The Interesting Observations on Urbana’s Blog

One of the great things about blogging today is that connections can be made with all types of interesting people. One of these is Jon Urbana, who has been contributing great advice and a ton of photos that include vivid imagery, good advice and interesting videos. Urbana offers articles on Tumblr that include foods to eat, music to listen to and social media advice. Here are a few of my favorite Jon Urbana articles posted on his blog.

This article provides a link to an interview of Peter Mehlman, former writer on Seinfeld, on the show Talking Tech. Mehlman is complaining about a meager following on twitter and the rest of the round table discussion offers advice to raise his following.
An article linked to from Urbana’s Facebook account provides a very interesting take on building a social media following for anyone. Some of their best advice involves using Soundcloud, a new social media platform that allows people to save, share and replay original sound clips they create. Here’s one of his most recent releases.

Green Cocktail with Rum and Mint 

I enjoyed this entry because the original image of this cocktail is so inviting it makes you thirsty just looking at it. Its inviting green color makes the cocktail pleasing to the eye and you just know the rum will be combined with a delightful mint taste that will bring a satisfaction to any thirst. All Jon Urbana videos combine reality with art, and so do his pictures. This is a potent tweet about the state of student podcasts .

Marrakech: Olives For Sale

This is a visual delight as you see the wide variety of presentation and style of the olives for sale in Marrakech. The jars of olives are stacked neatly and precisely which creates interesting textures and visual contrasts. These olives are presented in used mason jars that contribute to the unique flavor of the image. One of my all-time Urbana favorite images for sure. It makes me want to travel to Marrakech today and see what other wonders I could find.

Manchego Cheese With Grapes, Mint and Rosemary  

Once again Urbana catches an audience on Yahoo Answers by surprise with his video, which they happen to love.

His blog post visually details a simple snack and turns it into a feast for the eyes. This image of cheese, grapes, mint and rosemary is a great example of the visual work found on this site. This may be a typical Spanish treat but the presentation in this picture allows the viewer to want to enjoy the snack yourself. The contrast of the cheese and grapes jumps out at you and command your attention. I have never been a real fan of Manchego Cheese until today, this picture has won me over.

Today’s Barbecue so Nice

This is one of the more descriptive pictures that I have found on Urbana’s blog. It draws you in because it has a plethora of food being cooked on the large grill. It combines the image of the food, with the smoke and the contrast of several different colored peppers cooking as well that you can almost smell it cooking right on the page. That is what great pictures do, they allow you to experience things fully and completely. This delicious image will draw you in and make you want to stay.

Candy Shop in Savannah

This picture grabbed my attention because like most people I enjoy delicious homemade candy, and we ate a bunch of it together during my Villanova lacrosse practices with Urbana. The candy maker is captured in a pose which shows he is passionate about what he is doing and the machines, signs and atmosphere of this candy shop make me want to travel to Savannah and eat much of their candy.  Very intriguing photo, which is typical for Jon and what makes this blog so interesting to follow.

There is literally something for everyone on the resume of Jon Urbana. You will want to fly around the world with him and try new things.

Ross Abelow and Other New York Attorneys

New York, New York is a hub for all different types of lawyers, to say the least. The City That Never Sleeps is home to many diverse and varied law practices. If you’re looking for a personal injury lawyer in the Big Apple, for example, you should be able to easily find one. If you’re looking for a an employment lawyer in the vast metropolis, the same thing goes. New York City is a great place whether you need an entertainment lawyer, a corporate lawyer, a business lawyer or anything else. They’re all based here. Lawyers in New York all have their own specialties and areas of focus. Some of them specialize in DUIs (Driving Under the Influence). Some specialize in constitutional law. Those lawyers are generally known as civil rights attorneys. Some even specialize in veteran’s benefits (military lawyers), citizenship (immigration lawyers), bankruptcy (bankruptcy lawyers) and disability rights (public interest lawyers). The categories of lawyers are abundant and varied. If you need to find a reputable and experienced lawyer in New York, it shouldn’t at all be a difficult or overwhelming task for you.

Ross Abelow (Ross Martin Abelow) is an example of a lawyer who is based out of New York. His specific practice subjects include entertainment law, commercial litigation, family law and matrimonial law. Couples who are engaged to be married and who are looking to make arrangements for prenuptial agreements, for example, frequently turn to lawyers who are knowledgeable in all matters that involve matrimonial law.

Abelow has a strong educational background for the legal field. He graduated from the the University at Albany (SUNY) with of a Bachelor of Arts degree. He also later graduated from Brooklyn Law School in Brooklyn Heights, New York with a J.D. (Juris Doctor degree). New York University is yet another example of a school Abelow attended. Abelow has been licensed to work as a lawyer for more than two decades now. He’s permitted to work as a lawyer in New York state. He has worked for prominent New York City area law firms such as Abelow & Cassandro LLP. Abelow & Cassandro LLP was located in Jericho, New York. Jericho is a community on Long Island in Nassau County. The firm’s focuses were on climate change, clean technology and renewable energy. Regulatory issues that pertain to distributed generation, geothermal, wind and solar subjects were also key subjects for the firm.

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CCMP Capital – Getting Focused On Investments

If you are trying finance management on your own and your establishment is no longer a size that is manageable, can you really guarantee the task that will be well done? If everything that the company should have in terms of capital and investment doesn’t come out right, how will you be able to correct the mistakes? Will you need extra money to redo the unsatisfactory task, fill in the hole left by previous errors? Will you be able to have enough fund for the future? Will your company be able to withstand errors of significant magnitude? All these questions can be answered correctly by a capital management firm like CCMP Capital.

CCMP Capital is an investment firm founded and presided by Stephen “Steve” Murray. Steve Murray was a private equity investor and well-known among his clients as a problem solver. He focused mainly on growth equity transactions and buyout while he worked at CCMP Capital. His strategies and ideas have laid foundation for many services that are a hit in the company as well. Steve Murray graduated from Boston College where he earned a degree in economics in 1984. He completed his master’s degree in business administration and went on to become the founder of CCMP Capital later.

Today’s Stephen Murray CCMP Capital is a gathering place for many investors from all over the world. These investors are individuals, business owners, corporate owners, institutions and legal organizations. All of the services provided at CCMP Capital are meticulously designed for clients from all walks of life. Their services are equipped with latest trends and technology and configured to let the clients understand what they are getting into and what their future will be. The various options available at this company demonstrates that a firm can be highly organized and functional while retaining an inviting image.

Finance professionals assigned to the clients interview their clients at length in order to understand what they are looking for in a service. Some of the services that CCMP Capital offers include but not limited to capital management, fund raising, estate planning, retirement planning, mergers, acquisitions and underwriting. The firm has been investing in many industries such as consumer, services, retails, media, telecom, energy, financial services sectors as well as healthcare infrastructure. Among consumer and retail industry, its main focus is on direct marketing, packaged goods, specialty retail and general services. Among media and telecom industry, the firm is known for investments, consumer publishing, trade publishing, broadcasting, wireless communication, cable and wireline communication sector. CCMP Capital has offices all over the United States, Asia, Europe and Latin America. The investment that is does typically ranges between $100 million to $500 million and the company is valued to be around $3 billion.

US Money Reserve President Speaks on Eliminating the Penny

There are many forms of currency out there today. These forms of currency are becoming more obsolete due to the massive amount of credit and debit cards that are in use. The modern age is looking down on physical currency, and there are many who are very upset at the penny. There is a big movement in the United States where individuals are trying to get the United States to stop manufacturing pennies. They say that these pennies are costing more to make than they are worth and they costing the government unnecessarily.

There are others who claim that stopping the printing of pennies would greatly disrupt the economy today. They claim that the unbalance from the loss of penny printing would be a ripple effect that would make unnecessary changes in the market. Philip Diehl, U.S. Money Reserve president is claiming that these changes would not affect the marketplace and the penny should be done away with. Diehl also states that only 25 percent of transactions are done with cash anymore. This goes to show that there are less and less people who are using these coins to begin with. This adds to the argument stating that pennies are becoming more obsolete every year.

In his CNBC Squawk Box interview Diehl states that there are very few transactions that would even be affected from the elimination of pennies. Rounding pennies up to the nearest 5 cent would not be something that would make a huge difference. The U.S. government would be able to save money each year not having to print pennies. If the U.S. government were to eliminate the printing of pennies each year the savings would total just over 105 million dollars. This is something that has many individuals in power very interested about this notion that keeps gaining more attention.

Human Rights Activist Try To Influence Nicki Minaj To Reject The Invite Of A Dictator

The global music icon, Nicki Minaj, has come under fire from the Human Rights Foundation for accepting an invitation to perform at a Christmas Festival in the African nation of Angola. The controversy stems from the communications company that is hosting the event, Unitel. This organization is directly linked to the ruling family of the southern nation, which is spearheaded by the Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos.

Santos has been accused of being a dictator, and his regime has been associated with crimes against the country’s journalist, activist and politicians. The Human Rights Foundation sent Nicki Minaj a letter that specified the concerns that they had for her indirect support of a dictator that allegedly amassed an enormous amount of wealth that is characterized as blood money. Despite the awareness that the Human Rights Foundation has brought to Nicki Minaj and her executive team, Minaj accepted the invite to participate in the Christmas festival and she performed without releasing a statement.

Even though the humans rights community does not expect Nicki Minaj to fix the problem of regimes that commit crimes against its citizens, the human rights community is working very hard to bring awareness to the general public and to people with influence and power. One of the prominent leaders of the global, human rights campaign is Thor Halvorssen. The 39-year-old Venezuelan native is the president of the Human Rights Foundation, he is a member of the Children’s Peace Movement, and he is the founder of the Oslo Freedom Forum, which organizes an annual human rights festival in the U.S., U.K. And Norway. Halvorssen’s life as an activist began in 1989, at the age of 13, when he organized events against the apartheid-based, South African regime.

Halvorssen is not only a human rights advocate; rather, he is a proxy victim of injustice as his mother and father were both victims of human rights violations by the Venezuelan government. In 1993, his father was stripped of his role as ambassador and imprisoned and tortured for 74 days for highlighting corruption and drug trafficking committed by Venezuelan officials. His father was even the target of the famed drug kingpin Pablo Escobar.

Halvorssen’s mother was victimized when Venezuelan security forces shot into a crowd of protesters during a peaceful demonstration. She was shot and survived her injuries, but one individual was killed and 12 others were wounded. The gunmen were found guilty of the shooting; however, they only served six months in prison.

Thor Halvorssen has used his passion and personal hardships as motivation to propel the issues of human mistreatment in the global community. He has advocated against anti-slave labor in China, and he has released featured films documenting various human rights issues. One of his films, The Sugar Babies, received critical acclaim and a lot of controversy as it explored the exploitation of migrant Haitian farm workers in the Dominican Republic.

Putting The Spotlight On Autism

Autism is a condition that affects millions around the world. Compassionate people like Sanjay Shah are working to raise awareness and funding for this condition through the Autism Rocks campaign. Autism Rocks is a Go Fund Me campaign started by Sanjay Shah that was spurred from a meeting with American rapper Snoop Dog. Sanjay Shah’s four-year-old son Nikhil was diagnosed with the condition. He now is committed to raising funding for research to be able to detect who might be at risk for being born with Autism. Sanjay Shah has raised over 15 million for Autism research and has hosted concerts featuring Lenny Kravitz, Michael Buble, and Drake. The chance meeting with Snoop Dog gave Sanjay a light bulb moment. Being a music lover, he wondered if he could book music superstars to play concerts around the world. His incredible success with this project is only just beginning.

Forty-four-year-old Sanjay Shah is a British-born hedge fund manager that moved to Dubai after falling in love with the city. Sanjay is married to his wife Usha and has three children Esha, Aman, and Nikhil. When Nikhil was diagnosed in 2011 it hit him hard. He was pained to know that there was nothing that he could do for his son to cure him. When it was suggested by Snoop Dog at their meeting that he set up his own charity he jumped at the opportunity and has had huge success ever since.

Sanjay uses the money raised by Autism Rocks to go to Autism Research Trust, which supports research based at Cambridge University’s Autism Reseach Centre. The Centre aims to use technology to identify and help treat those who are at risk or who are born with this condition. They provide ongoing support to help manage symptoms throughout the individuals life. Sanjay now considers himself semi retired and is focusing on expanding his charity work with autism. He is constantly looking for new ways to raise money, awareness, and contributing his time and money to Austism research.

Yeonmi Park’s Story – Insight Into A North Korean Woman’s Struggle To Live

Yeonmi Park grew up in North Korea accustomed to struggles she accepted as a normal part of life. Food shortage and oppression were everyday occurrences which must be endured. Even so her situation was favorable compared to most, as her father worked not only as a government employee, but also ran a smuggling operation to help support his family. It wasn’t until Yeonmi watched a pirated version of the movie Titanic that she finally realized how different the world outside North Korea was and began to yearn for it. Her father would eventually be arrested for his illegal operation and sentenced to hard labor. Her family was then branded criminals as well due to her father’s arrest. Upon her father’s release he urged his family to run to China in hopes of a better life. Her sister Eunmi would be the first to leave and did so alone. This was the last time Yeonmi Park would see her sister for 7 years. On the 30th of March 2007 Yeonmi and her mother would successfully escape to China with the aid of men who were, unbeknown to them, human traffickers. Once in China, Yeonmi and her mother were sold to separate men. Her mother for 65$ and Yeonmi for 26$. She would live here for 2 years, being united with her mother and father again before her father passed due to lung cancer. Her owner released her and in February 2009 she and her mother would set their sights on Mongolia as the next destination in their journey for freedom. After crossing the Gobi Desert they were found by guards who threatened to return them to North Korea, but ultimately allowed them to stay. Albeit in a detention center in Ulan Bator. In April 2009 the Mongolian and South Korean governments arranged to have them flown to South Korean where Yeonmi would become an outspoken rights activist for North Koreans. In 2014 Yeonmi and her mother were notified that Eunmi had arrived as well. For more details of Yeonmi’s struggle you can watch Todd Krainin’s in depth interview with Yeonmi about her journey at

Majeed Ekbal And His Charity Work

On December 15th 2015 Majeed Ekbal started a fundraising to help the victims of the Nepal earthquake. He stated that this is because he was worried about his friend and family still living there, and he was also worried about the other people too. He stated that any money that he raised,will be added to a Crowdrise campaign,that he had already started. His intentions, he added is to raise a total of $1 million, so that it can be use for medical reasons, any casualties, for the in-firmed, feeding the hungry and to help the people find shelter. There is not set amount,any amount you can donate, will be greatly appreciated.

Ekbal is from Chicago, Illinois he is a business leader. His higher educational journey took him to the University of Washington,D.C. He is a very hard worker. Also,he says he approaches his business as though it was a child, guiding it gently, and the results are really amazing. He truly enjoys what he does, this way his clients can get the best outcome. Having a positive attitude and confidence has helped him excel in his business endeavors,these are two reason why he thinks he is so successful.

He has a WordPress site, a Twitter, a management systems with widgets and plug ins, and is the President of his company Expresso Inc. His workers are competent and very capable,so he is never worried when he hands over the reigns to them, this action has helped him to reach where he is today. He makes sure that he also provides good working conditions for them. Even his clients is happy with the way he conducts business.

Majeed Ekbal never gets tired of looking for new ways to make money in his business. His main aim is a contented customer.

Breaking The Beauty Rules

Many high-fashions magazines love to give strict rules and guidelines on how to wear fashion and put on makeup but breaking a few rules never hurt anyone. The fashion publications’ rules can be considered mere suggestions. While they are good to consider, they don’t have to be followed in a strict manner. Just because someone doesn’t follow the latest trend or fashion rule, doesn’t mean they are a fashion dummy. A person that breaks all fashion laws and rules can be the most fashionable person ever. There is one person in the fashion and beauty industry that believes that breaking all of the rules should be the norm. Doe Deere has been appointed the unicorn queen and is the chief executive officer of Lime Crime Cosmetics.

Doe Deere has a unique look that everyone loves. Her hair is in all shades of the rainbow and she has a distinct talent for using and combining colorful shades and palettes. Doe Deere has a few fashion laws and rules to break. Her makeup line, Lime Crime Cosmetics has the tag line, “makeup for unicorns”. Lime Crime Cosmetics has the specialty of producing whimsical, colorful cosmetics, that is 100 percent cruelty-free. Lime Crime Cosmetics sells glittery cosmetics, mermaid-like makeup and colorful lipsticks. Doe Deere proves that a person can be equally fashionable and stylish going off the beaten track and not following trends. Doe Deere has a few pieces of advice for women that want to stay inside the regulations and not try something new. Doe Deere has come up with a few suggestions on how to break the fashion and beauty rules.

While many fashion magazines would say never to wear a bold eye shadow with a bold lip. Doe Deere says that rules should be broken. It is more than okay to wear a bold lip and a bold eye shadow at the same time. It can be fun to combine the two. Doe Deere breaks this rule daily. Another rule fashion magazines would say to never mix two many colors. Lime Crime Cosmetics is all about breaking this rule. Lime Crime Cosmetics is all about colorful makeup and combining colors is what makes it fun. Doe Deere suggests that women should be more unapologetic and wear any color they want.

Doe Deere moved to the United States from Europe. She started going to fashion school, wanting to create a clothing line. After awhile, she was looking for makeup that was unique but she couldn’t find anything that represented her. She decided to create makeup line herself, for people who wanted something different.

Doe Deere started Lime Crime Cosmetics on ebay. While on ebay, Doe Deere did makeup tutorials on youtube. Those videos became a huge hit. When her ebay shop became popular she left ebay and took her business to its on ecommerce website. From there, she catapulted Lime Crime Cosmetics to the company it is today. Doe Deere wants everyone to know that they can be beautiful breaking trends and finding their own unique look.

Slyce: Demand Should Never Exceed Supply Again

There was an article in November that Slyce had just completed a contract with a global retail toy company that is also Fortune 500 status. They have also begun a new technology resource called Slyce Link. It is something that has been in the works for over a year, and it is being tested at a dominant retail store now. How did Slyce get this global contract? What is this new innovative resource?

Well, the concept in Economics101 never goes away despite time and image recognition technology; the law of supply & demand. If a company has too much supply sitting on its shelf and not enough demand, then that is just money not being materialized. However, if there is too much demand and not enough supply, then that is not good either. This is not good for people today seldom wait anymore. So, if you do not have it, they will likely go somewhere else to find it. According to Slyce’s website, somewhere between 75-85% of people will leave a website if they do not find what they are looking for.

You do not have to lose customers anymore due to lack of supply. Slyce will allow you, via website or mobile app, to show customers same or similar products that they were looking for. Potential customers, who are looking at your products, are highly interested. However, they are interested for only a limited amount of time. Rather than loose the interested person because you do not have the product let them click on “show me similar”. They will be shown products that closely match what they were interested in.

There is an old proverb per se in the free marketplace that says if you are willing to serve your customers will relevant resources then the innovations to create them will come naturally. Slyce, which is a company based out of Canada, has proven this proverb to be true.