Dr. Sergio Cortes: Ask A Pro About Zika

The Zika virus has impacted 33 countries, the WHO has declared the infection a public health pandemic with a global reach, and according to medical expert, Dr. Sergio Cortes, the real danger could be a toss up between unborn babies or Guillain-Barre syndrome. As previously reported by Dr. Cortes on his official site, fears have intensified as this potentially dangerous epidemic has exploded among various countries, and their is no cure to date.
Originally from Uganda and Tanzania, where the virus was detected for the first time in a macaque monkey in 1947, Zika virus was diagnosed in humans in 1964. It was not until 2007 when the first reported outbreak occurs, affecting 11% of the population of the Yap Island in Micronesia. The virus gradually appeared in French Polynesia and in Brazil in May 2015, but since October 2015, its been a rapid spread in the countries of Central and South America.

How to detect it? One of the great difficulties of the Zika virus is detection. “The majority of people infected with this virus – 70-80% of cases – never develop symptoms,” said Dr. Sergio Cortes on his blog: sergiocortesoficial. Some 20 to 30 percent of the remaining cases develop flu symptoms somewhere between 3 to 12 days after the mosquito bite.

Why are pregnant women at greater risk? “Pregnant women can transmit the virus to the fetus during their first and second trimester, which can lead to microcephaly, a serious abnormality of brain development in children.” Transmission of the virus causes neurological complications in newborns, following infection. Although the direct link has not yet been officially established by the WHO, yet scientist say it is very likely to be related. While not officially linked yet, doctors identified a boom of more than 4,000 cases of newborns diagnosed with microcephaly in Brazil, along with the spread of the Zika virus.

For now, there is no vaccine and no cure against infection. Only symptoms can be treated, typically with over-the-counter medicines. “The only way to stop the Zika virus is to control mosquitoes” says Dr. Sergio Cortes.

The Tiger mosquito has primarily spread the virus, however, the CDC has found the Zika virus can spread via transmission by sexual contact. Thus far, the WHO has avoided declaring any guidance on traveling in areas affected by the virus, but various countries are telling pregnant women to delay travel.

According to WHO, the development of a vaccine is expected to take more than a year. Updates on the Zika virus can be found on Dr. Sergio Cortes official blog. You can also keep up to date on his Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn feeds.

George Soros Points To China As Catalyst For 2008-like Financial Crisis

Billionaire investor George Soros is sounding the alarm. In a recent talk given at an economic forum in Sri Lanka Soros declared that the current global financial climate is very reminiscent of the financial crisis that happened in 2008.
A Bloomberg article has quoted George Soros as saying there is a “serious challenge” facing the world financial markets. He points to China’s current economic problems as a catalyst for a possible global crisis.

According to Soros, China’s economy is shifting from investment and manufacturing and moving torawds services and consumption. It is this environment that has caused China’s stock market to plunge and has contributed to a $2.5 trillion loss for world equities. The devaluation of the yuan, China’s official currency, has also added to China’s economic woes.

In response, China’s government has pledged to stabilize the yuan by 2020 and to gradually get rid of capital controls. The People’s Bank of China has already cut interest rates to record lows but the country’s economy remains sluggish.

Soros added that China’s adjustment problem “amounts to a crisis.” This is not the first time that Soros as raised concerns about global financial markets. Back in 2011 Greece debt crisis he also said those circumstances reminded him of 2008.

Soros’s hedge fund has averaged a total return of 20% per year since its inception in 1969 to 2011. According to the Bloomberg Billionaire Index Soros has a net worth of approximately $27.3 billion.

George Soros currently spens the majority of his time running his Open Society Foundation which strives to strengthen human rights and hold governments around the globe accountable for their treatment of citizens. He also continues to speak about global economic issues and is a sought after consultant and adviser to governments around the world.

He is most famous for netting $1 billion by betting against the British Pound and forcing the U.K. government to devalue its currency.

Doctor Sergio Cortes Played A Pivotal Role In Relief Efforts For Brazilian Flood Victims

Doctor and Secretary of Health, Sergio Cortes, led relief efforts following devastating floods that tore through areas of the Xerem district of Duque de Caxias, Brazil. Doctor Cortes mobilized efforts to ensure that residents had adequate shelter, water and medical care to combat outbreaks of dengue, hepatitis A, chicken pox, meningitis and diarrhea.

According to the website Extra, the situation in this part of Brazil became more dangerous after the government found traces of contaminated water as a result of the mass flooding, which was causing the spread of the potentially fatal bacteria, leptospirosis. As a result, the Department of Health has provided over 10,000 bottles of sodium hypchlorite to environmental teams and to residents of the local region to aid and assist with disinfecting the water supply. The government recommends for people to use bottled water for cooking and bathing, and they strongly encourage residents to apply the sodium hypochlorite to their residential water tanks.

As part of the relief effort, the government has setup a base center in Xerem to provide medical support and education resources to local residents. Health officials are training the community and displaced families that are housed in temporary shelters on ways to identify the beginning stages of various illnesses associated with heavy rainfall and flooding.

There is no such thing as a good disaster; however, when proper leadership is involved calamities can be managed until things return to normal. This will undoubtedly be a huge challenge as the area is surrounded by green, mountainous terrain, which is heavily populated with fragile homes, trees, wildlife and a network of dirt roads. To understand the scale of the damage, just imagine over eight inches of water pouring down on this type of terrain in less than 24 hours – the amount of devastation is relatively massive and very hard to overcome considering the destruction of many homes, the uprooting of trees, dirt roads becoming extremely muddy, and the displacement of many families.

The government is utilizing its resources to ensure that people get the proper medical care that they need. Hydration centers were established in the middle of Xerem to accommodate 300 people a day for the prevention of dengue and other flood-relate diseases. The abundance of trash that has been scattered throughout the area by the flood waters in conjunction with the prevalence of a high mosquito population makes the task very difficult. The State Department of Health and Doctor Sergio Cortes and Exame.com has made every effort to ensure that the local population is able to rebuild their community and get back to a normal life.

For more information about Dr. Sergio Cortes, you can follow him on LinkedIn and Twitter.

Helane Morrison Is Putting Hall Capital In Order

There have been sizeable reports of attacks that target compliance officers in the recent past. While these officers simply have to accept the scrutiny as newer laws are made, they ought to distribute their services as per their own business acumen. Professional work ethics, similar to the number of these officers, have been increasing ever since, but they aren’t taming the increasing cases of corporate fraud and scams.

Going by the recent upsurge in such cases as the Volkswagen emissions-software scandal, a lot are at stake concerning what is expected of them. Their inefficiencies have severally been costly to their respective companies, some even costing a fortune. However, their role is hugely important in a firm.

A day in the life of a compliance officer is an interesting one as much of their time in office is spent monitoring the firm’s controls in a bid to mitigate any compliance risk. A compliance officer is that independent individual within an organization who overlooks all the company’s staff.

The employees including the board of directors and the management must follow all the laid down rules and meet the company’s standards of conduct for its smooth operation. In a nutshell, a compliance officer is crucial for communication in a firm and is the last formal conduit of communication especially when all the other avenues have been exhausted.

Helane Morrison

Helane Morrison is a notable figure in the world of a compliance officer. Besides being the managing director of Hall Capital Partners, she is their Compliance Officer as well as their lead counsel. Her stern look coupled with a lengthy experience in the niche has immensely helped her climb the ladder to where she is today. Before joining Hall Capital Partners in 2007, she was working in San Francisco, primarily representing the interest of the San Francisco Exchange and Security Commission. She joined SEC in 1999.

In her current role, Helane is a leader and a team player. In fact, she was a practicing lawyer before her current job, and she is highly knowledgeable in all that pertains her career.

The Manse on Marsh Offers Assisted Living Choices

Although most of us would prefer to grow old and stay in our homes, that’s not always possible. Eventually, people need assistance with housekeeping, cooking or even personal care. For many folks the best option is to seek assisted living services like those provided by The Manse on Marsh. The Manse on Marsh is a self-contained community in San Luis Obispo, California that offers residents a number of living arrangement choices to suit the needs of each individual.

The Manse on Marsh is an upscale community that appeals to a variety of seniors. It is close to a number of restaurants, ice-cream shops, nearby shopping, churches, bookstores and coffee shops, which are all just a short distance from the community.

Seniors like the fact that they can choose between one or two bedroom apartments, studios, cottages complete with full sized kitchens or even three bedroom homes. Apartments and cottages provide many of the residents with the privacy and independence that they seek. They also enjoy the fact that both dogs and cats are welcomed in the community and encouraged.

Although, seniors can maintain their own independence, they know that the staff is on hand 24 hours a day to provide assistance, take them to doctor appointments, help them with housekeeping or provide medical assistance if needed.

Residents are always welcome to enjoy the common areas of the community with a main dining hall for dinners or enjoy the bistro for a relaxing lunch. The community is also equipped with a ground-level patio, atrium, and a sitting room complete with a fireplace, a fitness center, movie theater, roof-top patios and a library equipped with Internet services.

Seniors can visit the hair salon and enjoy fresh linens, laundry services, bed-making and housekeeping services in addition to several weekly activities offered in the community.

Caring.com notes that Manse meals are served three times per day in the dining room and are prepared by an exceptional chef that provides tasty and healthy meals. Residents requiring more privacy or assistance can take their meals in their room if needed.

This community is often the ideal solution for residents needing just a little help or those requiring extra care. They have medication technicians, caregivers and a registered nurse on hand to take care of every level of care needed.

The Manse on Marsh community provides activities for all residents throughout the week to provide entertainment, exercise and a relaxing community where residents can build friendships and enjoy life. Seniors can stay fit using the fitness room, listen to lectures, learn yoga or try their hand at crafts woodworking and arts.

Seniors considering The Manse on Marsh community like the fact that they can easily make the transition from their own home to this community that provides clean living conditions, medical services and assistance.  Manse Blog has more details about he daily goings on throughout the facility, from top to bottom.


Since the introduction of Smartphones, more apps are being developed every day. Drawbridge recently summarized the most used apps in IOS and Android phones in the last three months of 2014.

During the fourth quarter of 2015, the top used messaging app was tango in October while November and December iFunny and words with friends topped respectively. In the same quarter, the Words with Friends app led having more than 3.3 million unique daily users and 8.6 million unique monthly users.

Most people with Android phones seemed to use the Clean Master app which led last 2015 quarter followed by CM Security Antivirus Applock. The Clean Master led with daily unique users numbered at 49.6 million and monthly unique users at a staggering 151.7 million. CM Security Antivirus Applock had UDU of 24.8 million and UMUof 78.6 million users.

In the first three months of 2016, the same trend is predicted according to Drawbridge. They also foresee the rise in dating app with Valentines around the corner. Dating apps like MeetMe and Skout are expected to be on the increase regarding daily unique users and monthly unique users.

Skout is one of the most used dating apps in the world. It is available in 14 languages and used in 180 countries around the world. Skout is available on both Android and IOS platforms and an internet website.

Skout provides a safe platform to meet your ideal partner. It is divided into two categories for adults and teens.It ensures that there is regulation of what the teens share and receive. The app helps clients find matches in their geographical area and help them connect. The clients first register through Facebook where they set up their profiles.

The app also helps users travelling able to meet new friends in their respective destinations.It may come in handy especially during Valentine. The feature is called Skout Travel and already has 10 million registered users.It works by giving people virtual tours using one’s camera.It may not be a traveling app but serves the purpose when need be. It has been reportedly led to an increase in tourist numbers in Venice.

Skout is rated among the top grossing social networking apps in the world. This recognition may increase in the valentine’s season where many people are expected to download the app. Simple reason being many people desire to be with someone during this season hence will find a way to make the season fantastic. People want an easy and fast app to deal with hence opting for Skout. Hence, the app is expected that during its next 2016 quarter, the profits will have significantly increased.

According to Drawbridge, drawing evidence from Apple and Google store reports, most users of smartphones and tablets spend their time on apps. These apps are mostly Tango, iFunny, and Words With Friends app. The curve of the returns has been going up since the year 2015 and is expected to continue with the same trend in 2016.