Robert Ivy: The Leader To The American Institute Of Architects

Architecture is the field that has given us the foundations of the society and cities that we live in. American architecture, in particular, has seen a number of shifts all through years and is now moving towards a direction of technological development.

With thousands of architects offering their skills and expertise in the country, there is no doubt that the scope of development is enormous. Even though the field is highly developed, it still has a lot of ranges to improve. One organization that is making efforts to improve the way architects perform their work is the American Institute of Architects.

The American Institute of Architects is an organization that first came into existence in the 1800s with the intention of bringing developments in the field of architecture. One of the main reasons the organization was founded was because of a lack of regulatory authority in the industry. There were no universities that offered courses in architecture, which is why finding good architects was such a hard task. Moreover, people didn’t need a license to perform as an architect which led to its own set of problems.

The American Institute of Architects monitors the government’s moves toward the architectural industry. They make sure that all laws: federal, state, and local agree with the needs of their community and profession. They also work the government to serve the public by designing public spaces and building affordable housing. The American Institute of Architects also created an outreach program that directly helps communities ravished by natural disasters. The American Institute of Architects does is educate the public on proper modern architecture practices.

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The American Institute of Architects has come far since then and now partakes in a number of activities and programs to improve the way the people in the field work. One of the people that have majorly responsible for the developments that the organization has recently been seeing is Robert Ivy, who stands as the current Chief Executive Officer and Executive Vice President of the company. Ivy has been a member of the architectural field for several years and has contributed immensely to the experience and expertise that he possesses with regards to the field as a whole.

Ivy has worked as an architect working on the field and has also offered his services regarding being an executive to a company. He worked as an architect, providing clients his services and helping them bring their visions to life. He also worked alongside some big names and thereon gained a right amount of experience in the field with them. After spending a considerable amount of years working as an architect, he finally took up a managerial position, this time at a company that bore his name. He becomes the managing partner of Dean/Dale and Ivy, a company that stood out for the services they provided.

Ivy is also proficient in the field of architectural publications. He has worked at a number of companies like Architectural Record as an editor, helping them publish articles that readers would like to read. He is also the author of his book that he released along with the American Institute of Architects, which is a biography of the work and life of Fay Jones, the prominent and established American architect.


Supreme Court Defers Ruling on DACA

CNN recently reported that the Supreme Court has announced that it will not hear arguments from the Trump Administration to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA). President Trump previously announced that he intended to end DACA by March 5. This announcement by the Supreme Court has the effect of easing the tension in Congress, which would have had to act very quickly to find a solution to the more than 700,000 people residing in the U.S. under DACA.


Lawmakers were in a serious bind before the Supreme Court’s recent announcement to postpone hearing arguments on the end of DACA because very little progress had been made in the way of a bipartisan compromise. Both parties remain steadfast in their positions. The Trump Administration had pushed the issue by announcing March 5 as the deadline by which any DACA participants would have to renew their application to the program. The administration announced that it would no longer be accepting new applications or renewing previously filed ones after that date.


It is important to keep in mind that the Supreme Court’s announcement does not reflect a ruling on the merits of whether President Trump is allowed to end the DACA program. Rather than considering the issue substantively, the Supreme Court has left it to the lower courts to reach an opinion either way in the meantime. California federal District Judge William Alsup previously ruled that the administration could not end the program, and the administration appealed directly to the Supreme Court instead of appearing before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals first. The next step is that the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals will consider an appeal from Judge Alsup’s ruling. President Trump said that the Justice Department will continue winding down DACA in the interim in an orderly fashion.

Dr. Clay Siegall: A True American Icon

Being an icon is more than just being popular. Being an icon does require some popularity, but it’s more about making a difference or making an impact in people’s lives. This is absolutely what Dr. Clay Siegall has done over the course of 30 years. Dr. Siegall may be one of the most sough-after doctors in cancer research. He is the guy that seems to have all of the answers. Unfortunately, he does not have all of the answers, and he has never claimed to have had all of the answers. This man is an old-guard of the field, and he goes about his work in a specific fashion. Rigorous research, drug development and scientific research is the name of the game and no one else does it better.

Being the CEO for one of cancer research’s hottest organization isn’t easy. Seattle Genetics was founded in 1998. Since its birth, it has experienced its ups and its downs along the way. As of today, the company is grossing billions of dollars on an annual basis thanks to its phenomenal medications. Dr. Siegall has a strong passion for the work that he does. While in college, his father became ill with cancer. This disease ravaged his father’s body until his actual passing. “There had to be a better way,” said Siegall. Previous cancer treatments were extremely harsh on the human body, especially from chemotherapy. For the 21st century, Dr. Siegall and Seattle Genetics has ushered in a new system of treatments, and targeted-cancer therapies has been the weapon of choice in fighting this deadly disease.

Dr.Clay Siegall has provided great leadership for this organization of nearly 1,000 employees. Seattle Genetics has grown to be one of the largest employers in the Puget Sound region, and it has been visited by many high-profile individuals such as former-Vice President Joe Biden. In the end, Dr. Clay Siegall will surely go down as one of the brightest and biggest names in cancer research and that’s a guaranteed fact.

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Mueller Seeks Charges Against Rick Gates Dropped, Indicating Important Testimony

Business Insider has reported that a Virginia court has granted a request to dismiss over 20 of the criminal charges brought on Rick Gates at the request of Robert Mueller. This turn of events signals perhaps that the former deputy chairman for the Trump Presidential Campaign might have substantial information that can assist the Mueller investigation into the Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential Election. The charges were brought upon Gates last Thursday in a session alongside former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and involved a bevy of financial crimes. Gates had already pleaded guilty on Friday to conspiracy against the U.S. and lying to federal investigators.

Gates is well known in his role as a deputy to Manafort during the 2016 election. He survived Manafort’s ousting and maintained on the campaign during the Steve Bannon phase, working on the transition team and advised the White House until questions surrounding his ties to Russia forced a departure. Gates was charged in October with the crimes he recently pleaded guilty to.

The former deputy chairman’s privileged role in the campaign as well as close working relationship to Manafort makes him a high-value target for information. The scale at which the Mueller investigation has retracted charges against Gates indicates that special counsel Robert Mueller might be able to extract critical information on both the criminal conduct of Paul Manafort and the extent of which the Russian Government sought to penetrate the 2016 election. Paul Manafort himself has maintained that he is innocent of any wrongdoing while the Russian government denies any role in influencing the election.

Rick Gates would be the third person in the Mueller investigation to agree to a plea deal following campaign aide George Papadopoulus and former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. The Mueller investigation is still ongoing.

Tax Law Includes Big Change for Family Law

The U.S. Congress and President Trump just passed an overhaul of U.S. tax law. There are big changes across a variety of taxes, deductions and exemptions. The law was hotly debated, and it remains controversial.

One of the changes that impacts family law in a big way is the change in the way alimony payments are taxed. Until now, the person who paid alimony or spousal support to an ex-spouse could deduct that amount from their income. The person who received alimony had to pay taxes on the amount that they received.

The new tax law reverses that. Now, you have to pay taxes on alimony that you pay. You don’t have to pay taxes on alimony that you receive. The new rule applies throughout the United States. Each state may determine their own laws for how much alimony to pay or receive. However, taxation rules set by the federal government apply throughout the country.

Supporters of the new law say that more taxes overall will be collected by the government. They say that payers have higher tax rates, so the government will collect more net taxes. They say the changes won’t make a difference in divorce figures, because most people don’t make a decision about whether to file for divorce based on how the government taxes alimony. Opponents say that alimony payers may fight paying alimony if they know that they have to pay taxes on what they pay. They say that it’s hard enough for divorcing couples to resolve their disputes without penalizing an alimony payer with taxes.

The change makes alimony tax rules mirror child support laws. Child support recipients don’t pay taxes on the amounts they receive. Instead, the person who pays child support pays the taxes on the amounts that they pay. Now, alimony laws work the same way.

Rep Adam Schiff Defends FBI Against Accusations of Impropriety

U.S. Representative and ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee Adam Schiff has released a memo refuting claims that the FBI engaged in improper behavior in its investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 Presidential Election. The memo is in direct response to another memo written by fellow Representative Devin Nunes released early in February that claimed the FBI had secured a warrant to conduct surveillance on the Trump Campaign’s Foreign Policy Adviser Carter Page solely on the basis of the infamous Russian dossier assembled by Christopher Steele some claims of which had been unverified. Alongside releasing the new memo, Schiff went onto CNN’s State of the Union to rebut the Nunes memo.

Schiff asserted that the Steele dossier’s contents was only “part of the complete whole of the application [for a surveillance warrant] and all the parts were important” and that the unverified nature of the Steele dossier would not have excluded it as reason for a warrant. The Representative insisted that the reason a warrant would be needed in the first place “is seeking proof when you have probable cause that crime may be committed, or that someone may be acting as an agent of a foreign power.”

The debate continues over whether information had to be corroborated before a warrant could be issued. Several people, including the Commander-in-Chief have rebuked Schiff’s memo in favor of the Nunes version. Representative Nunes was the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee under public outcry forced him to step away from the Russian investigation after he shared information on the investiogation to the White House in a manner some claimed to be improper.

Both the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation and the FBI’s investigation under Special Counsel Robert Mueller into Russia’s interference in the 2016 Presidential Election is still ongoing.

Talkspace: The Place To Boost Your Mental Health

Dealing with mental health issues can be challenging. There are numerous drawbacks and a stigma associated with issues such as panic attacks, emotional frustrations, and depression among others.

It can be handy having someone to talk to and help you get through the difficult circumstances.

The good thing is that you are assured of getting fully qualified and licensed therapists. You can quickly counter-check their credentials through an online search.

The team at Talkspace is responsive. Even though the app is mainly chat-based, they respond quickly and personally identify with your issues. The shift from the traditional setup is redefining the experience.

Without the luxury of a face-to-face where you can read body language, you are forced to be expressive. Luckily, most people do not have an issue articulating their feelings on chat.

Some people may benefit from a traditional one-on-one with the therapist. However, there numerous advantages of chatting up with an online therapist who relates to your issues.

It alleviates the discomfort associated with visiting a traditional therapist for a session. In addition, it is discreet, secure, and safe. Talkspace has a strong focus on personalized services.

It gives you the flexibility of getting in touch with your therapist anytime, anywhere. The therapists are committed to working with you and check in with you at least twice daily as a standard.

Talkspace is an excellent option for those seeking therapy in a convenient and flexible environment. It is a cost-effective method to get relief anytime, anywhere.

Talk Fusion the Future of Business

Despite coming onto the scene in 2007, Talk Fusion has continued to stick to it’s goal of helping businesses stay ahead of any competition all while increasing sales and profits. The way they have been able to do so is by allowing companies to make their marketing more engaging by allowing them to market using video. It has become so popular that it is now available in over 140 countries worldwide. It’s most recent addition is an app that allows video chat, once again being innovative and staying ahead of the game.


The Fusion on the Go app is already full of great features that allow businesses to stay ahead of competition in the ever changing world of business. It is available on both Google Play and iTunes. This means you are able to download it on Apple devices such as iPads and iPhones as well as Android devices. After download you will have access to an app that makes it easy to connect with your contacts. This app will allow you to send video email to your clients, this feature makes your company stand out as a company that not only is but will continue to stay ahead of other businesses.


The major advantage of being able to send video based emails is you are able to personalize messages for your customers, team members or even vendors. This will help draw more attention to your company and allow you to stand out which in turn allows for more business, which in turn will help your business grow to new heights.


The interface is so cutting edge that from one portal you can create your video email, brand your company’s graphics onto the video choosing between a large number of pre-made templates. After creating this video email you then have the option of sending this email to one individual or thousands with the same ease.


Recently this app has undergone a few modifications. It now offers picture messaging along with the ability to set up chat rooms based on the desired country. You also have the ability to chat with many friends simultaneously as well as being to able to see which friends are currently online. This is all offered with unlimited messaging as well as the ability to archive conversations. All this is offered free of advertisements as well.

Another great thing about this app is how user-friendly the setup and use are. This allows you to begin using it without a lengthy learning curve. This app is here to be a powerful tool for your business without being impossible to use. It is truly the app for the business of the future but available today.m Learn more:

Justices Question Lawyers In Case That Could Dramatically Affect Public Sector Unions

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard argument relating to an important case that could determine whether public sector unions can collect involuntary fees from nonmembers. Based on the questions the justices asked, experts believe that the outcome of the case could be determined by the newest member of the court, Neil Gorsuch, who did not ask any questions during the proceedings.

Arguments lasted about an hour, and the questions that came from the court’s conservative wing seem to suggest that they were sympathetic with the arguments made by anti-union groups. They argued that forcing nonmembers to pay fees to the unions — to cover costs related to negotiating collective bargaining agreements with local and state governments — was tantamount to restricting the freedom of speech of those nonmembers. Conversely, justices who represent the liberal wing of the court asked questions that suggest that they were supportive of continuing the fees.

At issue was whether negotiating collective bargaining agreements was a political activity. The conservative justices seem to think that it is, while the unions and their liberal supporters on the court insist that negotiating the contracts is separate from their political activities.

Outside the court, protesters on both side of the issued attempted to get their voice heard on the issue. Those supporting union rights held signs that insisted that the country needed good union jobs, while their counterparts held signs that stated that they were standing with Mark. The latter refers to Mark Janus, who is a an Illinois state worker and the plaintiff in the case.

Currently, more than 20 states require around 5,000,000 workers to pay these fees, which are called “agency fees.” If these fees were disallowed, it would be a major setback to unions, and could affect what can spend in political races. Commonly, unions support Democratic candidates over Republicans.

CFO Michael Burwell: A Perfect Fit for Willis Towers Watson

Occasionally when leadership roles within a company change hands, there is a question of whether the same level of competency and skill will be maintained. In the best cases, that question does not need to be asked due to the pedigree of the newcomer’s professional experience. Such is the case with Michael Burwell. Often good-naturedly called “Mike,” Burwell is a recent addition to the Willis Towers Watson team and serves as their new Chief Financial Officer. His past experience reveals a promising direction for Willis Towers Watson, an established name in the field of insurance and reinsurance broking.


Burwell previously served in the employment of Pricewaterhouse Coopers, where he remained for over three decades and made partner. Educated at the University of Michigan, he led the Detroit branch of the company to unprecedented success. This enabled Burwell to later acquire the title of Chief Financial Officer, then Chief Operating Officer and finally a position as chairman helping to steer the global aspects of Pricewaterhouse Coopers in new and innovative directions. Although change is a necessary part of business and Burwell eventually moved on to his present position at Willis Towers Watson, it’s clear that Michael Burwell was a valuable asset to his former company.


What does this level of experience mean for Willis Towers Watson? A bright future, according to Chief Executive Officer John Haley; in a statement, the executive commented that Burwell’s acumen will result in “allowing us to achieve our full potential.” Burwell responded that he considers it an honor to join the company, citing the group’s strong culture that encourages growth and inclusion. He also noted that he had been “impressed” by Willis Towers Watson’s dedication to clients.


Burwell replaces former Chief Financial Officer Roger Millay, who announced his retirement in late 2017 after years of much-appreciated leadership. Just as Willis Towers Watson provides services relating to insurance consulting and risk management to a multitude of businesses, it’s only fitting that the company would continue to make appropriate choices that ensure their success, both economically and structurally. Michael “Mike” Burwell is sure to maintain Willis Towers Watson’s commitment to these goals.


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