The Life and Career of Norka Luque

Norka Luque credits her family and life experiences to leading her to a career in music. Luque was born and raised in Venezuela, educated in Europe, but had her big break into super stardom in the U.S. where legendary music producer, Emelio Estefan, took her under his wing and helped her churn out, Miracle, her first music album. But although Estefan was the main producer, he was not the only one. He also had the help of several other famous producers: Archie Pena, the Ricardo brothers, Alberto Gaitan, Luis Giraldo, and Cuco Pena.

Norka was born on February 7, 1986. Her birth name was Norka Dubrazka Caracas Soraya Martinez Luque. Throughout her early life her parents did everything to nurture her life-long love of singing, piano, and dance. After graduating from high school, you moved to France to study International Business. While there she joined a funk and rock band named Bad Moon Rising as its lead singer. She eventually graduated with degrees in Culinary Arts, Fashion, and Marketing. Moved by a personal, life-altering event in 2007, she committed herself to pursuing her true musical passion.
To this end, she moved to the U.S. to take voice lessons. It was during this time that her career was enormously bolstered and her life changed forever after she met and was discovered by Emelio Estefan in 2008. The soon started training at his studios, Crescent Moon. She found Estefan to be a hard taskmaster, but it instilled in her a musical discipline and excellence that prepared her to take the main stage. In the months following the tragic event in 2007, Luque had gained a lot of weight. Estefan’s training included getting her back into shape.

And she isn’t done with her physique yet. She is committed to living a healthy and active lifestyle for the rest of her life. She tells how she now exercises almost constantly and carefully measures every calorie that goes into her body. She also remains wholeheartedly dedicated to her music career. And Estefan remains the man in charge of it. Although he usually lets her do what she wants, Luque always gives him the final say in all of her career decisions. She has become so favored by critics that she was a past nominee for the prestigious Latin music award, Lo Nuestro Award, as the Female Pop Artist of the Year. In all probability her star will continue to rise.

Trustworthy Banking from the Utmost Professionals

In an earlier press release this year coming from PR Newswire, a Dallas-based financial services company called NexBank Capital, Inc., had announced strong financial results for not only their fourth quarter for the year 2015, but also for a fourth consecutive year in a row pertaining to earnings, assets, loans, and deposits. Without getting into exact stats and numbers, this is mainly thought to be attributed to NexBank SSB, a leading regional bank, which has significantly increased earnings yearly while managing carefully its risks and expenses.

Nexbank Capital, Inc. is a Dallas-based financial services company that serves clients through three main areas of business- Commercial banking, Investment banking, and Mortgage banking. As part of Nexbanks long term funding strategy, it has also branched out into College Savings Banking. Nexbank provides customized banking and financial planning services to some of the leading corporations and individuals nationwide.

The mission of Nexbank is to provide trustworthy leadership and unwavering committment to their clients. Nexbank strives to deliver value at every given opportunity. They provide unrivaled access and sophistication along with custom-tailored solutions for every clients’ needs.

The Chief Operating Officer of Nexbank, Matt Siekielski, says that for 2016, Nexbank will remain focused on their institutional client base in the U.S. as well as strengthening existing product offerings.


How Does Securus Make It Easy For Us To Check On Inmates?

Securus has a great app that we have been using ever since we figured out great it was, and we have been thinking pretty hard how we can use it the best. We have been able to get with people who are ready to work with our group, and we are offering support that has a much more tangible face. We can see every inmate on the cameras that have been set up in the jail, and we are very happy to see them. We are making personal relationships with these inmates using Securus, and we are getting them ready for their release.

The best part of this for us is that everyone was able to put the app on their phone. We just started using the app as soon as we could, and now we are making the calls from anywhere we can. We are helping some families that can make the calls using the software, and we are also making sure that we have made some changes to take care of the way that we help everyone. We can give visual demonstrations over the calls, and we can talk with our hands. We just want to make sure that we are going to give all that we can to each inmate.

The personal connection that is created is something that we love because it is a very easy way for us to get into the hearts and minds of the inmates. I am very committed to this work, and it feels much better to be able to see them. I am thankful for Securus America because they have set up the cameras to make this possible, and they run a secure service that allows us to make calls easily. The call signal strong, and we can make calls to many jails at once.


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Transforming How We Find and Purchase Things With Image Recognition & Slyce

Image recognition – also known as computer vision – is the process of identifying and detecting an object in a digital image or video. With image recognition, a computer now has a way of doing what we can do with our eyes: it sees a picture or video and understands it.

Image recognition has three distinct technologies:

1. Facial recognition

2. Optical character recognition (OCR)

3. Pattern recognition

Facial recognition focuses on faces. It can detect differences and distinguish one face from the other. An example of facial recognition would be if you’ve uploaded a picture of a family member or friend on Facebook and they asked you to tag that person in the photo.

Optical character recognition focuses on text. With OCR, a bank can use an image of the check you want to deposit and check the account and routing numbers so it can transfer the money into your account.

Pattern recognition doesn’t focus on any certain thing. With pattern recognition, a computer can recognize any pattern of pixels. With this technology on, computers can detect generic objects. With pattern recognition, computers can detect specific images like logos.

In other words, image recognition is giving our technology brains. It is making it easier for us to search for things on the internet more than ever. One company that utilizes image recognition is Slyce.

What Is Slyce?

Slyce is a visual recognition company. It launched in Toronto in 2013. Slyce allows users identify an object by using visual recognition. Users can scan an object and instantly buy it or be sent to a retailer who sells it. Slyce is opening a new door for retailers. It helps retailers find new clientele and helps existing costumers return.

Slyce created this service for retailers. It can be integrated on a retailer’s website to identify the items on it. Once integrated, Slyce will then be able to direct their users to the retailer’s website when they search for the object.

Visual Relevancy Engine
Slyce created this service to identify products and similar products from pictures on social media sites. 

Securus’ Role in Exposing GTL’s Ethical Breaches


Securus Technologies recently announced that it is releasing multiple dossiers containing reports that will bring to light ethical breaches by its competitor, Global Tel Link (GTL). In a press release posted on the PR Newswire website, Securus announced that it will release the dossiers in bits in a bid to show that GTL sidestepped many industry regulations

While releasing the first dossier, Securus’ Chief Executive Officer, Richard Smith expressed his displeasure at how GTL is using unethical practices to gain business advantage. In as much as most operators within the inmate communications industry have endeavored to stick by the laid down regulations, GTL has been steadfast in circumventing them. The firm has solely focused on making money while blatantly disregarding all codes of conduct that govern players in the industry.

The Misdemeanors

In the past, GTL programmed clocks on its telephones to that each call had an addition of either 15 or 36 seconds. This malpractice is not only unauthorized but also unlawful. The firm similarly preset its phones to charge calls basing on rates higher than those that are legally permitted. This is a wholly unauthorized act.

Global Tel Link is further accused of falsely bloating its rates by using add-on programs, which violates rules laid down by the FCC. Securus asserts that the activities are deliberate and were done with the aim of illegally overcharging customers. In Louisiana alone, the firm earned 1.243 million dollars through these dubious means. Such actions are unforgivable and tarnish the image of other players in the industry.

Securus Technologies in Brief

The telecom’s services provider is based in Dallas. Its client portfolio currently encompasses more than 3,400 correctional and law enforcement institutions. Services offered by the firm are custom-made to address the demands of each institution served. It is credited with advancing popular apps such as the Video Visit, Video Visitation and At-Home-Visitation, which have been well received.

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George Soros, Champion for Humanity in a World of Turmoil

Born to Jewish parents a year before Nazi occupation of Hungary, George Soros is perhaps one of the people best placed to understand the havoc that the politics of big countries can play in smaller countries. In some well-written op-ed pieces, Mr. Soros fluently and eloquently presented his arguments for how to solve Ukraine’s problem which was at the time caught between a socio-economic stone and a political hard place.

Mr. Soros has continually displayed a vast knowledge of international politics, and the dramatic interplays of regional politics, no doubt as a result of a world class education from the London School of Economics. In an article dated May of 2014, and titled ‘Europe’s Ukrainian lifeline’, he put the Ukraine situation into perspective for Russia and the European Union. In this piece, he specifically highlighted how the needs and wants of both Ukrainians and Europeans were perfectly aligned so that Ukraine could be Europe’s saving grace at a time when Europe faced the turmoil of dissatisfaction from its peoples. Mr. Soros pointed out the gains Europe could gain if only it dared to offer significant aid to Ukraine.

George Soros has shown his often talked about philanthropic ideologies in his approach to the Ukraine crisis. Mr. Soros’ dedication to open society around the globe is also an endeavor that he is passionate about and which has come to the aid of the oppressed time and time again. He is also one to put his money where his mouth is. His foundation, set in Ukraine in 1990(long before the rebellion of 2013/2014 came to pass) was a beacon of hope to all those who suffered under the regime. As stated by himself in his piece for project syndicate on February 2014, the renaissance foundation was not involved in the Ukraine rebellion but came to the aid of those who found themselves on the wrong of the officials, through no fault of their own.

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Ukraine & Europe: What Should Be Done?

Europe’s Ukrainian Lifeline

His understanding of macroeconomic policies and the bearing that the economy has on politics as well as that of politics on economics is one that he puts to good use, lobbying governments and authorities to act on international events. He drummed up support for Ukraine by drawing up what he called a ‘Winning strategy for Ukraine’ which set about what needed to be done for Ukraine to move forward. This policy, as well as Ukraine’s need for it, he outlined in October 2015 in an article in the New York Review “Ukraine and Europe: What needs to be done.”

For a man of his wealth and stature, George Soros could be lounging in luxury resorts and spas around the world. He has no personal obligation to fighting for the little man and yet has done so again and again from fighting apartheid in South Africa, to fighting for the good of Ukrainians during a political standoff with Russia. Mr. Soros himself, recognized and often talked about how Ukraine was being used as a pawn in a greater conflict between Russia’s Putin and the European Union. He is one of the few who’s proven the inherent goodness of humanity by taking his own personal worth and putting it on the line again and again for people he has no responsibility to fight for, inspiring more of us to do the same.

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Securus Is The Best Place For Us To Make Phone Calls

We have been using Securus for a while now, and it is the perfect place for us to come when we want to check in with someone. There are a lot of people who want to make phone calls to inmates because they cannot visit in person, and we are making sure that all those phone calls get made with Securus. This app has been reviewed by PR Newswire recently.

We even make them as video calls so that we can check in with all the people we work with. There are so many people to work with that we can make calls to them easily, and we just do it with the app on our phones and tablets. We have worked with Securus to make sure that we are calling the right places, and we have also made sure that we are working with people who will truly benefit from the video calls we make.

We want to be sure that everyone we are working with through our program has someone to talk to, and we provide that through Securus. Securus is helping us make video calls to jails that allow us to connect to these people on a personal level, and we have been using the app for long enough to know that we can add more people to our program. We can help more people because of Securus, and we are sure that we will have the best help for everyone once we get them on the phone. Securus has connected with the jails that we work with, and they have made it easy for us to make every call for less.

PR Newswire‘s review also revealed that customers happy to pay for the Securus app, and we have it on all our phones and tablets. This makes life easier for every inmate. They get to talk to someone who wants to help, and they are more prepared to get out of jail.

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Is the Venezuela Economy Really Going to Collapse?

The Huffington Post is asking the question – Why is Venezuela collapsing, and it is a very good one. There are speculations as the World Bank and International Monetary Fund are saying that Venezuela is in the path of direct economic ruin. There are no words that can define what the people of the country are feeling about this news.
Several commentaries have been added that say that part of the reason is their moral decline, but this is always the scapegoat idea. The economic structure cannot be ignored as a leading reason why there might be an uptick in things like murder. However, the falling oil prices have to be considered as a great reason, especially when they are way to low for an economy that was built on the revenues generated from much higher oil prices.

According to Open Corporates 95% of the economy is dependent on oil revenues, so when that is low poverty is just around the corner for a lot of citizens who’s jobs depend on those revenues. One of the quickest tell-tell signs of Venezuela’s pending doom has to be the poverty rate increasing at an extraordinary pace. People are shown living on the streets in the many interviews being done.

“People are living on the streets and there is no where for them to go” says exper Jose Velasquez. They are hungry and there is no money to buy food. They are fed up, so they take to the streets in protest.



The easy and effective approach while creating Wikipedia page


Wikipedia has surged to become one of the most reliable sources of background information, thus making the appeal for marketers to get their business and brand listed on the website irresistible. Having Wikipedia page for your business, personal brand, or your organization can reap many benefits that includes a level of prestige, credibility, and authenticity. Customers often research companies to make their verification of existence before they purchase. A Wikipedia page convinces them of business legitimacy.


In the same vein, if your business does not have a Wikipedia page it means that it is not in existence or it is not notable. Working with Wikipedia means partaking in the seventh most visited website in the world with about 500 million unique visitors every month.


Another key benefit is enhancing visibility. Wikipedia is a ranking powerhouse. Google draws information from Wikipedia to populate Google Knowledge Graphs, and this makes Wikipedia rank top on Google search results. Thus, having a Wikipedia page increase your business presence through free Search Engine Optimization site.


However, it worth mentioning that many companies and individuals attempt to create a Wikipedia by themselves and they end up being frustrated. Their Wikipedia articles end up being deleted within minutes, and this is because there are hundreds of guidelines that must be followed while creating a Wikipedia page. Wikipedia does not allow promotional or biased content. The article must meet notability standards, and it must follow special rules when writing biographies. Deletion of an article on Wikipedia is a significant factor if an article is deleted concerning a particular subject such as your business it affects its chances the second time it is uploaded.


Hiring Wikipedia writer from is by far the most time efficient and easiest approach. Get Your Wiki features experienced Wikipedia consultants who will create an informative and fact based piece about your business using the right tone and focus that meet Wikipedia requirements for notability standards, and follow the proper formatting and referencing guidelines.


According to an article published on , digital-age ventures such as Wikipedia and Reddit have decentralized power and freedom of creating and disseminating information. As a result, undesirable information may crop up on your Wikipedia page. Considering that it is an open source community, any article can be edited by anyone. The first and best option in responding to negative information is through forging ties with Wikipedia editors such as Get Your Wiki. They correct false information, monitor and vet any edit on your page in real time, and add compelling content.

Wen by Chaz products will give your hair extra shine and softness

Die-hard hair care fanatic, Emily McClure, shares her experience (as seen on with the WEN by Chaz Dean Cleansing Condition in Bustle. Wen by Chaz Dean is a haircare line that takes hair cleansing to another level; their products clean even the harsh sulfates that are present in some shampoos. It was created by Chaz Dean, a humble-hearted hair designer in Los Angeles, who has dedicated his career to hair care and creating products. He moved to Hollywood where he renamed it to Chaz Dean Studio and often has high scale clients. He soon created this Wen Hair Cleansing Conditioners, which is dedicated to deep clean and hydrate the hair. Wen products have five products in one, replacing shampoos and conditioners that you can use on a daily basis. Wen by Chaz contains a blend of ingredients, most of them are natural herbs and extracts without the use of sulfates; this way the costumers’ hair will feel clean and moisturized.

The company also offers money back guarantee on if a client is not satisfied with the product within 60 days. Emily McClure used Wen by Chaz hair products for seven days to see the results on her fine, thin hair. She used the amount and procedure recommended by the Wen label on her hair, and immediately noticed that less strands were falling in the shower and felt more volume on her hair. On day 2 her hair was greasier than normal but she continued to do the same routine as the previous day and felt her hair more voluminous afterwards. Days 3 to 7, she felt her hair softer, healthier and with more shine than usual. McClure expresses that these products go perfect with the people that shower and style every morning. Overall the products will give you an extra shine that will give you compliments. Visit to learn more about this product.