Browse Month: January 2015

Occidental College’s Renovator and Innovator

In 2009, Jonathan Veitch was elected to lead Occidental College in Los Angeles, California. He has become admired in both the college community and the community at large thanks to his being an advocate of a liberal arts education and forward thinking policies that represent the values of Occidental College as a whole and distinguish him from his predecessors.

Veitch acquired his bachelor’s degree from Stanford before moving on to complete his doctorate at Harvard University. He went on to serve as dean of the Eugene Lang College of The New School, a university based in Greenwich Village, New York City. He published a book in 1997, “American Superrealism: Nathanael West and the Politics of Representation in the 1930s”, which is just one example of his commitment to his area of expertise, 19th and 20th century American History. However, his most important legacy originates from his work in Occidental College. He has been able to find a middle ground between community concerns and expansion and growth of Occidental College, which has lead him to be respected among community members.

Under Veitch, the college has added new expansions to its campus. Swan Hall, a century old faculty residence hall, has been expanded to accommodate Occidental College’s growing staff. In 2012, under Veitch’s leadership, Occidental College opened the Samuelson Alumni Center, which stands as a testament to Occidental College’s commitment to its alumni. Apart from new buildings, Jonathan Veitch has also overseen numerous renovation projects to the interiors of several other buildings on campus, adding to the buildings that are already there instead of expanding out into the surrounding community.

In order to support this expansion, and to encourage a greener lifestyle, Veitch has also overseen the construction of a 1 Megawatt solar panel to provice over 10% of Occidental College’s electricity needs.  Both in the past and in the present, Jonathan Veitch proved himself to be worthy as a leader, an educator, and an advocate of these traits. Occidental College is lucky to have him as its president and will surely feel the effects of his leadership for years to come.

Kyle Korver Hype


There is no doubt that Kyle Korver of the Atlanta Hawks is one of the best shooters in the game and he is being hailed this week as being one of the best shooters of all time, as he has gone ninety percent from the free throw line this season while also shooting fifty percent from the field as well as fifty percent from the three point line. These numbers are absolutely ridiculous when you compare this to typical statistics in the National Basketball Association, but to call him the best shooter in the game right now is far more ridiculous. Kyle Korver may be shooting at an insane percentage, but he really isn’t taking that many shots. You can take Stephen Curry, who is without a doubt the best shooter in the game, probably the most valuable player this season and may go down as the best shooter of all time and say that he shoots a little bit less of a percentage than Korver. The difference is that Kyle Korver is a mere factor on his team and is not the player that is taking all of the shots and the person that teams are preparing for. He is dominant in his role and he is an astounding shooter, but to call him the best shooter in the game is laughable. Stephen Curry is the best shooter around and his teammate Klay Thompson is probably second. This healthy competition between players has fans like Paul Matheison excited for the Warriors Hawks match up next week

North American Spine Releases Infographic Addressing Posture

Stand up straight! We’ve all heard it, but North American Spine created a stunning infographic that details how important posture truly is. The infographic was titled Practicing Proper Posture and was recently posted on PR Newwsire. The infographic covered important items such as understanding how poor posture can lead to recurring back pain, how to spot the signs of bad posture, and ways to practice better posture when standing or sitting to help prevent back pain.

One of the best aspects of the infographic was the data-rich details it provided. For instance, North American Spine’s infographic showed that not will 80% of Americans suffer from low back point at some point in their lives, but it is also the number one cause of disability in the entire world. Similarly, it showed that 70% of Americans spend over 6 hours a day sitting, many of us sitting with poor posture. It also shared that back pain isn’t the only negative result of poor posture, but that it can also lead to headaches, insomnia and neck pain. The infographic used the aforementioned statistics paired with rich visuals to detail how to prevent low back pain by utilizing proper posture in daily activities.

North American Spine is the exclusive provider of AccuraScope® procedure, a minimally invasive spine surgery designed to cure chronic lower back pain. One interesting statistic within the PR Newswire report was that the average patient who turns to AccuraScope will save over $20,000 in out-patient medical bills during their lifetime.

If you would like to see the full infographic or share it with friends, family or co-workers who can benefit from improving their posture.

What had happened was….

Deflate-gate is the name that has been given by the Web to the latest cheating ploy of the New England Patriots. 11 of the 12 balls that each team are allotted during a game were deflated for the New England Patriots. Although this point has not been lauded by many that follow the game, it is a big sign that cheating was actually involved. The twelfth ball is used for kicking because a deflated ball would not kick well. Additionally, on kicks in a football game is the only time a team would touch the ball on an opposing team.

The kicker is that interceptions is the other time that a team would encounter the opposing team’s ball. It just so happens that the balls were discovered on an interception of Tom Brady. In two separate interviews, Coach Belichick also known as Beli-Cheat has been fined in the past for being caught cheating, and Tom Brady have denied altering the balls themselves. Fans arounf the country like Marc Sparks are outraged. However, no one should expect the NFL to be above board on anything that may hurt their image and the images of golden boys like Tom Brady.

Carr and the Raiders

Quarterback of the Oakland Raiders Derek Carr may have been overshadowed by the success that his older brother brought to the expansion team Houston Texans over a decade ago, but he is making his own name in the National Football league now. Although he did not have a great rookie season, little blame can be put on the young and very talented quarterback as he did not have much around him. The Raiders turned their dismal season around late in the season as they went on to win their last three games at home.

Ben Shaoul says he really is not that surprised that their head coach would be fired, but the Oakland Raiders feel that they have a very strong team brewing under the quarterback position by Carr and the new head coaching position by Jack Del Rio. The Raiders are more than a decent team on paper. They have talent that has been underutilized and they have been a team in the midst of transition after Al Davis passed away several years ago. Davis was the man in charge in Oakland and has made the major decisions for the Oakland Raiders over the last handful of decades. Although the Raiders had a very dismal season, they look to have the pieces in place to be a decent team as the years go on. Jack Del Rio is a man of business and the Raiders hope he can take the team and take them back to prominence in the AFC.

Dr. Rod Rohrich – Best Dallas Plastic Surgeon

If you are in need of plastic surgery in the Southeast you need to look into Dr. Rod Rohrich. There is no one acquainted with plastic surgery who hasn’t heard of Dr. Rod Rohrich. This Dallas based plastic surgeon is also an academic and has authored various publications regarding plastic surgery, reconstructive surgery and other major areas in the field. On Dec 2014, he became D Magazine’s best Dallas plastic surgeon and no one can disagree that it is a well-deserved honor for the man. The advancements and innovations that Dr. Rod Rohrich has made in the field of plastic surgery are astounding.

He was raised in North Dakota and is currently the Chairman and Professor of UTWS’s Dept. of Plastic Surgery. His accolades include various honors, including Crystal Charity Ball and Betty and Warren Woodward Chair in his field of plastic surgery. ASPS’ official medical journal also has him on the position of the editor in chief. These achievements have been the reason that no one was surprised when he got the best Dallas plastic surgeon award from D Magazine.

The award was given on the basis of online polls that were confidential. Industry professionals and doctors were invited to vote for their favorite doctors and more than 40 specialties were included in the categories. The purpose of the award was to identify and honor physicians who are not only well respected, trusted and admired in their field but people who have made stellar contribution over the years of their career. Time and time again, Dr. Rod Rohrich has proven that his work is something to be noticed. Not just that, what sets him apart from other surgeons in the field is his commitment towards his patients. He is known for doing what is best for the patients. Prejudices and personal issues never come in the way of his work.

Getting the award, he was happy and could help mentioning his outstanding team without which he wouldn’t be standing where he is. He added how compassionate, loyal and communicative his team was and said that they were the main reason why his facility was unarguably the best in Dallas for plastic surgery.

Dr. Rod Rohrich also took this time to educate people about the difference between plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery. He said that the former was easily the best of both worlds because it also included reconstructive surgery. His research and his excellent skill in the field have made the voters of the poll very happy about the results.

Sam Tabar’s Investment Tips for 2015

The New Year has begun and people are looking to make healthy lifestyle choices now more than ever. According to a recent survey by Fidelity Investment, over half of consumers have set financial resolutions for the New Year of 2015. While these resolutions are good willed, they are bound to fall through without the knowledge to actually make them happen. Fortunately, Columbia Law School trained attorney and capital strategist Sam Tabar has come up with the perfect investment tips to make 2015 a profitable year and shared them with CNBC.

The first thing Tabar urges novice investors not to do is to make risky investments. One type of investment that can be quite risky is a commodity trade. This market is more likely to change rapidly and unpredictably so investors should at least do their research before getting involved in a commodity trade. It is also important to note that high-risk investments require more start up money since they might result in short-term losses before producing a return.

Another avenue that investors can take is investing in private markets. For example, this can be done by investing in entrepreneurs and their ideas or start up businesses. This, again, requires a lot of research on the investors part, so they know what they are getting themselves into. However, as long as the investment is a wise decision, they are a great way to help other people in making their dreams come true.

No matter which stock market investors decide to get involved with first, Tabar urges them to keep their portfolio diverse. This way they will always have a stock to fall back on in case another one did not turn out as well as hoped. Lastly, Tabar’s most important advice is to start investing now. Often times investors hesitate to make their first investment and end up doing nothing at all. It would be unfortunate for people to end up in their retirement without having made any investments in the past to help them live a more comfortable life. After all, there is no better time than the present.

Source: CNBC

The Life And Unique Qualities of QNet CEO Vijay Eswaran

Vijay Eswaran, the CEO of QNet, is also a great author of many books covering topics in the business and social arenas. He was born in 7 October 1960 in Petang Malaysia. He is known for his great contributions in perpetuating entrepreneurship and imparting successful business practices. He has features in many magazines including the Forbes magazine for his great success and contribution. Aswaran graduated from the London School of Economics with a socio-economic degree. You may note that he is a hard working person from his great history. Immediately after graduating from the London School of Economics, he embraced several jobs including plucking grapes and driving cubs for a living. This is not all you may learn about Vijay, read on to get some facts about his career and achievements.

You have heard about the QI group before. Well, this is an e-commerce firm that hosts businesses in various fields including travel, media, telecommunications, and corporate investments among others. More info seems to be posted on YouTube all the time. All this came about courtesy of Vijay’s efforts and dedication. He co-founded this company in the year 1998 and its impact today cannot be overlooked. The QI has offices in nearly ten countries thereby confirming the fact that it is managed by well equipped people. Among this group is Vijay who forms their leader and strategic planner.

Vijay Eswaran has also been highlighted as being philanthropic due to his actions towards the society. Through his foundation (Vijayaratnam Foundation), he has managed to extend great resources to the society by offering mentorship programs, donations and charity programs that have changed the lives of many people. Therefore, his actions are admirable considering that most successful people tend to remain dormant as far as giving back to the society is concerned. His philanthropic tendencies saw him categorized among the 48 ‘Heroes of Philanthropy’ in Forbes Asia.

It is also imperative to note that Vijay has been identified as a good speaker and author. He has featured in big forums including the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas and the World Economic Forum. He managed to address different issues that every entrepreneur would like to hear about. Vijay is a good author and he successfully released his first publication in 2005 titled In the Sphere of Silence. He also wrote other books such as In the Thinking Zone, which features a collection of thoughts about life and how to maneuver through different situations. Generally, the contributions that Vijay has made in both the social and economic spheres cannot be overlooked.


Beneful Helped My Pet To Eat More

I’m the owner of a Pit Bull dog, and I was very uneducated when I first bought my dog. I thought that by treating my dog, exactly how my parents treated our dog when I was a child, that I would have a healthy dog. Unfortunately, I used to feed table scraps to my dog, and if I could afford it, I’d make him a big steak once in a while. I was truly misinformed as to what types of foods dogs needed to eat, and I didn’t think twice about feeding the dog the same things that I had for dinner.

I lived alone, so I would only make enough food for myself, and maybe a little extra for the dog. I notice my dog was sluggish, and when I took him for walks, he wasn’t as playful as he was when I first got him. I took him to the veterinarian, and they told me that the dog was unhealthy. I was told to feed the dog better food, and to stop giving the dog the foods that I was eating. I was informed that the steak I would give the dog, is okay for him, from time to time.

I asked for a type of food suggestion for my dog, and I was told to try Beneful. The veterinarian let me know that it’s the same food that he feeds to his dog, and it’s healthy, flavorful, and many pet owners choose it. I decided to do my research on the food, and become a better dog owner. From the research I gathered, Beneful has both wet and dry dog foods. Beneful even has soy versions of dog food, just in case I ever choose to stop feeding my dog meat, which I guarantee will not happen!

I started feeding Beneful to my dog, and I noticed he always wanted more. I increased his portion sizes, and my dog finally started getting bigger. He has always been a certain size, and it’s because he wasn’t getting the right nutrients from the foods I fed him. Beneful has really helped my dog to be healthier, eat more food, and enjoy the food that he’s eating. I wouldn’t choose any other food for my dog, after seeing how much my dog enjoys Beneful. I’m very glad I switched to feeding my dog Beneful wet and dry dog food on a regular basis. It has made some very positive changes.

First Person to Have Artificial Heart Leaves Hospital

Stan Larkin, a 24 year old man from Ypsilanti, Michigan is the first person to ever receive an artificial heart transplant according to a story on USA Today online and CNN by reporter Susan McGalla. When Larkin was 16 he discovered that he had arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia which is the cause for an irregular heart rhythm. ARVD is one of the leading causes of death in young adults. Unfortunately for the Larkin family Stan’s younger brother suffers from the same condition.

Stan was implanted with a defibrillator which kept his heart beating in a regular rhythm. Stan reported that one day the defibrillator went off 26 times. When he was admitted to the hospital doctors said his heart was operating at about 15%. What scary news that must be to receive.

Stan is now a proud recipient of a totally artificial heart. The heart is connected to two tubes which run to a 13 pound compressor that Stan carries in a backpack. The compressor works to pulse oxygen into the artificial heart. Stan was allowed to leave the hospital in order to celebrate Christmas with his family. He has even made trips to the mall and plans on attending church and visiting his younger brother in the hospital soon. And as for his younger brother- he also has artificial heart and doctors are hoping he can walk out of the hospital with a portable machine like Stan.