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Inside The Drought with Andy Wirth on KCRW

Being an avid listener of KCRW I stumbled open an amazing interview on my way to work. Press Play with Madeleine Brand is generally what is on when I’m heading to work in the mornings. This particular episode really resonated with me because it was on an important topic. Madeleine was hitting on the upcoming drought and what impact it would have on ski resorts.

Her guest, Andy Wirth, CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings, had plenty to say about this topic. With a decrease in moisture and less snow coming in, Brand wanted to know first off how business was doing. With annual snowfall 25% down from previous seasons, Andy admitted that he barely noticed the lack of snow, when it came to sales and his resorts staying packed with families and friends all playing and having a great time. Learn more about Andy Wirth: and

During this interview, Madeleine wanted to know what his plans were for the upcoming El Niño. Mr. Wirth express no concern at all and was thrilled to explain what measures could be taken to ensure his guest would have memorable moments at his ski resort. He gave thanks to the advancements in science. Wirth comments that science gives him the ability to make snow if needed during dry seasons, with low snowfall.

Andy Wirth, born a German native in 1963, had visions of making a better future for Squaw Valley and Alpines ski resorts. To the people who know Andy, many would note his kindness and genuine personality. Ask around and you may end up hearing about his inspirational run-in with a team of navy seals who happened to be training on his resort.


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Just Breathe: Andy Wirth on the Upswing in Tahoe
How Will the Drought Affect California Ski Resorts?

Energy Shortage Forces Venezuela To Shorten Work Week Even Further

Venezuela has dealt with a number of crisis over the years. A shortage of goods and services, lack of currency and high inflation, just to name a few. But just when the citizens thought things couldn’t get any worse, the country is in the grips of an energy shortage. To deal with the shortage, the government has implemented a 2-day work week. Adrian Jose Velasquez Figueroa explains that this means the public sector workers will only work on Mondays and Tuesdays until the crisis is over.
President Nicolas Maduro blames the decision on drought due to El Nino. Critics, on the other hand, accuse the government of mismanagement. Maduro assured citizens that the order would be lifted as soon as the country begins to see rain.

Although many countries have been hit by the energy crisis, Venezuela is by far the largest country Velasquez Figueroa added, with the highest energy consumption. The country is trying a number of options to help the situation.

Skout Has A Community Feel Like No Other

How many apps out there can say they combine friendship, a virtual community, and fun? Not many. It seems like many apps these days only want you to look at a picture of a person and decide right away whether or not you want to pursue them. That’s not the case with Skout. Ad Week went in depth to show how Skout seems to stand apart from the crowd when it comes to the vast world of online dating.

According to Ad Week, Skout has way more features than any of the other apps. The other ones are just focused on allowing people to talk. Skout takes that communication a step further. It allows people to talk to other people from all over the world. No longer is someone forced to talk to someone just because they’re nearby. They have the option to meet people countries away.

Skout also allows users to gather points. The more points someone has, the more they can do. This is a great incentive to keep people using the app! Most apps out there have users that hardly ever go on! It can be frustrating when you’re trying to talk to someone and there’s no response.

Skout is also very easy to use. All of the users profiles are on one page with their pictures. You can skim through them until you find someone you want to talk too. You can also read up about them. Everyone fills out a profile which can include their hobbies, their job, their likes, and much more. This is a great way to see who you have things in common with.

Skout is also safe. There are people who are working hard behind the scenes to make sure that everyone has an appropriate and safe relationship with each other. If there is ever a problem, Skout has people working to answer any questions and concerns. To learn more, click here.

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Athleisure: The Perfect Wardrobe Staple

The new style trend known as athleisure is taking the fashion world by storm! The trend is popping up everywhere, and the chances are you have seen the trend discussed across all of your favorite fashion sourced media. A list celebrities and today’s hottest fashion models are spotting and styling the trend and new and epic ways, making it an acceptable ensemble even when the gym is not on your schedule. Exercise wear like sneakers and leggings might be considered as only work out wear, but most of these athleisure pieces serve perfect as a wardrobe staple item. If you are a woman on the go, you most likely skipped around when you heard the athleisure trend was surfacing! Comfy and functional pieces that take your from work, gym, and even to play seamlessly. Need a little athleisure wear inspiration? Popsugar recently posted an article showcasing their favorite stars and their personal athleisure styles. From Gigi Hadid to Rita Ora, the athlesure styles is pulled off with little effort and creates a chic casual look for any occasion.

The new athleisure trend is taking over the fashion world by storm, and it is not surprise that fitness guru Kate Hudson has embraced the trend with her new business venture. Kate Hudson has partnered with the CEOs of the online retailer JustFab to create a revolutionary fitness clothing line known as Fabletics on facebook. Kate Hudson created Fabletics with the mindset to inspire women to be healthy and fit, and she has done just that with her fun and vibrant athleisure lines. Kate Hudson and the Fabletics team have design an athleisure line that includes; yoga pants, athletic bras and tops, athleisure dresses, and the newest collection of active swimwear.

Never Have A Bad Hair Day Again With Wen By Chaz

Originally, reported on Bustle, Wen Hair, is a line of revolutionary cleansing conditioners created by Chaz Dean. Since the product reveal this well-rounded product created by Chaz Dean, the celebrity hairstylist, have recieved many rave reviews.
If you love being on the cutting edge of hair care, you must give Wen hair a try. This is one of the best beauty choices you could make. The rich texture of the product may initially catch you off guard if you have fine strands or thin hair but this product will not weigh your hair down. The hair will plump up, leaving you with voluminous locks creating a full and luscious look. If your hair tends to get oily quickly, you may want to style your hair daily to receive optimal results.

If you have thin hair, you need not worry about the moisturizing elements of this cleansing conditioner. The cleanser will eliminate any product buildup while sealing in the natural moisture of your hair. Chaz Dean and the team who formulated WEN Hair, took care to make sure you will receive salon results at home. The quality of this product is bar none and will increase the shine and strength of your hair. This product is so gentle that you could easily use this daily and produce consistent, gorgeous hair that last all day.

Wen Hair is a sephora available brand, it’s sulfate free sweet almond mint cleansing conditioner that takes the place of a traditional shampoo, conditioner, deep conditioner, detangler and leave-in conditioner. In the formulation of Wen By Chaz they took extra care so, the natural oils will not be stripped.  Wen Hair is available online on

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New York Real Estate Reports Show Mixed Results

Many real estate people might have thought the reports released on April 1 showed good news for Manhattan real estate sellers, but once investors examined the reports closely the news was not as good as it appeared as it would first appear, according to Miller Samuel who prepared the report for Douglas Elliman Real Estate. Miller Samuel, as quoted in Crains New York, says that prices are up 17 percent over April 1, 2015. He quickly adds, however, that most of the increase was because of new developments where contracts were signed at least one year ago.

Those looking to live in a new unit can still find some outstanding choices on the market. One of the choices offered by TOWN Residential is 53 Greene Street in the Soho neighborhood. This six-story boutique condominium offers chic and elegant accommodations right in the heart of the fabulous art district.

The market is so depressed right now that builders are not releasing their new properties onto the market. This has caused a 44 percent decrease in the amount of active listings. Andrew Heiberger, CEO of TOWN Residential, says that buyers are slowing down when looking for a luxury place to live. They still have money, but they are looking for a deal before turning loose of their money. He says that successful companies, such as his own that has been in business for five years, are still able to find good deals for buyers. The success of his company, however, relies on the networks that the company has already built with owners.

Over 75 percent of all NYC apartments for sale are resales of existing property. Buyers are still looking to snatch up bargains especially when they are priced between $500,000 and $1 million. These homes are moving as fast as ever. The median price for real estate during the first quarter of 2016 was $950,000.

Securus Announces Jails Plan to Upgrade Their Telecommunications

Securus Technologies recently announced the results of a survey they carried out of corrections facilities in the United States. More than half of these penal institutions are updating their use of  telecommunications technologies to improve services to inmates and their families, increasing their satisfaction. They plan to improve productivity and profitability. 56 percent of the facilities surveyed by Securus at their Technology Center plan to update the telecommunications technologies they currently have implemented in their institution. 55 percent said that expanding the services they offer to inmates and their families was an important focus for them to implement in 2016. 15 percent said they intended to lower costs. That’s because all jails and penitentiaries are under pressure to keep their budgets low. The leaders of these institutions are focused on ways to increase both productivity and safety.

Chief Executive Officer of Securus Technologies, Richard A. Smith, said the results of the survey pointed to the many opportunities for correctional facilities to save money and improve inmate satisfaction by working in partnership with companies such as Securus. Securus provides telecommunications services to 3,450 jails and police stations across the United States, serving over 1,200,000 inmates. 66 percent of the facilities surveyed considered video visitation essential to maintain prisoner satisfaction and safety. 33 percent said the same for tablets. They mentioned the need for hardware to assure public safety and the need to mitigate the risks posed by contraband cell phones. Securus recently opened their Technology Center in Carrollton Texas just outside of Dallas. They spent $1.5 million to make sure its equipment is state of the art. It showcases for the top leaders of correctional facilities how they can benefit from Securus Technologies services and equipment.

Securus focuses its business on making connections that matter. It offers a range of services to the incarcerated and their families. Their products include inmate phone calls services, Video Visit, email and Jail Voicemail. Video Visit is much more convenient for inmate families. It allows inmates to see families at home, feeling connected to their loved ones. They recently added John Bell to the executive team to serve as Senior Vice-President of Sales. For law enforcement and corrections facilities, they have over 800 products. Besides facilitating inmate communication with their families, Securus offers a suite of technology tools include biometric analysis, emergency response capabilities, inmate self-service and monitoring and the management of incidents. Bell is now in charge of the over 100 sales representatives who market Securus products.

Securus Technologies is not in any way a part of the website Securus America nor is it affiliated with the Amazon product Securus used to treat anxiety and pain relief.

You can download the video visitation app from Google Play to integrate with your Android devices or, to work with your Apple tablet and/or phone find Securus free app in the App Store.

Patrick Ponsaty Opens the Escondido Food Scene with Bellamy

Escondido is far from San Diego’s tourist stretches, but is finding new foodie life with Bellamy. Troy Johnson reviews the restaurant in his article ‘Grand Cuisine at Bellamy’ in San Diego Magazine.

Bellamy sits amongst first name only restaurants on its Main Street street front. Bartenders in the area wear full moustaches unironically without any nod towards a trend. The classic beauty of Escondido, the “Hidden City”, rings true due to its authenticness that isn’t recreated, and frankly can’t be.

Replacing the restaurant Tango, Bellamy’s atmosphere is classic jazz. Beginning his career at Rancho Bernardo Inn and Coronado’s Loews, Patrick Ponsaty helms the kitchen at Bellamy. Ponsaty is a Master Chef of France and is a rising star on the San Diego food scene.

Ponsaty’s French bistro menu does not disappoint his rising star status. He dismisses the subtleties he employed at Loews and embraces full French taste and techniques on the new menu. His unique flavor pairings are exemplified within the beet salad when his beet ice cream that is set against a warmed tart with goat cheese.

Reflecting on Basque country, Ponsaty serves a cold, smooth corn soup over ceviche. His unique ceviche combines lime juice, cilantro, ginger, and olive oil to balance its scallops. In true French style, truffles are on the menu. Paired with sea salt, the truffles are served with poached salmon over a cream risotto.

If you did not plan on a heavy meal, split the Mushroom Ravioli and pair it with the Beet Salad. The Ravioli is covered with veal flavored wine sauce and stuffed with mushrooms tossed with cream and wine. Finish off with the Saffron Panna Cotta. Covered with a strawberry hibiscus consommé, it is an ideal dessert dusted with fine sugar.

Behind the planning and financial doors of Bellamy’s is Brian Bonar, a Scottish entrepreneur. As the former chairman of the Solvis Medical Group, Bonar is bringing his financial expertise to the restaurant market. Currently, he is planning a large restaurant enterprise for San Diego.

Bonar put together the best of San Diego for his newest project, Bellamy’s From from El Bizcocho at Rancho Bernardo Inn, he has named Mike Reidy as Executive Chef and Trevor Da Costa to run the Front of House.

Reidy is currently studying under Ponsaty at Bellamy’s and will take over when Ponsaty leaves to begin Ranch at Bandy Canyon. Bonar is rehauling the 144-acre estate to be San Diego’s premiere high-end event space and to be Ponsaty’s final home.

Stop by Bellamy’s and try the beginning of what is to come for San Diego’s foodie scene.

Yeonmi Park speaks for human rights


Yeonmi Park is a young Korean woman who has become a spokesperson for human rights after escaping North Korea. Her harrowing tale of adventure is an emotional story of near starvation, abuse an terror, but ultimately one of victory, that is outlined in her book on Amazon, In Order To Live. In the book Yeonmi Park goes into great detail about her escape that took years, and about life growing up in North Korea.

The repressive regime controls every aspect of life, just like Orwell’s book, 1984, but this is for real. She said she saw a woman executed in public for breaking a minor rule. Park feared to speak, to even whisper to herself, because a mouse might hear her. She was taught to not express herself at all, and every day was a matter of just finding enough food to survive while she lived in North Korea.

Her father was caught selling metals to China and sent to a labor camp, so that made her an outcast as well, so her life went from bad to worse. That, along with nearly starving, led her and her mother to escape.

1n 2007, she and her mother walked across a frozen river to escape into China. She was just 13 at the time. They followed the stars and were not sure where they were going. She had to still be very careful in China, as she could have been deported back to North Korea if she were discovered.

She eventually made her way to Mongolia, and that led to her ultimate arrival in England. The Reason TV and other media outlets have told her story many times, and there have been articles in the Daily Mail UK about Yeonmi Park as well.



Organo ™ Gold: Offering Benefits for Everyone

Organo ™ Gold was launched in 2008 in Richmond, British Columbia, and is now present in 44 countries with around 400,000 Independent Distributors of its products. Bernardo Chua, originally from the Philippines, was the responsible one to launch Organo ™ Gold to show the world the Chinese edible mushroom, Ganoderma, which is widely known, but primarily in the Asian culture, to have healing properties. Bernie Chua, who had experience in Gano Excel Philippines since 1999, and in 2003 earned the President position in Gano Excel USA gave him a vast experience to found Organo ™ Gold company, since this company started the distribution of Ganoderma in capsules, coffee capsules and other food products. His Chinese heritage helped him know about the Ganoderma edible mushroom, and he had a successful vision to market this plant with coffees and tea blends outside the Asian region.

Beyond the health benefits Bernardo has instilled in the company, Organo ™ Gold is a multi-level marketing distribution network where the Independent Distributors sell the whole range of products offered by the company. Bernardo Chua saw this business model as a very successful one, helping the company expand globally, and he states that the direct sales offered in Organo ™ is one of the most effective ways to make business. Organo ™ Independent Distributors are effectively paid through their compensation plans, this company offers to reinforce the individual strengths by also working in teams at the company.

This company is a proud partner with of Associations and Foundations to make the world a better place. Some of this partners are OG Cares Foundation, designed to provide guidance for the youth. The Napoleon Hill Foundation, where Organo ™ donates the proceeds collected from the Collector’s Edition, that included the logo of Organo ™, of the book Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. The Organic Trade Association (OTA), since the Ganoderma product is grown in an organic way, Organo ™ became a member in this Association that promotes organic products. And also has an ECOCERT Certification that demonstrates that Organo’s ™ production is environmental friendly.

Organo ™ Gold started manufacturing and production of Ganoderma, which in Japanese means Reishi or the “King of Herbs”. Organo’s ™ Ganoderma is naturally grown, and Organic certification to it.