S’well Keeps Its Promise!

Recently I saw a report on the S’well water bottle, a stainless steel bottle that has recently come onto the market. The promise? That it keeps hot things hot and cold things cold for significant periods of time. The report from KWCH 12 put it to the test. 

The bottle was filled with ice and cold water and given to a woman who regularly runs at a local track. They measured the temperature of the water right at the beginning, where it was around 40 degrees. They also used a standard plastic water bottle as a control. After sitting at her work, in her hot car, and then in the full sun at the track, the water was still around 40 degrees, some 8 hours later. The regular plastic water bottle, which had undergone the exact same conditions, was over 70. 
They weren’t done with the test there. The S’well boasts on its Wikipedia that it will keep cold drinks cold for 24 hours, not 8. So the next day, they checked it and the regular plastic bottle again. The regular bottle was well over 80 degrees, where the S’well was around 65. 
The report also tested the promise to keep drinks hot for 12 hours. It passed there as well. Hot coffee around 140 degrees was poured in, and 12 hours later it was 125. Still hot enough to be drinkable. 
The report did say that the price was a little prohibitive, the S’well retailing for $25 to $45, depending on the size. Still, once you add it all up, including that the S’well doesn’t sweat and does fit in a standard size car cup holder and you’ve got one product that does live up to its hype and pays attention to the details.

Well-Known Financial Professional Brad Reifler

Brad Reifler is a CEO who works for Forefront Capital, a prominent financial services firm located in New York, New York. He established the company himself in May of 2009. Before Reifler founded Forefront Capital, he worked for Pali Capital Inc., also as the CEO and founder. When Reifler was the head of Pali Capital Inc., the company had the distinction of being one of Wall Street’s biggest money making firms.

Reifler has enjoyed a long and successful financial career so far. The entrepreneur established the Reifler Trading Corporation back in 1982, shortly after graduating from Bowdoin College with a degree in economy and political science. Reifler began his education at the college in 1977 and finished in 1981. The focus at the Reifler Trading Corporation was global derivative execution. Refco Inc. purchased the corporation in 2000.

Reifler established Reifler Capital Management in 1992, a decade after founding the Reifler Trading Corporation. This company was a commodity pool advisor that concentrated on trading techniques for foreign exchange and commodity purposes. Between the years of 1995 and 2000, Reifler was the head of the Institutional Sales Desk at Refco Inc. Reuters writes that he was in charge of global derivative execution and sales. He also was in charge of setting up customized investment plans and foreign exchange.

Reifler is associated with various advisory and corporate organizations. The financial professional is also a Millbrook School trustee. He’s on the school’s finance committee, as well.

He’s well-known for the many companies he’s created over the years. Reifler has had many positions at many diverse companies. He served as a director for the company Genesis Securities, for example. He also worked for Foresight Research Solutions and the European American Investment Bank.

The financial universe is in Reifler’s blood, as his grandfather Ray E. Friedman established Refco Inc.

The Home of US Skiing: Squaw Valley Ski Resort

Squaw Valley is unmistakably one of the most beautiful Alpine valleys in the world. Perched in California’s Olympic Valley; this family owned ski resort played host to the VIII Olympic Winter Games held in 1960. Andrew Wirth is the current president at the helm of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings, which runs Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows Ski Resorts. He began his career in 1986, while working for the Steamboat Springs Resorts and recently made headlines after surviving a skydiving accident. Wirth’s accolades over the years include 2014 Citizen of the Year Award and the Steamboat Springs Business Leader of the Year. He is also the recipient of Chairman’s Outstanding Service Award from the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority Board of Trustees. In the 1950’s, Squaw Valley was a small ski area consisting of only 2 rope tows, a chair lift and a 50-room lodge in a spatially developed land. 

One of the landowners at the time was a gentleman called Alexander Cushing, who was the president of Squaw Valley Development Company. He stands out as the individual who convinced the state governor to have the site bid for the 1960 Winter Olympic Games. Today, Squaw Valley features some of the steepest terrains and deep snowfalls in North America; indeed the area receives about 450-inches of snow annually. The other factors that make this resort a perfect place for ski excursions is its diverse terrain and sunshine. The terrain caters for beginners, intermediate and advanced skiers. The entry level terrain offers beginners a breathtaking view of the mountains. The summit at the Granite Chief peak is elevated to 9,050-ft, which makes for a vertical jaw dropping height of 2,850-ft. 

The facility is designed in such as way that it can accommodate huge number of skiers at the same time; the infrastructure includes 33 lifts, consisting 2 high-speed detachable six pacs and 4 high-speed quads. This is in addition to 2 new surface lifts at the Papoose Learning Center. Some of the most popular sports at Squaw Valley Ski include snowboarding and cross-country snowshoeing and skiing. Squaw Valley has become a Mecca for snowboarding athletes and enthusiast who want to fully exploit what the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range has to offer. On the other hand, the cross country skiing tracks at the resort are specially designed to give snowshoers, striders and skaters and an experience of a lifetime. Lake Tahoe hopes to bring another Winter Olympics to Northern California around 2026, when it will present a bid.

Up and Coming Real Estate Investment Areas in NYC

New York City has a lot of expensive property on the market and those who are looking for lower real estate costs are pushed further and further to suburban and exurban areas in order to find affordable housing. Areas that were traditionally more affordable and close to the major train line such as Williamsburg, Astoria, and Long Island City are now high priced and elitist. Finding property that is convenient and has the potential to incrase further in value can be challenging in New York City, but there are a few local communities that provide individuals with the possibility of significant price appreciation.

Atlantic avenue terminal is a major transportation hub with connections to JFK airport and a number of interconnections with other subway lines. Catching and transferring a subway here is easy and convenient. Further, the Barclay’s Center which houses the Brooklyn Nets and Long Island Islanders is located here and the area is undergoing a significant renovation. Buying property now in this area while the area is still building up can be a potentially wise investment.

The Upper East Side is one of the more expensive areas in Manhattan. However, the area along York Ave and 1st street is significantly cheaper than other parts of Manhattan due to the lack of a convenient subway line. One is being built now and once it is operational in a few years may provide a boon to the area leaving those who bought into the area now very happy when they sell their property.

Woodside is another enclave that is only a short jaunt over e East river and easily accessible by subway or with the LIRR. Woodside had a decently high crime rate and the price of property there was significantly lower as a result. As the area becomes safer the benefit of living less than ten minutes from Manhattan will eventually overwhelm the negatives of living in Woodside and the areas is prime for a real estate investment.

Jamaica Queens is one of the great hubs for transportation in New York City and connects quickly and easily to JFK airport. The area has been impacted by blight but some areas have slowly improved such as Jamaica Estates. As businesses continue to move into the community there is expected improvement in Jamaica and real estate prices are likely to soar.

Finding property in rejuvenating areas can seem challenging to an individual, but the right real estate broker can help meet this challenge. TOWN Real Estate has professional brokers who have a significant amount of experience in the local communities with available NYC properties can help you to spot real estate values quickly and allow you to make a great investment. Contact TOWN Real Estate and get to work finding a prime property for your investment portfolio.

A Bold Lawsuit Against the Company Syngenta Leaded by Mikal Watts and His Firm as a Resut of GMO Corn

Suing Syngenta due to GMO Corn Production
Farmers are being encouraged by Watts Guerra to sue the company Syngenta that produces the swiss seed. Mikal Watts is leading his legal team as of July 13, 2015 to help farmers sue the company Syngenta for selling China GMO( Genetically Modified Organisms) corn in the year 2013 through 2014. Crops in which China boldly refused to import.

U.S. Farmers export 20% of the corn they produce internationally as per PR NewsWire, and China rejected all of the corn shipments from the United States in the years 2013 through 2014. The reason is because the swiss seed producer Syngenta sold GMO( Geneticallty Modified Organisms) corn which ended up causing billions of dollars to the United States corn industry. Syngenta is only one of the many industries that produces GMO corn, but is one of the main substantial producers of this corn. As a result of China refusing to import millions of American Corn bushels due to them being GMO there was a significant price drop in corn. The sudden price drop in corn affected thousands of our American Farmers finances and earnings.

Mikal Watts goals are to help farmers recover some of their continuous financial damages that were caused by Syngenta’s actions. Mikal Watts attorneys in his firm, Watts Guerra, have fantastic; and qualified experience in handling lawsuits involving the agriculture of this country.

About the Man Behind the Movement
– Born in Christi, Texas.
1987- received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas.
1989- Graduated from the University of Texas School of Law with honors.
1990- first became an associate; and later made a partner of David L. Perry and Associates in Corpus Christi, Texas.
1997- Formed his own firm called Harris and Watts P.C.
2002- Formed Watts Law Firm L.L.P.
2009- Joined with Francisco Guerra lV to become Watts Guerra LLP.

Bonn Óir Vodka Signs Wholesale Distributor

Timber Creek Capital is Marc Sparks’ private equity firm that aims to help independent ventures get off the ground, and become profitable. Just from reading his WordPress Blog, you can see Sparks has used his resources at Timber Creek to help over a dozen companies. Bonn Óir Gold Medal Vodka is one company with the Timber Creek pedigree. The Irish American vodka uses only the best soft white wheat to make their product that features a far cleaner finish than most other comparable vodkas. Their unique distillation and filtration methods produce a gluten free wheat vodka of unparalleled quality. 

Streetinsider is now reporting that Bonn Óir has allied themselves with Goody Goody for wholesale distribution in the Dallas and Fort Worth areas of Texas. The distribution company was established in 1964 and has met with succeess since then. They now run 16 locations in the state of Texas. Goody Goody will be responsible for getting Bonn Óir vodka into bars, hotels, and restaurants. Dan O’Shevlin C.O.O. of Bonn Óir was quoted as saying “Goody Goody is exactly the kind of business we can identify with as we grow.”

Bonn Óir is produced by the O’Shevlin Importing Company. Founded by Philip Joseph O’Shevlin II in 1916, this company has been on the forefront of Irish spirits in the Americas. The company is still being run by the family. They have developed state of the art distillation processes for creating ultra premium quality vodkas.

Finding New York City Apartments Can Be a Difficult Thing to Do

New York City apartments have become a major source of controversy in recent years with increasing numbers of people being priced out of almost every area of the city as prices increase at a higher rate than inflation. In most cases, the chance to find an affordable apartment is completed with the assistance of a qualified and experienced real estate company like Town Real Estate. The City of New York recently announced the establishment of more than 20,000 new apartments targeted at those who work in low income occupations across the city and will provide affordable living options for more than 50,000 residents of the city that never sleeps.

The growth of the affordable housing market should have an effect on the entire NYC real estate market, which includes the arrival on the scene recently of the Town Real Estate company. Not including the newly completed 20,000 affordable apartments the city has recently announced the New York real estate market sees an availability rate of just two percent at any one time. This small percentage of available apartments and homes means Town Real Estate can be an invaluable source of information an assistance over the course of a hunt for an apartment.

Over the course of the year the number of individuals who are able to find a new apartment with the assistance of the New York City Government will steadily increase as the affordable homes program kicks into high gear. For most individuals classed as very low and low income groups this will mark the first time they will have been able to receive financing for a home of their own within New York City. This is the highest level of construction made available to the general public in New York since the 1970s and will make it simple for more New Yorkers to remain in the city and avoid large rent increases.

Californians Reduce Water Use

Finally some progress in reducing water use in California. Cities were able to see a 28.9% reduction in the month of May. Fresno, which in March still had people watering every day, implemented a postcard campaign in April. The postcards informed residents they might have a leak and asked them to call for an inspection. According to Handy, just one month later they were seeing results, with 2500 homes calling in and reducing water usage. Fresno was a leading community in the May overall state reduction.

California is experiencing its driest period since the late 1940s. The Governor has mandated a 25% reduction in water use statewide. Another successful community is Santa Margarita just south of Los Angeles. They initiated an outreach campaign that had district employees out knocking on doors to inform the community, and holding events at a local coffee shop. They also had conversations with local homeowners associations who tend to use a lot of water for grassy park areas. Their campaign garnered them an 18% decrease where before they had been seeing only a 3% decrease. California is now gearing up for another hot and dry summer. The full story can be found here.

Fallon Takes a Fumble

Nightly talk show host Jimmy Fallon almost took his finger completely off from his hand late last week. The taping of Jimmy’s popular show on The Tonight Show had been cancelled for the evening and put on a hiatus. The talk show host sent his fans a tweet capturing a heavily bandaged hand that was covering the wound. Jimmy went on to explain in the next tweet how he suffered the incident. At his home Jimmy Fallon tripped and caught his fall. While catching himself was a good thing Jimmy did not expect to get up and see that his ring had caught the side of a table and almost took his finger completely off. TMZ followed the story and explained that the incident took place at Jimmy’s apartment early Friday morning.

 

The night before Jimmy had been traveling around New York City and was having dinner at an Upper East Side restaurant called Scalinatella. Jimmy was his usual self and was posing with fans and being friendly with other guests. CipherCloud thought that nothing was different at all. It is unknown whether or not Jimmy, who is an avid beer pong player, had too many drinks which led to his injury. The network that airs the show apologize for guests who had tickets for the show’s taping. They got in contact with the scheduled guests and had no problem in rescheduling their tickets. The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon is slated to be back on the air on July 10th.

Bill Cosby Wants His Words Sealed from the Public

It isn’t normal to hear that Bill Cosby actually wants to hide some of the words he has spoken, but that is exactly what is happening in a courtroom today. The courts are hearing from Mr. Cosby’s attorney, in an attempt to stop the courts from unsealing documents related to a case Bill Cosby settled 10 years ago. In that case which involved a women he sexually assaulted, Cosby answered an attorney questions very candidly, and now he wants those words sealed from the public.

The lawyer for Bill Cosby has been extremely busy as of lately. There are at least 12 lawsuits filed against the aging comedian for sexual assault, and opening the files on a previous case could cast serious doubt on Cosby’s innocence. The lawyer feels if the words are released, the public will have inside information on the sexual habits of Mr Cosby, something that should be kept private. The lawyer went on to say that he feels releasing this information will embarrass his client.

This is of no consequence to the dozen ladies that claim he sexually assaulted them by drugging them and then taking advantage of them. Susan McGalla couldn’t believe all of those stories. They feel that they have lived with this pain and embarrassment long enough, and that Mr Cosby should have nothing to hide if he is in fact innocent of the charges. Future trials are pending, and this appears to be just the beginning of a long road for the comedian.