Skout Has The Ability To Let Me Travel

I never liked sitting at my computer all day, that’s why I was never big on the Skout network. I only started using Skout more often, after I decided to download the application to my phone, as well as to my tablet. I got more and more into the Skout network, and I met many friends as well. For some reason, I had never heard about Skout Travel, but when I found out about it, I decided to try it for myself. Skout Travel is a feature that’s on the Skout network, and it allows me to travel virtually, anywhere in the world that I choose.

There is a big list of places that I can visit on the Skout network, and it’s unbelievable all the things that I can learn. I decided to take my first virtual trip, and it only cost me 25 Skout points. After paying the points, I decided I wanted to go somewhere in the UK. I chose to change my mind last minute and instead, I ended up visiting Paris. I’m absolutely amazed at the things that I saw, as well as the things that I learned, after visiting Paris. I also took time to speak with someone from the country, and I’m amazed at what I learned.

Altogether, I visited Paris three times through the Skout Travel feature. The friend that I met in Paris, has talked to me every day, since the first time I visited. We also talk on the phone now, and it’s no guessing where I will be spending my summer vacation. As a graduation present, I was offered a trip to anywhere in the world, and that’s the reason I decided to start virtually traveling.

It didn’t take very long before I fell in love with Paris, and I know of certain street names, sites, as well as the food that they eat there. Since I know so much about Paris, and I even know someone from there, I’m going to make it a point to visit this summer. I’m going to get to spend a month and a half in Paris, learning new things, eating new foods, and having a great time.


Payday Lenders to Be under the Watchful Eye of the Consumer Protection Agency

Payday lenders are just loan sharks made legal. While these egregious payday lenders of today aren’t going to break your legs to recover a loan as the gangster loan sharks would have back in the day, they will however, break your bank account. The $50 billion industry has gained the attention of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, as it sends mostly low-income borrowers into a money pit.

The CFPB plans to analyze and review payday lenders and come up with a plan to regulate their out of control lending practices. Borrowers who find themselves in need of a quick $100 – $1,000 for rent, car payment, or whatever the immediate need may be, often end up caught in escalating loans with annual interest rates reaching over 1,000 percent. This outrageous amount is the result of recurring loans being taken out to repay the initial loan and interest.

One strategy the CFPB proposes to initiate, is to require lenders to examine the ability of the borrower to repay the initial loan without having to fall into the abyss of repeatedly taking out loan after loan. Consumer advocates however, want to see more boundaries put in place to protect borrowers. One approach suggested was to provide an “off-ramp,” where borrower’s fees would stop accruing after the 3rd loan, giving them a better opportunity to repay.

With a personal check in hand, you can pick up a quick grand at a storefront location, or online, but, it’s best to stay far, far away from the legalized loan sharking of payday loans stated Jason Halpern. Once caught in their maze of financial slavery, they have a hold on your bank account and your means to survive. You’d do better to pay the late fee on your rent, mortgage or car loan than to succumb to payday loans.

There Are More Ubers in NYC than Regular Cabs

Uber officially outnumbers yellow cabs in the Big Apple. According to the Taxi and Limousine Commission there are now a whopping 14,088 black and luxury Ubers on the streets on New York, versus just 13,587 taxis. It’s not a huge discrepancy in numbers, but it’s a notable one. NYC has long fought the growth of Uber in the city. City taxis are heavily regulated and require the use of taxi medallion, something that is in short demand and require a significant investment.

Sergio Cortes ( knows that Uber doesn’t require any of that, making it great for drivers, but not great for the city. After quite a bit of negotiations, Uber has worked with New York to start growing in the city, primarily through the use of “luxury” cars instead of Uber X, its low-cost alternative to taxis.

Still, Uber has started to lure some long time taxi drivers. The service allows drivers to set their own schedule, drive when they want, and in theory have unlimited earning potential since they’re setting their own hours and working whenever they want. The luxury car fares are also slightly higher than that of taxis, further improving a driver’s earnings.

Meet Bruce Levenson, Business Magnate and Philanthropist

Bruce Levenson is best known as the co-founder and partner of United Communications Group (UCG) a Business to Business (B2B) provider of guidance, analysis, data, and solutions to customers in energy, government contracting, health care, information, software, banking, technology, telecom, and defense industries. Additionally, in 2004 Levenson lived out his childhood dream to own a major professional sports franchise. He accomplished not one but two franchises, the Atlanta Thrashers and Atlanta Hawks along with operating rights to Philips Arena from Time Warner.
As his first entrepreneur venture,in 1977, Levenson embarked upon his B2B information services in the storage room above his father’s liquor store in Washington, DC. It was just the beginning of his business endeavors designed to assist other businesses prosper and grow.
Headed by Levenson, in 1987, UCG won its first journalism award for editorial excellence. UCG has since won over 125 such awards, and is rated by far the most recognized business information company in America. These are early accomplishments displaying Levenson’s competitive nature.
Today, Levenson is seen as an eclectic entrepreneur noted in the worlds of journalism and global endeavors which span from interest in business intelligence to professional sports, cooking technology, and philanthropy.
Levenson has been in philanthropy for over 40 years. Within that initiative, during the early 1980s, together Levenson and wife, Karen, stepped into the philanthropy arena. The Levensons have funded numerous education initiatives targeting disadvantaged youth.
While their first endeavors have flourished and remain active, more recently the Levensons developed and founded the Center for Philanthropy and Non-Profit Management at the University of Maryland.
The Center has two goals: to educate and empower the next generation of non-profit leaders; and to ensure every student graduates informed and motivated.
One way these goals are accomplished is through participation of each class in giving away $10,000 to a non-profit based on assessment of the non-profit grant proposal, site visits, and a class vote. Since the inception of this class incentive, about $40,000 in grants each year has been awarded.
As this program continues to expand, a philanthropist-in-resident program is in the works for the University of Maryland.
It’s fair to say Bruce Levenson and his UCG companies continue to flourish when practical solutions are tough to come by in a volatile market with complex regulations. Additionally, his spirit for philanthropy continues educating and empowering students with their philanthropic goals.