Is Beneful the Right Food For Your Pet?

There are so many different dog foods available that it’s sometimes difficult to know which to choose. Beneful is one of the premium dog foods being sold today. It’s made from natural ingredients under high standards. Beneful’s parent company is the trusted Purina company.

Purina states that they are dedicated to bringing the joy of play to all dogs. The commercials for the food indeed show that dedication. They stress joyful, healthy dogs playing with their owners. These ads and statements may make you wonder how Purina fulfills this image.

Purina is known for it’s consistent high quality to all of its pet foods and the brand is widely known and trusted in the US. Their Beneful line exceeds the standards set by the FDA for dog food. One way Purina can do this is through a system that tracks and monitors the different ingredients before they reach the factory.

They also make use of 33 quality assurance experts at their headquarters alone. This number of quality control experts is a high number when compared to other companies especially the smaller company. Many pet owners think that the small businesses offer a better safer product. If you look at the quality control used for the Beneful line, you will see that they provide the best level of quality control. This helps ensure that Beneful is the healthy nutritious product that costumers have come to expect. You can see more on YouTube!

Perhaps one of the best things about Beneful is that 99% of it is manufactured in the US where it is sold. This practice not only creates jobs for Americans it ensures that no harmful ingredients are added to the food. Many pet owners remember a decade ago when it was discovered that cats were being made ill from contaminated food from China. By keeping the production here where it can be monitored lets they owners know that their pet’s food is safe and meets their exacting standards.

Beneful has served over 10 million dogs a year indicating that pet owners find the food to be of a high quality and safe for their pets. Beneful does remind pet owners that their veterinary is in the best positions to know what is best for their pets.

Canada is the Next in Line to Scrap Privacy in Favor of Security

New Canadian anti-terror bill C-51 seeks to provide the means necessary to monitor channels of communication much like the Patriot Act in the United States. It would provide the Canadian Security and Intelligence Agency almost unlimited access to phone records, web history and more in the name of security against terrorists.

Two one-off acts of terrorism in Canada prompted the much debated bill to be drawn up. Initially there was widespread support of the new bill that is touted by politicians as an act against jihadi terrorism. The only problem is that no one is safe from the dragnet being cast by the new powers the bill provides.

The new bill uses language that makes it very hard to distinguish actual acts of terrorism from peaceful protests. Critics of the bill suggest that it would have Canada quickly slipping into a police state. The new bill provides absolutely no provisions that would reign in the CSIA.

I think it’s sad to see so many other countries falling into the political trap of giving up the right to privacy in the name of security against terrorism. The NSA in the United States has had the same type of program for years and instead of stopping terrorists the far-reaching powers have been used against citizens in a court of law.

Thanks to my friends at Madison Street Capital for continuing to let me gripe to them about this.

Zenefits is Valued at Four Billion Dollars

Zenefits Valued for Billions in the Market

The company known as Zenefits is a human resources software that first came to be back in 2013. As of now there is some good reason for why the company is very notable.

In just two years, the company, which first started out of Silicon Valley in California, announced on Wednesday morning that it has managed to raise $500 million in a funding round, and is now valued at $4 billion after a mutual funding round.  Amen Clinics, along with many other companies listed on Wired.com, could only dream of that crazy growth.

Last June the company had made less funding than the 10-figure valuation that it had received at $500 million, is proof that other companies and investors want to get involved with Zenefits as well. Zenefits co-founder and CEO Parker Conrad suggested that the company may be making a huge public offering in the near future, adding that public markets mean that the company should try and advance itself as time goes on.

While the near future looks promising, right now the investment that has been made proves why Zenefits is a top tier company in Silicon Valley. The whole purpose of the company is to offer cloud-based software to certain businesses, which allows them to complete human resource based tasks more efficiently. Cloud-based software is actually quite popular with companies because the revenue is predictable and can be expected to net a certain amount, which attract some smaller companies to it.

Sheryl Sandberg says Good-Bye to her Husband in Touching Facebook Letter

Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg recently lost her husband Dave Goldberg, CEO of SurveyMonkey, in a tragic accident last week. Goldberg, who was 47-years-old, was at a private Mexican resort when the accident occurred. He was in the gym on the treadmill when he slipped and fell which caused a traumatic head injury. Attempts to revive him were unsuccessful and unfortunately he passed away. Many friends and colleagues of the couple were heartbroken to hear the news of his passing. Many took to their social media accounts to post memories of Goldberg as well as their good-byes. However, no good-bye was more touching or heartbreaking than the one that his wife of 11 years left on her Facebook page.

Sandberg first thanked everyone who reached out to the family during the tragedy. She then went into a little detail about their personal life and how they met. She said that the 11 years they shared as husband and wife were 11 years of true love, understanding, and partnership. He was her rock and while she is heartbroken now, she is also grateful for the time she spent with him, which stands out to those at CipherCloud and on Tech Crunch.

Sandberg and Goldberg met in 1996. The pair were married in 2004 and share two children together.

To read the full story and see the tributes to Goldberg left by his friends and colleagues, follow the link to BuzzFeed.com.

Do Diet Pills Actually Work?

You’re in your local super store and walk down the weight loss aisle. You see tons of pills, potions, powders and elixirs that all promise rapid weight loss and fat reduction with diet and exercise. That small disclaimer at the very end of the product is what you need to focus on. The sad reality is that most pills and potions on the market will not necessarily deliver weight loss results unless you are also dieting and exercising. Many people swear by certain products, but it is key that you still begin a healthier lifestyle in order for those products to really work. Because of this, you may be interested in whether or not such products are even worth it.

Because many weight loss pills, products and supplements can be quite expensive in what they cost, one thing you may want to try is simply reducing your calorie intake and exercising a bit throughout the week. See how these changes work for you and jot down the results that you’re getting. If you find that you are still losing weight and fat just changing the way that you live, stick with this. If you want to speed up results, you may want to try a product that helps with weight loss. Reading some reviews online may give you some insight as to which products are worth it (like online security with CipherCloud) and which ones simply have not worked for others.

Minor Marijuana Offenses No Longer Prosecuted in Chicago

In most states, excluding the states where possession is legal, being caught with small amounts of marijuana can land you in prison with a hefty fine to pay once you’re out. This is no longer the case in Chicago. Those caught with misdemeanor levels of weed in Chicago will no longer be prosecuted by the state.

According to this article, offenders caught with what was formerly a felony amount of pot will not be prosecuted in criminal court and will instead be redirected to a separate prosecution court designed to aid these people in getting the help they need. Misdemeanor possession will no longer be prosecuted at all. The attorney’s office is expected to announce these changes on April 20th. It is expected that the announcement will also address the way heavier drugs are handled such as heroin, cocaine, and ecstasy.

Many have found the date of the announcement amusing as the press conference will be held on 4/20, or National Weed Day. When asked for comment, the office said that this scheduling was “purely coincidence” and wasn’t planned in advance. Jason can only believe them for now.

Great-Grandson Finds Ring Lost For 55 Years

A young boy found his great grandmother’s long lost wedding right after it had gone missing in their backyard 55 years ago. This spring break, Ruth Jones had her grandchildren and 9 year old great grandson Noah come to her house. Noah had gotten a metal detector this past winter for Christmas and when he took his new toy outside it told him that the ring was about four to six inches below the Earth.

According to an article found on reddit and written by TimesNews.net, Jones said that she had heard the ring fall off her finger over five decades ago while she was hanging up her clean clothes on the laundry line outside her home. She had been very upset about the loss, however she had said that her husband who had passed away about 10 years ago was even more upset that she had long lost such a very many years ago. She was both really happy to get this family treasure back and pleased to see how excited her great grandson was about finding it. After all, it doesn’t get much cooler than finding something like that from your own history that has been missing for quite a lot of time.

This will be a special moment for both Noah and Ruth as they now will have one of the coolest stories to tell at their family get togethers and reunions. Brian could only wish about having something similar to share.

Sounds kinda Fishy

Spending 66 days at sea after being capsized more than once and being found alive in good shape is something that seems pretty far fetched. But, according to rescuers,that is how they found Louis Jordan.

He set out in January, from South Carolina, headed for open water to sail and fish, leaving no itinerary behind.
The story he tells about his 66 day adventure sounds unbelievable and is being called miraculous. He was capsized and tossed around, being held by “Angel” (his sailboat).
During his battle with the unrelenting waves, the boats mast was torn and his shoulder was broken. He had enough food and water for a while but he was forced into survival mode when they ran out. He used a bucket to catch rainwater and found that his clothing being swished around in the water caught the attention of curious fish swimming by.
Through it all, he didn’t lose hope but he did lose 90 pounds.
Jordan claims that the sustaining force behind his survival was reading his bible from cover to cover stated therealdeal.com.
After two months, a German Container Ship (Houston Express) must have had him wiping his eyes, wondering if he was hallucinating, as it approached him.
They found him floating 200 miles from the North Carolina coast. He was taken aboard the ship and then airlifted to land by the U.S. Coast Guard.

Housing Complex for Mentally Ill Homeless Opens in Vancouver

The homeless in Vancouver now have a permanent place to stay if they are suffering from mental illnesses or struggling with addiction. The Kettle Society have opened a new housing complex called Taylor Manor to help those in need. The complex was once a psychiatric facility and then a home for seniors. The complex contains 56 studio-like apartments with a communal kitchen. According to the story on CBC News, The Kettle Society were able to open this facility thanks to a large donation. An anonymous donation came in of #30 million which will keep the facility running for the next 30 years.

To find residents for the 56-person complex, The Kettle Society visited places such as parks and shelters to take applications from those interested in becoming a resident at Taylor Manor. They received 200 applications in just 10 days from those in need. The Kettle Society went through each application and chose those who they felt needed their help the most. It is projected that most residents will need to spend a few years at Taylor Manor before they are able to stand on their own feet.

The state of Utah had a similar program to help the homeless in their area stated Jason Halpern. Since 2005 their homeless population has been reduced by 72% and many less calls were placed to social and emergency services since that time.

Canadian Regulators Cap Basic Cable Fees

The Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) enacted new regulations that would cap basic cable rates to $25 CDN (About $20 USD). It also set regulations to end the practice of selling large bundles of unwanted channels to consumers. Instead, customers can pick and choose which channels they want to add or purchase smaller, themed bundles instead.

CrunchBase suggests that the basic cable packages will be required to carry local programming and some may carry U.S. channels in border areas where they are normally received. Cable companies in Canada will have to make changes to their offerings by the end of the year. Existing customers who are satisfied with their current packages will not have to switch.

This move was in response to concerns about the rising cost of cable as well as a change in how people are consuming media. Many people are paying for bundles that contain a large number of less popular channels that they don’t want. Others have changed their television viewing to online channels and portals.

CRTC chairman, Jean-Pierre Blais, says that this change may affect some jobs as the less popular channels may go off the air due to financial in-feasibility. However, he says that the change is good for consumer freedom.