When building their reputation, a college athlete must be educated in the effects of social media. It can be a helpful tool or a deadly weapon for these young students. No matter how one looks at it, these online sites, like facebook at twitter, are seen by all, even future employers.
Some schools, like Purdue, see twitter as to big of a threat and require their athletes not to use it during the season. Even if an athlete is not using twitter themselves, they need to realize they can still show up on it. David Ablauf, Michigan’s associate athletic director, said it best “We live, almost, in a transparent world today. Every person that you walk by has the potential to be a reporter.” Yogi Ferrell and Stanford Robinson, IU basketball players, learned this the hard way when a random person snapped and posted pictures of them being ticketed at a nightclub while underage. A schools reputation, as well as an athletes, rides on these young adults’ conduct. This is why education and awareness is key for these developing athletes.
Other schools see it as a way for an athlete to build their personal brand. They see the benefit of it when used to promote departments, events, and positive news. Being in the spotlight is something these athletes must learn to use as a way of building a strong reputation. Luckily, the new era brings athletes that have adapted and understand the online world well. They understand thier college years are one long interview and their social media is their resume.
SWball May 31, 2016
Posted In: college athletics, Social Media
One trend you might notice more often nowadays is the large amounts of women who wear atheleisure wear as their casual clothing. The rise of athleisure like in Fabletics, according to one article, is one that keeps on increasing and staying on trend. With sleek looks, bold colors and comfortable material, the concept of athleisure is quite easy to understand. Whether you’re a very active person who visits the gym or frequently works out, or you enjoy the comfort of athleisure clothing , this fashion trend in Fabletics is one that seems to have made quite a statement.
The article featured at http://www.cbsnews.com/news/dressing-down-the-rise-of-athleisure/ discusses how athleisure has become so desirable to women of all shapes. It’s comfortable materials and versatile pieces can be paired with your normal casual wear for even more of a fashionable look. Did you know that in 2015, two hundred million dollars of athleisure was sold to consumers in America? One brand called Fabletics is one that has made quite a fan base with their fun and “fab” athleisure wear. Their spokeswoman and co-creator Kate Hudson helps to promote the brand and what it has to offer to fans of athleisure.
You can subscribe to Fabletics at a reasonable monthly cost which is a favorable benefit to customers. Instead of paying high costs like you might with a brand like Nike, you can receive your athleisure at a modest price. Not to mention, athleisure is delivered to your door monthly so you can continuously add to your athleisure wardrobe. Simply join and set your preferences and sizes and watch you closet grow!
SWball May 28, 2016
Posted In: Fashion Company
Growing up in one of the most repressive countries across the globe was a nightmare to Yeomni Park. In her Amazon released book of In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom, Park notes that she was not aware of what freedom entailed and didn’t even understand the concept. Freedom being an impossible dream, all she cared about was having food.
Park’s journey to freedom starts with her first steps away from North Korea back on March 31, 2007. Yeonmi Park recounts how she and her mother crossed Yalu River deep in the night and arrived in China with no idea on the next course of action. Merely thirteen years old, Park had to endure a lot in her escape journey. They had to cross the harsh Gobi desert, to the insecure Mongolian border, and eventually land in South Korea by Plane.
Park’s perseverance and determination to survive propelled her to endure the pains and struggle throughout the journey. Her journey was characterized by constant abuse, risk of suicide, and starvation. According to Park, her father died without tasting freedom or knowing whether democracy exists anywhere in the world.
Although her story has captured interests of thousands of readers across the globe, some of them have attempted to discredit the major parts of her story. Others claim that there are discrepancies in her survival story. Amid all the criticism, Park holds strongly that her story is true. She says that some details were changed a bit for the security of her family members still residing in North Korea.
About Yeomni Park
Yeonmi Park is a popular human rights activist, a public speaker, and a writer. She was born in 1993 and raised in Hyesan, a North Korean City, under the oppressive and dictatorial leadership of Kim Jong-II. Since defecting from North Korean, Park has told her story in popular television programs and journals. Apart from being interviewed by The Guardian, Park’s story has appeared in the Washington Post. Yeonmi is an active volunteer of popular activist programs like the Freedom Factory Corporation as well as Liberty in North Korea. Park believes North Korea will regain its freedom if activists like her and other defectors continue condemning the oppressive Kim Dynasty. This article was originally posted on Reason.com; https://reason.com/blog/2015/11/15/yeonmi-parks-north-korean-defector-story
SWball May 16, 2016
Posted In: Authors
The fashionable and comfortable athleisure gym attire style is growing in insane popularity. Athleta and Lululemon have been popular athleisure brands, but the new line, Fabletics, is taking the athleisure fad industry by storm. Fabletics.com company has seen a daily rise in visitors with 1.3 million unique visitors as of this month. Fabletics has managed to set itself at the decided forefront of the pack by superb marketing decisions and offering the lowest prices around with each outfit going for $50 which is marked down to $25 if the customer has a membership. For more about Fabletics marketing and a comparison with its competitors see here.
Fabletics – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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The company emphasizes being a member because a membership will usually result in the customer buying more merchandise. It is also a great way to ensure customer loyalty. Fabletics was founded by Adam, Goldenberg, and Kate Hudson in 2013. They have been committed to providing the public with comfortable, affordable athleisure wear that is conducive to any strenuous activity, whether it is athletics on thekrazycouponlady.com, professional or yard work, or even just the frequent activity that goes into caring for small kids. While Fabletics garments are very affordable, they are also the highest quality. Fabletics operates by its company motto: “Live Your Passion. They are driven to spread this same message throughout the world.
SWball May 15, 2016
Posted In: Fashion Company
President Nicolas Maduro has announced that the time in Venezuela will spring forward 30 minutes allowing more daylight after residents get home in the evening when energy use is at its highest, according to an article published via the Independent. The country gets about 66 percent of its electricity from the Guri Dam which is at historical lows. People in the country are very upset about their energy crisis blaming the government for inefficiency in solving the problem which has been ongoing since 2008.
President Maduro has also asked people thru his Linked In account to reduce their use of air conditioning encouraging them to enjoy the tropical weather. Furthermore, he has ordered that women stop blow drying their hair except for special occasions. Additionally, he has ordered that residents stop drying clothes. He says that they should hang clothes outside to dry instead of using the electricity to operate dryers.
Residents are not the only ones hurt by the electricity shortage. He has ordered government officials to work only two days a week and many private industries have restricted working hours because of lack of electricity. Maduro had already ordered that all businesses cease operation for a week during the Easter holiday.
Jose Manuel Gonzalez has come up with an idea in order to encourage residents to do their part. Meanwhile, the president has often taken to the late night airwaves giving rambling speeches that only seem to upset residents even more. One of his recent speeches was recently interrupted by a power outage.
SWball May 3, 2016
Posted In: Energy Problem
Squaw Valley CEO Andy Wirth is one of the most successful resort administrators in the U.S. Just a few short years ago, he took over fledgling Squaw Valley and built it into a powerhouse. He initiated a multimillion dollar upgrade, made some administrative changes and added a number of perks to upgrade employee morale. He has earned a great deal of respect from his staff, visitors and members of the community.
His hands-on approach has done nothing but good for Squaw Valley. When he took over for the outgoing CEO Nancy Cushing, visitation had dropped to an all-time low. “There was no doubt that many badly needed changes were in order,” says Wirth. Not only did he do it, he did it in record time. He already had over 2 decades in the industry, having worked for Steamboat Springs Resort. That was his platform into something better.
Iron Man reported that shortly after Andy Wirth graduated from Colorado State University, Wirth started working with the Rocky Mountain Forest Service. Wirth has received many awards for excellence. He is one of the leading proponents of green initiatives in the state of Colorado.
Andy Wirth is an avid sportsman and athlete. However, his life took a turn last year when he lost an arm in a skydiving accident. “I landed in a vineyard and watch a pole rip my arm off,” says Wirth. It was a miracle that he was found so soon and airlifted to a local hospital. His arm was reattached, but the journey back has been a bumpy, arduous ride.
According to CrowdRise, Andy Wirth says he thanks his lucky stars for being given a second chance. He is also doing well enough to compete in the upcoming Ironman Triathlon. His long-term goal is to get back to his former self. People who know Wirth best say don’t bet against him. When he sets he mind to something, he usually gets it done.
Additional details here: https://www.crunchbase.com/person/andy-wirth#/entity
SWball April 28, 2016
Posted In: Andy Wirth, Colorado State University, Squaw Valley
Men and women have been wearing sandals for centuries. Someone once said sandals are the perfect foot covering even though they don’t cover much of the foot. Sandal styles haven’t changed much over the years. The basic thong, toe ring, ankle strap and cross band have been tweaked using different materials, accessories and heel heights over the years. The major shoe brands depend on sandal sales every year. Most shoe companies would have a tough time making their projected sales figures if sandal sales dropped out of the sales volume forecast. But that happens from time-to-time. Consumers that get bored with the latest tweaks on the basic silhouettes wear last year’s styles. Shoe companies go back to their product development drawing boards, and they try to reinvent a style or styles that was popular in another century.
Dolce & Gabbana has built a reputation selling fashion clothing and shoes. Sandals have been a big part of their product line. The Italians take pride in the fact that they know more about sandals than other cultures, but that’s not really true. Dolce & Gabbana came under fire recently when they introduced another version of the gladiator sandal and called it a “Slave Sandal,” according to an article originally posted by Footwear News and the SydneyMorningHerald.com. This new version of a pom-pom covered gladiator that retailed for more than $3,255. But the critics didn’t like the new name and Dolce & Gabbana pulled the sandal from their product mix.
JustFab, the online fashion house, likes to offer consumers unique gladiator styles that other retail and online stores don’t offer. The designers at JustFab play close attention to the latest looks in Europe and other parts of the world and develop a fashion line that combines trends, reasonable prices, and an easy online shopping experience.
The Los Angeles-based JustFab on retailmenot has a product development department that searches the world for clothes, bags, shoes, and accessories that are unique, timely and personal. Shipping is always free, and their personalized shopper mindset and direct from the manufacturer approach is the key to finding styles that are worth more than the price.
SWball April 21, 2016
Posted In: Fashion Company
Over the years, Beneful has become a widely celebrated brand of dog food products, beloved by canine owners everywhere. They are known for their diverse variety of foods, and have earned a well deserved reputation for their choice chow. In fact, the Nestle PurinaStore Petcare Beneful brand has not only generated billions in revenues, but has climbed to the top of of the dog food totem pole. Beneful established itself through marketing that revolved around proper animal nutrition. Their exceptional products include wet food, as well as dry and canned food, along with a slew of healthy doggie snacks and other treats. In early aughts Beneful launched ‘The Beneful Healthy Harvest’ line, premium dry food that substituted meat based protein with soy. Additionally, Beneful Prepared Meals emerged a year later, offering innovative resealable, multipurpose packaging that doubles as a food bowl. One of Beneful’s most popular offerings is their ‘Healthy Weight with Real Chicken Dog Food’, an especially healthy alternative designed to help adult dogs maintain a healthy weight while getting all the nutrition they need. This selection is comprised of both soft and crunchy bits beloved all kinds of canines. It’s part of Beneful’s Purposeful Recipe line which revolves around healthy grub with a great taste. Another popular choice is ‘Beneful IncrediBites with Real Beef’, another healthy selection perfect for smaller dogs. It is made up of tinier bites, that like all of Beneful’s products doesn’t sacrifice flavor, while remaining nutritious. It’s notably great for pickier dogs who aren’t always keen on dry food. For dogs suffering from dental problems there’s ‘Beneful Healthy Smile Twists’, a savory snack that also serves to rid canine mouths of plaque and tartar buildup, and includes parsley to further help keep your dog’s mouth clean and disease free. Finally, one of their most lauded products is ‘Beneful Healthy Puppy’, a calcium rich blend with DHA which helps ensure strong teeth and bones and contributes to healthy vision and brain function. At the end of the day, if you’re a dog lover you probably love Beneful, a brand that truly cares about your puppy’s health.
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SWball April 20, 2016
Posted In: Canine Premium Products
Slyce is one of the most innovative new technologies in terms of bridging the gap between consumers and retailers. They bridge this gap by providing a reliable application for searching for products through visual search recognition software. The software that runs the application searches for products based on images that the consumer picks out. The consumer can use a variety of images to conduct their search. They can actually take a picture of a product that they see in their environment in order to search for it in Slyce’s market place, which is probably the most convenient way to conduct a search through Slyce. However, the user also has the option to take a picture of a picture, or they can use QR codes or barcodes to conduct their search on Slyce.
New Partnerships Between Slyce And Major Retailers
One of the latest partnerships that Slyce is proud to announce is the agreement with Shoe Carnival Inc. that will bring high quality footwear to a virtual search market place located on every consumer’s smart phone. Slyce announced in an article from Market Wired that they will be presenting products from Shoe Carnival, and they officially signed this agreement in October of 2015, so users are excited to finally get closer to the products offered by this valued retailer in major brands of footwear.
Shoe Carnival offers footwear options to men, women and children, and they have the best national and regional name brands to offer to consumers. They offer their products at affordable prices, and they have 400 stores across the US. With all their retail space and a new connection with Slyce’s virtual market place it appears that Shoe Carnival will be gaining more recognition as a reliable retailer in shoe sales.
SLyce has made several interesting partnerships over the last year. They have partnered with Neiman Marcus, Urban Outfitters, Tilly’s and others, so their users have many options to choose from when they want quality products. Users get the advantage of not having to go to a store, and they don’t have to conduct lengthy searches online by using Slyce to do all their online shopping. Slyce is easy to use, and the app is free to download. If you haven’t already started downloading it, then you should check out this article from Market Wired.
SWball April 5, 2016
Posted In: Service Agreement
Middlesex County Improvement Authority is in arrears and has failed to meet its financial obligations to Reinvestment Development Authority. It had received a loan totaling to 20 million dollars from the casino. The loan enabled it construct the Heldrich which performs as a hotel and a conference center. The hotel is appropriated by New Brunswick Development Corp which is a nonprofit organization.
Devco has been applauded severally with the latest recognition coming from Senate President Stephen Sweeney. The Brunswick was used as the pilot program to test for the viability of Atlantic City Development Corp that is set to direct over 200 million dollars in addition to 19.5 million dollars in form of CRDA money.
Posting a 63.5% occupancy level at this financial shaky climate is no easy fit. The Heldrich which boasts 235 rooms is a darling to many including its largest client Johnson & Johnson. DEVCO is committed to the hotel bailing it out when it lacks funds. The original version was posted by Atlantic City.
DEVCO is committed to paying the money owed and has already repaid some bond owners. Christopher Paladino who heads DEVCO has acknowledged that the money owed to CRDA will be repaid. Atlantic City Development Corp has learnt a lot from the Heldrich and will not suffer the same financial crisis. CRDA representatives are confident that the DEVCO will make good its payment. John Palmeri who is the CEO of CRDA further added that they knew they would be paid last as per the agreement.
DEVCO was founded in the late 1970s to oversee developments in Middlesex County. The development authority has constructed several buildings over the years and is responsible for the turnaround in the county. The corporation which is nonprofit in nature has seen the development of schools and hospitals. Its developments such as the Heldrich hotel have provided employment opportunities to many people. DEVCO has carried out many development projects and has set it eyes to newer areas that will promote the local economy.
SWball April 1, 2016
Posted In: Real Estate Development