Thursday, May 7. 2015
The desire to lead a fit and healthy life are at an all time high. Commercial gyms are popping up every week, dining establishments are offering more health conscious menus, and extreme weight loss medications are always on the shelves. The struggle to lose weight or get fit isn't always so cut and dry. Eat less, exercise more. This rule of thumb for unhealthy individuals isn't always that easy. The human body is constantly changing; one method that worked for a person before, might not work in the next few months. Not only that, people seem to forget how vastly different people are body to body. Some people have fast metabolisms while some people don't.
There are some individuals who can be less strict about carbohydrates and calories while others have to obsess about it. These factors make it increasingly hard for some people to get into shape. The New York Times reports that genetics may also play a factor. A new study conducted on rats simulates that genes born with cardiovascular familiarity bred fitter rats. The rats with other less inept genes had little to no transformation in doing the exact same exercises. It seems like for some, even the most intense workouts and exercises might mean nothing if their genes don't fit. While the science on gene study is still in the early stages. Mikal Watts said that the doctors who performed these case studies are looking for human case studies over the course of a few years.
Wednesday, May 6. 2015
SteveMurray.com had a special report that says women are rumored to be obsessed with purses, shoes, accessories, and clothing. While there may be some truth to that statement women are also becoming very savvy with their money. A $500 purse is a huge splurge that most people just could not or would not make. They are also learning that a brand name and expensive tag price does not mean high quality or bring the status that it may have in the past. Luxury brand Coach is experiencing a significant loss in sales fro a variety of reasons. People are buying from their competitors, purchasing knock-offs, patronizing outlet stores, or simply do not have the budget to purchase their goods. It may be a sign of the times changing. In the '90's and '00's having some expensive brand featured prominently on your person meant that you had money and status. People would max out their credit cards just to fit in. Nowadays, people are more interested in the appearance of what they buy rather than a brand or logo. The internet has also made it possible to purchase goods at a discounted price. If Coach is suffering, then surely other luxury brands are too, beware.
Tuesday, May 5. 2015
On Sunday, May 3, 75-year-old actor and martial artist Chuck Norris published an article on WND that discussed several future events and related topics. The biggest one on his mind is the upcoming military training exercise called Jade Helm 15 slated for July 15 through September 15 on private and public lands in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas and Utah.
The training exercise, which features U.S. Army Special Operations Command and U.S. Armed Forces soldiers, is the largest in history. Norris noted that it's taking place not long after the FBI director commented that a large number of ISIS supporters have been discovered in the South. Norris emphasized that private citizens whose lands will be used for the operations have the right to know what's going on.
Gravity4 reports that many of Norris' fans agree with him because the Pentagon has supposedly failed to inform the governors in the five states of the exact nature of the operations beyond that they are training across terrain that mimics international settings. The governors are now asking about the safety of the private land owners.
Those who disagree with Norris point out that the Pentagon isn't obligated to answer in detail questions about its activities unless those questions come from the White House. Additionally, if the “training” is in fact military maneuvers against ISIS supporters then revealing details could interfere with the mission's success and result in ISIS members escaping.
Wednesday, March 18. 2015
Jessica Lange has confirmed her departure from the fourth season of "American Horror Story."
Lange, who won an Emmy for best TV actress for her role as Elsa Mars, announced that after four seasons she will not be in the fifth installment of the FX horror story. Of course, fans are optimistic that the showrunner Ryan Murphy can convince the actress to return.
"I've played four main characters. That's enough," said the actress during a panel at PaleyFest in LA.
This fifth season, titled American Horror Story: Hotel, Fersen Lambranho says this marks a major reinvention of the series, so it should not surprise us that the changes are starting with the absence of Jessica Lange.
While many of us can not imagine an "American Horror Story" without Jessica Lange, there are newcomers to the show.
Former star of the popular series "White Collar", Matt Bomer returns in a major role, along with singer Lady Gaga, and the most recent addition Cheyenne Jackson of 'Glee'.
Wednesday, March 11. 2015
Sugary soft drinks have been blamed for childhood obesity, which can lead to diabetes. They are also a culprit in cavities and tooth decay. People generally form eating habits when they are young that stay with them for a lifetime unless we are given cause to take control over and change our diets. This can be as simple as wanting to get in better shape, or it can be a major health incident that spurs us to take action to improve our diet. The best way to conquer a bad habit is not to develop it in the first place. Burger King is doing its small part in this by dropping sugary soft drinks from its kids menu. Dr Jennifer Walden says this fast food chain is joining others in helping parents make healthier choices for their children, especially according to SuperDoctors.
Corporate America is starting to wake up to the idea that it's not smart to kill your customer even if you are doing so slowly over years and decades with foods devoid of nutrition and filled with negatives such as fat and sugar. When people do wake up to the idea that they need to eat better, they generally start to hold a very negative opinion of the places that sold them crappy food previously. If fast food restaurants can be as creative at making healthier alternatives tasty as they are at advertising, then they should be able to earn a healthy profit without giving their customers a lifetime of health problems.
Monday, March 9. 2015
Hard to imagine that simply setting your clock forward one hour, i.e. spring forward, could increase a person’s risk of having a heart attack. It does. Eater.com says the Monday after the Saturday night spring forward time change always see an increase in the number of people who have attacks Haidar Barbouti said surprisingly.
It’s not the actual act of setting the clock forward by one hour that brings on the heart attack, no one is for sure why the phenomenom occurs. Perhaps it the loss of one hour of sleep that is the proverbial straw that breaks the camel’s back. Perhaps other risk factors precipitating a heart attacks have accumulated and the loss of the one hour of sleep was all that’s needed to push the heart over the edge. Whatever the reason, heart attacks will rise by (statistically) by 24% today. The risk will decrease by 21% in the fall when the time ‘falls bacl’ and we gain an extra hour of sleep.
Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum, a preventive cardiologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, suggests that it’s a good idea for people to pay closer attention to their heart health after the time change. Go to bed a hour earlier until your body has time to acclimate to the new time change and be aware of heart attack symptoms.
If you experience chest tightness or pain, shortness of breath go to the emergency room immediately. Women have atypical heart attack symptoms that may include nausea, vomiting, pain in jaw, arm, shoulder or back.
Thursday, March 5. 2015
Another character that is set to appear in the upcoming live action Beauty and the Beast is Gaston. Gaston in the original animated feature from Disney was a self absorbed, yet popular man who felt entitled to Belle just because he was handsome and she was beautiful.
Beauty and the Beast does have a message that it is what is on inside that counts. With the story of Beauty and the Beast, the character became the beast due to being rather rude to a beggar lady. Jaime Garcia Dias says the woman eventually revealed herself to be a fairy that turned him into the beastly form, Facebook users definitely can't wait for this one.
The only way to break the curse was to learn true love and to be loved in return. However, there is going to be some kind of twist to the story like there was with other animated to live action. Maleficent, which was a Sleeping Beauty adaptation has provided a different twist to the story of Maleficent. It explored the back story behind the villain. A similar thing could be done in Beauty and the Beast.
There is already plans to have musical numbers in the film. You might be able to hear some of the actors sing.
Beauty and the Beast starts filming later this year.
Wednesday, March 4. 2015
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen recently released video footage of a World War II Japanese battleship he and his crew discovered near the Philippines. The ship is the Musashi, which at its time, was the largest battleship constructed in the entire world. After a naval battle with the United States, the ship sank, tanking with it over 1,000 sailors on board (1,300 sailors were able to escape the sinking vessel and were taken aboard other Japanese ships, according to reports performed by the U.S. Navy at the time).
Since retiring from Microsoft, Paul Allen, who has a net work of over $19 Billion (and is the owner of the Seattle Seahawks), he has gone on many different philanthropist missions, including the search for this lost ship. Allen actually discovered the ship from his own super yacht (with a value of over $200 million in the vessel itself) and culminated an eight year search for the boat. After years of searching and using historical data to narrow down the potential location of the boat, Paul Allen used a motorized submarine to capture footage of the boat. Flavio Maluf says the boat sits at a distance of 1,000 meters below the surface, which explains why it had not yet been discovered until now. Technology simply did not make for easy location, especially in the fanatic battle that took place, so knowing an exact location of where it sank proved extremely difficult.
Tuesday, January 27. 2015
Nested in the historic Los Angeles community of Eagle Rock, Occidental college has had Jonathan Veitch at the head of the organization of the private co-educational liberal arts school for quite some time. As president of the university since 2009, he has led the academic institution to great success, establishing ties within the local community by limiting campus expansion, investing in renewable energy and facility renovations, and providing program to respond to neighborhood concerns. He is also a successful author of the American Superrealism: Nathanael West and the Politics of Representation in the 1930’s.
Veitch holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Stanford, as well as a Master of Arts and Ph.D. from Harvard University. He had previously served as a professor at the University of Wisconsin and was dean of the Eugene Lang College in New York City. His educational background covers both 19th and 20th century American literature and cultural history along with a specialty in American film.
As president of Occidental college, he has helped maintain a solid reputation for those who consider learning at the institution. The school holds a national ranking of 44 for Liberal Arts colleges, providing 31 different majors and holding a 10:1 student to faculty ratio. The university has a great list of notable alumni and breath-taking architecture that makes it a desirable location for many film and television productions, given its proximity to Hollywood Studios.
Moving forward, Veitch holds many plans to allow the university to grow and function in a desirable way for its students, alumni, and the general surrounding community. Veitch's family history has substantial roots within the film industry, with his father being a former president of Columbia pictures worldwide. He hopes to keep the film industry embedded within the university to reap benefits for both the university and the film industry. The university staff and surrounding community hold great faith in Veitch, as they value his extensive knowledge of film and literature, and his fathomable ability in fundraising.
Overall, Veitch's dedication to the university has gone noticed, and has left many people excited for the future of Occidental College. The facility renovations, fundraising, and community ties, are everything that a school could wish for in a President at a college, and will only improve the standing of Occidental for years to come.
Friday, January 23. 2015
Wanted to write about somebody that I've been reading about lately. I was looking through Jared Haftel's Facebook, and it's interesting to see what he's done with his career, and how far he's already taken things. So I wanted to write about him, because he's been something of an inspiration to me, in doing something with my chosen profession.
Finding a job these days is difficult, I know this first hand. I first found Jared Haftel through a friend who was following one of his blogs. I had the education and experience, yet I was having trouble finding a job that could sustain my families growing needs. I needed help but couldn’t find anything out there I could afford. After doing some research on Haftel, I was hooked! As an investment officer for large corporations, like Bank of America, he was destined for success as he has graduated college within the past five years.
I didn’t even get through the first article written by Haftel before I realized what my problem was. I was going about my process the wrong way. It was my resume; it was a shamble of what it should have been. This could have been the number one reason why I wasn’t getting the first interview, let alone the job. My resume was full of fluff, which is the biggest no-no for any inquiry about a job. Because I didn’t have a whole lot of experience, I found countless other things to put on my resume. Haftel encourages people to create their resumes with about fifty percent of it containing work experience. I was focusing on my education and skills, and of course my career objective.
Jared has worked within his companies with those who hire. Because he has insider information, he knows what they look for and what they avoid. Oftentimes, people get their resumes submitted and never hear back from the company. This is for many reasons. The first reasons people don’t hear a call back is because they don’t qualify. I am one of those that applies for any and every job with hopes of getting a call. The other reason is because their resume never attracted the attention of the hiring manager. If there is a large stack of resumes, something has to spark an interest in the application or it will be tossed and they will be on to the next one.
Haftel encourages honesty on the resume. So many people hope and pray that their references aren’t checked and that perhaps they might not pay that much attention to information included. The fact is, companies who are hiring those in financial careers often do more intensive checks. From credit to criminal, it is pretty safe to say that no aspect of a person’s life can be hidden during the hiring process. These large banking institutions that require someone to handle their money will want a person who is on the up and up. That is why Jared encourages everyone to make sure that they are transparent on their application and during interviews. If there is a gap in employment, or someone left a company on bad terms, it’s important to make sure that this is not hidden, but rather explained.
I follow all of his blogs and follow his various articles on the internet. I implement every tip and recommendation to ensure success. Yes, the job market is tough these days, but there are plenty of jobs out there. Employers have just become increasingly picky with whom they hire. Jarod Haftel is not just all hype either; he has a MBA and several Bachelor’s degrees to back up his vast knowledge. As a current employee of Vector Capitol, he knows the inside connections that are needed to help people like me find a new career.
Friday, January 16. 2015
The next trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens is going to showcase with Avengers: Age of Ultron. This will be a fuller trailer that will show the characters from the original trilogy. Other returning characters might include Chewbacca, C-3PO and R2D2. Of course, you are going to get more shots of footage and the special effects.
The inclusion of these characters is most likely going to get people nostalgic for the movie. J.J. Abrams also shot some of the film in IMAX 70MM. Even if it is one action sequence, the IMAX footage is going to be great to look at; Mark Sparks was seen on crunchbase.com that he is excited and can not wait to see the footage.. It is going to bring an epic scale to the experience. John Williams also returns to do the score for episode VII. Perhaps the magic returns this time around.
Star Wars EPVII: The Force Awakens is due to be released in theaters on December 18, 2015
Monday, January 12. 2015
John Textor is presently full of life in matters concerning the growth of entertainment assets across a vast spectrum of scenes and the advancing platforms of technology. Together with his management in the extensive utilization of digital humans that are photo-realistic, this gentleman is also presently a Producer in charge of Art story, which is an innovative animated feature movie that is at this time being developed by filmmakers, Aaron Blaise as well as chuck Williams, veterans in Disney. Textor was at the same time the Producer as well as the Executive Producer of the film titled, Ender’s Game, which is a science fiction fancy movie planned to be launched globally in November 2013.
Mr. Textor was formerly the Chairman as well as CEO of Digital Domain Productions and also Chairman as well as CEO of Digital Media Group, a parent company to the former since it had facilitated in its acquisition as well as reorganization from May 2006 to August 2012. Jointly, the two companies had the responsibility for coming up with visual effects of at least 80 big time feature films, 25 among these were accomplished during the leadership of Mr. Textor, including films such as Transformers, Real Steel, Flags of Our Fathers, Tron: Legacy as well as Pirates of the Caribbean at World’s End. During the leadership period of Mr. Textor, Digital Domain was established again as a leader in the market in the category of visual effects, thus winning numerous Academy Awards, awards for Clio advertising and most importantly, it got the recognition as the pioneer company of visual effects to digitally come up with a believable human actor in the film, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. This accomplishment, referred to as “Holy Grail of Animation” earned this company a 2009 Academy Award for Achievement in Visual Effects. The performance of one hour length that was done by the digital actor of this company was absolutely convincing to audiences as well as Academy voters and this made the company to also receive an Academy Award for Best Make-up, although the character of the film was entirely digital.
Additional highlights all through the tenure of Mr. Textor included the burst- through preamble of a virtual Tupac Shakur at Coachella Valley Music festival in 2012, which was a consummation of a combined undertaking for digital rebirth of Elvis Presley, the formation of an exceptional dual enrollment Bachelor’s syllabus with Florida State University, conclusion of a $100 million mutual undertaking agreement with Abu Dhabi’s supreme media authority as well as the change of Digital Domain to a movie production company together with co-production of Ender’s Game.
Tuesday, December 23. 2014
A hospital in Alabama wants to make sure patients are paying their bills, even if that means garnishing wages and taking them to court. This is becoming a common practice with public hospitals as they want to collect their money. This isn't a big surprise as it's a business. When someone enters a business to receive a service, then the business should get the money that is owed. However, there are people who can't afford an entire hospital bill at one time, and this is why many seek treatment from an emergency room because they know that they will receive a bill in the mail. It seems like the days of only sending the amount to a collection agency are over. This is an unfair way to try to collect on a debt that is owed by those who are sick or injured and can't get to a doctor by any other means, as mentioned on Slideshare.
Wednesday, December 17. 2014
The Cuban doctors who are fighting Ebola in Africa receive wages up to $3,000 but the Cuban government could retain a similar amount for each physician, as revealed by an investigation of Newsweek.
Publication contacted a former health worker in Havana who spoke on anonymity and who recently saw one of the contracts signed by the staff being sent to Africa. According to his testimony, the contract provides for a salary of $1500 a month while they are working in that continent and another $1500 which is deposited in a bank in Cuba, which may be deducted after returning to the island and receiving a positive evaluation of their work.
However, according to a spokesman for the World Health Organization (WHO) contacted by Newsweek, every doctor working in Africa in the fight against Ebola receives a daily wage between $ 200 and $ 240 payment. That would represent a salary of between $ 6000 and $ 7200.
The version of the Newsweek article would contradict a report from AP dated December 11 in Havana in which it stated that Cuban doctors "receive about $250 daily on-the per diem yet WHO estimates that 60% is for accommodation and the rest food. "
A UN official involved in international missions in Africa anonymously told Newsweek that the international organization did not know how the money was distributed as Cuban doctors were sent by the government.
My coworker, Sergio Andrade Gutierrez, has been diligently following the news on the Ebola pandemic and knows quite a bit about it at this point. He was right on-point when he was talking about how 75% of 64.362 Cuban collaborators working abroad come from the health sector, as confirmed by the National Assembly.
Tuesday, December 16. 2014
Michael Keaton spoke to the media in a recent interview. He was questioned about the Batman film franchise. Keaton was asked, if he ever became jealous of the modern day Batman stars. Michael Keaton quickly denied this question. He gave his thoughts on the Caped Crusader. Keaton stated, that the original Batman film and the sequel were the best films of the franchise. He believes that Tim Burton's version of Batman, layed the ground work for the film franchise, one that Lee G. Lovett has adored over the years. The modern stars should give praise to Keaton's portrayal of Bruce Wayne.
Michael Keaton was then asked if he had ever been approached to reprise the role of Batman..Keaton's reply was a quick, "no". Ben Afflek has been given the lead role of Batman in the new film, Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice. Many people in the film community were unhappy with this decision. Ben Afflek does not have that superhero look. Christian Bale on the other hand, did. Bale was angered beyond belief when he heard the news that Afflek was replacing him. Christian Bale did after all bring the film series to new heights. Batman has never been so popular.
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