Archive for May, 2013

Anthony Jean-Claude: The Baltimore Ravens’ Joey Flacco Becomes the Highest-Paid Player in NFL History

May 28, 2013

Anthony Jean-Claude currently serves as President of Maryland Green BioFuel, a progressive energy concern located in Frederick Douglass Haynes Gardens, Maryland. An avid sports fan, Anthony Jean-Claude enjoys football and follows the play of one of his favorite teams, the 2013 Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens and its quarterback, Joey Flacco.

In recognition of his contribution to this year’s winning season and the NFL championship, and in hopes of future repeat championships, Ravens management recently inked a six-year contract with Flacco for a purported $120.6 million, making him the highest-paid player in NFL history. Flacco’s ascent to being not only the highest-paid player but also one of the league’s most respected quarterbacks is all the more remarkable considering his humble path from a small college to the NFL and his low-key demeanor. His first gesture of celebration after a press conference announcing the contract signing was to return home to Audubon, New Jersey, to partake in a Friday night family tradition: pizza night at his uncle’s house.


Anthony Jean-Claude: Commercial Peanut Farming Produces High-Value U.S. Food for Mass Consumption

May 17, 2013

Anthony Jean-Claude is currently President of MDGB LLC–Maryland Green BioFuel. Mr. Jean-Claude enjoys environmental and agricultural research on many topics, including peanut farming.

Peanuts have been a staple of the American diet for over a century, thanks in part to horticultural developments by famed researcher, George Washington Carver. Today, commercial peanut farms exist in 15 U.S. states with many other amateur gardeners cultivating the popular nut. In fact, peanuts contribute over one billion dollars to the U.S. economy each year, with U.S. citizens consuming over 600 million pounds of peanuts and 700 billion pounds of peanut butter annually.

Typically, commercial farmers plant peanuts in April or May, when soil temperatures reach 65 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit. The two-phase harvesting process begins approximately 120 to 160 days after planting. First, digging occurs when approximately 70% of the crop has reached maturity. Special digging machines extract plants from the ground, shake off loose dirt from peanuts, and invert plants upside down to cure (or dry) peanuts for a few days. During the combing phase of harvest, a combine separates peanuts from vines and places the peanuts in wagons for further curing.

After harvest, peanuts are assessed for quality and graded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Then, if needed, shelling removes the exterior shells from peanut kernels to prepare peanuts for final inspection.

Anthony Jean-Claude: Relaxation Techniques Using Tai Chi

May 11, 2013
In today’s busy world, Anthony Jean-Claude regards tai chi as one of the best ways to relax. The art was first developed in China as a form of self-defense. The gentle movements associated with the practice, however, have become almost meditative for many practitioners. Tai chi helps connect the body and mind, encouraging a sense of harmony in both. One of the essential elements of the art is breathing. Practitioners must inhale deeply and concentrate on the act of breathing in and out, which focuses the mind and consequently reduces stress and anxiety.

While focusing on their breathing, tai chi practitioners can undertake several different techniques for stress reduction. In one popular motion, the individual stands flat on the floor and then gently rocks backward and forward, allowing the heels and then the toes to leave the floor. This motion triggers the release of tension at several important pressure points. Another technique involves sitting or kneeling. The practitioner then imagines water running over his or her body and washing away stress and anxiety. In another technique, the individual lies supine and then focuses mental attention on each part of the body, starting with the head and going down to the feet, releasing pains and relaxing each part of the body one by one.

Anthony Jean-Claude pursues a physically active lifestyle. To maintain his mental and physical fitness, he practices the martial art krav maga, as well as tai chi.

Anthony Jean-Claude’s Guide to Starting Flight Training

May 3, 2013

An accomplished pilot, Anthony Jean-Claude understands how overwhelming taking the first few steps toward flight training can seem. The entire process, however, simply starts with a passion for learning how to fly. When individuals show up for their first training class, Anthony Jean-Claude notes, they need nothing more than excitement about the prospect of learning and a driver’s license. Instructors will not expect individuals to have any specific knowledge or previous training. Before beginning the training process, students should consider purchasing insurance coverage, which they can discuss with the flight instructor. Instructors can point out various options to their students and let them make selections that fit their circumstances and goals.

As training progresses, individuals will need a student pilot certificate issued by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which allows them to fly solo. Instructors will usually introduce students to a Designated Pilot Examiner, who can issue the certificate, or to an FAA Flight Standards District Office, which can connect them to an examiner.