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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.

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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.

Aviation and Pilot Training with Cessna

April 25, 2013

By Anthony Jean-Claude

If one wants to learn how to fly a plane, taking courses from the professionals at Cessna is an excellent path. For the first flight, you go to a Cessna Pilot Center, where a trained flight instructor takes you out on a half-hour “Discovery Flight.” During this first flight, you get a chance to familiarize yourself with the Cessna aircraft, its controls, basic safety precautions, and, of course, the thrill of being in control of an aircraft.

Once back on the ground, Cessna provides trainees with a full-feature, interactive flight simulator called the Cessna Flight Training Program. When your personal flight instructor feels that you are prepared, you will eventually be allowed to take your first solo flight. Once the solo flight is complete, you will go on to spend somewhere between 40 and 70 hours in the air, sometimes with an instructor and sometimes alone. Finally, with the permission of your instructor, you will be allowed to take both an oral and a flight examination with an FAA-certified examiner. Cessna’s training program prepares you well for the exam, and once you’ve completed it, you will have your pilot’s certificate.

About the Author:

Anthony Jean-Claude is the President of Maryland Green BioFuel. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, playing sports, and competing in marathons and triathlons.

A Brief Overview of Krav Maga and Its History by Anthony Jean-Claude

April 17, 2013

Developed in the State of Israel, Krav Maga, which literally means “contact combat” in Hebrew, is a noncompetitive system of self-defense. Krav Maga draws on several different types of combat techniques, including boxing, muay thai, jiu-jitsu, and wrestling. Its philosophy emphasizes threat neutralization and a combination of defensive and offensive maneuvers used in tandem.

Krav Maga is a set of techniques derived from street fighting techniques developed by the Hungarian-Israeli martial artist Imi Lichtenfeld. While living in Bratislava, Slovakia, Lichtenfeld utilized street fighting skills drawn from his martial arts training in order to defend Bratislava’s Jewish quarter from anti-semitic fascist groups in the late 1930s. Lichtenfeld later immigrated to Israel in the 1940s and began providing combat training to members of what would later become the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). The IDF would go on to refine these techniques and develop them into the system that is now known as Krav Maga.

About the author: A sales and management professional, Anthony Jean-Claude is the President of Maryland Green BioFuel. In his spare time, Anthony Jean-Claude enjoys running marathons and triathlons, coaching football, and delivering motivational speeches.

U.S. Peanut Growers Have Record Year

April 9, 2013

Anthony Jean-Claude, who has experience in peanut farming, understands that the yields tend to be cyclical. Still, even industry veterans like Anthony Jean-Claude were surprised at the size of the 2012 peanut crop. While 2011 peanut yields were low due to the Texas drought, 2012 produced historically high yields. Industry experts credited an excellent new variety, the GA06, and nearly perfect growing conditions. Producers in Mississippi averaged 4,400 pounds of peanuts per acre, and Georgia growers averaged 4,550 pounds of peanuts per acre.

The good harvest may bring relief to struggling American consumers who face rising food prices. The end of the peanut shortage may lead to lower peanut butter prices. Peanut butter is a staple protein source for many American children. While farmers initially worried that the huge surplus would depress prices to unsustainable levels, a group of Chinese buyers purchased large amounts of peanuts. China usually buys the bulk of its peanuts from India, but poor growing conditions left the subcontinent without sufficient amounts of peanuts for export. American peanut farmers hope to retain a share of the growing Chinese market.

Napa Valley Wines by Anthony Jean-Claude

March 29, 2013

Anthony Jean-Claude is an Odenton, Maryland, business executive and entrepreneur who has held senior management positions with companies such as Maryland Green BioFuel, UPC/GBMH Tobacco, and Supreme Team General Contracting. In his free time, Anthony Jean-Claude is a wine enthusiast who is particularly fond of the wines produced in California’s renowned Napa Valley.

Napa Valley wines have long been regarded as some of the finest in the United States, if not the world. Accounting for approximately 4 percent of California’s total wine production, Napa County supports 45,000 acres of vineyards and 300 individual wineries. Ranging from small family business to massive operations with international reputations, the wineries of the region are as diverse as the varietals they produce. Some of these wineries have operational histories that stretch back to the 1800s. Napa Valley wines did not gain widespread recognition, however, until the 1960s. Although the region initially garnered international attention for its Cabernet Sauvignon, the Napa Valley of today makes a wide array of quality wines including Merlots, Chardonnays, Zinfandels and Pinot Noirs.

The oneworld Round-the-World Airline Ticket By Anthony Jean-Claude

March 22, 2013

A partnership among 11 of the world’s top airline carriers, the oneworld alliance flies to more than 150 countries around the globe. In addition to traditional one-way and round-trip tickets, the oneworld alliance also offers special round-the-world fares. These tickets allow travelers to book up to four flight segments on six different continents for a surprisingly affordable price. Valid for up to one year of travel, the tickets require only that customers travel in one continuous direction, crossing the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans only one time each. Travelers must choose their destinations in advance, but can alter their flight dates at any time. Prioritizing flexibility and ease of use, oneworld’s round-the-world tickets offer a starting point for the adventure of a lifetime.

About the Author: Having traveled to such locales as Haiti and Ghana, Anthony Jean-Claude has also worked in the United States and Germany. Anthony Jean-Claude has held executive positions in the alternative energy, automobile, and contracting sectors.

Anthony Jean-Claude: Napa Valley Wines

May 10, 2012

A busy entrepreneur, Anthony Jean-Claude makes the most of his personal time. He enjoys many activities, including fine dining and good wines. Anthony Jean-Claude is particularly fond of wines from Napa Valley, a growing region located north of San Francisco.

The Napa Valley remains a prime growing region for wine grapes because of its diversity of microclimates. With temperate weather patterns, rainfall that yields concentrated and flavorful grapes, as well as varied soils ranging from silty clay to volcanic rock, Napa Valley grapes thrive and form the basis for world-class wines. In fact, wines produced in the region rival Old World favorites from France and Italy, with varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Chardonnay, Syrah, Nebbiolo, and Pinot Noir.

Visitors to Napa Valley can tour the area’s 15 sub-appellations. Each appellation imparts its own unique flair to the wines, arising from terroir, climate, growing conditions, and the skill of the winemaker.