George Soros Believes Global Markets Are Headed For a Crises

Billionaire investor George Soros has warned other investors according to Bloomberg.com to be very cautious as he believes the global markets are facing a very serious crisis.

While speaking at an economic forum in Sri Lanka, Soros made mention of the fact China is still struggling to come up with a suitable growth model. He also spoke on China’s currency devaluation and how its causing problems for the entire world.

According to Soros, the things going on in the market right now are very similar to what took place in 2008.

During the first week of 2016, stock and commodity markets as well as global currency markets were all under fire. While China is in the process of shifting from investment and manufacturing towards consumption and services, a sinking Yuan is causing even more concern as investors are unsure about the strength of the Chinese economy.

Within the first 10 days of 2016, over $2 trillion was wiped from the value of global equities. If that’s not enough to make you rethink investing in China, than what is?

George Soros was quoted as saying, “China has a major adjustment problem.” A problem so severe it amounts to a crisis in the eyes of Soros.

This is not the first time George Soros has warned of a 2008-like catastrophe. In 2011 he said the Greece-born European debt crunch was even worse than the financial crisis that took place in 2008.

According to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, Soros has a net worth of just over $27 billion. His career began in the financial capital of the world, also known as New York City, in the 1950’s.

In 1992 he netted $1 billion when he correctly predicted the U.K. would have to devalue the pound. This one move gained him a reputation for being a very savvy investor. That’s why when he predicts a crisis is coming, investors stop and listen.

To help with China’s adjustment problem, the Communist Party promised to do two very important things. First they will increase the convertibility of the Yuan by 2020, and secondly they will slowly but surely dismantle capital controls. And while this may not solve the problem completely, it is a step in the right direction.

Read more: http://www.forbes.com/profile/george-soros/

Decreasing Turnover Rates Fast

Do you want to keep your employees staying with your company? Do you want them to remain professional and consistently work with your brand? Doing so is not all that easy, but you need to know that simply being there for them and making their lives just a little bit easier can make a world of difference to their lives. The truth is that turnover rates can go extremely high if you aren’t careful. You need to make sure that you are giving your employees benefits, incentives, and vacations to entice them and make them happy to work with your company.

It all begins with the managers and the supervisors who handle everybody. They are the front end managers who will be speaking to your employees daily, and you must educate them to know how to speak to everybody. If they make life a living hell for everybody, it could create a bad workplace with negative energy.

This also correlates to how you work with everybody else and the supervisors to make sure that a positive workplace is generated. You should think about the fact that there are also people who struggle when it comes down to staying with a company if they aren’t appreciated. You can easily decrease turnover rates by letting everyone know that they are appreciated, whether that means a bonus on certain days or holidays, or even just a few special things you can give them when they want it. Being generous doesn’t mean giving them tons of cash, but instead showing basic appreciation.

You should remember that your reputation matters, so working with Darius Fisher can be a big help. With an online reputation management company like Status Labs, he can help with public relations, online marketing, traditional advertising, and advanced online reputation management to save their brand. There are all kinds of services his company offers, and they can help guide you to growing effectively on the web and creating that professional brand. This is a company who knows all about the world of advertising and can provide you with what you need to protect your brand.

Peeled Oranges Have Angered Twitter Users

Whole Foods is a store that most people frequent when they want to eat a little better and feel a little bit healthier. For the most part, Whole Foods has gotten very good press about who they are and what they offer. It turns out that one little slip up will cause their reputation to be looked down upon.

That’s exactly what happened recently and the problem can be pinpointed to oranges. According to GrubStreet, Whole Foods tried selling pre-peeled oranges. Perhaps these were for the lazy folks who didn’t want to bother peeling them or for those who simply didn’t have enough time on their hands. Either way, the idea flopped, says their lawyer Dan Newlin, a well-known attorney in Central Florida. Newlin believes that part of it was because Whole Foods had to use giant bulky plastic containers to keep the oranges in. People didn’t like this at all and lots of angry folks took to Twitter to voice their opinions.

Whole Foods has since apologized and pulled the product. They realized how foolish it was. One also has to keep in mind that those oranges probably don’t stay as fresh either. This isn’t the first time that Whole Foods was faced with some opposition when they tried a new product. Whole Foods tried selling water with stalks of asparagus in it. From now on, maybe it’s a good idea if Whole Foods just sticks with what they know which is the normal healthy foods that everyone knows and loves.

Can You Recover From A Negative Viral Video?

University of Missouri assistant professor Melissa Click was filmed calling for the removal of a student journalist covering a student protest. On that November 9th day, Click’s life changed greatly. She became a national celebrity in a negative manner. The video went viral and Click became a symbol of those who express hostility toward the first amendment.
The fallout from the incident resulted in Click being suspended from teaching pending an investigation by the University of Missouri System Board of Curators, She has been hit with a misdemeanor charge of third degree assault, which can be voided if she performs community service and avoids trouble for a year.
After being silent for three months Click has launched a public relations campaign orchestrated by the public relations firm, Status Labs.
Status Labs is a multi-faceted reputation management company. They can enhance a person’s, business, or organization’s online fingerprint by practicing image management.
Status Labs can help companies grow their brand and increase sales. If s client has a damaged reputation, Status Labs can launch a campaign to repair it.
Of the incident at the protest, Click has this to say:
“The words that came out of my mouth came out of the dark crevices of my brain. I didn’t mean to be the cause of violence. I can’t defend the way I handled the encounter. I’m embarrassed by it.”
Click hopes to be judged by her 12 years of teaching and having a positive impact on campus life.
The incident happened on a day when student protests over the treatment of black students resulted in the resignation of Missouri’s president and chancellor.
Unfortunately for Click, a second negative video of Click’s behavior during another student protest surfaced. This resulted in a lack of support from the school’s interim chancellor.
It will be interesting to see if the team at Status Labs action will rescue Click from the firestorm surrounding her.

Soros Surprises Financial World With Shocking Series of Investments

 

George Soros (whom has recently been covered in The Street: TheStreet) has long been a prominent voice in the world of high finance, a man whose prowess of market prognostication has dazzled and enraged innumerable investors. So when the multi billionaire recently invested every single one of his hedge fund shares into only three top tier energy companies, people were naturally very curious what on earth he was getting up to. The three companies Soros decided to gamble so heavily upon included Chevron, NRG Energy and Chesapeake Energy.

George Soros (GeorgeSoros.com) is well known for more than just having a great deal of money, though. He is also known internationally for his politically savvy championship of justice, democratic ideals and human rights as well as organizing charities such as the OSF (Open Society Foundation). So naturally The Street  reported investors are asking the question – “Does Soros know something we don’t?”

Information is king in the world of finance and investments, especially in the highly fluctuating energy sector. For instance, energy market shares have been taken for a insane roller coaster ride this year with the recent oil price surge. The surge itself was caused, primarily, due to the Russian and Saudi oil freeze, a collaboration which sought to close down oil production in a desperate attempt by the two countries to increase oil prices. More turbulence was brought into the affair due to Iran’s rejection of the partnership in the deal, given that Iran sits on the fifth largest reserve of oil in the entire world. Iran’s departure from the deal quickly caused oil prices to plummet and the market to once again jitter chaotically.

To further illustrate the state of the oil market consider how far prices have fallen. In 2014 the price for a barrel of oil sat at $ 110, as of last Friday the price for a barrel of oil has fallen to a scant $ 29.64 – that’s a drop of 73 percent in the span of less than a year. No small matter as this overarching market downturn has caused stocks to follow suite, such as the notable S & P 500 which has plummeted 5.82 percent this year alone (2016). To further illustrate the importance of the energy sector, the United States spends over 1.4 trillion (that’s one million million) dollars on energy alone and accounts for over nine million jobs. Again, no small matter. So whether or not Soros knows some key piece of insider information is unknown but what is certain is that investors should definitely keep their eyes on his interests well into the future.

Doe Deere, the Inspiring Business Woman and Cosmetic Line Creator

Doe Deere was born in Russia but her parents moved to New York City when she was still young and raised her there. She is known to many as the founder of Lime Crime Cosmetics and the current acting Chief Executive Officer. Lime Crime Cosmetics is known for its vibrant colors and was actually based on Doe’s favorite color which is Lime or bright green. The use of cosmetics to conceal imperfections is just the start and Doe Deere is out to show others that it is also more about self expression and freedom.

Her mission with the cosmetics line was to provide fans with vibrant colors as well as making the cosmetics cruelty free. So no animal testing of any sort. The company now makes a huge range of lipsticks, nail polishes and eye shadows. With the main focus on being as bright and ridiculous as possible. Having started her own business she is a huge supporter of women owned business and entrepreneurship. Outside of her current work she also speaks at public events like Vegas Nay’s Stardust Tour and PHAMExpo. Her talks are about following your ambition and finding your own voice to inspire women around the world.

Doe Deere’s life at the moment is extremely busy with many meetings within her business to keep everyone thinking and working together on a common goal. She rarely has time to sit down at her desk and responds to most of her emails via her mobile phone. All of the ideas that she comes up with Doe likes to try on herself to ensure the product feels right before going into production.

Doe Deere in a recent interview stated that its not sinful to break fashion rules. Just because you go against one trend does not make you a fashion recluse. She has provided us with some of her favorite fashion and beauty rules to break but still remain as stylish and up to date as possible. Number one is not to wear both bold lip and eye makeup together, focus on one bold thing at a time. Second thing to do is not to mix too many colors in one go. Third do not mix too many different patterns into one look. Fourth when wearing open toed shoes do not wear socks with them. Fifth if you have unnaturally colored hair you can only wear neutral colors or black to go with it. Sixth, you have to dress age appropriately and seventh rule one must stick to occasion specific dressing. These are the rules that you want to break if Doe Deere is your true fashion inspiration.

A Tiny Brazilian Mosquito Has Spread Fear All Over The World According To Dr. Sergio Cortes

Most North Americans and South Americans didn’t know what the Zika virus was until about nine months ago. But the Zika virus is not a new disease. Africans in Uganda, Tanzania and Sierra Leone have been coming down with the symptoms of the Zika virus for the last seven decades. People in Thailand and India have known about the disease since the 1950s. The sad news is, there has never been a vaccine made to prevent the disease from spreading.

Brazil didn’t report its first case of the Zika virus until 2015. Right around that time, cases of the rare birth defect microcephaly were reported in same Northern towns in Brazil. The Ministry of Health, under the leadership of Dr. Sergio Cortes, put the two conditions together and the government put an alert out that said pregnant women in Northern Brazil may be especially venerable to the Zika virus because of the extensive breeding grounds for the Aedes aegypti mosquito in that area of the country.

Dr. Cortes and his team went to work to prevent the spread of the virus. His team of researchers are trying to produce a vaccine. The World Health Organization also put out a travel alert that warned people to stay away from the Northern towns in Brazil. Dr. Cortes wasn’t convinced that the Zika virus and microcephaly were related. More studies got underway in order to stop the fear that was causing people in North and South America to panic at the mention of the Zika virus.

On his website, Dr. Cortes writes about the symptoms of the Zika virus and how long the symptoms last. He also writes about microcephaly and the potential cause of that disease. Cortes now believes that Zika and microcephaly are not as related as once thought. New information about crop-spraying with the Monsanto product, Pyriproxyfen, may be the cause of microcephaly. Pyriproxyfen causes a defect in new born mosquitoes, and that defect reduces the mosquito populations.

Dr, Cortes thinks there is a strong relationship between the Monsanto product and the increase in birth defects in the towns where Pyriproxyfen, is used to control the mosquito population, but more study is needed to confirm that theory.

For more information about the Zika virus and microcephaly visit the Dr. Cortes official site or his LinkedIn page. Facebook users can friend him on that social media site. And Twitter users can tweet Cortes.

Yeonmi Park Speaks Out Against North Korean Tyranny

Although only 22, Yeonmi Park has already experienced more of life than most people ever see, or ever want to.

Park was born in Hyesan, which is in the northern part of North Korea. She lived close to the Yalu River. On the north side of the river was China.

The Soviet Union used to support North Korea, but when the Soviet Union broke up, that support vanished. From 1994 through 1998, North Korea suffered a terrible famine.

Park writes of having just a frozen potato to eat. She had no idea cookbooks existed. To her, food was something to eat to live, not because it tasted good.

To feed his family, Yeonmi Park‘s father made money in the blackmarket, but was caught by the police. After the government sent him away to a forced labor camp, Park, her mother and her sister became even more desperate. They not only had lost the father’s income, but now the state considered them enemies because of their father’s crime.

They found a man to guide them across the frozen Yalu River, but they didn’t realize he had a hidden motive. Once they were all in China, he raped Park’s mother. He sold them both.

After two years in China, Yeonmi Park learned Mongolia would send her to South Korea. But to reach Mongolia, she and her mother had to trek across the Gobi Desert, withstanding frigid temperatures. In Mongolia, however, officials wanted to send the two women back to China. Park and her mother pleaded for their lives. China would send them back to North Korea, which would kill them.

In 2014, she made a speech at One Young World Summit that went viral, getting seen on NK News more than two million times.

Penguin published her book, In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom, in September 2015. It tells a horrible story, but one of hope. Park of the youngvoicesadvocates survived her journey to freedom, and is now sharing even the shameful details with the rest of the world. Because she refuses to remain silent, the North Korean government’s propaganda has targeted her. Park survived, and will not rest until all the people of her country are free.

 

 

Helane Morrison contributions in the corporate world

Helane Morrison is a popular and successful lawyer. For some years now, she has held the position of managing Director at the Securities and Exchange Commission based in San Francisco. She is very optimistic that she will be able to perform her duties well while holding the position of Office Administrator in the same office. Her promotion was announced just recently by the organization’s chairman, Mr. Arthur Levitt. She will actually be the first woman to work in the position of district chief.

During the time she worked with SEC, Helane says that she has always made a good team with her fellow workmates in order to strengthen their presence and also make a good impact in the organization. Now working as the person in charge of the office, she has to ensure that the office momentum keeps going.
Helane Morrison is 46 years old, and she will be managing the enforcement and the examination activities in the San Francisco office and its jurisdictions. Some of the places under her include northern California, Washington, Montana, Oregon, Alaska and northern Nevada.
Helane Morrison succeeded David Bayless, the person who was in her position for over 5years. He had resigned from his job to become a partner in the Morrison and Foerster Law Company based in San Francisco.
Morris joined SEC in 1996, and since then, she has managed to supervise major investigations. Three of these investigation resulted to the enforcement action on republic securities of New York, The Dean Witter and auditions performed on California Micro Devises.In the market today, there are very many compliance officers. However, very few can match the compliance standards set by Helane Morrison. They lack the knowledge and skills she displays in her work, hence failing terribly in their work. According to the CEO of Sterling Management, fraud and scandals happening in the corporates cannot end.

According to a report by Sterling Management, compliance officers should have enough power, knowledge and expertise to detect and put an end to any fraud or scandal before it blows out of proportion. Morrison has been able to perform very well in the male dominated office because she has all it takes. Most compliance officers are too busy in other activities, and this makes them forget their important duties. They are also not well paid, and sometimes, they have to cheat in order to get good bonuses.

Check out Helane’s LinkedIn and Crunchbase profiles to learn more about her life and career.

Dog Food Good Enough to Eat? Maybe…

It used to be considered better to feed your dog table scraps than the food sold in the store. Today’s dog food is being made from fresh ingredients that are good enough for humans to eat. The gourmet dog food market has grown 45% since 2009 and continues to grow on Facebook as pet owners are demanding better tasting, nutritious foods for their dogs. Today’s foods are no longer made from the scraps left on meat cutting floors. Gourmet dog foods are blended foods from premium cuts of beef, chicken, lamb, and even duck. Gourmet, or premium dog foods, used to be a specialty item produced only by small companies. But larger corporations have seen the benefit and profit potential of producing their own specialty dog foods. An example of this is Purina’s healthful dog food Beneful. Beneful is a line of dog food produced especially for the discerning pet owner. Purina begins it’s production by inspecting every ingredient that is put into Beneful. Purina is also a member of the Association of American Feed Control Officials(AAFCO), a voluntary group of organizations who work to ensure only the safest of ingredients are used in animal food. To make their commitment to producing safe and healthy dog food, Purina has instituted strong safety and tracking regulations. From the moment the ingredients are approved by their buyers, the feed is tracked and monitored by an on-site team of quality assurance and safety testers. The testing includes constant screening for multiple toxins, and to make sure the food is kept as fresh as possible. The product is tracked until it reaches the grocery market shelf. The painstaking work done is why the gourmet dog food market continues to grow. By placing a greater emphasis on producing a quality, healthy product versus large quantities, dog food producers are developing loyal followers. Premium dog food now accounts for about half of the total market and it appears there will be continued, significant growth in the coming years.