Bruce Levenson Supports Much More Than Basketball

It has been 10 years since Bruce Levenson engineered buying the Atlanta Hawks, a baseball team then owned by Ted Turner. He became the majority stockholder of the group that he organized to buy the team. He led the same group to also buy the Phillips Arena, the Hawks’ home stadium. Then they bought a hockey team: the Atlanta Thrashers. The group decided to sell the Thrashers in 2011. Forbes billionaire Bruce Levenson is the Hawks team manager and is also on the NBA Board of Governors.

Back in 1997 Bruce Levenson was honored by being inducted into the Software and Information Industry Association’s Hall of Fame. He once advised BIA Digital Partners, providers of private equity. He also started TechTarget, was on the Newsletter and Electronic Publishers Association’s (NEPA) Board of directors. They continue today as a private firm that has expanded into several industry and commerce sectors. New areas include energy, healthcare, computer technologies, telecoms, and mortgage banks. They are responsible for the mobile app GasBuddy.

Raised in a well heeled Jewish family in Chevy Chase, Maryland, Bruce Levenson worked as a reporter for the Washington Star to pay his tuition at American University. He graduated with a law degree. With his friend, Ed Peskowitz, he co-founded the United Communications Group (UCG). Their first effort was the production of the Oil Express newsletter. It covered the happenings and statistics of the oil industry. Along with this effort, they also bought some other newsletters. These they grew into the Oil Price Information Service (OPIS), managed by UCG as a private oil index.

The US Holocaust Museum was founded by Mr. Levenson and he also contributes significantly to the Bringing the Lessons Home education program managed by the museum. Many youth, including from the city’s most disadvantaged, have benefited from this program to become knowledgeable museum guides. He is so committed to several Jewish causes because his grandmother was a Nazi Holocaust survivor of World War II. He is the primary support for the Jewish Federation, BBYO dor young Jewish-Americans, Birthright Israel, and the Jewish Youth Philanthropy Institute. He has also stepped up in his philanthropy to head up the Community Foundation of Washington, D.C., Hoop Dreams Foundation, and the Washington D.C. chapter of I Have A Dream Foundation.



Flavio Maluf Is The Man Behind Eucatex Success

Eucatex is one of the largest wood products manufacturers in the world. The company, which started in 1951, uses raw eucalytus as a staple of its products. Eucatex began its operation primarily producing soft boards. Shortly after its inception, the company started manufacturing tiles and panels. Within 15 years, Eucatex went international and began exporting its products overseas. As Eucatex continued to grow exponentially, the 1980s ended with the company exporting to over 50 companies and splitting into 4 categories: Forrestry, wood, metallic and mineral.

The man behind the company’s extraordinary success is Brazilian business magnate Flavio Maluf. After receiving a mechanical engineering degree, he took a job with Eucatex in 1987. Maluf worked with the family company in several different areas and quickly moved up the management chain. By 1996, he was the lead manager of the industrial section. By 1996, he uncle, who was also Eucatex’s president, invited him to become part of the executive board of the Eucatex Group.

After several years of success under Maluf’s guidance, he was named president in 1997. One of his first initiatives was to revamp the company’s image and begin a new line of products. By 2010, the international market had grown to over 100 countries. Eucatex launched an operation in Salto, under the leadership of Maluf. As Maluf describes it, failure isn’t in his vocabulary. Flavio has spoken up many times about education, but he’s also been called upon for analysis of major business dealings like chemical mergers.

Now that Eucatex has celebrated its 65 years in existence, the company continues to be a global leader. The company is environmentally conscious and manufactures in a way to preserve the environment. The company now employs over 2,000 people and has manufacturing operations in Brazil and Argentina.

Sisterhood in the Soap Kingdom–Queens of Drama

In episode one of Queens of Drama, veteran soap actor Lindsay Hartley comments on the lack of roles for older women, older meaning out of ingénue age range. She is visited by her Passions co-star Chrystee Pharris, who is tired of getting “sidekick” roles, as she has distinct and creative ideas about the types of roles she would like to play.

At a networking party, the two friends meet up with Instagram celeb Crystal Hunt, who rocked the screen in soap roles such as Lizzie Spaulding on Guiding Light and Stacy Morasco in the hit soap opera One Life to Live. In both of these roles she plays a girl who is up to no good, and will do whatever it takes to get what she wants. She does not make a favorable impression on the two “Psssions” stars as she insults Lindsay about her going out for older character roles. This could be the beginning of a beautiful collaboration or the making of “frenemies” for life.

Once General Hospital and Las Vegas star Vanessa Marcil is added to the mix, the conversation takes a more constructive turn, with all of the women agreeing that there is a shortage of quality roles for women and that they have some ideas of the types of roles they would like to play. Vanessa confides that if a project is going to take her away from her child and her farm, it’s going to have to be fun.

After getting an audience with the big queen, Donna Mills, they have a table meeting attended by The Bold and The Beautiful star Hunter Tylo, at the request of Donna Mills, and the group realizes that this project may be more difficult than they thought to get off the ground. Ideas are pitched and squashed and emotions naturally begin to run high.

Not only is the premise interesting, but the characters drive this show with their range of personalities. Although Crystal has done tons of interviews where she refers to them as her friends as she introduces them to Vanessa. They have a common purpose and the strength of talent and experience to make a primetime project happen, the question is if their different styles and personalities will get in the way?

Crystal Hunt has also been on the big screen, in hit movies such as Sydney White, The Derby Stallion, and most recently Magic Mike XXL. She grew up in front of the eyes of soap fans, who are cheering for her and the other daytime drama favorites to succeed.  Crystal Hunt has a massive Facebook fan page following, and can be found interacting with her fans online.

There are only four soap operas left on television, and fans of this enthralling genre are excited to see soap actors back in the spotlight.

Ross Abelow’s Fundraiser to Help Save Homeless Animals

Diving head first into the new year is New York City lawyer, Ross Abelow, with his fundraising attempts to get homeless animals out of the frigid cold and into the warmth of the city’s animal shelters. On January 13th, 2016, Abelow started his GoFundMe campaign with the goal to raise $5000. During the winter months, the temperatures dip down to dangerous levels, with chances of wind chills making the ‘real feel’ temps unbearable. The money will not only give the shelters more assistance in getting these homeless animals into their shelters, but also lend a hand with expenses such as: food, medical care, blankets, and other items to make these vulnerable animals feel cared for and comfortable. Ableow’s ultimate goal will be to lower the number of animals left to defend for themselves on the streets and raise the number of animals kept safely in New York area shelters, preventing unnecessary animal deaths.

Ross Martin Abelow is no stranger to the New York City area. He completed his undergraduate degree at the State University in New York at Albany. Continuing on his education in 1989, he graduated from Brooklyn Law School with his law degree. Quickly after that he became licensed to practice law in New York in the year 1990. His career has since been centered on the practice areas of matrimonial law, family law, commercial litigation, and entertainment law. Now, after 26 years of hard work and defending clients, Abelow is now a partner at the law firm, Abelow & Cassandro, Llp.

Keeping a strong presence online, Abelow stays active writing legal articles for many blogs, as well as running his own personal blog that talks about financial and legal matters. In addition, Abelow regularly updates his other sites, like Facebook and Mashable.

Ross Abelow’s fundraiser is set up through the site GoFundMe. More in-depth information about the fundraiser can be found at its personal GoFundMe page. To get in touch with Ross Abelow for any questions about becoming a donor or any additional questions about the fundraiser in general, he can be contacted directly through the site.

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Securus Technologies: Connecting What Matters and Helping Communities through United Way

The employees at Securus Technologies are dedicated to helping people connect with their incarcerated loved ones. They believe that family and friends should be able to communicate freely with their loved ones. In this way they believe that they are helping to strengthen communities. Their concern for their impoverished neighbors shows in their continued and increasing support of the United Way.

Securus serves over 2,200 correctional facilities in the United States and Canada with phone, video and email services. Committed to safe and secure inmate communication, Securus also provides emergency communication technology for correctional facility personnel and emergency responders. Their commitment towards creating a safer environment for everyone shows in their up-to-date and innovative technology and their responsiveness to clients’ needs.

Helping communities thrive through safe and effective communications is one of Securus Technologies’ goals. Employees at Securus have raised over $350,000 in the last year to help support United Way in their efforts in helping communities thrive through a variety of social and economic programs. Due to their efforts, the United Way in Dallas has been able to support their local programs and services.

Securus Technologies provides inmate phone calls, video visitation and email services to over 850,000 inmates in 45 states. They provide full spectrum solutions that monitor criminals from the time they enter into the criminal system to the time they leave the system. Their customer integrity pledge states that they will be open and honest in all their dealings and provide the best customer service available in their Dallas, TX call center.

The United Way campaign is widely discussed with Securus employees and there are plenty of incentives to contribute. Employees are encouraged to get involved both monetarily and with volunteer hours supporting the many programs that alleviate poverty and improve healthcare in their community.

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Zika Virus Likely Affected Marila Lima’s Baby, and She Believes Brazil Does Not Care

Arthur, Marila Lima’s baby, is one of the many babies born with a condition known as microcephaly. It is a birth defect that has been found to have a link with the Zika virus, which was discovered in Brazil. Although the relationship has not been quite proven, International and Brazilian doctors think there’s a connection between both.
Lima was infected with the mosquito-born virus as she carried her baby in the womb. That time, there wasn’t much information about the virus, and her doctors assured her that there was nothing to worry. When she went for prenatal check up, the problem became more evident with the fetus. After giving birth, her son was noted to have very small head. Severe brain damage is proven to affect all aspects of the development of a child, including mental and physical.
Arthur doesn’t suckle as normal babies and he is hard and fretful to soothe. He has problems from the eyes to the hip and bones in both his arms and legs. Although Lima enjoys huge support of friends, family and her husband, she still believes that the government is not doing much about the babies as well as the parents. She also says that she puts all the blame to the government for her plight, as she believes that authorities have neglected their efforts in eradication, something that has largely contributed to more spread of the Zika virus.
Zika virus did not arrive in Brazil long. It has been about a year according to since it was realized in Latin America, but the country has reported not less than 1 million cases. The virus has also spread to more countries. In fact, countries like the United States warned pregnant mothers against travelling to these countries, including Brazil. To control the situation and try put a stop at the virus; Brazil has now started to fund research to help establish a vaccine for the Zika virus. The country has also sent drones to the fields to track down any stagnant waters, as well as sending the army into various cities to offer manpower.
Dr. Sergio Cortes Discusses Zika Virus
According to National Public Radio, Zika virus was first discovered in the 40s in various African countries such as Tanzania, Sierra Leon and Uganda. Over the years it spread throughout Asia to places like Thailand and India. He continues and says that the virus again resurfaced and continued to spread in 2015, reaching Latin American countries, which include Colombia, Mexico and Brazil. This lead to the World Health Organization to issue warnings on the disease’s dangers and the possible consequences and impacts it can generate.
Dr. Sergio also teaches people to know about the symptoms of Zika virus as opposed to those of Dengue. He says that, although both are characterized by symptoms such as red spots appearing on the skin, body aches and high fever, Zika virus is associated with microcephaly , a factor that is under research.

George Soros’ Charity Considered a Security Threat By Russia


A charity created by hedge fund billionaire George Soros has been deemed a “security threat” by Russian authorities. In a statement released by the General Prosecutor’s Office of Russia, it was confirmed that two branches of the charity network have been banned.

The Open Society Foundations (OSF) and the Open Society Institute (OSI) were both placed on what is known as a “stop list” by the Russian state.

According to CNBC, 53 books linked to the charity were burned by a college in northern Russia. The official letter from the regional education ministry also noted there was an additional 427 books seized for shredding.

In other words, anything that is in anyway related to Soros and his charities will at some point be destroyed. A letter released to the local media in Russia quoted a presidential envoy as saying Soros’ charities were “forming a perverted perception of history and making ideological directives, alien to Russian ideology, popular.”

A translated version of the press statement released by the General Prosecutor’s Office read as follows, “It was found that the activity of the Open Society Foundations and the Open Society Institute Assistance Foundation represents a threat to the foundations of the constitutional system of the Russian Federation and the security of the state.”

The Open Society Foundations first caught the attention of Russian officials back in July 2015. During this time the Russian government was considering a ban on certain organizations they viewed as pro democracy.

They felt these organizations were causing some of their citizens to form what they coined as “soft aggression”.

This isn’t the first time Soros and his charities have come under fire. In October 2015 state politicians in Hungary, Soros’ homeland, accused the billionaire of supporting illegal immigration after he criticized the way the country treated refugees. He suggested all migrants receive $16,000 per year to help cover expenses such as healthcare, education and housing.

The Open Society Foundations was originally formed to help countries move away from communism. Now the charity focuses on building democracy all over the world.

The Role Played by Stephen Murray at CCMP Capital

CCMP Capital is an investment company on located in New York focusing its operations on growth capital and buyout transactions in the vast North America and Europe. The firm began operating as an independent entity in August 2006, following a spinout from JPMorgan Chase. CCMP has about $16 billion in investment in growth equity and buyout transactions since commencing operations. The firm is one of the largest private equity companies across the world. The company utilizes its strength of deep industry expertise and abundant operating resources to target four major sectors; consumer, healthcare, chemical and industrial.

CCMP has an efficient team of pros who were formerly led by Steve Murray on linkedin who was the President and CEO of the firm. He was one of the co-founders of CCMP Capital and was announced the Chief Executive Officer in 2007. Steve Murray served on the board of a number of companies like The Vitamin Shoppe, Pinnacle Foods, AMC Entertainment among others. Murray was supporting numerous foundations in New York and surrounding areas like Stamford Museum, Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Food Bank and Boston College. Steve Murray received his degree in economics from Boston College in 1984, and in 1989 graduated from Columbia Business School with a master’s degree in business administration.

CCMP team of professionals from operating and investment departments closely collaborates with executive teams during each stage of investment process. At the time due diligence is conducted, CCMP Capital’s pros work hand in hand with management to develop a common vision for the future of the entity by defining the most significant investment strategy for the company. Once an agreement is arrived at on financial targets, strategic goals and incentives, CCMP Capital’s team of experts would monitor how the initiatives are being implemented by respective portfolio managers.

CCMP Capital follows this process to ensure a solid partnership and team work is developed with the investor. Diversity and integrity are very critical for the success of its investment. The firm has invested heavily on external and internal resources in order to support portfolio managers in implementing strategic plans at any time. The firm has full-time partners with operating history of C-level, and management advisors with average working experience of 30 years in this sector. The approach of CCMP Capital is to enhance operational efficiency and enable portfolio companies achieve their goals within a shorter period.

CCMP Capital has managed to establish itself as a powerful and reputable investment partner recognized across the globe. The firm provides solutions to public companies that wants to be privatized, facilitate corporate curve-outs and management buyouts. In addition, they offer estate diversification solutions to business entities as well as enhancing business growth. Indeed, CCMP Capital is the right investment vehicle that investors should approach for their investment strategies.

An Insight on Oscar Pistorius’ Trail

Oscar Pistorius rose to fame during the 2012 Paralympic Games, but a few months later he was in the news for the wrong reason. The athlete had shot and killed his lover in the early hours of 14th Feb 2013. Oscar was arrested the same day and presented in court the following day and charged with the murder of Steenkamp. After more than one and a half years of proceedings, Judge Thokozile Masipa delivered a verdict, where the athlete was acquitted the murder charge, but would be charged of homicide of Steenkamp, as well as reckless endangerment.


The judge gave a prison sentence of five years for homicide charge, and another suspended sentence of three years for endangerment. Pistorius is a leading athlete with disability in South African, while his girlfriend was a model. In his defense, Pistorius said he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder and shot several times through the toilet door where she had locked herself. The presiding judge and her two assessors arrived at unanimous verdict that the prosecution failed to prove beyond reasonable doubts that Oscar was guilty of murder, and that the accused was not intending to kill the person behind the door. She accused Pistorius of failing to imagine that the four shots he fired would lead to the death of the person who was behind the door.


The judge delivered her ruling her ruling on 21st Oct 2014, where the athlete was sentenced to five year jail term for culpable homicide. Some people reacted angrily to this verdict, among them June Steenkamp, the mother of the victim. Judge Masipa was protected by police because she was subjected to threats by those who disagreed with her verdict.


Info on Brenda Wardle


Brenda Wardle is a renowned legal analyst in South Africa who covered extensively the trail of Oscar Pistorius. She is a respected legal analyst who had provided several legal analyses in her country and also abroad. She appeared regularly during the trail of Pistorius as a guest of the court, and she has covered this extensively in her new book.


Brenda qualified with three major law degrees including a Masters of Laws Degree. She has authored several articles most of them covering legal matters in South Africa and abroad. Wardle has also been interviewed by a number of media houses including Sky News Prime Time, SABC News Radio, BBC and many others all focusing on legal matters.


Duck And Cover? George Soros says 2008 Might Be Here Again

There is not a single investor alive today he does not remember the events of 2008-2009. This was a hugely turbulent time in the stock markets. It was a moment in history at which we were concerned that the entire economic system itself might collapse. Fortunately, this did not happen, but there is no question that no one wants to see those days again in the market. Unfortunately, there are some big names saying that this may be the direction that we may be headed towards once again.

Soros Worries That 2008 Is Coming Back

It is sure to grab some headlines when billionaire investor George Soros says that signs are pointed towards another 2008 like event, according to Bloomberg. He says that a lot of the worries in the market are things that are hard to overcome and get back to working the way that they usually do. What are the things he is particularly concerned about?

The Problem In China

CNBC reports that one of the primary concerns for Soros is what is going on in China. There are worries that the government in China is feeling the pressure to devalue its currency. This causes problems in US markets and in fact in markets all around the world.

The issues in China have certainly had an impact on their own stock markets. In the last few trading days we have seen the Chinese government pull out the circuit breakers to shut down the markets after they dropped some 7% or more in just the few minutes that they were actually open. This caused huge worries in the United States and have caused markets to get very jittery.

Greek Debt Problems Remain

They have been overshadowed in a lot of ways because of the other news in the market, but investors would be wise to not ignore what is going on in this country. There could still be ripples to the economy that are a result of the Greek debt crisis.

Why Listen To Soros

Of all of the voices out there talking about the economy, Soros is one worth listening to. He has actually made his money in the markets and continues to be a pioneer in those markets. It just makes sense that Soros is the kind of guy to listen to when it comes to getting the straight answers on the economy. He knows what he is talking about from experience, and he shares that information with the public.

It is a good idea to listen to strong voices in the market in order to get better ideas about what is really going on and to make sure that you are making the right moves. Consider the fact that he has made a huge amount of money by trading his whole life and you will see why it is such a good idea to pay attention to what he had to say.

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