US manufacturing costs fall to levels as low as China

Estimates produced by a Boston based company suggest the cost of manufacturing goods in the US has fallen to levels that put them on a par with the giant economy of China. Fortune reports the estimated come from the consultancy company BCG, which places the accolades for the falling manufacturing prices in the US firmly on the shoulders of the controversial energy production method of fracking. The production of shale gas has been a major source of controversy across the world and has recently been halted in certain areas of the UK over environmental concerns, but the widespread use of the practice in the US has seen energy costs fall and production levels rise.

BCG claims the Chinese manufacturing costs are just five percent lower than those seen in the US and the gap will continue to draw closer in the coming years. According to Igor Cornelsen, Chinese manufacturing costs have recently been rising as the workers of the country call for higher wages to close the gap between the top earners and manufacturing workers as the US economy sees cheaper energy costs prompt a fall in overall costs for producing goods within the US. Across the European Union the use of fracking has been a controversial issue that has seen energy prices stay high and manufacturing costs continue to rise.

FreedomPop: The New Way Of Doing Wireless

FreedomPop is a new way of doing wireless internet and mobile phone service. Based out of California, this new comber to the data and communications market provides wireless services such as text and voice for cell phone companies. Similar to how other cell phone companies work, FreedomPop also sells phones, and wireless devices such as tablets that can be used with their service. They are currently providing service through Sprint and Clearwire

FreedomPop was founded in Los Angeles in 2011 by Steven Sesar and Stephen Stokols. Basically FreedomPop sells wireless hotspot devices with free mobile data and cellular, voice and text services for free. They began to offer wireless internet services and mobile services in the United States with the primary usage of Clearwire’s 4G network. FreedomPop then partnered with Sprint for an expansion that included 3G and 4G with Sprint only compatible phones or devices.

As FreedomPop began to expand they were able to support not only the iPhone but LTE Android smartphones in not only the United States but in other countries as well. Finally, after having a few years under their belt, FreedomPop was able to begin offering free data, voice and text plans to tablet users. Account holders are able to purchase a device directly through FreedomPop or they may bring their own device to the company providing it is compatible with either Sprint or Clearwire. Recently, FreedomPop has been able to offer its own brand of tablets and smartphones which come with free voice and text messaging. They have also created a new nationwide wireless plan which through a monthly plan you are able to access and utilize millions of wireless hotspots throughout the country for one low monthly fee.

Currently, FreedomPop has a very large group of satisfied subscribers primarily based in the United States, however they have begun to expand in Europe, mainly the United Kingdom. Services in the United Kingdom will be as they are in the United States, primarily free but able to make revenue through additional services. FreedomPop has also decided to create a new product for frequent travelers called “Jetsetter” which will give users access to high speed data on the go.

While many companies have been in discussions with FreedomPop about the acquisition of this growing company, FreedomPop has so far neither confirmed nor denied that they may sell. At this point in time FreedomPop continues to be a growing alternative company setting the pace and raising the bar for other cellular companies to follow suit.

Dan Newlin’s Brand Strategy

For most people, the hashtag is intended for amusement and to share various ideas on Pinterest, Instagram or Facebook. Occasionally hashtags are used just to make a Tweet sound silly. Dynamic attorney Dan Newlin‘s has now implemented the eccentric squared sign (also known as the pound sign #) with senseless aiming bulges into his law practice.

Realizing the difficulty of the human’s ability to memorize phone numbers, Newlin decided to make it easier to reach his law practice by simply dialing #Dan, rather than the old-school 10 digit phone number. By incorporating the hashtag into his business, he effectively used new technology as an effective brand strategy.

Never one to take a break, Newlin recently opened the Law Offices of Dan Newlin in Chicago, in addition to his law practice which has served the Central and South Florida regions for many years. Obviously since his service area is enormous, he desired a way for clients to easily reach his offices, so his use of the eager hashtag was brilliant. Dan Newlin’s innovative idea to adopt the hashtag will now allow individuals who suffered misfortune due to the unjust acts of others to get their due justice.

Giant Python Freed From Hole

A giant python in Phuket, Thailand had managed to get itself stuck inside of a drain cover on a busy road. Passing drivers on the road had alerted officials that the nine foot python had managed to get half its body into the drain before becoming stuck.

According to Mikal Watts, animal rescue workers arrived on the scene to help the python out of the sticky situation it was in. Rescue workers had to work carefully to free the snake. Some made sure that the back end was under control while others worked from the front to free it. Working together they managed to free the large reptile from its trap. They then brought it to a Wildlife Sanctuary where it would be able to slither around in peace. They were grateful that the public called in for the rescue instead of ignoring the snake or trying to free it themselves. Although pythons are not poisonous, their bite is still dangerous and can lead to infections.

Thailand is known for the large, native pythons that live on the land. Just last year an enormous python that measured 18 feet in length was found in Phuket. I think I’m just going to go ahead and scratch Thailand off of my places to eventually visit.

For the full story, along with pictures, check it out on The Daily Mail.

Notre Dame Lacrosse Standout Matt Landis

The 2015 NCAA Lacrosse season has come to an end and the outstanding player awards have been handed out. Notre Dame Defenseman Matt Landis was among those athletes that received awards. Landis took home four awards in total for his performance on May 16th against the Albany Great Danes, but also for his outstanding play the entire year.

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In early May, Landis was named Atlantic Coast Conference 2015 ACC Defensive Player of the Year. He was also recognized as one of best Lacrosse players in the country by being nominated for the 2015 Tewaaraton Award. Thanks to Landis’s and his stellar play, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish lacrosse team was a number seed for the ACC championship.

Matt was once again recognized for his defense when Epoch and Lacrosse Magazine named him Player of the Week. His defensive play against Albany’s Lyle Thompson helped lead Notre Dame to a 14-10 victory. Landis and his defensive teammates were able to keep Albany star Lyle Thompson in check by holding him to only one goal out of eleven tries in the senior’s final game. It was the first time this year that a defensive player won Payer of the Week.

The Notre Dame Lacrosse team ended the season with seven players being named All-American, which is a school record. Landis was only one of three players on the team to be named first team. Landis and the Irish defense finished 12th in caused turnovers, 18th in scoring defense, and ninth in ground balls in the nation.

To cap off the season, Matt Landis was distinguished as NCAA’s most outstanding defenseman in men’s college lacrosse by winning the William C. Schmeisser Award Outstanding Defensive Player of the year award. Matt Landis will continue to help the Notre Dame Lacrosse team as he plans on returning for his senior year in hopes of leading the Irish to a Championship.

SOURCE: PRNEWSWIRE

Qnet and Its Marketing Methods

Qnet is an e-commerce direct selling company based in India. It has been in the industry for relatively 16 years and is one of the leading direct selling companies. During this time, it has expanded its territory from its base in South East Asia to more than 100 countries in the world. It has grown its wings to the Middle East, most of Africa and most recently Europe and Russia.
Qnet offers a very wide range of products with over 30 brands categorized into 9 different categories. Its products include jewelry, Swiss made watches, skincare, food and diet, wellness, energy, management, weight and individual maintenance. Qnet puts a lot of focus on improving the lives of their customers as well as encouraging healthy living. The heart of their manufacturing is currently spread over dozens of countries in the world. They also provide e-learning courses and holiday packages.
Qnet has an elaborate marketing strategy. It includes having independent representatives who refer their products to their consumers. These representatives receive commission depending on the bulk of their referrals and the volume of sales from other independent representatives in their teams. The Amezcua Bio Disc is one of their merchandises. They make claims that this bio disc can “redefine and synchronize the oomph of water, seriously capitalizing on its positive effect on the human body.”
When evaluating new products, there are a few unique aspects they focus on. They follow a vegetarian philosophy. They promote vegetarianism as a way of enhancing healthy lifestyle and all meals provided at company events are strictly vegetarian. They do not allow non-vegetarian elements in their consumable products. They reduce sugars, sweeteners and chemicals in all of their products to fight against corpulence, diabetes and other ailments.
Qnet has recently called for a regulator to administrate their business. The key aim of this idea is to manage the direct selling business which has generated a high range of self-employment in India. A regulator would come in handy in matters of mediation and company reviews.
Qnet has recently decided to change their business strategy in order to catch the role section. Since then they have been manufacturing produces that better the lives of their consumers with their sole mission being life improvement. Presently all their merchandises are accessible in all their branches in the world.

For more on Qnet, click here. Or check out their Twitter.

 

A Half Eaten Dolphin Comes Ashore In NJ

Something odd floated on short just off the coast of New Jersey this week, and it appears to be a half eaten dolphin. According to an article found on reddit and written by NBC Philadelphia, a mother, grandmother, and child were walking along the beach when they watched a fisherman reel in the severed dolphin, that was split right in half. The creature was already dead and Beach Patrol were contacted to help remove the carcass.

It is highly speculated that the animal was half eaten by a shark, and some experts believe it was a sand tiger that did the job says freedompop, the cellphone service. However, something to consider is the fact that the animal was likely already deceased when the tiger got to it because normally young dolphins like that do not get caught by such slow moving animals as sand tiger sharks.

In any case this is happening at a sensitive moment when people are starting to get paranoid about sharks in the water. This is following a few shark attacks this year, which include a most recent event where two teenagers had their arms bits off while in just waist deep water in the oceans of North Carolina. There might be something happening environmentally that is making these animals a little more aggressive than they normally are. Hopefully this behavior will stop and people can get back in the water again, however, everyone must remember these are just wild animals.

D Magazine Lists Dr. Rod Rohrich As Top Plastic Surgeon In Dallas

The unique facial qualities that we each possess are what distinguish one person from another by sight. However, there are situations where perhaps a person needs a change or repair to their physical appearance. This type of procedure is a highly skilled and sensitive procedure that should be performed by the best. Whatever the reason is for needing plastic surgery, Dr. Rod Rohrich is the best in the Dallas area, and the nation, according to a report in D Magazine.

Dr. Rohrich’s view on his role as a plastic surgeon is much deeper than just that of a professional handing out new noses. He is quoted as saying, “Plastic surgery is really from the Greek for ‘to mold’ or ‘to make.’ Plastic surgery is really the best of both – Reconstructive surgery is to restore to normal and cosmetic surgery is to restore to the more natural.” These types of results are only possible when dealing with a skilled and highly educated professional like Dr. Rohrich.

Dr. Rod is now passing his skills on to the next generation of plastic surgeons through his teachings. The beginning of his career he was studying at Baylor College of Medicine where he graduated with honors. He spent his residency in Michigan at the University of Michigan Medical Center. He then completed his fellowships at Oxford University and at Massachusetts General Hospital at Harvard.

After his schooling, Dr. Rod quickly became widely recognized as a highly skilled plastic and reconstructive surgeon, earning him many acclamations and awards. Some of these titles and achievements include:

  • Professor of Plastic Surgery
  • Founding Chair of the Department of Plastic Surgery at University of Texas SW Medical Center
  • Former holder of the Betty and Warren Woodward Chair in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at UT
  • Distinguished Chair in Plastic Surgery at the Crystal Charity Ball
  • Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation distinguished Service Award
  • Former President of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • Recognized by Texas Monthly Super Docs, America’s Top Plastic Surgeons, and U.S. News & World Report

The support for Dr. Rohrich and his remarkable skill is continuing throughout the medical community. Most recently, Dr. Rod was voted as one of the top plastic surgeons in a confidential poll taken online by thousands of eligible medical professionals. His devotion to the needs of his patients has not wavered, making him the perfect candidate for one of the best plastic surgeons in the Dallas area once again.

What if You Could Live Forever?

Brad Reifler says technology in the 21st century is highly developed, but Reuters also suggests so far there is no time travel or a magic solution that would let you live forever. What if there was a new medical procedure that could set the clock back so you could live forever.

Here are 10 ideas if you could live forever.

1. Eat and drink all you wanted!
2. Get complete knowledge of the stock market and keep winning.
3. With eternal life, you could contemplate the wonders of the universe forever.
4. Put the pedal to the metal in your favorite sports car and hit 100mph every day. Because you’re going to live forever, right?
5. Take a trip around the world in the spring; then go again in the summer, and go again in the fall and winter. See every season.
6. Or hop a ride on a spacecraft and go to Mars!
7. Write musical masterpieces that no one has ever heard before.
8. Sky jump whenever you wanted.
9. You could age wine until it’s priceless and then sell it. What a way to make a living?
10. Sleep late ‘till noon everyday, only you wouldn’t have to cause there no “late” in infinite time.

What amazing things would you do if you had more time.

Haidar Barbouti Invests in What He Loves

To many people, a job is a job. They make investments and go to work because they have to pay the bills, and that’s just one way to do it. However, for Haidar Barbouti, life is about passion and excitement. He wants to do the things that he loves, and he wants to invest in the things that he cares about. If those things help him make a lot of money, so much the better, but he’s not just in it for the money. He is motivated by so much more than that. It’s possible to see this outlook in everything that he does.

Take, for example, the Highland Village Adoption Center. This is an animal adoption center, and Barbouti just loves animals. He loves pets, and it pains him to see that some pets are without homes. At the same time, he knows that not everyone can afford to buy purebred pets, with their incredibly high costs. As such, his adoption center works to help on both ends. It saves the animals that would otherwise have nowhere to go, keeping them off the streets and out of kill shelters, and it also provides a way for people who want pets to get them for less. Everyone wins.

Another example is Up Restaurant, which Barbouti owns. Just hearing him talk about it shows you how much he cares. He has family values, wanting to provide food that goes more along the lines of traditional dishes. He passionately despises trends, and he even went so far as to call tapas “leftovers” that had been thrown together on a plate. He said that many fancy restaurants used painted plates and other such practices to give out food that looked good, but they focused so much on the presentation alone that it wasn’t actually good food. At Up, he has thrown all of that aside and focused on making good food that people want to eat. It is an upper-class restaurant, but it avoids all of the negatives and just indulges in the things Haidar Barbouti cares about.

This has been his outlook for his entire life, and it continues to drive him. Barbouti won’t step back from his interests and do things just because of the money there is to be made. He knows he can only really be happy if he cares about what he is doing, but he has enough business sense to make those things profitable.