Monthly Archives: February 2016

Skout Urges Users To Perform Good Deeds

On February 17th, 2016, an article that was broadcast on the Uloop website released the results of a random acts of kindness survey. The survey was conducted by Skout, which is an international social networking and dating application and website.

In honor of Random Acts of Kindness Week, Skout surveyed approximately 2,700 of its users to discover their opinions regarding performing and receiving random acts of kindness. According to a recent press release, roughly 51 percent of the college students who were surveyed performed an act of kindness for an acquaintance everyday while 93 percent performed a kind gesture to a complete stranger.

The survey also requested that students rank 10 random acts of kindness in order of meaningfulness. Paying it backward at a coffee shop or drive-thru was ranked as the top kind gesture. Not surprisingly, most people appreciate when the person ahead of them unexpectedly buys their meal or beverage.

Ranked second on the list was sending a text to a friend thanking him/her for a great friendship. Everyone loves to be appreciated; therefore, hugging a friend unexpectedly was chosen as the third most meaningful act of kindness.

Additional acts of kindness on the list include holding a door open for someone, giving spare change to the charity collection box, delivering flowers to a nursing home, and leaving a generous tip on a restaurant bill. The students also liked the idea of buying flowers or a box of chocolate for someone who is underappreciated and placing a sticky note with a nice message in a public place such as a restroom mirror or water fountain.

Throughout Random Acts of Kindness Week, Skout is encouraging users to perform good deeds and then share their random acts of kindness with the online community by using the hashtag #SKOUTkind.

Skout employees also plan to engage in random acts of kindness throughout San Francisco, California. During one of the days, the company will sponsor a food drive to support the SF-Marin Food Bank.

As one of the largest social networking platforms in the industry, Skout plans to continue to give back to the community in the coming years. Currently, the social networking platform is available in over 180 countries and translated into 16 languages. Skout is committed to offering an application and website through which people from across the globe can safety and easily meet new friends and romantic interests.

Aesthetic Surgeons Reign Supreme in Austin Texas

With the field of medicine constantly advancing finding a good doctor is becoming more important. New procedures require more developed training for doctors as well as the tools they use on a daily basis. Surgeons are already held to high standards, and even more so as science and technology becomes more innovative. Aesthetic or plastic surgeons learn a variety of procedures as their skill is not only segregated to breast implants and quick tummy tucks. Now victims of burning and scarring can visit aesthetic surgeons and have their skin grafted, replaced, and ultimately recreated to decrease scarring and burn visibility. The constant revolution of surgical skills and their uses creates a desire for the best, most skilled surgeon in the field and Texas seems to be a hub of great aesthetic surgeons.

One stand out doctor is Jennifer Walden, a Texas native with years of experience in aesthetic surgery both in the operating room and outside it. Walden has created a name for herself not only because of her skill but because of her constant research dealing with the evolution of both surgical procedures and tools. Walden co-authored a book entirely about the world of aesthetic surgery and has had multiple papers published in medical journals involving her personal research in aesthetic surgery techniques. Walden has also appeared on a few big name channels like Fox News, ABC News, and VH1 to discuss a myriad of topics involving aesthetic surgery.

Walden got her start in Texas after obtaining her undergraduate degree from the University of Texas. She then graduated salutatorian from the University of Texas Medical Branch before continuing her medical education through her internship and residential years. After she finished her residency she was offered a highly sought after fellowship in New York at the Manhattan Eye Ear and Throat Hospital where she performed under Dr. Sherrell Aston, a widely known aesthetic surgeon. After perfecting her skills during her fellowship Walden stayed at the hospital and worked in the Upper East Side for nearly eight years until she moved back to Texas. She now runs her own private practice in Austin.

It Doesn’t Get Any Better Than Beneful!

When you are raising a dog by yourself, it might seem like a big responsibility because that dog is counting on you to make the right decisions for their diet. If you are raising your dog by yourself, then you need to do all the research required to make these decisions. You should do your research on this instead of just picking a dog food off the shelf at random. Some of the dog foods out there are made of junk. I recommend choosing a premium dog food, like Beneful, for your dog. I choose Beneful every time I go to the pet store because I am always impressed by their ingredients.

High Quality Ingredients From Beneful

The ingredients in Beneful’s dog foods are high quality, so the premium pet food company that manufactures their food is paying more money in terms of production costs. They have higher standards at premium pet food companies. They even have taste testers to make sure the food tastes good when it gets to your pet. Purina‘s Beneful has the biggest variety of nutritious foods out of all the pet food companies I have researched. They offer eight kinds of dry foods, 20 kinds of their wet foods and 11 kinds of dog treats.

My dog likes them all, but I think she has some personal favorites. I notice that she likes the kinds made with salmon the best. The Chopped Blends from Beneful comes in 20 flavors. It’s their version of wet food, but it looks better than any dog food I have ever seen, and I think you’ll agree when you open up a package of Chopped Blends. The kind my dog likes is made with real salmon, tomato, carrot and rice. It doesn’t get any better than Beneful Chopped Blends.



The Important Skills Of Former NBA Team Owner Bruce Levenson

The NBA is one of the world’s most watched sporting events. Each year, professional teams line up for the opportunity to play each other to a championship final that is watched by millions of people. An effective team can have many fans at home and when traveling, allowing them to pay skilled players a good salary and also providing for an amusing experience for fans who are watching their games. Part of creating this experience is having the right kind of management on hand at all times. Highly effectively management can help a good team become even better and a great team challenge for the ultimate rewards of the game. The team’s management can also help by creating ways for fans to enjoy the game both by watching games in their home town and watching as players play each other on the television screen multiple nights a week during basketball season.

One manager who has shown how it possible to provide help for a basketball team is sports management specialist and business owner Bruce Levenson. Levenson has done much to help showcase the best way to help bring out a team’s innate skills and demonstrate how best to make players work well together. He has also helped demonstrate how skilled and highly effectively management techniques can be used to provide leadership for any given NBA team. His work is this field while managing the Atlanta Hawks has been based on proven business techniques that allow players to play the best possible game they can and also helped fans enjoy the result of such play. Forbes billionaire Levenson has aimed to translate the world of business and the known and proven principles shown there to the world of professional sports. In doing so, he has been highly successful, allowing fans in the area to admire the Atlanta Haws at every turn.

Levenson has had a very solid career that has focused largely on businesses. Bruce Levenson’s work includes many areas of this field but his primary efforts have been towards the world of communications. When he was still a young man, he knew this was where he wanted to be. After graduating from law school, he decided that being his own boss was for him. With a friend, he started a business firm that later grew into one of the world’s leading providers of information services for those in need of such information in various fields. His success at this business has also allowed him to do other important things including work in helping others via his numerous charity efforts and also helped him work with those at the Atlanta Hawks to get better management for the team and their many happy local fans.



Dick DeVos Leads Windquest Holdings To New Business Areas

Any company looking for support and investment could do worse than to attract one of the richest people in the U.S. to their growing business. Coppercraft Distillery founder Walter Catton III has actively been seeking investment for his liquor business, and has secured the backing of AmWay Group executive Dick DeVos as he looks to bring his range of liquor drinks to a new group of consumers. MLive reports the first stages of the investment by Dick and Betsy DeVos through their Windquest Holdings Group has been completed with initial approval for Windquest to take over the Coppercraft Distillery liquor license.

Dick DeVos has long been known as one of the top business people in the U.S. after leading AmWay on a long term period of expansion that included expanding their global consumer base to more than 100 countries. Not only did DeVos lead the company on a period of expansion, but saw his personal wealth rise to make him the 67th wealthiest person in the U.S. in 2012. However, Dick is very generous with his fortune and he and his wife Betsy give millions through their family foundation annually.

Constantly looking for new areas of business to invest in is one of the main interests in business for Dick, which saw him lead AmWay into new areas using technology as the main support for sales. After taking over as President of AmWay in 1993 the Internet and technology area was identified by DeVos as one of the main areas of expansion in the 21st century. By the time he retired from his position as President in 2002 the company had shifted focus to a part-time and home based sales force.

Since retiring from AmWay Dick DeVos and wife Betsy have been looking to establish the Windquest Group as a major source of investment, which has led to the purchase of the Coppercraft Distillery. Walter Catton III has been explaining the fantastic opportunity the investment from the DeVos family brings his Holland Township, Michigan based company. The aims of the distillery include expanding its customer base beyond the more than 100 locations across Michigan currently stocking Coppercraft Distillery liquors; other options include a plan to expand into craft brewed beers and wines to add to the product range offered by Coppercraft Distillery.

Learn more about the life and career of Dick by connecting with him on LinkedIn or checking out his bio on his personal website here:

Can Eucatex Group Resolve VOC Dangers?

Although invisible, pollutants are ubiquitous in our daily lives, but we can control many of them. The CEO, Flavio Maluf of eco-friendly Brazilian-based company Eucatex Group says everyone should start by reviewing home products, like carpeting, flooring, and paints.

In the past two decades, the number of asthma cases has nearly doubled. Flavio Maluf points out, pollution of indoor air is the suspected culprit; fortunately, we can reduce our exposure to the major sources of many illegal compounds that pollute indoor air, like volatile organic compounds or VOCs.

What Are Volatile Compounds?

VOCs – or organic solvents – include a diversified range of chemicals that have the characteristic of evaporating into the air. They are man-made or natural (because of emissions by manufacturing plants), and are found in a gaseous form in the atmosphere. The impact from VOCs are direct and indirect to nature, man, and animals. In fact, in 2009, the manufacturing industry was responsible for 31% of global VOC emissions and the residential sector was, and still is, the largest emitter, with more than 32%. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, VOCs can be found in approximately one-fifth of our drinking water, and it penetrates into groundwater from different sources.

Contrary to popular belief, a fact well known today, the air inside buildings is more toxic than the air outside. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says the concentrations of volatile organic compounds present within reach a rate of 1000 times higher than levels found outside. The effects can include:

  • Eye and throat irritation
  • Allergies, Asthma, and Urticaria
  • Headache, nausea, fatigue
  • Disturbance of vision and memory

Advocate for Eco-Friendly Products

Given these concerns, on his Twitter Flavio Maluf and the Eucatex Group has been an outspoken advocate for eco-friendly home building products. “Caring for your family’s health and security begins with reliable home building products that won’t make you sick, and gives you peace of mind,” says Maluf. Eucatex manufacturers a range of naturally-processed products, derived from eucalyptus trees that are far friendlier on the environment. “We’ve already discovered how to avoid a large number of internal harmful particles, but the progress isn’t rapid enough,” adds Maluf in an article about Brazil’s chemical future.

Creating an eco-friendly empire is perhaps the greatest success story of The Eucatex Group family business empire. Flavio Maluf began his career at Eucatex in 1987, after earning a mechanical engineering degree. Moving through various company divisions to learn the ropes, Flavio’s succession came about in 2005. The innovative entrepreneur took over as CEO, and today is revered and regarded an ecological sustainable leader. Staying true to the family vision has led Flavio Maluf to make Eucatex an international giant.  Flavio is also counted on for his public influence.  From talking about the future of education, to commenting on Rubbermaid’s recent merger move.

Dispel Wikipedia Myths and Get the Facts

The English Wikipedia is the 7th most popular website in the world according to Alexa rank for 2016. Entrepreneurs can reach a lot of people by having professionals make a Wikipedia page for them. Hiring Wikipedia writers from services like “Get Your Wiki” can give you a great page to promote yourself online.

“Do You Wiki?”

On January 15, 2001, Wikipedia was created. Very few websites have stood the test of time, like Wikipedia. On this anniversary, The Register UK discussed eight Wikipedia myths and revealed the truth about them. Did you know that Wikipedia considered running ads, but its die-hard editors threatened to resign, so the Wikimedia Foundation relented?

Wikipedia has thrived because it encapsulates the esprit de corps of the Internet. Create an open forum where people can feel free to share their ideas and improve the world. Wiki continues to offer short snippets and long articles, which educate the world population for free.

Another beneficial aspect of Wikipedia is that it is frequently checked by the most intelligent movers and shakers on the planet. On a normal Wikipedia page, the individuals with their own Wiki pages will be listed in bold print. Web surfers can simply click on the link to reach that individual’s Wiki page. This is a great marketing vehicle.

“Wiki Fads Fashions & Trends”

Celebrities have publicists. Presidents have spokesmen. Singers have concert promoters. Famous people hire people to promote them.

You could teach yourself some computer language and try to create your own website, but why bother? Likewise, you could try to create your own Wikipedia page, but do you even have a Wiki account? Probably not. Do you know the rules and guidelines? Probably not? Do you have time for updates? Probably not.

While Wikipedia is an open source community, they do have standards and guidelines for submissions. When you hire “Get Your Wiki,” you are assured of professional, high-quality Wikipedia business page creation, reference citation and timely updates. You won’t look like a novice. For remember that your own individual Wiki page will establish your online reputation. Put your best foot forward and “Get Your Wiki.”

Lawyer Sponsors Fund Raiser for Animals

A fundraiser to benefit one of New York City’s more neglected populations during the winter months has been started at GoFundMe. The fundraiser is the work of New York City lawyer, Ross Martin Abelow. His goal is to raise $5000 to be given to shelters to help in their efforts to care for the city’s homeless animal population. The money will be used to help the shelters pay for care items including the food, shelter, blankets and medical care needed for the animals brought into the shelters.

The primary end goal is to prevent needless deaths. Abelow hopes that the fundraiser will help the shelters extend more care, for longer periods of time, for any animals that are in need. It is a difficult situation, particularly during the winter months, when the shelters may not have enough resources to address all of the animals in need. With temperatures dropping to dangerous lows, the animals are some of the city’s most vulnerable residents.

In addition to advocating for the city’s animal population, much of Abelow’s law focus is on families. He specializes in Family Law and Matrimonial Law as well as Entertainment Law and Commercial Litigation. He is a longtime resident of New York City and has been licensed to practice law in the state of New York for many years. Abelow earned his law degree from Brooklyn Law School, where he graduated in 1989. He received his license the next year in 1990. The highlight of his career was achieving his partnership in the Abelow and Cassandro, LLP law firm after 26 years of diligently defending his clients.

In addition to his law practice, Ross Martin Abelow is a regular contributor of legal articles to both his own blog and other blogs like Crown Point New York. His personal blog focuses on financial articles in addition the articles about legal matters. Abelow maintains an active presence on other social media venues like Facebook and Mashable as well.

Donors interested in contributing to the winter fundraiser can find additional information at the GoFundMe page. The fundraiser was launched on January 13th, 2016.

Study on Heart Palpitations and Caffeine

An article at provides information on caffeine and heart palpitations. There has been a report that has completely changed the views on caffeine and heart palpitations. It had been believed that drinks with caffeine were the cause of irregular heart rhythms. It has also been believed that caffeine has the ability to lead to heart failure. There is a new report first revealed on Bloomberg (congratulations to Jon Urbana for some well-earned praise) that has challenged the idea that caffeinated drinks actually cause heart palpitations.

Time for Doctors to Lighten up on Coffee
According to cardiologist, Dr. Gregory Marcus, it just might be time that doctors lighten up on the coffee notion. Dr. Marcus is a cardiologist who led this study on caffeine and palpitations. He is a cardiologist at the University of California. This hospital is located in San Francisco. Caffeine may even have cardiovascular benefits.

Your Dog Will Love Premium Food Like Beneful

My dog has never been happier in his life until he tasted the fresh new flavors that we found in our pet store. We never gave it much thought until recently. We always figured that dog food was dog food, and we just picked up whatever was cheap. It turns out that the premium brands are actually worth the expense because these companies care about the products they are making for animals. Would you want to eat junk food all the time? It probably was impairing the way our dog functioned because he wasn’t getting the nutrients that he needed, and now he does. He gets the nutrients he needs from the high quality food that we pick up for him.
Dogs Deserve High Quality Ingredients
Our dog was expensive because he is a pure bred dog, so it is kind of stupid of us to think that we could feed him the cheap brands of dog foods. However, I think all the dogs in the world deserve the real ingredients that come in every bag of premium dog food. I found an article that gives some impressive details about what premium brands go through to make sure that they are making their foods the right way. The article was from the Daily Herald, and it tells about premium brands like Beneful. Purina makes Beneful for pet owners that care what they are feeding to their animals. I like the fact that Beneful is made with high quality ingredients.
Beneful comes in a variety of types and flavors. The wet food that they have is the most impressive to me because it has a bunch of flavors, of 20 different kinds of tastes for your dog to experience. That food is called Chopped Blends, and it is honestly the best looking and best smelling dog food I have ever seen. I am proud to give my dog a healthy meal now that I found Beneful. My dog always seems to enjoy the great tastes. Here is that article that I was talking about from the Daily Herald: