George Soros: Billionaire, Philanthropist, and Economist

George Soros is a billionaire and founder of Soros Fund Management with a net worth is estimated to be around $27B. He has a Bachelor’s degree and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the London School of Economics. He resides in the United States but hails from Hungary and, in fact, has dual citizenship.
George Soros has predicted that the current financial situation resembles that of 2008 when there was a financial crisis. Soros has stated that the positive interest rates and the devaluation of the yuan by the Chinese government could be some of the predictors of a recession that is looming. Soros has claimed that the debt crunch hints that the situation could be even worse than that 0f 2008.

George Soros was in headlines recently after he gave a $6 million check to Priorities USA, a Super PAC that supports Hillary Clinton. He has given $8 million in total and is looking to give more as the presidential race heats up.

He had taken a break after the 2004 election where his bid to oust George Bush as president failed even after Soros had given more than $20m. In 2008, he supported Priorities USA, which backed Barrack Obama but has expressed regret over this decision in emails that were released to the FEC. Soros has praised Clinton for her openness after she agreed to discuss policy with him even after he didn’t support her during the 2008 primaries.

Soros is an author and has written a number of books including The Alchemy of Finance and the New Paradigm for Finance. Soros is affiliated with the Quantum fund which has been described as the most successful fund of all time with a growth percentage of around 20% per year. He has also invested in sports after he bought a 1.9% stake in English Premier League club Manchester United.

He is also the founder of Open Society which seeks to ensure that governments are accountable and that the rights of the citizens are upheld. Soros established the Central European University in Germany to encourage critical thinking among the people of Berlin after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Soros is also involved in philanthropy and to date has given more than $11B to causes that he supports. From giving scholarships to victims of apartheid to restoring the status of the Roma people by providing fees for the students of the marginalized group. One of his main causes is ensuring that there is transparency in the resource extraction industry. He has stated that his involvement in societal causes stems from the fact that he has the opportunity to be independent, and so has an obligation to help out where he can.

Beneful Gives Pets What They Deserve

You might think that all dog food is created equally, but the opposite is true. Dog food brands vary just like food people eat. If you want food for your dog that is created with ingredients that are good for the animal, look into Beneful.

Beneful is made bt Purina with vitamin-rich vegetables and meats and can truly bring out the best in any dog. Dogs can get tired of the same old food just like people do, but Beneful is full of tastes and textures that will nourish the dog’s body and taste buds.

This brand has a quality assurance including standards that ensure that each bag of dog food is well-made, high in quality, and consistent. It is safe for your furry friend and all of the ingredients have to live up to a high standard in order to go into the food. Pets love the food on first taste and for every meal thereafter.

Many of the quality assurance practices are standard throughout the industry, but Beneful meets requirements beyond the regular issues. Every ingredient is monitored and the process that goes into manufacturing the food is constantly checked and comprehensive.

If you want your pets to have food that is fresh and safe, guaranteed, Beneful is a great brand to try. Beneful wants pets to have healthy food they will truly enjoy. The food will give them a longer, happier life and those who work behind the scenes enjoy their quality assurance because they feel it is the right thing to do for any pet who eats the food.

 

 

Bruce Levenson’s Investment in American Basketball

From the Playoffs to the Championship games, basketball has been one of the most loved sports in the world. In the United States of America, the game was created in the late 1800’s and has progressed significantly over the years. As a result, a league was formed for men’s professional basketball. This league is what is now globally known as the National Basketball Association (NBA) and has a total of thirty teams as members.

However, there is so much more to the game than the players and the matches. Behind the scenes are those people who own these basketball teams. These owners are mainly billionaire business people and owning such teams always pays off in the long-run since their selling price is always higher than the buying price. A lucrative investment some would say. Many Forbes billionaires have owned these teams and among them is the famous entrepreneur, Bruce Levenson.

Known for being a being a former NBA team owner, a businessperson and also his many philanthropic activities, Bruce is among the partners who own the Atlanta Spirit LLC, now known as Atlanta Hawks LLC. They purchased the Atlanta Hawks basketball team and the Atlanta Thrashers hockey team and also acquired the operating rights to the Philips Arena, which doubles as the Atlanta Hawks’ training facility. Nonetheless, as the “game” of owning sports teams goes, Bruce and his partners sold the Atlanta Thrashers seven years after buying them.

Bruce Levenson also served as the Hawk’s governor on the National Basketball Association Board of Governors.

However, In September 2014, Bruce announced that he would sell his share of the Atlanta Hawks team. His partner Michael Gearon followed suit and announced he would sell his share in January 2015. In October 2014, Bruce hired Goldman Sachs and Inner Circle Sports to sell the Atlanta Hawks and the working rights to the Philips Arena. According to experts, the Hawks are likely to sell at a price ranging from eight hundred million to one billion dollars.

Apart from his association with the NBA, Bruce is also a prominent businessperson known for being the Co-Founder of United Communications Group. The group mainly specializes in data and analysis as well as news for various industries such as the telecommunications and energy industries. He has been with the firm for more than twenty years and still continues to play a significant role in executing its business strategies. He also served as a director of a company called Tech target. Bruce also plays an active part in philanthropic organizations such as the Hoop Dreams Foundation and the Community Foundation of Washington and is a founding donor to the U.S Holocaust Museum.

 

Sales of Premium Dog Food on the Rise Since 2009

Gourmet food is something that many people enjoy. Meals made from fresh ingredients that have been carefully selected for both their taste and health benefits are very popular both in restaurants and at home. But people aren’t the only ones eating gourmet food. In recent times, the dog food industry has shifted from offering just bland kibble and cheap canned foods that prioritized low price over quality to having a wide range of premium nutrition choices for pets. Quality dog food isn’t entirely new. Beneful is a brand that has been offering premium dog food for several years. Their products are made from top-quality ingredients that dogs actually love to eat and that offer them many health benefits. It is the preferred brand used by dog owners who want their companion to have the best food they can find. What sets Beneful apart is that while their products are still reasonably priced, they refuse to compromise on quality just for the sake of being able to sell their food at lower prices. Their new line of wet dog food called “Chopped Blends” is made from healthy ingredients like chicken, salmon, beef, carrots, wild rice and tomatoes. It has received thousands of positive reviews from dog owners, many of who say that even dogs who are picky eaters love the taste of Beneful wet dog food. Premium dog foods are made by various companies around the country. Newcomers to the industry like Freshpet Inc., which operates out of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, have put together innovative recipes that would look just like something people would eat themselves. Even companies that have been selling dog food for decades are now coming up with a premium line of products. These foods emphasize natural nutrition without the use of artificial flavors and colorings. According to a Daily Herald report, premium dog food sales have been growing steadily in the last few years. Since 2009, around $10.5 billion has been spent on premium dog food. This represents a growth of 45 percent in sales. Premium products currently make up over half of the entire market.

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 sergiocortes.com 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 NPR.org 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.