As Oil Prices Fall, so Does Optimism for Venezuelans

The oil industry accounts for approximately 95 percent of the Venezuelan economy. With falling oil prices since 2013 and a recovery of the industry still looking questionable, Venezuelans are worried.
According to NASDAQ, crude oil was selling for nearly 100 dollars per barrel in 2014, but over the last two years has dropped to just under 50 dollars per barrel. While growth seems to be happening over the last few months.

With petroleum playing such an important role in the Venezuelan economy, and the oil prices sitting as low as they are, Venezuela’s gross domestic product is upside down as explained by expert Norka Luque. The country simply doesn’t have the funds to import basic necessities that they need for day to day life.

Under the Chavez government, basic necessities such as sugar, milk and rice were price controlled. After the death of Chavez in 2013 according to a report, and the subsequent oil crisis, those controls have led to serious concerns. Venezuelans are buying those items in excess of what they need and selling at a profit to those who don’t want to face the lines. Current Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro’s administration has even had to close parts of the border with Colombia in order to keep Venezuelans from taking price controlled items across the border to turn a profit.

No clear solution is in sight, especially with Maduro’s leftist administration facing a governmental assembly which recently was overtaken by a majority of opposition party politicians. Consensus on a path of action will be difficult to come to.


Beneful: The Ultimate in Tasteful & Healthy Dog Food Choices

Beneful, the leader in dog food, has numerous of dog food varieties that are just right according to different types and sizes of dogs. This brand is manufactured by Nestle PurinaStore. There are some dog food that are perfect for small dogs; some are spectacular for an older dog; and some are spectacular for large dogs- just to name a few. Beneful has eight varieties of dry dog food, 20 varieties of wet dog food, and 11 varieties of treats. And furthermore, all of their dog food are prepared with superior nutrients and ingredients to assist in maintaining good overall health of our best friends.

The following is just a small sample of their full array of dog food choices that they have to offer. This is just to show in depth how they deeply care and give their all for our furry pals/family members. They are and have been dog owners as well, and they love them just like family.

So without further ado, the four dog food varieties are:

  1. Beneful Dry Dog Food- Healthy Puppy

It’s made with real chicken, carrots, and peas, and it’s given a 4.7 star average rating from 120 reviews. This dog food is also calcium rich with 100 percent of nutrients and DHA to assist in vision and brain development, and everyday health.

  1. Beneful Dry Dog Food- Healthy Weight

This dog food is made out of real chicken with sprinkles of green beans, carrots, and apples. This dog food also has an overall star rating of 4.7 from 189 reviews. And just like it says it help maintain a health weight for adult dogs. Additionally, 100% of nutrients in this formula is what the dog needs for everyday health, and it consists of a mixture of crunchy and tender bites.

  1. Beneful Wet Dog Food- Chopped Blends

It’s made with sweet potatoes, turkey, spinach, and brown rice. This is given an overall 4.9 star rating from nine reviews.

  1. Beneful Dog Treats- Healthy Smile Dental Twists

This is an example of treats (, and it’s made for large dogs. With a 4.8 overall star rating from 18 reviews, these treats reduces tartar buildup and plaque. It also help support strong bones and teeth, and freshens breath.

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Visual Search Grows In The Online E-Commerce World

Visual search technology is incredibly simple in concept and highly profound in impact. Through visual search, people can replace the traditional process of typing in keyword search terms. Instead, copies of images are utilized for searches. Consumers and retailers really should rejoice about this new software that could become the wave of the future.

Tech Crunch has published an extensive article on the ways in which business is soon to be transformed thanks to the arrival of visual search technology. The article points out that technology designed to analyze images in a crystal clear manner is being developed and advanced. Technology ranges from programs designed to describe images for the visibly impaired to search systems intended to help businesses.

The incredibly successful startup Slyce reflects the direction visual search technology is going. The company originally devised a smartphone image-capture app intended for running photos through affiliated websites. This new method of searching for products proved to be a big hit with users. Companies working with Slyce’s app are pleased with the results as well and the numbers are growing. A recent Yahoo! article detailed the rollout of new apps and programs from Slyce, and the list is impressive.

The business aspect of visual search technology presents mostly upsides for all involved. Customers do not like to be weighed down by cumbersome purchasing steps. The growth of e-commerce is linked, not surprisingly, to the consistent consumer desire for easier purchasing.

Visual search technology helps with this process and could possibly stimulate even more purchases. Customers who run an image search may discover far greater expanded results than would be the case with simply typing words into a search box. Expanded results means more merchandise is going to be displayed to the customer. Increased purchases are possible ( Based on reports from retailers currently using the technology, increased purchases and boosted revenue are being reported.

That leads to another point. Customers are not the only ones who benefit from the arrival of visual search technology. Retailers have much to gain financially. Upon learning this, more retailers are sure to integrate visual search software into their online platforms.

Social media sites are also integrating visual search technology into their platforms. Although commerce is not promoted directly by social media sites, the introduction of visual search to members makes them more likely to utilize such searches when visiting an e-commerce venue. In time, visual searches will be part of all e-commerce and social media platforms. Why wouldn’t they be.


George Soros comparison of Chinese economy and that of the US in 2007-08

George Soros is an experienced financial and investment expert that has recently said the current economic situation of China resembles that of the United States right before the global recession of 2007-08. He has said that debts currently fuel the Chinese economy on, and when the credit market seized, it led to the global recession. The global economies are facing an imminent crisis and investors need to be very cautious with the decisions they make.

The Chinese economy is struggling, and since it is one of the largest economies in the world, its problems will quickly affect other economies, especially those that trade with them heavily. One of the notable problems if their devaluated currency that is already transferring its problems to the rest of the world and shares a lot of similarities to the 2008 global recession.

George Soros says that the credit growth figures from the month of March are a warning sign. He said this in an Asian Society event that was held recently in New York. China is the world’s second-largest economy, and its March credit figures surpassed the median forecast that was given by Bloomberg survey. The survey had predicted a figure of 1.4 trillion Yuan, a figure that was exceeded by almost 1 trillion Yuan. According to Soros, this shows that the government is prioritizing growth and is not concerned by the growing debt figures.

When the world’s largest economy went into recession in 2007-2008, the economy on was being fueled by a growing credit growth. Banks were supplying money that was desperately needed to keep the bad debts and loss-making enterprises alive. George Soros said this while referring to the Chinese banking system. The Chinese banks have more loans than deposits, which is not something good. Besides, their banks not only have trouble on the assets side but also an increasing trouble when it comes to liabilities. What banks are now doing is lending each other, and that is an additional cause of uncertainty and instability. This is a problem that has been deferred and can be done for a year or two. However, for the case of China, it is growing at an alarming rate.
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Another scenario that resembles the situation just before the global recession is the booming business in the real estate sector. This is partly because of the surge in new credit in the month of March on that helped the economy gather pace and made the property sector experience a rebound. The prices of new homes in some of the biggest cities have risen by 62% over the past one year. This was the situation in the U.S. in 2005 and 2006 where the real estate business was in a bubble.

Meet Dick DeVos’s New CEO

Dick DeVos has recently hired a new CEO for the Stow Company Inc. The Stow Company is based in Holland and is part of the WindQuest Group. It specializes in custom home storage products. The previous CEO, Frank Newman, is retiring at the age of sixty-seven, though he will continue to serve on the board of advisors. The new CEO is Phil Dolci, who is 48 years old and has twenty-three years of experience in manufacturing consumer products. Before being hired by Dick DeVos, he was CEO of the Crosman Corporation, a Cincinnati-based company that specialized in producing products for shooting sports.

Dick DeVos is a well-known personality and philanthropist. He once ran for governor of Michigan and was listed as number sixty-seven on the Forbes list of the richest people in the world. He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Northwood University. He has also studied at Harvard and Wharton. His wife was the chairperson of the Michigan Republican Party. His wife Betsy (formerly Betsy Prince) has been married to him for thirty-five years and together they had seven children and five grandchildren. He is also a jet and helicopter pilot and a two-time National Champion sailor.

He is the son of the founder of Amway, Richard DeVos. In fact, he took over as the president of the company in 1993. This was a position he held until 2002. Before he was president of the company, he was vice president. Under his management, the company tripled their international sales over their domestic sales. This was the first time that it had happened. In addition, he was responsible for company operations in fifty countries. In his final year as president, before he became president of Orlando Magic, the company reported sales of four and a half billion dollars.

Yeonmi Park Releases New Book, Engages in War of Words with Pyongyang

North Korea is one of the greatest wildcards that the current world is facing. Their government has proven time and again to be run by a regime that cares for little more than its own self, even putting their own country’s residents at a disadvantage. The truth is that North Korea is something seemingly pulled from a dystopian novel. The people are impoverished, hungry, and absolutely dragged down by a government regime that has distaste for them. These people are essentially prisoners so when one of them manages to escape and is willing to speak out against Pyongyang and the regime, that is certainly newsworthy. That is why Yeonmi Park has reached the center of the spotlight, according to a report by
Yeonmi, at first glance, looks like she could blow away in a strong breeze. Park is a small woman with doll like features, wide eyes, and a voice so soft as to require you to strain in order to hear it. Despite this rather fragile appearance she possesses the sort of steel in her resolve that few human beings will ever have. At just the age of 13 she was forced to flee North Korea after her father had been thrown into a labor camp. She was summarily sold into the world of human trafficking by a man who had promised to help her, and her mother, escape. For the following years she would be little more than an indentured servant on the best of days and a reviled slave on the worst of them. You can read her story, in depth, and how she overcame these horrors in her Amazon best-selling autobiography, “In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom”.

Perhaps as inspiring as her journey is the depth of effort that the North Korean government is going through in order to disprove it. Pyongyang has released a litany of documents and videos that try to paint Park as unreliable and a ‘celebrity defector’. These are the real thoughts of a government that is so completely against their people that they would need to smear a survivor just to keep the other oppressed citizens at bay.

Beneful Leads the Way for Healthy Dog Food

Pet food companies are jumping on the latest health food craze, taking the same farm to table initiative that many organic retailers around the country have jumped on for human consumption. While specialty dog food companies have been selling their high end, organic and all natural pet foods for years, the more generic dog foods are now taking their lead. Offering fresh fish and meat as well as delicious vegetables, they are keeping the health and nutrition of our beloved pets in mind as they craft delectable dinners. Skeptics of this real food initiative have been silenced as traditional companies have seen skyrocketed sails since releasing their revamped, healthy products.
At the forefront of this real pet food initiative is the highly popular Purina Store brand, Beneful. Taking the industry to a new standard, Beneful has a variety of options on Amazon ( for dogs of every age. Whether you need to provide a puppy with the nutrients they need to spring into adulthood with their best paw forward, or ensure your senior dog is getting the proper nutrition they deserve, there is a little something for every dog out there.

Keeping nutrition in mind, Beneful is highly conscious of the ingredients that they are incorporating into their dog food. Delicious meals are churned out with real salmon, beef, and chicken. Making sure your dog gets an ample amount of fruits and veggies in their diet, Beneful also make sure to blend in a variety of fresh vegetables and fruits that will leave your pup bouncing back to their bowl for every meal.

Paris Fashion Week Ushers in New Trends

Paris Fashion Week just officially wrapped up Fashion Month with quite the bang. As recently reported by InStyle, the Paris runways were filled with retro styles, complete with ’80s throwback enormous shoulder pads and even a mix of velvet fabrics. Another one of the striking trends on the Paris runways was wide variety of floral patterns used for billowy, long skirts and slinky dresses. Many of these looks had a ’90s feel to them and were paired with open toe sandals worn with eye-catching socks. Plenty of platform heels on were in sight and should be anticipated to hit the shelves of major retailers for the upcoming seasons. Another trend to watch for is off the shoulder jackets and coats.

JustFab has been keeping up with the most cutting edge fashion trends since it burst onto the scene in 2010. If you are looking for affordable, runway worthy fashion, then JustFab is the perfect option for you. As an online subscription retailer, JustFab offers a membership option that gives customers a personalized shopping experience each month. Monthly memberships cost $39.95, which provide customers access to their very own online stylists. Members take a personal style survey upon signing up, and then they can treat themselves to the items selected by their stylist. If a member happens not to like the options for a particular month, he or she can choose to skip that month and will not be charged the membership price for that month.

Besides having access to a personal stylists and deep item discounts, another one of the perks of a JustFab membership is that subscribers get free shipping on all orders over $39, and returns or exchanges of items are hassle free. In addition, if for any reason, a subscriber is not thrilled with his or her monthly membership subscription, cancellation is super easy. Just call the JustFab customer service line and request a membership cancellation at any time without any fees or penalties. If you are on the fence about trying out JustFab’s incredible selection of shoes, accessories and clothing, then consider signing up for a trial and then cancelling if the service is not right for you. With deep discounts off on regular retail prices and top of the line fashion picks, JustFab has something in store for almost anyone’s style and budget.

Slyce is enjoying Tremendous Growth According to its end of 2015 Financial Results

Visual search technologies deployed into the market by Slyce Inc., a prominent visual search avenue have revolutionized the way retailers interact with their clients. Currently, it is possible for retailers to track the behaviour of the client prior to and after the purchase. Slyce Inc. released its financial report covering business updates, transactions and deals closed, as well as new technology for the October 31, 2015 fourth quarter.

Business updates

Slyce signed deals with new customers during the three months of the fourth quarter. SHOES.COM signed an agreement with Slyce on August 12, 2015. Slyce will be the sole provider of mobile image technology, which will enable clients to upload images of women’s footwear on and they will be presented with all type of shoes available as well as those that are matching.

Slyce proceeded to announce that it would deploy its technology on all products of Neiman Marcus on August 26, 2015. Other new customers recruited include Urban Outfitters and Shoe Carnival that were announced on October 6, 2015, and October 22, 2015, respectively.

Technology achievements

Slyce focused on creating an amazing shopping experience for clients and help retailers to boost their sales by launching a series of visual search technology. The Universal Scanner was released to the market on October 5, 2015. This device will enable retailers to recognize diverse objects ranging from physical ones, barcodes, flyers, and catalogues automatically.

Slyce Link creates a platform for clients to interact and exchange their views about brands. The platform is available in either SDKs or JavaScript that are supported by iOS and Android operating systems. This system was launched on November 25, 2015.

Revenue updates

For the three-month period, Slyce’s revenue amounted $1,692, 292, which is a 1784% increase from the previous quarter ended Oct 31, 2015. Client Integration and deployment formed a bigger percentage of the total revenue and it was followed by recurring revenue, which is currently enjoying a tremendous growth.

Operational expenses

The October 31, 2015, fourth quarter expenditure totaled $11,639,430 representing a significant increase from the previous year, which was $6,900,310. Slyce has been involved in a series of acquisitions and marketing activities that have triggered an increase in expenses.


Many large enterprises are now developing a new interest in the New York City luxury real estate sector. This industry has been subjected to many changes in the previous years which have caused the high prices that are now in place. It was anticipated that prices in the New York real estate would go up. This became the sole reason for the increased interests in this sector. The high rates have motivated many of the companies that are now entering the real estate sector in New York. However, there are other national plans which aim at uplifting the local brokerage companies in the real estate sector in New York. Brokers are now expected to up their game and stay self-sufficient in their practices. Marketing is to take a new dimension with such expectations being made to brokerage companies. The self-sufficiency that is expected to be seen in real estate broking companies is for them to understand their networks better.

Town residential company is a brokerage and property marketing company that deals majorly on real estate marketing. The company was founded by Heiberger in 2010 and the growth that it has recorded for that time is impressing. Town Residential is now among the real estate brokerage companies that can get recognition in New York. The owner of this company founded another real estate company which is now ten years old and has been the motivating factor behind the growth of Town Residential’s founding.

Town residential depend on the cash buyers as its established client network. This company has over 800 agents who take the biggest part of the commission. The company recently considered investing near the city. This, therefore, implied that it would limit its investment in the suburbs. The same factor has driven this that the company is reliant on the cash buyers. This lot of buyers is now moving towards the city whereby they want to be near to their children and grandchildren. Town residential company is taking full advantage of its loyal client base, and its established network to bring out the best from the New York real estate company.