Shortages in Venezuela Get Worse

It looks like Venezuela is sliding down from a Socialist heaven into a bankruptcy hole. In the past, country’s radically Socialist government spent a fortune (coming from oil)on building housing, spending freely on welfare, and subsidizing all kinds of items.
Now, with oil at multiyear lows and also due to currency shortages, it’s nearly impossible to find such basic necessities as toilet paper. According to Yahoo!News, even some telcom services will get suspended since the government owes hundreds of millions of dollars to telecom companies that haven’t been paid for long time.

Manuel Gonzalez has also pointed out that there are also fewer programs on Venezuelan television. The National Telecommunications Commission, which serves as a state regulator, admitted that it’s because of the lack of hard currency. That’s why people just go streaming on Youtube to watch their favorite shows. While companies are looking to raise rates in order to run their services, the government hasn’t allowed them to do so.

This way, not only services are cut, but also no investments are made into improving things. With rapidly rising inflation and government’s freeze on prices, it’s very difficult to do business in this South American country.

Unless oil rapidly recovers, more bad news shared on facebook are likely to come out from Venezuela. The man responsible for this mess, Hugo Chavez, is no longer alive, so his successor, President Maduro, has got all the heat to take.

Slyce Looking To Start New Era With Partnership

Slyce Inc is based out of Toronto, Canada. Slyce delivers unique visual search technologies and the company is also looking to develop a premier sales channel for retailers and their customers. Using Slyce, consumers can interact with retailers by snapping photos of products using their devices, which will start the visual search service with the ability to recognize products.

Slyce delivers its image recognition technology through a search platform, as well as mobile apps. Neiman Marcus, Home Depot, and Tily’s are some of the brands that use Slyce. Slyce’s business model has a number of different revenue streams thanks to its apps and visual search platform.

Recently, as reported on, Slyce announced that it reached a visual search partnership with Shoe Carnival, a leading footwear and accessories retailer in the United States. Shoe Carnival Inc is one of the largest family footwear companies in the United States. Shoe Carnival offers a unique assortment of footwear for men, women, and children. Shoe Carnival has over 400 stores throughout the country, including Puerto Rico.

The use of integrated fully automated technology helps mobile users visit the Shoe Carnival website, snap a photo of some footwear through either a magazine or present time and then have the ability to get presented with either direct matching products or the closest available from the Shoe Carnival line of products. Users can place an order within minutes.

Shoe Carnival is excited about the partnership. The company looks forward to the visual search functionality. Shoe Carnival hopes that this innovative partnership along with their mobile efforts will give customers a convenient shopping experience.

Slyce believes that this partnership will be history making, as it allows the company to implement one of the first visual search apps on the market. The company also points out the benefits that will come from quick response times and the ease of use for customers. Slyce will generate revenues from the partnership through the software licensing and service fees issued monthly.

George Soros’ Early Life, Business Magnate and Philanthropist

One of the most prominent things that George Soros has become known for in the past 30 years is his supports for democracies that can be held accountable by their citizens. He has been very vocal about this openly and also through his philanthropic organization, the Open Society Foundation. The group currently advocates for human rights and supports democracy in more than 100 countries.

In history, Soros is considered as one of the most successful person in financial matters on and his opinions on investments and economics have been widely adopted by various organizations. His involvement with finance began I 1947 when he joined the London School of Economics and can be said that ever since he has remained active in the financial sector, notably through his company the Soros Fund Management LLC.

George Soros on forbes was born on 12th August 1930. His parents, Tividar and Erzebat Schwartz, named him Gyorgy Swartz, but he later changed his names to George Soros in 1947 when they moved to England. At the age of 13, because of the war in Hungary, his father decided to separate them to lessen the risk of them being killed. His two brothers went to live with their mother and George Soros went to live with his father. They later moved to England as a family in 1947. In the same year, he joined the London School of Economics. It is during his time at London School of Economics that he was introduced to Karl Popper, a philosopher whose ideologies has shaped his philanthropic activities.

After finishing his graduate studies in 1952, Soros joined Singer and Friedlander on, one of the brokerage firms based in London. He worked there till 1956 but with no prospects of making more money, he decided to move to New York. His initial intention was to go to New York and raise enough capital then move back to England. He started by working as a stock trader for F.M. Mayer on the Wall Street. George Soros was so good at his work, and that earned him a job at Arnhold and S Bleichroeder. It is while at Arnhold and S Bleichroeder that he learnt and become an expert of hedge funds. Using the experience while working there, him together with Jim Rogers founded Quantum Fund, which they later renamed to Soros Fund Management.

Though Soros has been mainly involved in finance, he is also involved in various philanthropic activities that support education, politics, the rule of law and independent media. His first philanthropic venture was in 1979. It is five years later that he decided to venture fully into philanthropic activities when he launched the Open Society Institute, which was later renamed to Open Society Foundation, in Hungary.

Apart from being a philanthropist and a financial expert, he has opened voiced his opinions on political issues. In 2004, he openly supported the Democrats. He has also authored two books that talk about politics and finance.


U.S. Money Reserve – A Penny For Your Thoughts?

In a recent interview on Austic Chambers spoke with the President of the U.S. Reserve, Philip Diehl about the demise of the penny. What will happen if the penny is removed from circulation? Pricing all over will change. Items priced at $4.99 will then cost $5.00, and other things priced at $3.59 will round up to $3.60, and so forth.

Philip Diehl replied that he doesn’t feel there is much to that theory, it is an argument used for the past twenty-five years by the penny lobbyists that supports keeping the penny in circulation.

In looking at the breakdown of payment for purchases, about 25% of transactions are all in cash, and 75% of transactions are in electronic form, and when you look at the possibility of rounding pennies, there is only a small percentage that would even be affected by the elimination of the penny.

The savings in not printing the coin cost approximately $1.5 million dollars per year. For many years, the making of the penny has been outsourced, and the penny slugs are created by outside companies, Actual stamping of the penny has always been made by the U.S. Money Reserve, bagged, and circulated. Diehl went on to say that the competition in the marketplace will discipline people not to raise their prices but lower their prices.

The penny is not made of copper anymore, and it contains 97.5% zinc. The zinc industry has been the ones working to keep the penny in circulation for many years.

The penny is used so infrequently today that people rarely bend over to pick up a penny lying on the sidewalk. The penny doesn’t attract the attention of people as much as it did years ago. Penny machines no longer exist and have been replaced with nickel, dime and quarter candy machines.

Philip Diehl, 35th Director of the United States Mint. He currently consults with precious metals companies and is a published analyst of gold markets. He serves on the board of the Standish Foundation for Children and is a member of the chambers of the Industry Council for Tangible Assets, and the Gold and Silver Political Action Committee.

Say good bye to bad hair days ;WEN Cleansing Conditioner

The WEN Hair cleansing conditioner is an awesome hair product designed for women with a taste of fine hair. The cleansing conditioner is designed for women who shower and take time to style their hair every morning with the intention of having a stunning look with regards to their hair do. The Wen hair cleansing conditioner is the perfect conditioner that relieves women of bad hair days hence boosting their confidence. The WEN products are specifically designed to condition all types of hair guaranteeing moisture, bounce and shine.

The advertisement of the WEN Hair by Chaz Dean is trademarked by beautiful women shaking their hair to illustrate the magic behind the WEN cleansing conditioner; some find it hard to believe as was the case of Emily Mcclure, who narrated her ordeal while testing out the product. This was her experience.

Her narration and testimony of the product begins after a long day and proceeds to narrate her first encounter in using the shampoo. Her experience while massaging her hair was exceptional since she felt like her hair was thicker while massaging her hair she got the impression that she had more hair which felt curly. She also noticed that her hair did not falloff as is the case with girls who have long hair. This proved that the WEN product is different and very effective as compared to other hair products in the sephora beauty market.

The following morning her hair roots felt greasy an experience that is not only isolated but rare. This impressed Emily since this occurrence only happens after using a hair conditioner for two or three days.

Emily used the WEN cleansing conditioner for a week and is convinced that the WEN product is the best and is set to buy on Ebay a new bottle and continue enjoying the WEN experience which guarantees a good bye to bad hair days.


Madison Street Capital Educates Investors

The financial world is a complex one according to Bloomberg Business. To be proficient in that world, either working or investing, a person, usually, needs an MBA. For many people outside the financial world it appears to be a boring and uninteresting world. The artists and rock stars are conspicuously absent from the workings of the financial world, but you can bet the successful rock star has a team of financial wizards handling their investments. While the average middle-aged person has a 401K, a term we have grown to know and love, they are still unaware of the various investments and the myriad financial strategies that the super rich are made aware of by their investment advisors. Up until now there have been few attempts to educate people about investing and the financial world, but, now, Madison Street Capital has developed a series of animated short cartoons explaining various financial terms in everyday speech….

Madison Street capital is a boutique investment firm according to, and like a boutique hotel, they are not huge and are wanting to personalize their financial services and products so that the small investor has a chance to more fully understand what takes place after their money goes to work for them.
Presently there are a series of nine short YouTube videos. None lasts longer that 90 seconds, which is a good idea. The concept of the videos is to inform and create interest in what Madison Street Capital has to offer the small investors. The topics range from the basic introduction to Madison Street Capital to business valuation, restructuring, ESOP and corporate advisory services. Mergers and acquisitions are discussed as well as a focus on asset management in the industry. Think of these videos as a quick cheat sheet to bring you up to speed with some of the more sophisticated corporate and individual investors in the world. While you may not become a billionaire, you might consider using the services of Madison Street Capital.
Madison Street Capital employs a team of educated, experienced professionals ready to provide advice and services in the areas of mergers and acquisitions (M&A), financing and capitalization structures. Their headquarters are located in Chicago, Illinois, and they have offices in North America, Africa, and Asia.
This new effort by Madison Street Capital is a win-win for investors and for the company, itself. The videos are located here: Your text to link…

Fabletics Grabs the Attention of Customers with Spring/Summer 2016 Line

The Fabletics brand that Kate Hudson has created is amazing. This is a brand of athletic gear that is filling a real void in the clothing industry today. Hudson and her team are dedicated to presenting some awesome clothes that females love to wear while they are working out.
The new 2016 Spring and Summer Collection is among the best in the gym wear arena for those that want to look fabulous while they are getting fit. The Fabletics brand has become a lot more interesting now that there are so many stores that are coming into view. There are 6 physical locations now, but 100 stores are set to open in the next 5 years.

The hot new spring and summer collection of tops and active wear have been highlighted on the Clothes Maiden wwebsite and there is also a lot of social media buzz about these garments. Kate has her favorite picks, and people can log on directly to the website to see some of the exciting active wear that is available.

The spring line is always exciting because this is when a lot of people start working out with a greater level of consistency. They are hungry for a line of clothing that they can work out in and still look good. The spring line for this year presents some interesting choices, and people that check the web can find garments that are personally picked by Kate Hudson.

That is a major part of the thrill that comes with having access to a brand of active wear. People that have this type of store can add several pieces to their wardrobe. There are 2 and 3 piece outfits available for those that like a nice variation of workout gear.

The Fabletics brand has a subscription service as well, and this is what has allowed the company to ship a million orders in a short time frame. This is a company that actually has a lot of discounted clothing. People that sign up for the subscription service can get a lot of garments sent their way every month for a monthly fee. These are discounted garments so it actually saves the customer money by signing up for this. This has become the company that people love for work out clothing. Fabletics has taken the world by storm, and the summer and spring clothing line for 2016 is amazing.

Wen by Chaz Helps Fine Hair


Bustle documented one of its editors personal experience using Wen by Chaz for a week to see how it could transform her formerly thin, fine hair. Wen by Chaz is a cleansing conditioner product that receives rave wikipedia reviews for its ability to add volume and shine to a variety of hair types. The Bustle editor’s personal findings speak truth to the reviews. After a week, she noticed that her hair was much fuller and more vibrant than before she started using the WEN by Chaz products. In fact, at the end of the seven day experiment, she concluded that she would add Wen by Chaz to her hair care arsenal any time that she wants an extra punch of shine and volume for her fine hair. The before and after pictures speak for themselves.

If you are already a faithful Wen user, then the abundance of incredibly positive reviews for the cleansing conditioner will not surprise you. This innovative product has claimed a permanent stake in the hair care market by combining five different functions into one product and packing a major punch in terms of hair transformation powers. It is also universally loved for its natural formula, which is free from sulfates and other harmful chemicals that could damage hair.

 Wen by Chaz also offers other products that work in tandem with the cleansing conditioner, but it is certainly capable of delivering amazing results on its own for all different types of hair. It can be purchased online, and you will likely catch it on one of the frequent WEN by Chaz infomercials. If the results of the Bustle editor’s week long challenge are any indication, Wen by Chaz is worthy of the high praise and loyal customer following it has earned in recent years.

News Of Change In The Dog Food Industry


The Daily Herald recently covered the story of recent events in the pet food industry. There has been a movement that is slowly picking up speed. This movement is the human food trends that have been adopted into the pet food industry. The idea behind the trend is that since people treat their pets like family, they will want to feed them like family. And this is proving to be true. Since 2009, the premium pet food industry has grown 45 percent and is now valued at over 10 billion dollars. It also now makes up roughly one half of entirety of the pet food industry, which is valued at almost 24 billion dollars.

The article discussed how many companies are are removing preservatives from their recipes. Many companies are also moving to be all organic. There are also pet food companies that require that their food be refrigerated because it contains probiotics and raw meat. There are pet foods that are made for a specific ailment, like weight gain or aging. The one concern that some investors have is whether a profit can be made when such expensive ingredients are being used.

Beneful is one such company that is following the trends of human food. And it has been for some time. When the food was first released onto the market, it was compared to stew. Beneful believed that even though dogs are colorblind, owners would still like to have appealing looking food in their home. Purinastore’s Beneful has led the way with trends. They are known for making sure their food has excellent nutritional value through bodies like the AAFCO, FDA and USDA. They are also known for the extent they go to to ensure that the food is of the highest quality and safety. Beneful holds their suppliers to strict guidelines as to how all ingredients must be planted, cared for, harvested and transported. Beneful also tracks ingredients from the moment it arrives at the manufacturing plant until it is in a final product on the retail shelf.



Ross Abelow Helps New York’s Strays

New York Attorney, Ross Abelow, has shifted focus from the courtroom to the streets of New York and the many animals in need there. With a new fundraiser he’s been heading since the middle of January, Abelow seeks to raise $5,000 in donations to be turned over to several animal shelters in different parts of the city of New York in order to help cover the exorbitant costs of housing, feeding and transporting the thousands of animals that could be rehabilitated and housed were they given a chance. This seeks to curb the number of unfortunately necessary euthanizing of animals that simply tax these shelters well beyond their capacity to care for them. This issue of housing is compounded further in the winter months of the year.

As weather patterns continue to be erratic and difficult for even emergency services to predict accurately with enough time to prepare, wild weather is considered to be a new normal and with it comes exceptionally harsh winters. This increase in snowfall and low temperatures places at-risk animals in real danger, making tough streets even tougher to survive in. Shelters continue to operate even in these conditions, but without the financial support there isn’t much they can do to combat the crisis.

With environmental risks so high that even New York’s mayor had made it an initiative to get homeless people off the streets for fear of cold exposure that could lead to death, Abelow has taken it upon himself to help out and limit the number of animals left out on the streets and usher them safely into shelters.

Ross Martin Abelow has been practicing law in the state of New York since 1990 since leaving New York University to obtain his graduate degree from Brooklyn Law School. Focusing mostly on family matters, Abelow had started out his career dealing with matrimonial litigation as his specialization. Later on, this branched out to include commercial and entertainment law. For more than 25 years he worked as an attorney, and eventually became a partner of the firm Abelow & Cassandro, Llp.

Outside of this professional capacity, Abelow has authored many articles on legal matters, many of which have been published by Crown Point New York. Abelow also runs a blog focused on finance and law, incorporating his social media presence where he interacts with the public.

For out more information about, or donate directly to, the fundraiser for stray New York animals, Abelow’s fund can be found on GoFundMe.

Check out Ross Abelow on Twitter and Facebook