Millions Of People May Have The Zika Virus

The Zika virus is becoming a major health issue around the world. In Brazil, more than a half a million cases of the Virus have been reported so far and the country’s top doctor, Sergio Cortes, says that is just the beginning because the virus just arrived in Brazil last year. Brazil is listed as one of the countries to avoid by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but that warning doesn’t help the people that live in Brazil. Brazilians are exposed to the mosquitoes that carry the disease on a regular basis.

According to National Public Radio, pregnant women are at greater risk because the virus attacks the fetus, and a condition known as microcephaly develops as a result of the mother’s exposure to the virus. Brazil is trying to develop a vaccine to control the spread of the virus plus the Brazilian army is trying to eradicate the mosquitos that carry the virus. More than 3,500 babies have been born with microcephaly and the medical community believes there is a definite connection between that condition and the Zika virus. But medical researchers don’t know how to stop it, according to Dr. Cortes.

Microcephaly is a condition that produces a small head in infants and a brain disorder. Doctors are not sure if the same mosquitoes are carrying three types of viruses that act like the Zika virus, but the symptoms of those viruses are almost identical. Dr. Cortes says the symptoms include a high fever, red spots on the skin, red eyes, and body and muscle aches.

The condition known as dengue creates pain behind the eyes as well as muscle pain, and the virus known as chikungunya creates the symptoms that appear in Zika patients. Bruno Del Guerra, a member of the Epidemiological Surveillance Itapetininga in São Paulo, says some symptoms are more dominant than others, and that is the way doctors identify which virus is causing the disease.

Bruno Del Guerra says the joint pain is more intense in patients that have the chikungunya virus, and people with Zika that are not pregnant don’t have the same kind of pain. Not all people that have the Zika virus show symptoms. About 1 in 5 infected people show symptoms, according to Dr. Cortes.

The best way to control the spread of the disease is to find a vaccine, but that could take time, according to Cortes. The disease has not spread to the United States yet, but according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it will. Right now, the word is, just isolated cases will be reported in the United States. But if the Zika virus is anything like other viruses, it could turn out to be a major concern for people all over the country, especially people living in Florida, California and other states where mosquitoes breed in large numbers.

FreedomPop Has Great Cell Phone Plans At Low-Cost Or No Cost

It’s hard to believe that companies like AT&T as well as Verizon, who has been around for many years, would purposely cap the data that their customers can use, but they have done this. Not only do customers have data caps but they do not get unlimited service through the company either, which can reach havoc on a family that has a plan they are paying for monthly. Post Bulletin listed information on their website about the practices these businesses have when it comes to unlimited plans, and even though the plans don’t currently exist, they are adding them again but at a hefty price. FreedomPop is a better choice for those who want to pay less for cell phone service.

Some people may feel they have the world at their fingertips when they have a cell phone; that is until they get their first cell phone bill. Those who have an unlimited plan with a set fee each month will not have any surprises when they get their bill, but those with a plan that can change in price every month me be surprised. A plan that is paid on a monthly basis will always have a set price, but some people have plans that may fluctuate in price, based on how much data they use, how much talk time they use, and how much text messages they use.

Although most plans these days will include free text messages and talk time, it may be a different thing when it comes to getting data. Some phone plans have very limited data, and once the data has been used, then it’s necessary to pay for additional data. These plans can be frustrating, and that’s why FreedomPop is the best choice because they have a plan with unlimited data, which is something that everyone can use. The unlimited plan also includes unlimited text messages as well as unlimited phone calls.

No matter which plan is chosen through FreedomPop, the customer is likely to be very happy with the cost, especially since it’s possible to determine the overall cost on one’s own, especially if they choose the unlimited plan, which only costs $20 a month. FreedomPop is the best choice for anyone who wants a cell phone plan that they can tailor to their needs.

Family Foundation is Recognized for Sizeable Donations to Education and Beyond

Everyone in West Michigan knows the family name of DeVos. The family has five different organizations that give to charities, but Dick DeVos – with his wife Betsy – have control of one of the organizations. The rest of the family holds the other four.

This particular DeVos child donates to professional arts administrators and other educational charities. However, they are large contributors to The Windquest Group (as the foundation’s about page mentions), and I know Dick particularly has a vested interest in the management firm.

To understand why the DeVos family can give so much – totaling $90.9 million in 2013 from all branches of the family – it is important to understand the family’s history as I do. Richard DeVos, Dick’s father, co-founded the Amway corporation. Through the time spent there, DeVos gained and kept quite a large fortune. Dick worked at Amway from 1974 to 1986, and then went on to become CEO and president of the National Basketball Associations’ Orlando Magic in 1991. Take a look at DeVos’ resume here or check out his Facebook page to get a better glimpse of his passion for not only making Michigan a better place, but the world.

I am incredibly grateful to my parents for initiating and encouraging by example the tradition of philanthropy within our family. We are happy to be a part of this great community!

Posted by Dick DeVos on Monday, January 4, 2016

In 1998, Dick published Rediscovering American Values, a New York Times best selling novel, according to Wikipedia.
However, all DeVos’ funding – even that from Dick and his wife – has three main prongs to it that influence others to give: leverage through peer pressure or via donations from all five family organizations; strategic advice to receiving more money to the institutions the family funds; and extending their influence through their positions.

Through these principles, the DeVos family has been able to show that they are looking out for the West Michigan community. Altogether, over five years, Doug and Maria DeVos – Doug being Dick’s brother – have donated over $2.6 million to the public schools in Grand Rapids, despite none of the DeVos family attending any schools in the area. They’ve supported sports programs, the aviation high school they founded, Christian nonprofits, and most notably the Mel Trotter Ministries. The Degage Ministries have also felt the effects of being supported by this family.

However, their influence comes down to one thing: in West Michigan, status is not determined by clothes or cars, but by how much you donate and where you donate it to. For the DeVos family, they have certainly maintained high social status.

See the full article detailing this family’s giving spirit by clicking on the following link: http://www.mlive.com/business/west-michigan/index.ssf/2016/01/devos_family_donations.html#incart_river_home

New York’s Luxury Real Estate Comeback

If there’s any surefire sign that the US economy is back on track and booming again, it’s in the price of real estate. The New York luxury market is undergoing a major boom now and in major recovery mode, if last year’s prices are any indication (and they are). While the US economy has taken a huge hit since the real estate bubble burst, followed by the stock market crash of 2008, the soaring prices in New York real estate in 2015 are an undeniable sign that a real recovery is taking place. The outlook for 2016 is looking even better, with prices skyrocketing even higher.

Big Deals in New York

One of the biggest real estate deals to go through in New York in 2015 was the sale of the penthouse at the One57 skyscraper in Manhattan. The property faces Central Park, and the sale price was 100.47 million. Another hot property that is expected to sell in Manhattan in 2016 is the luxury midtown condominium at 147 E. 57th Street. The price is thought to be in the nine digit realm. Yes, this is all heady news for Manhattan, which is becoming a place where billionaires go to stash their cash. And why not? Luxury real estate here is keeping its value and then some.

What’s clear now is the importance of having an expert real estate firm involved to negotiate the right deal in this heady market. TOWN real estate is the go to firm these days for those in the market for the highest quality luxury real estate properties here.

Since its launch in 2010, TOWN has made a name for itself as one of the leading firms in the luxury real estate market.