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Animal Activism: Reasons to Fight

We as humans, especially those of us in the Western world, enjoy so many luxuries in modern society that our ancestors a century ago would never dream of. Unfortunately, we often go about our daily lives without thinking of the impacts the convenience and choice of our modern lifestyles may have upon animals. Animal activism is not only an interest for the vegetarian. It should be something that is considered important to omnivores as well, and anyone who benefits from animal products.

Consider chickens as an example. Most chicken made available in supermarkets in the US and Europe today comes from factory farms. On these farms, chickens have a terrible livelihood. They are raised from chicks to fully grown chickens in overcrowded coops where they wallow in their own waste and are forced to eat genetically modified food. This cruel and unethical treatment of animals, in turn, negatively impacts the populace who consumes chicken raised on GMOs.

It is very important to advocate for humane treatment of animals. While it is difficult and challenging, many do. One such person is British activist Keith Mann. An animal rights activist since 1982, he was arrested in 1991 for planning to burn a series of meat trucks in protest of the treatment chickens were subject to at factory farms. He has consistently been arrested and brutalized for his protests and extreme activism against animal experimentation.

Many animals endure years of cruel treatment at the hands of their trainers when they are one of the main attractions in a traveling circus group. In their natural environments, lions, tigers, bears and elephants would never voluntarily do all the different tricks they might be seen performing in a circus. The sad fact of the matter is that they are beaten, screamed at, lashed at with bull hooks, and go without food and water in order for their trainers to break their spirit and are essentially beaten and bullied into submission. Elephant rides and circuses should be avoided and boycotted if we want to ensure a better future for animals.

Land creatures are not the only animals treated cruelly and used for man’s own gain. Every year from September through March in the seaside town of Taiji, Japan, over a thousand pilot whales and dolphins are driven into the killing cove, where those with the most aesthetically appealing skins are selected to be sold into captivity. The others have their spines brutally severed by being stabbed just behind their blowholes, and are left to die slow, agonizing deaths before they are processed into meat at the butcherhouse.

Animal cruelty is unjustified. Get involved with your local community and help advocate for those who cannot advocate for themselves.

The Profile of Fersen Lambranho

With the increase in international trade, entrepreneurs are coming up with different innovative products and services in the market. Further, technology has connected different parts of the globe besides increasing human’s discovery potentials. New fields of engineering and technology have led to the creation of innovative solutions to the various problems that affect the masses. Engineers are highly educated individuals having creative knowledge in fixing different mechanical faults and designing top-notch infrastructures like roads, rails, vehicles and electronic gadgets. With a rise of new demands for solutions to engineering problems, new careers in engineering are seeing young people come up with different ideas that will be used in providing answers to future engineering challenges.
Fersen Lambranho
Combination of different skills helps in broadening one’s vision. Fersen Lambranho is a Brazilian national born in 1961. He is an alumnus of the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeior (UFRJ) where he studied for his undergraduate degree in civil engineering. He later on attended the Instituto de Pos Graduacao e Pesquisa em Administracao to study for his masters in business administration. Combination of engineering and business has been quite helpful as he has been able to hold various managerial positions in different organizations. He participated at the Owner President Management Program and successfully completed the program from the prestigious Harvard Business School.
Fersen has worked for the Lojas Americanas SA as the chief executive officer. He rendered his services for the company for 12 years. During his 12-year stint at the company he climbed through the corporate ladder and between 1998 and 2003, Fersen served as the director of the Lojas Company. Owing to his vast experience, he has been entrusted in holding board positions in different organizations. Fersen has been a director of Gafisa S.A, Tele Norte Leste Participacoes Shoptime,, Playcenter and ABC Supermercados S.A. Other companies that have enjoyed his leadership are BR Properties, Laboratorio Americano de Farmacoterapia S.A, and Sao Carlos Empreendimentos e Participacoes.
Fersen Lambranho

Fersen has a vast wealth of experience spanning over 20 years. His experience in management has seen him sit in the board of diverse companies that deal in financial management, mining industry, real estate business and retail industries. He has served as the Chairman of Oi and Contax boards respectively. His immense wealth of knowledge in engineering and entrepreneurship saw him start GP investments in 1998 and a year later, became its managing director. Together with his partner, Antonio Bonchristiano, they acquired 100% of the assets of GP investments.
Fersen Lambranho
The entity engages in sourcing for private equity and it is slowly focusing on infrastructure and real estate business.
Having a broad understanding in engineering and entrepreneurship has added advantages to an individual. Fersen Lambranho is an engineer and entrepreneur based in Brazil. He has been on the board of different companies and currently serves as the Chairman of the board of GP Investments.

Top Wealthy and Most Influential Owners of the NBA Team

The average worth of an NBA team is currently $634 million, which is 25 percent higher than what it was last year, 2014. As expected, this means that any individual who owns an NBA team is a very wealthy person. It is no surprise that it takes a lot of money to be able to own an NBA team. Today, it is in fact even more complicated than before as billionaires have more than two third stakes in the NBA team’s ownership.

Many basketball fans say Bruce Levenson is a legendary in the sports industry given his contribution in the management of the sports and financial worth. Levenson is a businessperson and the former NBA team owner of Atlanta Hawks. He relinquished the position when the ownership of the team agreed and finalized the sale of the NBA to a team led by Antony Ressler, a billionaire investor and equity fund manager.

In October 2014, Bruce Levenson hired bankers Goldman Sachs and Inner Circle Sports to help him sell the team, and they did so but were off by 27 percent. Gold Sachs had convinced Bruce Levenson that he could get at least one billion dollars in the sale of the team and its arena operating rights. However, the group led by Antony Ressler won the bid with a $730 Million bid. They used cash and assumption of debt to finance the sale. After the departure of Bruce from the list of NBA owners, the team has retained its good reputation in the sports fraternity due to the effort of the remaining owners who are also billionaires.

Paul Allen, one the remaining owners of the team, according to credible sources is currently worth $15.8 Billion. This makes him the wealthiest NBA team owner. Allen owns Portland Trail Blazers, a professional basketball team based in Portland, Oregon and play in the Northwest division of Western Conference in the NBA. The billionaire is also the Microsoft Co-founder and owns the NFL’s Seattle and partially the Seattle’s Sounders, which is the most valuable team in Major League Soccer.

Mikhail Prokhorov who is one of the richest men in Russia is another influential top owner of the team and is valued at $13 Billion. He owns the Brooklyn Nets a team based in New York and competes in the NBA as a member of the Atlantic Division Eastern Conference. Mikhail helped in the moving of Brooklyn Nets from New Jersey to Brooklyn during the 2012-13 seasons.

Phillip Anschutz is also incredibly influential. He is another owner of the team and is valued at $10.3 Billion and is the owner of Los Angeles Lakers, an NBA team that is based in Los Angeles California. Los Angeles Lakers compete in the NBA as members of the Pacific Division western conference.

Phillip Anschutz has an Empire named AEG, and through this empire, Phillip shares ownership of Lakers with the Family of Jerry Buss. Billionaire Anschutz is also the owner of NHL’s Los Angeles Kings. Anschutz has also had ownership stakes in six different MLS teams since the beginning of the league back in 1966

Finding The Right Dog Food Brand Is First Priority For New Pet Owners

Owning a dog is a big responsibility, and when someone buys a dog for themselves and bring him or her into their home, they are going to want to know that they will be able to do everything that they can to keep their dog safe and healthy. And in order for them to be able to feel that they can do that they are going to want to find a company or two that cares just as much about pets and their health as they do. There are many companies that show their love for animals through the products and advertisements that they put out, and all that pet owners need to do to find them is to take the time to do a bit of research on them.

One of the companies that pet owners can trust right away to help them to keep their new, furry friend healthy is Beneful. This brand of dog food has shown that they care about the animals that they are making products for time and time again in their advertisements. They always put out the cutest of ads, and their ads are always very believable.

The people who talk on the ads can’t help but brag them up, and what they say about Beneful can leave any dog owner feeling good about choosing this brand for their pet. Beneful’s workers believe in them and the product that they are putting out in stores, and any pet owner can know that this brand is worthy of their support, as well.

Any dog would be lucky to be able to have his or her owner serve him Beneful products. Beneful makes their dog food with the highest quality ingredients, and they always put care and effort into the food that they are making. They love animals, and that alone should tell pet owners that they are a company that they can trust.

So, when someone has a new, furry friend in their home, then they need to get out there and start supporting the companies that will treat their dog right. They need to find the right dog food brand and stick with it.

Find New York City Real Estate By Working With A Realtor

Some people hate moving so much that they say they would rather do anything in the world than to move. Moving can be fun when you think about it, because you get to move to a new place, but what about everything that’s involved with moving? When you have to move, you have to start searching for place, and even if you find a place, you have to start packing to move. Once you pack your things, you have to find a moving truck, hire people to move you, unpack your items, and hope that your new home is all it’s cracked up to be. Moving can really be a big challenge, but sometimes it’s necessary.

Those who live in New York City real estate may move from time to time because they may want a different type of home, especially as their family grows bigger. Even those who are single, they may become more successful over the years, and then they want a newer home that is bigger in size, so they can impress those whom they entertain. No matter what reason you’re moving for, you want a home that can accommodate all your needs, and you’ll want it to be a place that you can really enjoy for years to come. Even if you’re looking for a home to live in for a short period of time, then you should still hire a real estate agent.

A real estate agent can be your best friend when looking for a new home in New York City, no matter what kind of place you’re looking to call home. If you’re a single person, and you’re looking for a nice loft, a real estate agent can help you. If you even want a house that can accommodate your entire family, a real estate agent is the best decision. No matter what you choose when it comes to a new home, let your real estate agent help you to find one. In New York City, Town Real Estate is one of the best agencies around, and they have years of experience in the New York City area.

If you really want to find a great new place to call home, then you need to find a real estate agent that will help you to achieve that goal. Town Real Estate agents have been around for years, and they have vast knowledge of the New York City area, especially the amenities that many of their listings have to offer. Most people want certain amenities like a swimming pool, an excellent view of the city, a gym, and maybe even valet parking. If you’re looking for luxury homes with some great amenities in New York City, then Town Real Estate can easily help you to find them.

S’Well Aims To Rid The World of Water Bottles And Strengthen The Environment


Water bottles are one of the biggest offenders of recyclable items that end up in landfills, they only offer a single use and are far from environmentally friendly. Entrepreneur, Sarah Kauss, is seeking to put an end to wasteful plastic water bottles. She created a line of stainless steel, insulated water bottles that have the ability to keep beverages hot for 12 hours and cold for 24, those are some pretty impressive numbers. Her company is aptly named, S’Well. Since their creation in 2010 the company’s sales have continued to climb and has reached $10 million last year in revenues. Those sales numbers are expected to continue to grow. 

Kauss and her rise to success was recently featured on CNN for her accomplishments, she is definitely an up and coming business woman. Her company is still working to better the natural environment no only by reducing landfill waste, but also by planting new trees in American forests. In fact, for every bottle, with the wood theme, sold there is a tree planted. So far S’Well has planted 20,000 trees. If positive sales and reviews were not enough the company gained even more popularity after Oprah added their bottles to her list of necessary summer items. One thing is for sure, S’Well isn’t going away any time soon.

Brazil’s Stock Market Could Be Profitable in 2015

Brazil is proving to be one of the best places to invest in 2015. Many people are looking to take advantage of the country’s financial woes to make a bundle. Brazil’s market value has dropped to an all-time low, and its dollar value has dipped to its lowest level since 2005.

Many analysts are saying Brazil is the place to go if you’re looking to make some real money. “With everything being marked down, smart money says Brazil is the best place to go,” says Scott Bok, CEO of Greenhill Investments. Although Brazil’s market has always had the tendency to expand, the unfortunate by product of that is corruption. Many analysts believe the country’s government is solely responsible for its woes.

Although many banks in Brazil suffered some under the populist policies, banker Igor Cornelsen gives a lot of insight as to why a few private banks were able to weather the storm. According to Cornelsen, knowledge of the market can make all the difference in the world. “You must know the basics,” according to Cornelsen. The long-time investment banker, who currently runs Bainbridge Investments, Inc., has a solid reputation as a financial advisor.

Cornelsen’s strategies often include long-term investments. He always coaches clients to do their homework, and avoid companies plagued with problems. Cornelsen also encourage investors to keep an eye on connected markets like China (Brazil’s largest trading partner) so you can get a better grasp on investments. Although Brazil’s market is a bit shaky, Cornelsen says the exportation of goods should put investing back on pace.

Potential investors would be wise to steer clear of energy stocks. Currencies and equities are slated to do good in the long-term. The bottom line is – get all the information you can before you invest. Brazilian investment blogs have a good deal of information.

I wish that Joseph Bismark was my boss!


It is amazing in this day and age to find a business man as well grounded as Joseph Bismark. His thoughts on creating harmony in the business place is quite honestly refreshing. To utilize his success to administer peace and goodwill in the corporate world is almost never heard of. When everyone else is trying to selfishly look out for number one it is good to know that maybe there are still truly great men as business leaders in our society. That Joseph Bismark has found a way to incorporate his spiritual values in the work place is commendable indeed.

Instead of trying to find happiness in the next luxury car, the next fabulous vacation and the next purchase of a luxury home Joseph realized that true happiness comes from within. Joseph Bismark has definitely broken a lot of the rules for bosses and businesses everywhere. He has shown real empathy for his employees and made it his mission to help everyone in the corporate world find some inner peace and stability. Most bosses in this day and age only truly care about profit, and what they miss is that only when your employees and business partners are in harmony can a corporation really fully move to the next level. If other businessmen started to think outside of the box like this great man I believe the world might just become a better place. I have seen some of his videos and blogs and he is truly inspirational.

I found an article on the WordPress blog Bring On The Random that I found insightful.I hope his messages of prosperity through peaceful environments spread far and wide because it is a directive to often neglected, especially in the workplace.

We can’t all have an amazing boss like the incredibly humble Joseph Bismark. We don’t all have the means to learn about inner peace on our journey of life to the mountains of the Phillipines. But we can take his messages and incorporate them on a daily basis and hope. After all, Hope is putting faith to work when doubting would be easier.

A Great Country To Invest In

Brazil is widely known around the world as one of the best countries to invest in. There are many undiscovered prospects that one can find when investing in Brazil. Brazil has a very steadily growing economy and a very stable financial market. The Brazilian economy is the 10th largest economy in the world and it is a country that is completely and totally self-sufficient when it comes to many natural resources. Brazil produces a very large amount of ethanol in comparison with other countries in the world.

When it comes to investing in Brazil many individuals would be interested to find out that it is quite easy for a resident or nonresident to invest. The climate for investing in Brazil is very liberal and investing can be done in the majority of the capital markets without much restrictions. If an individual or entity desires to invest in Brazil and they are a nonresident then they are required by the local authorities to use a local entity to act as a representative for tax and legal issues. All of the funds that are coming and going out of Brasil are required to be registered at the central bank through declarations. Also when placing orders on the stock exchange it is necessary to be a select member of the BM&F Bovespa.

Many people enlist the help of a trusted bank investor in order to make a good investment decisions. Igor Cornelsen is a very well-known and prominent banker in Brazil. Even though at the present time he is retired. He was able to rise to this prominence and become one of the country’s top bankers. Igor Conelsen was in charge of managing some of the biggest banks in the entire country, and for quite some time he was in charge of the flow of currency for the majority of the country episode. Igor Cornelsen won his fame by guiding many of his investors to make successful long-term investments. Igor focused on damage stocks instead damage property. Igor Cornelsen still serves as the proprietor of Bainbridge Bank, and he still practices investing as a hobby even in his retirement.

Many savvy individuals have found that investing in Brazil can be a great way to build wealth.

Growing as a Wikipedia Editor

Wikipedia is a gargantuan project that has revolutionized the way that information is shared and stored on the internet. Wikipedia currently has over four million pages of data and that number is always rising thanks to the hyper connectivity of the internet and the digital age that people are currently living in. In order to keep this information standardized and updated it needs a volunteer force to help funnel it into the proper locations. Many people dip their toes into becoming Wikipedia writers for hire but most never ascend to the upper tier of editors. Here are a few ways that new editors can grow into better Wikipedia editors.

Be bold but remain honest.
Wikipedia editing has a habit of making people nervous. New editors are afraid to edit content that has been around for a long time. This causes these editors to stick to small edits on lesser popular page. However, if an editor sees a place to update comment then they should boldly take the job in order to do it. Wikipedia is a collaborative effort where no one voice overrules another one. Be bold in the decision to edit but also only edit what can be done honestly and to the proper chain of protocol.

Partake in Wikipedia ‘missions’.
Wikipedia has so much data on their website that the occasional ‘mission’ will overtake the editors side of things. One such mission is Project Punctuation. Wikipedia wants their volunteer editors to focus primarily on updating the pages in order to comply with the Manual of Style’s outlook on how punctuation should be used in the Wikipedia. This is just one example of a mission. Follow any of the missions that get posted in order to help Wikipedia in a direct way that actually matters and will end up getting noticed.

Study the Manual of Style.
The Wikipedia Manual of Style is the compendium of rules and regulations that keeps Wikipedia one cohesive force of information. Ignoring the MoS or not remembering it can lead to articles getting pulled down and deleted. At best poor MoS standards will cause Wikipedia to degrade in quality. So always take time to refresh those rules and keep them at the forefront when editing. Following the MoS is integral in keeping the website looking good.

At the end of the day editing Wikipedia should be viewed as a passion project and that passion must extend to keeping the project looking good.