When Jesus Speaks

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The Holy Bible: The best book to read

Originally posted by Neil Vermillion

The glory of my presence is becoming brighter, stronger, more prominent. In the days soon coming the natural circumstances will seem dark and dim. But to those who have eyes to see, my spirit will shine brightly. There will be no need for alarm. There will be no need to fret, to worry, or to fear. For I will be with you, and I will be guiding you, speaking to you, covering you with my presence.

For there will be much turmoil, much catastrophe, much confusion. And people will shake and turn their heads, left in wonder and confusion. People will be bewildered, not knowing what to do, where to go, or how to respond. There will be wars and rumors of wars, and the great shakings will not subside. Brother will betray brother, and days will look so bleak and dim.

But for those whose hearts are listening to me, those who have cultivated a history together with me, taken the time to know my voice, have invested in depth of relationship, they will hear my voice. They will hear my voice, see my hands at work, recognize the direction in which all these things are heading. And though there will be storms on the left and on the right, the storms will not sway the message, nor the heart of the messenger. The storms will not delay tasks that will be accomplished. The storms will not confound, nor confuse, those whose hearts are already surrendered to me.

And the light will go down and grow dim, but those who are connected will remain connected even still. For they have already come to the understanding that apart from me you can do nothing. So they will stretch out their hands and I will work miracles. I will bring order to their situation. I will bring perspective to their direction. I will be clarity to their confusion. I will bring understanding to their mystery.

And in these days, many will scatter. Many will fall away and scramble, as a drowning man grasps for anything in order to attempt to save his own life. And in the streets there will be chaos, there will be panic. So do not look to the events in this world to discern your course of action. For the path of destruction is wide. But plot your course according to what I reveal to you. For I will preserve you. I will protect you. I will provide for you.

And though you think you are ready, there is still much foundation needing to be laid. There is still much ground needing to be covered.

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Maximizing LinkedIn for Sales and Social Media Marketing: An Unofficial, Practical Guide to Selling & Developing B2B Business on LinkedIn

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Neal Schaffer helped revolutionize the way professionals utilize LinkedIn with his award-winning book Windmill Networking: Understanding, Leveraging & Maximizing LinkedIn. He now does the same to enlighten companies how to develop business on LinkedIn with Maximizing LinkedIn for Sales and Social Media Marketing.

Thought Linkedin was just for job seekers? Think again. Linkedin is the most important destination for your sales and social media marketing efforts if your company is selling products and services to other businesses. When looking at Linkedin’s extensive functionality from a sales and marketing perspective as presented in this book, you’ll soon understand how you can create new business from your Linkedin activities.
After reading this book you’ll learn how to master the Linkedin platform to develop business, including how to:
  • Create a sales-oriented profile and connections policy to attract more leads
  • Become an industry thought leader by establishing your own community within the lucrative Linkedin demographic
  • Set up your Linkedin Companies Page to improve your reputation–and drive more traffic to your website
  • Optimize your Linkedin presence as part of your social media optimization efforts.
  • and much more.

This practical guide, supplemented by more than 15 case studies, will teach you and your employees everything you need to know on how to successfully develop leads and business on LinkedIn.

The Author
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Neal Schaffer, named a Forbes Top 50 Social Media Power Influencer two years in a row, is the creator of Advertising Age’s Top 100 Global Marketing Blog Windmill Networking (recently rebranded as Maximize Social Business), and a global speaker on social media who also teaches as part of Rutgers University’s Mini-MBA in Social Media Marketing Program.
            As a leading social media strategist, Neal has created social media strategies, coached implementation, and helped train dozens of companies, from startups and small businesses to Fortune 500 enterprises and even a Grammy Award-winning musician.
            Maximize Your Social is Neal’s third book on social media. Neal has previously written two award-winning books on LinkedIn. His work has been recognized by the media, appearing in the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Businessweek, Forbes, Yahoo! and the American Express OPEN Forum. A graduate of Amherst College, he is also fluent in Chinese and Japanese and currently resides in Irvine, California, where he proudly serves on the marketing committee for the United Way of Orange County.
The author is offering one of his books to readers free, which can be downloaded at: http://goo.gl/8nWl89

Information And Communications Technology: The Key To Africa’s Development And Business Growth?

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Gone are the days when due to lack of modern technology, global businesses encounter impediments, today Internet Global System of Mobile Telecommunication and Satellite  Communication Technologies impact on Africa is enormous, not only in business, but  improving  health of individuals, education and communities.

There is no doubt that Africa is gradually making good use of the fresh demonstration of modern technology and rubbing shoulders with the advanced world. The internet and mobile phones are transforming the development landscape in Africa, making business smooth to run, profitable, easy communication and enhancing the health, educational and economic sectors.

The breakthrough of ICT facilities can’t be denied. The internet has brought commercial success to businesses operated on large and medium scale. The best of it all is reducing labour needed to achieve the same amount of work and above all paving the way for many to engage in education as highly trained ICT specialists.

The ICT is providing economic opportunities to both urban and rural area, playing a significant role in poverty alleviation. In recent years information and communication technologies (ICTs) have been deployed in numerous initiatives in rural communities in developing countries, bringing much developments to both the health and educational sectors. Everyone is trying to establish small scale business or go to school.

The success of ICT facilities in business, education, banking and health developments, can be seen in almost every African country, including Malawi, Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. It has been acknowledged by international entrepreneurs that development of Information and Communication Technology are playing crucial role in Africa’s development in the economic, health and educational sectors.

Not everything glitters is gold. Africa is struggling in development. According to the World Bank, 2.8 billion people live on less than US$2 per day, and 1.2 billion or one-fifth of the world’s population live on less than US$1 per day. That means many are still trapped in poverty, been deprived of access to essential assets and opportunities such as education, healthcare and employment, but there is hope that Africa will gradually crawl out of poverty as technology advances and business flourishes.

The Magic Of China, Can They Give Africa One-Tenth Of It?

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Football fan Xu Cong and his friends built a field on the top of a two-storey office building in Zhengzhou, capital of Central China’s Henan province.

“It’s amazing to see China, decades ago, as one of the poorest countries in Asia, now on top of the world, leaving Africa far behind in technology and development. How did China made it? This question should be on the lips of all Third World Country leaders, including African leaders, with inspiration to develop Africa, because development doesn’t miraculously come from heaven. May be African leaders need to sponsor the education of some African students to pursue higher education in China, towards the continent’s development.” – Joel Savage

How China plans to eliminate poverty by 2020

By . Credit to GMA News.
NANNING, China – There is a folk tale among the Yao people of China that goes: The Han people got up early, so they farm on the plains and the Zhuang people got up second, so they plant along the mountains. The Yao people woke up last and so they have nowhere to grow crops but on the mountaintops.

This is less true for 90 Yao and Zhuang households in Du’an County in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region of China who have been relocated to flatter ground that is closer to the roads of Daxing Township. The move, part of China’s poverty reduction plan, is meant to give residents access to power, water, and markets for their crops and handicrafts.

         According to the poverty reduction office of Guangxi province, the terrain in some parts of the province is too hilly, making it more efficient to relocate the people than to build roads and power lines to reach them.
          Relocation also gave the families an extra source of livelihood. “The flat land is for people and the hilly part is for animals,” the chief of Chihua village says, pointing at animal pens built up a slope outside the small settlement. He said they keep chickens and goats in the pens while corn, sugarcane, walnuts, and traditional medicinal herbs are planted in plots outside their houses.
           The 84-sq.m homes were the last part of the relocation, which included creating a comprehensive plan to support the villagers after the move, designing uniform homes for the villagers, and having the villagers build the homes themselves with the help of a one-time subsidy from the government.
           Part of the comprehensive plan is the government taking responsibility for acquiring the goods from the village and bringing them to the markets.
          “Most of the people support the move from the mountain place to the flat place,” the chief said through an interpreter. He said the relocation in 2010 not only gave them access to roads, power, and water, but also to a health center.
           In nearby Hua Kang, village chief Meng Shaokun said he is “very happy” about the move because “basically, I am out of poverty.”
          The Chinese government sets its poverty line at an annual income of 2,300 yuan (around P16,100) and average income in Hua Kang is from 18,000-20,000 yuan (around P126,000 to P140,000) a year from produce and from subsidies from the government.
Poverty elimination by 2020
        The relocation in Daxing Township is just part of a 120 million-yuan plan to move 100,000 people from the mountains to a “more developed area,” a plan that is also just a part of the poverty reduction plan of Guanxi province, where the average annual income for farmers is 6,971 yuan (P48,797) and around 6.34 million people live in poverty.
        The province has an annual budget of 690 billion yuan for poverty reduction from the central government, private companies, and non-government organizations to eliminate poverty there by 2020.
         Most of the money goes to infrastructure projects. “Roads and electricity and improvement of living conditions. Things like that,” Mo Yanshi, deputy director of the provincial poverty reduction, said.
         The poverty reduction program plan also includes assistance through seeds, fertilizer, and livelihood assistance to increase incomes throughout the province and, because the program is being implemented nationwide, throughout China.
Education subsidies
            The most important aspect of the poverty reduction program is subsidies in education to encourage the youth to pursue higher education.
            The first nine years of school are free and students get yearly subsidies of 1,000 RMB (around P7,000) a year for two years of vocational school and 2,000 RMB a year for two years of university. The central government gives another 1,500 yuan a year for students in vocational schools. With university tuition costing around 6,000 yuan a year, this is a big help for poor families, a student interpreter with Mo said.
No handouts
          Despite the subsidies, an official with China’s foreign ministry made clear that the program is not a cash dole-out scheme. “If we give currency to the people directly, that is not a good way to do it,” the official, who declined to be named for lack of authority to speak on the matter, said.
           China gives subsidies of 200 yuan a year to persons with disabilities and those who cannot work but the rest are expected to work with the tools and help that the government gives them.
         They do not have to do it alone, though. Government agencies are assigned partner communities where they send personnel to conduct surveys and help residents plan the development of their areas. Private companies are also given tax breaks in exchange for helping with the poverty reduction program.
          In some villages, like those near the Tengwang Woven Products Co., residents can earn from cottage industries like basketmaking which the privately-owned company buys from them and sells to foreign companies like US-based Wal-Mart.
        The company, which provides livelihood for around 3,000 families in Duan, Guangxi province sells around 27.1 million RMB of products a year and pays villagers for products made from materials grown in their own backyard.
Progress
         Mo said the poverty reduction program has made a lot of progress in the 30 years since it was launched. Ten years ago, he said, 10 percent of China’s poor came from Guangxi. In 2013, only seven percent of around 100 million poor Chinese came from the province.
         Hua Kang chief Meng Shaokun said that although he is already wealthier than he was when he lived in the mountains—a recent-model Mazda sedan was parked in front of his house—that is only part of the “Chinese dream.”
        His so-called Chinese dream is this: “The improvement of our life, then make much more contributions to society.”  — ELR/KG/VC, GMA News

Summer 5

Pedestrian Over Bridge Front of Financial Department Beijing, China.

LinkedIn: Thanks For Taking My Career To The Forefront

U.S. President Barack Obama participates in a LinkedIn town hall-style meeting with LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner (L) in Mountain View, California, September 26, 2011.   REUTERS/Jason Reed   (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS) - RTR2RVI2

U.S. President Barack Obama participates in a LinkedIn town hall-style meeting with LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner (L) in Mountain View, California, September 26, 2011. REUTERS/Jason Reed (UNITED STATES – Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS) – RTR2RVI2

Like every aspiring and enthusiastic writer, I joined LinkedIn social platform to promote my work worldwide, since LinkedIn is the leading online professional directory of individuals and companies with over 85 million members, in more than 200 countries, including business executives, entrepreneurs and professionals from all walks of life.

As a writer, as well as a strong believer in God, I adhere to certain principles to enjoy my life and career as a Christian. Two things I hate in my life is pride and boasting, I always tried to avoid the two, because the Holy Bible speaks against them. But at times one gets into trouble, because of how some readers view or opinions over certain articles.

My articles have got me into trouble in the past, especially when I was writing for the ‘The Voice News Magazine’ in Amsterdam, and the latest was on LinkedIn’s platform, when I decided to encourage Africans to read, since many hate to read. God and the library are my witnesses. I was attacked on LinkedIn’s social platform, including a black politician in Gent, Belgium, when I wrote an article captioned ‘Why many Africans are ‘allergic’ to reading?’ Nothing of the sort breaks me down, so I continued with my writings, caring less if people read or not.

But in life, out of every misfortune comes something good. LinkedIn’s social platform didn’t only generate personal attacks over my articles, but has also catapulted my writings to fame. On LinkedIn’s platform, I had many paid jobs, but couldn’t fulfill them, because I need some time for my family as a family-man, to take care of my woman and two sons. (My elder son is now married and lives with his wife.)

I joined LinkedIn not quite long, but the number of newspapers that had contacted me to write for them are too numerous to mention. I chose few like Diplomatic Aspects Newspaper, Sprout Africa and AfricanBusiness.com. But this is not the end; more invitations were coming in with promises, including some American news magazines. Unfortunately, as I said earlier, I need more time for my family, so I couldn’t write for them.

Once a well known key figure and one of the directors of LinkedIn’s social platform contacted me to write an article about Google, because the giant search machine is greedily taking away all the commercials online, leaving nothing to other search engines and I wrote the article captioned ‘Is the greed of Google cutting its own throat?’

The latest was just last week. I had a mail from the editor of HBCUconnect.
HBCU CONNECT was founded in 1999, by Hampton University graduate William Roger Moss III, who connected with fellow HBCU grad and entrepreneur E. Shawn Starks to create the first African American targeted social network launched as “hbcu-central.com.”

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I was very delighted when He told me that they were going to feature me on HBCU. How did he hear of me? Because he reads my articles. He asked me to register at the website, but all efforts were abortive, because the site is purely for African-American graduates, professionals and students. I never had any education in America, so the system was rejecting my application.

I contacted him over my fruitless attempts. I don’t know what he did, after some time the registration was possible. This was just six days ago and just posted my tenth article. I was overwhelmed with joy when I detected that my articles have generated a lot of interests, depending on the number of clicks they have registered.

In whatever career you are pursuing, you may climb hills and face opposition along the path. Don’t let those barriers and opposition be stumbling blocks along that path. Just concentrate without any distraction and at the end of the dark tunnel, there is a strong beautiful light waiting to shine on your success.

 

The Future Of Your Wealth

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No one would deny that wealthy families face new and unique challenges that can make planning for the future more difficult than ever before. A byzantine U.S. tax code, increasingly complex global markets, and a growing cultural disdain for the “wealthy” pose new threats to the American investor. In this clear-sighted and urgent guide to managing your wealth,
        Matthew Shafer calls on his years of advising experience and his background as an economist to chart a new course toward financial success and peace of mind. Shafer outlines how new investment strategies based on cutting-edge analytics and behavioral finance can help you navigate today’s uncertain economic terrain and harness the mass psychology that drives market trends.
         Armed with a resilient outlook and an economist’s insight into the future, Shafer argues that the road ahead is not all doom and gloom-in fact; there are good reasons to be very optimistic about the future of your wealth. In April, Matt and The Future of Your Wealth was featured in the USA Today article, Seven Big Mistakes Couples Make in Retirement.
The Author
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Matt Shafer is a graduate of American University in Washington DC, where he obtained a BA in Economics and an MA in Economics with a concentration in International Financial Markets. In 2005, Matt attended the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkley where he obtained the title of Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA®) and joined the Investment Management Consultants Association (IMCA).
        Matt represents the 3rd generation of his family to provide wealth management advice to successful professionals, business owners and investors. He began his Wealth Management career in 1997 and currently leads a team of Financial Advisors based in South Florida, New England and Michigan.
         Matt has been named one of the top 1,000 Financial Advisors in the U.S. by Barron’s Magazine (2009) and has received several national recognitions including “Premier Advisor” by the National Association of Board Certified Advisory Practices (2012). He also writes a wealth management column for Worth Magazine. Matt lives in Boca Raton, Florida with his wife and two children.

How To Earn Money By Blogging

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“How to Earn Money by Blogging” eBook is a breath of fresh air to the Entrepreneurial world, and is here to shift our thinking about making money. Learn step by step about blogging with the help of screen shots.

People say you need to learn from experience; I say that’s too expensive. You must learn from other people’s experience and don’t repeat those same mistakes. Isn’t that more intelligent?

We assure you this book will not be like anything you’ve ever read, and we will talk about the things in a way you may have never heard before, we might say things that will rub you the wrong way, make you mad, make you question your past beliefs, and interrupt your normal thought patterns.

The author

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A visionary, game changer, speaker, author, mentor, and dedicated entrepreneur Vivek Dhungav is on a mission to shift our culture, and won’t stop until his vision becomes a reality. Vivek can’t stand traditional education, and feels our society isn’t doing enough to educate, teach, and train our youth on how to REALLY thrive in this tough economy. He’s taken it upon himself to guide and educate our millennial on what it takes to not only succeed, but thrive!

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