A National Powerhouse in Real Estate

Madison Marquette is a private real estate investment company involved in the retail market. The company started in 1992, and focuses on building shopping centers and urban mixed-use real estate in major American cities. They are involved with acquisitions, development, property management and leasing.

The company just recently decided it would purchase Pacific Place in downtown Seattle, and redevelop the property. It is located in the retail sector of Seattle, with stores like Tiffany’s, and Barneys New York. The new facility show be open in the first part of 2018. The new facility will be trying to appeal to top tier retailers. Madison Marquette purchased the attached parking garage from the city of Seattle. Pacific Place covers a whole city block in one of the busiest intersections in downtown. They work in cities including New York, Seattle, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Washington DC, Dallas, Los Angeles and other areas where they find value.

Madison Marquette has 10 offices throughout the United States. It works with LaSalle and Principal for financial backing. The company was founded and is run by Amer Hammour. The company redeveloped 278 Post St., in San Francisco’s Union Square. They leased stores to Nike, Cole Haan and others before selling the property. In Los Angeles, they bought an industrial block in Los Angeles on LaBrea and redeveloped the buildings into offices and retail stores.

The company manages Mockingbird Station, in Dallas. They manage a 400,000-square foot retail area in Asbury Park. They added a new boardwalk in the area. In the state of Maryland, Madison Marquette re-positioned the Shops at Waldorf and significantly increased the value of the property. In October of 2016, they started the redevelopment of the Fifth Avenue Pavilion and Band-shell in Asbury Park.

The company provides experienced marketing, including Internet Marketing to institutions and private investors in the real estate arena. The construction sector of the company helps investors plan successful developments and manage tenant leasing. They use value-enhancing design and redevelopment techniques to bring value to a new property.


Where you should stay to get the most out of your Cayman Island visit

The beautiful islands that make up the Cayman Islands are world famous for their spectacular dive spots. Along with plenty of coral reefs, crystal-clear blue water, and soft beaches, the Cayman Islands are truly a majestic paradise. Made up of three islands, the Caymans are located on the western side of the Caribbean, not too far from Jamaica. Besides being a tropical haven for many corporate executives, the Cayman Islands continue to be the tropical paradise of choice for vacations.

Beautiful Accommodations

Depending on the accommodations selected for a paradise vacation, the Caymans offer world class everything. The Brac Reef Beach Resort, which is near the airport, is a popular resort among visitors because of it being the film location for 2008s Cayman Went, in which Mike Lombardi starred in.
At the Beach Colony Club, they offer a West Indian flair combined with a traditional Caribbean appeal. The Beach Colony Club offers 41 rooms which have the most majestic views of Seven Mile Beach, which is the most popular beach throughout the Caymans.

Area Attractions

With so many area attractions that the Cayman Islands offer, there is bound to be something for everybody. From getting up and personal at Stingray City where you can both feed and swim with the Stingrays, visiting the National Trust, which preserves the cultural interests of the islands as well as all of the natural resources found on the Caymans, to the many popular dive spots that have attracted some pretty famous celebrities and awsome hotels like the Kimpton Seafire.

Speaking of dive spots the Cayman Islands have become world renown to have some of the best recreational dive spots in the world. The famous West Bay dive spot plunges to over 700 feet just a half-mile off the coast and hosts the clearest water you can’t get anywhere else. The visibility there has been measured to be 100 feet. So, it’s no surprise that this dive spot would be appealing to celebrities.
With so much diving and snorkeling to do, celebrities are mostly seen at popular dive spots like West Bay. Over the years these celebrities have included: Gene Hackman, Tom Cruise, Michael Keeton, Jessica Alba, Rob Morrow and Edward Norton just to name a few.

Besides celebrities, the Cayman Islands have also played host to many popular music entertainers including Travis Tritt, Chris Cagle, Blake Shelton, Phil Vasser, Bryan White, Rascal Flats, the Beach Boys, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and Little Texas.


Best Islamic Organizations to Follow on Facebook

Literally thousands of innocent human beings are displaced every day because of civil conflict in their native land. Many of those people have nowhere to turn for aid. Since a vast number of the displaced are from Islamic countries, organizations have focused their efforts on getting these people the essential aid they need. Here are 3 dedicated charitable Islamic organizations that are using the social media outlet Facebook to document the daily struggles of refugees.

Association of British Muslims (AoBM)

Established in the late 19th century, the Association of British Muslims (AoBM) is the oldest standing organization of Muslims in the United Kingdom. With Europe being center stage in a world struggling with Islamic refugees, the AoBM is leading voice of reason in a global crisis.

Using informative posts and promotional causes supporting Islamic sympathies, the AoBM is a uniquely qualified representation of Muslims around the globe. The Association of British Muslims Facebook page has detailed historical accounts of how Muslims have been a part of the British community for centuries.

 

Islamic Relief USA

For over a quarter century, Islamic Relief USA has been striving to work together for a better world for all people. They provided essential aid to more than 9 million Syrian refugees. IRUSA continues to organize causes that secure the necessary funds to help feed and clothe people who are displaced from their homes.

Through the humanitarian efforts of the Islamic Relief USA, people who were devoid of hope, now have a chance to survive. The IRUSA Facebook page documents both the struggles and the heroic work of those who donate to this worthy cause.

 

Muslim Charity

The Muslim Charity site is helping to bring hope to thousands across the war-devastated regions in the Middle East and Eastern Africa. Over 80,000 people follow the social media campaign of Muslim Charity’s Facebook page.

Muslim Charity is another of the United Kingdom based relief efforts, which help secure the necessary financial funding to operate a number of humanitarian efforts for refugees. Muslim Charity was awarded a 2017 Humanitarian Award in London for its efforts rescuing street children and providing maternal education to mothers, so they can learn to provide healthy support for their children.
Charitable organizations around the globe are turning the vital resource of social media to allow people to see the true picture of a world of refugees in need. These three organizations use their Facebook pages to help build a better world for all.


Three of NYUAD’s Most Notable Professors

New York University Abu Dhabi (http://www.uaeusaunited.com/story/nyu-abu-dhabi/) or NYUAD is a university located in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates that has a fully integrated science and liberal arts college. It’s part of the NYU Global Network University with New York University Shanghai and New York University, New York City. NYUAD opened in 2008 in a temporary site that was used for cultural events and conferences. Their academic program began in September of 2010 on its permanent campus that was built on Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Island. The school is primarily funded by the government of the United Arab Emirates.

New York University Abu Dhabi has a whole host of excellent professors. The following is a look at three of them.

Kwame Akroma-Ampim Kusi Anthony Appiah is a philosopher, novelist and cultural theorist. Born in England to Ghanaian parents, Appiah is known for writing on politics, moral theory, the philosophy of language and mind and African intellectual history. Before he began teaching at NYU in 2014, Appiah taught at Princeton University as a Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor of Philosophy. He is now a member of the staff at the Department of Philosophy at NYU and also teaches at NYU’s School of Law.

Ivan Szelenyi is sociologist that specializes in the study of social stratification and how it changes over time in different cultures. He has a special interest in social inequalities and the interplay of socioeconomics, gender and ethnicity in post-communist and transitional societies. Szelenyi won the Szechenyi Prize in 2006. The prize is given to people for making outstanding contributions to academic life. His book ‘Patterns of Exclusion’ was awarded the Karl Polanyi Prize as the year’s best publication. He taught at Yale and UCLA in addition to NYU Abu Dhabi and worked with the Ford Foundation and the National Science Foundation on social issues in China and Southern Europe. He is a member of the Hungarian National Academy of Sciences.

American developmental psychologist Carol Gilligan (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carol_Gilligan) is known for her work with moral development in women and girls. She has a PhD in social psychology from Harvard University and has taught at the University of Chicago, Harvard University and NYU. Her work has inspired the philosophical ethics movement called the ethics of care. Gilligan has co-authored numerous books and scholarly papers on moral development, love, race relations, and psychotherapy. Her writings are embraced by many in the feminist movement.


Top Universities Go Green with New Programs

Recycle Mania is a non-profit organization that sponsors a contest among colleges to encourage recycling. Their boards of directors are members of various universities with 350 schools participating from 48 states. Categories include waste minimization, recyclables per capita, bottles & cans. Outstanding among the participants are the following five colleges.

Valencia College in Orlando Florida has an enrollment of 42,600 students. Valencia’s recycling program has been in the works for about five years. Beginning in 2007 the school began collecting paper products, and between February 2007 and September 2008, they had processed 43 tons of materials. In 2011 they were second in the Recycle Mania contest. In 2012 and 2013, they won first place in the waste minimization category. Administration, students, and faculty all participate in the sustainable effort. The school encourages the students to use water fountains rather than bottled water, and they conserve energy by shutting down heating and cooling units after hours, buying green products, planting trees, and creating a smoke-free campus.

At Kalamazoo College, it is the students that run the recycling program. Traveling around the campus in two golf carts volunteers collect the bins and take them to a sorting location. The center of their recycling program is the “Bat Cave” named for a preserved bat once found there. Bikes are repaired and loaned out, and used school supplies are stocked at the cave and recycled. Food waste gets hauled to a pig farm in the area. They are consistent winners, taking first place in two categories in 2008 and first in bottles and cans in 2012.

In 2011 Harvard topped all other Ivy League schools with an incredible 8400 tons of recycled material. In 2009 they initiated a program in which all recyclables get discarded in the same container, and this increased the recyclables collected. They also run various programs such as the collection of trash and recyclables at football games and tailgate parties. By setting up trash bins throughout the stadium during games, they can collect thousands of gallons of recyclable material. They also save rainwater, which saves 25,000 gallons of water each year.  Harvard is also one of the few colleges to offer Styrofoam recycling on campus. No need to ban Styrofoam here!

Georgia Tech also runs a game day tailgating program. Hundreds of volunteers hand out trash bags to tailgaters before the games. Folks in attendance inside the stadium may fill the bags and leave them to be picked up later by staff. In the 2015 football season, they topped themselves by collecting 34 tons of recyclables. The school runs an AWARE program in which students and faculty participate. Waste and recycle bins are placed in ten buildings across the campus, and the students and staff are responsible for the collecting and emptying them into the large bins. Georgia Tech has won numerous awards for their recycling efforts.

American University in Washington DC has been striving for zero waste since the founding of their sustainability program in 2009. They have created one of the most efficient college recycling programs. There is a recycle destination for every bit of paper, cans, glass, cardboard, plastic as well as electronic equipment, lubricants, tires, furniture, grease, and food. Winners of the 2012 Recycle Mania contest, American University beat 604 other colleges.

Americans are recycling twice as much now as they did twenty years ago. Our colleges are showing us how much more can get accomplished with creative and innovative recycling programs.


US Boarding Schools Offer Elite Education

Boarding schools in the United States offer a wide variety of educational settings and formats. These prestigious institutions boast high performance on exams, rigorous academics, unique experiences, and student matriculation to America’s top colleges.
Various educational philosophies are represented in these schools. Shattuck-St. Mary’s School in Minnesota has a unique structure where upper grades only meet as a group twice per week. During the other school days, students work independently or one-on-one with instructors on personal projects. Indian Springs School of Alabama fosters independence by allowing students to run their own small town government within the school. The top rated boarding school in the nation, Philips Exeter Academy, teaches classes through a round table discussion format. This method of teaching, known as the Harkness method, challenges and motivates students to make the learning their own as they prepare for their classes.
Although they have various ways of meeting their goals, the top boarding schools have many commonalities. They put a premium on college preparation and advance placement classes that challenge their students to continually perform at higher academic levels. Additionally, many of the boarding schools offer a wide variety of classes centered around student creativity. They encourage students to branch out and choose classes that the typical high school student is not exposed to. For example, at various schools, students can learn how to create and edit videos, record music, work on Oyster Farms, and cross the Atlantic in school owned “maritime research vessel.” No matter your educational philosophy, boarding schools succeed in fostering the independence, critical thinking skills, and academic rigor that help students along the path of success.
What about college? How do students in America’s top boarding schools fare after secondary school, especially after the leadership of those like Eric F. Peterson? The top three boarding schools in the nation boast graduates that matriculate to University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown, Brown, Harvard, and Yale. Additionally, these august institutions count Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, and former U.S. President George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush in their ranks of graduates.
Wide ranging in their structure and educational focus, boarding schools offer students opportunities that simply cannot be found in public schools. Millions of dollars in financial aid are spent each year to provide dedicated and high achieving students the opportunity to experience this type of top-notch education. These elite schools provide students with outstanding academic rigor and real-world challenges to prepare them for their future success.


New Development Coming to Baltimore

Metropolitan Partnership Ltd. and Madison Marquette recently announced plans to build a 33-story, 404-foot glass building near Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. The property located on Light Street had formally been a parking lot, but the Virginia developer has proposed to construct a mixed-use building that will feature both apartments and offices. According to the plan the building will have 10 floors of offices, about 340 apartments and a 646-spot parking garage. It is just the type of new property development Baltimore needs to meet the growing needs of local residents and business people.

Last summer a proposal to build a 22-story apartment project at the cost of $110 million was approved and about $28 million in bonds to build the parking garage was raised by the Baltimore Development Corporation. The decision to add 10 floors of offices may have influenced by M&T Bank’s need for office space. Cary M. Euwer Jr., Metropolitan’s CEO, says the added office space is designed to help develop the financial district and support the company’s other Light Street projects on the key downtown block.

This type development has long been what stakeholders envisioned for the area and has the backing of city leaders and the Downtown Partnership. It meets their urban design and architecture desires and could spur further development, transform the President Street area and benefit the city long-term. Although questions still remain about the viability of the area as a live-work-play zone so close to Little Italy’s small row homes, many are excited about what the project could mean for the city’s future. Many other residential and commercial developments have been proposed.

There is another proposal for a 16 story tower with apartments and retail space. Planning director Thomas J. Stosur and other city leaders are excited about the vitality the projects will bring to the President Street area and downtown Baltimore in general. There is now growing momentum for the area to grow, development and be transformed into something of which people can be proud. The challenge is to have the new development be compatible with the established neighbors. But the proposed projects will create jobs, stimulate economic growth and create yet another destination for visitors and Baltimore residents to visit and enjoy.

These projects are an encouraging sign that hint about a new vibrancy for President Street, One Light Street and the downtown area in general. They show that positive changes are coming to the area.


Getting Children Ready for A Bright Future with Boarding School

When you send children to boarding schools, they can obtain benefits that he or she wouldn’t obtain through public school. These benefits can help children reach their academic goals and succeed after they graduate.

A boarding school is a place of learning, living, and relaxing. Boarding schools have everything students need to be successful such as libraries, sports fields, science laboratories, swimming pools, theaters, which also have the best equipment for each place. Students get many benefits from attending a boarding school. Listing them all would make a fairly long list, but here are the benefits that are the most important.

Boarding schools are private, which means, students will benefit from his or her school being able to hire the best and most qualified teachers and other staff members. The best teachers can give children the most advanced education for the best academic success. Boarding schools also hire the best staff and equipment. They make sure that students are well taken care of and always have their best education in mind.

While attending boarding school, students get encouraged to live on their own and gain their responsibility for their belongings and duties. They are taught to organize their time well and make their own decisions. Everything they learn by living on their own teaches them the skills required to living a well-ordered life. Boarding schools are great for busy parents who want to make sure their child is able to study and live safely.

Boarding schools take fewer students than public schools. That means, teachers are able to take more time teaching children and will be able to sit one-on-one with all children.

Boarding school students are better prepared for college. Past students reported that they were prepared to take on college academics because the education they got from boarding school, and also said that the daily life at boarding schools is what help them prepare for life during and after college.

Students learn a lot from boarding school and the things they learn will not only help with their education, but they build character. They are taught independence, stability, social skills, and still get a better educational experience than public school. Past students say that the skills they learned from boarding school are what help them succeed in life out of school. The academic curriculum found at boarding schools like St. George’s School or The Putney School is unmatched.


Why Recycling Polystyrene Foam is the Right Move

Around the country, various cities have been making the decision to ban polystyrene foam entirely, which has forced all of the businesses in the city that have use polystyrene products to move to more expensive materials. While some states have discussed the bans, like a state-wide Idaho foam ban for example, the bans have been largely ineffective.  Even though it may seem like local businesses take the biggest hit, the reality is that they will be forced to increase costs, meaning there is a trickle-down effect that everyone is going to have to pay for.

If you do not know what polystyrene is, it is a foam material that is about 95 percent air, which gets blown up into various shapes and is utilized for all sorts of different things. When you get food to go that is put in a foam container, which is made out of polystyrene. The same thing goes for when you grab a cup of coffee, as the material is used in all sorts of different things.

The biggest reason that this type of material is being banned is the fact that there have not been good means of recycling the used material in the past. This has led to major landfills that are literally stacked with huge amounts of polystyrene products and when you consider the fact that polystyrene takes over five hundred years to break down, this can seem like a big problem. However, there are ways to recycle polystyrene and various cities and states around the country are making the move to develop large plans for polystyrene recycling centers.

Banning the material does not make sense on a large scale. First and foremost, it is a local based decision that determines whether an area is going to ban polystyrene or not, so you are going to have certain areas that are still using the material, not to mention the huge amounts that are already in landfills, meaning the problem is not eradicated anyway.

There have been proven methods to recycle the material, which would create a means of stopping an endless pile up of the material and all of the businesses that use polystyrene would get the benefit. Polystyrene is incredibly inexpensive and can be used for all sorts of different things, so rather than banning the material altogether, we should instead focus our efforts on developing large scale projects to recycle polystyrene, and also let the public know that they can and should save and recycle the material when they use it. Many states, such as Idaho, Wyoming, Nevada and Montana have started working on the development of such recycling centers and progress continues to unfold.


10 Ways to Promote Your Music

1. Find your Niche

The first step to getting your music to the masses is knowing which masses you’re aiming at. Figure out how you want to brand yourself and your music and stick with it. Get to know people working in your genre and the fans.

2. Start Small

Just like any venture, music promotion won’t happen overnight and planting the seed is one of the earliest steps you should take. Don’t overbook yourself and don’t release too much at once. It’s easy to spread yourself thin quickly. Make sure that everything you’re releasing to the public is 100% manageable. Continue reading