January, 2016

Have You Seen What Jon Urbana’s Been Tweeting This Week?

This dude really has the tweeting thing down pretty good. Jon Urbana’s expertise in lacrosse, piloting, business, and photo art now extends beyond NLLC and into internet communications. The sheer variety of tweets and LinkedIn posts Urbana makes draw attention to internet news, articles, good causes like Earth Force, and images that a huge array of people will want to check out. It’s why Bloomberg wrote about Jon Urbana and all the stuff he’s got going on.

Jon Urbana Supports Earth Force, A New Fundraiser from Jon Urbana on Vimeo.

Jon Urbana enjoys posting links about popular music. Jon’s dance music and rap selections are the frequent subject of tweets. “DJ FORTN1GHT – Just Have a Good Time” is available for the listening enjoyment of anyone in the mood for, well, having a good time musically.

Barefoot water skiing” is nothing new if you’ve been keeping up with Urbana on his Facebook page. People have been doing it for ages. Checking out images on his personal site of people taking part in the activity is eye-opening to say the least. The feet have to be a little sore after hitting the surface of the water at such speeds. Perhaps the rush and thrill of playing lacrosse for Villanova makes everything worth it.

The Carolina Panthers have their fans and their detractors. There are even those who like to compose “odes” to the team. The Panthers are going to be the subject of a lot of sports writing in the coming weeks. Check out the Reddit article that publishes the aforementioned About Me commentary.

Everybody wishes they could make some more money at work, even Jon Urbana while he flies. A pay rise, however, is sometimes out of the grasp of Ellipse USA’s employees like Jon Urbana, even the most deserved of one. Buzzfeed has an article on how to (possibly) get a pay rise. The article mixes quite a bit of not-so-serious humor with a few very serious and legitimate points about landing an increase in salary.

Speaking of serious, the tweet about “gangster warlords” in Latin America may send a chill up and down the reader’s spine. While no one likes to hear of such things, turning a blind eye to criminal enterprises is not a good thing either.

Earth Temple – credit: Jon Urbana

The image of “Croissants” is great for those seeking insight into Jon Urbana’s taste in photo art. Insight into his taste in food is revealed as well. Following the tweet link to Urbana’s blog expands access to a wide range of his favorite bits of photo art and music.

Sergio Cortes: Educate Yourself on Zika

There is currently an epidemic outbreak in Brazil of the virus known as zika reprted by National Public Radio. Symptoms are not severe and do not last more than a week, but the possibility exists of developing diseases such as Guillain-Barré syndrome and microcephaly. The greatest concern is over the chance of contracting the latter, especially in pregnant women. Treatment for the virus is only for symptoms right now, though work is being done on more effective drugs. For now, prevention is the safest course.

Zika was first identified in the 1940s on the continent of Africa, and eventually spread into Asia. The virus made its first appearance in Brazil last April, and since then there has been over 1400 cases across 300 cities. The virus has spread to nine Latin America countries so far, including Mexico and Columbia, inciting the World Health Organization to issue a warning about the disease and emphasize the importance of prevention. Dr. Sergio Cortes, former executive secretary of Rio de Janeiro and Latin American celebrity, also urges the general public to educate themselves about the dangers of and ways to prevent contracting zika.

Zika is spread primarily by mosquitoes, so Cortes advises to wear clothes that cover the most skin,hang mosquito nets, and use bug-repellent. Avoid areas of any standing water: stagnant or otherwise. Mosquitoes can breed in stagnant water, but they thrive in clean water; so eliminate any standing water indoors such as pots, bottles of water, even bottle-caps. The mosquitoes that carry zika can live up to a year waiting for contact with water, so it is best not to leave any lying around for them to lay their eggs in.

Symptoms of zika according to dino.com include: fever, muscle aches, and rash. As stated above, the symptoms are not severe and usually last three to seven days. Though the symptoms are not severe, Cortes advises patients to seek treatment, because of the complications from zika. As with micrcephaly, these complications can be quite severe and can be transmitted to the baby of a pregnant woman. Guillain-Barre syndrome, which is a neurological disease, is very serious as well. Cortes informs mothers-to-be to consult a doctor in the case of any change in health, especially during the time before the fourth month of pregnancy, and emphasizes the importance of prenatal care.

The epidemic is widespread in the Latin American countries, but as the virus is not contagious and cannot be spread from person to person, through education and prevention further spreading of the virus, and diseases developed from contracting the virus, can be stalled. That might give enough time to the divisions working on a cure for their drugs to be approved and released to the public. Through simply following the advice of Dr. Cortes on prevention, greater damage to the health of the general public can be avoided.

You can follow Dr. Cortes on Twitter or LinkedIn for more health news.

Paul Evans: Convenient Shopping For High End Men’s Shoes

The internet has revolutionized the way the average person shops. While there is still plenty of room for retail in storefront markets, business and manufacturers across the globe are turning to online retail as means of cutting out the middle man and increasing revenue. The fashion industry in particular has been greatly affected by the convenience of the internet when it comes to the modern shopping experience. It is no surprise that even high end italian shoes retail has begun to take place in this forum. An article published by Bloomberg Business examines how and why high end men’s shoes are now an integral part of the online shopping experience for those who are into men’s fashion.

One of the companies mentioned in the article was Paul Evans, a men’s shoe company that is at the higher end of the retail scale. Handcrafting their intricate shoes in the same Italian facilities as widely recognized names like Gucci, Paul Evans has made quite a name for themselves when it comes to quality in designer men’s shoes. Their reputation for fashion excellence and their exceptional eye for detail have made them a sought after brand despite the competitive market of the online retail shoe business. Allowing shoppers to purchase these stylish and classic shoes online rather than renting retail space has also allowed Paul Evans to trim costs where they. This creates an experience where customers to get more for their money and business benefit from the increase in revenue.

Each pair of shoes that Paul Evan’s makes and sells is made of only the finest materials and Italian leathers. The care taken in the creation of each design begins with the shaping of the leather. This, along with the pain-staking and often elaborate detail work required to make their high end men’s shoes is why they are at the higher end of the retail market. It is the combination of high quality work and convenience that has made Paul Evans a name brand shoe that is widely coveted and easily recognized.

The days of high end fashion and quality products being a matter of location is obviously a thing of the past. Thanks to technological advancements, you can now shop from nearly anywhere simply by doing an internet search for an item or brand. Even high end products and merchandise are now available online. Paul Evans is a perfect example of how shopping for men’s shoes online is not only easy, but cost effective.

Books Donated by George Soros’ Foundation Burned in Russia


Dozens of books about humanitarian education were burned in a northern Russian republic by officials seeking to enforce a restriction against the Open Society Foundations. According to a news report filed by Kalyeena Makortoff of CNBC, the book burning incident took place in the Komi Republic.

The Open Society Foundations is a non-profit network founded by billionaire investor George Soros, whose philanthropic work dates back to the late 1970s. Soros has always advocated for democracy, civil liberties, personal freedoms, access to education, government accountability, transparency, freedom of speech, and freedom of the press.

The incident, which evokes a dystopian vision straight out of the pages of Ray Bradbury’s classic novel Fahrenheit 451, unfolded in early January and was confirmed by an official letter by education officials in the Komi Republic.

More than 400 other books allegedly provided by the Open Society Foundations were seized from the libraries of industrial colleges in the Komi Republic. These books will later be shredded.

News reports have confirmed that the Open Society Foundations have been marked in Russia as charities that promote ideologies contrary to what the Kremlin considers to be the Russian way of life. However, the Federal Ministry of Culture has taken exception to the book burning and has ordered an investigation. According to a report by the TASS news agency, book burning is not something that the Culture Ministry condones.

In Russia, affiliates of the Open Society Foundations promote critical thinking among the population of a country that is still transitioning from a totalitarian regime to a democracy. Historically, Soros has been interested in disseminating information that empowers democracy and freedoms; to this effect, in the 1980s he distributed Xerox machines in Eastern Bloc regions for the purpose of copying texts that had been prohibited by communist regimes.

As of mid-January, neither Soros nor the Open Society Foundations had commented on the matter.

George Soros: Apocalypse Then and Apocalypse Now

Over the last three to four years, the United States has been enjoying a somewhat solid and gradual economic recovery. For most people in the U.S., the dark days from late 2008 to late 2011 spanned the worst period of the Great American Recession and the Global Financial Crisis, but what about the rest of the world?

It so happens that not all global markets have recovered in the same fashion as Wall Street. The European banking system, for example, never quite snapped out of the debt crisis created by sovereign default, and turmoil in the Asian markets could create a systemic effect that may prompt a dreaded domino effect. At least this is what billionaire investor, philanthropist and political activist George Soros believes.

In early January 2016, active traders who subscribe to Bloomberg terminals noticed an ominous article by Anusha Ondaatjie and Adam Haigh about what George Soros thinks is happening to global markets. Speaking before an audience gathered in the capital of Sri Lanka, Soros told investors that they should be very cautious and vigilant in what he considers to be a time of economic crisis.

Soros believes that current conditions are similar to 2008 on various levels, and thus they warrant concern. Before Soros walked to the podium in Colombo, global markets failed to impress anyone in the New Year. Two items of major concern were: China’s currency plunging to levels that its own central bank has been unable to contain and investors’ reaction to the U.S. Federal Reserve decision to raise interest rates for the first time in many years.

Should investors be concerned about Soros’ gloomy forecast? The short answer is yes; Soros is someone who clearly understands markets at the macroeconomic level. In 2011, Soros firmly predicted the debt crisis of the European banking system, and institutional investors certainly listened. So far, investors seem to be paying attention to Soros once again, particularly in Shanghai and London, where major stock indices have taken considerable hits.

It may be too early to tell whether Soros is right insofar as the coming financial crisis being as severe as that of 2008; after all, the economy of the United States holds promise for the near future with a recovering housing market. Still, many investors are certainly going to take his advice to heart and lower their exposure to Asian markets. The effects of capital flight in China could trigger a widespread economic slowdown because such are the effect of globalization in the 21st century.

Town Residential Shares Numbers After Massive Real Estate Spike In New York

This past year real estate in New York has skyrocketed and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down. In an article released in Virtual Strategy marketing, real estate firm Town Residential shared their numbers from this years high end sales of apartments, condos, and co-ops. Manhattan alone saw a 5.2% ascension in general price per estate, leaving the median around $1,150,000. Even Manhattan co-ops saw a generous rise with an average price coming in at $$1,272,902. Older properties have begun adjusting their prices to match the market were newer residential buildings and houses have been selling at the tip of the price point. Analysts believe the price spike spreading across New York will continue to grow into 2016.

New York is home to a multitude of housing types but the massive amount of options can leave your head spinning. To help with that burden Town Residential can take you around the city to a variety of properties suited to your needs, wants, and most importantly your budget. Founded in 2010 Town Residential has already been named New York’s premier luxury real estate firm and has been listed as one of the top fifty places to work in New York.

Their team of experts know the city better than the back of their hand, and their vast knowledge of properties can lead you to your perfect new residence. They also offer help with buying, selling, and leasing properties as well as apartment management. Their well designed website offers potential clients virtual tours of all their listed properties as well as detailed descriptions of location, amenities, and proximity to public transportation. Whether you need a penthouse in the sky or a single family brownstone Town Residential can help you find your place in the city.