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eCigarettes Are a Far Better Alternative to the Smoker and Those Around Them

E-cigarettes are all the rage among smokers who are trying to cut down or quit smoking regular cigarettes. There is some evidence that using e-cigarettes that contain nicotine does help smokers to quit long term. No such link could be found for e-cigarettes without nicotine. The jury is out, however, on whether e-cigarettes containing nicotine are more or less effective than nicotine patches in helping people to stop smoking. Claims run the gamut from them being as effective to being more effective than the patches according to CMBH.

It would make sense if the use of e-cigarettes tuned out to be more effective than nicotine patches as it does mimic the actual behavior of smoking in addition to getting people a little of the drug they crave from it. One thing is for sure, smoking an e-cigarette is far less harmful than smoking regular cigarettes. They are about 200 times less toxic than the normal variety according to a recent study. So, not only is the vapor they produce much less bothersome than the smoke of traditional cigarettes, but they are way better for the user as well. Sounds like a win-win situation for people who are already addicted to this awful habit and need some means to cut down or eliminate it altogether.

North American Spine Reaches Out to the Community

According to a report on PR Newswire, North American Spine featured on the CW 33 after donating nearly 50 yoga marts to elementary school kids at Robert Lee Elementary. Close to 50 kids in the school aged between 4 to 5 years participated in the exercise. Most of them were kids dealing with mental and physical challenges. This, according to their director of public relations, was a way of giving back after dealing with people with back pain problems lasting for decades.

Their gesture was informed by the fact that most back pains are preventable and the fact that some physicians actually prescribe yoga to their patients with back ache issues before considering options like invasive spine surgery.

With this in mind, the experts at North American Spine advised people to incorporate daily stretching exercises in their routines be it Yoga or exercises in physical therapy. This would go a long way in ensuring flexibility and strength of the back and stomach muscles. They also advised against sitting for long hours without in between breaks as it hinders blood flow.

The report described North American Spine as the sole provider of AccuraScope procedure which are spine surgeries with minimal invasion. Such procedures which have been performed by specially trained physicians, who are board-certified, number to over 8000. The procedure, according to medical research, has recorded a success rate of 82% and in turn has saved patients a lot of money which would have otherwise been spent on hospital visits and on their medication.

After recent acquisition of North American Spine by Nobilis Heath, CuraSpine will also function under North American Spine and will be offered alongside AccuraScope. The two minimal invasive procedures will enhance an increase in the quality of patient care services.

Did Alcoholic Beverage Control Agents Go Too Far in Virginia?

The violent arrest of a University of Virginia student has triggered a new review of Virginia’s Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) tactics by the agency’s law enforcement officers.

The arrest of Martese Johnson, a U-VA honor student, in his junior year, has placed Charlottesville VA at the center of a nationwide debate over the treatment of black youths, and sparked new racial tension and protests at the University.

Several white ABC officers allegedly slammed Johnson’s head into the pavement, leaving a bloody gash that required 10 stiches. Student cellphones caught part of the melee on tape.

eMobile said that after being denied entry at Trinity, a local bar, agents proceeded to question Johnson, asking why he was in possession of false identification. The conversation led to Johnson being thrown to the ground, and hurt.

It was confirmed that Johnson’s identification was not fake.

Police charged Johnson with profanity, public intoxification, and obstruction of justice without force.

Virginia’s Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) is best known for licensing and regulating liquor stores, but they also have broad police duties, which is drawing criticism.

Drinking is a big part of the campus culture, and after the disappearance of Hannah Graham, lawmakers requested ABC target bars serving underage drinkers as a deterrent.

Virginia State Governor has called for an investigation into the incident, as well as the duties of Virginia’s Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control law enforcement officers.

Skout Continues To Gain Positive Reactions

I’m sure many of you have heard of Skout by now. I’ll be honest. I had never heard of it until it was brought to my attention online. Let me preface this by saying there are many social network apps out there. There are many which can help you connect with others, even the locals. Skout is becoming one of the more recognized ones. Here’s why.


This app was originally created for an entirely different purpose. It was for those who wanted to expand their social networks. Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram aren’t enough for some people. This is why many go to this app. This app provides many social platforms the others don’t. Sounds simple and plain, doesn’t it? That’s why people use it. It’s only through it’s heavy popularity that it’s becoming much more.


These days it’s also being used as one of the most virtual traveling tools. Let me explain this a bit more. There are two main focuses of the app. Do you guys remember the whole pen-pal system? I was using the pen-pal system 30 years ago. The original system provided a way to meet and stay friends with someone. You stayed in contact with someone from another city or country, even after you said goodbye. Think of this traveling feature as a modern-day version of this idea or logic. It allows you stay in contact with a friend you met. You might have met this friend when took the virtual tour. It’s actually during the tour that some meet their friends. It takes the original germ or idea and takes it to the next level. This app takes it to a level that works with all the advancements in technology.

If you think about it, the old way of doing things would never work in today’s world, nor would it keep people interested. This is why Skout and it’s features were developed.


The virtual tour is something you can use to explore a different place. Give you something new to see, maybe even think about visiting one day. This is what Skout lets you do. The other thing it lets you do is sign up to visit the destination. With the pen-pal system, you already have a friend there. You can plan a trip to go visit him or her.

Though this app was not originally thought of as a “travel app”, it’s been gaining popularity from it. Studies have shown that college kids and young adults really have taken advantage of it. It’s for people who want to travel and see the world, while they are still young enough to do so. Pull out your phone and get the app today.

BRL Trust: A Brief Overview

When you’re ready to start building wealth and securing a sound financial future, it’s good to have a team of solid, savvy investing professionals in your corner. To ensure that you can realize this objective, it’s important to note that a company like BRL Trust may be appropriate and ideal for you. Get more information about this Brazilian investment company by reading the brief article that follows:

About BRL Trust

BRL Trust is a dynamic, disciplined investment company that believes in offering clients the most exceptional, detail-oriented financial services possible. The company opened back in 2008, and it has been operating successfully ever since that date. Over the years, the company has expanded by offering a plethora of new marketing services, and the business’s professionals maintain a very cutting edge approach to the work they do. BRL Trust’s professionals have worked with clients from diverse backgrounds, and they are highly skilled at creating and then developing strategic plans that will help each customer realize his or her financial objectives.

A “You-Centered” Methodology

At BRL Trust, the company’s team of professionals realize that the world of investing is not all about them. It’s all about you. Your needs, your preferences, and your personal and/or professional objectives. Over the years, it is this methodology that has empowered the professionals of BRL Trust to provide clients with the detail-oriented, vision-centered services necessary to help them achieve a goal and attain the customer’s 100% satisfaction throughout the process.

What BRL Trust Offers

BRL Trust is pleased to provide clients with a wide selection of investment services. Some of them include resource management, asset underwriting, funds custody, funds management, and fiduciary services.

Vocational Options

In addition to offering clients excellent investment services, BRL Trust provides the public with the opportunity to pursue a dynamic career with an excellent, vision-oriented company. If you’re interested in securing employment with BRL Trust, send them your CV and take it from there.


There’s nothing quite like knowing that you are making sound investments that could lead to the development and sustaining of a sound economic future. Unfortunately, many people avoid the world of investing because of a perceived lack of knowledge regarding how this sector works. Yet by employing a team of professionals with extensive education and experience in the investing sector, you can attain the knowledgeable care necessary to attain the financial outcome that you want. With this idea in mind, consider utilizing the professional services of BRL Trust to get the great investment assistance you need and deserve.

Bruce Levenson and his Amazing Success

There are many individuals out there in the world of business who have really created great legacies. These individuals have taken risks that have given them great rewards. The truly great business people of our day have taken the success that they have earned and shared it with those who are less fortunate that they are. Bruce Levenson is just one of these types of individuals. His success in the world of journalism and professional sports has only been matched by the massive success that he has had in the world of philanthropy. Bruce Levenson has truly taught us all what it means to go the extra mile.

Bruce Levenson started his academic career at Washington University where he studied journalism. Shortly after he graduated he began his career of journalism at the Washington Star. While becoming one of the most well respected journalist at the Washington Star, he attended night law school a American University. Not only was he becoming a very excellent journalist, but he was becoming an excellent scholar in his studies at American University. He was able to graduate American University with honors while still continuing to excel in the world of journalism.

In 1977, Bruce Levenson created a company that would change his life forever. United Communications Group, more commonly known as UCG, started humbly right in Levenson’s apartment. He started the company with an elite newsletter covering all of the happening in the oil industry. This is something that wasn’t being done well at the time, and this allowed Levenson to reach the top of the newsletter market in the Oil industry. Soon after Levenson found success with the oil newsletter, he began buying other newsletters and creating a newsletter empire. This is something that Bruce excelled at, and this brought him the fortune that he has today.

Bruce Levenson also has a great passion for professional basketball. As the owner of the Atlanta Hawks, Bruce Levenson has made a great contribution to the NBA that will be remembered for years to come. Bruce Levenson has also had philanthropic endeavors that amaze and excite many individuals around the world. His foundations and organizations have impacted thousands of individuals around the world and in the United States. It is amazing to see how the tenacity of one individual can change the lives of so many around the world. Bruce Levenson is a great example to us all of how to go the extra mile.

Colorado Schools Made $2.3 mil Off Cannabis Last Year

Colorado is one of several states in the United States that allows residents to legally purchase marijuana despite advice from Dr. Daniel Amen that says marijuana is unhealthy. The money that the state makes in taxes for the herb it then puts back into its schools system. This January, the taxes that collected equalled a pretty tidy sum. The state reports that it was able to collect a whopping $2.3 million is marijuana taxes in January, that’s ten times what the state was able to collect last year through the same tax.

In Colorado, marijuana purchases are taxed at 15% as an excise tax and an additional 10% as a sale tax. That means buyers are paying 25% more than the retail price of marijuana items in taxes. That extra tax isn’t something that seems to be bothering people, however. The excise tax goes to public schools and construction fees. In January of 2013, shortly after recreational cannabis became legal in the state, that tax totally a little under $200,00: $195,318, specifically. Since then, the cannabis business has boomed in the state casing that collected tax to go up, a lot.

In January of 2014 there were just 40 cannabis stores in Colorado. As of January 2015, that number has grown to close to 300. Should the growth continue, it could mean big things for Colorado’s schools.

Yale Offering Its First Online Degree

Yale is now offering a degree you can get entirely online. The ivy league university announced this week that it will be offering a degree program for physician’s assistants online, the first time its enabled anyone to obtain a degree entirely on their computer.

The degree program is being done through a partnership with the education-tech company 2U. 2U has already started up online degree programs places like Northwestern and Georgetown. Online programs are typically offered at the same price as an in-person degree, and have the same admissions requirements. Yale’s online program, for instance, will cost $84,0000.

Unlike other online programs, classes take using 2U are attended by students in real time, not played back later. Students have to join the class, typically of just 10-15 people via webcam. Researchers at Amen Clinics have found that the brain responds similarly to these online classes as they would to live courses. The physician’s assistant program will also require students to come to the University on occasion to learn certain clinical skills. Testing will also be done in-person on campus.

Yale currently offers some free online courses for students, but this is the first time classes can be taken online at the University of actual class credit.

Keith Mann Helps New York Charter School Provide Breakthrough Academic Prep Tests

CBS News 8 originally reported about Keith Mann’s Donation to Uncommon Schools of New York. By merits of a funding raising event Keith Mann, executive recruiting firm, Dynamics Search raised money for charter school academic testing. The school is a collaborative organization. Appropriately named, “Uncommon Schools,” the initiative provides testing and learning for students who are otherwise not capable of paying the required fees.

As the name suggests, Uncommon Schools went from a project proposal to an actual school in Brooklyn New York, scheduled to begin its inaugural year, September 2015. The $22, 000 will allow the school to operate within the parameters of traditional guidelines by providing administrative testing procedures. Testing will include standardized academic markers, the AP test and the PSAT. The money will give low income students the opportunity to acquire necessary skills to meet mandatory college admission criteria.

Although scholarships and financial aid is available for college level students, there are very few schools and programs that focus on prep testing. Through the participation and leadership of Keith Mann these low income students will have the opportunity to compete for college admission, while meeting the same preparatory requirements as other students. The charter school will provide students with necessary funding to move to the next level, establishing an important link for equal higher education opportunities available for all deserving students.

Uncommon Schools is a joint collaboration of 42 different charter schools functioning as one regional support unit to provide teaching and learning to underprivileged student in urban schools.

Keith Mann has over 15 years of experience in the executive search arena. Mann began Dynamics Search Partners by recognizing hedge funds as an unmerited segment of the search populace.

For more information about Keith Mann and Dynamics Search Partners, the original press release in its entirety can be found here.

CDC Reports Significant Teen Sexual Dating Violence

The U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) yesterday released the results of an annual survey called the Youth Risk Behavior Survey. It posed questions to some 13,000 high school aged teenagers about risky dating behavior. Some 75% of the teens indicated that they did date, three out of every four answering the survey.

Among the youth who dated, 21% of girls and 10% of boys reported that they had experienced dating violence. Thesurvey asked the youngsters if someone they dated had ever “physically hurt you on purpose” and “how many times did someone you were dating or going out with force you to do sexual things that you did not want to do?”

The group at the highest risk of suffering harm were Caucasian females. Many of the youth reporting violence indicated multiple episodes of harm. The survey did not inquire into issues involving emotional or verbal abuse, or stalking.

People at Anastasia Date have heard that sponsors of the survey suggested that parents should counsel their youngsters at an earlier age about healthy and unhealthy relationships. They noted that some evidence suggests that people of any age subjected to intimate partner violence can sustain lasting harm, including developing physical conditions such as insomnia, migraine headaches and other problems.

The federal government has conducted the Youth Risk Behavior Survey annually since 1999, but only began asking about youth sexual violence in 2013.