Former Ambassador Daniel Taub Reflects on His Service in London

Born in Great Britain in 1962, Daniel Taub was the Israeli Ambassador to the United Kingdom between 2011 and 2015. The alumnus of Harvard University immigrated to Israel in 1989. He served in the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) as a combat medical officer before joining the Israeli Foreign Ministry in 1991. He is now the director of strategy and planning at the Yad Hanadiv foundation.

In 2015, when Daniel Taub was leaving the ambassadorial post, he did reflect his four years as an ambassador.

On renouncing his British citizenship, Daniel Taub recalls his response. He informed her majesty the Queen that he felt privileged raising his children in their country of birth. Furthermore, it was an opportunity to bring the two nations together. According to Daniel Taub, this objective has been met during his tenure. His role in London was to make people appreciate both the Israeli peoples and leadership’s position.

Daniel Taub, using a combination of strategies was able to overcome many challenges in London. He firmly put forward the case for Israel and actively participated in media programmes.

Also, Daniel engaged business people and the academia in collaborative research and mutual support. His strong Jewish faith gave him the strength to reach out to other people and foster mutuality.

To Ambassador Taub, Britain occupies an essential place in the world and therefore, an important ally of Israel. London is the financial capital of the world, and the British media helps shape world opinion. The view is especially important given the turbulence in the Middle East. Read more: Daniel Taub | Wikipedia

While peace with the Palestinians has been elusive, Daniel Taub appreciates the tenacity of the peace treaties with Egypt and Jordan. These have helped reduce tensions in the region. However, Daniel Taub points out the danger presented by ISIS and Iran.

The agreement with Iran poses the risk of a nuclear-armed Iran and financially emboldened Hizbollah and Hamas. Also, Ambassador Taub notes a reconfiguration of interests with growing rapport between the Arab states which need to be supported.

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According to Daniel Taub, the U.S is still committed to the security of Israel. Despite some initiatives from the White House, the U.S continues to supply Israel with the latest scientific breakthroughs.

In Britain, it is the feeling of Ambassador Taub that there is need to recalibrate the relations. The two countries have many things in common, not least of which are shared liberal values.

Lacey and Larkin’s War Against Hatred

The names Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin have become synonymous with fighting for civil and human rights. They’re not social movement leaders; they’re reporters. Since the late 70s, both men have been involved in writing about political topics. Their first paper together was Phoenix New Time’s inaugural issue.

Since meeting in college, the two have created one of the most respected media conglomerates in the country. Their expansion began in the 80s after they bought Westword, a Denver newspaper. Eventually, he welcomed 16 other like-minded papers from all over the country into their conglomerate.

Most people don’t live in areas of the country where corrupt law enforcement have such authority. Living in Arizona, where a lot of people have ultra-conservative views, it’s no surprise that Lacey and Larkin rub some people the wrong way. Regardless of how people feel about them, it’s no excuse for the actions of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

For years, Sheriff Arpaio was believed to be a simple man doing a tough job. Many people agreed with his attitude toward crime and illegal immigrants. On the surface, people see a hard-working sheriff trying to keep people safe. According to New Times, Sheriff Arpaio is an authoritative racist with too much power.

It’s an understatement to say that Lacey and Larkin got on the sheriff’s nerves with the stories they were writing about him. They were talking about his shady side-dealings, which lead to numerous financial irregularities. There were also numerous mentions of systematic persecution and racial profiling of Latinos.

Enraged by their expose into him, he decided to attack the paper and its executives. On October 18, 2007, he sent the Selective Enforcement Unit to arrest Lacey and Larkin. They were dragged from their homes, forced into unmarked SUVs, and taken to separate jails.

The public immediately found out that Lacey and Larkin were arrested in such a harsh manner. The public’s outcry for their release was swift and effective. Immediately following their release, they wrote a story about their time with the sheriff. They also sued Maricopa County.

Late 2013, they were awarded $3.75 million. They used the money to support local migrant rights groups and to establish the Lacey & Larkin Frontera Fund. Since their days dealing with the sheriff, everything’s calmed down and they even sold their company.

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Spotlight on How Fabletics’ Is Challenging Amazon’s Hold on the Fashion E-Commerce Market

It is no mean feat for a company to gain success in fashion given that Amazon runs 20% of the whole fashion e-commerce market. However, Fabletics has managed to break the odds. It managed to grow a business worth $250 million in three years. It is part of the developing ‘activewear’ movement. Fabletics favors the subscription mechanic in making clothing available to customers. Customers love brands that push them a little and are aspirational, Fabletics adds membership and convenience in the mix creating a powerful combination.

 

What Determines High Value to Modern Consumers?

 

Historically, brands of a higher value were defined by the quality and price of their goods and services but a recent shift in economics occurred. This shift means that this earlier combination cannot guarantee competitiveness and success today. Modern consumers determine a high-value brand based on brand recognition, customer experience, last-mile service, gamification elements and exclusive design. Fabletics likens itself to Warby Parker and Apple and its positioning and strategy have started paying off. Fabletics is set to open additional physical stores later in the year. This will increase the number of stores under the brand from the 16 stores that exist in areas like Illinois, Hawaii, California and Florida.

 

What is Fabletics’ Secret?

 

According to Gregg Throgmartin, the general manager of Fabletics, the secret is in the building of a reimagined and modern version of a ‘high-value brand’ from the start. The brand’s membership model allows it to offer more personalized services and on-trend fashion at half the price of the competitors. It is much easier for a brand to make its customers happy when it knows who they are and what they want.

 

Fabletics’ Reverse Showroom Technique

 

Fabletics, unlike their counterparts “getting massacred” by showrooming, has managed to reverse this model due to the unique way it started out. Showrooming refers to the situation where customers browse offline and end up buying items at cheaper prices elsewhere. Fabletics managed to change browsing from a negative to a positive. As much as the brand has followed the pop-up store, its current strategy has helped it to nurture relationships, become reliable and understand the local markets better via activities and events. This has seen every 30-50% of people entering the store being members while another 25% of these people become members in the store. Whenever a customer shops and tries on any clothing, it is put on their online shopping cart.

 

About Fabletics

 

Kate Hudson’s Fabletics is a fitness clothing company that operates via a monthly membership structure. VIP Members buy their first outfit at only $25 plus discounted prices on various other items. Members who do not need anything can skip a month for free. Immediately after becoming a member, customers ought to take a survey to find out their favorite workouts and outfit styles they prefer. Fabletics then picks out workout outfits for every member in the beginning of every month. Fabletics guarantees style, quality, ease of use, customer service and value. If you are looking for the best workout outfits, go on and take a Lifestyle Quiz on Fabletics to get the best workout gear for you.

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Boraie’s Success Trajectory in New Jersey

The State Theater’s summer operations went back to its initial state due to the introduction of free movie sessions under the sponsorship of Boraie Development. New Jersey State was inspired by this information and published an article detailing the theater’s activities. The films that were featured during the occasion included Frozen, Aladdin and Despicable Me among others. According to Boraie Development’s VP, the sponsorship of the series was relevant to New Jersey’s society as it created a platform for the families and children to acquire a theater experience. Additionally, the summer movie-event program provided an affordable, entertaining platform for the ordinary families in New Jersey. With the generosity of Provident Bank Foundation and NJ’s Boraie Development, a massive number of people were impacted during that summer season. The impact ranged from the entertaining and a comfortable movie environment generated by the State Theater’s sophisticated gadgets. The theater possesses HD defined devices including a Barco projector and sound system.

Boraie Development’s specialty is in the development of the urban real estate. Since its establishment in 1986, the New Brunswick-based organization has experienced a vast expansion. The building an warehouse industry has overtime gained significance courtesy of Boraie Development. Additionally, New Brunswick downtown location has transformed into an eye-catching destination. The most recognized projects facilitated by Boraie Development include the establishment of housing at Rutgers University. Also, Omar Boraie led the organization in the construction of The Aspire. The Aspire is a privately augmented residential apartment consisted of seventeen stories. The Aspire’s niche is interesting and provides a boost to its activities. It is situated new a train station thus a resident of the apartment is guaranteed cheap and efficient transport system. Besides the proximity to public resources, The Aspire is constructed using exclusive models which Wasseem Boraie likens to other stylish accommodations situated in Manhattan. Check out Bloomberg to know more.

Another impressive work of Omar Boraie is the New Brunswick Hub. Boraie Development is the pioneer of the downtown’s area facility advancements regarding commercial and residential activities. Some of the company’s services include most notable five-star hotels and theaters. In 2007, Boraie Development managed the construction of many high-end hotels and a couple of theaters. Besides celebrating and appreciating the company’s achievements, Omar Boraie leads Boraie towards the attainment of future success. According to Mr. Boraie, the organization plans to commence a project on its third commercial location in the next one year. New Brunswick will be New Jersey’s epicenter under Boraie Development’s ventures.

Sources

http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/15/01/13/explainer-how-downtown-new-brunswick-is-emerging-from-its-decades-long-doldrums/

http://www.manta.com/c/mm87jsw/boraie-development

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