Don’t expect a Coke and a smile in Venezuela

It is hard to give someone a Coke and a smile in Venezuela. The cola manufacturer halted its operations in the country. Economist Tom Standage discussed the issue with NPR Host Rachel Martin in a recent interview.
The Coca-Cola company does not fear the growing political unrest in the country, according to Corporation Wiki. It is simply not able to obtain sugar or even high fructose corn syrup at reasonable prices. Although the official exchange rate is 10 Bolivars for one dollar, Venezuelan black markets offer an exchange rate of 100 bolivars for one dollar. Sugar growers like Norka cannot sell their product profitably through the country’s official channels.

Standage blames the policies and the corruption of the Chavez administration for the poor exchange rate. Chavez believed that giving lots of money to the poor would ease their situation. The idea worked as long as oil prices remained high. When prices fell, inflation rose. Officials from former and current administrations continued to help themselves to the country’s funds as well.

During the interview, Standage referred to Coca-Cola as the closest thing to capitalism in a bottle. It is available in all but three countries currently. Coca-Cola is not sold in Cuba and North Korea because of trade embargoes. It is not sold in Venezuela because of the lack of access to sugar.




Andy Wirth Wins the Incorporation Battle

Andy Wirth is the CEO of Squaw Valley Holdings. He was appointed to the position several years ago, and since then, he has worked very hard to ensure that the resort is the best tourist attraction in the world. Read more: Andy Wirth — KCRW and andy wirth | POWDER Magazine

During his tenure as the president, Andy Wirth has faced a lot of challenges. For some years, the Lake Tahoe area did not get enough rains. This affected the performance of the resorts. Small business that depended on the resorts for survival were also affected by the lack of rains.

To make the situation worse, a group of people were asking for the incorporation of Olympic Valley. This led to political instability in the area, and the resorts were affected. Andy Wirth had to spend a lot of money trying to stop the incorporation. The incorporation would have resulted in higher taxes and fewer developments in the area.

This year, things have been working perfectly for Andy Wirth and the communities in Lake Tahoe area. The group of people that wanted the Olympic Valley to be incorporated withdrew their efforts, and mother nature has provided early rains.

The resorts were able to open earlier than usual, and the residents are excited about it.
Recently, Andy Wirth was appointed to be the chairperson of the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority Board. Andy will be in charge of the nine-member board, and he is expected to bring changes and new ideas. Learn more about Andy Wirth: and

The appointment was made by the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitor’s Authority. Andy Wirth has been in the industry for several years, meaning he has the knowledge and expertise needed for the job.

Lime Crime Cosmetics; The Brightest Colors In The Make-Up World

Have you ever dreamed of living in a world like “My Little Pony” and Barbie? With all those fun and bright colors, unique patterns and all that glitter? Not to mention, living in a real life dollhouse? Lime Crime founder and CEO, Doe Deere, represents exactly that. Doe Deere’s look combines that of a Japanese harajuku girl and the 90’s. When you look at Doe Deere, with her bright colored hair, beautiful porcelain looking skin, doll face Make-Up and rare clothes, you want to be as unique as her. Lime Crime cosmetics stands exactly for that: be you, be unique, be a unicorn.

Starting out as a clothing line in 2008, Lime Crime gain more success with launching their “Unicorn Lipsticks” instead, that Doe Deere focused on just make-up. The unicorn Queen wanted to create a make-up line, as bright as neon, with all colors and hues in the rainbow and between, as well as being vegan and cruelty-free. But creating a product isn’t all there is; it’s the packaging that’s the key element of branding. Lime Crime‘s packaging usually includes a lot of flowers, unicorns and the color pink.

In 2012, Lime Crime Cosmetics hit the market and social media hard with “The Velvetines”, a matte liquid lipstick with a unique formula, inspired by the luxurious texture of rose petals. The Velvetines come in bright colors, as well as in darker hues. Lime Crime released a total of 29 different hues in their Velvetines, over the past few years. And the demand is high. Lime Crime’s newest creation, are called “Perlees”, a metallic-pearl lipstick, with a lightweight formula. “Perlees” are available in nine different shades.
Aside from lipsticks, Lime Crime also offers liquid eyeliners in five different hues, as well as eye shadows, like the “Venus Palettes”.

Lime Crime got pretty popular over the last few years and recently launched the line at Urban Outfitters and Dollskill. Lime Crime offers worldwide shipping and is also available in selected stores outside of the United States. What will Lime Crime release next, after amazing lip products and eye shadows? According to Doe Deere’s Instagram, she stated that she’s working on launching bright hair dyes, like the ones she’s wearing. Isn’t that exciting news!  Be sure to keep following them over at Tumblr.

A Medley of Beneful’s Wet Dog Food, from Beef to Tuscany

All of PurinaStore‘s Beneful Wet Dog Food Chopped Blends come in tubs that have a volume weight of ten ounces.
Beneful’s Wet Dog Food Chopped Blends, turkey

Made with a strong southern blend of real turkey, brown rice, spinach, and sweet potatoes Beneful’s Chopped Blends with turkey flavor are sure to bring a bountiful harvest of a meal to your dog anytime they chow down.

Beneful’s Wet Dog Food Chopped Blends, salmon

If your canine companion needs a healthier diet will with protein and is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, try the salmon flavor of Chopped Blends. Along with real salmon meat, sweet potatoes, spinach, and brown rice come to the rescue to round out the meal with rich and bold flavors that is sure to have your dog howling praises for Beneful.

Beneful’s Wet Dog Food Chopped Blends, chicken and liver

There is no skimping on the chicken meat and liver proteins in this Beneful Chopped Blend style. Served in a light sauce to keep the meat moist and delicious, peas, sweet potatoes, and brown rice gives this particular canine caterer a nutritional meal filled with hearty proteins, fibrous vegetables, and starchy grains for a balanced meal.

Beneful’s Wet Dog Food Chopped Blends, lamb and brown rice

Looking for a lamb stew for your adult dog? Look no further! Beneful’s Lamb Chopped Blends features carrots, tomatoes, and brown rice for a delicious and hearty meal that will be sure to have your dog coming back for more every time it is mealtime.

Beneful’s Tuscan Style Medley Wet Dog Food with Beef

Let your dog have a taste of Tuscan cooking with this medley of beef, spinach, carrots, and rice. Beneful’s blend of real beef and vegetables gives your dog the ultimate Italian meal served right from a can. Each meal is balanced and complete and can be enjoyed on its own or mixed in with another form of food – variety is the spice of life after all. Cans of this product are available on Wal-Mart in three ounce sizes.

Beneful also makes treats, check out for the amazing treats they make.

George Soros Continues Philanthropic Efforts

George Soros is widely recognized as a successful businessman, but his philanthropic efforts could be even more impressive than his financial prowess. George Soros founded and serves as the current chair of the Open Society Foundations, which are a massive network of organizations, foundations, partnerships and individual products all across the globe. Right now, the network of the Open Society Foundations is present in over 100 countries and is not slowing down anytime soon. At the heart of the principles of the Open Society Foundations is that human rights and civil liberties should be respected in all corners of the world and that the best way to accomplish this is through holding the governments accountable to the people.
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Before establishing the Open Society Foundations on a global scale, Soros first became involved in philanthropy during the apartheid situation in South Africa. Starting in 1979, Soros donated scholarships to black South African youths so that they could pursue higher education. As a true supporter of the free and open exchange of ideas, Soros later provided funding so that people in the Eastern Bloc in the 1980s could by copy machines to make copies of banned books and papers. This was a valiant effort on the part of Soros to assist with undermining communism so that the people of Europe could live in freedom.

When asked about the motivation behind all of his philanthropic efforts, George Soros is not shy in the least in explaining that his financial success in his professional life has afforded him the resources that most people can only dream of accumulating in their lives. Soros said that with these massive resources, he is able to fund projects and bring awareness to important issues that have a direct effect on human rights and the preservation of freedom around the globe. He has no intention of scaling back his incredible endeavors anytime soon. Soros also says he has a compulsion to take a stand on important international issues on which others remain silent because his personal wealth and resources give him opportunities that almost everyone else in the world does not have. For Soros, it is vitally important to continue speaking out where there is truth and injustice in the world so that people who have been robbed of their voice have an advocate fighting for the restoration of their rights. He certainly blazes a trail for other world leaders to follow.

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Kyle Bass Accuses United Development Funding of Unscrupulous Financial Dealings

Kyle Bass recently launched a full scale attack on United Development Funding saying that the Grapevine-based firm was swindling clients of their hard earned money. The attacks have negatively impacted the firm’s stock market prices. Since the attacks started in December, 2015, the firm has lost nearly $300 million of its stock market price.

Bass admitted to profiting from the woes experienced by united Development Funding by short-selling its stock. Bass has not refuted claims that he is profiting from UDF’s declining stock value. He said that his firm, Hayman Capital Management, is in the business of making profit. However, he reiterated that UDF’s defensive strategy of claiming that he is on a witch hunt is convenient. This is because it allows them to maintain plausible deniability of all accusations while failing to address the real issues raised.

According to UsefulStooges article about Kyle,, Bass launched his full-scale attack of the firm in January, 2016. He put out internet reports and sent letters to the media alerting them of the purported unscrupulous dealings at United Development Fund. He accused the firm of deliberately mishandling investor funds, making improper loans and overstating the true worth of its assets.

UDF’S Defensive Strategy

UDF has maintained that the recent attacks and accusations are designed to make its stock tank while making Kyle Bass millions. Hollis M. Greenlaw, UDF CEO, said that the firm beliefs that Hayman Capital will continue to issue misleading information. He further said that his fund remains focused on solely protecting all its investors by preserving their portfolios and defending the fund aggressively from outside, unfounded accusations.

Why Kyle Bass Launched Attack on UDF

Bass has said that his only reason for attacking United Development Funding was to raise public awareness about the firm’s dealings. He believes that his actions have saved many potential small scale investors from losing their money. He further said that it was his civic duty to protect the public. In addition, Bass started a website called that he used to post all his reports about the company. He says that UDF improperly transferred monies between different funds while recklessly loaning out millions. He questions the decision of the company to concentrate a huge chunk of its loans on a few developers.

Kyle Bass and his Investment Strategies

Kyle Bass founded Hayman Capital Investments based in Dallas, Texas. He is infamously known to attack patents of huge pharmaceutical companies in order to profit from the short sell of their stock. This is because after challenging the company’s stock, it tanks allowing Bass and his associate, Erich Spangenberg, to profit.

Bass infamously attacked victims who died after using General Motors’ defective vehicles. The company was accused of knowingly releasing vehicles with defective power steering systems and non-deploying airbags to the market. However, Bass still vehemently defended GM simply because he had invested in its stock at the time.

Experimenting With Wen By Chaz Dean

In a recent article in Bustle, a beauty and fashion editor wanted to experiment with the hair care line called WEN by Chaz Dean. She had fine, limp hair and wanted to find out how her hair would react to the cleansing conditioner system. The first time she tried when she applied it to her hair in the evening before bed. She loved the results right after her shower but notice that her here became oily earlier in the day. She went on with the same routine for several days, but her hair had gotten so flat and greasy that she could not manage it. She decided to change up her routine and shower in the morning before work. By trying this different technique, she noticed her hair with staying beautiful and manageable throughout the day. People started to comment on the excellent condition of her hair. She was able to determine that Chaz Dean’s new hair care system when was very beneficial for hair but probably best applied early in the morning to avoid the end of the day Elena’s.

Chaz Dean according to the Guthy-Renker beauty website is a world-renowned stylist to the Stars. He is highly respected and is well known for giving Hollywood’s Elite the most up-to-date and healthiest looking hair.

Chaz Dean decided to develop Wen; he realised there was a gap in the hair care Market. He wanted to create a hair care system that would help heal and make hair its very best. His cleansing conditioner system makes hair healthy soft and manageable. WEN FAQ’s are posted on

What There is to Know About Michael R. Zomber

Being one of the most passionate historians and collectors of antique arms, it should not come as a surprise that Michael Zomber has become a very well-know person. Having a huge amount of interest in the art of weaponary, Michael R. Zomber has a fascination of Japanese ancient samurai weapons and arms, and he also has in interest in the ones that are Islamic, American and European. A long time ago, a letter that was found to be written by George Washington stated that people have a great love of owning weapons. For centuries, uniquely designed weapons and armour have been bought and traded for big amounts of money, being recognized by many as great ways to represent the art of one’s self. The time periods that hold the most interest to Michael Zomber when it comes to weapons, also happen to be the time periods that a lot of great advancements that occurred in the timeline of weaponry and armour, the 16th and 19th century.

On the website that is personally run by Michael R. Zomber, he tries to put all of his efforts into many things, such as preserving the history of humans with the collections that he has, and also providing protection over the knowledge and samples that extend from one of our world’s most valued and wanted technological inventions around. Over the years, Michael R. Zomber has built an extensive and impressive collection for himself that took a lot of hard work to make, containing many Samurai swords and also many different types of weapons and armour. Each part of his collection, some of which you can see on Facebook, has a wonderfully unique history that is attached to it.

Even though he has a huge love for weapons, Michael is a very intelligent individual that has a lot love for life and believes in world peace. He is a huge supporter of many great and well-know peace organizations, such as Doctors Without Borders, UNICEF, and NGO plus many more. Having two children and a wife, he wants to keep the world safe. Having a B.A. in both Psychology and English Literature, Zomber is seen as a very intelligent individual.  Check out his books available on Amazon, to see another side of Michael’s passion.

Healthier Dog Food Is In Vogue Worldwide

There are a lot of new dog food brands out today that people are using to help their dogs stay healthy. Keeping dogs healthy is really easy with brands like Beneful, and there is a Daily Herald article that explains why these dog foods are so good. There are a lot of good ingredients in these foods, and they are fit for dogs and humans.
The dog foods people make today are so nice that the people who make them are not afraid to eat them. Surely according to, most Americans are not going to eat their dog’s food, but all these foods like Beneful are made from natural products that humans would eat. The smell is really easy to recognize because it smells like the ingredients, and people who want their dogs to eat better should make sure that they are going to get the Beneful food that their dogs like the most.

Everyone on facebook who is trying to keep their dogs healthy should make sure that they buy the right dog foods every day. Buying the right dog foods usually includes seeing what Beneful has to offer, and owners can pick out the wet or dry foods that their dogs like. It is a lot easier for people to get dogs the food they need when they stick to one brand, and Beneful is the best Purinastore manufactured brand ( to stick to because it has the best reputation among people who are feeding their dogs. Anyone who is really concerned about this should make sure that they try all the dog food from Beneful to see what they can find.

Dogs are going to love the wet and dry food, and there are ingredients written on all the different products that let dog owners pick out the thing they think their dogs are going to like the most. Every dog is different, but there is something to make every dog happy. Dogs need to have healthier food so they will lead more active lives, and they can get it from Beneful. Beneful is very concerned about how dogs eat, and the brand helps dog owners every day with better foods.

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Sam Tabar and Spreading Through the Financial World

Sam Tabar has touched nearly all sectors of the financial world, and this experience is partly responsible for getting him to the position of Chief Operating Officer at FullCycle Energy Fund. Tabar started out his career at the Sparx Group in their Marketing department as the Co-Head, where he promoted one of the most active independent funds in the Pacific and Asia. Having worked in the region with so many partners and clients, Tabar had developed an intimate knowledge of the region and transitioned with his experience to PMA Investment Advisors LTD, leading their Asset Raising Team, in charge of laying out strategies that would lay out new ways to increase profits.

Having dominated the financial scene in Asia, Tabar eventually transitioned to New York City where he worked for Merrill Lynch as their Head of Capital Strategy. There he sought key investors to expand the bank’s buying options, allowing them to acquire new foundations, supplement family offices, endowments and even pensions. During his time at the bank, Tabar was a key factor in consulting clients, applying his knowledge of investing in order to boost their returns on investment, and in turn affecting the structure of the bank’s front and back offices.

A career in disparate capacities in finance was no doubt assisted by Tabar’s knowledge of law and his time as an attorney. Having graduated from Oxford University, Tabar went on to study law at Columbia Law School where he obtained his Masters of Law Degree while serving as an editor of the Columbia Business Law Journal. Tabar spent his career as an attorney with Skadden, Arps, Meagher, Slate & Flom and Schulte, Roth & Zabel.

CrunchBase makes the point careers in finance and law were only one part of Tabar’s life. Another occupation Tabar devoted time to was angel investing of philanthropic causes. They typically line up with Tabar’s own ideological leanings like SheThinx, a company that works to fight stigma against menstruation and feminine hygiene products while making them more accessible to women in Africa and Asia.

Having reduced his work with big banks and companies, Tabar continues his financial career through smaller hedge funds. Working now as a capital strategist and investor, Tabar helps clients allocate their resources to help expand the footprint of businesses that are fueled by the passions of their leadership. To make this happen, Tabar utilizes how knowledge of financing in Asia and the US, taking advantage of his international presence in favor of his clients.  LinkedIn has Tabar’s full list of career accomplishments.