China Has Confirmed Its First Case Of The Zika Virus According To Brazilian Doctor Sergio Cortes

Brazil was the first country to experience a Zika virus outbreak in 2015. Female Aedes aegypti mosquitos have been residents of Brazil for decades, and that pesky long-nosed bug has been giving Brazilians viruses like dengue and chikungunya for many years. When the first case of the Zika virus was reported in the Brazilian state of Paraiba in April 2015, doctors in the area were not familiar with what the virus does to humans, according to one of Brazil’s leading medical experts, Dr. Sergio Cortes. Dr. Cortes told online magazine that not much research was done on the Zika virus even though it has been around Africa for more than 68 years.

The virus according to the Noticias R7 article was first discovered in monkeys that lived in the Zika forest in Uganda. African researchers didn’t think the virus was dangerous. Africa is filled with disease carrying mosquitoes that cause life-threatening disease, and Zika didn’t appear to be one of those viruses that caused complications. But according to a post on the Dr. Cortes LinkedIn page, African researchers didn’t spend enough time connecting other diseases with the Zika virus.

But French researchers did, according to a post on Dr. Cortes Facebook page. The French have been studying the virus for four years, and they determined that Zika can cause Guillain-Barré syndrome in some infected people. Guillain-Barré syndrome is an autoimmune disorder. People with Guillain-Barré syndrome experience an immune system attack on their peripheral nervous system. That attack leads to temporary paralysis and in some cases death.

Dr. Cortes tweeted a report published by Clinical Microbiology and Infection in October 2014. The report said that it was shortsighted to think that researchers have seen all the complications that the Zika virus can cause because scientists have only been studying the Zika for about four years. And that is true. Dr. Sergio Cortes thinks Zika is another cause of microcephaly in newborns. More than 745 confirmed cases of microcephaly have been reported in the Northeastern region of Brazil in less than a year. That’s the same region where the Zika virus appeared. Normally there are less than 200 cases of microcephaly in the entire country a year.

China recently confirmed its first case of the Zika virus. The man returned from South America, according to the official Chinese news agency. Chinese health authorities say the risk of the mosquito-borne virus spreading in China are low because of the climate. But mosquito transmission is not the only way that Zika is spreading. More human to human transmissions are being reported in Brazil as well as in the United States. Scientist think sexual contact does spread the disease. That could be one of the reasons the virus is spreading so quickly.

Our Morning Routine


Every morning I take my two dogs Bruce and Buffy to the park for a short walk before I have to go to work for the day. When we get to the park I tie them to the bench so I can sit and enjoy my first coffee of the day while they eat their Purinastore Beneful treats I bring for them. Having this routine makes a great start for me and an even greater start for my dogs because their favorite thing in the world is anything Beneful. Honest to goodness, at home I have a closet full of Beneful dry food, wet food and tons of treats for Bruce and Buffy. They are seriously the luckiest dogs in town.

Months ago I tried switching up their routine and bringing a container of Freshpet for each of them to eat while on our walk. I wanted to try this brand because I read an article online on wikipedia about the founder, Richard Thompson and why he created Freshpet. He has said that he wanted to produce a product that allowed dogs to eat food that was just as tasty and healthy as what their owners were eating. I thought it was a brilliant idea for him to do this while using fresh meat and veggies. Mainly because I myself love the healthy lifestyle and my dogs enjoyed those few times were they got Freshpet for breakfast.

Although they loved their Freshpet mornings, I had to go back to bring Beneful treats because the pet store downtown was not selling enough to keep it in the store at that moment in time. Our town is so small that really not much of anything sells around here. Even though we had to go back to treats, we still enjoy our time together every morning. I think it is important for all owners to do something special like this with their dogs. It allows them to release some energy before they are inside for the next 6-8 hours that your at work for.


George Soros Recent Campaign Donations and Philanthropic Work


Politico is reporting in its website that billionaire philanthropist; George Soros donated $6 million to Priorities USA, a Super Pac supporting Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. The donation, which was made in December, now adds to his donations to Pro-Clinton support groups to $8 million in 2015. The total amount of money raised by Priorities USA Action in 2015 also went up to $41 million. The other major contributors to Clinton’s second presidential bid include Haim Saban and his wife Cheryl Saban, Donald Sussman and Herb Sandler. Soros is seen as one of the few rich Democrats who are willing to part with 8 figure amounts during election period. It important to note that Soros 86; ranks as one of the richest people in the world.

During the 2004 elections, the Politico report indicates that Soros made a campaign donation of over $20 million supporting a bid to oust the then president George W. Bush. In 2012, he gave Priorities USA, $1 million dollars to support President Barrack Obama’s reelection. However, in a recent email report released by the US state Department, George Soros praised Hillary Clinton for giving him an open opportunity to discuss various policy matters, something Obama did not provide. The huge donation made by Soros to Priorities USA is one of many campaign donations, various Democratic Party leaning Super Pacs will push to attract in order to ward-off the anticipated $1 billion plus donations from conservative billionaires.

In 2015, the Hillary Clinton campaign raised $112 million, a CNN report indicates. On the republican side, Donald Trump raised over $12 million during the same period, even though his campaign professes that his campaign is a self funded. His GOP contenders such as Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio are also seeing an increase in their campaign war chest. Outside his political inclinations, George Soros is a supporter of various philanthropic causes. He is the Founder and Chairman of Open Society, a network of organizations that operate in over 100 countries around the globe. The organizations promote democracy and the human rights tenets.

According to, it all started in 1979 when George Soros began giving scholarships to black South Africans. He later started supporting philanthropic causes in the US, Africa and Asia. Open Society also supports lawyers and paralegals presenting individuals held and detained unlawfully. One of the most profound ideas ever made by Soros was bringing Roma people in Europe into the mainstream. George Soros did this by offering education opportunities to Roma people, as well as marginalized young people and refugees in conflict areas. George Soros graduated from the London School of Economics. He holds a bachelor’s and PhD in philosophy and is an accomplished writer.

How To Protect And Manage Your Online Reputation

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North Korean Defector Yeonmi Park Facing Criticism For Her Book


North Korean defector and human rights fighter Yeonmi Park is facing growing criticism from both her former country and critics outside. Yeonmi Park’s autobiography on Amazon titled In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom is a recount of her life in North Korea, her eventual escape, hiding in China and the risky journey to Mongolia, and her arrival in South Korea by plane.

Park’s autobiography describes in sometimes gruesome detail on what it is like to grow up in North Korea. Much of her childhood was spent during one of the worst famines in the country’s history. Park describes that bodies were piled on the streets of the cities, and people were so desperate for food in North Korea, that they would resort to eating flowers, small mammals like mice and plants. People were begging and desperate for food Park recalls. Her family was one of the lucky ones and was considered well off, so they had some food, but even for well off families with good government jobs life was still a struggle and bleak for most of the time.

Yeonmi Park also describes the police state in North Korea, where everything is tightly controlled. The schools teach young kids to worship the supreme leader of North Korea and drill kids into their heads that he is immortal, all knowing, almost like a god. Yeonmi describes that she thought that supreme leader Kim Jong-un could read her mind and would find her. That is how powerful the propaganda and police state is in North Korea. It makes people not only afraid of the government and speak out, but it makes the supreme leader into a mythical god like figure that people worship daily.

Park’s critics have pointed out to the fact that there are some errors in her book, and some information is not exactly accurate. She has responded to these critics by pointing out that she had changed the names of people in her autobiography so that they would not face punishment at the hands of North Korea’s government. She also admits that she omitted some information and out of shame and embarrassment, and has since come clean about her ommissions. A poor grasping of the English language also led to some errors she admits. For more info on Yeonmi Park’s book and her reply to criticisms check out this article on



George Soros Prediction On The EU Collapse

Gregor Schmitz Peter at the moment the chancellor of German was put on the verge of the very cover of the magazine and was then refereed as the very chancellor that advocates for a free world. The question is if you think this action was very justified.

George Soros on the other hand as it is well known to you, has been very obstetritical on New York Book Review to the chancellor as it has been well known to you and is even to the present times has been very critical to the obstericity of the chancellor as well as his policy as well. After the attack of the Russian federation on the member state of Europe called Ukraine, she therefore became the European Union leader henceforth and that was what was called the free world indirectly. Before the occurrence of the act, she remained to be the most gifted politician that the entire European governance has ever had in the past.

She has ever been on the side of the Russian federation and this is said to be true because he has never had any action taken against the invasion of the Russian federation as well. She has ever had the public to support her in every aspect of her politics because she had the gift from the public to lead them. She could read the sombre mood that was on the faces of the public people and do anything in her power to cater for it as well. She has one become the leader that has his neck strangled and struck right on her neck because she resisted the Russian aggression to Ukraine in opposing the opinions that were prevailing at that very moment and point in time.

She has perhaps been on the forefront as one of the European leaders in advocating for justice and also the well being of the people as well in the long run. She was the only single leader that is left in the European union that recognized that the European union is in the verge of collapsing due the crisis that affected in which was the migration crisis. The crisis is yet in a far away process to reach its realization in terms of being solved by the European leaders and their strategies that they have put in place to have it mitigated or destroyed forever and rest the case. In the most unfortunate news, they never prepared the planm in the most opportune moment because they failed on their part as the leaders in formulating the best way to deal with these crises and which one would have been the ones that be given the greater priority. The entire union is under an attack.

Eucatex Conserves The Environment Irrespective Of Using Eucalyptus As A Raw Material

Environmental conservation is the basis of Eucatex operation model. The Brazilian company is famous for manufacturing its products using the Eucalyptus tree. Quality leadership and sound policies have led to the growth of the firm, which has been in existence for a long period. Products made by Eucatex are a favorite across countries and continents. Their observance and desire to conserve the environment has added to their popularity. Many people have become aware of the effects of deforestation. However, the company has been quite involved in planting of trees and ensuring that the forest cover is not lost.

Eucatex deals with the production of ceiling panels, hardboard, paints, tiles and soft boards. Their superior products have made them the most sought after firm in the construction industry. Eucatex replenish their source of raw material constantly. The company has a large tract of land where they grow eucalyptus trees for all their consumption needs.

The firm has an array of products categories that they offer to their esteemed clients. These categories include wood, mineral and metal divisions. Clients prefer Eucatex products because they know that forests are not damaged in the quest of manufacturing. Another reason why the firm is preferred is because it has high quality products. In addition, these products can be accessed in any continent. Eucatex is different from other firms owing to their day-to-day operations module. With the quality of products and the excellent customer care, Eucatex expects to continue its global growth, which is expected to create room for expansion and creation of innovative products.

Eucatex has enjoyed prudent management because of its exemplary leadership and commitment to helping new entrepreneurs. Flavio Maluf is the current president of the firm. Over the years, he has been highly praised for his pivotal role at Eucatex. Flavio deals with the day-to-day operations of the company and is not afraid to get his hands dirty. On Twitter it’s clear that Flavio is dedicated to environment conservation. To this end, he has been instrumental in drafting policies geared towards ensuring that the environment is conserved. Maluf has a vast experience in marketing. His management capabilities have also helped the firm develop consumer-oriented products besides penetrating different markets around the globe. He is considered an asset to the firm. Flavio fosters team spirit by working closely with other employees of the firm.

Facebook exposes that Maluf has outside interests and education is one of them. He is an advocate of educational matters. He has expressed his views about improving the quality of education by the use of technology. Instead of using gadgets for entertainment and leisure purposes, Flavio believes that integrating learning software in the electronic gadgets will boost the quality of education as students can access education anywhere. Public school teachers have started embracing the use of internet in school curriculum and this development has led to improved learning.

Pogo Chooses Beneful Flavor Food

Cat food and dog food companies are changing the ingredient to give your pets a healthier food choice. According to the Bloomberg in the Daily Herald, pet food companies are looking to make dog food taste like people food. Companies like Blue Buffalo or Freshpet, it is impossible to compete in the pet food industry unless they begin producing fresher Healthier food choices for consumers. Mars Petcare is thinking inside the box. They are doing their homework and implementing their findings. Food off the farm is healthier and taste better. Why not include things that come from the farm in our pet food? The farm foods are healthier for pets because there are fewer preservatives in organic food productions. Including cranberries or blueberries in the ingredient is a genius. Check out the article and see some of the new combinations hitting the market. Pogo is a funny looking dog. He is part dachshund, part collie, and part rat terrier. The vet thinks this is most of the ingredients in Pogo. I went to the pound to see if they had any small dogs or puppies available for my small apartment. Pogo was a short, hairy, spotted dog with a long nose. He was so funny looking that we figured no one would adopt him, so I did. I paid the fees for Pogo and we began our life together. The Vet says Pogo is probably eight years old. He thinks Pogo needs a more gentle food because of his age. Otherwise, he thinks Pogo is nice and healthy. I went to the store and of course, I took Pogo in with me. The pet store carries a variety of pet foods and they even have a tasting counter. The dry foods are in containers so you can let your pet taste before purchase. This was a smart idea because too many people buy foods their pets will not eat. After tasting a couple of the older dog formulas, we came across the Beneful by Purina. Pogo loved Beneful. Pogo began wagging his little tail and I knew this was the formula for him. Pogo and I have become best friends. He is happy to have a warm bed and Beneful dog food every day.

Lego Presents New Toy Action Figure With a Disability

The millions of children who have disabilities in America now have a chance to play with a toy that looks just like them. The Lego company has recently released a new tiny wheelchair bound action figure to include in their packages of connecting blocks thanks to some people who started a petition group called “Toy Like Me”.

We saw Jon Urbana share these at Next Level Lacrosse Camp, and the 9 and 10 year olds amongst the campers absolutely loved these. But so did Urbana’s 15-year-olds. Needless to say, we liked them too.

The Lego action figure has a support dog at its side and wears a cool outfit and hat that kids love. After the group received over 20,000 signatures on the petition for Lego to make action figures with disabilities, Lego started paying attention.

Lego has been making the same style of blocks and action figures for many years, and the Toy Like Me petition said that the company needed to diversify the look of their action figures to also include some that were disabled. The results of their efforts paid off, and now kids in wheelchairs all over the world will feel a little less alone when they play with a toy that looks just like them.

The Life of Yeonmi Park

Yeonmi Park is a young Korean activist who was born and raised in North Korea. Her family lived under the brutal dictatorship of King Jong-il. The conditions were so bad for them that is 2007 they had to flee North Korea into China. Getting out of North Korea was no easy matter for the Park family. Yeonmi’s father was sentenced to hard labor after being implemented by the government for illegal trade within the country. When he returned home from the prison camp he urged his family to leave the country. When the family was ready to leave for China, they discovered that their oldest daughter had left for that country without them. Apparently she had told them she was going somewhere else but had already made plans to defect to the Chinese nation. So Yeonmi Park, her father and mother had to make the trip without her. Park’s family had journeyed to China by crossing the southern border of North Korea into that country. They escorted along the way by human traffickers in the area who specialized in smuggling North Koreans into China. Yeonmi said that her mother raped during this time though she tries to block out the memories. Once the families make it into China they looked for the oldest daughter. They settled into the Jilin Province to begin their search but they kept coming up empty. Eventually they turned back to the traffickers for help. This time around they were introduced to a group Christian missionaries that helped the family to escape into Mongolia and then into South Korea. Once Yeonmi and her mother made it to South Korea they were safe. However, Yeonmi’s father had died in the early stages of the journey. Yeomi and her mother did not find her lost sister until 2014 when she was finally located by authorities. After the events that she had endured to gain her freedom, Park became a human rights activist and told the world her story on casey&yeonmi about life in North Korea. She currently works as an activist to help North Korean refugees and defectors and she speaks out against human trafficking as well.