Venezuela’s Food Crisis Becomes Even More Devastating

At the Central Madeirense supermarket, a rumor was swirling that chicken would be available. A large crowd of people stood outside of the supermarket according to Latino Show Magazine, long before the sun came up, to get food for their families.
Kattya Alonzo a friend of the Luque’s was among the Venezuelan citizens waiting to get food. Alonzo, 48, is a mother of three, and was planning to make arroz con pollo (chicken and rice) for her family using the poultry that was supposed to be available. After that, she’d have to look for some rice.

Alonzo stated that it had been more than a month since she was able to buy chicken, and that she arrived at the supermarket around 4am.

Two and a half hours later, two trucks arrived at the store, but the drivers were instructed by keep moving by national guardsmen before they could unload the food.

Venezuela’s main resource is oil, but the company has been plagued with shortages of necessary medicines and basic goods, including water and electricity. This has led to a higher crime rate and inflation. Mobs attempted to loot nearby bakeries and delis, as well as another delivery truck, in order to get food.

Protestors chanted “we want food” as they fought with security forces, but police were able to keep the outburst down. According to a witness, at least one person was injured during the protest.

The recent food protests were not related to the marches in Caracas and other major Venezuelan cities, which were led by social right leaders asking to cut president Nicolas Maduro’s term short.

The History of Laidlaw & Company

Laidlaw & Company a full-service brokerage and investment banking firm that has been around for almost 175 years, has a rich history. This investment company, originally started in New York City, was the one in the United States. There are now branches all over the world. It began as a merchant house called Heran & Lees, established by Devid Heran and James Lees. In 1854, Henry Bell Laidlaw joined the investment company that was then known as Hewitt Lees & Company. By 1866, the investment company became a private banker. Henry Bell Laidlaw worked his way up in the company and became a partner of James Lee. By 1873, Henry Bell Laidlaw had become the leader of the firm and was joined by his brother, Charles. The name of the firm was called Laidlaw & Company and remained that name ever since.

As time went on, Henry Bell Laidlaw turned the investment company into a family owned investment company. In five years of taking over the firm, Henry Laidlaw’s investment company joined the New York stock exchange. In 1880, Laidlaw & Company moved to Wall Street where it would stay until 1910. It is currently located on 5th Avenue in New York, New York. Henry Laidlaw’s son, James, became a partner of the firm in 1894. In 1902, Henry Laidlaw passed away. Family members would take over the firm including Laidlaw‘s namesake grandson who had retired from the company in 1970. It was Henry Bell Laidlaw 2nd who merged Laidlaw & Company with a London based European banking establishment called Hambros of London in 1961. Laidlaw & Company went through many name alterations. Today, Laidlaw & Company is called Laidlaw & Company Ltd. The service is top notch. The only that changes is the constant updating of the technology used.

For the Love of Your Dog

As any dog owner knows, a dog isn’t just a dog. A dog is family. Your dog’s sole purpose in life is to please you. You are his everything. Shouldn’t you try to return that favor? Long walks, car rides with the windows down, and the right food, is a good start. Keeping your dog healthy is the single most important way to return your love. Routine veterinary care and proper nutrition are vital to keeping your furry friend around for a long time. Beneful dog food by PurinaStore® offers premium ingredients and 100% of your dog’s daily nutrients.
Beneful Originals dry dog food: provides real meat, vegetables, in an antioxidant dense kibble that is proven well loved by dogs, large and small. With choices like chicken, beef and salmon you can give a wide range of core proteins for the health of your dog. There is a perfect recipe for whichever stage of life your best friend is in. They even make a smaller kibble just for your pint-size pup. Purina® also developed a nutritious healthy weight dry dog food for our pudgy friends.

Beneful Chopped Blends wet dog food: is the perfect companion to the Beneful Originals dry food. Made with real meats like beef, chicken and salmon, Chopped Blends combines carrots, sweet potatoes, and spinach with your choice of finely chopped meat. Chopped Blends combines high nutrition with a savory sauce, that your dog will thank you for.

In addition to Beneful‘s Chopped Blends, they offer another wet food specially formulated for your pooch, the Medley line. The Medley provides more of the savory gravy which makes it perfect for mixing with dry kibble. With favors like, Tuscan Style, Romana Style and Mediterranean Style, ensures your dog will beg for more. They are 100% completely balanced for optimum nutrition.

For an after dinner treat, offer your dog a Beneful Healthy Smile Dental Ridges snack. From mini to large, your dog is sure to be satisfied. Ingredients include real parsley to freshen your dog’s breath and the ridges help reduce plaque and tarter. They will happily chew their way to better dental health.

Though Beneficial, Wikipedia is Full of Bureaucratic Complexities

Wikipedia is among the digital-age ventures that have revolutionized the freedom to creating and disseminating knowledge. Through Wikipedia, information can come from any of its editors. The site has been in existence for 15 years now and it has been revealed, by deep look into its operations, that all is not as it appears. Wikipedia has turned out to be just another organization driven by bureaucratic complexities and it has therefore deviated from its initial ideals of decentralizing power in dissemination of information.

Wikipedia looks perfect to observers and it may be said that it has managed to avoid creating a vertical management structure among its editors and contributors. However, it is important to note that all the editors and contributors have different ranks. For instance, there are those who have earned the rank of ‘super-contributors’ and they enjoy some privileges. This is not what Wikipedia was intended to be.

Recent research has shown that Wikipedia is governed by iron law of oligarchy, meaning that there is a ruling power system. The community has witnessed rapid growth and today it boasts about 30,000 people. How these people interact is however very different and most of the edits can be traced to only 100 people who joined when Wikipedia was just starting. It is these early users who call the shots. The evolution of the site from bureaucracy is therefore very doubtful.

Despite the internal challenges facing Wikipedia, it is w very powerful marketing tool ideal for promoting personal and business reputation. Wikipedia results appear among the first results in Google search engine results. Your business gets a free Search Engine Optimization which increases the traffic to your business translating to increased sales.

With Wikipedia, you can make the edits in your page so your customers will get to see what you want them to see. Having a Wikipedia page also adds to the prestige of your business as compared to those with no page.

Writing a Wikipedia article is not a walk in the park especially if you are not a professional Wikipedia editor. There are many requirements that need to be met before your page is approved. This is why Get Your Wiki are there to help you out. These editors create Wiki page and make sure that your articles meet the requirements such as having credible sources for it to be approved. They also have a monitoring service to make sure that they monitor all the edits in your page and remove those which are not desirable. These are just a few benefits of Get Your Wiki.


Handbag Trends for 2016

For the modern woman, staying current with the latest fashion styles in both the fashion industry and Hollywood is a definite hobby. This year, several trends have emerged. One things for certain, a woman can never have enough handbags, and when new designs come out, it’s always exciting. In a recent article, it displays three new and upcoming trends for 2016 that you will probably want to know about.

This article features the following types of handbags: camera, bucket and crossbody bags. You’ve probably seen or heard of these style favorites. Your favorite designer is likely to have some or all of these types of purses. The thing about handbags is that the styles are constantly changing but the truth is, you can never have too many!

As far as where you should purchase these trendy handbags, you should first visit the JustFab website. Featuring plenty of handbags (in styles shown to be the current rage), shoes, clothing and accessories. You may have seen a commercial or advertisement for JustFab. If you aren’t familiar with this exciting brand, it’s a monthly subscription to have all the latest fashion sent straight to your door. At a reasonable rate, you can be sporting all the current styles with unique items that you simply will not find in department stores.

JustFab also tends to give new customers promotional values for their first purchase. When you shop in department stores, you battle high prices, especially with handbags! JustFab has reasonable prices and quality items that are stylish and modern. JustFab will keep your wardrobe looking fresh and fashion forward. Don’t waste another minute and sign up to receive new clothing or accessory items each month at a price you can’t beat!

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Venezuela Expected to Reach Complete Economic Collapse

It has been predicted by expert Danilo Diaz Granados that Venezuela could reach a “total economic collapse” within the next 12 to 18 months. The International Monetary Report revealed that the country is expected to enter a state of hyperinflation, reaching levels of an astounding 720%, making the country’s inflation rate the highest in the world.
The Miami Herald reported that the country’s economy is in such a state of panic that “thieves are not stealing local currency, but are instead hunting out U.S. dollars.” It was reported earlier in April that President Maduro would make adjustments to the government’s required weekly work schedule and change the time zone to help conserve electricity. Reports of brownouts began nearly two years ago, shortly after Maduro took office. Due to drought, the country’s hydro-powered energy sources have decreaesed output, resulting in even more shortages in electricity.

The citizens of Venezuela are suffering greatly in other ways as well. Store shelves that were once stocked multiple times a week now lie empty. Most stores receive sporadic shipments. The Wall Street Journal reported in October 2014, fingerprint scanners were installed at grocery stores in order to ensure fair food rationing. Photographs in the article show store shelves stocked to the hilt, a far cry from grocery shopping in Venezuela in March 2016. Other necessities have been rationed as well, such as electricity, toilet paper, and running water. The same article notes that running water is being cut off to homes, sometimes for more than 100 hours per week.

Venezuela’s New Time Zone and Energy Crisis

Checking out that time zone app and feeling a little confused? You can relax because you didn’t misread anything. If you’re looking to see what time it is in Venezuela, note that beginning May 1, 2016 Venezuela will be in a different time zone. The announcement was made by the government following an order made by President Nicolas Maduro.
The sudden change in the country’s time zone is part of an initiative to help reduce the consumption of electricity. Much of the country’s electricity is hydro powered, and a recent drought has caused a water shortage. Maduro made some announcements and changes regarding energy conservation in Venezuela.

Maduro called for a reduction of the work week at the federal level. Federal employees like Norka Luque will now work Monday through Thursday. They will have Friday through Sunday off to help conserve electricity. Maduro has suggested that shopping centers produce their own energy and requested all theaters to close early. The president has gone as far as to ask women to avoid using blow dryers for their hair to conserve energy.

Some scoffed at Maduro’s orders, calling them a half-hearted attempt to stop a cannonball. Officials had previously warned the government that water levels at the dams had dropped below the levels needed to prevent electrical blackouts.

Bloomberg reported that current water levels at the dam were at approximately 243 feet above sea level. If the water level drops another three feet, energy production at the hydro plant would have to be shut down to prevent damage to the turbines.

It is suspected that if the plant is shut down, a major increase of rationing will occur throughout the country.

Maduro said that he would announce the new time zone and energy conservation initiative in coming days.

The last time the time zone in Venezuela was modified was in 2007 by former President Hugo Chavez.

Philip Diehl Talks of What Has Made US Money Reserve Successful

Philip Diehl, who is the Current President of U.S. Money Reserve and former U.S. Mint Director was recently interviewed by Eric Dye, the host of a show in Enterprise Radio. The show gives the top executives, small business owners and entrepreneurs a platform to give insights into their experiences, services, products, latest creations and strategies.

In the interview, Diehl shared about his leadership background, the strong customer service exhibited by the U.S. Money Reserve and what the future holds for the gold market.

Diehl is among the best U.S. Mint Directors ever who has achieved quite a lot. It is during his tenure that the U.S. government-issued platinum coin was minted for the first time and several other key achievements.

In the interview, he talked at length about the strategies and principles that made him achieve that much. One of them is a strong focus to customer satisfaction.

A report from Crunchbase has it that after becoming U.S. Money Reserve’s President, he has continued with the same enthusiasm by applying the same principles and strategies. This is what has made the company what it is today. The U.S. Money Reserve is among the leading distributors of precious bars, bullion, and coins.

The company has launched the IRA program which enables customers to keep gold as a way of protecting their financial future after retirement and also benefit from the expected rise in the prices of gold.

These gold, silver, and platinum coins issued by the U.S. government are legal tender and it is advisable for consumers to acquire them in advance. The value of dollar can fluctuate in future but the value of precious stones is expected to only increase in future. Keeping wealth in precious metals is therefore very secure as compared keeping it in cash. These coins issued by the U.S. government are a perfect way of keeping your wealth.

About U.S. Money Reserve

Based in Austin, Texas, U.S. Money Reserve was established in 2001 and it is among the leading private distributors of the gold, silver and platinum coins issued by the U.S. government. The company serves many clients in the United States and has helped them keep their wealth in precious metals.

The company employs professionals who have the perfect knowledge about the precious metals market. These professionals help the clients to keep their wealth in the products that will bring them the highest profit. U.S. Money Reserve outshines all the other players in the market by the exceptional services that it offers to its clients.

Adapted from PR Newswire

How Highland Capital Management Will Benefit From Argentina’s Bond Issuance

Argentina is bidding to make a comeback to the global bond markets in the next one month. The country is banking on Highland Capital Management to lead a consortium of buyers of the bonds valued at 12 billion dollars. The wealth management firm is in charge of assets worth 19billion dollars. The company itself is eager to purchase a sizeable portion of the securities. This is according to its president and co-founder, James Dondero.

Over the past six months, Highland Capital has trimmed its holdings in the Argentinian economy in anticipation of the securities issue. Before this, it was the biggest shareholder of Argentina’s notes worth 4 billion dollars. This investment comes of age in 2033. The intent that the firm has shown is proof that the South American country is on the path of recovery. This has been preceded by the current attempts to sell a record amount of securities. This will ensure that all its external debts are settled amicable. At the moment, debtors like billionaire Paul Singer are threatening to freeze the economy if their debts are not paid.

Dondero further states that Highland Capital plans to hold onto their original investment but will snap up the new issuance. He also expresses his sanguinity that Argentina’s treasury will price the stocks rationally to facilitate buying and selling. He recommends that the pricing be done relative to other Latin America nations. American law will be applied during the issuance of the debt. It is expected that yields will drop to around 6 percent in the short term. However, its fortunes will improve with time. This will play an important role in stabilizing the nation’s fiscal and monetary position.

The investment guru has had an impeccable career in the industry. He is an alumnus of the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce, where he majored in accounting and finance. He is a Certified Management Accountant and a Chartered Financial Analyst. Jim, as he is popularly known, has served in senior management positions at various notable firms. He was at the helm of American Express’ fixed income funds between 1985 and 1989. He also worked at GIC where he was the Chief Investment Officer.
Besides his role at Highland Capital, Jim serves as the president of NextBank and NextPoint Advisors. He is the board chair of Cornerstone Healthcare and CCS Medical. He also participates in educational charities in Texas.

Sanjay Shah Helping Autism Patients

Sanjay Shah has been aiming at helping autism patients by running a charity program called Autism Rocks. He founded Autism Rocks in the year 2011 after his son was diagnosed with that condition. Shah wanted to consider other children who are suffering from autism and may not have the privileges that are possessed by his son. He, therefore, settled to starting something that would help the entire world of autism.
Autism rocks work by organizing concerts around the world. The concerts are then used as avenues for collecting money and raising awareness of autism. The money gathered from the autism show us used in autism research. Shah works in close cooperation with autism research organizations that aim improving health care for autism patients.
Shah has been successful in running his business. He is the owner of Solo Capital, which was founded two years before the founding of autism rocks. Shah also owns other firms in London where he was born and has been living. Shah went to Kings College whereby he studied medicine. After his studies, he went to work in an investment bank. The first investment bank that employed Shah was Meryl Lynch. This bank gave him the confidence needed to work for other investment banks and companies that offered financial investment services.
Sanjay Shah was working for some company until the year 2009 when the economic challenges experienced in the world made him redundant. He, therefore, settled in starting his company, and that marked the beginning of Solo Capital.
Among the other companies that are owned by Shah are Malta and Cayman Inc. All the businesses that are owned by Shah are working in the financial investment industry. It is because of the big experience he had earned in this industry that Shah was able to run the firms successfully.
Autism rocks have received the same management that Shah had given to his companies. This is the management theta saw Solo Capital and the other companies that he owned grow into international standards. He has been looking forward to getting more willing individuals to contribute to the foundation.

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