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How Merkel Can Save the EU

January 26, 2016 - Author: steph

FX Street reports that Billionaire financier George Soros claims to have proof that the EU (European Union) is about to collapse. In large part, he blames Greece for the failure. Greece was once a lucrative nation which garnered much financial interest from marketers all over the world. As of late, its social turmoil and broken political climate are great lessening it as a place of such interest. Soros says Greece is not entirely to blame for its own problems. He also blames EU’s failing policies. These have been chipping at Greece’ economy for years.

These chips and mounted and steeped Greece in its present deep cavern of depression. No these bad policies are about to do the same thing next to Ukraine. In the face of this, Soros says that Britain could likely opt to leave the EU. Britain is a huge part of the EU so its departure would be a humongous blow to the remaining countries. He and German Chancellor Angela Merkel also blame the current Syrian migrant problem on the EU’s decline. This is because the migrant problem is creating such chaos and lack of hope in the eyes of Europeans all over the continent.

Soros sees the Germans as a beacon of hope in all of this. Under Chancellor Angela Merkel, Germany has become the dominant country of leadership throughout Europe. It is now taking control and responsibility for things long gone lax. Unfortunately, Merkel has not yet brought the public in line with this vision of responsibility and losing traction because many do not want Germany to assume it. Nevertheless, the New York Review of Books reports at http://www.nybooks.com/articles/2016/02/11/europe-verge-collapse-interview/ that Soros and others are so confident in her leading that they have christened her “chancellor of the free world.”

She largely took these reigns after Vladmir Putin attacked the Ukraine. At the same time he became the head of the EU. In this position of power, she has recognized and taken steps to curb the demoralizing effects of the immigration fallout all over Europe. As mentioned, all of these changes by Merkel have not been to the liking of much of the German public. They have taken a strong stance against Merkel’s still not fully formed plan. Soros and others fully anticipate the fully formed plan that will surely take wake under Merkel’s sterling leadership.

Like Soros, Merkel clearly recognizes that unless she takes drastic measures, the EU could be breathing its last breaths. As its leader, Merkel has learned from the EU’s past mistakes and is leading it in another direction. In this new direction, she will be directly be dealing with EU’s difficulties in Greece, Russia, and Ukraine. She will also be dealing with in various ways the issue of the Syrian migration crisis and the decision by Britain over whether or not to abandon the EU. To Merkel, the Syrian migration crisis has the biggest degradation of the EU and will thus garner most of her attention. In any case, it is widely acknowledged that the EU needs fixing; Soros full believes Merkel is the woman to do it.

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Toronto’s Slyce – an App Building Company with a Vision

September 17, 2015 - Author: steph

The marketing technology periscope is up with an eye on “visual search and recognition purchasing,” thanks to a new Toronto-based company, Slyce, a visual image technology builder. Slyce owns a mobile app that can provide product details on slyce.it and cost by image recognition – no labels or branding – point and click. Smartphone users can quickly make “button tap purchases.”

This did not start with an initial business decision to acquire BuyCode, a Tel Aviv app building company, for $5 Million, which includes ownership of Ponce, the mobile app ‘visual’; Slyce was well on the way to developing a product with similar capability. However, timing created the ideal business decision. Ponce, already perfected, will reduce some current and on-track development by Slyce of a consumer facing app that identifies, via smartphone, shopping for retailer deals, print ads and catalogs. The acquisition also includes a talented team of Tel-Aviv developers.

Slyce is raising funding and a retailer base to use this technology, similar but more technologically developed than Amazon’s Fire Phone and Amazon’s Flow. Amazon’s visual recognition app, its Fire Phone, gives a consumer the advantage of pointing and snapping an image of a product that will engage an online Amazon search/buy. Amazon’s Flow is another visual recognition app that has sophisticated scanning ability on a smartphone. Flow identifies items and stores them, from book covers to product packages. It has the capability of scanning business cards, phone numbers and URLs that can be dialed and/or added to contacts.

Slyce is on target in pioneering and cultivating visual search technology which gives Slyce a commanding lead in the industry. It is the “image of the future.” Visual searching by simply identifying an item, wherever it is, and not having to supply (say) a logo, packaging, OCR or other visual cues is a considerable advantage for Slyce, retailers and consumers.

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Jason Halpern – Expertise and Uniqueness is a Requirement in Real Estate Development

March 2, 2015 - Author: steph

JMH Development, a real estate development company founded by Jason Halpern, is where expertise, uniqueness and professionalism are a requirement in every project and in every JMH Development member.

JMH Development is made up of a team of professionals that eat, drink and sleep real estate. They do not rest until all aspects of the real estate they develop meets and exceed the expectations of all involved in the process. Their expertise shines through from the very beginning of a project at the strategy meeting, design construction, branding and seamlessly continues with marketing.

JMH Development is a developer of both major residential and commercial properties. They have a strong philosophy of historic preservation, which is evident in their adaptive reuse projects and restoration of historic properties. There innovative approach is evident in the luxury properties they create. They have properties in highly desirable markets such as Manhattan, Brooklyn and Miami Beach. Cobble Hill Townhouses in New York are a great example of historic preservation done by JMH Development along with a partner.

Another example of this is the launch is described in this article where Halpern reveals plans  of a new project in South Florida. This project is a 19-residence luxury condominium building. The units will range from one to four bedroom units, four two-story duplex condominiums and three penthouses. Their prices range in the millions. The unique amenities available make this development stand apart from the rest. All condos will be column free, giving them a unique spacious look and feel. They will also have private parking and nothing but top-notch appliances throughout, just to name a few perks. Like other JMH Development properties the South Florida project is exemplary. Founder, Jason Halpern, wouldn’t have it any other way.

People who have a passion for historic preservation and also enjoy the luxuries of living in beautiful, amenity filled townhouses and condominiums should look no further than the properties developed by JMH Development. Their professionalism and commitment to excellence from the beginning of a project to its marketing makes choosing a development company easy. The only choice is JMH Development

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Blawsom People: Tom Rothman

January 8, 2015 - Author: steph

Tom Rothman: One Of Hollywood’s Most Important Film Executives

**Note: This year I decided to start doing profiles of impressive people I stumble across while working on my site. I call them Blawsom People. If you have an idea for a Blawsom Person I should profile, please send it in!
Tom Rothman is one of Hollywood’s most important film executives and the head of TriStar Productions for Sony Pictures. He presided over the creation of Titanic and Avatar, the two highest grossing films of all time. He also presided over many other hit movies such as Moulin Rouge. Thanks to these and many other hits he helped produce, Fox Filmed Entertainment had $30 billion dollars in box office revenues during his years there.

Tom Rothman started his career in the film industry in 1986. That year he co-produced Robert Frank’s Candy Mountain and Jim Jarmusch’s Down by Law. Their cumulative success was so great that just a year later he was handpicked to become an executive vice president of Columbia Pictures. Two years later he became an even more important figure: a president of Worldwide Production for the Samuel Goldwyn Company. During his years there he was involved in the production of such important movies as The Madness of King George, Much Ado About Nothing, Wild At Heart, and Longtime Companion, not to to mention Truly Madly Deeply and Henry V. While working on these movies, he helped launch the careers of some of the world’s greatest filmmakers. Two of these filmmakers are Ang Lee and Anthony Minghella. But the careers of these talented men are not the only accomplishment he had while working there. He also managed to help produce some of the company’s most prestigious films, including the three ones which won the coveted Palme d’Or at Cannes.

In 1994, he continued his film career at Fox Filmed Entertainment. His successes at Samuel Goldwyn Company apparently impressed the bigwigs of this company. They invited him to join their team as president of Fox Searchlight. But his journey to the top did not stop there. He was quickly promoted and eventually became chief executive officer and co-chairman. This happened in 2001. Since that time Fox Filmed Entertainment never suffered a quarterly loss, a rare feat in Hollywood. Today he’s at the head of TriStar Productions for Sony with films in the works starring Hollywood’s brightest stars. He truly has a career to aspire to and totally deserves a profile as one of my Blawsom People.

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Plastic Dresses Becoming Reality

December 16, 2014 - Author: steph

Fashion technology called Kinematics is being used to produce fabric like plastic. Nervous System a new age design studio is using 3-D technology combined with age old origami techniques to manufacture attractive flowing and swaying dresses and gowns.

This Dress Is Made From 3-D Printed Plastic, But Flows Like Fabric” explains how CAD software programs use modified triangle designs to print tailored plastic garments.

Unlike other 3-D attempts, the Kinematic process produces a tailored fit by using scans of the wearer’s body. This science fiction worthy process produces fashionable and exotic gowns from plastic material resembling a large rough rock. The secret in miniature hinges, composed from the cut out sections, which hold the material together, yet allow movement. After two days in the 3-D printer the plastic bolder has to be dusted to remove the residue and shook out to decompress. The result is a design worthy, soft and flowing cocktail dress complete with built in buttons.

With a current price tag of $3,000, I may just stick to making sure my dog has plenty of Beneful. We may not see Kinematic mass marketed in the near future, but it’s surely something to dream about.

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Meet People Your Way With Skout

November 27, 2014 - Author: steph

Many people are in search of that special someone. Sometimes they are genuinely looking for someone that they can spend the rest of their life with and sometimes they merely want some companionship. However, it is getting more and more difficult to accomplish these goals in the traditional sense, thanks largely to increased work schedules and the demands of living life in modern times. As a result, many people make the decision to turn to social networking websites in the hopes of meeting other individuals who find themselves in similar positions.

This is where Skout comes in. Skout is a unique social networking website, but it has kicked things up a notch by also creating specialized apps that are available for its users. As a result, it has become one of the most convenient social networking entities to use. In addition, it works on a very simple platform that allows people to meet other individuals who may be interested in developing relationships. As opposed to shoving the entire concept down your throat, VentureBeat explains that Skout gives you the chance to do things your way without making you feel pressured to go on a specific number of dates or answer a ton of questions.

Although the website and the apps are relatively new, Skout has been able to grow at a rather remarkable rate. In just a short time, the company announced on Facebook that it is now available in more than 100 countries worldwide. There are a couple of reasons for its popularity. For example, it costs nothing to download it on CNET and nothing to join. This makes it appealing to potential users because they do not have to put forth any money in order to derive the potential benefits from the use of the site. In addition, the company has apps that are available for both the iPhone and the Android operating system, allowing everyone that has a smartphone to enjoy the app in one capacity or another.

The other reason that this company has become so popular is directly related to the way that it operates. It allows you to find other single people in your geographic area and it lets you decide how to proceed by providing you with the chances to meet people at your own pace. However, the decision is completely up to you and there is no pressure to meet a certain individual if you are not interested, which many followers on Twitter are happy about.

Perhaps the greatest thing about this company is that it is dedicated to safety and privacy. As a result, the company has created two entirely separate communities. One is available for adults and the other has been created specifically for teens, keeping in mind the extra safety precautions that need to be in place in order for them to use it safely. As a result, Skout has become a company that truly understands what people are looking for and provides them with the opportunity to find companionship in a variety of capacities without taking up the majority of their time. When all of these benefits of using either the company’s website or one of its apps are considered, it is easy to understand why so many individuals are interested in using it to meet new people and foster new relationships.

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