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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Vijay Eswaran: A Hero Of Philanthropy

The story of the life of Vijay Eswaran, the co-founder and executive director of the multilevel marketing giant the QI Group, is the stuff of legends throughout Asia. It also serves as a source of inspiration for countless people.

Vijay Eswaran has gone from picking grapes, driving a cab and doing construction work to survive in Europe to now being one of Asia’s richest men. He has done so due to his work in the direct marketing industry. Born in Penang, Malaysia to civil servants, this working-class hero has shown many people what is possible when they are willing to work hard and focus their energies.

Vijay Eswaran became involved in multilevel marketing almost by accident. While trying to survive in Europe during his time attending the London School of Economics, he was introduced to direct marketing and earned his professional certification. Read more: Dato’ Sri Vijay Eswaran Speaks At World Economic Forum 2016

Eswaran leaned more about the industry while working on his MBA in the United States. In 1998 he was approached by the Cosway Group and given the opportunity to stat his own direct marketing company in the Philippines. With limited experience but driven by a desire to succeed, he accepted the challenge and went on to build an incredibly successful organization.

The QI Group employs more than a million independent sales representatives to market its wide range of products. Those sales representatives take the products to big cities and remote villages throughout Asia. Their work has helped millions of people to gain access to high-quality modern products they would ordinarily have never seen.

Plus working for the QI Group has helped untold numbers of people to improve their quality of life. And Vijay Eswaran and the QI Group has also given millions of dollars in charitable donations to individuals and organizations throughout Asia.

Today Eswaran has amassed a fortune in excess of $500 million. But he is beloved throughout the region because he hasn’t selfishly kept the money for himself. Instead he has become known for his philanthropic works. Vijay Eswaran has given so much to so many the he was voted a Hero of Philanthropy by Forbes Asia.

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http://www.qigroup.com/2013/11/vijay-eswaran-makes-ceo-of-the-year/

Canada’s Research into Regenerative Medicine with Cameron Clokie

While the roots of regenerative medicine go back decades, only in recent years has the treatment started to become more common. This is in no small part because of the contribution to the field by the renowned Dr. Cameron Clokie of Toronto Canada. Dr. Clokie started his career as a clinical dentist with a focus on the academic aspects of dentistry.

According to Crunchbase, Cameron Clokie has many credentials and experience, including being named as the Head of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. This title was granted in addition to Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Toronto. Dr. Clokie retired from academics in 2017, to focus on other ventures.

Regenerative medicine is the closest thing to set the clock back that is found currently. Using a protein, bone is able to be regrown as if the patient is a baby again. It stimulates the same process that spurred bone development in babies and fetuses, growing a brand new bone from “scratch” so to speak.

Dr. Clokie is credited with recently being able to regrow part of a jawbone for a man who had lost his to a tumor. “With this patient, we’ve actually regrown a jawbone that is identical [to the one] he lost.” Dr. Clokie noted.

The protein that causes the regrowth is added to a putty-like gel solution that is then molded into the shape of the missing bone area. At this point, blood vessels begin to grow over the gel and the gel itself begins to dissolve. In its place, new bone begins to grow to close the gap.

This procedure, however, does not come cheap and is not covered by Medicaid. This issue is one that Dr. Clokie remains passionate about changing. Originally harvested from the bones of cadavers, he turned to Dr. Clokie later turned to a U.S. biotech firm in hopes of finding a new source. This firm was able to produce the protein in hamsters.

The next project is to start inserting the human gene that grows the needed protein into goat embryos, allowing the protein to be harvested directly from the milk they would produce. This would allow the cost to go down as well as the source to be able to keep producing it for a longer term.

Learn more about Cameron Clokie:

https://www.facebook.com/Dr-Cameron-Clokie-1711496149080699/
http://inducebiologics.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=46&Itemid=18