Orange Coast College: New Recycling Center and more

Orange Coast College debuted its new recycling facility valued at $7.5 million dollars on September 14th with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The new facility is part of OCC’s Vision 2020 project to provide a sustainable campus with the addition of the recycling facility, student housing and a planetarium. The newly added recycling facility features multiple offices, classrooms and showers in addition to more parking space. The facility is located on the Costa Mesa campus’s northern edge and occupies roughly 5 acres of campus space. The recently constructed recycling administrative building features eco-friendly interior made of energy efficient materials. The purpose of OCC’s recycling center is to promote an environmentally conscious effort while accepting recyclable materials including aluminum, plastic, paper and various scrap metals. Additionally household appliances including televisions, fax machines, batteries, and light bulbs will be accepted at the center. OCC stated that items generally have to be of electric capacity as no furniture of any kind is accepted at the center. Learn more: http://www.latimes.com/socal/daily-pilot/news/tn-dpt-me-occ-recycling-20170914-story.html

 

Orange Coast College was founded in 1947 in Costa Mesa on the Southern California coast. The ongoing mission of the junior college is to provide affordable education in skilled professions for students. Upon completion of the two-year undergraduate program, students generally matriculate into either a California State University or University of California campus. OCC has an average enrollment of over 25,000 students per semester, making it one of the nation’s largest community colleges and the third largest college in Orange County. OCC offers a variety of different academic programs for students to choose from including 135 different majors. Additionally, Orange Coast College has one of the top two-year college athletic departments in the state featuring 12 men’s athletic teams and 13 women’s teams. Learn more: https://www.niche.com/colleges/orange-coast-college/

 

Daniel Taub; a Great Diplomat

Being a Diplomat from Israel is not easy. However, Daniel Taub is a great diplomat from Israel with vast experience in international laws. Daniel was born in 1962 in the United Kingdom and he studied in at University College at Oxford, Harvard University and University College in London. After his education, Daniel moved to Israel in 1989.

In Israel, Taub worked in Israel Defense Forces and later he was writing speeches for president Herzog. After two years, Daniel was moved to the ministry of foreign affairs, and after that, he has many diplomatic posts. In 2011, Taub was appointed as an ambassador to the United Kingdom.

With his experience in International law specifically in laws of war and counter-terrorism, Daniel Taub presented his credentials to the queen after he was appointed to be the ambassador from Israel.

The queen was pleased, and she asked him how he felt to return to his birth country as an ambassador. Taub replied that he was delighted and it was a privilege to raise his children in their historic homeland. As an Ambassador, Taub helped to strengthen the relationship between Israel and the United Kingdom. Learn more about Daniel Taub: https://twitter.com/danieltaub5

Taub knew very well how great Britain is and he made sure that the two countries benefited from the good relationship. Taub emphasized on technology links and trade. Therefore, he introduced Bizcamp Startup Competition which he launched with the help of Google.

This helped improve trade and business between the two countries. Many businesses were set in the UK by Israel people with the support of Taub and this increased bilateral trade to over $8 billion annually.

As a diplomat, Daniel Taub was extensively involved in Israel-Palestine peace negotiation. He was representing Israel in the negotiations, and he made sure that both parties came into agreement. Taub also participated in Israel-Syria negotiations. On top of that, Taub has represented Israel at the UN investigative committee which was investigating the Gaza flotilla accident. Read more: Daniel Taub – Crunchbase and Daniel Taub | LinkedIn

Daniel Taub believes in a strong relationship between countries, and there should be no reason for war. All countries with issues they should use diplomats to negotiate for agreements. He also believes British Labor Party should strengthen its relationship with that of Israel to enhance the creation of opportunities that are beneficial to both countries.

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He believes all initiatives in peace and good partnership between nations should be nurtured. This results in more trades and developments within nations.

Daniel Taub has received many awards, and one of them is the Grassroot Diplomat Award, which encouraged and supported entrepreneurs.

Also, Taub is a writer, and he mostly writes about the Middle East and Israel diplomatic issues. Daniel Taub is a great diplomat, and he has a rich history in Israel diplomatic missions.

Recent Uncertainties for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

The current political climate in the United States has placed the continuation of many programs created during the Obama administration into question. One such program is DACA. An acronym for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, DACA is a program that allows people who entered the country as children without documentation, to be exempt from deportation for a period of two years. Those who qualify for the program are also able to receive a work permit and are able to renew their participation in the program. The program creates a higher education option for many high school school students who graduate without documentation, as some states allow DACA members to qualify for in-state tuition. To qualify for the program, applicants must also meet other criteria. The program was created in 2012 by the Obama administration.

Recently, as described by the Frontera Fund, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton requested that the Trump administration repeal the program by early September. The attorney general threatened the administration with legal action if the program was not revoked. The request was sent in the form of a letter in which the attorney general requested a phasing off of the program by denying participants the possibility of renewing their membership. The letter was also signed by nine other attorney generals from other states across the country.

Another recent event has also placed the continuation of this program into question. Last month, members of the Hispanic Caucus met with Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly. In the meeting, the secretary mentioned that the program may be at risk, and that the 800,000 members who participate in the program may be at risk of eventually losing their status. In the meeting he cited the legal cases that are challenging the program as the reason.

Now in it’s fifth year, the program has been very beneficial to many young Americans and their communities. The vast majority of the program participants, ninety-five percent, either study, work or both. Their tuition payments are beneficial to college communities, and they are able to improve the tax base of their communities once their careers are established. The potential loss of the program has caused many participants to fear for their immigration status, but more community participation and organization can help reduce the efforts of those who wish to eliminate the program.

 

Understanding George Soros beyond his Wealth and Success

George Soros is arguably one of the leading wealthy philanthropists in the world. This reputation stems from giving more than $12 billion throughout his life. Although Soros is a renowned billionaire and outspoken individual, especially on global economic/financial matters, his background and success journey is nothing short of inspirational.Born in 1930 in Hungary, George Soros experienced firsthand the devastation associated with the infamous Nazi occupation, which claimed more than 500,000 innocent Hungarian Jews. His Jewish family had to play smart or face the wrath of the Nazi. As such, they survived the occupation through concealing their backgrounds, securing falsified identity papers, and assisting fellow Jews to survive.

In a desperate effort to escape the invasion, Soros fled Budapest for London in 1947.While in London, George Soros had to work part-time jobs including serving as a nightclub waiter and railway porter to finance his studies at the London School of Economics. Later in 1956, he went to the US, where he ventured into the lucrative world of investment and finance. Soros launched the Soros Fund Management in 1970, which marked the beginning of his success journey to become one of the accomplished investors in the US.

Soros as an Author

Aside from being a force to reckon with in the financial realms, he is a prolific writer who has penned numerous articles and books. In his piece titled, The Capitalist Threat, Soros indicates his concerns about that the unrestricted intensification of laissez-faire capitalism and continuous spread of market values into various areas of life threatening the current democratic and open society. In fact, he stresses this point by citing that he believes that capitalism is the main adversary of open society as opposed to communism.Being a renowned proponent of Karl Popper’s philosophy of open society, George Soros explores the philosophy further. In the process, he understands the reason why nobody can access the ultimate truth. In fact, the answer to him is that humans live in a universe that they are constantly trying to comprehend. As such, it would be easier to access the truth if only the subject matter belonged to one universe while their thoughts belonged to another.

Philanthropic Endeavors

The Open Society Foundations spearhead most of George Soros’ charitable activities. In fact, he embarked on his first philanthropic activity in 1979 when he gave scholarships to South African students during apartheid. Since the formation of the foundation, Soros has assisted numerous lawyers and paralegals in representing thousands of illegally held people. Additionally, he has provided support to other organizations including the Institute for New Economic Thinking, Global Witness among many others.