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Sergio Cortes – Working Towards A Vaccine for Zika

The Zika virus is caused by mosquito bites and have been likely linked to cause birth defects. Marilia Lima was pregnant when she was infected with Zika virus, and at the time there wasn’t a lot of known information about the virus. Her son, Arthur, who is now 2.5 months old was born with microcephaly, which is a birth defect that causes small heads and brain damage. There has not been a proven indication that the virus definitely causes the birth defect, but most doctors do believe there is a connection, and Lima does not feel like Brazil cares.

Among the many problems that these infants and their families suffer from, this medical condition is hard to treat because doctors and health care professionals do not understand the virus. There isn’t enough information or research to help the babies with their developmental delays, and help the families to cope. Most of the families are left to deal with the birth defect on their own, only hoping for comfort and care in the future.

Sergio Cortes of is a doctor who has dedicated much of his life and his studies geared towards understanding this virus and hopefully finding a successful treatment. He has many years of health care experience and in his current findings he has discovered that the mosquito is also responsible for another type of virus with similar symptoms. It’s called the chikungunya virus, and proves to enhance pain in the joints which can be very intense. The data findings from these two viruses are still being studied considering the current rate of microcephaly. Physicians and health care professionals are warning expecting mothers to not visit the area and if an individual begins to show symptoms of redness of eyes, joint pain, high fever followed by a rash, they are to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Sergio Cortes is also heading studies to see if an individual can be infected by both viruses that are caused by these mosquitos.

Sergio Cortes has found that there is no medicine that can be administered to prevent the disease but that the only treatment the can be offered is to continue to study the viruses. His team of health care professionals have devised a plan of hope that a vaccine they’ve developed will become into effect soon, and provide 80% accuracy and have the ability to fight the four different types of the fever. As of right now, there is no solution to the problem other than to continue to study the viruses and work to eliminate the mosquitos and their breeding grounds.

There is hope for Lima and Arthur through the findings of Sergio Cortes. With time and efforts, they can find a vaccine that will cure the virus and put an end to the link between the virus and microcephaly. It’s an unfortunate situation for any family to have to go through, but with a continued drive to enhance the lives of those affected, hopefully they can seek comfort and care.

George Soros Philanthropy Activities Under Attack

It is one thing to amass wealth but entirely different for the wealth holder to share the wealth freely. We are talking about the philanthropic activities of a man whose love for humanity than love itself, George Soros. This is a gentleman who was born in Belfast Hungary 85 years ago. He is an American of noble standing, a billionaire by right and a philanthropist at heart. He wears many hats as it is almost an offense not to mention that he is an investment mogul and an author. His investment prowess has seen his wealth rise to over 23 billion dollars putting him on the Forbes list of the top fifty wealthy people in the world. In the USA, Soros forms part of the top ten richest people. George Soros is the Chairman and Founder of the Open Society Foundations– which is a network of foundations, partners and projects in over 100 countries globally.


Soros is committed to the idea of open society- where rights are respected, government enhance accountability, and truth is open to all. This the uniqueness in of the Open Society Foundations unlike many other private philanthropic efforts propagated by other philanthropies. The current burning of books and literature related to George Soros’ Open Societies Foundation in colleges in Russia is widely seen as a move to gag open talk on human rights. What these hooligans didn’t put in mind is that Soros has amassed so much financial muscle for anyone to stand on his way of propagating democracy across the world. Soros books are important as they helped build up a international system that enhanced transparency and accountability to the natural resources extraction industries in the larger part of Europe. Local cartels and tyrants could be behind the book burning as people are enlightened and people are able to demand for more accountability from their leaders.


Burning of George Soros books in Russia is a foolish move as human rights and need for dignity is not a topic that is escaping media attention any time soon. The message is already out there and traveling at a speed higher than lightening. It will be interesting to watch the activities of the Open Society as this move gives them even more impetus to propagate events that will enhance transparency in the operations of the Russian government. George Soros has been on this world long enough for such desperate antics to dampen his big heart.

More information can be obtained from CNBC.

Designer Shoe Lines Like Paul Evans Cut Costs by Cutting out the Middleman

How do you make a $500 pair of shoes for $100? According to a recent Bloomberg article on designer men’s italian shoes, the secret is to follow the recent trend of cutting out the middleman. The Paul Evans shoe line was mentioned in the article for being one of these handcrafted and designed shoemakers that are able to sell their shoes for less due to cutting out unnecessary steps and people.

Bloomberg reported that Paul Evans shoes are manufactured in the same fine Italian factories as Ferragamo and other high-end shoe companies. However, Paul Evans shoes sell for considerably less than those lines.

The owners, Ben Earley and Evan Fript, set out to create a shoe line that would be just as high end in quality and workmanship as shoes that cost $1000 while, at the same time, not being anywhere near as expensive. It seems they’ve succeeded in that goal. The owners actually traveled to Italy themselves to meet with shoemakers who have been crafting shoes for generations and to tour factories. They found the perfect factory in Naples, Italy.

Cutting out the middleman mainly means that they sell their shoes directly to the customer from their website. A department store has to mark up prices due to wholesale costs. That need is cut out when you are selling directly to the customer and results in a significantly less expensive shoe.

The shoes are a beautifully modern take on classic styles. Made with the finest leather and crafted by true artisans, their shoes are often compared to other luxury brands such as the Paris-based Berluti. However, price-wise, their shoes are more in keeping with the Allen Edmonds line of shoes.

Paul Evans has been quickly growing and they have big plans for the future including opening their own traditional stores.

The New York Real Estate Market Is Breaking Records

The New York real estate market broke records for sales and volume in 2015, and the city seems to be growing even into 2016. Anyone looking for a place to live in the city will pay higher prices, and there are more opportunities for companies like TOWN Residential to create new developments. This article explores how companies like TOWN Residential are responding to a rising real estate market in New York going into 2016.

#1: Every Record Was Broken

Several real estate brokers have noted that every previous record was broken during the 2015 fiscal year. The real estate market in 2015 exploded with foreign investment, more new homeowners and a range of developments created by companies like TOWN Residential. The records all fell at a time when prices were at their highest, and the market created many new developments to help invigorate the city.

#2: TOWN Residential Helps Residents And Developers

The development projects from TOWN Residential are funded by foreign and domestic investors, and TOWN even has an office in London. The company has focused quite a bit on balancing its activities, and the company has spent time working with new homeowners who were in need places to live. The catalog held by TOWN Residential ranges from quaint townhomes in Brooklyn to gorgeous apartments in Manhattan.

#3: More Development Is Coming

TOWN Residential is working on new development projects that are slated for different parts of the city, and their company has invested quite a lot of money in getting these projects off the ground. The developments are typically multi-use projects that will combine living spaces with retail or commercial spaces. The diverse nature of the work coming from TOWN Residential simply makes the city a more attractive place to live.

#4: New Developments Will Force Prices Higher

New developments on-tap for 2016 will help prices rise even higher in 2016. It is conceivable that the market in 2016 could be even stronger than the market in 2015, and the records that were broken recently may only stand for a year. Real estate developers and brokers are bracing for a very strong 2016 that could lead to a breath of fresh air for the city and new investors.

The records broken in 2016 were shattered by a market that was flush with cash and high prices. Those records may not last long as 2016 proves to have just as much potential.

Yeonmi Park Takes On Critics

Great literature provokes discussion. Autobiographies, for example, are bound to drawn a lot of attention to the author because people read and want to know if the things that they read are really true. In the case of Yeonmi Park, there are lots of critics that are trying to unravel the autobiography that she penned that has made the New York Times Best Sellers List.
“In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom” takes you on a journey that no thirteen year old girl should have to endure. Park depicts her travel from the chill of the frozen rivers in the middle of the night and a journey through scorching heat of the desert. By the time the book is over readers are in shock. This is the shock value that Park has hoped for. She hopes that it is strong enough to make people take action against this. Educating people on what a North Korean defector endures has opened the eyes of many, but this particular book has also brought the critics to the center stage as well. Yeonmi is now coming toe to toe with the critics on Youtube that have taken an aim at her credibility. She has stated that this is more of an attempt to silence the voice of a North Korean refugee that has made it out. She states that there is a real tragedy in North Korea, and her voice will not be silenced by the criticism. She openly admits that she may not recall every incident with astonishing accurate detail, but she has no issues with standing by this narrative journey. Her starvation was very real. The death of her father and the depths of despair are real. She has become an activist because she knows what it is like to feel suicidal, cold, hungry and afraid. Yeonmi Park knows what is like to have your virginity taken against your will. All of these things are important issues that she wants to bring attention to. She doesn’t want minor details to overshadow the huge tragedy that is taking place in North Korea.

Slyce’s Newest Improvements To AI Visual Search Technology

Shopping Online Just Got Easier

Online shopping has always been a way of getting freedom out of your life by not going to stores, not finding parking, avoiding sales people and avoiding those long lines in the malls. It is especially helpful in shopping around the holidays because consumers can find exactly what they want without the hassle of going to get it. The products are shipped to their homes, or in the case of the holidays, the gifts can be shipped to the recipient. Some companies even offer gift wrapping for around the holidays. The convenience of online shopping just got easier with the introduction of visual search technology.

This sophisticated and innovative techonology is being used by most of the major online brands and developers, but Slyce has a cutting edge version of the technology that offers something that its competitors do not have available. Amazon has tried to implement their app for consumers to make have an easier shopping experience. Google has its own version of AI visual search. Pinterest has an interesting take on the visual search technology that allows its users to click on things in pictures to buy them. This information was originally reported by MIT Technology Review, which reports a long list of competition in the visual search industry.

Slyce Makes Waves In Visual Search Industry

Slyce has its own spin on the image recognition technology that is creative and continues to change. They have made some serious changes to their platform that are to ensure that the user gets the search results that they desire. The AI technology always assists the user in their search, but Slyce has the added element of a real live customer service department to assist users in the quest for the right product.

The team at Slyce has also added a great new feature to help consumers who are searching for products that may be hard to find. When an item is out of stock, consumers are used to seeing that information on their screen. However, Slyce has a new feature called Slyce Link that is designed to help users who are in these situations find similar products. Slyce has made the shopping experience easier, simpler and less frustrating for consumers and retailers alike.

Town Residential-Your Source for Top of the Line, New York City Real Estate Solutions

This year, the luxury Real Estate market in New York City is hot. We are seeing vacant spaces fill up faster than we have in quite a number of years. As this trend continues, we should expect to see wage increases, due to the high demands of our society. The Big Apple is looking just as sweet as ever to many business men, free-lancers, and those with a taste for adventure. With endless opportunities, amazing art and culture, and the many sources of entertainment just walking down the street, why wait? Let us help you make New York City your home today. Or if what you are seeking, is better yet a home away from home, a sweet escape, our highly trained professionals have you covered.

Whether it is a taste of Soho, the flavors of Tribeca, the culture of Chelsea, or a simple life in the Buisness District, that your heart desires, we have just the right place for you.

At Town Residential, we make you feel at home. Our chic apartments and rental spaces are in the heart of many charming, up and coming neighborhoods in New York City and Miami. Our staff will be able to provide you with unparalleled knowledge and information, to make finding exactly where you belong that much more simple.

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Squaw Valley adds connection to Alpine Meadows


Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley are two major Tahoe ski resorts. The two companies combined in 2011, and a recent announcement will make them even closer. In April the two resorts announced plans to make a gondola that will carry people from one base to the other.

It is to start at the bottom of the Squaw Valley, and go over a ridge between the two mountains and then go back down to the base of Alpine Meadows, according to recent press.

“Connecting Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows is something skiers and snowboarders both who live here and who visit have dreamed of for decades,” Squaw Alpine CEO Andy Wirth said on making the announcement.

Troy Caldwell owns land between the two mountains, and the gondola will run along the western edge of his property.

Talk of connecting the two resorts has been going on for some time. Wirth said the idea goes back to the beginning of the resort, which was founded by Wayne Poulsen. Wirth said before his arrival at Sqauw Valley, most negotiation was done through lawyers. He developed a relationship with Caldwell, which was key to working out an agreement for the route of the gondola.

Wirth said 20-25 percent of people who ski there, ski both mountains the same day. Even with bus service, there is still travel on roads between the two mountains. Wirth said the gondola should reduce traffic on the roads there, but he did not know how much.

Wirth is CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings, and is the grandson of former U.S. National Park Service Director Conrad Wirth. Andy Worth has worked in the resort industry for 25 years. He began his resort career at Steamboat Springs resort in 1986. In 2007 he became chief marketing officer at Intrawest, which bought Steamboat Springs in 2007. In 2010 he made the move to Squaw Velley. In October of 2013 he had his right arm nearly torn off in a skydiving accident in California. Worth landed on a steel post because of wind, and was severely injured. He was able to slow the bleeding until he was rescued. He had 23 surgeries on his arm, and had fully recovered.