Thor Halvorssen: Human Rights Activist and Film Producer

Thor Halvorssen Mendoza is a Venezuelan human rights activist born in 1976. He attended the University of Pennsylvania where he graduated with a Bachelors degree in political science and history and received the Sol Feinstone Award for his efforts in protecting student speech. He is the chief executive officer of a US liberties organization known as Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE). In 2009, Thor Halvorssen founded the Oslo Freedom Forum which enabled human rights advocates from around the globe to have annual gatherings.

Thor is a well-known human rights advocate, and he has contributed massively to areas such as civil liberties and advocacy for the interest of the public. He is also recognized as the patron of The Children’s Peace Movement, On Own Feet since 2009. The organization is based in the Czech Republic and deals with the facilitation of the relationship between children and adolescents in Canada, Slovakia, Norway, the Czech Republic and Norway with the kids in politically unstable countries such as Iraq and Afghanistan. His opinions on human rights have been published in major papers such as the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. He has appeared on television outlets such as al-Jazeera and BBC News, CNN, and HBO.

He produced the film Freedom’s Fury with Andrew Vajna, Lucy Liu, and Quentin Tarantino. The film is about the popular uprising against the oppressive regime that took place in Hungary in 1996. Mr. Halvorssen was one of the executive producers of the movie Hammer & Tickle. The film explains the importance of humor, satire, and ridicule as a way of helping people express themselves during the oppressive Soviet Union regime. The film premiered in 2006, and the cast involves characters such as Mikhail Gorbachev and Ronald Reagan. He is also the producer of the documentary Indoctrinate U which is about the intolerant culture of American Campuses.

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Insurance Giant Taken To Court By Bruce Levenson

The insurance giant, AIG, will be forced to defend itself in a Fulton County Court after the former owner of the Atlanta Hawks NBA franchise, Bruce Levenson, filed papers with a Fulton County Court. AIG will face claims of breach of contract and insurance bad faith when the case comes to court after Levenson’s Atlanta Hawks Basketball & Entertainment LLC consortium revealed details of an insurance claim they believe should have been paid soon after the termination of the contract of Hawks General Manager Danny Ferry.

The issues that have led to court papers being filed by attorney’s from Barnes & Thornburg, who are representing Bruce Levenson and his partners with the Atlanta Hawks Basketball & Entertainment LLC relate to a constructive dismissal claim made by Levenson’s group; Levenson’s legal team have stated the comments made by Danny Ferry in the weeks prior to the sale of the Hawks to Forbes billionaire Tony Ressler triggered the constructive dismissal clauses in the workplace insurance policy. The financial settlement made with Ferry over the remainder of his $18 million six year contract forms part of the claim being made by Bruce Levenson along with a 50 percent penalty on any compensation awarded through the court.

Bruce Levenson has been involved in the communications industry after forming a single oil industry newsletter in the mid 1970s in a spare room with his business partner Ed Peskowitz. Levenson has moved with the latest technology to keep his United Communications Group at the top of the industry for ever since it was formed; using the latest technology has seen UCG move from newsletters to real time analytical information being provided for many industries. Levenson has also used the technology developed for UCG to create many different companies, including TechTarget and the oil industry consumer app GasBuddy.

Website: http://brucelevenson.com/

How to be a good manager

Josh Verne, the owner of FlockU.com, gives his view on what makes a manager great. Below are some of the tips he shares:

Josh Verne draws a fine line between being a leader and being a boss. He insists that being a leader is the first step to building a good rapport with one’s employees. A leader, unlike a boss, doesn’t force his will onto others. He earns respect by putting the opinions of those that serve him first, before his.

– A manager understands that a win for the employees or the society is also a win for himself. With this, a leader then should try to make every situation a win-win for both sides.

– Fewer words come with more power. A leader wants to appear authoritative. This can only be accomplished if the leader is a man of few words. People will hence listen to you.

– Money is not everything. One can be a billionaire, but without a good home, they will suffer. Verne, therefore, encourages managers to balance their life, and have time for everything. Each working day is an opportunity to improve every aspect of your life. You should therefore work, not only on your business, but also on your relationships and health as well.

– Most importantly, one should venture into something they are passionate about. According to Verne, it rarely occurs that one emerges successful in a field he is not passionate about.

About Josh Verne

He is an accomplished entrepreneur. As at now, Josh is the CEO of FlockU.com. FlockU is an online platform that allows students, mostly college students, to exchange content. This is done through peer-to-peer connectivity. The platform was established in 2016 and has, since its inception, become popular in a short time.

Before FlockU.com, Verne was the founder and CEO of workpays.me, another online platform that worked to help employees to make purchases. The amounts were then deducted from their payrolls. He founded the firm with help from his long time best friend, Jon Dorfman. He later sold the company to Google Analytics Holding, two years before forming FlockU.com.

 

Workplace Insurance Claim By Bruce Levensons Group Heads To Court

The former ownership group of the Atlanta Hawks led by Maryland based business leader Bruce Levenson has made the decision to head to the Superior Court of Fulton County as they seek a financial settlement over an insurance claim lodged with insurance company AIG. Bruce Levenson acted as the leader of the Atlanta Hawks ownership group from 2005 through to the sale of the team in June 2015, and continues to lead the group as they seek to draw the curtain on a claim made about the mutual termination of the contract of Danny Ferry. The former General Manager of the Hawks signed a six year $18 million contract in 2012 that was terminated two days before the Forbes reported deal to sell the Hawks in 2015 was agreed with Tony Ressler.

Levenson’s lawyers have filed papers stating AIG agreed to the insurance policy being triggered after negotiations between them and the Atlanta Hawks Basketball & Entertainment group began in April 2015, but have since failed to respond to inquiries about the claim. The papers filed on behalf of Bruce Levenson’s consortium state a breach of contract on behalf of AIG in refusing to payout on the insurance claim that would end the known links with the Hawks for the Levenson group.

Bruce Levenson is a well known figure in the business sector after leading the United Communications Group (http://www.ucg.com/AboutUs/Ownership.aspx) to success from humble beginnings in the 1970s. The former journalist is now well known as a business leader and philanthropist who has recently been looking to protect others from the issues of racism and bigotry around the world; following the sale of the Hawks franchise in June 2015 Bruce and his wife Karen Levenson worked with the Kennedy Center for the Arts to raise funds for the Anti-Defamation League through a charitable ball.