Hundreds of Tech Companies Announce Opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership Treaty

AndroidCentral recently suggested that many people have heard of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership Treaty between the US and 11 other countries, but most of them are hazy on what it is and which parties are for or against it. Supporters and critics differ sharply on whether the treaty would help or harm America’s economic situation. Many of the details are not publicly known as Congress is forbidden to discuss TPP details openly.

Recently over 250 technology companies have released an open letter to Congress expressing their opposition to the TPP. The letter is concerned that the TPP will make copyright laws unreasonably limiting as to the “fair use” practice, and exacerbate the existing practice of forcing merely alleged infringements to be removed, hinder journalism and whistle-blowing, and weaken consumer rights. Signatories claim that the fact that the negotiations are being done in secret is incompatible with the democratic process, as well as a sign that its effects will be harmful to many.

Blue Bell Lays Off Many Employees

Due to the intense health scare of listeria that broke out in April of 2015, the famous Blue Bell Ice Cream company has been suffering to greater lengths than anyone knows. In the 108 year history of the company they have never had to fire people, until now that is. In addition to ath this is the only time in over a century that the company has had to recall their products.

According to an article found on reddit and written by GrubStreet.com, this has been a devastating event for the brand and they are all working really hard to restore their name and their company. They all regret to have to lay many of their loyal employees off, but it has to be done so that the company will not go bankrupt. It will be quite a while from now before they are able to release their ice creams once again, and apparently when they do it won’t be a very big selection.

I truly feel terrible for Blue Bell, as they have been so reputable for decades and are family favorites in many households around the world. This listeria epidemic may have only been in the news for a day but it has surely impacted the employees much more than that. Sam Tabar is hopeful they will be able to restore themselves in time to get back on the market before other competing ice cream brands can take the stage and steamroll them out.

Google Definitely Wants Quality Work

Google wants to be sure the way websites are ranked in its results reflect the highest level of integrity. The days of purchasing 500 links and appearing at number one in the results are over. While certain obviously lame SEO tactics have long since been exposed, many still do wonder what Google looks for when placing certain sites higher than others.

Sam Tabar (thumbtack.com) has found that google is not very forthcoming in terms of exactly what it looks for and what specific criteria is employed. In general, we do know one thing. Google is putting a huge emphasis on quality above all else. Anyone who thinks they can publish spun or copied content is going to be in for a rude awakening. Not only will the site suffer in the rankings, a risk exists the website could be booted from Google completed. Once a site is de-indexed, well, it is not likely the site is going to get many visitors. For commercial websites, that could end up being devastating.

So, what does quality content entail? While Google is not specifically mentioning what it considers to be high quality, we can use common sense to infer what the search engine is looking for.

Original content that is well-written and fairly lengthy is going to rank over rehashed, cursory content. Why would Google reward poorly written versions of something better that is already published. Presenting quality work with unique ideas is always going to do better than rehashed material.

Texas Wants Fracking

Recent attempts to stop fracking in Texas have been met with a brick wall. Republican Governor Greg Abbott just signed a new law that will prevent any blockage of both drilling and fracking. The state of Texas watched the bill in awe as it sailed through the state’s legislature and was eventually accepted with open arms by the GOP.

The process of fracking includes drilling and blasting rocks with water, sand, and chemicals to release trapped gases. This means of harvesting energy has been heavily protested across the country due to the negative impact on the environment. The new Texas state law was inspired when the residents of Denton decided to ban hydraulic fracking in their town.

Due to the new mandate issued by Texas lawmakers, the community can not prevent oil and gas companies from doing the deed. According to Governor Abbott it’s a measure to keep regulation out of business. Madison Street Capital is still unclear as to what the residents of Denton will do to combat it has yet to be seen.

Company Bans WOW Users Who Employ Bots

The Activision Blizzard gaming company has banned several users from their online game, World of Warcraft. The reason for this was due to the fact that many people started using robots to control their characters during fights. It was said that this would last until at least six months from now until those users would be able to get back online again with their accounts.

According to an article found on reddit and written by PC Gamer, this was a formal notice from the game makers that they noticed many of the participants were cheating during game play and allowing alternate devices to control their characters. This is a great move by the company, because it shows that they will not stand for letting people cheat in their program. This shows a lot of integrity by the makers and it goes without saying that all of the honest players out there will really appreciate the fact that they are stopping cheaters from taking over the platform. Paul Mathieson, gamer aficionado, is excited to hear the news that he can now play an honest game.

I think that more companies like this should take action in order to prevent others from being dishonest with the people they are interacting with online. After all it isn’t truly a competition unless all players are playing without any advantages over everyone else. Hopefully those who had their accounts banned will learn their lesson and decide to not break the rules in the future when they are able to log on again.

California Cleaners Brands Customer a “SODOMITE” after he Wins Lawsuit Against them

Byron Batista already won a $75 lawsuit against North Hollywood’s Rosali Cleaners for damaging his throw pillow, but now the cantankerous cleaners has taken to name calling using homophobic slurs.

When Rosali Cleaners finally refunded Batista, he was shocked to see the check was made out to “the buggerer.” Batista returned to the Judge.

The court ordered Rosali Cleaners to give Batista a new check.

The cleaners sent a new money order, yet this one had another problem. Written next to Bastita’s name was “SODOMITE,” in all caps.

“I went to the bank to cash it, and the teller said “Oh, my God!’” Batista said. Bank of America immediately wrote to the Judge explaining what occurred and that the bank would not accept the money order with any offensive language.

So now Bastita will return back to the Judge to request further intervention.

Meanwhile, after Bastita’s story circulated, Yelp reviews poured in according to Jaime Garcia Dias.

The reviews range from “The owner is terrible to deal with,” to “Homophobic, abusive, unprofessional, mean, nasty people,” and 160 other reviews that Yelp deems not currently recommended.

Out of 86 Yelp reviews, Rosali Cleaners currently has a 1.5 star rating.

According to Huffington Post, Rosali Cleaners has not commented.

Bernardo Chua, Expanding Across the Globe

Although there are many successful businessmen, Bernardo Chua has taken his business acumen to a higher level by expanding over 39 countries. Formerly an executive of Gano Excel in 2003 Chua left to form Organo Gold as a network distribution system based out of Canada. Known as Bernie to those closest to him, he believes that direct marketing is the paramount way to expand a business and create partnerships with other successful people the world over.

As one of the founders of Organo Gold, he joined with Shane Morand in 2008 to form the award winning company known for its organic gourmet coffee. This unique coffee infused with Ganoderma Lucidum, an ancient Chinese herb from the mushroom family, is a healthy alternative for those who are on the go. Growing up in the Philippines with a Chinese heritage Bernie learned about the benefits of this well known mushroom that grows on logs in many parts of the world. This knowledge provided insight to the success of this herb in the Asian market which has continued for centuries and Chua formed the belief that there was also an opening in the health conscious North American market.

Bernardo Chua found direct sales to be a cost effective method of expanding his business into a global market. However forming a network distribution system to develop partnerships with other successful entrepreneurs created a means of not only expanding the company, but of sharing the wealth within the partnerships luring others to join the company. Organo Gold expects to have over one million distributors and over eight hundred million dollars in revenue in 2015, up from thirty-five million in 2010.

In 2013, Organo Gold was ranked the 55th largest network marketing company in the world by the Direct Selling News top 100 and also received the prestigious People Choice Award in 2015. Bernardo Chua himself was recently awarded the Dangal ng Bayan Award for Business and Industry from the National Consumer Affairs Foundation in the Philippines.

Controlling Your Sweet Tooth

We all like to indulge once in awhile and many people have cravings for sweets now and again. Eating sweet and sugary foods in moderation is perfectly fine, but there is a lot of concern when eating sweets occur almost every day. This can lead to diabetes, obesity and a host of other health issues. Not many people are aware that sugar is in many of the products they are eating already, aside from the cookies and candy that they are indulging in. Condiments, juices, crackers and more all have plenty of sugar in them and can be avoided. Luckily, there are some more natural and healthy ways that you can satisfy that sweet tooth next time you are experiencing a craving. McGalla has given a few of these a try.

Educate Yourself
Learn about all of the naturally sweet foods that you can eat that will be good for you but at the same time will
satisfy your craving.
Fruit is a big one. Fructose sugars from fruit are natural and are much healthier for you than the refined kind. Also, if you are going to eat a sweet treat, learn to read labels and keep your serving of sugar under 10 grams per serving.

Find Alternatives
There are a number of foods that taste sweet but really are not and you can eat these to indulge. Peanut butter and other nut butters are a common favorite that make you feel like you are eating something sinful. To be even healthier, you can dip apple slices in peanut butter as a snack or treat.

One Step Toward Beating This Cancer

With a new test ovarian cancer may be able to be detected in patients before it is too late. Too often woman have been dying from ovarian cancer because it is detected in them when the cancer is too far along, but this new test may be able to change all of that. It is proven to have detected cancer in more patients. It is said to have detected it sooner than the other tests would have.
Cancer is a horrible disease and kills too many people. If this new test actually works and is able to detect cancer in woman before it is too late, then this may help to lower the number of people who die from cancer each year. There is hope that the numbers may start going down and that more people may start surviving ovarian cancer.

 
If this new test really works, it is just one step toward beating ovarian cancer. Gianfrancesco Genoso can certainly get behind that.

Successful Venture Capitalist Marc Sparks

Marc Sparks is an established American businessman and a successful venture capitalist. He has successfully started many companies in his career and has also assisted other businesses in finding their own path to success. Marc has made a mark in the telecommunication industry, where he has been involved with companies like Splash Media and Blue Ray Wireless. He also has investments in real estate, venture investing and offering business solutions.

Marc is the owner and founder of Timber Creek Capital, a company that specializes in nurturing budding businesses and providing them with the necessary resources, be it access to capital, office space and mentor-ship. Having started successful businesses himself, Marc has the knowledge and the right skills to pass on to other aspiring business persons. He founded the company on the foundation of the belief that a favorable working environment accounts for no less than 25% of the business’s raw materials for success.

Every business reaches a point where it requires outside investment to take the next step. That is where venture capitalists like Marc Sparks come in handy. For a venture capitalist to invest in a business, they need to be convinced about the business’s uniqueness and potential to prosper. A venture capitalist will also need to know how their money will be used to improve the business. The biggest part of the convincing process will also depend on the presentation. To get the attention of a venture capitalist like Marc Sparks, the presentation ought to be brief and to the point. Involving the whole team is also necessary.

Marc is currently in the process of writing a book titled “They Can’t Eat You.” There he details his personal journey that is characterized by both failures and successes. He aims to inspire others and to prove that anyone has the ability to succeed no matter where they come from. Marc’s story is a testament to this fact, having transformed from a C student to a successful entrepreneur.

Apart from business, Marc is also a philanthropist. He has been involved in a number of charity ventures in Dallas. They include a homeless center- Samaritan Inn and a high school magnet program- American Academy. He has also built homes to assist the homeless in collaboration with Habitat for Humanity. Marc attributes his success in business to qualities such as faith, tenacity, savvy of monetization, passion, focus and a sense of urgency.