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MELINDA GATES: We're getting closer to wiping several deadly diseases off the face of the earth, but we could easily blow it

In 2000 Melinda and Bill Gates launched the Gates Foundation. Since then, they've spent a chunk of their fortune tackling some of the world's biggest problems. More than $45 billion has been poured into their organization. One of those problems is that millions of children under age 5 are dying from preventable health issues and diseases. This is particularly true in impoverished areas of sub-Saharan Africa. Thanks in part to big global health initiatives, the number of deaths has gone down sig...
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Bill and Melinda Gates say they've found something better at curbing immigration than a wall

According to the Gates Foundation, fewer babies and toddlers are dying than ever before: the global mortality rate for children under five has declined by more than 50% since 1990. This is mostly because of better public-health initiatives: more vaccines, polio eradication efforts, and better maternal and child healthcare. But the Gates' are worried that as rich countries turn "inward," they'll stop funding some life-saving health campaigns around the world, making the globe less peaceful and ...
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Bill Gates says investing in 4 simple plans has saved millions of lives and provided a better return on investment than the stock market

Bill and Melinda Gates are making a hard push for rich countries to re-invest in four key public health programs that fund inexpensive vaccines, malaria bed nets, diarrhea medicines, and healthcare for mothers and babies around the world. The couple's worried that countries like the US and UK might be "distracted" by other domestic issues right now, and that'll lead to more deaths and unrest. They argue that every $1 they put into the global health funds over the past 18 years has seen a $20 r...
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Bill Gates is worth $95 billion and he plans to give most of it away — here's how he spends his money now, from a luxury car collection to incredible real estate

Bill Gates, the world's second-richest person, has an estimated net worth of $94.8 billion, according to Forbes. While he indulges in a few luxuries, they make up only a fraction of his fortune. He mainly spends his billions on charity through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and plans to give away most of his fortune. Bill Gates, the cofounder of Microsoft, is the world's second-richest person, sitting on an estimated net worth of about $95 billion, according to Forbes. It's hard to im...
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Bill Gates, Book Critic, Names His Top 5 Books of 2018

Before we get too far into 2019, let's quickly recap the five books that made it to the top of Bill Gates' reading list in 2018. Over on his blog, Gates Notes, the Microsoft co-founder offers up these picks. He writes: Educated, by Tara Westover. Tara never went to school or visited a doctor until she left home at 17. I never thought I’d relate to a story about growing up in a Mormon survivalist household, but she’s such a good writer that she got me to reflect on my own life while readi...
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Is LexBlog making the blogging dream come true?

At the end of each year Bill Gates takes stock of his life and his work. This year, Gates shared his thoughts with us on his blog, Gates Notes. Every Christmas when I was a kid, my parents would send out a card with an update on what the family was up to. Dad’s law firm is growing, Mom’s volunteer work is going strong, the girls are doing well in school, Bill is a handful. Some people think it is corny, but I like the tradition. These days, at the end of each year, I still enjoy taking s...
Tags: Microsoft, Law, Bill Gates, Paul Allen, Warren Buffett, Bill, Gates, Dad, Lexblog, Melinda, Steve Balmer


A La Carte (December 4)

Today’s Kindle deals include a pretty good selection. December has gotten off to a great start! Logos users will want to check out the 12 Deals of Christmas. Be sure to consider the Pillar, NIGTC, and BST commentary sets at those discounts. (Yesterday on the blog: Mind Your Christmas Imperatives) John Chau Aced Missionary Boot Camp. Reality Proved a Harsher Test The evaluations of John Chau continue to pour in, including this long read from the New York Times. (Slate also got...
Tags: Blogging, A La Carte, Melinda, Solomon, BST, Jared Wilson, New York Times Slate, Melinda Penner, John Chau


Bill Gates once thought meditation was a 'woo-woo thing.' Now he meditates up to 3 times per week.

In a , Bill Gates said he and his wife, Melinda, enjoy meditating together. Gates was inspired to meditate after reading the work of Andy Puddicombe, the co-founder of the popular meditation app Headspace. While Gates once dismissed the practice, he now sees it as an important tool for improving his focus. Bill Gates once gave up all TV and music in an attempt to improve his focus. Now he meditates instead. In a recent blog post discussing his favorite books of the year, Gates said that ...
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Erik Karlsson Unsure If Ottawa Game Will Give ‘Closure’ on Senators Years

OTTAWA — The drama that is the NHL’s Ottawa Senators will add another chapter when Erik Karlsson makes his anticipated return to Canadian Tire Centre. Karlsson, the former face of the Senators franchise, was dealt to the San Jose Sharks just before training camps opened this season, capping what had been a messy period between the team and the all-star defenceman. The Sharks are in Ottawa for a game Saturday night. “I don’t really know what to expect to be honest with you,” Karlsson said Friday....
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Erik Karlsson on Return to Ottawa: ‘It’s going to be different and weird’

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Erik Karlsson tells a small group of reporters waiting near his locker that the only topic they really want to discuss — his impending return to Ottawa as a member of the San Jose Sharks later this week — is off limits. “When I go up there, I’ll talk about it,” the former Senators defenceman says politely. “I won’t talk about it now.” But pressed gently about what will no doubt be a raucous welcome Saturday afternoon in the nation’s capital, Karlsson briefly opens up. “Going back...
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Sheep Without Shepherds

For ordinary Catholics, the failures of their leaders have created a two-decade test of faith.
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Comment on even more perfect apple pie by Melinda

Followed the recipe, no problems with the crust or apples. Beautiful pie, but we thought the spices overpowered the apples. We have a heritage orchard and choose our favorite flavorful apples and were only slightly disappointed. I’ll definitely make again, but hold back on the nutmeg and ginger.
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Digital Transformation Journey: An Infinite Loop

Last week I had the opportunity to both attend and participate at the Chief Digital Officer Forum in New York. If I had one macro take away from the conversations and topics covered—it was that a Digital Transformation Journey is an infinite loop. There is no destination. There is no summit to be reached. The more things change the more they look the same—and while this sounds simplistic in nature, it's actually the opposite because Digital Ecosystems have only become more complex over time and ...
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End of our tour in Dubrovnik

Well the weather was not good today I guess it was bound to happen sometime but I was devo that it happened on the day we were going to go to the Elaphite Islands. We all met in the lobby at 9 as previously instructed where Melinda advised the Captain of
Tags: Travel, Dubrovnik, Melinda, Elaphite Islands


Krka National Park and Bibich winery

We were on the bus at 9 this morning for the one hour drive to Krka National Park. It was a lovely drive where we got to see a bit more if the Croatian countryside while Melinda told us lots of information about the country. When we arrived in the Nationa
Tags: Travel, Melinda, Krka National Park


Inside the marriage of Bill and Melinda Gates, who met at work, live in a $124 million home, and will leave their children only a small fraction of their $98.1 billion fortune

Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft, married Melinda French in 1994. They met at Microsoft when Melinda was brought on a product manager. She initially turned down Bill's request for a date at a company picnic. Today, they run the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which has an endowment of $40.3 billion. Melinda French was less than impressed when her boss asked her out on a date. It was 1987, and the recent Duke graduate had just joined Microsoft as a product manager. CEO Bill Gates approach...
Tags: Microsoft, America, Trends, Bill Gates, Bill, Duke, Melinda Gates, Jeff, Bill Melinda Gates Foundation, Melinda, MacKenzie Bezos, Business Insider Fortune See


Reinventing Education

Alibaba founder Jack Ma has announced that he plans to retire at age 54 and turn his attention back to education. He started his career as an English teacher. It seems, from reading the piece I linked to and a few other news reports, that Jack Ma is inspired by what Bill and Melinda Gates have done. So am I. Bill Gates attended AFSE, a school that the Gotham Gal and I helped to start something like seven years ago, this spring and he wrote this recently about that experience. Many have criticize...
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Senators Ready for a Change in Leadership

After a year finishing second-last in the NHL and being surrounded by drama, trade rumours, and ownership issues, the Ottawa Senators are ready for a change. The players have spoken out in the media, in exit interviews, and there’s a general sense that something in the nation’s capital has to give. The conflict between Mike Hoffman’s fiancée Monika Caryk and Erik Karlsson’s wife Melinda started the offseason for the Senators. Caryk was accused of harassment and cyberbullying towards Melinda, res...
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Twitter Link Roundup #345 – Terrific Reads for Small Business, Entrepreneurs, Marketers, and Designers!

Are you one of the millions of people who have started using coconut oil? It may be time to reconsider the fervent adoration this cooking ingredient has accrued in recent years. The American Heart Association recently reviewed the evidence on coconut oil. An astounding three-quarter of the US population believes that coconut oil is a healthy choice and a panacea for just about everything. Startlingly, the review discovered that only 37% of nutritionists came to the same conclusion. To read more...
Tags: Twitter, Design, Leadership, Small Business, Inspiration, Marketing, US, Sales, Entrepreneur, Social Media, Chicago, Ross, Branding, Forbes, Rahm Emanuel, Melinda


United States: eDiscovery Update Including AI For Technology Assisted Review - Foley & Lardner

My Guest Blogger Melinda F. Levitt is a partner and litigation lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP. Melinda's practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, and has developed in-depth experience
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Rebuilding employee philanthropy from the bottom up

In tech circles, it would be easy to assume that the world of high-impact charitable giving is a rich man’s game where deals are inked at exclusive black tie galas over fancy hors d’oeuvre. Both Mark Zuckerberg and Marc Benioff have donated to SF hospitals that now bear their names. Gordon Moore has given away $5B – including $600M to Caltech – which was the largest donation to a university at the time. And of course, Bill Gates has already donated $27B to every cause imaginable (and co-fo...
Tags: Startups, Cloud, Mark Zuckerberg, Enterprise, Mexico, India, US, Tech, Cisco, Whatsapp, Fundraising, Bill Gates, SaaS, Giving, Fidelity, Silicon Valley


Villa Park’s flying house symbolizes trend as new granny flats double in L.A., Orange counties

The second half of a manufactured home is ready to fly over the Angiulis’ house in Villa Park on Wednesday, July 18, 2018. Melinda and Nicola Angiuli are having the 1,080-square-foot home installed for Melinda’s parents. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG) Half of a home — prebuilt in a Riverside factory — is hoisted up and over a four-bedroom house in Villa Park on Wednesday, July 18, 2018. “We’re putting a unit in my daughter’s backyard,” said Jean Phelps, 82, who had been...
Tags: Business, Real Estate, California, Housing, New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sport, Soccer, Long Beach, Orange County, Orange, Villa Park, Southern California, San Bernardino, Northridge


Dealing With Our Biggest Loss

Today is Aug. 3, 2018. I turn 30 and while I’m taking another step in life, that’s not what I’m thinking about. Instead, I’m focused on this week as a whole. You see, at some point this week I was supposed to become a father for the first time. Now I know what some of you are thinking. What in the world does this have to do with hockey? If you give me a few minutes of your time, I promise I will get to that. You see, athletes these days have Twitter and the Players’ Tribune to share their storie...
Tags: Sport, Canada, Hockey, Commentary, Cbc, Ottawa Senators, Erik Karlsson, Melinda, Hockey Night, Andrew Forbes


Tech titans like Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates have pledged to give away billions through the ‘Giving Pledge’ — here's where the money is going

Bill Gates the title of richest person in the world many times since 1995, recently falling to second place behind Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. Over the past two decades, Gates and his wife, Melinda, have spent much of their money on charity, encouraging other billionaires to follow in their footsteps by signing the Giving Pledge. The Gates couple launched the pledge with Warren Buffett in 2010, asking signatories to donate a majority of their wealth to charity either during their lifetime or in ...
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The Gates Foundation is now one of Berkshire's largest shareholders

The organization run by Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and his wife Melinda has a more than 5% stake in Berkshire Hathaway after the latest annual donation by Warren Buffett. The charity will donate nearly all of it in the next three years.
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Comment on cherry brown butter bars by Melinda

I have the most amazing cherry pitter from Sur la Table. It’s pits SIX cherries at once. It’s absolutely brilliant. It felt like the most ridiculous thing I ever bought and then after I pitted a bag of cherries in five minutes, I decided it was one of the best investments I had ever made! I love cherries and freeze them for smoothies and I can buy a lot more of them knowing I have an easy way to get the pits out quickly. This recipe is next on my list.
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Headsup: Laughter, Tears, and Terminators

Winner of six Academy Awards (including Best Picture), Forrest Gump remains an iconic film that is beloved by old and new fans alike. Tom Hanks plays the endearing title character, whose incredibly sweet disposition and loyalty to family and friends more than compensates for his intellectual shortcomings. A rockstar roster of actors fills out the main cast as their stories of love and loss weave together against the backdrop of some of the most notable events of the twentieth century. The film i...
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The Mess In Ottawa

from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun, Dorion has to trade Mike Hoffman, but he can’t. No team is going to touch Hoffman. Not unless the police quickly conclude their investigation and that find his fiancée, Monika Caryk, is innocent of serious harassment charges made by Melinda Karlsson. If such turns out to be the case, Melinda Karlsson will be liable for defamation. She knew this going in. Dorion has to trade Erik Karlsson before the draft, to get picks that theoretically will dev...
Tags: Sport, Ottawa, Hoffman, Mike Hoffman, Erik Karlsson, Melinda, Karlsson, Monika, Don Brennan, Dorion, Melinda Karlsson, Monika Caryk, Ottawa Sun Dorion


I Don’t Even Have A Headline For This

from Shaamini Yogaretnam of the Ottawa Citizen, Melinda Karlsson has filed an order of protection against the longtime girlfriend of Senators forward Mike Hoffman — alleging a campaign of harassment that plagued the Karlssons after the death of their son and through much of the last NHL season, this newspaper has learned. The application for a peace bond, sworn in front of Justice of the Peace Louise Logue on May 4, alleges that Monika Caryk, Hoffman’s partner, had threatened Melinda ...
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