I am proud to announce QNET’s newest Brand Ambassador: Martina Hingis

Every year, QI Group’s independent representatives gather to celebrate as one community in what is called the V-convention. This year, V-con was held in Dubai. During the event, me and other QNET executives decided it was the perfect platform to announce our new and exciting partnership with Martina Hingis.

The lovely tennis player will be QNET’s newest brand ambassador. V-con was also a celebration of our 17th anniversary! Held at the Hamdam Sports Arena, 10,000 folks who attended the event witnessed as the tennis superstar took to the stage as we made the big announcement.

As QNET’s Managing Director, I was honored to be there for this exciting announcement. Martina is a living example of my belief that anyone can be extraordinary if they are willing to push themselves to grow, learn, and work hard. After speaking with her in Dubai, I found the philosophies Martina uses to stay on track in training and when dealing with her team are not that far from my own business philosophies. This partnership is a perfect match.

Martina Hingis has been a five time Glad Slam winner, and is the International Tennis Hall of Fame’s Global Ambassador. While receiving her latest title from Bismark, she expressed her excitement at partnering with one of the leading global brands. QNET’s presence in over 100 countries worldwide proves that. Apart from Martina Hingis, Manchester City football club and Marussia Formula One team are our other QNET’s sponsorships in sports.

The tennis player, who will also represent QNET in India, will be wearing the our apparel, and promoting some of our great products as part of popularizing the brand during the competitions. Apart from playing at the Champions Tennis League, she will also be participating in other competitions sponsored by QNET.

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Big News: QI Group Join United Nations Initiative

The United Nations Global Compact Network is the world’s largest sustainability program for the corporate world, which has gained a major new member in the form of our multi level marketing company, the QI Group. I have been discussing the impact the program could have on both the Qi Group and the world as a whole with Yahoo Finance. At the 2015 CSR Summit in Singapore, we pledged to follow the ten principles of sustainability and human rights the United Nations program has highlighted as an important part of the future of business and global sustainability.

Respect and the rights of the individual play an important role in the UNGC Network, which looks to make sure each company pledged to the initiative will work within the programs the United Nations has created. There are other parts to the UNGC program, which include a pledge to create an environmentally sustainable future for their organizations. I believe the QI Group has already been working to secure many of the rights for labor groups and in environmental sustainability that the UNGC calls for, which include our installation of solar arrays at our company locations.

By signing up to the UNGC Network principles, we continue to move towards greater corporate transparency which is designed to reduce the levels of corruption in international business. By increasing transparency in the international business world, we are looking to create a fairer world for the present and future generations of the world.

Respect and the rights of the individual play an important role in my approach of leadership. It is my personal mission to treat each and every employee in the same respectful manner, creating a healthy corporate culture and a happy team here at Qi Group.

India’s Red Brigade Has Some Men Seeing Red!

The Red Brigade of India, a valiant group of young Indian women who have been victims of rape (something unfortunately heavily prevalent, tolerated and accepted in countries like India) are using their voices and tenacity to take a stand against harassment and violence toward women in their country. They are fearless and proudly sport their uniforms of red (symbolizing danger) and black (representing protest), boldly making their presence known.

“Power Girls,” a short documentary by Jayisha Patel, examines the strides these women are taking toward equality in India by following the courageous group. They are truly an inspiration. Here’s an entire country where women have been pushed around by their peers, the authorities, their government, and their families. They are told to stay quiet and more often than not, the victims of these barbaric attacks are shamed and blamed. Sometimes for being out after dark. Other times for what they wear.

The notion that one could ever possibly have enough gall as to blame a victim after they’ve been attacked through no fault of their own, is beyond the realm of reason to most of us….. yet, here we still are.

But these girls are quickly changing that, which means, there is a very bright light at the end of the tunnel! Upon further investigation I learned that they take self defense courses, surveil the streets and protest in areas where their members were previously attacked, often confronting abusers. When they hear of new incidents, they do what they can to offer support to victims and their families as well as protest. It is reported that one girl even punched her attacker in the face, although it wasn’t clearly stated whether or not that was during or after she was attacked and joined forces with the group. Either way, I felt proud and slightly vindicated for her.

I do not condone violence and understand that momentarily harming someone physically can never undo the atrocity that was done. But the action itself is a harbinger that injustice will no longer be tolerated. It’s not unlike many instances of someone being systematically bullied, until they completely have had enough and show their antagonizer that they are no longer willing to stand for it as they pummel them to the ground. Sometimes it takes physically standing up for oneself to make one’s message clear. I applaud them. In spirit, I stand with and fight with them. All hail The Red Brigade!!

For more insight into this story, you can check out these excellent video’s on Youtube:
The Young Turks, Ana Kasparian and Cenk Uygur report on this:

To see the full 10 minute film by AJ+:

Poet Uses Her $500K Grant To Provide Caregivers With Respite

As originally reported to the Good News Network, a gifted poet chooses to share her $500,000 grant to bring joy to others. It is inspiring to see an individual utilize their talents to bring others a sense of hope. After poet Heather McHugh was awarded the Genius Grant for her writing talent, she decided she wanted to use it in a way that would benefit others. For two years she contemplated how this award would best be put to use. During this time she watched as her godchild was diagnosed with a disability. The chid’s disability would require round the clock support. When McHugh realized the importance of caregivers, she decided that she would use her grant to offer caregivers a break and a much needed source of solace. She decided to gift caregivers with a vacation to destinations such as Napa Valley, Maine and British Columbia.

Caregivers truly are unsung heroes. Being a caregiver means making constant sacrifices to care for your disabled loved one. Some cases are so extreme that people have had to set their own careers aside to provide 24 hour care. A simple trip to the grocery store can become a rigorous outing depending on the needs of a loved one. For example, an Alzheimer’s patient can become even more disoriented when they have left the familiar surroundings of their own home. A trip to the grocery store could stimulate all kinds of triggers that could lead to a number of difficult scenarios. Most people give little thought to running an errand, reading a book without being interrupted or even taking a 30 minute walk. However, these little things that most of the population takes for granted would be considered a luxury for an over-extended caregiver.

Hughes recognized that over 40 million people serve as caregivers for their loved ones. It is quite common for a caregiver to neglect their own needs in the process. Caregivers are only human; they need respite as well. With this in mind, Hughes established her CAREGIFTED foundation that provides week long vacations to caregivers. In many instances Hughes also travels with the caregivers to offer them help and assistance. Most caregivers just want time to enjoy a book, take a walk or indulge in a hobby. Time is a precious resource for caregivers, and Hughes gives them time in which they are not burdened with providing round the clock support.

By using her Genius Grant to provide respite for overworked caregivers, Hughes is using her talents and resources to inspire others. It is refreshing to see someone use their resources to serve a wonderful cause.

Twin Panda’s Birth Show US/China Diplomacy At Its Best

How exciting! The National Zoo proudly announces two new residents. Mei Xiang, a giant panda, gave birth to twin cubs on Saturday, August 21, 2015. After only confirming on Friday, August 20, 2015 that she was pregnant, zoo keepers were thrilled when her water broke Saturday afternoon. The first cub was born at 5:35pm and the second was born at 10:07 pm. Zoo officials say both cubs are doing well.

I am so proud of the breeding program at our National Zoo. Relations with China are usually quite strained. We have such differences of opinions on a variety of issues. It is wonderful to see our nations set aside their differences to work and achieve something so remarkable. Giant pandas are beautiful animals that are endangered. With only approximately 1600 pandas alive in the wild and 300 in zoos and breeding centers, any help these animals can get for survival is crucial.

The United States’ work with China in saving the giant pandas began in 1972 with Richard Nixon and his visit to China. China loaned 2 pandas to our National Zoo, Ling Ling, a female, and Hsing Hsing, a male. More recently in 2011 China and Zoo Director, Dennis Kelly signed a new Giant Panda Cooperative Research and Breeding Agreement which extends our cooperation and commitment to conserve the species for several more years.

The program is proving to be very successful. Mei Xaing has had two cubs survive (Tai Shan male born in July 2009 and Bao Bao born in August 2013). Her births are the result of artificial insemination from pandas in China.

Americans learn a bit of customs and traditions with the birth of these cubs. The cubs are not named for 100 days, a Chinese custom. The National Zoo had a party and ceremony for the naming of Bao Bao on the panda’s 100th day.

It is great to see our nation work with China to keep these amazing animals with us. Hopefully by working together to learn how to save the pandas our relationship with China will continue to grow and prosper. Perhaps this relationship is just the beginning. Perhaps someday we can work together on other issues.

National Zoo’s twin pandas are only the 3rd set to be born at a U.S. zoo

Men That Showed Bravery In The Face Of Danger

I found it very encouraging to read the article found on yahoo news about three American men and one man from Britain that attacked a French terrorist. This all happened last Friday and the events themselves were very shocking. While on a train an armed man walked on loaded with ammunition with the intent to fire on a train full of people. The train was carrying over 500 people, and if his plan would have been carried out to fruition it would have been a massacre. This man had no idea that he had walked onto a train with soldiers that were traveling on the train as passengers.

The three men were friends, and one was even asleep. The first one of the friends tapped the other one and they immediately tackled the gunman. The president of France Nicholas Hollande gave these three men the region medal of honor. These men’s names were Spencer Stone, Alec Skarlatos, and Anthony Sadler. The British businessman was Chris Norman, and he also jumped in to help with the Americans. These three men really showed valor in the face of despair, and with their bravery they were able to spare the lives of some 500 people. President Hollande said that these men showed bravery in the face of terror, and they taught others a great lesson.

These men decided that instead of just being onlookers that were not going to get attacked and killed, they wanted to do something to prevent these men from killing so many people on the train. The men were overwhelmed by the honor that they received, and truly it felt like everything had happened to them had happened super fast. The men all stated that they hoped that something like this never happened to anyone, but if it did they encouraged anyone to take action instead of doing nothing. These four men all served as an excellent example of what can happen. Everyone does not have to be a victim, even though it is scary to be brave, the bravery that these men showed in the face of danger save many lives including their own.