Alex Pall Talks About Personalizing The Chainsmokers Music

One of the main things that Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart of The Chainsmokers want to do is personalize their music. They want their voices to be what is heard through their music rather than just a professional songwriter. For this reason, they are deeply involved in penning their own lyrics or at a minimum taking a guiding hand over it. Each album and song release thus reveals a little more about them to their fans.

As a musical duo, Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart both bring something to The Chainsmokers. Alex Pall handles the DJ side of the duo while Andrew Taggart does the production. Once they met, through their mutual manager, they started talking to one another about their individual musical influences, which were closely aligned, as well as how ambitious each of them was and what they were willing to do to accomplish their dreams. Alex Pall says that they both watched other acts across New York City and could perceive what was working out for others and what should be avoided. They used this experience to shape their own identity.

It was more than just personalizing their music and having an active hand in the lyrics to their songs, Alex Pall says. One of the big issues is that they wanted to do an album rather than just singles as did their record label and their fans want this of them. The problem with using professional songwriters is that if they had gone that route then they would have 10 or 12 songs on an album that really didn’t share anything. The instead wanted to put out cohesive albums that collectively made sense.

Alex Pall also says that he really enjoyed working with Halsey on the song “Closer”. He has said that he thinks she is a really cool artist who brings something really different to the table. He says she was also a joy to work with because she was really cool and into the song, they created together. He has also said that she doesn’t compromise and just is who she is which is exactly the type of artist they want to collaborate with.

Dr. Mark McKenna Mixes Business And Medicine For Tremendous Success

Dr. Mark McKenna is a celebrated medical practitioner these days thanks to the many achievements and successes he’s built for himself today. Mark is licensed to practice surgery and medicine and has built a valuable reputation in the community by making showing his clients that their needs come first. Dr. Mark McKenna graduated from the Medical School Tulane Unversity, where he earned his degrees and developed a strong background in medicine. Right after his graduation he quickly began gaining hands-on experience in surgery by working with his father in the family business. This built the foundation of Mark’s skills and success in the future. Once Mark gained sufficient experience, he decided he wanted to start up his own company rather than looking for his own practice, which he founded as Mckenna Venture Investments.

This first startup company for Mark turned out the be quite successful, and that’s when Mark knew that this was just the start. Dr. Mark McKenna had a hidden entrepreneurial talent within him, and he wanted to make use of it. Unfortunately for Mark and the New Orleans community, hurricane Katrina struck the area and caused catastrophic damage. This included millions of dollars in assets for Mark, which was quite the setback. Mark’s determination was strong, however, and he quickly began helping his community and rebuilding his assets.

Once Mark finished aiding the community, he decided to move to Atlanta, Georgia and settle down. Once he found his feet, Mark started up the company known as ShapeMed, which was an aesthetic wellness company that focused on non-surgical treatments. Finding quick success in the market, ShapeMed was doing very well until 2014, when Life Time Fitness noticed Mark’s company and offered to buy it. Dr. Mark McKenna was more than enthusiastic about selling the company for a bundle and starting up his latest idea, OVME. This company delivery products and treatments to peoples homes for a more personalized and comfortable experience. OVME operates in Atlanta and Nashville and will continue to expand in the near future starting with New York.

Iowa is Home to the Mid-Winter Tournament of The Special Olympics

The Mid-Winter Tournament of the Special Olympics is one of the biggest events in Iowa City and the mid-west. Athletes from across the region converge to showcase their skills. 2018 is the 50th year of the USA’s Special Olympics. The Mid-Winter Tournament took place on March 9-10 at the Iowa City West High School and the University of Iowa Field House. For its 27th year running, the tournament received over 1,000 athletes for a range of events from basketball to powerlifting.


Variety of Skills

The annual Mid-Winter Tournament presents opportunities for athletes to take part in different areas that display diverse talents. There is the basketball competition, which can be played as a team, a half-court 3-on-3 competition, or a showcase of basketball skills. The cheerleading event involves cheer and dance. For the artistic gymnastics competition, female events are the vault, balance beam, and uneven bars. Males can compete in horizontal bars, parallel bars, rings, vault, floor exercises, and pommel horse. There is the rhythmic gymnastics for both male and female athletes, which include ribbon, ball, and hoop vests. The powerlifting section of the tournament consists of bench-pressing, deadlift, and a combination event of the two.


Community Sponsorship

Iowa’s Mid-Winter Tournament of the Special Olympics is made possible by volunteers from the region. Companies in Iowa and across the Mid-West use the opportunity to fulfill their corporate social responsibility by sending some of their employees to volunteer. The event is supported by unified sponsors who partner to give athletes a platform to advance their achievements while showcasing what they can do. Individuals can also provide monetary support through donations. Participants benefit from the Healthy Athletes screening, which is part of the competition. Doctors and specialists conduct examinations for hearing, dental, fitness, and general health. Admission to the public for this event is free, which gives communities a chance to support their own.


Sprint Announces Sizable Layoffs

After a few years of relatively stable operations, the Sprint Corporation announced on Thursday that the telecommunications giant will be laying off 500 employees from its Overland Park, Kansas corporate headquarters. The cuts come as part of a continual push to cut operating costs across all of its locations. Currently, there are over 6,000 people employed at Sprint headquarters. This announcement marks the first time since April 2016 that employees were let go. Sprint management is still in the process of determining what jobs will be eliminated as part of this latest round of layoffs.

Not all of the news is grim. Although there will be a sizable amount of workers affected by this reduction, Sprint maintains that overall job growth across all business sectors will remain strong as the company forges ahead with its expansion plans. The company plans to open more than 600 retail and customer support stores across the country this year. Its pre-paid affiliate Boost Mobile plans to open an additional 850 storefronts in an effort to expand its reach and grow its market share.

Earlier this year, Sprint had been engaged in merger talks with competitor T-Mobile. However, Sprint’s Tokoyo-based parent company SoftBank Group Corp. killed those negotiations, causing Sprint to lose out on substantial operating cost savings. Now that the merger negotiations have been put to rest, Sprint plans to invest capital to improve its wireless network. Company CEO Marcelo Claure expects the network boost to lead to additional employment opportunities.

Although Sprint is still one of the biggest employers in the Kansas City metro area, its overall employment numbers are down substantially since its high of over 22,000 local employees at its peak.

Only Supermarket In Cudahy Closes

In Cudahy, there is only one grocery store. A Pick ‘n Save stands on Packard Avenue, employing 75 employees. Unfortunately, it is scheduled to close down later this month, resulting in a situation where there will no longer be any grocery stores in Cudahy.

The owner of the store, Kroger, did not give any prior notification to the decision of closing the store down. According to the mayor, John Hohenfeldt, once the store closes down Cudahy will be the only place in Milwaukee County that does not have a store for groceries.

The store is going out of business, despite efforts to do better. There will be a going-out-of-business sale, starting Thursday.

Pick ‘n Save employees have been offered jobs in other franchise locations in places such as Oak Creek, St. Francis and South Milwaukee.

Hohenfeldt stated that the local government will try to work with the owners of Cudahy’s Pick ‘n Save location to attract other grocery stores to the location.

For those who do not know about Cudahy, it is located in Milwaukee County and, as of the 2010 Census, has a population of 18,267. It is located in the southeastern part of Wisconsin, bordering Lake Michigan. Cudahy consists of 4.76 miles of land. Racially, the city is 88.8% white, 1.4% Asian, 0.9% Native American, 2.7% African American, 9.7% of Latino from any race, 2.7% mixed race and 3.6% from other races not mentioned. Only one school district, Cudahy School District, serves the community. Apparently, only one grocery store–Pick ‘n Save, serves the community, too!

Hopefully, this won’t be too much of an inconvenience for the residents of Cudahy. Fortunately, Cudahy is in a relatively well populated area with walkable streets and neighborhoods that are very close to each other.

Instantly Ageless underlines transformative nature of Jeunesse Global products

When Randy Ray and Wendy Lewis decided to take the leap and retire for good in 2009, the couple believed that they had already completed all of the things they wanted to do in life. But the restlessness and boredom of the idle, purposeless hours of retirement began setting in. The couple realized that the permanent vacation they had looked forward to lost its appeal once it was no longer a relief from a busy schedule but instead a languid string of empty days on the calendar. Ray and Lewis began longing for the action of the business world.

The couple started selling a few products out of their Florida home. The business steadily grew, and, soon, the couple was spending 50 hours or more per week. They named their new firm Jeunesse Global as a reflection of their mission to create top-quality youth-enhancing products for people across the globe. As they started bringing more distributors on board, the company’s growth began to explode.

It is true that the company has built a network of great distributors. But without transformative products, those distributors wouldn’t be able to retain customers and continually grow sales. At its core, Jeunesse Global’s success is all about the company’s ability to create some of the most cutting-edge health and beauty products that the market has seen in decades.

One example is the company’s facial micro-crème known as Instantly Ageless. The crème is designed to help eliminate wrinkles, restore the skin’s natural elasticity and cleanse pores. The micro-crème is able to get deep into every pore and follicle, providing a deep cleansing that keeps skin looking its absolute best.

Instantly Ageless is designed for busy professionals and full-time mothers who require professional-level skincare but who don’t have hours each day to fuss with beauty regimens. In just a single daily application, Instantly Ageless is able to provide youth-enhancement, skin protection and a long-term protection against the formation of new wrinkles and other age-related damage.

Instantly Ageless is available exclusively through authorized Jeunesse Global distributors. For more information on how to get this and other great Jeunesse products, please visit their website.

Wisconsin’s First Hemp Expo Makes People Hopeful

Recently, the first-ever Hemp Expo in Wisconsin was held. Hundreds of people flocked to the expo to learn about the kinds of business opportunities that they could reap from hemp.

Hemp is a strain of cannabis that does not have any THC in it. A person can smoke as much hemp as he or she likes, but he or she will not get high. Hemp consumption will not make a person fail a drug test. It is a very versatile, therapeutic plant that can be used in many applications.

The legalization of hemp in Wisconsin has happened very, very recently. There have been efforts to make medical marijuana legal in the state, though those efforts failed. People at the Hemp Expo hope that this will set in motion the further legalization of THC-containing cannabis plants.

Supporters of THC-containing cannabis argue that it is relatively much harmless than any so-called “drug,” if at all. Also, the usage of cannabis can prevent overdoses from happening. This is a good point, considering how rampant opiate/opioid addiction is.

Some of the people at the expo ran businesses relating to hemp. Rachel Cartwright, a woman who works at a business called CBD Therapeutics of Wisconsin, appeared at the event. She produces therapeutic gummies and oils from hemp.

Jim Naumann, a cannabis activist who fought for the legalization of hemp, believes that hemp and marijuana are the future. These plants are not the evil, horrible things that anti-marijuana propaganda from the middle-20th century portrayed; they are harmless plants that are capable of producing lots of jobs and revenue.

Naumann is correct to hold this view because in a study in 2015, it was found that $2 billion and $18,000 new jobs were generated by the cannabis industry in Colorado.

In 2016, voters in Wisconsin were polled on the issue of marijuana by the Marquette Law Poll. It was found that 59% of voters felt that marijuana should be fully legalized and regulated, like alcoholic beverages.

Midwest Communities Worry About Effects of New Tariffs

This week, President Donald Trump announced that the United States would impose tariffs on steel and aluminum being imported into the United States. There would be a 25 percent tariff on steel, and there would be a 10 percent tariff on aluminum. Two countries would be exempted from the tariffs for the time being. Canada and Mexico are exempt, and there is an expectation that Australia will be exempted shortly.

Midwest communities are bracing for possible retaliation by nations that will be affected by the new tariffs. Farmers and farm communities are worried that the shaky farm economy will be hit hard if nations that import many farm products from the United States enact retaliatory tariffs on agricultural products.

Farmers produce an abundance of agricultural crops that are purchased overseas. Farm products are a surplus trade product. The United States sells for more agricultural products than it imports.

The tariffs on steel and aluminium will affect China. China purchases over $14 billion in agricultural products from the United States. China buys almost all of its sorghum from the United States.

If a nation such as China decided to retaliate against the tariffs, they could decide to purchase sorghum, or other crops, from a different source. This would be a devastating blow to the Midwest.

The Midwest, especially farm communities, voted in large margins for President Trump. Right now, it seems like many in these communities are still supporting the president. The hope of many in farm communities is that the president will recognize if the tariffs are hurting rural communities, and he will then adjust his policies if the need should arise. If farmers and Midwest communities should suffer from retaliation against the tariffs, Republicans may suffer the consequences during the mid-term elections in November.

North Dakota Has The Highest Quality of Life Out Of All of The States

According to U.S. News & World Report’s Best States ranking, North Dakota is the best place to live. It has been rated as the place with the highest quality of life, out of all 50 states. On a list from 1 to 50, it has been rated number one.

This ranking has been based on considerations about the natural and social environments of each state. Things considered about the natural environment include air quality, water quality, pollution and the existence of industrial toxins. When it comes to social environments, aspects that were considered included social support, voter participation and community involvement.

With its vast, beautiful, open spaces and its smaller, more engaged communities; it is not a surprise that North Dakota has been ranked the best-quality state to live in.

The five states with the highest quality of life, in order from highest to lowest, were North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, New Hampshire and South Dakota. The five states with the lowest quality of life, in order from lowest to highest, were California, New Jersey, Indiana, Illinois and Texas.

These rankings are not really surprising when one thinks about the current state of the world. There are different regional cultures in the United States, and this may be attributed to various circumstances that contribute to or take away from quality of life. There are various problems that plague some places more or less than others. For example, homeless people live everywhere, though 25% of the homeless people in America live in California. Another factor may be the opiate/opioid crisis, which is killing off large amounts of people in some states and bringing down life expectancies.

The rankings were based upon the the study of various records and statistics.

Free Oil and Gas Industry Training At Stark State College

In North Canton, Ohio, Stark State College is offering a program to people who are interested in pursuing careers in the gas and oil industry. The program is free, and it will last 10 weeks during the summertime.

The course is scheduled to run from June 4th to August 9th. It will run Monday to Friday, from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Students will be given free room and board at the resident halls in Mahone College. There are only 24 spaces in the program.

Upon completion of the program, students will earn 14 credits that can be put toward an associate’s degree in measurement and mechatronics. To pursue the associate’s degree, students can go to Hocking College, Eastern Gateway Community College, Stark State or Belmont College. These colleges are partners in the free program.

Students will attend five technical classes that will cover topics such as pipeline operations, process controls, gas measurement, corrosion prevention, gas utility installation, wellhead production operations, data acquisition and supervisory control. Students will be brought on field trips to Stark State’s well-site training, which is 7,000 square feet.

Some people may wonder how the students’ education will be funded. The Ohio Department of Higher Education and Chevron is funding ShaleNET Share scholarships that will pay the tuitions and fees of students.

For more information about this opportunity, people who are interested can call Jean Barbato, the case manager, at 330-494-6170 ext. 5194. Jean Barbato can also be contacted via People who are curious about the program can also go onto the college’s website,

In a day and age where people are forced to go into severe amounts of debt for a college education, this is not a bad deal. It is a shame that there are only 24 spaces in the program.