Mar 30

Nicholas Cage Love Him Or Hate Him

 

I love Nicholas Cage despite his poor choices of roles lately. He gets a bad rap for that. Actors like Robert De Niro are loved by critics and everyone else, consistently. Some of the best Robert de Niro movies were ground-breaking like “Taxi Driver,” hilarious like the “Fockers”, one of the best feel good movies, franchise or even super scary such as “Cape Fear” and “Hide and Seek.” Washington is on the level of De Niro as well. Some of his standout films were last year’s “Fences,” as the alcoholic pilot in “Flight,” and the sadistic cop in “Training Day.” De Niro and Washington have won two Oscars each. Cage doesn’t have as many fans but he did win an Oscar in 1996 for “Leaving Las Vegas.”

 

Nicholas Cage is the nephew of Francis Ford Coppola. There’s lots of performing talent in the Coppola family but Cage didn’t rely on the family name to break into acting. He went so far as to change his name. Cage’s first movie was “Fast Times at Ridgemont High.” This was a small role but it was a good break because he was surrounded by already recognized talent. His breakout role was in “Moonstruck” where he played Cher’s kooky love interest. Cage mastered the ability to play kooky characters. He’s played several. I loved him in “Matchstick Men” as a con-artist with a bad case of OCD. Another oddball character he played well was the hillbilly baby thief in “Raising Arizona.” But Cage’s portrayal of Seth the Angel in “City of Angels” was unforgettable.

Mar 9

WEN By Chaz Is Something Different You Can Try

If you seem to have trouble with bad hair days or just not getting the hair you want, you might want to try using a new conditioner or shampoo because not all hair products are the same. Now choosing a new hair care product might mean taking a risk, and you may not be too eager to do so if you’ve become comfortable using the same conditioner for a long time. But you might be surprised at what’s out there, and you can find user reviews of various conditioners when you want someone’s opinion who doesn’t work for the company.

WEN by Chaz is a product line that has hit the market and gotten attention for its claim to turn tangled messy hair into a soft, smooth beautiful wonder. WEN is made from fresh organic compounds that have been proven to work well on hair and are not tested on any animals. People who have used WEN by Chaz’s conditioner and shampoo brands have reported fantastic results, as the conditioner goes to work on even thinner hair giving it a more thicker and fuller feeling. If you want to know more about what one user said who doesn’t work for the company or promote any brands herself, you can go to Bustle.com to read her story.

The WEN by Chaz product line was founded by Chaz Dean, a man whose original passion was photography, but discovered just how beautiful hair added to the touch of his photos. He decided to start his own product line, WEN by Chaz and even opened up a salon where to this day, many celebrities visit to have their hair done. Chaz’s products have become quite a hit with hair stylists and fashion enthusiasts, and you can buy them simply by going to the company website at WEN.com, or at select retailers across the country.

Source: http://www.totalbeauty.com/content/gallery/p-wen-products

May 24

Billionaire George Soros Buying Gold Not U.S. Stocks

Investors are paying attention to what George Soros has been saying and the changes he has made to his total investment portfolio. Recently, George Soros did some major housekeeping and ended up very heavily invested in gold, SPDR Gold Trust, to be more specific. He bought 1 million shares of options of the bullish persuasion. He is now the largest investor in Barrick Gold Corporation, with his buying 1.7 percent of the company. That adds up to $264 million in gold that George Soros bought just this last March.

He made this major foray into gold after divesting a significant amount of his investments in U.S. stocks. As he has been declaring as advice for others over the last year, Soros has gotten out of some major U.S. companies through his Soros Fund Management. The stock equities on http://www.nybooks.com/contributors/george-soros/ he is no longer associated with include Level 3 Communications Inc. and Dow Chemical. Together, he had invested over $334 million in the two companies. As well, he released everything he had invested in Endo International Plc and Delta Airlines. In total, according to mandatory reporting statistics, George Soros reduced his U.S. stock investments by 37 percent.

Many analysts are saying that they are not shocked at Soros’ actions. China has had such an upset to their economy that it will end up with a similar result to the U.S. economy in 2007 through 2008, claims Soros. His bullish view on U.S. equities has obviously been growing. Now he increasingly recommends investments in gold. However, it should be pointed out that Soros is still heavily invested in assets that total of $3.5 billion. Of that, about $431 million is still invested in U.S. stocks, as reported by the 500 Index Report from Standard & Poor. Read some details on http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/1997/02/the-capitalist-threat/376773/.

Originating from the Eastern European country of Hungary, George Soros has lived through a lot of interesting history in the 20th and 21st centuries. He was a young teenager when Hitler’s forces from Nazi Germany invaded his country during World War II. He then endured the atrocities committed by the Soviets when they took over occupation at the start of the Cold War. He managed to escape to the West, to England, in 1947.

He attended and graduated from the London School of Economics. Then he moved to the United States and became a citizen. However, his love for Europe and especially Hungary has never waned. He has been a well published and outspoken critic of American foreign policy. George Soros has also been a very generous philanthropist and social rights activist. He started a human rights non-profit organization called the Open Society Foundation (OSF). Through this group, Soros promotes education issues, basic human rights, and better healthcare. You can read more about George Soros here.


May 19

Andy Wirth Triumphs Over Plans To Incorporate Olympic Valley

Because of a severe drought, life has been difficult for the communities living in the north shore of Lake Tahoe. The community depends on the resorts and small businesses for a livelihood. In the recent past, a political upheaval befell the community in the form of a battle over the Olympic Valley.

The valley has some of the best winter sports terrain in North America. It is also home to the renowned Squaw Valley Resort.

Good news is that solutions to these problems could be in the pipeline as individuals backing the incorporation efforts have withdrawn their support for the campaign. Andy Wirth, CEO and president of Squaw Valley asserted that the past four years have been quite hectic. However, nature has provided early storms and cold temperatures. This way, Squaw Valley and other resorts in Tahoe-area will be able to open weeks earlier than usual.

In the past, Squaw Valley spent thousands of dollars in opposing the incorporation attempts. According to Wirth, businesses and residents would have incurred higher taxes.

These taxes would decrease the services, which most locals depend for a livelihood. If the incorporation went through, it would have segregated Olympic Valley from other communities in the north shore. This situation would have cut resources needed to deal with varying regional problems.

The company plans to enhance its real estate through development of more commercial and residential properties. The plans to have a gondola connect the Alpine Meadows ski areas and Squaw Valley are in high gear. With the incorporation dilemma resolved, Wirth believes that the community would be willing to enhance transportation and other concerns.

About Andy Wirth

There is a new look at Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority Board courtesy of a new chair person and three new board members. The new chairman is the CEO of Squaw Valley/ Alpine Meadows, Andy Wirth. Jessica Sferrazza, Jenifer Rose and Lisa Gianoli would be the new members. In his acceptance speech, Wirth noted that new people would be pivotal in creating new ideas that will serve to enhance the airport.

In addition, Wirth posited that through experienced and talented individuals to incorporate Olympic valley, it would be easy for the people to travel to and from the region.

Wirth is an expert on international resort management. In the past, he has worked in different airlines serving in varying capacities. He has been able to forge relations with numerous stakeholders, thus increasing flights for resorts in Colorado, Canada and Utah. In his concluding remarks, Wirth stated that he was honored to be the face of RSCVA besides serving as the chairman of an organization that is crucial to the region’s economy.

May 10

Darius Fisher Manages Your Online Reputation

Every single day, you pull up Google’s home page for a search. It may even be your home page. When you search, you may be looking for information about a business partner, trends in your industry, or finding a nice place for lunch. That initial search creates a first impression. Whether seeing a review or pictures, first impressions are lasting. This goes for online reputation as well. Let’s put your brand in that search. Let’s think about what the consumer sees when they search for you. What will be your impression? Darius Fisher knows how to salvage and enhance your online reputation. His company Status Labs works specifically in online reputation management. Status labs is also a public relations and digital marketing firm. He is the president and co-founder of Status Labs based in Austin, TX. No matter the size of your brand or business, a PR smear on your brand name could cost you in many different ways. Business partners, customers and employees may look at the brand in the wrong light.

 

Darius Fisher and Status Labs excels in correcting the image. Status Labs has offices in Sao Paulo, Austin and New York. His work includes a lot of planning and research to correct search results and the overall presentation of your brand. Providing a struggling business with fresh new content and giving Google new results to pull is the beginning of the process. Updating the look and feel of your website can help. Adding new videos or social media tools are ways that Darius Fisher and Status Labs does to begin repairing the online reputation that has been hit due to unfortunate events. Status Labs will not take any new client. Their moral standards as a brand themselves to play a role in who they take on as a new client. No doubt, Status Labs is a leader in the market of repairing PR disasters and rebranding that could potentially save your brand.

More information for Darius Fisher:

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May 5

Talk Fusion: The Future Is Now

Apple recently came out with a watch that does as many functions a smartphone completes as possible. Technology is rapidly miniaturizing, and the trend shows no sign of slowing down soon. With Quantum computers and nano-technology, there only seems to be an increase in this process. Consider that today, a regular smartphone from an off-brand producer has more computational power than the highest-quality computers of the late nineties and early aughts. What used to require a desktop can now be contained in your pocket.

Similarly, high-definition visual technology is now something which can be had for an entire month free of charge or any credit card information. This technology is currently number one in the global market, due in large part to its popularity as the number one video chat app of Indonesia, and is continuously increasing in popularity. What is it, you ask?

Talk Fusion.

In a recent Business For Home Article, the product is explored in detail.

Talk Fusion is a communications service that provides marketing solutions in some 140 separate countries currently. While the Talk Fusion communications app is most popular in Indonesia, it is currently the fifth most-used video chat app in Japan, and the twentieth most-used video chat app in Switzerland.

Part of the reason Talk Fusion is as popular as it is has to do with the methodology of the organization’s CEO and Founder, Bob Reina. Bob believes in family, he believes in friends, and he believes in community. He also believes in animal charities, and using his organization as a bastion of positive global change over time. Naturally, this makes the technology even more recommendable.

With a thirty day free trial, users can experience all the high-definition options available through Talk Fusion entirely free. Furthermore, this trial requires no credit card information whatsoever, recommending it as above-the-board. But that’s to be expected when an organization like DSA (Direct Selling Association) has endorsed a business, as they have in Talk Fusion’s case. Finally, the proprietary patent-pending technology of this service works on virtually any platform, including Tablet OS options, Windows, Macintosh, and Android platforms.

Feb 25

The Life and Career of Dick DeVos

Dick DeVos is a son to Richard DeVos senior. Richard. Richard is the co-founder with Jay Andel of the Amway Corporation which is privately owned. The Amway Corporation, a network sales company, is responsible for distributing household, health, and personal care products using dealers who outsource for second level dealers who after that recruit third level dealers. The final levels of dealers are the consumers. 

Dick married the former Betsy Prince for a total of 35 years whom they currently have a total of having seven children and five grandchildren. The two of them are heavily involved in philanthropy mostly through their family foundation and have even founded a charter school for aviation minded high school students as part of their love for education and passion for flight.

Dick started working at the Amway Corporation in 1974 where he held positions of different levels of responsibility in most of the firms operating departments. He was promoted to be the Vice President of the Amway Corporation in 1984 mainly to gain experience outside the company which was owned by his family. During this time, the company had operations in 18 different countries. However, in 1989, he resigned from the company to start an entirely new business, The Windquest Group. 

The Windquest Group’s primary function was to manufacture and marketing of the closet and storage organizers. He was to be appointed by the father to manage the National Basket Association’s Magic Basketball franchise in 1991 (New Netherland Institute). The DeVos family had just acquired the franchise. He remained in the management of the Windquest group.  Read more about Dick’s time at Amway in the following article: http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2010/09/amway_heir_dick_and_betsy_devo.html

He turned to Amway Corporation after two years as the President succeeding his father. He was to oversee the restructuring of the Amway Corporation in 2000. During the restricting, an umbrella firm named Alticor Corporation was formed. It was made up of the Access Business Group, the Amway Corporation, and the Quixtar Corporation. Amway managed to expand its operations to more than 50 countries and territories in all the six continents under the new structure of Alticor.

Dick DeVos retired as the Alticor president in 2002 to devote his full time to his private venture, Windquest Group. Dick decided to enter politics in 2006 and ran for the Michigan governorship on the Republican ticket. Dick was then the wealthiest man to seek the governorship in Michigan where he spent more than $40 million of his personal money on the campaign. Despite spending such an enormous sum of money in the campaign, DeVos still lost the elections to Jennifer Granholm, who ran for the governorship on a Democrat ticket. Dick still famously gives to political candidates and causes as was referenced in a House of Cards episode which DeVos weighs in on in this Mlive article.

Feb 23

Solo Capital & Sanjay Shah Support Autism Research

 

Sanjay Shah is originally from Kenya where he was born. He moved to Central London with his family when he was a child. After graduating high school, he attended King’s College to study medicine. At the time, he wanted to be a doctor but soon realized that the line of medicine wasn’t what he wanted to do. He began to study accounting and soon graduated with his agree in finances. He began working for an accounting firm and continued to work as an accountant for a number of years. After years of the nine to work hustle with an added commute, he decided it was time to leave that world and start his own venture. That venture lead him to open his own brokerage business that blossomed into Solo Capital. In the beginning of bringing Solo Capital to life, he had only a few employees. He hired some newly college graduate students and a few trading partners to help him get the business started. He hoped but never anticipated that the business would grow as fast as it did.

Solo Capital grew fast and solid over the years. It is now listed in Dubai and Central London with over 39 offices operating solely with proprietary trading and consulting. He has been able to increase the revenue of the business by providing solid financial consultants and a firm understanding in investments. Solo Capital now has an estimated net worth of $280 million, which has allowed Shah to become quite comfortable with his financial situation. He has since decided to take a back seat to his company and allow his partners to run the business while he retires. He has since lingered off to another passion of his, that he is extremely close to, and wanted to pursue it further. That passion is called Autism Rocks.

Autism Rocks is a fundraiser based on collection money for the research and development of the disorder. Autism has affected many people throughout the entire world, including his young son who was diagnosed in 2011. Since then, he had been looking for a way to help. He had been donating to children in India for a number of years, and now has the ability to donate his funds to Autism Rocks. He has previously worked in the music industry and was able to form an agreement between his artist friends to help raise money for the cause. Snoop Dogg urged him to get back into the industry after an afternoon visit with him, and he has since been able to stage concerts with the musicians in efforts to raise money. His hopes are to help find the cause and the cure for Autism, as well as to raise awareness.

Feb 23

Skout Inspires Random Acts Of Kindness

It is a loving place that we live in where we actually have the time to celebrate random acts of kindness for a whole week. The week of February 15th to February 20th is designated to be the week where random acts of kindness are to be celebrated, but don’t worry if you miss the celebration because you can contribute now to the kindness that exists in this world by doing something incredible in someone else’s life. You can give to the world, your community and other people by giving of yourself in a thoughtful manner that promotes positive feelings.

Skout is an online dating and social media website that is promoting the random acts of kindness week celebration. They recently conducted research on how their users feel about random acts of kindness. There is an article from Uloop that discusses some of the survey results for you to see. It shares statistics and other interesting information about how the people that were surveyed view random acts of kindness. According to the article and the survey, approximately 51 percent of individuals that were surveyed felt that they commit an act of random kindness on a daily basis. There is also another statistic mentioned in the article that was taken from the survey. That statistic is that 93 percent of the users surveyed have done a random act of kindness. It is interesting to hear that it is common for people to do random acts of kindness for other people. It feels like we are living in a more caring and loving world when you hear that information.

Random acts of kindness can be anything from something small and thoughtful, like holding open a door for a group of strangers, to something more elaborate, like paying for the bill of a stranger in line at the dry cleaner. The act of kindness committed at random towards strangers shows the entire world that we care about how each individual feels. It is incredible to witness, and it easily inspires others to show their kindness in an open way when they are in public places. We are sometimes reserved in public, but this week of celebration reminds us that we can be open and free to show how much we care about other people. You can join in on the celebration by doing something kind today. To read the Uloop article, go here.

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