Archive for May, 2016

Venezuelan Food Shortage may Lead to Long-Term Health Risk

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

Venezuelan citizen Jose Manuel González reported in a recent statement that when he went to the butcher not long ago, he would buy himself steak and get cow lung for his dog. Now, Gonzalez says, if he can get meat at all he is getting himself the cow lung.
There has been for some time in Venezuela a shortage of basic foods, so citizens have had to resort to whatever they can find.

Milk, meat and beans are sold at very high prices, if they can be found at all, and so many have resolved to eat pasta and rice, or cornmeal, which people report doesn’t have the quality of nutrition that the others have.

In a recent poll done by 3 top universities in Venezuela, 12% polled said they weren’t eating even 3 meals per day, and in a sample of 4,000 school children, 30% were polled as malnourished.

Due to the country’s reliance on oil, the dropping prices have reduced the import of food.

Rafael Camacho, originally from the countryside in Barlovento, has tried to use the farming skills he learned on his farm as a child to grow food and feed his 9-member family. He has grown corn, squash, bananas and beans to name a few, as well as herbs.

The Success of Dick DeVos

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

One of the most influential families in the world is the DeVos family. The DeVos family ir the founders and creators of the international business known as Amway Corporation. This company, thanks to the business skills of the DeVos family grew from a basement-based company to an international corporation with several branch locations around the world. The DeVos family has become one of the most prominent families in the United States and has had their fair share of wealth as well as political power. Though the DeVos family is worth over one billion dollars, the DeVos family is mostly known for making generous contributions to their community of Grand Rapids, Michigan. The DeVos family believes that wealth should benefit all rather than just benefiting one individual.

One family member in particular is Dick DeVos, a savvy businessman as well as entrepreneur who takes much credit in developing his family company. Dick DeVos distinctly remembers playing as well as helping his family with the business while the company was still located within their basement. Dick DeVos even remembers he and his brother giving product demonstrations to clients of the company. The fact that he grew up around a business and helped to build the business add to the long list of why Dick DeVos went on to pursue a business career.

Dick DeVos’ passion for business encouraged him to eventually pursue a business degree. This business degree enabled him to fairly procure a job at Amway Corporation in 1974. Since 1974, Dick DeVos had used his intelligence in order to obtain several executive positions within the company. One position in particular was that of vice president in charge of international sales. Dick DeVos did business with over 18 other countries around the world and even raised overall international sales. By the time the Dick DeVos left his job as vice president, his overall international sales made up over 50 percent of the company’s total revenue.

With Dick DeVos’ extensive success, he has now decided to take a back seat and focus on giving back to others. With that said, Mr. DeVos, in recent news, has chosen a new CEO to run his own company. This new CEO is named Phil Dolci and was chosen for his leadership expertise as well as his intelligence when it comes to marketing. Mr. Dolci hopes that while in his position, he will live up to Dick DeVos’ expectations.

Shea Butter: A Little Something for Everyone

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

Born from the nut of the shea tree that grows in the savannas of Western and Central Africa, shea butter has been used for thousands of years for its skin nourishing qualities. Its use was first recorded among the ancient Egyptians where it was the beauty secret of Egypt’s most admired royalty. Demand for the product was so high that caravans would travel from thousands of miles away to deliver it to nearly every corner of Africa.

Shea butter is packed with a rich cocktail of nutrients. Its five essential fatty acids make it an excellent daily moisturizer. Vitamins A and E, along with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, have been demonstrated to alleviate a variety of skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, dermatitis, as well as helping to treat insect bites and minor cuts and burns. Its concentration of vitamin A has also been shown to boost collagen production in the skin, diminishing the appearance of stretch marks and wrinkles, leaving skin with a youthful and radiant glow.

Eu’Genia Shea brings this treasure from West Africa to you. Started by Former Wall Street analyst Naa-Sakle Akuete, Eu’Genia Shea is named after her mother, Eu’Genia, who uses the recipe of her mother, a Ghanaian midwife who went by the nickname Grandma Sunshine. This raw and unrefined shea butter is supplied by all-female cooperatives in northern Ghana, where the women are given opportunities to earn above-average wages and job training.

Eu’Genia Shea has three different formulas you can choose from: Everyday Shea Butter, Pregnancy Strength Shea Butter, and Dermatological Strength Shea Butter. All formulas come in your choice of two sizes: 1.6 oz. and 12 oz. tins.

Why Venezuela is in economic crisis

Friday, May 13th, 2016

Venezuela has been in a financial crisis for some time. According to figures it released recently, the nation’s economy shrank seven percent in just one quarter last year, and has gone down each quarter since 2014. Inflation has been skyrocketing and may reach 200 percent by the end of the year according to a story in CNN.
Of course the opposition party wants to blame President Nicolas Maduro, and Maduro blames the opposition for causing instability. But the CNN article gave five reasons for the crisis.

The number one reason according to economic expert David Osio, is also the most obvious reason, which is tumbling oil prices. Venezuela’s economy is based on oil, and it is a major exporter of oil. When oil was $100 or more a barrel, it was good times there, but now that oil has fallen to $30 or below, they are in hard times. Money from oil exports has fallen from $75 billion to $27 billion over the last two years.

The second reason is t hat the Bolivar has shrunk drastically in value because the government has printed so much money.

Political power struggles are another reason. Maduro is a socialist in the mold of Hugo Chavez, and the right wing opposition now has control of Congress.

A fourth reason is that the country has so much debt it may go into default.

The final reason is that the country depends so much on oil it has ignored other things. Little food is grown there, and imports get expensive. for more info visit

The Inspiring Career of Stephen Murray

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

Stephen Murray is a founding partner, former President and Chief Executive Officer of CCMP Capital, whose career was based on private equity investment. Murray died at the age of 52 on 12th March 2015. At the CCMP, he made very many practical contributions that made the firm and its predecessors successful. Read more: CCMP’s Murray dead at 52

Stephen was also a philanthropist and gave aid to different types of critical programs such as Metro New York’s Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield Country, Stamford Museum, Boston College, and his former school where he got his MBA, the Columbia Business School. He was made to be the board of trustees’ vice chairperson at Boston College and the member of the council at the Make-A-Wish Foundation because of his many contributions towards the organizations.

During his career, Stephen Murray worked for the Manufacturers Hanover Corporation as from 1984, where he became a member of the credit analyst training program. He later moved to the MH Equity Corporation, which had merged its leveraged finance part with the private equity unit of Manufacturers Hanover.

In 1991, Chemical Bank purchased Manufacturers Hanover, and MH Equity was fused into Chemical Venture Partners. JP Morgan Partners made Mr. Murray to become the leader of buyout business in 2005, where he helped in building a stable private-equity enterprise. Read more: Stephen Murray, The Great Investor and Deal Maker for CCMP Capital

In August 2006, he became a co-founder of a spinoff of the JP Morgan Chase, CCMP Capital, which consisted of the development equity and takeover team of its private equity and he was made the CEO of the firm in 2007.

CCMP Capital matured from a small spin out capital to a worth of 12 billion dollars under his tenure, which lasted up to a month before his death. The company deals with private equity investments, and its specialties are in capital growth dealings and leveraged buyouts.

CCMP Capital has over fifty qualified staff that are located in New York, London, Hong Kong and Tokyo. The major clients that the company serves include organizations, institutional investors, and individuals with a high net worth, whom they help in finding suitable investments and investing in them.

He was also a member of various major company boards such as the Aramark, AMC Entertainment, The Vitamin Shoppe, Legacy Hospital Partners, Pinnacle Foods, Generac Power Systems and Warner Chilcott. Stephen Murray is described by the staff that worked under his supervision at CCMP Capital as an industrious and goal oriented individual who led the company to success.

Learn more about Stephen Murray CCMP:

Ex-CCMP Capital CEO Steve Murray passes away

Your Reputation Matters: Better Reputation Service and Success Better Reputation

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

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