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A Brief look on CCMP Capital and Stephen Murray

The CCMP Capital, a private equity investment company, focuses on growth capital transaction and leveraged buyout. The company was formerly known as the JP Morgan Partners. The Stephen Murray CCMP Capital has made heavy investment of about $12 billion on the leveraged buyout as well as in the growth capital transactions ever since it was incepted. It the year 2007, the firm was ranked at number 17 among the leading private equity funds in the world. The CCMP has employed over 50 staffs and has its offices located in New York, Hong Kong, London and Tokyo.

Stephen Murray CCMP Capital has been identified by various names over the past 20 years. It was originally founded as the chemical venture partners at the year 1984. It was aimed at serving as a private equity and venture arm of the chemical bank. Following the acquisition of the Chase Manhattan Bank by the Chemical in 1996, chemical took the name Chase Capital Partners. In a similar manner, when the J.P Morgan and Co. was acquired in 2000, the group changed its name again into JP Morgan Partners. Through this time, its platform grew the integration of private equity establishments of Hambrecht & Quist, Chase Manhattan, Manufacturers Hannover, The Beacon Group, Robert Fleming and Co. and J.P Morgan and Co.

Prior to it spinning out from the JPMorgan Chase in the year 2006, partners of JP Morgan made some investments transactions in growth capital, leveraged buyout and venture capital. Following the spinout, the professionals on investment put more focus on the venture capital transactions that were disjoined from CCMP Capital to form new firm, the Panorama Capital. Located in Menlo Park, CA, Panorama goes on to focus on the early and the expansion-stage opportunities presented in both the life sciences and information technology sectors. The Panorama Capital started to raise its first independent capital in 2005 with a targeted size of about $500 million. Following more than a year of fundraising, the Panorama closed on an approximate $240 million of commitments made by investors.

On the investment focus, the CCMP Capital puts emphasis on making buyouts and growing equity investments in Europe and North America. The investment typically ranges from $100 million to $500 million equity on each transaction in firms that range from 0.25 to 2 billion dollars in size.

Stephen Murray was a philanthropist and a private equity investor. He held the position of president and CEO at the CCMP Capital. He is an alumnus of Boston College where he did a degree in Economics. He earned a graduate degree in Business Administration in the Columbia Business School. In 1984, Murray was part of credit analyst training session at the Manufacturers Hanover Corporation. He has worked under various positions and seen numerous transition of companies. Murray has supported the Metro New York’s Make-A-Wish Foundation, Stamford Museum, Food Bank of the Lower Fairfield County among other foundations.

Yeonmi Park – The Globetrotting Human Rights Activist

Human rights activists are best known for their role in bringing out human rights violation in the public domain and campaigning for the restoration of such rights. For this, they get involved in various campaigns such as prevention of hate crimes, campaigns for civil and political rights, and many others.

Here, we talk about Yeonmi Park, a young human rights activist who fled North Korea after witnessing the torture and killing of friends and family.

Yeonmi Park – Background

Park Yeon-mi was born on 4th October 1993, in Hyesan, Ryanggang Province, North Korea.

She was born in an educated and politically connected family. While her father was in civil service, working at Hyesan town hall for the ruling Worker’s Party, her mother was a nurse, serving the North Korea Army.

Park’s family was rich by North Korean standards. Nonetheless, her father would later establish a metal smuggling business in the capital, Pyongyang, where he spent the better part of the year leaving his wife and daughters – Park has an elder sister, Eunmi – in Hyesan.

The illegal business led to his father being arrested in 2002 and sent to a 17 years’ incarceration in a forced labor camp. The family was condemned to starvation and struggling to earn a living.

Escape from North Korea

It is after watching a smuggled DVD of the 1997 Titanic movie, which Park’s eyes were opened with regards to the North Korean government’s oppressive rule. According to her, she not only learned the true meaning of love from the movie, but she also felt “a taste of freedom.”

On reuniting with his family, Park’s father decided to escape North Korea; as the only option left to evade starvation and eventually, death. The women would go before him.

In 2007, Eunmi went first, crossing the freezing river into China. Yeonmi and her mother would later follow her. It was an arduous journey, highlighted by terrible hardships and hiding from Chinese authorities, lest they were caught and repatriated to North Korea.

Some of the excruciating challenges included Yeonmi’s mother being raped by traffickers, and her sister getting lost and being presumed dead. While her father eventually joined them, he, unfortunately, succumbed to colon cancer.

Finally, on a cold night in early 2009, Park and her mother managed to cross a stretch of the Gobi desert into Mongolia. The South Korean embassy became their sanctuary. Five years later, Eunmi managed to escape, and they were reunited in Seoul.


Yeonmi Park often felt that the world had forgotten her. She is today driven by the determination that the world should never forget the people of North Korea; who are in misery and dying each day.

She traverses the world with the sole aim of talking about her experiences and raising awareness on the plight of her people. The globetrotting activist also capitalizes on the power of social media to tell the world about the human rights violations in North Korea.

Notre Dame Lacrosse: Athletics, Academics, Service

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Notre Dame is a prestigious university that was established in November of 1842. This honorary school is a university composed of religious novitiates, grade schooling, and a manual labor school. It is also purely well known for its excellent programs in humanities including but not limited to, poetry philosophy, foreign languages, and various forms of music appreciation. In addition to their reputable academics, Notre Dame is also well known for their men’s lacrosse team.
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Their men’s lacrosse program really took off around in 1996 after a strong campaign presented in ’95. After making lacrosse history for being the first western lacrosse team to win a first round NCAA tournament game, Head coach, Kevin Corrigan, recommended that his team focus on how to improve from last seasons mistakes in order to maintain a high level of competition. Boasting about winning one year was just going to make them overly confident and prone to mistakes. In 1996,they continued to be stellar on the road maintaining a 7-1 record, but still struggled at home against some other highly competitive teams.

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Now lets fast forward to the present year 2015. The Notre Dame men’s lacrosse team continues to bring the heat and finish another season strong. This team finished 12-3 during the 2015 season, making it all the way to the semi-finals. However they fell short of another championship after losing to Denver by a marginal difference of one point. After a strong year for the Notre Dame lacrosse team, eight players were named to the ACC all academic team. Those players are Jim Marlatt, Sergio Perkovic (made it for the second time in a row), Will Corrigan, Edwin Glazener, Matt Landis, Eddy Lubowicki, Jack Near, and John Sexton.
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1996 Season Recap
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Kenneth C.Griffin No. 89 In the Americas Top 400 Richest People

Kenneth C. Griffin is known to have been born in the year 1968, in the city of Florida. He is actually an American hedge fund leader, and he is currently found in Chicago, Illinois.

Ken Griffin is recognized by many people as the founder and the CEO and of Citadel. Citadel is an international investment company. as at March this year, the company is believed to have over $25 billion which is held as its investment capital. Citadel is one of the largest international alternative investment management organizations in the world.

The Citadel group of hedge funds on wsj.com is actually ranked as one of the largest and most successful hedge funds institutions in the world. Just the other day, Griffin was believed to have an estimated net worth of over $6.6 billion.

During the financial crisis that happened in 2008, Citadel Company almost collapsed, but Ken Griffin has managed to restore its value with time. Many people actually praise him because of this, which is attributed to his enormous wealth. Last year, the Chicago hedge fund millionaire is believed to have given a very generous amount of $150 million to his former school,Harvard University. The donation was made to support the needy students in the university who are bright and show signs of being successful. Since the start of the school, they had never received a donation which was as big as this.

Ken always attributes his great success in life to the university. He started investing while he was still studying in the school, and with time, he has managed to become one of the richest people in America.

Just the other day, Forbes released its list that was ranking the 400 individuals who have the most known wealth in the whole of America. Mr. Kenneth Griffin got the 89th position out of the 400 people shortlisted. In 2014, he was in the 102 position. This means that He actually jumped 14 positions, to get to his current position. Kenneth has a lot of wealth in his possession and currently he has over 5 billion kept in his bank accounts.

Griffins is also known to be a very vocal supporter of the charter school. He has padded the famous campaign war chests for politicians. Some of these include the Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and also the ex-Republican presidential contester, Mr. Mitt Romney. He is also known because of the great support he gives to the cultural institutions in his country.

There are other recognized people in the list too. One of them is Oprah , who is known everywhere in the world. Although she is not a Chicagoan at the moment, she managed to scoop the 209th position. Currently she resides in Montecito, Calif. The lady has quite a lot in her bank accounts.

The richest person according to the Forbes list is actually the well-known Bill Gates. He has held this position for some time now, and he is still on the top. He was followed by one Warren Buffett, Larry Ellison and the Koch brothers

Kyle Bass And His Wrong Choices That Have Cost Him Greatly

Kyle Bass was once a man held in very high esteem in the hedge fund market circles. That was until he started making bad call after bad call. To add salt to injury, he has been making those bad calls in full view of the public without a care of how they will take his professional image. His debut into the limelight was, however, contrary to his current image and reputation. In 2006, he started his Hayman Capital Management hedge-fund and made a fortune by making a positive prediction into the 2008 subprime mortgage crisis.

Many people thought the man was a genius of sorts because prior to getting into the hedge fund arena, he was involved in writing scripts and directing movies and got nominated in roles for the same. However, the magic touch, if there was any, has withered down with his shenanigan tactics all over the media. He has been moving from one media station to another offering his ‘professional’ opinion the latest being related to Argentina and Japan.

As if that is not all, he has also been involved in alliances that have not been doing any good to a man of his stature. He is a bosom friend to Cristina Fernández de Kirchner a lady that many consider as an economically illiterate despot. He has been furiously defending her moves that have greatly cost her people in terms of finances.

Born in 1969, Bass attended the Texas Christian University and graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Real Estate and Finance in 1992. He made a brief stint at Prudential Securities before starting to work for the Bear Sterns London Office and proceeded to become a Managing Director at the tender age of 28. He made his debut in the hedge-fund industry after raising $33 million from friends and family including his $10 million savings.

UsefulStooges tells that his latest quick money making scheme involves ripping off pharmaceutical companies by short-selling their stocks and then challenging their patents using the Coalition for Affordable Drugs that he formed precisely for this purpose. He always makes a very calculated move while on it, and when the stocks go plummeting down, he makes a few quick million dollars. At the same time, the drugs that the pharmaceutical companies make prices go up which hurts the million of people who depend on them.

When asked about his motive at first, he was quick to point out that he was doing it for a noble reason but later on came to admit that he was doing it for the bucks.

South Africa’s Corporate and Commercial Law with Joubert Schoeman Attorneys

As the times are fast changing, every large corporation ought to have a team of qualified corporate lawyers. In South Africa, the change is seemingly evident, given the mushrooming of the many law firms eager to offer various services. The corporate and commercial group of lawyers is easily identified by the level of specialization in their niche, unlike the common breed that is more generalist.

It is no longer foreign to spot multinational firms flocking South Africa for these paramount resources. A brilliant commercial law firm often attracts many clients, what’s evident in many regions of this vast country today. Forget about the fact that virtually all the leading corporate law firms have offices and branches across Africa, the amount of skill is often immeasurable. The high number of diversified clients all looking for the best is majorly to blame. However, what makes a great corporate and commercial lawyer in South Africa great?

It is vital to note that the essential skill that a member of the corporate and commercial law class should possess is proven understanding of company law. These lawyers must be highly excellent in drafting skills with a delete clause for the benefit of the client. Normally, a corporate and commercial lawyer must be well averse with the New Company’s Act, Consumer Protection Act, and Competition Action and unwavering knowledge of several business entities.

When looking for the best lawyer, among the greatest attributes is the ability to negotiate contracts with exceptional skills, draft the information, and even work under tight deadlines, and for longer periods. During mergers and acquisition, these professionals are not only essential to oversee the entire process but also stand in as the legal experts. In fact, these attributes are what great commercial lawyers in South Africa are made of among many other great values.

Whereas the entire field of law is expansive, corporate lawyers are often the most versatile and are involved in all manners of transactions. Corporate lawyers are differentiated into an Associate, Senior Associate, Partner, and Equity Partner, depending on the amount of experience in the field.

South Africa is famous for continuously churning out some of the best brains who typically handle commercial transactions. Frans Schoeman’s Joubert Schoeman Attorneys is among the premier corporate and commercial law firms today. This company boasts of a lengthy spell in the industry that has warranted them lots of trust among many businesses that include both listed and unlisted companies. In fact, the two senior partners in this law firm, Joubert Schoeman Attorneys together have 35 years of experience.

With such an enormous amount of knowledge and experience, a team of professionals, and excellent legal skills, several success stories have always been associated with this firm. With lots of specialties, Joubert Schoeman and Helene Joubert head Joubert Schoeman Attorneys together with a team of highly trained corporate lawyers. They were involved in the many multi-million rand lawsuits with many arbitration awards too.

Scouting Top 10 Friendliest College Towns in America by Skout

In August of this year, Skout, a global app on zendesk.com leader specializing in social networking, conducted an online survey among 2523 of its users. Based on the responses of college-aged students regarding where they could meet and socialize with others their own ages, a list was generated. Among other things, a list of the highest-rated 10 “friendliest” places are as follows :
1) Madison, Wisconsin
2) Los Angeles, California
3) New York City
4) Ann Arbor, Michigan
5) Chicago, Illinois
6) San Francisco, California
7) Boulder, Colorado
8) Phoenix, Arizona
9) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
10) Dallas, Texas

The app has a community of users in over 180 countries and in 14 languages. The social networking app allows people to meet up with others and expand their social networks. Over the last 12 months it posed numerous questions to students in college towns across the US, and honed in on cities that college students reported that they had frequented and befriended other students via the app.

Christian Wiklund, co-founder and CEO of Skout stated, “It’s always fun to look at what the data from our community reveals,” and, “Hats off to all the Skouters in Madison, Wisconsin for helping it top the list as the friendliest college town in the U.S.”

Data collected from the study showed that:
• Boston, Massachusetts, with over 100 colleges and universities within its metro area (aka “American’s College Town” according to studyboston.com), ranked #12 on Skout’s Friendliest College Towns list
• Boulder, Colorado has the friendliest college-age males in America, while Madison, Wisconsin claims the friendliest college-age females
• Los Angeles, California is home to the most generous college-age adults

The study also noted that young adult Skout users in Los Angeles, share more virtual gifts with friends than college-age adults in Boston, MA, Miami, FL, Chicago, IL, and Dallas, TX, combined.

In a similar app user study of 2,500 college students across the nation, ages 18-24, participants were asked questions pertaining to the social aspects of college life. The study revealed:
• 57% Believed it was harder to make friends in high school than in it was in college
• 59% Were concerned about making new friends in their freshmen year
• 72% Made great relationships within the first week on campus.

When students were asked, “Where was the best place to meet friends?” Their responses were as follows:
• 75% In class
• 42% At parties
• 39% During [college] orientation
• 34% Online

Some common places on campus students indicated friends could be made included:
• 36% Dorms
• 35% Cafeterias
• 28% Sports teams
• 27% Libraries

Lastly, regarding initial feelings of student upon arrival at college, while the survey data indicated that over one-third (37%) of students arrived on campus without knowing anyone, the study also showed that:
• 73% of college students say they consider their roommate a friend
• 61% of college students say women are friendlier than men on campus

To view an infographic with the survey finding, see more results, and or to participate in the study, visit the Skout blog at http://blog.skout.com/2015/09/10/10-friendliest-college-towns-in-america/

Highland Capital Management Company’s Proficiency in Financial Marketing

The world and the ensuing global economy have changed the entire business landscape and people are gradually responding to the changes therein. This is true if James Dondero’s services are anything to go by. Dondero is a financial advisor whose skills have become very valuable in the business world ant it has seen him attract a number of investors. When it come financial investments, no one understand the trend better than James Dondero. This is why he has been one of the greatest financial advisors in the world. He has also contributed to the world of business by creating a number of enterprises himself.

As a result of global expansion in terms of economical landscapes, there has been a rising need for financial guidance in areas. This includes guidance to individuals, to organizations, as well as guidance to governments in matters to do with investments. The world has opened up to allow different regions to trade. This has created complexity in the way business is done amidst creating other opportunities for financial trade. As many investors are taking grate interest to understand the underlying advantages of financial markets, the legal structure in this trade are making it quite complex for the lay men to understand. This is where the highland Capital Management Company comes in.

Capital management is basically the prudent steps taken by investors before committing their resources in a particular venture. Highland Capital is a company well known for this and it has been in the business for years now. The company provides its clients with information that helps them determine the viability of a business venture. Financial markets involves moneys as the sole product of trade. However, the money does not have to be in its liquid form. It is normally traded in different forms including equity, hedges, bonds, and shares among other securities.

Highland Capital Management has been very crucial in advising it client on issues to do with structured investments. When a company, an individual or a government wants to commit its resources to an investment opportunity, it is important that they conduct a commercial due diligence which involves scrutinizing the economic risks involved. Unfortunately, most people, organizations, and governments alike do not have enough knowledge on the financial trends of the global economy. In addition, managing capital and putting the right resources in the right investment is a process that requires professional guidance. Highland capital is the best company for this.

With several years of experience on its hands, the company has been able to transfer mere dreams into realties by enabling its clients to invest in viable investment. The company carries out researches to keep tabs on the current market structure and trends in order ti be well informed about the market situation. It has been doing it for years to understand the no go zones and the favorable zones in terms of investment. Highland Capital is an expert player in the industry and it has several billions worth of assets under its able hand to manage in the American market alone.

The World Of Economists

Many people think that studying economics involving interpreting complex chats, table’s statistics and doing endless calculations. However, contrary to this popular myth, economics is simply a study concerned with rational behavior of human beings in their endeavor to satisfy their needs. In any social setting, one may find himself/herself having very limited resources, which must satisfy their unlimited needs. Consequently, one has to make a choice with their resources and decide which need to satisfy first. For instance, one will pay their rent first before buying extra clothes or will buy food before purchasing the newest car in town. Economists are particularly interested in the choices people makes in such situations. For instance, they seek to know if a person will still buy bar of chocolates after the prices increases by $ 3 per bar. In essence, economists examine how human beings and the society in general respond to material limitations and understanding how economic factors balance in currency trading. The subject assumes that human beings aim to satisfy their needs all times and each person makes rational decisions in their effort to satisfy the unlimited wants. Therefore, economists study the behavior of people based on their personal interests.

Economics as a Dismal Science

Economics can be viewed as a dismal science, which analyses the interaction of certain aspects in the society. In one of his articles in Quarterly Economics journal, Christian Broda, a renowned economist on valuewalk examines why some countries continue to prosper while others lag behind in poverty. He argues that, the manner in which a country allocates its resources determines whether its economy will grow, stunt or deteriorate. He adds that, when the economy of a country fails, the result should be attributed to the incompetency of the economists working in the government.

Broda is an experienced professional in the sector of economics. He graduated from the San Andreas University with a bachelor’s degree in economists and went on to work in Chicago University as a tutor in the economics department. He has served as the Chief International Economist at Lehman Brothers. He also worked as the president of International Research at Barclay’s Capital Group, Federal Reserve Bank and Columbia University. He serves as a faculty member for the National Bureau of Research in Economics as well as the associate chief-editor of the Development Economics Journal.

How to Prepare For Economics Degree in the University

The students who aspire to pursue economics as a career should prepare themselves by reading economic journals and articles. The information gained will give them an edge over those who do not, particularly when writing their first assignments and essays. They should also read the books listed by their lecturers on the course outline for more background information.

Economists apply economic policies in real estate, natural resources, environment, transportation, agriculture, energy, and finance. These are key sectors in the economy of a country. They use the knowledge on economic relationship to guide the sectors on appropriate steps towards improving the economy of a country.

OrganoGold Is Capturing the Attention of Coffee Lovers in Turkey

PR Newswire reports that OrganoGold has expanded it’s service to Turkey. The coffee manufacturer is hardly new to international sales. This marks the 39th country in which OrganoGold’s CEO, Bernardo Chua, has overseen the opening of a new market. But while it might have a high number, it also comes with a huge sense of significance.

Part of this significance comes from the fact that it will help serve as a bridge between several different markets. It’s expected that the operations in Turkey will help to facilitate work between the Asian, European and African operations for the company. But the significance of Turkey goes far beyond the basic mechanics of a successful business. Turkey is often looked at as the birthplace of coffee culture. In fact, the first record of a coffee house dates back to a historical account of a 15th century establishment within Turkey. When coffee catches the eye of people in Turkey it’s on the same level as wine gaining special notice in France. Turkey is filled with people who take their coffee very seriously. The combination of historical context and educated palettes means that a coffee needs to be something special to catch on in Turkey.

Facebook shows company CEO Bernardo Chua also puts a lot of credit for the expansion to the fact that many people in Turkey place importance on health and an active lifestyle. OrganoGold’s brand of coffee makes use of the Ganoderma mushroom. And while the Ganoderma mushroom has many positive health effects attributed to it, one thing has become obvious. People who love coffee and love being active have also come to love OrganoGold’s line of coffee.

Bernardo Chua has a long history of bringing this healthy beverage to the world. He’s done so well and for so long that he’s received official recognition in the form of the Napoleon Hill Foundation Gold Medal. He’s focused not only on the success of OrganoGold, but also in helping a wide variety of people from all over the world make a career for themselves within the company.