Exclusive: A Second Business At Home Of NSA Official

On a quiet street in Ellicott City, Maryland, a blue-grey two-story clapboard house, set back from the road, is shaded by two sycamores and a towering maple. Its the unassuming home of one of the National Security Agencys most powerful officials, Teresa H. Shea.

In September, BuzzFeed News disclosed a potential conflict of interest involving Shea, the director of Signals Intelligence. Called SIGINT in espionage jargon, it refers to all electronic eavesdropping and interception, including the controversial domestic surveillance program that collects information about Americans phone use.

As BuzzFeed News reported, theres a private SIGINT consulting and contracting business based...

Carolyn Jeffery marries Christopher Meinke

The Jeffery and Meinke families of Westport are pleased to announce the marriage of their daughter and son, Carolyn Jeffery and Christopher Meinke, on September 13, 2014 at Birchwood Country Club in Westport. Both bride and groom are graduates of Staples High School Class of 2005.

Among the Staples graduates of various years in attendance, and in the bridal party, were the grooms mother and grandparents Richard and Mary Anne Alley, and the bride and grooms siblings Diana Jeffery, Mary Meinke and Will Meinke. The wedding ceremony musicians included SHS classmates Laura Messina, cellist, and international violinist Igor Pikayzen.

The bride earned a Bachelors Degree with Honors...

Ten Rules for Business Success Survive a Century

In this world of constant change, new technologies, and a thousand cultures, its evident and somehow comforting to me that the basic rules for business prosperity really havent changed in the last hundred years. Business success is still more about the people than the technology or idea involved. As an angel investor and a mentor to entrepreneurs I still see this every day.

I was just perusing a new book, The Science of Success, a collection of essays by and about Napoleon Hill, who is most recognized as the author of the best seller Think and Grow Rich from way back in 1937. Hill attributes his ten rules of success to Andrew Carnegie, who was in his prime well before that, over a hundred...

Dean, University Professors Advocate Future Investments in Public Health

Dean of the School of Public Health Julio Frenk and University Professor Lawrence H. Summers appeared together on Tuesday afternoon to discuss a path forward for advances in public health, particularly in developing countries.

Before an audience of about 100 in a Science Center lecture hall, Summers opened the forum by recapping a 2013 report titled “Global Health 2035: A World Converging Within a Generation,” which he authored with a group of economists and health experts. The report outlines a roadmap for investments in public health in the next twenty years.

Summarizing the report’s main conclusion, Summers emphasized that if nations come together to make...

Duquesne University business center helping Hispanic startups

When William Ortiz moved to Pittsburgh 12 years ago, he found help starting a business that he couldnt find in other parts of the country or in his native Colombia.

Ortiz runs a freight transportation business, Pacto International Inc., which provides a cargo tracking service to monitor the location and physical condition of packages in transit and a GPS service that helps managers control fleets of delivery vehicles.

He is one of a small but growing number of entrepreneurs who came to the Pittsburgh area from Latin American countries — a group identified by Duquesne Universitys Small Business Development Center as one it hopes to help develop their ideas into businesses....

How to explain alternative investments to clients

Advisers who have decided its time to move clients or more of them into alternative investments need to use careful language and context to explain to clients why they should want these investments in their portfolios.

We need to simplify the way we talk about alternatives to clients and move away from Wall Street-speak, Walter Davis, an alternatives investment strategist for Invesco Ltd., said Wednesday at the InvestmentNews Alternative Investments Conference in Chicago.

The alternatives conversation with clients should tie the investments directly to how they will help achieve their specific investment objectives, he said.

Money Talks: Why people want independent financial advisers

In some cases, independent is better.

Times have changed — and so have financial advisers.

Today, people dont want financial advice from a salesman. Instead, they want a relationship with a financial professional who is candid, trustworthy and thoroughly educated, and who provides personalized financial consulting for each client.

That search often leads them to a fee-based or fee-only financial adviser or a Registered Investment Adviser.

Alternative to Wall Street

A paradigm shift has happened, and the traditional...

Of All Safe Haven Investments, Gold Reigns Supreme


The Dow is down 3.9% in October, but gold prices have climbed 1.7%. Thats because despite what the mainstream media says, gold is the best of all safe haven investments to own.

No asset has had as much history of purchasing power as gold. Fiat currencies are unreliable they arent tied to any asset of value. Their worth comes from government regulations and laws, which are subject to crumble over time.

Gold was used as currency for centuries. In fact, its still being used for transactions in places such as China, India, and much of the Middle East regions that...

Farmers’ market and its customers lose one of their own

I knew we touched people, said Mary, noting that flowers – her familys 75-acre Van Dyk Bros. farm in Vineland, NJ, has grown them for six decades – tend to please givers and recipients alike.

But the farm began selling at the Heights and Westmont farmers markets only this year, and I didnt realize, said Mary, 57, how deeply customers had connected with us.

On the Sunday after Lew died, Heights market manager Joe Gentile put buckets of assorted single-stem flowers – donated by the Muth Family Farm of Williamstown – on a table in the Atkinsons usual spot. Kids got freebies as always, and dozens of adults signed a condolence book.

I was there and was startled...

Ad Highlights Illinois Dem Family’s Investments in Iranian Uranium Company

BY: Washington Free Beacon Staff

Illinois Democratic congressional candidate Brad Schneider and his family have some shady investments, and he is trying to keep them secret.

A new ad highlights some of those investments.

The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) released the ad, called “Hiding.” The ad raises several questions about Schneider’s investments, which include a uranium companies known to do business with Iran.

The NRCC discovered that Schneider’s wife invested in Iranian mining company Rio Tinto Finance. His wife...