September 16 2017

NuoDB SQL for Cloud

NuoDB SQL is an advanced SQL database system technologically for application in the container based and cloud based environments. NuoDB SQL advanced technology was designed to deliver requirements in five ways. The first is Scale-out which helps the connection of more computers and gracefully accommodate whenever they are yanked out. The second is Never to be shut down. The third is hardware and software that are tolerant to faults. The fourth, Multi-site operation that would enable business continuity and the last load balancing that is automatic. NuoDB SQL distributed database is a single SQL database that makes it easy for a user to develop against it.

Initially, databases were client-server era designed. However, in the modern systems, they are designed to be distributed as in the cloud and container based environment. The cloud database is either built on traditional architecture or traditional database hosted in a cloud. NuoDB SQL distributed database approach that is patented offers cost saving, readily available and also highly demanded scale. NuoDB SQL has achieved this approach while it still maintains its rich interface. NuoDB SQL allows a user to change the cloud database size across data centers and also on a broader scale on clouds without the data integrity, standard based SQL interface already known by developers. NuoDB SQL can independently scale storage management and transaction processing.

August 16 2017

Talos Energy Digs The First Private Well In Mexico In 80 Years

In the past 80 years, no private company has been allowed in Mexico to sink any new offshore oil well. This is a part of the efforts being made by the Mexican government to allow foreign investors into its markets.

 

This is a joint venture. It includes Premier Oil PLC that is based in London, Talos Energy LLC of Houston and Sierra Oil & Gas of Mexico. The drilling of the well started on May 21. This is the first time that any offshore exploration well has been launched by someone who is not from Petroleos Mexicanos. This is because, in 1938, Mexico had nationalized the oil industry Petroleos Mexicanos being state-run, enjoyed the monopoly.

 

This privately dug offshore well has been termed Zama-1 well. It is in the Sureste Basin. It is located just off the state of Tabasco. It is estimated that this well contains 100 to 500 million barrels of crude oil. The drilling is expected to get completed in 90 days. The total cost of drilling is estimated to be $16 million. This right to dig was won by this joint venture in 2015.

 

Since this is the first that a non-Pemex well has been drilled after the Mexican waters opened, it marks the onset of the energy reform process of the company. Hence the industry is keenly watching this development. Geologically, this basin displays a high chance of success. All analysts are considering Zama-1 well being dug by Talos Energy as the most interesting exploration well being drilled this year.

 

In this venture, Talos Energy is the main operator as it is the owner of 35% stake here. Sierra is holding 40% stake while Premier holds 25% stake.

 

Talos Energy LLC is an oil and gas company that is privately-held. It is based in Houston. It has a wholly owned subsidiary known as Talos Production LLC. It has just acquired Energy Resource Technology GOM, Inc. This is a subsidiary of Helix Energy Solutions Group, Inc. The acquisition had cost Talos Energy $620 million. Now people are looking forward to oil exploration being done by it.

August 3 2017

Philanthropist and Businessman James Dondero

INTRODUCTION

If you haven’t heard of James Dondero, he is the President and co-founder of Highland Capital Management, an alternative investment management firm that manages hedge funds; founded in 1993, the privately held firm reportedly has assets totaling $18.7 billion. According to his Linkedin profile, Dondero earned a Bachelor of Science in commerce (accounting and finance) from the University of Virginia in 1984. James is well versed in business management and has held an impressive succession of high profile positions throughout his illustrious career.

BUSINESS AND EDUCATION

Prior to his role with Highland Capital Management, James served as the chief investment officer for Protective Life Insurance’s GIC (Guaranteed Investment Certificate) subsidiary; under his leadership, the business that was once merely a concept grew to an estimated $2 billion between 1989 and 1993. How did James Dondero develop a penchant for successful business scaling? After earning his degree, he completed his financial training with JP Morgan and went on to serve as the portfolio manager for American Express from 1985 to 1989. In his role with American Expressed, he was tasked with managing $1 billion in fixed income funds; his success in this role, along with his education, created a solid business foundation that would soon open new doors for the enterprising businessman.

PHILANTHROPIC CONTRIBUTIONS

Although James is well regarded for his business acumen, he is also recognized for his philanthropic spirit. Dondero, through Highland Capital Management, donated $1 million to the Dallas Zoo, enabling the zoo to build a 5,000-foot lodge that would give zoo attendees the ability to view hippos, the lodge was aptly named “Highland Capital Lodge.” In addition, he has donated an undisclosed amount towards the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Institute. James Dondero is also a proponent of education; according to an article in the Daily Forex Report, he has made charitable donations to the Perot Museum of Natural Science, the Snowball Express, the Education is Freedom Charity and other organizations. Dondero’s business proficiency has translated into humanitarian efforts, making him not only a successful businessman but also, a hero to a number of organizations.

REFERENCES

https://www.crunchbase.com/person/james-dondero – /entity

https://www.dailyforexreport.com/james-dondero-dallas-surprising-philanthropy-hero/

https://www.linkedin.com/in/jamesdonderohcm/

August 1 2017

How CTCA Is Revolutionizing Cancer Treatment

Cancer Treatment Centers for America entered into a contract with NantHealth and Allscripts to install a program that would offer better packages. The program will entail a smooth application of the Clinical Pathways program that will have hundreds of oncologists offer uninterrupted services countrywide. The chief medical officer of Cancer Treatment Centers for America George Daneker stated that the Clinical Pathways package will go a long way in the implementation of new data and the adaptation of new tech. The package uses the most recent cancer researches, improved therapy sessions and treatment plans under the Allscripts Sunrise HER.

The Clinical Pathways will encompass a number of advantages such as treatment plans that are tailor made to fit the patient’s body. The average price plan for the entire treatment will be affordable for all candidates. The program’s creators integrated the use of computers in the ordering steps which ease the use for all patients. Clinical Pathways subscribers will have access to constantly up dated instructional plans and information regarding the drugs’ reactions and toxicity. The drugs will be manufactured to serve the ever-changing needs of every patient.

The chief executive officer of Allscripts Paul Black stated that his firm partnered with Cancer Treatment Centers for America and NantHealth to help cancer patients and treatment providers gain increased benefits. He revealed that they undertook an intense analysis to figure out which factors affect candidates the most and come up with a befitting plan. The senior executive director of NantHealth’s medical affairs explained that the union will offer real time solutions to all patients and physicians. He said that the inclusion of improved technology in the process of finding a cure is the real catalyst to effecting bigger change in cancer researches. He expressed his firm’s enthusiasm in working closely with Cancer Treatment Centers for America and added that they have an agreement to better the lives of society worldwide.

July 17 2017

Growth Takes Many Different Forms For Honey Birdette

Established in 2006, Honey Birdette has become a global phenomenon because of the high level of growth and financial success that has been identified in the brand since it made its first steps into the Australian retail industry. After conquering the Australian retail market the Honey Birdette brand has now set out to become established in both the U.K. and U.S. by taking two different paths to retail success.

In the U.K. the focus for Honey Birdette remains focused on the growth of brick and mortar locations that will soon be found in various cities across the nation; currently Honey Birdette has three stores based in Southern England that will be joined by a further 37 stores opening by the end of 2018. The U.K. is not the only territory Honey Birdette is hoping to expand into over the coming years after a huge level of growth was identified in the U.S. via Online sales. A 374 percent increase in Online sales in the U.S. has prompted the decision to develop a new North America dedicated Online sales platform designed to make sales and returns as easy as possible for U.S. based customers.

Known as Australia’s first sensuality store, Honey Birdette has been seeking to create the highest quality of products available in the luxury lifestyle area that has become the main area of success for the company. Not only does Honey Birdette create impressive luxury lingerie products, but the company also develops adult products designed to create a lifestyle enjoyed by every adult.

Control of every aspect of the Honey Birdette line is something founder Eloise Monaghan prides herself on as she sets out to build a lingerie empire where every product is designed inhouse and manufactured to the highest possible levels of perfection.

Find more Honey’s on Instagram.

July 13 2017

Omar Yunes – Highly Successful Entrepreneur in Food Business in Mexico

Recently, the Best Franchise of the World Competition was held in Florence, Italy, and participants from over 34 countries took part in the competition. It was a highly competitive event with leading franchises from Mexico, Argentina, France, and other nations participating in it. The competition was won by Omar Yunes, who owns 13 Franchise units of Sushi Itto, a Japanese fusion food chain of restaurants in Mexico. Omar Yunes started the first Sushi Itto outlet when he was just 21, but thanks to his hard work, determination, and entrepreneurial spirit, he was able to open many more restaurants in the next few years in different parts of the country, in Mexico City, Veracruz, and in Puebla.

As soon as he the winner was announced, Omar Yunes was jubilant and happy about winning the competition. But, he gave the credit of his success to the 400 employees working across his chain of franchise units of Sushi Itto. Omar Yunes said winning such a tough competition is simply not possible without the effort and hard work put in by his sincere team of employees. The BFW Competition had strict parameters on which the franchises were judged, which included growth, business, foot-fall, cleanliness, marketing, customer service, reviews, and more.

Stringent judging process ensured that the winner is announced only after qualitatively and quantitatively considering and evaluating all the measurable variables that goes into running a successful franchise unit. Benjamin Cancelmo, who is the Chief Executive Officer of Sushi Itto, said that one of the Sushi Itto franchise winning the competition only helps in ensuring customers of the best quality food and services at all times, and shows the commitment of the network of franchise the brand has. Omar Yunes has played a very significant role in the demography his franchise operates to popularize the Sushi Itto brand and the Japanese fusion food. Omar Yunes monitors the growth and business of all his 13 Sushi Itto franchise units, and continues to strive for excellence in the customer service department. Omar Yunes is among the youngest and the most successful entrepreneurs in the food business in Mexico.

For more information check out Omar Yunes on crunchbase.com

June 22 2017

Bruce Bent II Brings Change to the Short-Term Asset Class

Innovation is one of Silicon Valley’s favorite buzzwords but it is not a concept often found on Wall Street. For Bruce Bent II it is synonymous with his career in the financial services sector. Bruce has worked as an innovator in the financial markets for decades, and at the time of the financial collapse in 2008 he was leading up The Reserve Fund with $130 billion in cash under management. Yes, that is cash and billions. Bent transformed the FDIC-insurance market segment and his innovation allowed investors to share in the profits that prior to their creation had been the sole province of the banks and financial institutions.

After the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers, The Reserve made the decision to begin unwinding their positions in the market. Their clients ultimately received 99% of their holdings in the firm’s Reserve Primary Fund while all other money funds were made completely whole. It was during this time that Bent II showed his strong leadership skills and a recent article in Ideamensch confirms that Bruce has hands-on involvement during this time and had a direct effect on the outcome. Bent has continued to show his leadership as well as his thirst for change and innovation in recent years. It is interesting to learn that Bent II holds over 60 privately held patents.

The realm of intellectual property is another area in which he has helped to spur innovation. Island Intellectual Property, LLC works to help innovators secure patents for their work in the financial services industry. Additionally, he is now with the Double Rock Corporation where he serves as Vice Chairman and President. The Corporation has six wholly owned subsidiaries and Bent II holds leadership positions in them all.

The only thing that is constant in the world of Bruce Bent II is change. His innovation continues and it will be fascinating to see what challenges he next tackles. His leadership and position in the financial services sector are undisputed, and he continues to impress. Bent II is also involved in philanthropy and believes that an important part of success is giving back.

Learn more about Bruce Bent II in this interview.

June 8 2017

Cancer Treatment Centers Of America Launches A New Oncology Treatment Platform

Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) has come up with a pathway platform that helps give details on the cancer treatment process to healthcare providers and patients, without having the workflow of the physician. CTCA has a collaborated with NantHealth and Allscripts to create eviti. It is this program that brings in the transformation and a new phase in the cancer research. The interface of the operating system was built using input from hundreds of oncologist in the nation. It has a comprehensive collection of cancer care data that is evolving.

The aim of the pathway is to help clinicians have all the treatment options. Hence, it helps to eliminate guesswork that comes when a physician comes across new data and ecology research. It is also ideal as the patients can be able to choose a treatment option that they feel is safe and efficient. The program has been created with the patient in mind and is used to give treatment that is custom made depending on the health and stage of the illness of the patient. Patients can be able to compare the many treatment options that are available inclusive of the common market and delivery cost.

About Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Cancer Treatment Centers of America has its headquarters in Boca Raton, Fla. The center is a network of five hospitals that help serve adult patients who are suffering from cancer. CTCA uses both integrative and integrative therapies to help deal with cancer. The center offers approaches like chemotherapy, immunotherapy, radiation, and surgery. These treatments options have side effects like anxiety, depression, fatigue, pain, and nausea which the center helps to manage.

The center also offers training that the patient and their loved ones can go through so that they can understand the illness better as well as be relaxed throughout the treatment. The center does not only focus on the patients but also the caregivers. That is why they have a program where all these patients can participate while learning more on cancer.

Find more information on CTCA on YouTube and LinkedIn.

June 2 2017

Get Involved and Share Your Story With Avaaz

Avaaz is one of the internet’s largest source for activism related topics. Whether you are looking for a reliable news source for some of the most major events currently happening in the world or are interested in supporting a particular cause to be found on the site, Avaaz is a comprehensive and user friendly experience for those interested in supporting a movement worthy of their time and attention.

You are given the ability to both sign a currently active petition or even put together your own, right from their website. In doing so, you are guaranteed to attract an even wider audience to your chosen cause than normal, due to the organization’s more than 40,000,000 members worldwide. Share your story or read stories from other members across the globe by clicking on one of the people icons located on the provided map. There are other stories to be found on Avaaz’s website, including success stories by those who have joined Avaaz and found it to be a rewarding experience in furthering their campaign.

Avaaz’s hope is to gather a community of activists and idealists who have a message they would like to connect with others through and to support movement for those pressing important issues that affect us all in the world today, on a global scale. This includes issues pertaining to government, animal and human rights, poverty, climate change, and conflict resolution between groups, just to name a few. It is through this active participation of its users in the community that Avaaz is built around, that major positive change can and has occurred. They rely heavily on their user base and this includes choosing which campaigns will take the highest priority on their network by setting a vote between its members. These are very detailed and include both campaigns and movements to be concentrated on.

For more information follow Avaaz on Twitter.

September 15 2015

Success for James Dondero and Highland Capital Management

Hard Work, Perseverance and intelligent risk taking. Those are the attributes that have successfully brought James Dondero and Highland Capital Management a long way from the credit crisis of 2008. Dondero and his partner, Mark Okada gambled that a hedge fund with a specialty of packaging high-yield bank loans into securities in the form of collateralized loan obligations (CLOs), would be successful, a gamble that the credit crisis almost doomed. The low point came in 2008, when Highland suspended investor withdrawals from two ailing hedge funds and saw its total assets drop to $23 billion from the 2007 high of $39 billion.

In the ensuing years Highland, under James Dondero, has restored its reputation, with an eye to a long term strategy of working through its issues without a bailout. Fighting off numerous lawsuits, some of which were personal in nature, paying off debts or taking a stake in borrowers, and venturing into new areas such as Brazil and Argentina, Dondero has worked tirelessly and has been able to keep a steady course regardless of the difficulties. His efforts to save spooked investors from themselves by convincing them to stay the course alone are admirable, and had to have been very difficult.

Work is the operative word here. From dealing with investors who practically had to be saved from themselves to revamping investment strategies to the recent successful lawsuit against Credit Suisse Group AG, (Credit Suisse Group AG was ordered to pay Highland Capital Management LP $287.5 million for losses on a $540 million refinancing of a shaky real estate development.) James Dondero has never taken the easy way in any of the problems facing Highland since the 2008 meltdown that claimed so many other hedge funds.

Highland now has $21.7 billion in assets and an excellent reputation, a long way from the days when Dondero is quoted as saying: “Our name was mud.” No one is saying that now. The Dallas based hedge-fund is among the best in terms of reputation and profitability.

In a deliberate re-branding effort, the firm moved from the northern suburbs to new offices closer to Dallas’s downtown financial district, in part, according to Patrick Boyce, COO, because “It made sense to really have a rebirth of Highland, we want to make sure the world almost sees us as a new firm.”

Almost a new firm, an old fashioned work ethic and refusal to do things the easy way. Intelligent risk taking. It is exhausting to even contemplate the work and commitment it took for Dondero and his partner, Okado, to bring Highland all the way from the losses of 2008 to the success it enjoys today.

Any venture James Dondero undertakes in the future will be a good bet for investors. They at least can be assured it will get the effort, hard work and commitment to investors required to succeed. It will be interesting to see where he goes from here, I doubt very much that this energetic man will be resting on his laurels.