Monthly Archives: March 2016

Queens of Drama Continues To Reign Supreme

The Queens of Drama reality series is scheduled to run for a second season. In 2015, producers aired 10 episodes. The show’s theme is, six former soap actresses come together to write, act in, film, then pitch a dramatic serial for top television executives, and are filmed in the process. Basically a show, filming the making of another show. Airtime for each segment is thirty minutes, and episodes are run consecutively.

The show is authentic and a breath of fresh air. For fans of Guiding Light, The Bold and The Beautiful, One Life to Live, Passions, Knott’s Landing and General Hospital, you’re always waiting with baited breath to see more, more, and then more of those dreamy starlets from your favorite soaps as they attempt to pull the project together. The idea to have not one, but six actresses join the cast of Queens of Drama, was genius.

Crystal Hunt, producer of the show, is known for her versatility and the passion she brings to the set. With the Queens of Drama starting in the April line up, she’ll be showing all of America, how to work the Producer chair she now sits so pretty in. The other daytime stars cast for the show are Lindsay Hartley of Passions, All My Children and Days of Our Lives, Hunter Tylo from The Bold and The Beautiful, Chrystee Pharris of Passions, Vanessa Marcil from General Hospital, and night time television drama queen Donna Mills from the show Knott’s Landing.

One Life to Live’s character Stacy Morasco, marvelously played by Crystal Hunt, was known as the relentless stripper who told everybody she was pregnant with Rex Balsom’s baby. Morasco, instead, was really had Rex believing that the child she was carrying was his when it was actually Oliver Fish’s child that she later lost to miscarriage. The character later died when falling through unstable ice, on frozen, Llantano Lake.  You can see many highlights of Crystal Hunt as Stacy Morasco on YouTube.

Hunt is known by many Facebook fans, from starring on the silver screen alongside of Zac Efron in the movie The Derby Stallion, where she played Jill Overton, romantic interest of Patrick. As a child she acted in the movie Problem Child 2, and we all know her as Lizzie Spaulding on Guiding Light. She received two nominations for Emmys; one from the Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series and the other from the Soap Opera Digest Awards.  Crystal is also starring opposite Channing Tatum in Magic Mike XXL.

The Joy of Collecting

Michael Zomber is a collector of antique pistols, rifles, armor and samurai swords. His passion for weapons is easy to understand for those of who were raised in a house where pistols, rifles and shotguns were in evidence.

There is a childhood fascination for a rifle which through bolt or lever action can load a cartridge into a barrel chamber and fire, making noise and sending a rocket into spaces near and far. It is possible to recall the music made by the bullet entering the chamber and the anticipation of having a powerful firearm in your hands. Guns are not toys and yet they replace toys for boys and men by being items of beauty and substance. Those who appreciate firearms are not able to look at a Colt.45 Revolver and not want to heft it, feel the weight and balance, spin the cylinders for bullets, and only then cocking the mechanism, aiming at a phantom target.

For collectors of firearms and those who appreciate such collections there is an appreciation of history. The Colt Revolver had an immense impact on the western states of America in the 19th century, the Colt 1911 automatic was the iconic sidearm on the Second World War, the Thompson Machine gun was synonymous with the gangster era in Chicago, the Lugar and Mauser automatics issued to German officers in WWII became symbols of evil, even the small, discreet Walther PPK used by the fictitious James Bond had its important place in history.

The collector’s life is an interesting one, pursuing their personal passions. Michael Zomber has been collecting firearms and armor for more than 40 years and he has shared his knowledge and love of firearms as a guest historian on a History Channel, “Tales of the Gun” series, whose episodes included “Dueling Pistols, Guns of the Famous, Shotguns, Automatic Pistols and Million Dollar Guns”.

Zomber is featured in a YouTube episode which deals with the oriental rules of courtesy among samurai warriers. For video:


Soros Makes Dire Predictions for Economy

Over the past fifty years, George Soros has been one of the most successful investors in the world. George Soros is best known for running his own hedge fund, which has allowed him to accumulate a massive personal wealth in excess of $25 billion. While Soros is not as heavily involved with his hedge fund anymore, George Soros is still highly sought after when it comes to getting an opinion on the current state of the economy. 

Soros recently made some dire predictions that correlate the current state of the economy to what occurred in the 2008 economic collapse. Soros has stated that the biggest correlation between now and 2008 is that much of the global markets increase over the past few years has been tied to major bubbles. While the 2008 collapse was more due to a decline and burst of bubbles in the United States, the current state of the economy on is more due to issues in China and other areas of the world. 

During the early 2010s, much of the growth in the world economy was due to increases in the Chinese economy. The Chinese economy was growing at a record pace, which was leading to gains around the world. Unfortunately, in the past year the growth has slowed and stalled dramatically. This has led to a serious recession in China, which is now affecting the rest of the world. It still remains to be seen when the Chinese market can start to recover, but it does not seem that it will occur anytime soon. Other emerging markets in Asia and South American have had similar issues over the past year.

Another major factor affecting the global economy has been the credit crisis in the European Union. In 2015 the country of Greece came very close to defaulting on its debt payment. Over the course of a week, Greece announced that it would not make its debt payment, which the rest of the EU reacted negatively to. Fortunately, the EU and Greece were able to come to an agreement and the payment plan was renegotiated. Unfortunately, it is not yet clear if Greece and some other countries in Europe will be solvent in years to come


Avi Weisfogel Wants To Make Sure Operation Smile Has Enough Money

GoFundMe is a great place for people to raise money because they can make sure that they have an easy for people to send in their donations. The best part of this is that anyone can do it. Dr. Avi Weisfogel is raising money for Operation Smile on GoFundMe, and he is sending in that money so that he can go on more trips to help people. The trips are put together to go into places where there is no dentist.

The best thing that can happen at Operation Smile is that they help make a change in someone’s life when they had a big dental problem. Operation Smile shows up with all the tools that are needed, and they check in on people that they met in the past. They are setting up relationships with people who need them, and they can check up on the same people every time they go back.

Every person who comes to see Operation Smile is benefiting from the donations that people give to Dr. Weisfogel’s GoFundMe page, and they are seeing Dr. Weisfogel in a lot of instances. He is ready to help anyone in need, and he is going with a lot of his colleagues whom he has recruited to come and make the trip with him.

The funds that he raises are going to go a long way because they pay for the instruments that are needed, and they pay for the mobile vehicles that drive into these communities. They pay to get all the people to the trips, and they pay to make sure that the front office of the charity can function. There is a lot that has to be done to make sure that people are going to have healthy smiles, and the best way to be sure is to raise more money. Weisfogel took it upon himself to make sure that people get what they need, and he is going to keep raising money for as long as he can. The page can stay open forever, and he will keep sending that cash to Operation Smile. Watch Avi’s educational YouTube Video here!


Keith Mann’s Unending Support To The Uncommon Schools

Keith has unleashed his other side of philanthropy by committing himself to help the uncommon schools children have an opportunity to attend a four-year college. The scholarship named Keith and Keely Mann scholarship is available for all of the household students in Brooklyn schools in their senior classes. Keith has the intention of developing a future generation of leaders in the business arena. This he is doing in partnership with the uncommon schools a non-governmental organization located in New York. The mission of Keith is to help children from low-income families have the opportunity to pursue their professional goals and dreams. Keith also looks forward to connecting the students who will be selected to have professional connectivity and experience from companies of their dream professionals.

Keith has for a long time been committed to cultivating the success of children through education. He is also passionate about education for all and to earn the scholarship the senior students are requested to write an essay of 1000 words about how they will be assisted by their college degrees in their professional goals. By the end of March 2016, the scholarship team will have identified the students from Brooklyn high schools who won the $5000 scholarship.

Keith Mann is the founder of Dynamic Search Partners; he founded the company in 2000. The firm is a major of alternative investments and has helped any partners grow in the financial industry. Keith is also an expert in executive search and a great business man. He has over time been a great supporter of innovation and academic success and hence encouraging the application of the scholarship in over 42 Brooklyn schools. Keith was able to un-tap the hedge fund industry which was greatly developing but had not been well realized by the search industry even 2006. Before he was the managing director of Dynamic Search Partners but he is now the firm’s chief executive officer. Keith expanded hedge fund industry through the search discipline to private equities in 2009. His commitment to helping young students achieves their dream professionals is beyond measure. His firm Dynamic Search Partners serves more than 200 clients in a year. Brooklyn schools are privileged to have his support.

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The Technology Of Video Chat

Talk Fusion have appeared to have cornered the worldwide market taking the number one spot as a way to communicate by video. This allows anyone who has an Android, Apple, Mac, or PC to use this program. All that is needed is an internet connection, webcam or browser. The application must be downloaded first, this can be done quite easily at iTunes or google play store. Customers are then allowed to sign up through an affiliate or, allowing them to use all that the company has to offer like video chat,email,Live meetings for a full 30 days without using a credit card.

The individual who wants to initiate the chat, sends an email,or text then copy and paste requesting anyone in the world to join. The real beauty about this video chat program is that it’s not limited to certain phones. Customers are already raving about this, they especially love the convenience. Some are even amazed about the clarity of the picture. It’s quite useful for those who are having meetings.

Talk Fusion has allowed for the growth of businesses and enhance the lives of others by video telecommunications. They operate by having independent contractors in more than 140 countries worldwide. They begun their operations in 2007, By 2011 the company had already made $100 million and is projected to make a lot more in the coming years. Talk Fusion founder and Chief Executive Officer is Bob Rena. He was a former police office who attended the University of South Florida. To read more, visit: .

When American Online told him that he couldn’t email a ten second video to people he knew, he realize he had to do something. So he contacted a friend who had the knowledge of managing and processing information, in other words an IT genius who came up with a way to do it. Then Talk Fusion was born. He didn’t want for his distributors to wait weeks for their pay so as soon as the distributor makes a sale, monies are paid out immediately. Rena is also an advocate for the Humane Society of Tampa Bay where he help finds animals forever homes.

Handy Co-founder Discusses Their Expansion

The Next Web released a compelling piece recently where they interview the founder of one of the biggest new innovations in on demand application services. Handy has only been around for about three years now, but they have grown quite significantly over the past three years to a company that is worth approximately $500 million (estimated in November 2015). The Next Web visited Oisin Hanrahan at the Web Summit in Ireland to discuss how the company has been growing and where it is headed in the near future. Handy is currently dominating the market, so it has attracted much attention from users as well as investors.

Handy has successfully turned the luxury services of having a cleaning person or a repair person into a common entity for everyone’s lives. It is such a convenient service because it is easy to book someone for a variety of needs from cleaning services to fixing plumbing issues. Everyone has something to get done in their home that they have been putting off, and finding a reliable person to take care of those issues can be difficult. Handy is here, luckily, to make finding professional help one less thing to worry about. Handy screens all of their applicants. Users get to see the information about the person or persons that they will contracting services from.

Oisin Hanrahan also discussed why moving to New York City was such a good idea for their company. The size of the New York market place was an important factor in their success. Handy is available all over the world, and they match thousands of happy customers with qualified and professional contractors every week. To take a look at the interview with Oisin Hanrahan from Handy and The Next Web.

Highland Capital Management: Investing In Communities and Countries

Under former President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner Argentina has experienced financial difficulty. It all started in 2001 when the country defaulted for an approximate sum of $95 billion. Between 2001 and 2014 Argentina serviced its debt until the former President defied the U.S. court rulings and stopped payment to creditors. This led to Argentina being barred from the sovereign debt markets and unable to raise capital for its government functions and public projects. This restricted status lasted until recently when current President Mauricio Macri was elected on the platform to take Argentina in a new economic direction.

Under President Macri’s leadership Argentina quickly positioned itself to re-enter the sovereign debt market. Many might consider a distressed credit situation like Argentina to be something that investors would take their money and run from. This couldn’t be further from the truth though with many investors seeking to renew investments in Argentina once a U.S. court grants permission for it to restructure its debt and settle with its holdout creditors. Once allowed back into the credit market, Argentina intends to issue several bonds ranging from 5, 10, and 30-year instruments. The Latin American country hopes to pull roughly $12 billion in new funding through its new bonds.

James Dondero is one such investor who is looking favorably at Argentina. James is the co-founder of Highland Capital Management and current President of the business too. His unique experience with distressed credit has positioned the company perfectly for Argentina’s re-emergence into the international credit markets. The management fund holds a large sum of 2033 bonds from Argentina which will accrue a 20% annual return when they re-structure and settle the debt. In addition, Dondero is looking to create an Argentina Fund through Highland Capital Management. This fund would allow capital investment in the resource-rich country without going through their bonds or potentially in conjunction with investing in the bonds.

Beyond James’ involvement in Highland Capital Management, he is also known for his charitable investments. The Reserve Aid organization is one charitable group that has gained support from Jim and Highland Capital Management in recent years. They focus on financial aid for reserve service men and women. Veteran affairs are a key issue that Jim is involved in beyond his financial profession and is a cornerstone of Highland Capital Managements’ commitment to its community.

Source: Bloomberg

The Koch Brothers Create a Company to Manage Their Wealth

The Koch Brothers, Charles and David, are well-known as the co-owners of Koch Industries, the second-largest private company in the United States, as well as for organizing fundraising for politically conservative causes and politicians. They’ve recently begun using a limited liability company, 1888 Management LLC, to oversee their personal funds.

1888 has personal significance for them because that’s the year their grandfather, Hotze “Harry” Koch, left the Netherlands to come to America seeking his fortune, eventually becoming a newspaper editor in Texas with a libertarian point of view. In 1900, Harry’s son Fred C. was born. Fred C. founded the oil refinery that became Koch Industries, which Charles Koch took over from him.

Charles Koch, the elder brother, is Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Koch Industries. Together with David, he has long supported various libertarian and conservative causes, including The Cato Institute, The Heritage Foundation, the Libertarian Party and Americans for Prosperity.

Recently Charles published an op-ed piece supporting Bernie Sanders’ view that systemic, structural inequality was a problem in the United States, though he disagreed with Sanders’ socialist solutions for solving the problem. Although he is a prominent supporter of conservative causes, he is also pro-choice, in favor of same-sex marriage and advocates reforming the criminal justice system.

1888 was registered in the state of Delaware in 2014, so it is a relatively new entity. For a wealthy family to use such a vehicle for handling their personal financial wealth is not unusual.

Trent May is in charge of 1888, its Chief Investment Officer. He began working for the Koch brothers in 2011, after time spent managing his own hedge fund and then the Retirement System fund for the state of Wyoming.

According to the article in Bloomberg Business, May is looking for companies in which the Koch family funds can acquire a sizable percentage of the equity. The telecommunications firm X5 OpCo LLC is reportedly one of 1888’s investments.

May is highly regarded for the people he used to work for in Wyoming, including Thomas Williams and Laura Ladd. Williams was Executive Director of Wyoming’s retirement system and responsible for hiring May. Ladd is the Chairwoman.

Sergio Cortes And His Public Health Works

As the Secretary Of Health, Sergio Cortes has been able to make huge advances in medicine. He is a world renowned surgeon and doctor. Cortes is a man that is very educated, and he is dedicated to educating others. Cortes can be followed on LinkedIn and Twitter. Not only has he received an extensive education in medicine, but he has also received education about the world. Cortes graduated from a very prestigious medical school in the country of Brazil, and he did not stop there. Cortes also studied at Harvard University in the United States of America. Cortes traveled to other European countries to learn about alternative to medicine. Cortes won an award from the World Health Organization in 2002 because of the extensive humanitarian work that he had done.

Cortes has been very involved in the efforts to find cures for mosquito transmitted diseases such as the following: Zika, Chikungunya, and Dengue. These diseases have been affecting the residents of Brazil for quite some time, but recently the outbreak of Zika has been very alarming. One of the biggest things that have troubled Citizens of Brazil about the Zika virus is microcephaly. Microcephaly is a severe birth defect that many babies have had as a result of the Zika virus. Since that is the case, authorities are trying to find a vaccine for the Zika virus, but a vaccine has not been found yet.

Cortes and his team have also been consistently fighting off the dengue virus. Since there are different forms of dengue virus, they are trying to come up with different vaccines to counteract those different forms of the virus. Cortes has been able to get together over 1700 volunteers to take some of his vaccines. The hope of the health department is that these vaccines will soon be ready to distribute to the citizens of Brazil in order to combat at least one of the diseases that are transmitted by mosquitoes.

Sergio Cortes has done much to improve the health of the citizens of Brazil and around the world. He is an individual that realizes that education is the key to success. Not only does he achieve much with his own education, but he also tries to an educate the citizens of Brazil as to ways they can prevent the diseases that are transmitted by mosquitoes and take the best care of their health.