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24 Oct 2016 

Henry R. Kravis Named Chairman of Sponsors for Educational Opportunity

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) today announced that business

leader and philanthropist Henry

Kravis, Co-Chairman and Co-CEO of KKR, has been elected Chairman of

the board of directors of SEO, effective January 2014.

Mr. Kravis has been involved with the New York City-based organization

for five years but one SEO program in particular--SEO

Scholars--played a key role in his decision to chair the board.

SEO Scholars is an eight-year academic program that prepares low-income

public high school students for admission to the nation's most

competitive colleges--and supports them through college graduation.

"We're thrilled to have Henry Kravis' leadership to expand SEO Scholars

and help more low-income students break the cycle of poverty by

obtaining a college degree," said William Goodloe, SEO's president &

CEO. "He is deeply committed to the often-neglected students that SEO

Scholars serves: those who are motivated to come to high school every

day and wish to attend college. By providing intense support from 9th

grade through college graduation to these students, there is a

tremendous opportunity to transform not only individual lives and

families, but also entire communities."

Every student in SEO Scholars is accepted to a four-year college; 95% go

on to graduate from college in six years and 80% graduate in four years.

While in college, students receive ongoing one-on-one academic advising,

personal support and career guidance. In high school, students in the

program attend over 720 hours of Saturday, summer and after-school

classes in reading, writing, grammar, vocabulary, and math.

Mr. Kravis, Co-Chairman and Co-CEO of KKR, stated: "SEO Scholars is a

stellar model of what works, and it's ready for expansion. The program's

nearly 100% college graduation rate is an incredible record of success.

I look forward to helping advance its mission of ensuring that

motivated, low-income students can succeed at four-year colleges."

"Students who participate in SEO Scholars increase their performance on

standardized tests substantially and, in effect, eliminate the

Black-White and Hispanic-White achievement gaps," said Michael

Osheowitz, founder and chairman emeritus of SEO. "To have Henry Kravis

as SEO's board Chair will enable SEO Scholars to close the achievement

gap for thousands more low-income students."

Mr. Kravis has become increasingly involved with SEO since KKR became a

founding partner of the SEO Alternative Investments fellowship program

in 2009. He hosts an annual breakfast seminar for SEO Career interns

and, in 2013, he and his wife Marie-Josée Kravis made

a $4 million gift to SEO Scholars which will go toward doubling the

number of incoming students served in the program.

"I could not think of a better person to succeed me in the role of

chairman," noted outgoing Chairman Walter Booker. An SEO Career alumnus,

Mr. Booker held the position of Chairman for the past 18 years. He said,

"Henry Kravis is passionate about education, the New York community and

our impactful work, and his leadership is certain to make a tremendous

difference."



Henry Kravis will be the third chairman in SEO's history, following

Michael Osheowitz and Walter Booker.

ABOUT SPONSORS FOR EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY (SEO)

SEO was founded in 1963 with a mission to provide talented and motivated

young people from underserved and underrepresented communities with

access to superior educational and career opportunities. Today, SEO runs

three programs: SEO

Scholars is an eight-year academic program that prepares low-income

public high school students for admission to the find a Frederick SEO expert nation's most

competitive colleges--and supports them through college graduation; SEO

Career is the nation's premier summer internship and training

program for underrepresented college students, specializing in banking,

corporate leadership, law, private equity and non-profit; SEO

Alternative Investments provides education, exposure, training and

mentoring opportunities to talented professionals traditionally

underrepresented in the alternative investments sector.

ABOUT HENRY R. KRAVIS



Henry

Kravis co-founded KKR in 1976 and is Co-Chairman and Co-Chief

Executive Officer. Mr. Kravis currently serves on the boards of First

Data Corporation and China International Capital Corporation Limited.

Mr. Kravis is actively involved in the New York Community. In 1996, he

established the New York City Investment Fund (now known as the

Partnership Fund for New York City), a non-profit organization that

works to create jobs and help small businesses in New York City. In

2011, he donated $100 million to Columbia Business School to fund the

building of a learning center for entrepreneurs at the Manhattanville

campus. He also serves as a director, chairman emeritus or trustee of

several cultural, professional, and educational institutions, including

Sponsors for Educational Opportunity, The Business Council, Claremont

McKenna College, Columbia Business School, Mount Sinai Hospital, the

Partnership Fund for New York City, Partnership for New York City,

Rockefeller University, and Tsinghua University School of Economics and

Management. He earned a B.A. from Claremont McKenna College in 1967 and

an M.B.A. from the Columbia Business School in 1969. Mr. Kravis has seo test more

than four decades of experience financing, analyzing, and investing in

public and private companies, as well as serving on the boards of a

number of KKR portfolio companies. KKR & Co. L.P. is publicly traded on

the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE:KKR) and "KKR", as used in this

release, includes its subsidiaries, their managed investment funds and

accounts, and/or their affiliated investment vehicles, as appropriate.

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24 Oct 2016 

Search Engine Optimization: Technology Driven Marketing

The frequency of a website appearance in search, while browsing internet can be improved through Search engine optimization. Your website may appear as an option in your competitor's Logo search, tagline search, Punch line theme search or industry specific searches and more and more prospective customers can get attracted and engaged with your company through just one click.

Many companies are using Search engine optimisation as a Marketing tool to increase traffic on their websites. To be the most preferred brand, easy availability is very important. Now a days many of the companies are using the common words in their website's content which are used by a customer while surfing for the product/service of their requirement so that they can easily appear in the search.

Many companies name their company's name just similar to their competitors name so that whenever the client/customer search for the product/service related to their nature of business their name should also appear in the search along with competitor's name automatically. seo services is actually encouraging tough competition between the competitors by providing technology seo score edge.



Today is the world of e-commerce. Electronic media is getting importance day by day. Now days if people want to buy something they hardly bother hoardings or advertisement being shown on Television. They make their own choices by doing research by their own. That's the reason usage of internet is increasing day by day hence Search engine Optimization is getting importance day by day.The frequency of a website appearance in search, while browsing internet can be improved through Search engine optimization. Your website may appear as an option in your competitor's website analysis Logo search, tagline search, Punch line theme search or industry specific searches and more and more prospective customers can get attracted and engaged with your company through just one click.

Many companies are using Search engine optimisation as a Marketing tool to increase traffic on their websites. To be the most preferred brand, easy availability is very important. Now a days many of the companies are using the common words in their website's content which are used by a customer while surfing for the product/service of their requirement so that they can easily appear in the search.

Many companies name their company's name just similar to their competitors name so that whenever the client/customer search for the product/service related to their nature of business their name should also appear in the search along with competitor's name automatically. seo services is actually encouraging tough competition between the competitors by providing technology edge.



Today is the world of e-commerce. Electronic media is getting importance day by day. Now days if people want to buy something they hardly bother hoardings or advertisement being shown on Television. They make their own choices by doing research by their own. That's the reason usage of internet is increasing day by day hence Search engine Optimization is getting importance day by day.

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23 Oct 2016 

Can Magnetic Therapy Relieve Pain?

Almost every sporting goods store, pro-shop or web page has an advertisement for therapeutic magnets with claims of pain relief and a better golf game. There are magnetic bracelets, necklaces, shoes inserts, mattress covers, head bands and, yes, dog collars. It certainly isn't new. But, is there any scientific evidence to support all of these claims?

We can go back to 16th century Switzerland and find Greta who is beyond worried about her teenage son. She works the fields every day, keeping a watchful eye on her son as he digs at the stubborn ground just two rows to her right. Will he have another one of his "fits" today: falling to the ground, muscles tightened and mouth clenched shut? She had heard a rumor that the alchemist, Paracelsus, was taking the "magical" lodestone, a type of ore that could attract iron, and grinding it into a powder, placing it into a salve and applying it to the bodies of sick people with miraculous results. Would the lodestone pull out the poisons that possess her son? She was willing to try anything.

Paracelsus' salves worked on a wide variety of maladies. It didn't matter to Greta that William Gilbert, physician to Queen Elizabeth I, had pointed out that grinding the lodestone destroyed its magnetic properties and therefore the "magical" properties.

Fast forward to 1799 and Hans, a well-to-do German lawyer, is seeking help for his blinding headaches. The powders and potions serve only to make him vomit, sometimes giving relief, but still there are those times when he cannot work. He seeks the help of Dr. Franz Mesmer, an Austrian physician who is well-known for his use of hypnotism and psychoanalysis, from which the term "mesmerize" was coined. Mesmer opened a fashionable Magnetic Healing Salon in Paris where patients sit around in a circle and clutch magnetic rods protruding from a vat. Mesmer realizes that he can merely wave a magnetic rod over the afflicted person's head with the same result, and calls the effect "animal magnetism." After two treatments, Hans is free of headaches and sends his wealthy, influential friends and clients to Paris on a regular basis.

King Louis XVI forms a commission to explore the validity of animal magnetism, reaching across the ocean to appoint Benjamin Franklin, the world's leading authority on electricity. Utilizing a double-blinded study, one in which some patients were exposed to the magnetic rod and others to just a plain metal rod, the commission proves that animal magnetism is no more than a placebo. But, it never mattered to Hans and his friends, for their headaches and assorted maladies were long gone.

Magnets remained in the background until they appeared in an 1890s Sears catalog proclaiming foot inserts that cured sore feet. Are things starting to sound familiar? At the same time, Dr. Daniel Palmer opened his School of Magnetic Cure, but soon found that his patients improved without magnets by just utilizing a "laying on of the hands." He created the Palmer School of Chiropractic Therapy. Dr. Albert Adams claimed that each organ was tuned to a particular electromagnetic wavelength, but this was one step too far and at the turn of the 20th century, the American Medical Association named him the "Dean of the 20th Century Charlatans!" That quieted things down for almost another 100 years. We are now back in a resurgence of using magnets and titanium accessories and devices to treat painful conditions.

Who is right? Are all the new magnetic devices just a resurgence of the presumed quackery of the past or have we overlooked a valuable medical device that might give millions of people pain relief? Either way, it is a billion-dollar-a-year business and no one is waiting for science before they issue their claims, or before desperate people strap onto their bodies what might be glorified refrigerator magnets.

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Magnetic Therapy

If magnets work, they must have some physiological effect on the human body. They must, in some way, influence the tissue, cells, fluid or blood over which they are applied. Advocates for magnetic therapy have proposed a number of ways in which the magnets work on our bodies.

Blood Flow: Many ads and brochures claim that blood contains iron and that magnets increase blood flow under the area where they are applied and promote healing. Although blood does contain electrically charged ions, it is diamagnetic and strong magnets actually repel blood. Another problem is that the effect of surface magnets is too small to affect blood flow and overcome the pressure-driven turbulent flow of normal blood. As a simple experiment, place one of these therapeutic magnets in the palm of your hand. If blood flow actually increased, you would expect the skin around the magnet to pink up and become warm. It doesn't.

Fluid and Swelling: Others claim that the magnets line up the water molecules in our bodies and, in this way, decrease swelling and promote healing. However, even large magnets like those used in an MRI scanner do not line up water molecules. A typical surface magnet is 800 Gauss; a Gauss unit representing one unit of magnetic field density. An MRI scan magnet generates 30,000-40,000 Gauss and yet has not been shown to have any biological effect on humans. If they did, they would have serious restrictions on their use.



Nerve Conduction: Some manufacturers claim alterations in the way that our nerves and nerve cells conduct electricity. But, it takes a large 24 tesla magnet to decrease nerve conduction velocities by only 10 percent. The typical MRI scanner uses a 1-1.5 tesla magnet, where one tesla equals 10,000 Gauss.

Why All The Excitement?

Is it all about money and a placebo effect or is the cynical, skeptical scientific community missing something? I have spoken to numerous patients and people I have met who stand by the benefits of magnetic therapy.

The problem is that we have many clinical and anecdotal claims of a therapeutic benefit with little science to back them up. To date, everyone points to a few studies demonstrating a positive effect. One study was in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in November 1997 by Dr. Carlos Vallbona of the Baylor University School of Medicine. Dr. Vallbona was skeptical of the effectiveness of magnets until he strapped one on his own painful knee with dramatic relief.

Vallbona studied 50 post-polio patients with painful arthritic joints. He randomly gave active or inactive magnets to the patients to strap onto their painful trigger points for 45 minutes. After 45 minutes, 76 percent of the "active" magnet patients reported pain relief while only 19 percent of the "inactive" group reported less pain. He has no explanation for this phenomenon, but appropriately encourages further double-blinded research.

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, part of the National Institutes of Health published an excellent current review on "Magnets for Pain." After reviewing all of the scientific literature, including double-blinded studies, they conclude that the "majority of rigorous trials, however, have found no effect on pain." They do point out that there are many variables still to be studied such as the strength of the magnet, frequency of use, type of magnet and length of time it is used.

So What Should We Do?

It is so easy to be cynical when people are making millions of dollars with an unproven device. On the other hand, it is hard to ignore all the examples in history where sanctimonious experts were wrong. Who would have really believed that aspirin would be one of the mainline therapies to prevent heart disease and stroke? The poor physician from New Zealand was laughed out of many-a-meeting before it was commonly accepted that bacteria play an important role in peptic ulcer disease. Many-a-scientist has literally lost his head for being ahead of his time.

We are faced with an entrepreneurial army loaded with vague and unsupported claims, pseudoscience and a mischaracterization of what we really do know as fact. On the other hand, there is always the chance that they may be right for all the wrong reasons. This is certainly nothing new for the field of medicine.

For now, proceed with a healthy dose of skepticism and a few common sense points:

First see a physician and find out why you have pain. You wouldn't want to treat a serious illness with a magnet. Don't use them if you are pregnant. We just don't know what they do.Don't use them if you are wearing a pacemaker or electrical implant like an insulin pump or brain stimulator. Don't wear them all the time. Everything in moderation.

I must admit that is tempting to run out and buy one of the new titanium (non-magnetic) necklaces that all the baseball players are wearing. They seem to be the latest fad. My back and golf game could both use a little magic, but I think I will wait for a little science on the subject before I buy what may be little more than modern day snake oil.

References

1. Carter R, Aspy CB, Mold J. The effectiveness of magnet therapy for treatment of wrist pain attributed to carpal tunnel syndrome. Journal of Family Practice. 2002;51(1):38-40.

2. Collacott EA, Zimmerman JT, White DW, et al. Bipolar permanent magnets for the treatment of chronic low back pain: a pilot study. Journal of the American Medical Association. 2000;283(10):1322-1325.

3. Magnets For Pain:. Accessed at

4. Harlow T, Greaves C, White A, et al. Randomized controlled trial of magnetic bracelets for relieving pain in osteoarthritis of the hip and knee. British Medical Journal. 2004;329(7480):1450-1454.

5. Vallbona C, Hazelwood CF, Jurida G. Response of pain to static magnetic fields in post polio patients: a double-blind pilot study. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 1998; 79:469-70.

6. Wolsko PM, Eisenberg DM, Simon LS, et al. Double-blind placebo-controlled trial of static magnets for the treatment of osteoarthritis of the knee: results of a pilot study. Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine. 2004;10(2):36-43.



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23 Oct 2016 

Fair DUI Flyers help pass through drunk driving checkpoints

A Florida lawyer is offering what he considers a foolproof way to get through DUI checkpoints: don't say a word to police. He's distributing what he calls the Fair DUI Flyer, and his video tutorial on YouTube has been viewed more than 2 million times.

Advocacy groups like Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), however, fear it could allow impaired drivers to bypass the law, reports CBS News correspondent Jan Crawford.

Last New Year's Eve, police waved one driver through a DUI checkpoint in Florida without even asking him to roll down his window. Warren Redlich, the man behind the wheel, believes he has found a legal loophole to dodge sobriety checks.

"What the checkpoints require is that you stop, and typically that you show the police your driver's license. You're doing that," Redlich said. "What you're not doing is going beyond what is required in a checkpoint."

Redlich said he was tired of defending people who were wrongfully arrested after going through checkpoints.

"There are genuinely drunk drivers that need to be taken off the road, but unfortunately the way the system works, a lot of innocent people get caught up in it and the idea of this is to help people protect themselves by not rolling down their window and asserting their rights," he said.

Redlich tailored his DUI flyers to the laws of 12 states so far, and now others around the country are using them and posting their videos online.

"I think you always have people trying to beat the system and push the envelope," former federal prosecutor David Weinstein said.

He said even though the flyers might hold up in court, he doesn't recommend people challenge the police at checkpoint.

"When you sign your driver's license, you're consenting to law enforcement the ability to give you both roadside tests and require you to blow in a breathalyzer, at least in the state of Florida," Weinstein said.



In 1990, the Supreme Court ruled DUI checkpoints were legal. Today, police in 38 states use them to deter drunk drivers. Studies have found that they consistently reduce alcohol related crashes by about 9 percent.

"Sobriety checkpoints and law enforcement are the key thing in stopping drunk driving," MADD president Colleen Sheehey-Church said.

Her son Dustin was killed in a drunk driving accident 10 years ago.

"Sobriety checkpoints are advertised so people know where they are," Sheehey-Church said. "They are not there necessarily there to make arrests. They're there to deter people from driving drunk."

MADD and law enforcement agencies worry that an intoxicated driver could use the flyers to avoid getting caught, but Redlich thinks that's not likely.

"Drunk people are not good at following instructions, they're not good at remaining silent, and they're not good at being patient," he said. "And all those things are required to make this work. So if you're drunk, you're probably not going to pull it off."



Redlich told us he hopes that someone challenges the use of flyers and that it goes to court, paving the way for the Supreme Court to one day re-examine its ruling on sobriety checkpoints.

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22 Oct 2016 

Private Investment Protects Environment Where Government Fails

The Institute for Humane Studies, an essential educational foundation in Arlington, Va., just launched a new Web site entitled A Better Earth. The site aims to educate college students, graduate students and others on alternative methods of environmental preservation -- methods less hostile to free markets and free enterprise.

The new Web site is important, because the environment seems to be the one area where even avowed free marketeers can't quite bring themselves to trust private enterprise over government intervention.

Profit-seekers and corporations are too greedy and self-interested, the thinking goes, to give much thought to preserving wildlife, forests and wilderness.

But is that really so? Are governments really better at preserving the environment than private enterprise?

The biggest polluters on the planet are governments, not corporations. The U.S. government immunizes itself from most all of the environmental laws it demands of private corporations. And it is by far the bigger polluter.

Overseas, the countries most hostile to market forces tend to be the countries with the worst pollution habit. We found after the fall of communism, for example, that the dirtiest governments of the 20th century weren't the capitalist corporate giants of the West, but the Soviet Union and the countries of the Eastern Block -- governments where the notion of private property and free enterprise were nonexistent.

A little reflection should reveal why that would be the case. Think for a moment about things that are "private" versus things that are "public."

Given the choice, would you rather use a private bathroom or a public one? If forced to bed down on a given night, would you rather sleep in a private home or in public housing? If a loved one were ill, would you rather he be taken to a private hospital or a public one?

Economists call this phenomenon "the tragedy of the commons." We take better care of things we own, things that are ours. We're far less careful and cautious with things someone else owns. And we're least respectful of those things owned by the "public."

Consider forests. Every summer we watch the news as thousands of acres of publicly owned lands go up in flames. Ever wonder why privately owned forests don't burn as often? Why do these fires always seem to start in national or state parks?

The answer is that land owned by the government is generally unkempt. Regulations and pressure from environmental groups keep much of our parks system untouched.

Private forests, on the other hand, are owned by people and businesses with a vested interest in keeping them intact. So private forests are thinned and pruned of underbrush, and proprietors set control fires to keep detritus from feeding larger fires later. Likewise, timber and paper companies know that if they don't plant a tree for every tree they fell, they won't be in business for long.

The best example of the tragedy of commons occurs in the oceans. Why is it that we regularly hear about how we're running out of various species of fish, but we're always well stocked with beef, pork and poultry?

The difference is that the latter are raised on dry land, where there are clear, discernible property rights. A rancher would be foolish to send all of his cattle to slaughter. Sure, he'd make more money in the short run, but with no cattle left to breed, he'd be out of business in a year.

It's a little different with the oceans. No one owns them, nor the fish that live in them.

Consequently, if I'm a fisherman, I have no incentive to leave any fish behind to ensure that fish stocks stay healthy. If I do, the fisherman who goes out just after me will snatch them up. And he's wise to, because if he doesn't, the fisherman after him will.

Laws and treaties won't change any of this. Until the oceans are divided up and claimed (yes, it would be difficult -- but it could be done), we'll continue to overfish. And we'll soon deplete our fish supply.



The African ivory trade provides another example. Well-meaning Western countries like the United States have banned the trade of ivory out of concern for African elephant populations. But devaluing ivory on the open market also devalues elephants. This has two effects, and neither of them is good for elephants.

First, with no legitimate international ivory trade, landowners in Africa have no reason to preserve elephant habitats. That land could be far better used to make way for farms or factories.

Second, devaluing ivory on the open market increases the demand for ivory on the black market. That makes elephants lucrative targets for poachers who, after all, don't have much reverence for the law.

Countries that have allowed the ivory trade, and have given local landowners more autonomy, have replenished their elephant populations. Landowners see value in the animals, and so take precautions to protect them.

Back in America, private organizations have had lots of success in preserving species through positive incentives. Several kinds of duck, the American bison, breeds of hawks and raptors, the oryx and many other species have been saved from extinction by private individuals and organizations who have either bought up land for preservation or offered existing landowners incentives to allow fledgling species room to nest or migrate.

Contrast that to the federal Endangered Species Act, which in 30 years has saved only eight of the 1,400-plus species it has attempted to protect.

Organizations like Ducks Unlimited request or even pay landowners to allow certain species of duck to nest, rest or fly on or over their property. Most of us wouldn't have much problem there.

But if an ESA-protected animal is found on your property? Not only aren't you paid or kindly asked to protect the animal, you're prohibited from using your land in any way that might harm it. In some cases, you assume responsibility for the animal's survival, including spending your own money to ward off threats and predators.



One approach offers incentives to landowners to allow some animals access to their property. The other devalues their land and renders it useless. It isn't hard to see why one method is successful and the other isn't.

So counterintuitive as it may seem, markets are perfectly compatible with respect for the environment. Treat land well, and it increases in value. Treat it poorly, and watch your investment slip away.

The mere fact that so many of us desire campgrounds, hunting grounds, and wildlife preserves means there's a market for them. Better to entrust them to the stewardship of those with a vested interest in their preservation than to a government subject to the political whims of whoever happens to be running it.

Radley Balko is a freelance writer and publishes a Weblog at TheAgitator.com.

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