Recently, one of my good friends shared with me her story of how she cured her eczema naturally using apple cider vinegar (ACV). Since she was a young girl, her skin would break out in painful, itchy rashes which she would treat with doctor prescribed and recommended steroid creams. However, these creams had a detrimental effect on her skin over time, and eventually she had to stop using them, being left to deal with the extremely uncomfortable disease. Her quality of life was almost always compromised, admitting to me that she found it difficult being present while living with the ailment. After doing some research, she came across people`s personal stories about how they cured their eczema and psoriasis with a simple solution of ACV. She decided to give it a shot. In a spray bottle, she diluted a few table spoons of ACV with room temperature water and sprayed her affected area. She said it stung for the first minute, but the results blew her away. In just a FEW DAYS, her eczema break-out had completely vanished. This was all from a cheap, organic, 1 ingredient remedy. While the proper medical studies haven’t been conducted at this point, my friend’s story stood as a first-hand account of the treatment really working. After looking into the matter further, I discovered the massive amount of ACV success stories that were out there. Read more at http://www.the-open-mind.com/12-reasons-why-apple-cider-vinegar-will-revolutionize-your-health/#82LDqr8fhHKLQptS.99
A Silicon Valley entrepreneur has landed big money to build a modern personal care brand for people of color.
Tristan Walker said Tuesday that his company Walker & Co. Brands has raised $6.9 million in funding from Andreessen Horowitz, Upfront Ventures, Collaborative Fund and Ron Johnson, who used to run retail operations for Apple, among other investors.
Walker, 29, has set out to create a Procter & Gamble for people of color, targeting a market that he says is already worth billions and is continuing to grow but remains woefully underserved by U.S. consumer packaged companies.
"My experience of going into a Walgreens or CVS and going to the ethnic aisle, which is really a shelf, and having to reach down to get a package that is dirty, probably expired, with a photo of a 70-year-old bald, black guy in a towel on it, that entire awful second-class citizen experience has to go," Walker said.
His first product is Bevel, a sleek shaving system designed to prevent skin irritation for African American and other men.
Many African American men have never shaved with a razor because of problems stemming from coarse or curly hair, Walker said. Walker himself for years used a depilatory.
So Bevel sells a six-piece kit that retails for $60 and features a single-blade, high-end razor that reduces razor bumps and ingrown hairs. Customers can also pay $30 a month to replenish supplies of shaving creams and salves.
Walker says the new funding will help Walker & Co. Brands educate consumers about shaving, produce an online magazine with personal care tips, get Bevel into more stores and barber shops, expand internationally and start doing research and development on new products that solve key health and beauty challenges for people of color.
A Stanford MBA who grew up in Jamaica, Queens, Walker made his mark in high-tech as chief of business development at Foursquare. He became an entrepreneur in residence at Andreessen after leaving that job in June 2012.
As part of the funding Andreessen partner Jeff Jordan is joining the board of Walker & Co.
"There are numerous other huge segments in this market with underserved needs, and Tristan already has an extensive product roadmap for adjacent markets," Jordansaid.
KFC Corp. says it's investigating allegations that a restaurant employee in Jackson, Mississippi, asked a 3-year-old to leave because her facial injuries disturbed other patrons. The company is also giving $30,000 toward Victoria Wilcher's medical bills, according to The Huffington Post. Victoria's Victories is a facebook page dedicated to her bravery. It details the KFC incident: Does this face look scary to you? Last week at KFC in Jackson MS this precious face was asked to leave because her face scared the other diners. I personally will never step foot in another KFC again and will be personally writing the CEO. KFC posted an apology the next morning, requesting details.
Chances are you didn't get a ticket to Lollapalooza this year. When three-day passes to the $22 million mega-fest went on sale in March, they sold out within an hour; one-day passes sold out in two. But that doesn't just mean you won't be going to Lolla. It means that, if you live near Chicago, you won't be seeing Lorde this summer. You won't be seeing Spoon, Broken Bells or Chance the Rapper, either. In fact, you won't be seeing a lot of the more than 100 acts playing Lollapalooza this year. For that, you can thank Lollapalooza's radius clause: A part of every band's contract that reportedly bars festival performers from playing within 300 miles of Chicago for six months before the festival and three months after it. For the geographically disinclined, that's an area that stretches as far as Detroit, Milwaukee, Madison, St. Louis, Iowa City and Indianapolis. It's a clause that gives them a near-dictatorial control over music in America's midwest.
The radical Islamists surging through Iraq's heartland are flush with cash after looting a large bank in an oil-rich hub in the country's north, making off with nearly half a billion dollars, officials say.
Brent crude was projected by Wall Street analysts to average as much as $116 a barrel by the end of the year. Now, with violence escalating in Iraq, how far the price will rise has become anyone’s guess.
Vietnam plays a small role in global IT services today, but it has big potential to contribute more in coming years. Many Vietnamese IT companies and policymakers want to develop the human capital necessary for future success.
Rob Kim/Getty On Friday morning, Politico published on the previously unknown and "closely held" details of former First Daughter Chelsea Clinton's contract with NBC News. According to the story, Clinton was given an annual salary of $600,000 when she joined NBC News as a "special correspondent" in November 2011. Based on these figures, Clinton has earned about $26,724 for each minute she subsequently appeared on air. NBC News declined to confirm Politico's report about Clinton's salary. A spokesperson for the news outlet instead said they, "don’t comment on details of existing contracts." Politico also said Clinton's contract "was up for renewal or nonrenewal this year" and she was placed on the payroll on a month-to-month basis to allow her to cut ties with the network if her mother, Hillary Clinton, launches her long rumored presidential bid in 2016. Assuming Politico's reporting is correct and that Clinton is still earning at the same rate after moving to month-to-month payment, she has earned about $1.55 million from NBC News. NBC News did not respond to multiple requests for comment from Business Insider asking for information about Clinton's salary or the number of appearances she has made since becoming a special correspondent. However, using Nexis, Business Insider identified 14 appearances Clinton has made on NBC News programs. A source familiar with Clinton's work for NBC told Business Insider "she has two completed reports scheduled to air next week and another two scheduled to begin shooting in the coming weeks." Clinton's 14 past appearances identified by Business Insider included news segments where she interviewed the Geico gecko and feel-good "Making a Difference" pieces like one on foster grandparents and another on a program to provide therapy dogs to soldiers. She was also interviewed by other NBC reporters about her charity work and role in President Barack Obama's inauguration. In total, Clinton's segments from the past 2 years and seven months lasted just shy of 58 minutes.
NEW YORK – A U.S. contractor in Iraq told WND the Iraqi Air Force has begun evacuations from Balad Air Force Base, where 200 American contractors were trapped by the al-Qaida-inspired jihadists who have seized control of two cities and are now threatening Baghdad. Frank Biggs, a contractor with Sallyport Global, told WND through a Skype instant message that he was transported from Balad to Baghdad and was communicating from a C-130 preparing to take off to Dubai. Biggs said 300 in total have been evacuated from Balad, about 60 miles north of Baghdad, and another 100 are still awaiting airlift. He said the Iraqi Air Force is trying to evacuate everyone by midnight local time. WND previously reported Friday that private contractors who have recently returned to the U.S. from Iraq said their former colleagues effectively had been abandoned by the U.S. military and were fighting for their lives against an army of jihadists surrounding the base who belong to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS. The U.S. contractors were at Balad to help the Pentagon prepare the facilities for the delivery of the F-16 aircraft the Obama administration has agreed to provide the Iraqi government. The surrounded Americans said they were under ISIS fire from small arms, AK47s, and rocket propelled grenades, or RPGs. The contractors had been able to hold the base, but those on the scene reported it was only a matter of time before the ISIS terrorists succeeded in breaking through the perimeter. The sources confirmed the contractors were still under siege, despite an Associated Press report Thursday, citing U.S. officials, that three planeloads of Americans were being evacuated from Balad. Read more at http://mobile.wnd.com/2014/06/200-u-s-contractors-surrounded-by-jihadists-in-iraq/#zQkOhZ2BIbyWF6ek.99
With a nationwide wave of excitement but also wafts of tear gas, the country that sees itself as the artful soul of soccer but is deeply conflicted about spending billions of dollars on hosting its showcase tournament kicked off one of the most troubled World Cups ever. It started Thursday with the home team in an opening match in a stadium that was barely ready on time.
After a funky opening ceremony featuring J-Lo in low-cut sparkling green and dancers dressed as trees, Brazil's beloved national team, the star-studded Seleção, embarked on the extremely serious business of conquering a sixth world title that could assuage much - but not all - the public anger about World Cup spending of $11.5 billion in a nation with tens of millions of poor.
Brazil's first opponent was Croatia. The all-new Itaquerao stadium, which suffered chronic delays and worker deaths in its construction, was a sea of buttercup yellow, the color of the national team. Brazilian fans were crossing fingers and toes that this crop of stars will deliver not just victory but football as art, the "Jogo bonito" - the beautiful game - that was the hallmark of great Brazilian teams of the past.
This year's Brazil squad is the odds-on favorite to win the World Cup. Five of six CBSSports.com experts are picking the host nation to be crowned champion at Maracana Stadium in Rio. Researchers at Goldman Sachs have given Brazil - buoyed by home-field advantage -- a 48.5 percent chance of winning the tournament.
Ex-IRS official Lois Lerner’s crashed hard drive has been recycled, making it likely the lost emails of the lightening rod in the tea party targeting controversy will never be found, according to multiple sources.
SAN FRANCISCO -- Yahoo on Tuesday sharedsome basic demographic information on its work force, the latest Silicon Valley company to reveal the stark lack of diversity in its ranks.
For years technology companies have resisted reporting this information even though they collect it and report it to the federal government.
But Google late last month swung open the door by revealing the gender and racial breakdown of its work force, bringing to the fore an issue that Silicon Valley has long wanted to keep hidden from public view: that these work forces are predominantly white and male.
Google made the move after Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr. stood up at its annual shareholder meeting to urge Google to disclose its numbers. He made a similar plea at the Facebook shareholder meeting. But the giant social network where Sheryl Sandberg is the No. 2 executive, said it preferred to share the data internally first.
Yahoo, which is also run by a woman and another former Google executive, Marissa Mayer, said 50% of its work force of more than 12,000 is white, 39% Asian, 4% Hispanic, 2% black and 4% undisclosed or more than one race.
Asians comprise 57% of Yahoo's tech workers while 35% of tech workers are white. About 37% of Yahoo workers are women and 23% of senior managers are women.
Last week, LinkedIn also disclosed its diversity figures, which were very similar to those released by Google and Yahoo. But LinkedIn also released the demographic report it provides to the federal government.
Only Intel, Cisco and a smattering of other companies routinely disclose their demographic reports to the federal government.
Family asks for help from public in West... Family asks for help from public in... Family asks for help from public in West Boca death Palm Beach Post 00:00 / 04:26 Allen Eyestone Terri Hemings, husband of Susan Roberts, who was murdered last week in West Boca Raton, pleads for help in finding clues to her death at the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office headquarters in West Palm Beach, Florida on June 16, 2014. Susan Roberts son, Michael Roberts, looks on at press conference. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post) By Julius Whigham II Palm Beach Post Staff Writer WEST PALM BEACH — Standing at a podium at the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office headquarters Monday afternoon, Terri Hemings struggled to contain his emotions. Hemings and other family members pleaded for the public to come forward with any information that could help solve the murder of his wife, Susan Roberts, a pharmacist who was found dead in her vehicle last week in suburban Boca Raton. “We need help,” Hemings said during brief remarks. “My wife was an angel and she doesn’t deserve this.” On Monday, the sheriff’s office announced a reward of up to $1,000 for information that could help lead to an arrest but officials have not said how Roberts died and released few details about the case. However, deputies disclosed that they are focusing on the time frame from when Roberts left work at St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach on the night of June 8, to when her body was discovered in a suburban Boca mobile home park the following day. Roberts, 56, of suburban Boca Raton, worked as a full-time pharmacist at St. Mary’s and part-time at Wellington Regional Medical Center, sheriff’s investigators said. According to deputies, she left work at St. Mary’s shortly after 10 p.m. June 8 to go home. When Roberts didn’t make it home, her husband reported her missing. Shortly before 4 p.m. on June 9, someone discovered Roberts and her beige 2009 Lexus suburban vehicle in the Watergate Mobile Mobile Home Park on Sandalfoot Boulevard. Records show that she lived about a mile from the crime scene. “We have information and believe that what happened to Susan occurred in unincorporated Boca Raton,” Sgt. Chris Karpinski, of the sheriff’s homicide unit, said. “We’re appealing to those in unincorporated Boca Raton and throughout Palm Beach County to call us with information if they had seen Susan that night or during that time frame.” Monday afternoon, family members pleaded for help while somberly speaking about Roberts. They spoke of her willingness to help others and offer advice whenever needed. “Everyone that knows her knew that she was more interested in them and helping them,” Hemings said. “That was her style.” Said her son, Peter Roberts: “I just want to appeal to anyone with information to help us move forward. (However) trivial you may think it might be, it may help. Roberts’ niece, Monique Bea Badiola of Toronto, said she would miss the advice and words of encouragement that she often got from her aunt. “She would call at least once and a month and on holidays,” Badiola said . “She would talk to me for at least an hour and give me advice on everything I would need and encouraged me … After knowing what happened, and knowing that she won’t be calling anymore, that’s really hard to believe.” Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach at 800-458-TIPS.
A survey released today by the Commonwealth Fund ranks the United States dead last in the quality of its healthcare system compared to ten other developed nations. At the same time, it's also the most expensive in the world.
Sizzle vs. steak: David Brat’s stunning defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantoris turning out to be a lesson in how far money goes — or doesn’t. The New York Times and others report Cantor’s campaign spent about $168,637 at steakhousessince the beginning of last year. That is compared to the $200,000 Brat spent on his entire campaign. That tidbit has provoked incredulity around Twitter:
For the United States, the Iraq war ranks as the most consequential foreign policy failure since Vietnam. In neither instance did U.S. forces succumb to outright defeat, of course. In both, with victory proving elusive, Americans wearied of the fight and simply walked away, abandoning the people for whom their troops had ostensibly fought.
Due to a lack of effective law enforcement, pirates now dominate Vietnam's digital content market, leaving almost no room for legal businesses to survive, let alone grow, according to remarks made at a recent conference held at the Ho Chi Minh...
Historically, it’s so-called “Triple Witching” day, which comes next Friday, that really spooks the markets.Calm down. Take a deep breath. Sure, the S&P 500 SPX 0.1456% has suffered three straight down days. And today, Friday the 13th, is supposed to be the scariest day of the year.
But the stock market is by nature counterintuitive. Friday the 13th, as luck would have it, turns out to be a decent day to invest in equities: Since 1950, returns on Fridays the 13th have averaged 0.88%, more than twice the 0.34% average gain of trading days in general. And “the frequency of advance” is higher on Friday the 13th than on other days, says Sam Stovall, managing director for U.S. equity strategy at S&P Capital IQ. In other words, there’s a greater chance that the S&P 500 will post a positive gain on Friday the 13th (56%) than other days (52%).
That doesn’t mean today’s market performance will match the average, of course, or that the average will hold in the future. But the fact is, as Jeffrey Hirsch, editor in chief of The Stock Trader’s Almanac, has put it, “Friday the 13th has been erroneously associated with market crashes.”
In fact, there’s been only one significantly bad Friday the 13th in recent market history. That was October 13, 1989, the day of the so-called mini crash of ’89, when the S&P 500 lost around 6.1% of its value and the Dow Jones industrial average fell around 190 points (which back then amounted to a 6.9% drop). The losses were triggered in part by a crisis in the junk bond market.
On the other had, there’s actually good reason to be freaked out about next Friday, which is a so-called Triple Witching day on which contracts for stock options, index futures, and index options expire simultaneously. Four times a year, on the third Friday of March, June, September, and December, investors are forced to decide whether to roll over those contracts into new ones or to unwind their positions. As a result, on those days, and especially during the final hour of trading on those days, volatility tends to spike.
Even worse, in the week that follows each June’s Triple Witching Day, the Dow has lost ground in 21 of the past 24 years. Says Hirsh: “The weeks after Triple-Witching Day are horrendous.”