

PALO ALTO, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, May 19, 2018 / — Global Real Estate Licence is proud to launch their subscription model for real estate agents to complete their real estate licence. The business model shift greatly benefits real estate agents by offering an approach more affordable. The platform is offering their licence editions and their newly launched 17 real estate designations to members around the world through its subscription model, extended the ease of access to all users.

“This shift came as another milestones in GREL’s aggressive roadmap we have, consistently looking to provide value to our members.” Said Shahla Jalali, COO of GREL. “ Consumer behaviour with online purchases and interactions across all industries have proven that consumer subscribes to SAAS products which offer them either entertainment, productivity or value. This is evident through subscribers from companies such as Netflix, Spotify and Amazon. Given the value our members receive, it seemed natural to lean towards a subscriptions model which more users can also take advantage of.”

The Global Real Estate Licence platforms extend its subscript model for new users looking to strengthen their businesses opportunities from all aspects of the real estate industries. The platform's ease of use allows members to gain value through the online courses, and to continue this value to the long series of tools provides, along with more than 300+ sales scripts.
The seamless integration allow users to subscribe and access their platform with the newly updated fresh look launched by GREL.

Tim Grant
Global Real Estate Licence
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Arecont Vision LLC Signs Asset Purchase Agreement With An Affiliate Of Turnspire Capital Partners, LLC

Arecont Vision PNG Logo

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Sale Closure and New Phase of Growth Set for July

Arecont Vision is poised for growth. Reducing our debt and putting resources back into the business will ensure greater innovation, larger strategic partnerships, and a stronger company”

— Raul Calderon, COO & GM, Arecont Vision

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, May 19, 2018 / — Arecont Vision®, the industry leader in IP-based megapixel camera and video surveillance solutions, announced today that it has executed an asset purchase agreement (the “Purchase Agreement”) with an affiliate of Turnspire Capital Partners, LLC (“Turnspire”) under which Turnspire will acquire substantially all of the Company’s assets. As previously announced, the Company has initiated proceedings under chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code in the District of Delaware (“Court”) to facilitate the Purchase Agreement and substantially reduce its debt.

Key Elements of the Purchase Agreement:
• Employees will be retained.
• Customer programs and services will continue.
• Vendors and Suppliers with valid, prepetition trade claims will be paid in full.
• Arecont Vision will be debt-free.
• Investments will be made into the development of new, industry-leading products.
• Company will have new owners and a new Board of Directors.

“Through this partnership, Arecont Vision is poised for growth. Reducing our debt and putting resources back into the business will ensure greater innovation, larger strategic partnerships, and a stronger company for all of our constituents,” said Raul Calderon, Chief Operating Officer and General Manager, Arecont Vision. “Since we began the chapter 11, operations have been running very smoothly. We are appreciative of the support of our employees, customers and vendors, and look forward to closing the sale and emerging in July a stronger, more competitive company.”

The Company has also filed a bid procedures and sale motion with the Court. The Turnspire bid will be subject to an auction at which it will be subject to higher and better offers, and requires Court approval. Arecont Vision has requested a bid deadline of June 29, 2018, 4:00 p.m., prevailing Eastern Time; an auction date of July 5, 2018; and a Sale Hearing on or about July 6, 2018.

Court filings as well as other information related to the restructuring are available at or by calling the restructuring information hotline, 844-378-2736 (toll free in North America) or +1-818-906-8300 (International).

The Company is advised by the law firm of Pachulski, Stang, Ziehl & Jones LLP, Armory Strategic Partners as the Company’s chief restructuring officer and financial advisor, and Imperial Capital as the Company’s investment banker.

Arecont Vision is the leading US-based manufacturer of high-performance IP cameras and video surveillance solutions. The company offers two-megapixel camera families – the Mega® IP series includes Made in USA, cyber-secure MicroBullet®, MicroDome®, MegaBall®, MegaDome®, MegaVideo®, MegaView®, and SurroundVideo® models – plus the world-class Contera® IP series dome and bullets. Both camera families offer single- and multi-sensor choices that are integrated with the ConteraVMS® (video management system), ConteraWS® (web services), and the ConteraCMR® (cloud-managed video recorder) series for traditional or cloud-based video surveillance solutions. Arecont Vision supports integration with leading 3rd party products through the MegaLab™ and via ONVIF compliance.

Turnspire Capital Partners invests in high-quality businesses that have reached strategic, financial or operational inflection points and stand to benefit from our hands-on, operationally focused approach. Turnspire's investment philosophy is predicated on creating value through operational improvements rather than through financial leverage. Turnspire strives to make each of its companies best-in-class in their respective industry niche, and then to grow the businesses through organic initiatives or strategic acquisitions. For additional information, please visit

Jennifer E. Mercer
Donlin Recano Strategic Communications for Arecont Vision

Jeff Whitney
Arecont VIsion
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