Monthly Archives: January 2016

Brazil’s Zika Virus Epidemic on the Rise, Healthcare Expert Sergio Cortes Offers Tips

Cases of babies born affected with Microcephaly have been surging in Brazil, with about 3,500 cases reported thus far. Microcephaly is a birth defect linked to the mosquito-borne Zika virus that was identified in Brazil recently. Children afflicted with Microcephaly are born with a distinctly small head, resulting in severe brain damage in the child’s mental as well as physical health, with the latter effects manifesting in defects of the eyes and bones. Microcephaly also severely limits life expectancy, with the average being 10 years. It is detectable at prenatal stages, and requires afflicted babies to be placed in constant intensive care.

Parents of babies born with Microcephaly have blamed the Brazilian Government for being negligent in their eradication efforts of epidemics such as dengue. This has facilitated the spread of Zika virus in Brazil, since both are borne by the same mosquito. Brazil’s National Health Service, on National Public Radio which a major section of the population relies, has also not stepped up to the aid of these parents, with several complaints of bad service at the hospitals. The healthcare system lacks therapists and specialized pediatricians to properly rehabilitate children and parents. There’s also reportedly an acute lack of funds. There seems to be minimal knowledge on noticias amongst healthcare professionals about the Zika virus that only arrived in Latin America last week but has spread fast enough to assume the form of an epidemic. The U.S. Centre for Disease Control and Prevention has already issued warnings to pregnant women to avoid traveling to countries where the virus is prevalent, including Brazil.

However, efforts to curb the epidemic seem underway. Manual efforts are being made to eradicate the mosquitoes as well as their breeding grounds, including using drones to destroy breeding places. Brazil has also begun research into vaccination for Zika, spearheaded by Dr. Sergio Cortes, healthcare professional and CEO at Rede D’Or, the largest independent hospital chain in Brazil. According to studies so far, there is currently no antiviral to prevent the spread of this disease, but his team of experts suggest intravenous treatment to health facilities, and use of painkillers and anti-inflammatory medicines for at-home treatment and relief.

Cortes and his team have worked tirelessly on identifying the symptoms of Zika virus, which commonly include fevers, muscle aches and rashes lasting about 3-7 days. Tests are yet to be developed to identify the disease, the best diagnostic tool currently only limited to intensive observation of the symptoms.

Cortes’ team suggests taking preventive measures to avoid coming into contact with the virus, like avoiding going outdoors during vulnerable hours of the day and liberally using mosquito repellants. Pregnant women are advised to cover most of their body and keep prenatal checkups regular. In case of suspicions about your symptoms, Cortes suggests seeing a doctor immediately. The development of the vaccine stands at about 80% complete, pending some approvals and then a careful monitoring of the volunteers it’s going to be tested on.

To keep up with the latest developments in the Zika Virus vaccine, Cortes can be followed on his Twitter and LinkedIn.

George Soros Philanthropy Backfires in Russia



The Greek emergency incredibly strengthened Ukraine’s issues by occupying the consideration of the European powers from Ukraine and fortifying their inclination to regard it so far another Greece. The impact on Chancellor Merkel has been particularly impeding. She had carried on as a genuinely European pioneer in confronting President Putin yet stayed reluctant about giving wholehearted backing to Ukraine. When it came to Greece, she relinquished her trademark alert with a specific end goal to keep a Greek exit from the euro. This carried her into strife with her particular gathering and her pastor of account, Wolfgang Schäuble, who hosted the sponsorship of her get-together. While she figured out how to keep Greece in the eurozone, in any event until further notice, she spent a lot of her political capital all the while. The misfortune will be woefully felt by the new Ukraine, which needs all the bolster it can get in consenting to the Minsk assention.


The uncertainty of the Minsk understanding has constrained the two sides into an act where the errand is to pass the commitment to make the following move to the next side. Kiev has been a quick learner. Under pushing from its associates it set up the exceptional status of the Donbas enclaves by passing a law that cited the questionable content of the Minsk understanding verbatim. This has made a money related issue for President Putin by keeping the enclaves from assets until they are willing to hold decisions as per Ukrainian law. CNBC


In any case, it would be dangerous for Ukraine’s associates to push President Poroshenko too far in making one-sided concessions to the separatists. As the late Gore before the Ukrainian parliament illustrated, ultranationalist components are nearly resistance. So, the political and monetary state of the new Ukraine is to a great degree problematic.


A basic examination of the late Greek transactions uncovers where they turned out badly. Greece ought not have overshadowed Ukraine and Ukraine ought not to have been dealt with so far another Greece. A comparative examination of the Minsk understanding prompts a more dubious conclusion. Ukraine’s European associates fell into a trap. However, the present impasse has brought one essential advantage: it has halted Russia from conveying its truce infringement past the point where it can deny them. It would be compassion to lose this point of preference.


George Soros set up a universal framework to convey straightforwardness and responsibility to the common asset extraction commercial enterprises, whose routine of making mystery settlements to nearby despots has for quite a long time filled a percentage of the world’s most noticeably awful political distress and most appalling savagery. He has upheld free associations, for example, Worldwide Witness, the Global Emergency Aggregate, the European Chamber on Remote Relations, and the Foundation for New Financial Considering.


“My accomplishment in the money related markets has given me a more prominent level of autonomy than most other individuals,” Soros once composed. “This permits me to stand firm on disputable issues: truth be told, it obliges me to do as such in light of the fact that others can’t.


Open Society Foundations.

CCMP Capital: One of Wall Street’s Leading Equity Firms

Originally known as Chase Capital Partners, the equity firm CCMP became an independent company in August 2006 and continues to rank as one of the world’s largest private equity firms. Now specializing in growth equity investments in both Europe and North America, CCMP Capital is tasked with managing the private portfolio of J.P. Morgan Partners.

CCMP targets its investments in four specialized industries, the company employes a team of industry experts to engineer continued growth and maximize investment strategies. The firm’s acronym now stands for Chemical Ventures, Chase Capital, J.P. Morgan, and Partners, to emphasize the origin and core mission of their business.

CCMP’s investment strategy begins by collaborating closely with an elite management team. After strategizing with their management team, CCMP develops a long-term investment vision for an individual business, striving to identify key values that will drive forward motion. After CCMP defines its core strategy for the individual business, it identifies specific financial targets. The investment wing of CCMP then implements the strategic objectives, monitoring the progress and health of the portfolio on an ongoing basis.

By combining the expertise of industry experts, the due diligence performed by management analysis, and the shrewd identification and creation of specific financial long-term objectives, CCMP has become a global leader in equity investments. The harmonious partnership and excellent camaraderie between teams at CCMP are considered critical elements to their success.

CCMP’s speciality is executing buyouts and making growth equity investments in several targeted industries in Europe and North America. CCMP averages between $100 million to more than $500 with every transaction, typically interacting with companies valued at between $250 million and $2 million. CCMP also works to help privatize core businesses, as well as seeking to balance capital structures which have become over-leveraged.

For firms seeking to diversify their estates, CCMP offers strategic analysis and guided execution. CCMP also specializes in structuring and performing management buyouts, as well as dividing companies into separate entities to improve productivity and shareholder value.

CCMP primarily focuses on businesses in the consumer/retail industry, industrial producers, healthcare service providers, as well as the combined chemical/energy production and manufacturing sectors. With a team of industry insiders offering expertise, CCMP is able to accurately forecast business cycles as well as accurately hedge against fluctuations in the market. As a result of their successful equity acquisitions and investments, CCMP has become a leader in the field, managing portfolios for many blue-chip companies and firms operating in these four industries.

The current CEO of CCMP is Greg Brennerman. Along with Timothy Walsh, the Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer, a professional team of industry and investment experts, including Jonathan Lynch, Christopher Behrens, Doug Cahill, Kevin O’Brien, Joseph Scharfenberger, Thomas Walker, and Richard Zannino serve the unique needs and goals of their partners and investors.

From 2006 until March 2015, CCMP was helmed by Steve Murray. Involved with the firm since its origin as Chase Capital Partners in 1989, Steve Murray had to step down from his position in February 2015, citing health reasons. A month later, Murray passed away, leaving behind his wife and several sons. At the time of his passing, Steve Murray held board seats on more than a dozen companies, including Crestcom International and Ollie’s Bargain Outlet.

Greg Hague Knows How to Sell Real Estate

Greg Hague, entrepreneur, from Scottsdale, Arizona is best known for his lengthy career in real estate. Founder of several firms, he now speaks nation wide on the trends of real estate and the market.

One are he discusses is why the process of selling homes hasn’t changed in over 70 years. He looks at how new and trending items are marketed and how much time is given to the advertising and appeal of the products and wonders why we don’t spend the time and money into advertising an expensive home in that way. Homes are among the most expensive item a family can purchase yet we spend little or no time developing a plan on how to sell one.

Real Estate Mavericks, his newest venture, is a coaching company designed to reshape this process. Hague has developed several new strategies that will help the real estate process. A 22- step Home Launch Formula and a 29-Day Fast Sale Plan will hopefully motivate buyers and sellers to act quickly making the process faster and more lucrative.
Building anticipation is a strategy used in many marketing schemes, so why not use it when selling houses? His coaching company teaches agents to wait before placing a house on the market. Instead, agents contact other agents and then all agents message qualified buyers so they have a sneak peek before opening it up to the public. Buyers love the special treatment and they also love having the first option on newly marketed properties.

Selling properties as quickly as possible is key to selling properties. The longer a house sits vacant, the harder the sell is. Buyers assume it is over priced or that there must be something wrong with it.

Hague argues that real estate agents must change their way of thinking. Try new sales techniques. Study the retail market and trends and see what works for them. Stagnant growth is usually due to stagnant techniques and strategies. Just assuming people will have to buy a home doesn’t ensure that homes will sell. If you want the biggest bang for your biggest investment, then put more effort into selling it and marketing it.

George Soros and a grim prediction for 2016

There are few people as respected as George Soros when it comes to predicting economic events. Over the past couple of years, he has shown the ability to make solid predictions that other people cannot. In a recent article by Bloomberg, George Soros says that many of the global markets are entering a stage where it could be dangerous for investors, much like in 2008. The good news is that there are many things that are different about this year than in 2008. However, global economic weakness is something that no one wants to deal with. Here are several things to take away from the most recent prediction of George Soros.

China Weakness

One of the biggest news stories over the past couple of years is the fact that there is a lot of weakness coming out of China. Anyone who has followed global economic events over the past decade knows just how important China is to the global stage. George Soros says that any weakness coming out of China can have a lot of bad effects on people around the world. If there is a major slowdown there, people should expect for the global markets to be in trouble. Over the next couple of months, watching what happens in the Chinese stock market will be essential to formulating a long term strategy.


Another major news story this year is the price of oil. There is more production around the world than many people thought possible. This has sent the price of oil down over the past year. The price of oil is one of the major indicators of how the overall economy is doing. The issue is that there is generally a lot of economic growth when oil prices go down. However, George Soros points out that there really has not been a bump in activity after the price has fallen. This does not bode well for when the price of oil goes back up to levels that are normal historically. Over the long term, anyone who is wanting to look at the total economic picture must look at the price of oil. This is one of the biggest reasons that George Soros is bearish on the overall economy.

Interest Rates

George Soros is also worried about the fact that interest rates have been at record lows over the past couple of months. Anyone who wants to make an impact in their economic situation needs to understand how interest rates work. Right now, interest rates are at historic lows in order to get the economy going again. There are many people who say that once interest rates rise, there are going to be many people who suffer as a result. George Soros says that the world is going to have trouble adapting to a new interest rate environment.

Great New Options For Moving To New York City

People who have wanted to move to New York City may have been reduced to waiting lists and hoping for something to come up in the past but that is quickly changing with the new options that the city has available to people who are hoping to move into the city. While the previous norm was for people to have to wait to move into the city because there was a lack of housing, the new norm is that there is a large amount of housing opportunities that even come at a great price for people who want to move.

Town Residential is a real estate company that is helping clients navigate through the turns of a changing New York City market. The company has worked with the people who want to move into the area and has given them the opportunities that they need to be able to move in. Town Residential is a premier luxury real estate agency and they work with people who have specific requests about where they are going to live when they make the move into the city or a move from a different area of the city.

With the newly changed market, people are getting more of a chance than they ever had to be able to move into New York City. The changing market has brought about lower prices and high availability of housing complexes that were not previously available. According to The New York Times, this is one of the best times of the century to move to New York City because you will be able to find a large variety of living options that come at a price tag much lower than they were just five or 10 years ago. Now is the time to buy or rent in New York City.

When you have made the decision to buy or rent a house or apartment in New York City, the next step is to find a realtor who is able to guide you through ever step of the process. It is important for you to be able to find someone who is competent and someone who will give you what you want out of the house-hunting process. Make sure that you find a real estate agency like Town Residential that is dedicated to providing you with the most amount of service. They will be able to help you reach all of your housing needs.