Neglected Tropical Diseases Have A Huge Impact On Brazil’s Growing Population According To Medical Advisor Doctor Sergio Cortes

Neglected tropical diseases are defined as a diverse group of contagious diseases that affect the lives of people living in tropical and subtropical environments. There are 149 countries that fall into those two categories. More than a billion people are infected with contagious diseases every year. The cost of treating neglected tropical diseases is billions of dollars, according to the former Medical Director of State Health Ministry in Rio de Janeiro, Dr. Sergio Cortes. Dr. Cortes has been on the front lines of several of those neglected tropical diseases in the North and Northeastern regions of Brazil. Dr. Cortes believes Brazil is trying to eradicate some of those diseases, but due to the complexity that exists in the eradication process, it’s a slow endeavor.

People living in the poor areas of Brazil are most affected by neglected tropical diseases, according to a post on the Dr. Cortes website. Thousands of Brazilians are still infected with dengue and chikungunya in cities like Recife, Rio, Sao Paulo and Salvador every year. There isn’t a vaccine for dengue, but a Dr. Cortes tweet said a dengue vaccine is in the testing stage.

Dr. Cortes left his position as medical director of Rio’s Ministry of Health in 2013, according to He became the Chief Medical Officer and Executive Director of Rede D’Or São Luiz in Rio de Janeiro in 2014. But Dr. Cortes is still involved in finding ways to eradicate the neglected tropical diseases that are spread by mosquitoes. The quest to eradicate mosquito-borne diseases in areas where there is an abundance of domestic animals, livestock and unsanitary conditions is a monumental task. Dr. Corte recently told that several public health approaches have been put in place by Brazil’s Ministry of Health. Brazil wants to eradicate the Aedes aegypti mosquito across the country, and that is an expensive and time related challenge.

The World Health Organization is also working on eradicating neglected tropical diseases in Brazil, and in the other 148 countries that are impacted by mosquito-borne illnesses. Dr. Cortes posted an article on his LinkedIn page that explains the World Health Organization’s goals of eliminating neglected tropical diseases. In 2013, the WHO adopted a resolution that calls for countries to intensify eradication programs and establish measures that can control the spread of diseases like dengue, chikungunya and malaria. According to Dr. Cortes, the Zika virus was not on the list at that time, but it is now.

From Blue Jeans to Stilettos: Dr. Jennifer Walden is Still a Country Girl

Named as one of the top 24 cosmetic surgeons in the USA by Harper’s Bazaar magazine last month, Jennifer Walden is revered as a woman who has it all. As an accomplished leader in the aesthetic surgical field, she has trained alongside some of the best surgeons in New York City.

Dr. Walden is one of the first women to ever sit on the board of directors of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). She is also an award-winning surgeon and accomplished author.

Although she is extremely busy, she never comes across as indifferent with her patients. She is a well-rounded professional whose eyes light up when she speaks of her family. For Dr. Walden, her family comes first.

Often asked how she arrived at the point she is today, Jennifer Walden admits it was tough, but definitely worth it. Through hard work and determination, she has made a name for herself among the most prestigious surgeons in the USA.

Born and raised in Austin, Jennifer knew what she wanted to be from an early age. Her deceased father was a dentist, and her mother was an accomplished surgical nurse. She kindly attributes her success as a parent to her mother. Watching her own mother raise five children alone, Dr. Walden feels her mother showed her how to be strong, even when she felt like giving up.

A country girl at heart, Dr. Walden returned to Austin after a highly successful career in New York City. And after only three years, she founded Westlake Medical Center, where she performs 99 percent of her surgeries. Jennifer Walden is simply a down-to-earth country gal.

Sanjay Shah; The Rock That Solo Capital is Built Upon

Solo Capital Markets is a global one stop solution provider for investment, proprietary trading and consulting needs. Headquartered in London as the trading name of Outperform Capital Ltd, the firm has a strong reputation of credible advisory service that guarantees value maximization. The firm was incorporated in 2011 and has since grown to three specialized units: Professional Sports Investments, Consulting and Proprietary Trading. According to Company Check rating, it currently has a strong asset base of £67.5 million and a cash flow position of £30.3 million. Its net worth currently stands at £15.4 million.

The strides made by Solo Capital to its present glory has been to a large extent aided by its founder and CEO Mr. Sanjay Shah. Sanjay, a British businessman, was born in September 1970. Apart from Solo Capital, Shah own more than a dozen other companies across London, The Cayman Island, Dubai, British Virgin Islands and Malta. As per the last measure of his worth in January 2016, Sanjay was rated at $280 million. Though he considers himself retired from active business, Sanjay’s influence and positive investment culture continues to reverberate in Solo Capital’s business.

Sanjay is not the typical all-for-economic gain investor who can only put his money where it will attract others. He has set up a charity ‘Autism Rocks’ which raises funds for autism research through staging private concerts around the world. His focus on autism was sharpened by a personal experience whereby his youngest son, Nikhil, was diagnosed with autism. Before this, he still involved himself in charity especially through widely sponsoring kids in India. Nikhil diagnosis gave him an opportunity to re-think a common cause that would help change the world significantly.

Shah’s parents migrated from Kenya to London in the 1960’s. They wanted him to become a doctor and thus enrolled him to study medicine. Sanjay’s passion was however elsewhere in the investment world. He however successfully applies skills learnt in medical school to inform investment decisions mostly by paying attention to detail in dissecting an investment opportunity in its finer details to arrive at risk-free investment decisions.

He doesn’t necessarily need to be present for the company to thrive. The operations are sustainable by themselves with the highly qualified staff working under the successful principles established by Sanjay.

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The Future Of The Supreme Court

The New York Times recently wrote an article about the current situation with the vacancy in the Supreme Court. Since the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, the Senate and the rest of the country has been discussing the Supreme Court nomination. Many republicans do not want President Obama to be able to make the nomination. They are hoping that a republican President wins the election and nominates a very conservative judge and the Senate, with its republican majority, can easily usher them through. However, according to the polls, a republican president seems unlikely. In addition, the democrats are poised to take back the majority in the senate once again. This would, in turn, leave room for the opposite of what the republicans want.

Whoever ends up making the nomination will have a big decision on their hands. Scalia is credited with many of the pro-business Supreme Court Rulings since President Reagan was in office. There have been several decades with a 5 to 4 pro-business majority. Now with the fifth vote up in the air, some big businesses are being forced to settle. Dow Chemical ended up paying an 835 million dollar settlement because an appeal from a lower court loss would only end up being a loss in the Supreme Court with a 4 to 4 tie decision. The 4 judges, Alito, Roberts, Thomas and Kennedy are in the top 10 friendliest justices to business that the Supreme Court has seen since World War II. A republic would want to appoint another justice that is friendly to business. The democrats would want a justice who has similar views to Justice Sotomayor, the justice who is least friendly to business.

Madison Street Capital is one firm that is keeping a close eye on the impending presidential election and all of the politics around it, including the appointment of a new Supreme Court Justice. The firm is involved in investment banking and concentrates on middle market companies. They firm offers 5 different types of services, which are asset management industry focus, financial opinions, valuation for financial reporting, business valuation and corporate advisory.

The services that are offered include financial sponsor coverage, restructuring services, portfolio valuation services, mergers and acquisitions advisory, solvency and capital adequacy, independent third party fairness opinions, structured finance products, share based compensation, goodwill and intangible asset impairment, purchase price allocations, tax compliance, company valuation, private placements, corporate governance, buy out advisory, ESOP advisory, bankruptcy services, reorganization services, capital restructuring and the service MSC specializes in, mergers and acquisitions.

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Sanjay Shah: Using Wealth For Good

Sanjay Shah was born in London to immigrant parents. Shah’s parents had immigrated from Kenya when the British gave Kenya their independence. Shah decided he wanted to pursue medicine so he decided to study at King’s College in London. After taking several medical classes, Shah found out that medicine was not for him. He switched to accounting. During his college days, one of Shah’s favorite activities was DJing at clubs around London. After graduation Shah put his DJing career on hold and went to work for KPMG as a trainee chartered accountant. He then worked for Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette, Credit Suisse, ING Bank and Rabobank. Shah worked in every position from the synthetic prime brokerage desk to the securities finance desk.

After Shah was fired, he decided not to look for another job. He did not like the hours of working in an investment job and he very much disliked the long commute from home to work and back every day. Shah made the decision to start his own investment firm. He called it Solo Capital. They started out very small, with only Shah, some graduates and a few traders. The firm was officially incorporated in 2011, with headquarters in London. The firm is regulated by the United Kingdom. Within several years, Solo Capital had become a well known firm. As of March 2015, the firm had a cash flow of over 30 million dollars, assets worth more can 67 million dollars and a net worth of over 15 million dollars.

The investment firm specializes in 3 unique areas. The first area is proprietary trading. Within this division, the firm offers services like commodities, FX and derivatives. The second division is consulting. Within this area, the firm offers services such as performance, human capital and investment. The third division is professional sports or boutique investment. In this area, the firm offers services like commercial advisory and representation, asset and performance management, and talent acquisition. The firm is controlled by Solo Group Holdings, of Sanjay Shah, which is controlled by Aesa S.a.r.l.

He has companies in The Cayman Islands, Malta, Luxembourg, United Arab Emirates, The British Virgin Islands and The United Kingdom. Shah has a net worth of 280 million dollars as of the beginning of 2016. Shah has taken a step back from Solo Capital and he is now pursuing both philanthropic and business interests in the music industry.

Things Are Looking Up For Squaw Valley Resort

The last few years in the Lake Tahoe area have been rough due to a drought and an incorporation battle over Olympic Valley, the place Squaw Valley Resort calls home. There is finally good news on the horizon though. Nature has brought early storms and cold temperatures have brought the much needed deep snow to open the resort earlier than usual. The incorporation effort also has been brought to a halt because they have withdrawn their offer for the area.
The relief couldn’t have come at a better time. Squaw Valley Ski Holdings has spent a large chunk of money opposing the incorporation effort because their president and CEO, Andy Wirth, feels it would cause higher taxes on both residents and businesses in the areas as well as lower the levels of services people depend on like snow plowing and road maintenance.
Wirth has referred to the incorporation efforts as a recipe for a fiscal disaster that will threaten all the local business. Now that the incorporation effort has been stopped, Wirth has stated that he wants to work with the community to create better transportation and other community improvements to the Olympic Valley area.
He has spent years of time and effort creating the area into a top ski area and tourist destination. He is also very involved in numerous community improvement efforts as well as environmental improvement efforts.
Wirth also has a great love for the outdoors and adrenaline pumping activities. After he suffered a near fatal accident while sky-diving, he has worked to co-found Wounded Warrior Support, an Ironman team that honors Navy SEALs and helps to raise money to be donated to the Navy SEAL Foundation.

Source:The Reno Gazette-Journal