Named one of the 50 most innovative accelerators in America by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Hawaii’s “GVS Accelerator” is announcing its second cycle.

A partnership between Global Virtual Studio (GVS), the Hawai’i Strategic Development Corporation (HSDC), the County of Hawai’i and the GTA Development Fund, the Accelerator aims to empower Hawaii’s creative entrepreneurs to launch their original transmedia franchises. The program is based out of Honua Studios in Kona on Hawai’i Island and will accept applications from August 1st through August 31st. This year individual entrepreneurs/producers may apply as well as startup teams – the former to be “match-made” with selected startup companies.

The program includes a $ 50,000 seed investment and access to entertainment and innovation industry insiders such as producer Ralph Winter (“X-MEN”, “Fantastic Four” and “Planet of the Apes”), Academy Award nominated screenwriter Tab Murphy (“Gorillas in the Mist”, “Tarzan” and “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”), Mike Frank (co-founder of Level 3 Communications) and Lance Priebe (creator and co-founder of Club Penguin). Last year the Accelerator selected 5 companies from more than 100 applicants.

Successful graduates of the program can now tap up to $ 250,000 in matching funds (in addition to the $ 50,000 seed funds for development) if they raise at least 25% of their follow-on budget in private equity and secure product distribution. The first round’s cohort is now in the follow-on fundraising phase with graduate Jumping Flea Productions currently in talks with MPower Pictures’ Steve McEveety (“Man Down”, “The Passion of the Christ”, “Braveheart”) to co-produce “Jack London’s Ko’olau the Leper”. Production will be done entirely in the State of Hawai’i and will receive the 25% production and post production rebate for the outer islands.

Selected startups will soon have the benefit of the new cutting-edge broadband tools of GVS Connect, a spinoff startup of GVS that is pioneering a broadband pilot program in partnership with the HSDC that will utilize broadband connectivity, virtual collaboration and digital asset management. The connectivity will allow Honua Studios to connect to over 400 major studios and post production companies on a private and secure, dedicated line in partnership with Sohonet Media Network. GVS Connect will have hubs on both Hawai’i Island and Oahu, and will open up “self serve data transfer” services to the general public where up to 10GB of burstable connectivity will be accessible. GVS Accelerator Founder and “Chief Instigator” David L. Cunningham states, “We hope to pave a way for big data transfer in the islands which will open up new opportunities for Hawai’i entrepreneurs.”

The GVS Accelerator was chosen as one of the top 50 most innovative accelerators in the nation from over eight hundred accelerators in America by the SBA. This honor came with a $ 50,000 award that helped to build out a new sound recording studio and 7.1 surround sound screening room at the Accelerator’s Co-Work Space at Honua Studios. Other Program sponsors include Hawaii’s Creative Industries and Creative Lab, Hawaii International Film Festival, the High Technology Development Corporation, Big Island Gigs, and the Hawai’i Visitors & Convention Bureau.

If you are an entrepreneur in the creative industries and would like to apply to the Accelerator, please visit for more information.

GVS Accelerator Founder and international filmmaker, David L. Cunningham, will be at the ROC for an Accelerator Q&A open to the public, at 5pm this Friday, July 24th. ROC is at 1110 Nuuanu Ave., Honolulu, 96817.

For more information:

For press inquiries: accel(at)globalvirtualstudio(dot)com, 808-938-7227 or 571-274-5077


Founded in 2014 by filmmaker David L. Cunningham, the GVS Accelerator is a Hawai’i-based initiative that empowers creative entrepreneurs to launch original, future-proof, impacting franchises for wide commercial audiences. The Accelerator Program is a joint effort between Global Virtual Studio (GVS), the County of Hawai’i, the Hawai’i Strategic Development Corporation (HSDC) and the GTA Development Fund.

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Morristown Medical Center, part of Atlantic Health System (AHS), has been named a top-five New York metro-area hospital for the second year in a row by U.S. News & World Report. Accompanying this prestigious recognition, Morristown Medical Center was named one of the top 50 hospitals in the nation in Cardiology & Heart Surgery, Geriatrics, Orthopedics and Pulmonology, and received regional high-performing recognition in Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Gynecology, Nephrology, Neurology & Neurosurgery, and Urology. Atlantic Health System’s Overlook Medical Center received regional high-performing recognition in Neurology & Neurosurgery. These esteemed recognitions were announced today in the publication’s annual Best Hospitals list for 2015-16, which recognizes hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients.

“Five years ago, Morristown Medical Center broke into the top 50 hospital designation with its rankings in Cardiology & Heart Surgery. Our efforts throughout the organization in bringing together top physicians to work collaboratively and our investments in facilities and technology have resulted in national and regional acclaim, but we strive for more,” said Brian Gragnolati, President and CEO, Atlantic Health System. “I am working with leaders throughout AHS to determine not only how to maintain our national recognition for Morristown Medical Center, but how to enhance other key services throughout our system that are critical to patients and their families.”

In rankings by state and metro area, U.S. News recognized hospitals that perform nearly at the level of their nationally ranked peers in one or more specialties, as well as hospitals that excel in multiple common procedures and conditions. For 2015-16, U.S. News evaluated hospitals in 16 adult specialties and ranked the top 50 in most of the specialties. Less than three percent of the nearly 5,000 hospitals that were analyzed for Best Hospitals 2015-16 were nationally ranked in even one specialty.

How U.S. News & World Report recognized Morristown Medical Center:


Cardiology & Heart Surgery

Regional high-performing adult specialties recognized:

Gastroenterology & GI Surgery
Neurology & Neurosurgery

How U.S. News & World Report recognized Overlook Medical Center:

Regional high-performing adult specialties recognized:

Neurology & Neurosurgery

“A Best Hospital has demonstrated expertise in treating the most challenging patients,” said Ben Harder, chief of health analysis at U.S. News. “A hospital that emerged from our analysis as one of the best has much to be proud of.”

About U.S. News Best Hospitals

U.S. News publishes Best Hospitals to help guide patients who need a high level of care because they face particularly difficult surgery, a challenging condition or extra risk because of age or multiple health problems. Objective measures such as patient survival and safety data, adequacy of nurse staffing and other data largely determined the rankings in most specialties.

The specialty rankings and data were produced for U.S. News by RTI International, a leading research organization based in Research Triangle Park, N.C. U.S. News used the same data, as well as the new Best Hospitals for Common Care ratings, first published in May, to produce the state and metro rankings.

The rankings are available at and will appear in the U.S. News “Best Hospitals 2016” guidebook, available in August from the U.S. News Store.

About Atlantic Health System

Atlantic Health System, headquartered in Morristown, New Jersey, is one of the largest non-profit healthcare systems in New Jersey. It includes Morristown Medical Center in Morristown, NJ; Overlook Medical Center in Summit, NJ; Newton Medical Center in Newton, NJ; Chilton Medical Center in Pompton Plains, NJ; and Goryeb Children’s Hospital in Morristown, NJ, as well as Atlantic Rehabilitation, and Atlantic Home Care and Hospice. It also includes its subsidiary, Atlantic Ambulance Corporation. Atlantic Health System comprises 1,599 licensed beds, more than 14,000 employees and more than 4,000 physicians. Atlantic Health System has a medical school affiliation with the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University; a Major Clinical Affiliate of Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey; part of Atlantic Accountable Care Organization, one of the largest ACOs in the nation, and is a member of AllSpire Health Partners.

Morristown Medical Center Named a Top-Five Metro-Area Hospital for the Second Year in a Row by U.S. News & World Report

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Tony Perkins whooping it up last night…. (CNET recap, paddle vote summary, and video segment)

Here are the tends we debated, with one trend from each speaker, interspersed with five crowdsourced trends (as measured by funding, IP, and press mentions) – that the “wisdom of the crowds” suggests as the most important. At the end, Tony Perkins and Jason Pontin contribute their own bonus trends that they actually believe in.

1) Joe Schoendorf: The Millennials Are Here. Everything is changing. Rapidly!
This month will be the first college graduating class whose members do not recall life off line. For openers, they do not read newspapers. This group will drive the greatest wave of disruption ever witnessed

2) Crowd: Advanced batteries will be the most popular alternative energy investment in ‘09 and ’10 – and in the medium term will provide the best returns.

3) Ann Winblad: The unstructured data deluge creates the next great information leaders. Every click, message, tweet is rich data amassed at exponential rates. Gartner predicts enterprise data growth of 650 percent in five years; 80 percent of that data will be unstructured.

4) Crowd: Wireless broadband will be one of the only IT sectors to see increased funding this year and in the near future – fueled by demand for faster, better networking, but also by government subsidies.

5) Vinod Khosla: "Maintech" not "Cleantech": Capitalism based increasing carbon efficiency of global GDP. Carbon emissions per $/GDP are driven down by technology, creating massive new opportunities and disrupting traditional energy/infrastructure; innovations in lighting, engines, appliances, water, plastics, cement, glass and steel help fossilize our fossil fuel reliance.

6) Crowd: Power and efficiency management services will see a flowering of investment and innovation, as we realize we cannot have an alternative energy future without a smarter infrastructure. Again, government handouts don’t hurt either

7) Steve Jurvetson: The triumph of the distributed web. Innovation advances at the edge, not in the warm data center. The aggregate power of widely distributed human activity will trump the centralized content, telecom and search businesses of the past.

8) Crowd: Healthcare administration software will the fastest growing sector of B2B software in ‘09 and ‘10, driven by our national imperative to reign in escalating healthcare costs

9) Ram Shriram: Consumption of digital goods on mobile devices is THE growth story of the coming decade. There are presently four times as many mobile subscribers as there are PCs in use worldwide. Emerging markets comprise the majority of the world’s mobile users, and are not only the fastest-growing, but also show the largest interest in data services over mobile devices. Greater availability of broadband wireless will spur the adoption of many new and existing applications: email, voice, personal productivity, micro-blogging, games, entertainment/video, transactions, micro-payments, camera/image apps, location-based apps and many more.

10) Crowd: Electronic displays will prove the hottest investment in hardware this year and the next, as startups compete to create the thin, flexible, colorful screens of the future.

Tony Perkins and Jason Pontin BONUS TRENDS

11) DC will prove to be a poor VC.
Venture-backed companies/industries will continue to be the largest contributors to job and wealth creation in the US — the Federal government’s attempts to fund new technologies will pale in comparison in terms of long-term ROI, and in many instances will have negative impact.

12) The rumors of the demise of the reporter have been exaggerated
Print newspapers and magazines will continue to shutter or be radically downsized — but the work by a new class of well trained and talented reporters will emerge online, and the reading public will embrace their work after becoming weary of editorialists and bloggers who spew their opinion with little regard to quality research and fact checking.

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Monte-Carlo (en monégasque Monte-Carlu) est l’un des onze quartiers de la cité-État de la principauté de Monaco. C’est le plus connu, avec son célèbre casino.

Monte-Carlo (le « Mont-Charles ») porte ce nom italien en l’honneur du prince Charles III de Monaco et ce depuis le 1er juillet 1866.

Ce nom a été adapté en monégasque : Monte-Carlu [?mõte?ka?lu]. Cette appellation récente sonnant particulièrement bien a été donnée au lieu-dit les Spélugues (à comprendre les « Grottes » ; en monégasque Ë Spe?üghe, du roman commun et au singulier *speluca, correspondant au latin classique spelunca lui-même issu du grec ‘????????’=’spèlaion’ signifiant grotte) après son urbanisation (Casino) : ne disait-on pas que l’ancien nom portait malchance puisqu’en allemand Spelunke (pluriel Spelunken) malgré son étymologie identique, désigne un « établissement douteux ».

Ce sont les règles typographiques relatives aux toponymes en usage à l’Imprimerie nationale qui imposent d’écrire Monte-Carlo avec un trait d’union. Il existe une commune italienne graphiée Montecarlo située dans la province de Lucques en Italie ; ses habitants sont les montecarlesi.

On prononce généralement« Monté-Carlo », mais certains disent « Monté-Carl’ ». On n’utilise pas d’autre gentilé que Monégasques pour les habitants de Monte-Carlo.

Monte-Carlo est le quartier le plus célèbre de Monaco, au point d’être parfois confondu avec le pays entier, ou considéré — à tort — comme sa capitale. Les plaques automobiles de la Principauté portent la mention "MC" rappelant Monte Carlo alors qu’il s’agit d’une abréviation de Monaco. RMC (Radio Monte-Carlo) porte le nom du quartier et non celui du pays. Pour les courses automobiles, il y a le Grand Prix automobile de Monaco et le Rallye automobile Monte-Carlo.

Le développement de Monte-Carlo entraîna la création d’une véritable « banlieue » en territoire français qui devint une commune sous le nom de Beausoleil en 1904 et que l’on avait d’abord pensé appeler Monte-Carlo supérieur.

En 1856, le Prince de Monaco, pour créer des ressources, autorise l’ouverture d’un casino. Après une première installation infructueuse dans le Monaco historique (Munegu Autu – Monaco Ville), en 1862, on élève à Monte-Carlo, pour les jeux, une humble bâtisse (inaugurée en 1863) qui reste isolée, nul ne voulant acheter aux alentours un terrain avec obligation de construire. Mais tout va changer quand François Blanc, le directeur du casino de Bad Homburg, ville d’eau hessoise (située dans l’État de Hesse-Hombourg) devient concessionnaire. Grâce à ses talents et à ses capitaux, il réussit là où ses prédécesseurs s’étaient ruinés : en peu d’années, la vogue est acquise et une ville couvre bientôt le plateau de ses constructions de luxe.

En 1911, la constitution monégasque divisa la principauté en trois communes, la Commune de Monte-Carlo fut ainsi créée couvrant également les actuels quartiers de La Rousse/Saint Roman, Larvotto/Bas Moulins et Saint Michel. En 1917, on revint à une commune unique pour toute la principauté.
Monte Carlo é um dos 11 bairros de Mónaco. Conhecida estância luxuosa, conhecida pelo seu glamour, celebridades que enxameiam as revistas cor de rosa, praias e casinos.

É aí que se situa o Circuito do Mónaco, onde decorre o Grande Prémio do Mónaco de Fórmula 1. É palco, ainda, de competições de boxe, apresentações de moda e outros eventos de grande repercussão cultural.

Em uma pesquisa realizada em 2009 pelo Global Property Guide ("Word´s Most Expensives Residential Real Estate Markets 2009"), os imóveis em Monte Carlo foram considerados os mais caros do mundo, com o metro quadrado custando 47.578 dólares, mais que o dobro da segunda colocada, Moscou

Monte Carlo (French: Monte-Carlo, Occitan: Montcarles, Monégasque: Monte-Carlu) is one of Monaco’s administrative areas.The official capital is the city of Monaco, which is coterminous with the country itself.
Monte Carlo is widely known for its casino. The permanent population is about 3,000. Monte Carlo quarter includes not only Monte Carlo proper where the Le Grand Casino is located, it also includes the neighbourhoods of Saint-Michel, Saint-Roman/Tenao, and the beach community of Larvotto. It borders the French town of Beausoleil (sometimes referred to as Monte-Carlo-Supérieur).

Founded in 1866, Monte Carlo has a name of Italian origin meaning "Mount Charles", in honor of the then-reigning prince, Charles III of Monaco. The specific mountain is the escarpment at the foot of the Maritime Alps on which the town stands.

The history of the area and the ruling Grimaldi family, however, dates back centuries. The port of Monaco is first mentioned in historical records as early as 43 BC, when Julius Caesar concentrated his fleet there while waiting in vain for Pompey. In the 12th century, the area fell under the sovereignty of Genoa, which was granted the entire coastline from Porto Venere to Monaco. After much conflict, the Grimaldis regained the rock in 1295, but suffered a significant amount of opposition in the ensuing years. In 1506 the Monegasques, under Lucien, Lord of Monaco, were under siege for some four months by the Genoan army, which had ten times the number of men. Monaco officially received full autonomy in 1524, but experienced difficulty retaining power, and on occasions briefly fell under the domination of Spain, Sardinia, and France.

By the 1850s, Monaco’s reigning family was almost bankrupt; this was a result of the loss of two towns, Menton and Roquebrune, which had provided most of the principality’s revenues with their lemon, orange and olive crops.[3] At the time, a number of small towns in Europe were growing prosperous from the establishment of casinos, notably in German towns such as Baden-Baden and Homburg[disambiguation needed]. In 1856, Charles III of Monaco granted a concession to Napoleon Langlois and Albert Aubert to establish a sea-bathing facility for the treatment of various diseases, and to build a German-style casino in Monaco.[3] The initial casino was opened in La Condamine in 1862, but was not a success; its present location in the area called "Les Spelugues" (The Caves) of Monte Carlo, came only after several relocations in the years that followed. The success of the casino grew slowly, largely due to the area’s inaccessibility from much of Europe. The installation of the railway in 1868, however, brought with it an influx of people into Monte Carlo and saw it grow in wealth.[3]

In 1911, when the Constitution divided the principality of Monaco in 3 municipalities, the municipality of Monte Carlo was created covering the existing neighborhoods of La Rousse / Saint Roman, Larvotto / Bas Moulins and Saint Michel. The municipalities were merged into one in 1917, after accusations that the government was acting according to the motto "divide and conquer" and they were accorded the status of wards (quartiers) thereafter. Today, Monaco is divided into 10 wards, with an eleventh ward planned (but currently postponed) to encompass land reclaimed from the sea (see the "Administrative Divisions" section of Monaco for additional details).

The quarter of Monte Carlo was served by tramways from 1900 to 1953, linking all parts of Monaco. In 2003, a new cruise ship pier was completed in the harbour at Monte Carlo.

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The House of Chanel, more commonly known as Chanel, is a Parisian fashion house in France founded by Gabrielle Bonheur "Coco" Chanel. According to Forbes, the privately held House of Chanel is jointly owned by Alain Wertheimer and Gerard Wertheimer who are the grandsons of the early (1924) Chanel partner Pierre Wertheimer.

Chanel revolutionized haute couture fashion by completely replacing the traditional corset with the comfort and casual elegance of simple suits and dresses. She introduced to the world her signature cardigan jacket in 1925, introducing a more sultry and seductive definition to “sexy.” She had numerous other major successes that changed the fashion industry including the ever popular "’Chanel suit’", an elegant creation composed of a knee-length skirt and trim, boxy jacket, traditionally made of woven wool with black sewing trim and gold buttons, worn with large costume-pearl necklaces. Elite women of high societies around the world began to flock to the now legendary Rue Cambon boutique to commission couture outfits from her. The House of Chanel became an icon of elegance and from then on, the name “Chanel” became synonymous with elegance, wealth, and elitism, as well as the ultimate sign of French high class, la coquetterie.

After the phenominal success of her perfume, No. 5, Coco Chanel’s fashions became even more well-known and were purchased by the high flyers of London and Paris society alike. Chanel took to living at the Hôtel Ritz Paris, and her suite of residence has become famous and is now named the "Coco Chanel Suite." Chanel is also known for its quilted fabric which also has a "secret" quilting pattern sewn at the back to keep the material strong. This material is used for clothing and accessories alike. The brand is now headed by German-born designer Karl Lagerfeld, who also designs for the House of Fendi, as well as his namesake label.

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German Ramirez of Miami, FL has joined Kingsview Asset Management as a Senior Vice President of the Private Client Services Division.

“I’m thrilled to join a group of professionals focused on providing value for clients,” Ramirez said. “I appreciate the support Kingsview Asset Management is able to offer, while having the flexibility to meet client needs on a case-by-case basis.”

A Finance graduate of Florida International University, Ramirez holds the Series 7, 66 licenses and is a Certified Financial Planner. Presently he is a Level 2 Candidate for the Chartered Market Technician (CMT) designation, with plans for completion in 2016. He was recently recognized as one of the top Financial Consultants in the nation for Charles Schwab & Co., earning him the prestigious Chairman’s Club award.

“We are very pleased to have German join our firm,” said Al Abaroa, Co-President of Kingsview Asset Management. “With over a decade of experience, he offers a well rounded knowledge base, imperative for the implementation of the family office experience within the CPA space.”

About Kingsview Asset Management

Kingsview Asset Management (“KAM”) is an investment advisor registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. KAM shares common ownership with Independent Introducing Futures brokerage and an Independent Insurance agency. Our multi-faceted firm ensures that KAM can offer virtually any strategy or product the financial services industry has to offer. This ensures that registration or affiliation never limits our client’s options.

KAM maintains custodial relationships with Charles Schwab, TD Ameritrade and Interactive Brokers. By giving clients multiple alternatives for the custody of their money they can maximize each firm’s individual benefits for a unique need.

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