My Dog Truly Loves His Beneful

Jan - 28 2015 | no comments | By

I believe in treating my dog, just as well as I treat myself, and I do not feed my dog anything from my table. If my dog is good, he will get a treat once in a while. My dog was eating a dry dog food, which he would eat, but he didn’t seem to enjoy as much as he could have. Because the dog food was cheaper, I thought it was good enough to feed my pitbull. I noticed times when the dog would not be running alongside me when we went on our daily walks, but I would actually be jogging.

I was constantly having to stop, and allow the dog to catch up, which began to worry me as a dog owner. I thought it was something that would pass, and that maybe he was just tired, and didn’t get enough sleep. This continued on for months, and it bothered me to the point where I decided to take the dog to a veterinarian. The vet looked the dog over, and said that he was healthy, but he could use some more energy. I was told that the dog food I was feeding my animal was cheap, and not made with good ingredients.

The vet suggested that I try Beneful, which would be better tasting to my dog, and help give him the energy that he needed. I decided to take the vet’s advice, and I put Beneful on my shopping list for the week. When I went to my grocery store, I found many different types of the food, and decided to buy both wet and dry dog foods. I chose to feed the dry dog food to my dog at first, and I noticed he would eat it very quickly.

The prior dog food that I used to feed him, would just sit there for a while sometimes, and he would eat it out of necessity, not out of desire. I decided to try the wet dog food, and I could barely finish scraping it into his dog bowl, before he started lapping it up. He really loved the wet dog food, prompting me to make it his regular meals. My dog will eat both wet and dry foods from Beneful, and his energy has truly increased over time. The best prices are always at Target. We run together in the park, and he keeps up with me just fine, thanks to Beneful.

Keith Mann, Recruiter and Philanthropist

Jan - 27 2015 | no comments | By

I recently bumped into none other than Keith Mann-once my chemistry partner in college  and now among the ranks of the highest echelons of business professionals in the modern world. Mann began his career as the Manager of the Alternative Investments Division of Dynamic Associates in 1995. He worked his way to becoming the Senior Vice President of the company.

Dynamic Search Partners is a staffing and recruiting firm who specializes in head hunting for investment professionals. This company was co-founded in 2001 by Keith Mann. He is currently the Managing Director of the business. This special employment agency is located in New York City, USA. One reason the organization is so successful is due to its ability to stay on trend in the investment arena. They have been able to find clients in several areas of the financial world including; commericial banks, brokerage houses, hedge funds, and private equity firms. They have helped to build careers from the ground floor up to the executive levels for thousands of business professionals.

The benefit for hedge fund and investment clients is that Dynamic Search Partners has the resources to effectively draw the correct professionals. They are available and transparent throughout the entire process. For candidates who use the service, they understand trust and long term service are keys to success in the business world. They understand this is the top networking and employment firm in New York City.

Keith Mann also works towards humanitarian and philanthropic causes, which is something I have always known him to be involved in, the only difference is now he is featured by the press! His firm put together a fund raising extravaganza to donate $8,000 to Hope and Heroes. This is a charity who funds research on childhood cancer and blood disorders at Columbia University Medical Center. Another charity Dynamic Search Partners has helped tremendously is called Uncommon Schools. This organization helps bridge the monetary and educational gaps in the inner cities by helping charter schools. In this way, low income students have the ability to attend and graduate from college.

An Artificial off Switch for Bacteria

Jan - 23 2015 | no comments | By

Genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, have been a hot topic with the public for some time now. It’s easy to see why. On one hand, scientists promise some amazing technological and medicinal advances from them. On the other, the public has already seen some issues arising from their use in the real world. These have been fairly minor, for the most part. The worst cases are typically just cross pollination from patented crops. And many of those are still disputed. However, in general people are rather concerned about GMOs escaping into the wild and propagating their genes.

To combat this, researchers have devised what Flavio Maluf found to be a remarkable solution. They’ve genetically modified bacteria to require synthetic amino acids to live. The feat itself is quite remarkable. But what’s really amazing is the real world implications.

The synthetic amino acids don’t exist in nature. They need to be specifically manufactured by scientists. This artificial scarcity means that it should be impossible for this new strain of bacteria to live in the wild. If any of these bacteria escaped the lab, than they’d quickly die off. It’d be a bit like a human trying to live on a diet of candy. We or they might be able to keep going like that for a while. But living organisms need a full nutritional range to live. And these new bacteria can only get it through food developed in a lab.

This is only an initial test case. Eventually it should be able to be used in all manner of different GMOs. These, in turn, should provide real world benefits to people.

Hardy Bolts Suicide Squad Over Script

Jan - 23 2015 | no comments | By

Apparently, Tom Hardy’s decision to pull out of the Suicide Squad movie is due to issues with the screenplay and not scheduling conflicts. Revisions and changes to the script have been made. The screen time for the Rick Flag character he was to play continued to be diminished. Honestly, this should not come as much of a surprise. The other two main players in the film are The Joker and Deadshot. In the comic books, The Joker is one of the most iconic villains in history Deadshot is a cool, hyper-violent nemesis to Batman and other heroes. Who is Rick Flag? He is a filler character. Haidar Barbouti understands that Tom Hardy might be a great actor, but Rick Flag is hardly a great character.

It would have been better to drop Rick Flag and use a little creative license and allow Hardy to reprise his role of Bane. Yes, we can all dream but that does not mean anything will come from it.

Suicide Squad is a super-villain version of The Dirty Dozen. Creating a film that features villainous characters taking part in a suicide mission is not always easy. Going way against the grain and producing a big budget superhero film without any heroes is definitely a major risk. D.C. does want to create a splash and separate itself from Marvel and this might be the way to do so.

Granted, Marvel has its own Sinister Six villain team film in the works, but that’s another story.

Hardy could have been a great addition to the mix, but it is understandable why he would want out.

‘Resident Evil: The Final Chapter’ To Start Filming In August

Jan - 22 2015 | no comments | By

 

Every now and then something fabulous happens in the world of entertainment. When the first Resident Evil video game was released years ago, players ,like Dave and Brit Morin, probably thought the concept would make a pretty good movie. Of course, the fans were pretty much right about the franchise, but wrong on the single movie. With five films under its belt, the horror and suspense franchise has done pretty well at the box office and on the gaming consoles.

According to Comicbook.com, series star Milla Jovovich indicated through social media that a new film “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter” will start filming this summer, which means an end is in sight for Alice and her pals. The story involves the characters taking on the Hive and preventing the destruction of the world. Apparently, there is nothing like a little pressure to keep the characters on the edge of their seats. This is one finale that fans will probably want to line up to see.

Resident Evil has had a bunch of ups and downs as far as quality at the cinema and in the video game arena, but the series has always been entertaining to say the least. With any luck the last film for the franchise will send things off the right way and leave everyone with fond memories. It has been a good ride for sure, but it is always hard to tell, because good franchises never seem to die for good.

Silence Leads to Success for Vijay Eswaran

Jan - 20 2015 | no comments | By

The modern World can be filled with distractions and problems that may not be as important as we at first thought.Taking a step back from the problems that affect each of us on a large scale and the personal problems we must face can be done by enjoying a short period of silence, according to entrepreneur Vijay Eswaran in a press release for PR Newswire. The ancient art of mouna, or silence has been part of the life of Eswaran since his childhood and has been credited by the founder of the QI Group as being a major part of his success.

Eswaran published his doctrine of silence in the publication In The Sphere of Silence a decade ago and maintains the yoga exercise not only helped his career, but continues to do so despite the many successes of his QI Group. The practice of mouna is designed to bring tranquility to the mind and clear away all the problems that are not pressing from the mind of the individual. Vijay Eswaran explains the pursuit of happiness is something that is now ignored by many within modern society, an area that can lead to a happy and successful life. Dutch researchers have estimated a satisfied and happy life can lead to a longer life over those who are unhappy of between 7.5 and 10 years, something Vijay Eswaran is keen to pass on to as many people as possible.

In his own life Eswaran has not only found success in a number of industries, but has given back to communities around the World with a series of philanthropic enterprises.

Sam Tabar’s Career as a Successful Attorney and Financial Expert

Jan - 20 2015 | no comments | By

I found a pretty good read a couple of days ago so I thought I’d share with the group. Its an article that I found on cnbc.com that discusses some really good investment and savings strategies for the new year from a New York attorney and financial expert, Sam Tabar. And of course I had to read up more on this guy after reading the news he was featured in.

Sam Tabar has enjoyed a rewarding career in the legal and financial sectors for more than a decade. His experiences with working with a few of the top firms in the nation have led him to gain vast knowledge in safe commodity trading and investing. Tabar has the unique ability to thoroughly explore the history of an investment product in order to accurately determine trends and analyze the long-term growth of a commodity.

He received his Bachelor of Arts with honors from Oxford University and later continued his education at Columbia Law School where he served as the Associate Editor of the Columbia Business Law Review. Following his graduation from Columbia in 2001, Tabar began working for one of the most globally recognized law firms, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in their New York office.

 After three years, Tabar moved on from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and accepted a position with Sparx Group Co./PMA Investment Advisors as the Director and Co-Head of Business Development. At Sparx Group, Tabar was able to successfully manage a multi-billion dollar hedge fund portfolio.

 Tabar went on to join Bank of America Merrill Lynch in February of 2011 where he worked as their Director and Head of Capital Strategy for the Asia-Pacific Region. Tabar excelled in this position by managing the capital allocations cycle between investors and fund managers. Tabar departed from Bank of America Merrill Lynch in September of 2012 and graciously accepted a position as the Director of Adanac LLC, BVI. During his tenure at Adanac, Tabar invested in Thinx, a manufacturing and design start-up company.

 Throughout the various role changes in his prolific career, Tabar was always drawn to the legal field. In 2013, he made his return to practicing law and accepted the position as Senior Associate for Schulte, Roth & Zabel LLP in their New York office. It was at Schulte, Roth & Zabel LLP where Tabar perfected his skills in hedge fund formation and structure. Tabar left Schulte, Roth & Zabel LLP in March of 2014.

John Textor is a Recognized Leader in Visual Effects in the Film Industry

Jan - 19 2015 | no comments | By

An influential figure in the film and media production industry, John Textor have been involved as a producer with many renowned works including “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”, “Transformers” and “Flags of our Fathers”. John Textor attended the Wesleyan University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and later co-founded and became the Managing Partner of Wyndcrest Holdings, LLC in 1997. Before he found Wyndcrest Holdings, Textor worked for Michael Swerdlow Companies. In the past, he was the director of a Lydian Trust Company/ Virtual Bank.com and served as the director of BabyUniverse, Inc. from 1999.

He was also the Chairman and the CEO of Digital Domain Productions. Both companies managed and produced the visual effects of many feature films such and won many accolades such as Academy Awards and Clio Awards. Additionally, Digital Domain received the recognition to carry out a believable digital human actor in the film, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” which led to the 2009 Academy Award for Achievement in Visual Effects and the Academy Award for Best Make-Up.

Furthermore, John Textor was the producer and the executive producer of the science fiction action film, “Ender’s Game” in 2013 and the animated feature film, “Art Story. Thereafter, Textor became the executive Chairman of Pulse Evolution Corporation. He is mainly responsible for strategic planning, strategic partnerships, and venue partnerships. Pulse Evolution is a company that focuses on digital production and technology.

In 2012, Pulse Evolution presented the digital Tupac Shakur at the Coachella Valley Music Festival. In addition, Textor was involved with the digital recreation of Michael Jackson at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards. At an interview with USA Today, John Textor mentioned that the type of performance digitally generated was very complex to pull off and labor intensive. Pulse Evolution also digitally recreated Elvis Presley that included a joint venture. John Textor also successfully create a dual-enrollment Bachelor’s program at Florida State University, which allows students to obtain a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Digital Domain Institute.

Skout’s Latest Feature Used in Over 10 Million Travels Worldwide

Jan - 18 2015 | no comments | By

Skout is a ground breaking app that helps travelers get the most of their trips. Whether they are searching for room and board or seeking to meet new people, Skout is the go to app for aiding you with your travels while making new friends and getting to know the communities you visit along the way. The app’s newest and most well received feature, Skout Travel, was launched just 15 months ago and has been used more than 10 million times since its release.

Co-founder and CEO of the company Christian Wiklund released this statement following the success of the app’s most recent feature, “Our goal at Skout is to help users create and be a part of a community, no matter where they are located at any given time. While Skout is not exclusively a travel app, our Travel feature has proven to be enormously popular with young adults who want to experience the world and connect with new friends.”

Upon researching the direction that the popular app may be going, Skout drew a few statistics based on the people using their app. The company found that women are almost twice as likely than men to utilize the app’s travel feature in order to meet new people in cities that they visit. Skout also found that the top most visited destinations in the U.S. according to their research are Miami, San Francisco, Seattle, Los Angeles, and New York. And the number one destination preferred by users is Hong Kong, with Sao Paulo, London, Seoul, and Sydney following.

Skout’s travel feature has gained massive success and popularity with users being able to instantly meet and connect with people in any area at any given time. Travelers are able to have fun in any community more quickly by meeting people and forming relationships at the click of a button.

Although the app normally requires that users spend 25 points per trip, Skout has announced a free 48 hour period for users starting January 15 through January 17 to celebrate the feature’s major success and surpassing the use of the feature in over 10 million trips world wide.

The official story on Skout’s recent travel feature success can be seen at PR Newswire. Skout can be downloaded on any iOS or Android phone, or users can register online at Skout.com. Skout can also be found via Facebook and Twitter.

Publisher to Pull Book About Young Boy Seeing Heaven

Jan - 16 2015 | no comments | By

Book publisher Tyndale House have decided to pull best selling book The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven off the shelves. The book, which was released 5 years ago, is somewhat biographical and centers around Alex Malarkey. When Alex was 6 years old he experienced a tragic car accident that left in a coma and paralyzed. Alex reported when he woke up that he saw heaven and angels spoke to him. Alex’s father Kevin Malarkey helped him to write down his story.

However now, according to the story on NPR.com Alex has come clean that his story of heaven and angels was made up. He said that at that point in his life he had never read the Bible and wanted attention so he told that story. Now that Alex has read and understands the Bible he feels guilty for lying.

Who can blame a 6 year old boy for wanting attention after such a huge tragedy changed his life? And who knew his story would become as popular and widespread as it did? I feel like a lot of people who put their faith into what Alex said will be sorely disappointed to hear that he fabricated the whole thing though.

A big thanks to my friend Susan McGalla for sharing this with me on her LinkedIn account.

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