Alabama Supreme court issues a stop to same-sex marriage

In a rather unsurprising turn of events, the Alabama Supreme Court has issued a halt to same-sex marriages from being conducted within the state. This follows a few weeks after a U.S District Court Judge in Mobile, Al, ordered a probate judge to begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses.

The Alabama Supreme Courts reasoning for this latest decree is, “As it has done for approximately two centuries, Alabama law allows for ‘marriage’ between only one man and one woman,” followed up by this rather bold declaration, “Alabama probate judges have a ministerial duty not to issue any marriage license contrary to this law. Nothing in the United States Constitution alters or overrides this duty.” This action will be the strongest attempt, so far, at negating the advancement of same-sex marriage as a social norm in society. The Court states that, “This notion has broad public appeal and is, perhaps, the mantra most repeated in public discussions of this matter.” So, even though it has the approval of the public, the court still won’t allow it? This kind of biased decision making only serves to hurt the country and its image.

As is usual with cultural advancement of any kind, the new and progressive ideas only form at the bottom among the public, while the government officials state disjointed reasoning for keeping things the same as it has been seen on LinkedIn. Hopefully, the real Supreme Court will make a decisive move to allow same-sex marriage to continue in Alabama.

Bernardo Chua Recognizes Others During His Own Award Win

The entrepreneur Bernardo Chua returned to his native Philippines to receive an honor as one of the top entrepreneurs in the country at the Dangal ng Bayan Awards. At the same awards Chua’s Organo Gold brand of products was also honored with two People’s choice Awards, with Chua also taking the time to recognize some of the top performing distributors of his globally recognized coffee, tea and personal care products, PR Newswire reports. Despite a number of commitments in Vancouver, Canada, Chua made the trip to Manila with only a single days notice for event organizers and attendees to prepare for the ceremony.

Bernardo Chua founded the Organo Gold brand in 2008 as a luxury lifestyle brand that features the use of the Ganoderma Lucidium mushroom. This mushroom has been used for many centuries in Chinese medicine as an antioxidant, which is used in a number of well known medicines to treat a variety of illnesses and medical conditions. Organo Gold is classed as a network marketing company as the products offered are sold by individual, independent distributors to customers all over the World. The worldwide nature of the company saw Chua honored at the awards ceremony as the Outstanding Global Entrepreneur for 2015 and the brand as a whole won the award for the Best Gourmet Organic Health Coffee. As Organo Gold now provides coffee, teas and personal products infused with the health giving properties of Ganoderma Lucidium the Outstanding Global Entrepreneur award does seem a fitting tribute to the success Chua has brought to the company.

Dr. Rod Rohrich helps make plastic surgery safe for all

Plastic and reconstructive surgery are areas of medicine that are often still mistrusted by many, but the work of Dr. Rod Rohrich is being used to make the World look upon this important area of the medical profession in a different light. Dr Rod Rohrich spends a large amount of his time working on research and educational matters that can be used to assist plastic surgeons around the World in providing the best and safest care available for all their patients. Despite his commitment to education and research,Dr Rod  Rohrich also spends a large amount of his time in surgery using the latest techniques and making sure his patients at UT Southwestern are given the best available care no matter what they are being treated for.

One of the World’s leaders in providing plastic surgery as a cosmetic and reconstructive expert, Dr Rod Rohrich has used his training in both the UK and US to make sure the field has been advanced in all terms of medical research. The commitment Dr Rod Rohrich has to the education of his fellow plastic surgery professionals goes so far as the surgeon spending time as the President of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the most respected body in the World for plastic surgery advancements. The resident of Dallas, Texas still works closely with the American Society of Plastic Surgeons to help provide lectures, seminars and teaching materials that can be used by surgeons to help provide excellent care in all cases.

One area that Dr. Rod Rohrich has been a major supporter of is the option of providing individual based treatment options based on the needs of each case. The surgeon believes each case is unique and individual, meaning the use of different techniques can be determined by the individual case and the surgeon performing the surgery. By taking an individual approach to each case, Dr. Rohrich believes the most natural looking results can be achieved to avoid issues and problems further down the line.

Life Changing Medical Procedure at North American Spine

For many patients who have been treated at North American Spine over the last six years, the treatment has been life changing. North American Spine in Dallas, Texas has been helping patients alleviate chronic back pain for six years as of January 15, 2015. During that time, they have treated over 4000 patients. Patients are enthusiastic about the results of their treatment.

North American Spine, as a company, operates within a corporate culture that emphasizes educating and helping their patients. This highly regarded medical organization was nominated for The Greater Dallas Business Ethics Award for its company philosophies and practices.

North American Spine has also revolutionized the treatment of some back injuries and conditions with a new technology. They have moved spine treatment from the latest minimally invasive procedures to a procedure with virtually no invasion. Their exclusive AccuraScope technology represents a dramatic advance in treatment for bulging discs and scar tissue that press on nerves. The AccuraScope enters the body through an existing, natural opening in the spine at the base of the sacrum. A tiny cut is all that is needed to have the scope travel through the canal.

This flexible scope can both diagnose and treat many back ailments. Without this technology, doctors have to rely on MRI and sonogram imaging to find the source of the problem. They are not always able to get a complete picture of the cause of the patient’s pain. The AccuraScope shows doctors exactly what’s happening and enables them to treat many problems successfully. Whether the problem is inflammation, bulging discs, or scar tissue, the AccuraScope can reduce the pressure on the nerves by shrinking the scar tissue or bulging discs. Patients report a drastic improvement in their mobility and degree of pain and discomfort. When asked, 96% of the 4000 patients treated said they would recommend the procedure to others.

The AccuraScope procedure is less dangerous than traditional back surgeries. It also typically has a faster recovery time than even the most recent, minimally invasive surgical procedures. Using the new technology to diagnose and help patients get relief from back pain gives hope to long time back pain sufferers.

As you can read in the news, North American Spine has done some pretty incredible things with the Accurascope too.

Mayweather Fight


It seems there has been a lot of false hope going around the media, as everyone was buzzing regarding the fight that was supposed to take place between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. This has been the most anticipated fight in the history of boxing and literally everyone that is a fan of boxing wants to see this fight. It will hands down be the biggest fight in the history of boxing if it does take place, but it seems that the news that it was finally going to transpire was false. Mayweather stated that he was going to have a fight in early May and he met with Pacquiao earlier this week, with Manny’s people coming out and saying that the fight was going to take place. Floyd Mayweather is the only fighter in boxing that runs his own fights and that makes him significantly more than any other fighter in the history of boxing. This very well has been a marketing move intended to create a big public stir regarding the fight, just to dash the hopes of the public. If this was the case and they later decided to have the fight, Mayweather would make way more money. He is already set to make about 200 million from the fight and by using this strategy he would increase his earning significantly. It looks like this is the tactic being used and the fight most likely will go down sometime within a year or two said Dave Morin.

Mark Ahn Makes a Global Impact on the Technology World

Newswire – January 26th

Mark Ahn is a biotech entrepreneur, author, and professor who has recently released some offerings that have the potential to impact the entire world in terms of technology and business.

Mark Ahn has created a successful career through start ups and large multinationals. Through his work, he has been able to find technological fixes for many problems faced by business owners around the world. He released three tech trends that he believes could have a major impact.

The first of these is that caring comes first. With the major increase in technology, many companies have gotten away from connecting with their clients. We need to get back to caring about them and meeting their needs in the market. The foundation of the business should be caring first about the client. This is the only way to really be successful in the modern world.

Technological advances for old problems will be the main focus in 2015. Everywhere we turn, we see new technologies to help save energy, create renewable energy, solve various other problems in our world. The world is constantly changing but that does not mean that we can forget about the problems that have taken the back seat to other, more “pressing” issues.

The last point that he made was that small businesses will make more of an impact in the coming year. Many small business will make a big impact on these issues that larger corporations are forgetting. The world will change because of what small businesses are doing. 

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Target Closes Canadian Stores

The Minnesota based retail giant Target has announced it is shutting down one hundred and thirty three stores located in Canada. The head of Target announced the plans to close the stores as it didn’t look like the company would show any profits in Canada until 2021. Target started opening stores in Canada in 2013 so they have not been in the country very long and the brand just doesn’t seem to have caught on with Canadians. This is the first major move by Target CEO Brian Cornell as he is new to the position with the company and he stated the Canadian stores had problems ranging from lack of inventory to personnel issues. Target also had to face a slow economy in the country and tough competition from other major store brands such as founder Susan McGalla of up and coming P3 Executive counseling.  While Canadian Target stores did see some improvement in sales before the holidays this year it wasn’t enough to change the fact that the retail giant wanted out of Canada. According to other statements made by Target it is time for the company to focus on moving forward in the United States. Other companies like Big Lots and Best Buy have also exited Canada and even Walmart has seen sales weaken in their Canadian Stores. Target is expected to pay between five hundred million and six hundred million in exiting costs by the time they remove all their stores from Canada.

AirAsia Flight 8501 Flight Recorders Located

The data recorder from AirAsia Flight 8501 has been recovered, according to the Operations Coordinator, Suryadi Bambang Supriyadi. The box was located early over the weekend by search crews. Divers were then brought in to retrieve the box.

Divers are now gearing up to retrieve the second black box, which has also been located off the floor of the Java Sea. The cockpit flight recorder has also been located, although heavy wreckage is hampering its retrieval. Crews will work around the clock to remove the wreckage, so divers can go down and bring up the important piece of evidence.

The boxes currently being retrieved are flight recorders if you believe ABullsEyeView. They store data from the flight, including speed and altitude changes according to ave and Brit Morin. The cockpit recorder recorders all audio that goes on in the cockpit during the flight.

Earlier in the week rescue crews worked to lift the tail of the plane out of the water. Large portions still remain, however, the entirety of the plane has been located and teams are working to bring up all wreckage so the aircraft can be reconstructed and a proper investigation can be carried out.

Crews are also still working on the recovery of passengers who were on the flight. Thus far, the bodies of 48 passengers have been recovered. 161 people were on board the doomed flight.

Avian Flu Strikes Canadian Farms

Avian flu has been a prominent concern for many years, but it was thought to have significantly diminished due to recent developments.

These hopes might be slightly too optimistic, however, as the avian flu struck several farms in Canada very recently. The discovery of the virus in several location that produce turkey and chicken meat for the export led to seven countries refusing to continue to buy the meat.

The United States, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, China, South Africa and Mexico stopped importing the Canadian poultry. The virus actually disappears when the meat is well cooked, but somehow, the contamination of the farm workers must be avoided as well.

No avian flu has been registered among the workers by now. The farms where poultry deaths due to influenza were reported are now quarantined. The chickens and turkeys are to be euthanized. The cause of the infection is not certain. According to the veterinarians, the migrating birds might have brought the virus among the farm chickens. Some exchanges of birds took place between the farms, so the sick birds have quickly spread the disease throughout the region.

The officials are taking quick measures to destroy the affected birds and avoid a powerful outbreak similar to the one in 2004. At that time, 17 million domestic birds at 42 infected farms had to be killed. That is an economic loss of hundreds of millions of dollars, and Sam Tabar can hardly believe it.

Skout is a Great Friend Finder for Travelers

If you’ve spent any time on this blog before, you’d know I’m Canadian.  However, another thing that you need to know, is how difficult that makes traveling to America for work, when you don’t really know anybody.  That’s why I’m so happy that I’ve found Skout.  This app is absolutely perfect for everything concerning finding new people wherever you are.  Here’s everything that I’ve found, now that I’ve been a user for a few years from my initial download in 2010.

Christian Wiklund, Swedish creator and CEO of the mobile application social networking site, Skout, may very well be the next Mark Zuckerberg of the social media universe as Skout continues to grow in popularity around the globe, especially in densely populated areas such as Wiklund’s 2007 Skout launch sites, which include New York City and Hong Kong.

Because of Skout’s amazing success both monetarily and popularly, Wiklund has, within the last few years, grown his product base to include his and his Skout co-founder, Niklas Lindstrom unique app creation, Fuse and their newest collaborative addition, Nixter.

Meet Someone New
Skout, Inc. is 100 percent about socializing and meeting new people around the world as well as in your own neighborhood, where otherwise, you would have no idea these people were even alive. That is the beauty of online social networking. Meeting someone new is no longer a thing that you need to put a whole lot of effort and time into.

Skout has made it more than easy to meet other people and maintain friendships and even romantic relationships via an easy to navigate online interface and platform, though, there are currently only 20 percent of current Skout users who claim to use the site primarily for dating and/or flirting purposes.

Locations of Skout Users
According to Skout insiders and Twitter users, over 500 million social connections were made via their platform in 2013 alone. As of this year, 2014, Skout is operated and supported in 180 countries worldwide with 30 percent of its users in the United States alone. In recent years in operation, Skout has signed up, on average, 100 million users around the globe.

What makes Skout so successful is that they never charge to use their service. It’s like any free to use application: they only charge if you want to use the incredibly fun…and addicting…extra features, such as Skout Traveler, which is a premium membership feature, or the basic membership additions such as sending a virtual gift to a new friend and seeing who has recently checked out your Skout profile. Though Skout is fun to use without having to “spend” points for extra, in-app actions, these actions are certainly fun to do if you have enough points accrued.

Points are initially given to you if you have invited friends to join Skout and they reciprocate, or you can simply buy them yourself, whichever is easiest or more convenient for you. If money is no issue, then snag as many points as you can, because these extras can become a bit addicting and can even win over more followers and ultimately, more online attention.

Skout and the Future of Social Networking
Social networking sites have become all the rage for users and software developers over the last few years. This is a niche market with multiple sub-platforms. LinkedIn specializes in professional development through online networking. Facebook was initially based on getting to know your fellow university students on your own campus. Tinder is solely about online dating and relationships. Skout is considered mainly for meeting new people around the world.

Look out for Skout’s next big pivot as it continues to evolve and grow into something much bigger than first realized.  Personally I have Skout for iPhone, and that’s the one that I would recommend the most, because that way it’s right there with you at all times.