SKOUT’s Success and 2015 Survey

February 3rd is International Online Friendship Day. SKOUT, an online friendship site that connects people internationally recently did their own survey and released their highlights to the public. Their survey population was over 23,000 people. From what their CEO, Christian Wiklund stated, in 2015 alone, the site facilitated over 600 million connections through their platform alone.

SKOUT’s recent survey highlights include:
-that 3 out of 4 people have an online friend who they have never met in real life and over 80 percent have stated that they would like to someday
-over 60 percent of U.S. citizens stated that they have at least five online friends; over 40 percent have stated that they have at least 10
-over 60 percent say that they at least one online friend who lives in a foreign country
-over 90 percent say that they communicate with them through their mobile phones and almost 60 percent say that they communicate with their online friends on a daily basis
The goal of a website such as SKOUT is to fulfill the need for social support, connectedness and to complement “real life” friendships. In 2015 alone, almost 17 million travels were taken through SKOUT’s Travel app. This app helps clients to search any location anywhere in the world and instantly start making connections.

SKOUT remains one of the largest international social platforms. Their community includes over 175 countries and it is available in over 10 languages. It is a way through which people can easily connect without having to worry about online predators. Their future remains a very bright one and the fact that meeting online has become so popular will probably only allow it to expand as time goes on. They have outlets on Facebook and Twitter or clients can just sign up online by visiting SKOUT’s website.

Securus Technologies’ Video Visit App Helps Inmates And Their Families

Securus Technologies has launched a new app called Video Visitation, that allows you to video chat with a loved one who is currently incarcerated and I think it is an overdue piece of inmate communication technology. The way it works is simple; you download the app to your Android or iOS device, create an account and then schedule a video visit with the inmate. Seems pretty straight forward.

This app really makes life easier for those friends and family of inmates because there is no longer a need to drive long distances or request whole days off of work to go see their loved ones who are locked up. I’m just surprised that someone has not thought of it sooner. How often do we video chat with friends or family with our smartphones or tablets? If we can have a video conversation with someone who is in another country we can certainly have that same conversation with a family member who is incarcerated a few hundred miles away.

Securus currently services over 3,400 correctional facilities, public safety and law enforcement facilities throughout the country. This covers over 1.2 million inmates throughout North America. They have recently expanded their leadership team to keep up with the demands of business.

They not only provide patented communications services for inmates but also emergency response, public information, monitoring products and investigation. It is a good thing that they are now producing more customer-facing product like Video Visit app.

I can tell you from experience that having a loved one locked up can put a lot of stress on the whole family. This app will benefit many people and make their lives just a little bit easier. If you have an questions about the software, please contact their customer service team here: http://securus.custhelp.com/app/contact_us

Yeonmi Park’s Unbelievable Story

Yeonmi Park has taken the world by storm with her story of the oppressive society that North Korea was and all of the trials she has undergone since her escape. Her story is filled with a lot of peril and heartbreak. Many people that listened to her story were in tears as she relived the incidents that she has went through. Living in North Korea has proven to be a dehumanizing experience for Yeonmi Park. It has so dehumanized her to the point that real freedom has turned out to be more than she could handle at first as she related in an interview published on Reason.com. As scary and heartwrenching as her story is, there are people that are doing the best they can to prove her wrong. There were certain elements to Yeonmi Park’s story that she has saved for interviews and her book. One part of her story that she was worried about revealing was the story about her mother taking protecting her from getting raped by getting raped in her place. This was what Yeonmi described as her introduction to sex. Yeonmi Park herself would undergo a lot of sexual abuse when she was being trafficked. However, it took a lot of courage for her to finally stand up to her traffickers. Yeonmi Park also shares that her father never knew that this type of freedom existed. He died without knowing about the free world. However, Yeonmi Park’s father was open about his distrust and disapproval of the ruler Kim Jong-il. Yeonmi’s mother often had toscold him for his remarks. Yeonmi Park herself has grown up with the belief that the ruler could read her thoughts. Therefore, she had to control even what she thought about her ruler. This is very similar to what George Orwell described in 1984. Yeonmi of casey and yeonmi show continues to discover freedom in her new life as she finds herself being really adjusting to her newly discovered rights as a human being. As she is learning about her rights, she is also working on the next step for her life. This step is helping people learn of their rights as well.

Brenda Wardle on Racist Tweets

Are you woke? In terms of online slang, being woke refers to being active, both socially and politically. It means that an individual is aware of issues that are happening today and that this person sees through the hype and is active in the search for the truth. This term first developed during the #BlackLivesMatter campaign started through Twitter.

Those who use the social networking platform Twitter are constantly developing memes, challenging offensive posts, and using this network to offer short, 140-character messages about issues happening in the real world. Twitter is a huge collective of individuals from every walk of life. From preteens to government officials to famous music stars, it is an extremely public and favorited way to voice an opinion and make a stance. “Woke Twitter” was responsible for shedding light on racist remarks that Penny Sparrow, Chris Hart and Justin van Vuuren had made in previous days. These remarks were not just noticed on the internet. These comments caused Hart to be suspended as an analyst by Standard Bank and all three individuals had charges pressed against them for their comments.

While the constitution protects the right of free speech, it also dictates that these freely-spoken statements can only be made providing they do not infringe on the rights of others. Legal analyst Brenda Wardle had this to say: “We must remember that free speech or even freedom of expression, unlike human dignity, is limited by specific clauses in the constitution. So what Penny Sparrow did was to prejudice the rights of all black South Africans by equating them to monkeys, apes and animals. Simply put, she unlawfully, intentionally and seriously impaired the dignity of black people by using racially offensive language.” According to Wardle, Sparrow’s comments infringed on the right to human dignity.

With such a large collection of individuals coming together using hashtags and re-tweeting, re-posting, and favoriting the tweets related to these incidents, the online community urges everyone to “stay woke” and diminish the ability for certain people to escape the law by passing under the radar using such hateful words and descriptions.

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Gourmet Dog Food Grows In The Market

In the wild, feral dogs of years past would eat whatever they were capable of hunting or scavenging. The diet the dogs ate was natural, but it did not exactly contribute to the healthiest or longest life. Domestic dogs have a better deal. With the arrival of premium dog foods, the deal has gotten even better. The Daily Herald allows those wondering about the world of premium dog to see things in crystal clear clarity. Someone who never wondered about premium brands before is going to be very intrigued upon reading the article. Beneful, a brand produced by Purina, is one of the more popular premium dog food options on the market. With wet food selecting displaying names such as “Tuscan Style Medly” and “Chicken Stew” and “Simmered Beef Entree”, the Purina-owned Beneful brand is sure to capture attention. The names of these selections are not crafted purely for marketing. The containers do actually house high-quality ingredients that live up to the lofty names. The article reveals that great steps are taken to make sure the right ingredients are chosen. Turkey, for example, really does mean turkey and not processed poultry with outrageous fillers. Real turkey is baked like a Thanksgiving meal and then given to taste testers to ensure only the merchandise is perfect when it goes on for sale. For premium dog food to rise to truly gourmet levels, a lot of work has to be performed on the manufacturing level. Upon reading the article, pet owners are going to be left with a positive impression about the legitimacy of these brands. Beneful is a brand that does not present unique dinner selections just for taste alone. Quite a few selections are promoted by Beneful for their nutrients. Pet owners interested in treating their dog to a balanced diet should take note of this as well. The spike in sales on premium dog food selections has led to more top retailers choosing to carry the various brands. Easy access is great for owners since they no longer have to search and search. The big winners are the canines since their dinner immediately becomes a gourmet one night after night.

Legal Analyst Wardle Speaks On Racist Tweets Not Protected By Freedom Of Speech

Being “woke” means to be politically and socially aware. It allows you to critique the world and its idealogies and dismantle those that are detrimental to marginalized groups in society. It’s not really possible to stop being “woke”. It feels as though your eyes are open all the time and you’re no longer able to see things as they once were.

These activists that take to social media have so much following and power that they can find your employer and explain to them how you posted something racist, sexist, or homophobic on social media. That’s exactly what happened from “woke” Twitter when Penny Sparrow, Chris Hart, and Justin Van Vuuren made racist statements on Twitter. Hart has been suspended from his analyst job and all three are facing charges. Sparrow’s daughter even stated that she received death threats via phone calls. However, an analyst Brenda Wardle states, “The constitution states that all can exercise their rights, provided the rights of others are not infringed.” Sparrow, Hart and Van Vuuren’s freedom of speech rights were not violated since they were infringing on the dignity of black South Africans.

Increase of social media has caused a decrease in tact among people. It’s easy to forget that there are people behind these profiles and that we’re not just speaking into a void. With the advancement of technology it is also best to keep in mind that any opinion we share, under the protection of freedom of speech or not, may offend and that the retaliation is in new form. It is called doxing and it entails that activists or their supporters find out your address, phone number, employer, simply with a google search or with GPS location on your status update.

Brenda Wardle who gave her opinion on Sparrow’s daughters worries of her mother’s freedom of speech being violated is a legal analyst in South Africa. Her main focus is on children, education, human rights, politics, and poverty alleviation. She received her three law degrees as well as her Master’s degree. She speaks fluent English, Xhosa, and Afrikaans. Currently, Wardle is the Chief Operations Officer at Wardle College of Law in Johannesburg, South Africa. She is renowned and recognized for being a legal moderator and is frequently called on to speak about any legal ramifications that may occur from a legal battle. She is also a consultant for important national conferences that involve parole boards and laws of correctional management.

When George Soros Makes an Economic Prediction, Investors Listen

When George Soros makes an economic prediction, investors are sure to listen. The reason why is he has had more than four decades worth of success, and his financial empire now nets at about $27 billion. However, is his latest warning of a repeat of the 2008 market crash valid?
Currently, other economic advisors are not declaring a possible recession. However, some of them say that any trigger such as a new war or declining United States manufacturing ISM indicators could result in one. In Soro’s defense, Bloomberg has outlined many of the financial problems caused by a devaluation of the yuan currency.
The price of the yuan has dropped, and Soros attributes this as being one of the primary reasons for Chinese trade shut-downs. Already, this is part of what pushed the Down Jones Industrial Average down by more than 390 points from close on Wednesday, January 6, 2015 to the end of the following day (January 7). Many of the Chinese and Asian markets also have experienced the effect of recent trading troubles. Declining eastern stock prices is one evidence of financial problems.
On the other hand, new manufacturing orders are up in Germany, according to The Economist. Likewise, service industry ISM in the United States is at a solid 55.3 as of December 2015. The service sector also shows signs of job growth. Therefore, it might take more to decide how much at risk of a recession the world is right now. More might just need to happen yet for economists to believe George Soros is right.
The Chinese government is making moves to restore the yuan’s convertibility by 2020. However, the fact that the world relies on China as the second-largest economic power is a concern. If this is one of the country who normally is making it, what kind of hope does it leave for other countries not doing as well financially?
Certain other events could possibly trigger a recession. For instance, a recent Saudi-Iran conflict concerning the Yemen bombing incident could compound into a full-on war. Additionally, other Asian countries might feel the pressure to lower their currency prices to stay competitive.
George Soros warns of a recession much like what happened in 2008. However, this economic fallout might possibly be isolated in certain locations and not throughout the entire globe. In any case, many investors are keeping on watch and using caution per Soro’s advice.


http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-01-07/global-markets-at-the-beginning-of-a-crisis-george-soros-says

http://www.economist.com/blogs/buttonwood/2016/01/markets

Learn How to Sell Any House Fast With Greg Hague

For many years, home sellers have faced a specific dilemma. They want to sell their homes fast but they also want to sell them at the best possible price. This particular tug of war has led to some problems as home sellers face conflicts between the two when the market is not quite on their side. They may need to sell fast but they also need to sell at the highest possible price. One of today’s leading real estate experts reminds us that the two goals can be accomplished at the same time without a loss in price or without a home sitting on the market for many months.

That expert is Greg Hague. In his latest interview with Forbes Magazine, Hague tells his readers and potential sellers his secret for selling a house fast while still helping the seller get the best possible price for their investment at the same time. He wants sellers to understand what makes buyers excited when they go look for a house. Buyers are looking for a house that is valuable and likely to go up in the future as well as a house that feels right for them. They are also looking for a house that is likely to be cheaper than other houses on the market and represent the opportunity for them to get a great deal on a home. Sellers who understand this process are sellers who can use his sales techniques to their advantage.

He and his fellow sales staff at Real Estate Mavericks see this process in action and have developed a plan to help seller take advantage of it. With his help, any given real estate agent can learn how to work closely with buyers and sellers and help both feel a sense of excitement about a specific property. He knows that real estate agents may become jaded if a property sits on the market for too long and not do their best to promote it to buyers.

At Real Estate Mavericks, Hague and his fellow highly qualified staffers also know that the best way to help combat this feeling is by starting a campaign aimed at avoiding such feelings even before the house goes on the market in the area. They want to grab real estate agents the second the house is put on the market. To this end, they suggest that real estate agents offer the property in question as an exclusive only to selected buyers. They also suggest that the seller only aim for specific buyers who are highly motivated and like the idea of buying a property that may not be available at the time to the general public or even to other buyers.

The Highest Quality Food in the House Might Be for the Dog

The past few decades have seen dramatic changes in how people relate to food. For a long time it was seen as more of a convenience than anything. It was fuel to get things done, and to provide a bit of extra taste on top. But it was focused on convenience rather than the subtleties of gourmet life. But recent times have changed that viewpoint as the health effects of a poor diet have become more obvious. While that might be obvious, a recent story by the Daily Herald is pointing at the next stage in how we relate to food. Or, rather, it’s showing how the modern take on healthy and delicious organic meals is impacting what people feed their dogs. One of the hallmarks of this movement is the creation of foods which would, in many ways, be at home on a human’s plate. One example of this can even be found in a campaign called “he’ll have what you’re having”. One aspect of this campaign is foods which have flavors that are comparable to traditional human meals. Some of their flavors include lasagna and beef stroganoff. But while it’s only recently become known on Youtube to a lot of the public, dedication to high quality gourmet dog food is hardly new. A good example can be found in the high quality dog food brand Beneful. The quality of the brand is easy to see when compared to competitors. One of the defining traits of Beneful is that it’s made with real, high quality, organic ingredients. In fact it’s something that can even be seen simply by looking at either the wet or dry foods. One of the biggest reasons that Beneful chose to use such high quality ingredients has to do with health. As people have noticed in their own diets, high quality food tends to lead to high quality health. But in addition to that Beneful knew that there was more to food than vitamin content or simple flavors. That’s why Beneful’s dog food has a rich and complex combination of flavor. The different ingredients all complement each other in terms of both taste and texture. And the end result is something that dogs love.

A Few Factors About Attorney Ross Abelow That You Should Know

Attorneys from all parts of the world play a very imperative role in how law and order are maintained. Typically, attorneys represent their clients in criminal and civil cases either in a court of law or from other quarters. Attorneys also act as advisers and discuss legal obligations and rights with clients and help in suggesting the most appropriate action to take in either business or personal affairs. Regardless of the department attorneys work in, they are required to be fully armed with good research skills, top notch oratory skills, the ability to work long hours, the ability to present themselves with decorum in a court of law as well as the ability to work under very minimal or no supervision at all.

To become an attorney, one needs to work extremely hard. In fact, the job of an attorney in most cases gets very little or no appreciation at all. Typically, attorneys do a lot of research and perform a lot of routine tasks most of which are boring. They scrutinize a lot of data, draw up contracts and file lawsuits as well. Being an attorney is all about paperwork and one to become a good attorney, he/she needs not to be bored easily.

An attorney always solves other people’s problems. It is required of an attorney that he/she sees things from different angles and out of that, try to come up with a workable legal solution.

Ross Martin Abelow belongs to the creme de la creme of New York attorneys who firmly believe that the legal fraternity requires professionalism every step of the way. Through out his career, he has been involved in a variety of cases involving high-flying clients that have ended up being successful. Ross is an attorney who can be relied upon even when the situation looks very grim and dark. He has in the past exhibited the ability to perform under a lot of pressure and deliver good results.

He is an expert in matters like commercial litigation, matrimonial law, entertainment law as well as family law. He is a Brooklyn Law School graduate and is fully licensed to practice law. He has exhibited the ability to abide by all prohibitions that are strictly against conflicts of interests. Ross has carved a name for himself in the every competitive law field by adequately dealing with his client’s cases and in the most confidential manner. New York City and the whole world needs lots of lawyers with his characters.

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