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Bruce Levenson is a Man with a Big Heart

Most of us daydream at one time or another about being wealthy. It is fun to think about all the neat things we could buy and how we could use the money. In fact, some folks fantasize about helping the poor and giving to charities. However, many people that really do come into wealth rarely follow through on those commitments or daydreams. Bruce Levenson followed through on his commitments. He is the person that became a successful businessman, and he spends a great deal of time, money and effort to champion causes for children and education. Learn how Bruce made his fortune and gives back to communities today.

Education

Bruce Levenson originally comes from Washington, D.C. He secured a Political Science degree in St. Louis at Washington University. From there, he completed his law degree at the American University School of Law in Washington D.C.

Careers

Bruce began his journalism career while still attending law school. His journalism efforts paid off when he became a writer for a paper called the Washington Star and a reporter at Observer Publishing.

In 1977, Levenson would meet with his friend Ed Peskowitz to create a newsletter called the Oil Express, which was about oil industry news activities. It was such a hit that they founded a company called United Communications Group (UGC). Today, UGC is a growing business that specializes in telecommunications, technology, data and news.

Many years after he started UGC, Bruce founded another company, which would handle brand advertising and online content called Tech Target. After much success in his business endeavors, Bruce became active with the famous Atlanta Hawks sports team and has partial ownership.

Philanthropy Efforts

Once Bruce was assured of his financial stability, he started his philanthropy efforts. Finally, he had the money to help and really make a difference in other people’s lives. He was actively involved in the Do Good Challenge, which encouraged students to reach out and help people. More information on that can be found on Wikipedia.

Bruce Levenson served the I Have a Dream Foundation as president. He was also a board director at Hoop Dreams. In addition, Bruce and is wife Karen became very involved with the Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership affiliated with the Univ. of Maryland.

Today, Bruce has a family with a wife, three boys and grandchildren. When he is not working or supporting a good cause, he likes to spend time golfing, playing basketball or traveling with his family. In all likelihood, we have not heard the last from the man with a big heart.

Skout’s New Travel Feature: Traveling Anywhere is a Breeze with New App

If you’re not familiar with Skout, now’s the time to familiarize yourself with this new social friendly app, especially if you love to travel around the world. Skout is an app that enables people from around the world and from all walks of life to connect and share. And it’s not just any social app, it’s considered to be the “leading global app.”

 

Now the new app includes a new feature, Skout Travel, making it a breeze for travelers to do everything from book reservations to helping you meet new friends in your travel destinations. Thanks to this new app, the stress of finding a place to stay during your overseas travels is reduced and to top it off, you get to meet and connect with new friends while on holiday or vacation.

 

The app’s new feature has been utilized over 10 million times since its launch. Skout Travel launched a little over a year ago and has since become a favorite for social travelers. According to Skout, their goal is to help users of the popular app to create online communities where they can feel like they’re a part of something and really get involved. They want their users to have the ability to access their newly built community from any place at any time.

 

According to the co-founder and CEO of Skout, Christian Wiklund, the app’s travel feature is particularly popular with younger adults “who want to experience the world and connect with new friends.” Recent analytics data collected by Skout showed the company where their users are virtually traveling and which users are most likely to access the travel feature.

 

Data shows that the women of the world are most likely to take a virtual travel with the app. In fact, women are twice as likely to use the app when compared to me. For virtual travelers interested in visiting the United States, the top 5 cities travelers were interested included the country’s island cities such as Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Francisco, and Seattle.

 

The top international travel destination for virtual travelers was Hong Kong. Runners up in the top international travel destinations for app users included London, Sao Paulo, Seoul, and Sydney. What’s great about this app for travel lovers is that all they have to do is select a travel destination and then they’re able to instantly connect with other users in that location where they can quickly make new friends. Thanks to the app’s new feature reaching over 10 million uses, Skout is allowing users to use the popular app for free for just 48 hours. This 48 hour time period begins January 15, 2015 – January 17, 2015.

 

The news of this story first broke earlier today on PR Newswire and this is just a quick recap.

The CPI Closed With A Fall

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) fell 0.6% last December from the previous month and its annual fall remained -1% due to falling gasoline prices, the heating oil and some foods, as reported on Thursday by the National Statistics Institute.

It is the first time in the history of this indicator in which a negative annual rate of prices in the month of December is recorded. Furthermore, it is the most negative rating in any month since July 2009, when the annual CPI stood at -1.4% reported by associate Christopher Cowdray of HMI international.

With the December data, annual CPI chained its sixth negative rate after -0.3%, -0.5%, -0.2%, -0.1% and -0.4% July, August, September, October and November, respectively. December has the most negative rate of 2014 and the eighth time in 15 months that prices show negative rates. Nevertheless, the government has ruled that the economy is in deflation.

The December data is important for the salary of workers, since in some collective agreements is used to determine the salary increase next year and other reference is to compensate for the deviation of CPI. They have also influenced the evolution of the CPI year for the group of food and beverages, which cut its rate five tenths, to -0.3%, and housing, with a rate of -0.2%

The CPI Closed With A Fall

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) fell 0.6% last December from the previous month and its annual fall remained -1% due to falling gasoline prices, the heating oil and some foods, as reported on Thursday by the National Statistics Institute.

It is the first time in the history of this indicator in which a negative annual rate of prices in the month of December is recorded. Furthermore, it is the most negative rating in any month since July 2009, when the annual CPI stood at -1.4% reports associate Christopher Cowdray of Crunch Base.

With the December data, annual CPI chained its sixth negative rate after -0.3%, -0.5%, -0.2%, -0.1% and -0.4% July, August, September, October and November, respectively. December has the most negative rate of 2014 and the eighth time in 15 months that prices show negative rates. Nevertheless, the government has ruled that the economy is in deflation.

The December data is important for the salary of workers, since in some collective agreements is used to determine the salary increase next year and other reference is to compensate for the deviation of CPI. They have also influenced the evolution of the CPI year for the group of food and beverages, which cut its rate five tenths, to -0.3%, and housing, with a rate of -0.2%

Back Pain Can Be Cured At North American Spine

Considering that so many people are currently in back pain, or have had back pain within their lifetime, it’s understandable that many people may be on medication to help minimize back pain. Many have back, neck, and spine pain today, and it can overwhelm the body, causing extreme amounts of pain. The pain can be problematic, and also be damaging to the person who is trying to work on a daily basis. Back pain is an epidemic in America, and many people suffer from debilitating pain in the back that may take over their lives. For those suffering with back pain regularly, it’s time for a change.

Back pain is something that almost everyone will experience at some point in their life. It’s easy enough to have pain in the back, just by slipping, falling, bending over, or sleeping incorrectly at night. Most back pain is something that does not bother a person enough to where they need medication or surgery. Some back pain is worse, and surgery may be required, in order for the person to get back to normal. For those who require surgery, or feel the need to have surgery on their back, North American Spine can help.

Many feel that there back pain is something they have to live with, and they may take medication regularly, and go on about their day. After a while, the back can become more inflamed, and painful to the point where the person must stop working. It’s never a wise decision to keep working with the back, especially when the pain was already in pain. Once one experiences back pain, then it may be necessary to consult with a doctor. A doctor can let the person know if they need surgery on their back, or if something else can be done to stop the pain.

If surgery is needed to help with back pain, then North American Spine can perform a minimally invasive surgery that can help to heal the back pain. The surgery doesn’t take long, and it has a very high success rate for its patients. A consultation is needed, in order to determine if the person is a candidate for the surgery. An MRI can help to determine the eligibility of one to have the surgery performed. Once the surgery is performed, healing time is very short, and they can get back to their normal life.

That’s a part of what makes North American Spine a more popular company.  This has led to enhanced success through social media campaigns, but also through financial exploits and investors.  Definitely a company to watch.

The Shack Gets the Shaft

For a business founded in 1921 and a part of America’s culture, you couldn’t ask for a more mis-managed trip to the bottom bin of retail. RadioShack Corporation is now filing for bankruptcy. And a huge part of the public might be askign what took so long, while the older consumers with a technology background might be saying “What a shame!”

At a time when America is leading such a rallying cry for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) careers, it’s ironic that one of the original stores to cater to this interest is calling it quits. But in fact, it was the retail chain who turned its back on its customer base, not the other way around. Up until the early 1980s, Radio Shack was the only store in town for circuits, motherboards, transistors, soldering tools, and all manner of electronic gear. Right up until the actual kits you would need to build a radio from scratch. Radio Shacks at the mall lead the home computer market with its Tandy line of computers, some of them years ahead of the competition.

But in the 1990s, that changed. Engineers now came into the store to be confronted with nothing but phones on display, with a few second-shelf peripherals on the side. If you asked the sales clerk where they kept the computer parts, they’d look at you with contempt. Radio Shack changed its mind and decided that the electronics geek market wasn’t what it wanted to go after – but they had no idea who they’d want to pursue instead.

While discouraged former customers left Radio Shack to go to Fry’s, Circuit City, or Office Depot, or even order supplies from online retailers, new customers failed to replace them. Radio Shack alienated their former hardcore geek base and in return found themselves without a customer base to stand on. Will anybody learn a lesson from this? It doesn’t seem likely. This article was shared to me by a friend on Twitter.com Lee Lovett.

American Workers and Paid Sick Time

Reddit.com had an article about President Obama’s call for workers to have sick days available to them. I don’t usually agree with President Obama on policy, but this issue struck a cord with me. My last job was working for a factory that did not give sick time to production workers. Workers were encouraged verbally to take the day off when they were sick, but the suggestion came with consequences. The loss of a day’s pay prohibited most from taking the suggestion because the job was low paying. Secondly, taking the day or days off showed up again at evaluation time and would be counted against performance record making a raise less likely for the worker. The verbal kindness didn’t match the realities that came with the decision to stay home. The result was people came to work sick often and spread disease throughout the factory. This is a health issue that needs to be addressed so that workers across our country can be secure in taking a day to recoup from sickness without worrying that their job is in the balance. Susan McGalla shares her opinions on her about.me profile. President Obama explains his position in the following video. </iframe>”>Obama: Workers Need Paid Sick Leave

Canada: Unemployment Rate Unchanged At 6.6%

The unemployment rate is still maintained in Canada at 6.6%, while 4,300 jobs were lost in Canada last month.

The slight contraction of the job market observed in December last year; it actually disappointed those economists, who were expecting creation of 15,000 new jobs. Meanwhile, the balance sheet hides a positive trend; over 53,000 part-time jobs have been replaced by full-time jobs. This reflects an improvement in the quality of jobs held by Canadians.

Men aged 25 and over were the only ones to benefit from the recovery in the labor market, while women and youth aged 15 to 24 experienced a decline in the number of jobs available. The sectors of accommodation and catering services are the source of most of the job losses in previous month.

Canadian Government created 185,700 jobs in 2014, an increase of just 1% of the number of jobs in the country. Dave and Brit Morin have also helped increase the number of jobs available in the tech industry.  Quebec is the only province to have experienced significant job losses (15800 in number) disappeared last year. In comparison, it created 79,900 in Ontario, 65,900 in Alberta and 38,500 in British Columbia. The unemployment rate is still maintained in Canada at 6.6%, while 4,300 jobs were lost in Canada last month.

In Quebec, the unemployment rate rose from 7.6% to 7.5% from November to December in last year. Meanwhile, it increased from 9.6% to 10.2% in New Brunswick.

Wholesome Goodness With Beneful

No doubt that the health of your best friend is most important. People only want the best for their pets and the makes of Benrful agree. Beneful dog food helps you give your dog the perfect combination of quality ingredients paired with a taste they are sure to love. It can be found on PurinaStore.com.

If your per prefer a dru food, Beneful gives you a an excellent variety of choices. Beneful dry dog food provides your dog with protein-enriched tidbits in a bountiful of shapes. Beneful dry dog food also is packed with grains, antioxidants and omega fatty acids to help your pet maintain a healthy immune system. There are a variety of dry food to choose from including a formulation for the youngest of puppies to extra nutrient packed formulas for your older dogs. All provide the vital vitamins and minerals needed for your pet to stay in optimal health.

For those pups who love wet dog food, Beneful also offers a wide variety of choices to suit the even the most pickiest of eaters. Benefil wet dog food comes in many varieties and flavors providing a source of protein from beef, pork, chicken and lamb. There are also a wide variety of textures your dog is sure to love from thinly sliced pieces in Chopped Blends to Hearty Roasters. Beneful wet dog food gives your dog extra bonus vitamina with green beans and carrots. Whether your best friend in a pint-sized dynamo or a gentle giant, Beneful has the combination of nutrients in assorted sizes.

No day would be complete without a dog treat or two would it? Beneful knows your pup will simply love the assorted flavors of these bite-sized treats including peanut butter, cheese, bacon and beef. With an assortment of hard and crunchy to soft and chewy, you pup is sure to keep his tail wagging with these shortbread cookies and crackers.