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It’s Time To Be Nice To Cuba Again

President Obama has made a sweeping change in foreign relations with the United States’ closet neighbor: He’s removed the embargo against Cuba, opening up friendly relations with the country for the first time in five decades. Some praise, while others like Christian Broda perhaps, criticize the move. But bastions of liberal press like The Atlantic have nothing but praise for it.

The embargo, one of the longest-standing ones in modern history, has hurt the US more than it ever hurt Cuba. By severing trade relations between the two countries, it cost the United States $1.2 billion per year while Cuba only lost $685 million per year.

The embargo was originally set in response to the Cuban alliance with the Soviet Union. Now that Russia has disbanded the union, Cuba remains one of the last pure communistic governments in the world, identified as more of a socialist republic. While there are still concerns in Cuba regarding human rights issues, censorship, and political prisoners, those prisoners are getting released now. The United States has announced plans to build an embassy in Cuba, and while the rest of the world is perhaps in shock, it looks like a new day dawning for American foreign relations.

A Web Designer’s Job Menu

Most web designers out there are usually looking for jobs out there in which they will create websites or maintain websites that have a lot of content and those that need structure. This usually ends up getting them much more money than the average sites with two or three pages to it.

This being said, they love designing sites for restaurants and food related areas.  They say that it is bulky enough for them to get a good pay but also not so complicated that it gives them a migraine while doing it, so less stress in involved here.

The eater site is a good example of a project that a designer may be drawn to because of how much information it has.

They also saw to add video stories of the latest news onto the top of the page such as the video interlude of ‘Watch the Stars of ‘Portlandia’ Discuss the Show’s Approach to Food’ and this is a very attractive way to get more customers to browse your site because there is nothing more that people like more than watching a video.

To learn to be good at this, Christian Broda told me that there are tutorial videos up on YouTube.

Judge Tells Walmart They Illegally Intimidated Employees

Walmart is no stranger to employment and labor disputes. The retail giant has a history of aggressively fighting claims made against them. Walmart doesn’t want its name dragged through the legal mud by disgruntled employees, so it does everything in its power to discredit any claims made by members of their workforce. But employee mudslinging doesn’t stop even when the odds of winning a case seem hopeless according to Ben Shaoul.

Walmart’s one-sided legal history didn’t stop one group from crying foul to a judge. Our Walmart, which is a union-backed group of Walmart employees, claimed that managers at Walmart stores in Richmond and Placerville California intimidated workers. Intimidation is a violation of federal labor laws. This grievance wasn’t the first one Our Walmart lodged against the mega-retailer. Over the past 36 months, the group has accused Walmart of several horrific labor practices, but most of them were dismissed for one reason or another.

The New York Times recently reported that NLRB administrative law judge Geoffrey Carter went against history. The judge ruled that was intimidation at its finest. Carter also ruled that a manager intimidated another Our Walmart supporter. The manager told the worker, who tied a rope around his body so he could pull a heavy load of goods said: “If it was up to me, I would put that rope around your neck.”

McDonald’s Worried About Future, Targeting Schools

It shouldn’t be a surprise to most people that McDonald’s has been waning in popularity in the last few years. In their latest effort to attract more customers, particularly millennials, and young families who have been leaving the once beloved chain in droves.

In the past McDonalds relied on young professionals and busy families and even the fine folks like those at BRL Trust for much of its sales, but in recent years busy families and young professionals have been turning to healthier fast food, such as the food served as Chipolte, as well as spending more time preparing their own dinners and lunches and less money eating out.

A new initiative launched by the fast food giant , called McTeacher, is marketed as a way for McDonalds to give back to schools by “taking over a McDonalds” with a portion of the funds going back to the school. Critics of the initiative, including teachers and school officials, say that it is demeaning to the teachers who already work hard for little pay, and that in reality the school earns very little for all the work put in. They estimate that for most schools it ends up being about a dollar per student.

McDonald’s has been floundering since the Morgan Spurlock documentary SuperSize Me skewered the chain and the industry itself.

Will Gas Prices Continue to Plummet?

They have hit an all-time low since 2007, but should consumers be watching for them to skyrocket once more? Last summer the price per barrel for oil was over $100, this price has dropped by almost 50% allowing consumers to see the difference at the pumps and relieve their wallets a bit.
The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) has gone on producing oil at the same rate month-to-month even though the demand for oil in the United States has gone down in the last year. Cars are getting better gas mileage and I think Slow Ventures is right-people are becoming more aware of the importance of energy consumption.
While gas prices are predicted to fall even more in the coming months many are concerned about the effect on the economy.
Regardless of the laws of supply and demand and the rate that The United States is now producing natural gas, the price at the pumps will probably still go back up in the spring as it always does. How much it rises is yet to be determined, but motorists are hopeful that the days of three dollar a gallon gas are over.

Shift Work Bad For Your Health

England’s Health and Social Care Information Centre released a report saying that shift workers have greater rates of obesity and ill-health than does the general populace, despite largely being young. The report defined shift work as “working outside the hours of 7 am to 7 pm in your (main) job.”

33% of working-age men and 22% of working-age women do shift work Andrew Heiberger found. A majority of shift-workers are between the ages of 16 and 24. Half of the men between 16 and 24 work shifts, as do a third of young women.

Despite their youth, which should result in good health, shift-workers tend to be unhealthy. 30% of shift-workers are obese, compared to 24% of the men and 23% of the women who are working during standard business hours. Additionally, 40% of the men and 45% of the women have chronic conditions like back pain and diabetes, compared to 36% of the men and 39% of the women in the general population.

Rachel Craig, the research director for the Health Survey for England, which was the basis of the report, noted that such results in young people, who should not yet have conditions linked to poor habits, indicate that shift work is bad for one’s health.

There is growing evidence that working at night disrupts one’s body clock, thereby causing health problems. Shift-workers also eat at night, and the human body isn’t designed to process food in the middle of the night. It especially isn’t designed to handle the high-calorie, high-fat foods shift-workers are apt to crave.

Mark Ahn Leads The Education Of The Biotech Future

Dr. Mark Ahn is a prominent figure in the biotech industry. He is someone who offers opportunities to students every day in his classes at Portland State University and Carnegie Mellon University. His choice of field was driven by his passion for science, but his choice of teaching posts is led by his desire to educate the people who are going to be the future in his industry. When he is working with his students, he brings his knowledge of the industry directly into the classroom.

The Information

The information that Dr. Ahn brings to his students is current. He knows what is going on the industry today, and he knows how his students can best progress in the industry. He gives them advice that is going to change the way they approach their careers, and he can give them advice on how to get their foot in the door of the biotech industry. There are many ways to make sure that students are getting the best information possible, but his position at Pukana Partners allows him to show his students what a job in the biotech industry is like.

The Passion

The patients that need help from the life science industry thrive on the items that these companies produce. Also, this passion brings the best information for the students that are looking to help the world progress. The passion that Dr. Ahn brings to the classroom is something that the students can see. They realize that they can make a change in the world, and they will realize that they need to complete their education in the way that Dr. Ahn did.

When people study with Dr. Ahn, they are able to see how they can create a life around the life sciences, something that’s covered on Ahn’s website. When these students are able to make their own plans, they will be able to change their lives and the lives of the people around them.

Tabar Well-Known in Top-Notch Financial, Legal Circles

In a span that falls just shy of 15 years, Sam Tabar has built quite a name for himself at the world’s most recognized financial institutions and law firms.

Tabar, based in New York City, is a celebrated lawyer and capital strategist who graduated with honors from the prestigious Oxford University. From there, Tabar continued his education at Columbia Law School, where he enjoyed a stint as Associate Editor of Columbia Business Law Review.

After completing his studies at Columbia in 2001, Tabar landed a position as an associate at one of the world’s leading law firms, Skadden, Arps, Slater, Meagher & Flom LLP. During the three years he spent with the firm, Tabar advised clients on a variety of areas including investment management agreements, employment matters, hedge fund formation and structure, regulatory and compliance issues.

In 2004, Tabar took his career in a new direction when he accepted a counseling position with PMA Investment Advisors, a unit of the Hong Kong-based Sparx Group Co. It didn’t take long before the company leadership recognized Tabar’s talent in the world of high finance and promoted him to a managing director and co-head of business development post. In his new role, Tabar handled all aspects of global marketing and investor relations hedge fund valued at approximately $2 billion, and built a strategic marketing plan for the company aimed at high-net-worth clients around the world, as well as institutional investors and large family offices.  He made a name for himself providing expert advice about several different commodities investment opportunities.

Tabar also helped the firm forge additional financial relationships by providing more than 2,000 personal contacts who were also potential investors, and assisted in raising $1.2 billion in business assets.

Tabar moved on to Bank of America Merrill Lynch in early 2011, where he served as director and head of capital strategy for the Asia-Pacific region. While there Tabar provided clients with his talents in hedge fund management, connected clients with key investors and oversaw capital allocations cycle between investors and fund managers. Tabar developed a contact list comprised of more than 1,250 investors before leaving the firm in the fall of 2012.

At this time Tabar began his tenure with Adanac LLC, BVI, where he served as director and invested in start-up endeavors such as Verboten and Thinx.

A year later, Tabar returned to the legal profession, accepting a position as a senior associate with Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP, but this career change still kept him close to the financial world.

In July 2014, Tabar was touted in an article featured at the community news website Newsvine for his depth of knowledge when it comes to steering clear of potentially poor performing commodities.

Christian Broda: A Versatile Economist

During the course of their studies, many economists choose an area of concentration where they will gain special knowledge. For many, that research can involve international finance or trade. Yet others, despite having an area of concentration, venture out and expand their horizons by using their knowledge in many fields. One economist who has chosen to do just this has been Christian Broda, and he’s frequently asked about the economy, but that’s because he’s a foremost expert on international economics has also been quite skilled in capital strategies and management.

Possessing a Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, one of the world’s most prestigious institutions of higher learning, Christian is currently employed as the Managing Director of Duquesne Capital Management.  Prior to his current position with Duquesne, Christian spent much of his time in the academic world. A former Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago, he became well-known for his various research projects involving poverty and inequality in various nations in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Along with publishing numerous research articles on a variety of topics, Christian has also written many books on economics and the role it plays in people’s lives around the world. Thanks to his reputation as an expert in many aspects of economics, he is often sought out by various media sources for comment or analysis when economic issues make front-page news. With his background in academic research as well as stints with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and with Lehman Brothers, Christian is able to discuss economic topics that pertain to many different situations.

Married and the father of two sons, it is one of Christian’s main goals to see that the world is able to solve many of its economic problems and make the world a better place to live for today’s generation. One of his proudest achievements in his professional life has been receiving two grants from the prestigious National Science Foundation, which he used to study the relationship between geography, trade and prices in world markets.

As the economies of various nations continue to be up and down, Christian is sure to be called upon many times to lend his expertise to numerous situations. Using his vast knowledge of many areas, he is sure to offer interesting opinions and solutions to today’s most pressing issues.

Kenneth Griffin: Learning From His Financial Example

Citadel LLC is undeniably one of the largest and most successful hedge fund investments firms in the world. The company controls approximately $14 billion in assets, and it is responsible for several well-known funds. These include the Kensington and Wellington funds. Citadel was founded in 1990, and its growth is attributed to the ability of its CEO and founder, Kenneth Cordele Griffin, to successful manage the funds. Griffin is widely known as one of the richest men in the world today, and he continues to actively run Citadel and to give back to the community in various ways.

How Griffin Got Started in Hedge Funds
Griffin has a unique story that is rooted in education and hard work. After graduating from high school in Boca Raton, he attended Harvard University. While studying and attending classes at Harvard, he found time to start two hedge funds. He used the funds from a gift his grandmother gave him, and he reportedly traded share for these funds out of his dorm room using data transmitted through a satellite. These funds did exceptionally well, and Griffin received attention from a wealthy individual after he graduated from Harvard. This man gave him $1 million to invest on his behalf. With success investing these funds, he was able to move on to establish Citadel with approximately $4.2 million.

The Strength of Citadel
Citadel was aptly named because it is a company that is based on strength and value. The company has navigated through several economic storms, including the recent economic collapse during the recession of 2007 to 2008. Citadel’s funds were hit particularly hard, and the compay did receive some level of scrutiny, that Ken even confronted on Facebook. In fact, its funds declined in value at a significantly faster rate than many other funds did. Nonetheless, Citadel proved its strength and staying power because the funds appreciated in value once again as the economy recovered. Given that this crash was among the most significant and notable in history, this is proof that Citadel has strength.

How Griffin Gives Back
Griffin has ranked in the Forbes 400 list of the wealthiest individuals in the world for several years, and his net worth tallies into the billions of dollars. He is known to give back in several ways, and one of the most noteworthy of these was a large financial donation he made to his alma mater in 2014. He gifted $150 million to Harvard University, and these funds will be used to provide financial assistance to incoming students who need extra help with tuition.

Many of the most successful individuals in the business world have an interesting story of their early lives, and it can be fascinating to learn how seemingly everyday people made decisions that ultimately led to their incredible success. More than that, in this case, Griffin strives to help others achieve greatness as well. His large donation to help students who were in his shoes a few decades ago at Harvard is a testament to that.