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How Many EB-5 Regional Centers Have Approved I-829’s?



Every EB-5 investor is looking for a safe project to invest in. Very often we are asked if there are Regional Centers that already have I-829s approved. It is not surprising why investors pay so much attention to this fact since the approval of their I-829 application will eventually grant them with the permanent green card and if this application is denied, not only will they not receive their permanent green card but they will not receive their investment of US $500,000 back.

Various EB-5 Regional Centers, when marketing their projects claim that they either already have I-829 approvals, or they have 100% success rate of I-526 approvals, or hundreds of EB-5 visa applications filed through their projects were approved already. However, there is no real statistics gathered. According to some sources currently there are only half a dozen that have approved I-829s, which is much less than the amount claiming to have achieved this goal.

Moreover, even if we consider that those claims are true, they should not be the primary consideration for the EB-5 investor looking for their EB-5 visa application to be approved.

No doubt, it is good to know that the Regional Center has met the EB-5 visa requirements and already has a number of I-829’s approved. That means that it has been operating for more than three years and has proven job creation in the past.

However, the EB-5 investor should not base his/her decision strictly on the past achievements of an EB-5 Regional Center. There are many other vital due diligence issues to consider.

First of all, it is important for the investor to understand that the EB-5 Regional Center and the EB-5 Project are two independent entities. Therefore, the success of one EB-5 project related to a specific Regional Center may not represent the same success for the other EB-5 Projects, so it is not guaranteed that the next EB-5 projects will be as successful.

It is more important to concentrate on the present and the future plans of the EB-5 Regional Center and the different projects being promoted. For example, in order to have an EB-5 conditional green card approved and have the conditions removed after 2 years, the investor should analyze the Project’s documentation and see if it is able to create the amount of jobs necessary according to the requirements for the EB-5 visa prior to making a final investment decision.

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Global Warming in Rural Communities – What Does Climate Change Mean To Rural America?




The Three-Stage Cause and Effects of Rural Climate Change

Although a layperson might define global warming as the consequences of man-inflamed changes in global climate, the definition would be slightly off base. It’s accurate, but not quiet complete. Here is how the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) defines climate change:

  1. Either directly or indirectly, human activities alter the composition of the global atmosphere
  2. The changes aggravated by human activities increase the natural variances in climate shifts
  3. The difference between human provoked changes and the natural shifts in climate can be measured and applied to a comparable time frame.

The distinction between the two definitions revolves around the word “measurable.” Although the IPCC definition focuses directly to human activities, it also makes allowances for the human activities within each segment of society. Thus the causes, effects and solutions also differ by location, activities and access to available technology. For rural U.S. communities, the effects of climate change impacts three primary components of life.

  1. The economics and the populations of the rural region
  2. The changes to rural prosperity and rural methods of earning a livelihood as a result of ongoing policies and legislation for mitigation and adaptation
  3. AND the effects of mitigation and adaptation on the management of rural landscapes.

The rural economy strives on the natural environment. From agricultural land to watersheds and from fisheries to rangelands, rural communities stand as stewards for the nation. The effects of rural climate change are both positive and negative. Increased levels of carbon dioxide promote quicker and stronger plant growth. However, changes in the atmospheric patterns of precipitation promote water-related complications including droughts, floods, and an increased risk of extreme storms in all areas.

Rural climate change also increases the risks assumed by climate-vulnerable individuals. From seniors to children and from the poor to the destitute, many rural individuals and groups fall into a unique danger zone defined as the “climate gap,” a concept that is primarily associated with the less physically adaptable or less economically adaptable members of U.S. rural society. Reports from various economic studies indicate that climate change may seriously reduce job opportunities in the agriculture sector of U.S. employment. Furthermore, the current and future “climate crisis” solutions will likely increase the costs related to rural farming and food production. Thus those members of society who fall into the “climate gap” may be forced to struggle even harder for both food and survival.

For many senior citizens and many of the people who are too poor to afford adequate health care, home air conditioning, and other protection from extreme weather, the “climate gap” will continue to widen both in inner city communities and in rural communities. Yet according to the Ford Foundation, many of the current climate change policies are flawed and actually increase the vulnerability of people in rural communities. U.S. policy makers must keep a close eye on closing the gaps. Research, networking among organizations, and communications help level the playing field, but this aspect of the cause and effect of global warming is far from secure.

What Does Global Warming and Climate Change Mean To Rural America?

Rural communities are responsible for a significant measure of climate change. For example: Rural agricultural emissions kick out up to six-percent of the U.S. annual GGE disturbances. A lack of public transportation in rural areas amplifies the problem, and even those rural residents with personal transportation typically travel longer distances than their urban neighbors.

Furthermore, the effects of greenhouse gas mitigation in rural areas is regional uneven. Big competitors in the food market produce the greater potential for generating greenhouse gases. Regions such as the Rockies and the Southwest are least responsible for greenhouse gases. Yet each group falls under certain aspects of the national mitigation and adaptation policies and strategies.

The process of global warming management and control requires an overall integrated approach that includes:

  • Policy tools
  • Application of renewable energy resources
  • Investment in on-going climate change research
  • Renewed attention to energy conservation
  • Better management of forests, rangelands and wetlands
  • Advanced methods for preventing complications associated with fire and erosion
  • New agricultural practices dedicated to reduced emissions, changes in livestock feed products, better farming practices and better control of rotational grazing.

Every local and state region has crafted some measures for managing man-evoked changes in the Earth’s climate. The IPCC presented the results of studies and projections. More policies and rules are yet to come. Understanding how climate change, global warming and all the upcoming rules and regulations will affect rural America is still a question in the making. Meantime, rural America is already mixed up in the struggles.


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What To Do When a Death of a Loved One Occurs




Whether anticipated or not, the death of a loved one is a jolting and emotional experience for families and loved ones. The actual time of death can be an overwhelming experience for most people, making it a challenge to organize thoughts and figure out which steps to take directly following such news. Since this is a situation that not many of us experience often in our lives, it is normal for you to not have any knowledge on what to do if it were to ever occur in your family. Continue reading to learn what you should do at the time of death of a loved one.

The Actual Time of Death

The steps you take at the time of death of your loved one will depend on several factors, including when and where the death occurs, the circumstances of the passing, and much more. Here is a basic guide to follow if it happens to you and your family:

Immediately upon receiving news that your loved one has passed, your first step is to notify the proper authorities. This depends on where the death occurs. If the death occurs in the hospital or in hospice care, you will likely be informed by them, so this step would be moot. The staff or burse will discuss procedures for contacting a funeral director, including whether they or the family are responsible for doing so.

A Death at Home

If an anticipated death occurs at home, it is generally considered a home care or hospice case, which should be treated the same as a death that takes place in a hospital. However, if a sudden, unanticipated death occurs at home, the proper step to take is to call 911 and go through the proper emergency procedures. When the medical personnel arrives, they will use their professional judgement to decide the best course of action to take from there. They will even work with the funeral home to coordinate transfers.

Funeral Home

After you have communicated with either hospital staff or emergency medical personnel, it is necessary to contact a trusted or arranged funeral home. In order to make the process easier, be prepared to answer some important questions asked by the funeral director. This will help ease and expedite the transfer, receipt, and care of the deceased. Questions may regard the number of steps in the home to the deceased, whether or not family is waiting or wants to be involved in the removal, and more.

Notifications and Arrangements

Once the deceased is in the care of a funeral home, you can begin the process of notifying friends, family, coworkers, employers, place of residence, schools, churches, and more. At this time, you can also begin to make arrangements for your loved one’s home and personal life (car, bank, mail, refrigerator, pets, possessions, etc.).

Once everyone is notified and arrangements are made for their possessions, you can begin to organize their funeral, memorial, wake, and/or cremation. Your funeral directors will guide you through the entire process, start to finish.

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Too Much Fish Oil – How Much is Too Much?




Fish oil is proven to reduce your risk of heart attack, help you focus and concentrate and it’s great for your skin. But too much fish oil can be a problem.

It is a blood thinner. So, if you’re taking anti-coagulant medication it may affect you. Fish oil is also not recommended for people with low blood pressure. Since it can lower your blood pressure, it’s great for those with high blood pressure, but be aware if yours tends to be low.

There is also some possibility that in extreme cases it can also lower your body’s immune system. (Such as with HIV patients) or the elderly. Regular blood tests will show if you’re being affected in a negative way.

For most people, taking what nutritional experts deem appropriate -1-2 mg a day of fish oil you’re more likely to experience the benefits of reduced inflammation, a healthy heart and improved memory.

Some people complain of other, more minor, side effects-a “fishy aftertaste” or burping.

Mostly, though, people need the healthy omega 3 nutrients that are in fish. For most Westerners, the risk is greater in not getting these essential nutrients.

After all, a Harvard University study shows you could be at a greater risk of a premature death if you don’t get them. Their study linked a deficiency in these nutrients to the early deaths of between 63,000 and 97,000 Americans a year.

How is this possible? It’s all linked to our diets. See, 100 years ago, we ate differently. We didn’t eat anything that came in a package and now, packaged food comprises much or most of our diets.

You can eat fish for more omega 3’s or take fish oil supplements. The choice is yours.

It’s always a good idea to talk with your doctor before adding new supplements or medications.

A typical dose of fish oil is 1-2 pills a day. That gives you the recommended 1000-2000 mg.

If you’re interested in learning more about the risks of not enough fish oil, please visit my website, where I share what products I have personally been using daily for several years.

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