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For years, Nicaragua has been receiving financial aid from Venezuela. Between 2011 and 2014, this aid amounted to loans of some $550 million per year. But there is currently serious doubt from analyst Norka Luque that this vast amount of money has actually put Nicaragua on the road toward stronger public institutions, improved education, and increased technology. Instead, it appears that the money has gone to enrich a few individuals and their immediate families.

According to an article at the online Havana Times.org (http://www.havanatimes.org/?p=118234), the total amount of money that Nicaragua received from Venezuela amounted to over $3.5 billion. And with Venezuela currently being seriously affected by lower oil prices, it stands to reason that Venezuelan officials would sincerely like to see that money paid back soon with interest.
“Nicaragua certainly needed financial aid” says Luque. Without a sound system of highways, without a large port in the Caribbean, without an irrigation system that would allow it to become an agricultural power, and most especially without a plan for inaugurating needed reform, more or less corrupt Nicaraguan officials seem to have frittered away the money received from Venezuela on projects that made little financial sense.
It appears that Nicaragua has a lot to account for in financial terms, and that Venezuela is going to have to lower its expectations of getting its principal back, not to mention interest that should have been accumulating over the past nine years.

After what has seemed like an incredibly long winter Spring has finally arrived. The weather around the country is getting fairly temperate which means that women everywhere can toss out their sweaters and scarves and start planning outfits that are vibrant and fun.

One Spring trend that is continuing to catch on like wildfire is athleisure. Female shoppers are looking to fitness wear companies to create looks for them that are as comfortable as their favorite pair of grey sweatpants but much, much more stylish than them many times over. On the last day of March global mega-star Beyonce announced her foray into the world of athleisure with her athleisure brand Ivy Park. The pop star’s clothing line on Facebook got everyone talking about just how influential the athleisure trend is becoming.

This April, actress and entrepreneur Kate Hudson told Marie Claire Magazine that she would be expanding the offerings of her athleisure brand Fabletics on elitedaily. Hudson founded the brand with the heavyweights behind the fashion subscription and e commerce conglomerate JustFab Inc. While Fabletics arrived in the world of fashion as a versatile fitness wear brand that offered functional workout clothes with sophisticated design elements, it will soon be offering much more than workout clothes. Their pinterest team is rolling out a line of athleisure dresses and “performance” swimsuits this Spring.

One of the themes of Hudson’s interview with Marie Claire was the versatility that Fabletics on twitter athleisure clothing offers its customers. With Hudson and her partners adding dresses and swimsuits to the line, they seem to be moving toward an idea that could potentially change fashion. That concept involves creating clothes that are able to be worn and transitioned into being appropriate for any occasion. The athleisure dresses seem to be garments that can easily straddle the world of the athletics and socializing.

According to Fabletics’ website, the athleisure brand will also be releasing a colorful, design-conscious collection in April. The line will include at least one little black athleisure dress, palm tree printed pants, and fun sports bras that come in aqua blue, peach and black and white.

“Hair actually has a lot of influence on the perceived beauty of a person” says beauty blog Allure. Among the many aspects of hair that influence the beauty of the individual is the length, the style and the overall condition of the hair. If one has very clean and healthy hair, then she is more likely to be perceived as beautiful and desirable. This is where Wen comes in. Wen is a shampoo, conditioner and other fluids in one which is designed to bring out the hair’s greatest health and bring an even greater shine and bounce to it.

One person in an article released on Bustle has decided to give this product a try in order to see how well it worked for her hair. One thing to understand is that this product comes in a few different varieties. She bought and used the almond mint variety. She is ultimately satisfied with the results. She has used it for a week. Throughout the week, she has noticed that her hair has some extra shine. Her friends have also noticed and complimented her on her hair. WEN seems to live up to the claims left by the spokespeople in the infomercial.

For one thing, the product line reduces the work and damage that is done to the hair when people add different products in order to bring about the look that they are hoping to achieve. As a result of Wen by Chaz, people will be able to not only feel better about themselves, but to attract the positive attention that they desire. WEN can be ordered online thru ebay.

 

Coriant is a technology based company that specializes in developing networking solutions for the business world that is forever evolving, and has recently been making the transition into a cloud enabled business model. Coriant serves its clients by offering help in creating new revenue generating services that are specially tailored for the demands of business and consumer applications, to include cloud, mobile, and video. Together Coriant serves leading industry network operators in over 100 countries. They serve clients that range from government agencies to even financial institutions.

Coriant was founded in 2013 and has headquarters in both Munich and Naperville, Germany and in the United States. They are officially classified as being apart of the telecommunications industry. The company consist of about a total of 3,000 employees who serve their clients by offering intelligent network management, integrated optical planning solutions, packet optical transport solutions, MSSP solutions, edge routing solutions, and many more other services. They are organized under their parent company, Marlin Equity Partners. Coriant originally was part of the Transmission Technology department of Siemens which is also based in Munich, Germany. Coriant became independent of Nokia Siemens in 2013 under the ownership of Marlin Equity Partners. Sycamore which was also acquired by Marlin Equity in January of that same year will operate as Coriant America Inc, headquartered in Chelmsford, Massachusetts.

The current CEO of Coriant, Shaygan Kheradpir, is a business and technology executive who was born in London, and grew up in Iran, but managed to receive a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Cornell University here in the United States. Before he became the CEO of Coriant, Kheradpir had previously held positions of executive power at GTE, Verizon, Barclays, and Juniper Networks.

His first job was GTE in 1987, and in 2000 GTE merged with Bell Atlantic to form what is now Verizon where he initially served as president of the e-business division, before becoming Verizon’s first Chief Technology Officer. In 2011 Kheradpir went on the join Barclay’s as Chief Operating Officer. Three years later in 2014 he left Barclay’s to join Juniper Networks as CEO. Following his tenure at Juniper Networks, Kheradpir became the CEO of Coriant, where he continues to develop the company into a leader in the telecommunications industry.

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By now, we’ve all seen those infomercials for WEN Hair. You know the one that features beautiful women shaking their full heads of hair around. Wen hair care product, which was developed by professional Chaz Dean, claims to help those with fine hair bring some volume to their mane.

For those that don’t know, WEN Hair products are an all-in-one shampoo, conditioner and styling treatment. That’s why I knew I had to give these items a try. Ever since I can remember, I’ve always had thin hair. This has been a huge insecurity of mine and something that I constantly struggle with in life. After all, your hair is one of the first things that other people notice on you. Thanks to this, I was willing to try whatever I can get my hands on.

I’m so glad I decided to take a chance and use this product. It’s perfect for the type of person, like myself, that always makes sure to shower and style their hair every morning. However, if you’re someone that likes to go a few days without washing your hair, you may want to opt for something else. That’s because your hair will immediately look great after your shower, but then develop an oily or unmanageable look as time goes on. You definitely can’t use this product if you want to shower the night before a big occasion.

For me, though, this conditioning product was exactly what I needed. It delivered that bit of shine that I have been looking for, leaving my hair looking so luscious. Remember, though, this is just my personal experience from using Wen hair products.