John Holt Gives A Talk at the Texas Bankers Association Annual Conference

At the Texas Banker’s Association 5th annual strategic conference, the President and CEO of Nexbank John Holt, gave a talk on “Reinventing Community Banking: Perspectives on Competing by Innovation“. The annual conference is usually held to provide a platform for bank leaders, investors, financial advisors and consultant to shares their ideas and give their perspectives on the challenges and opportunities that face community bank leaders.
John Holt, was among the panelists and said that reinventing community banking was the best solution to these challenges. He insisted that community bank leaders should encourage their direct community to come up with innovative ways of enhancing community banking.
Nexbank was formerly known as Heritage Banks. Its services are mainly offered in Texas. Nexbank Capital Inc. is a financial company that provides customized financial services to its clients to suit their needs. Its main financial services are divided into three:
1. Commercial banking which involves rendering services to both the general public and to companies.
2. Mortgage banking which involves providing loan funds to its customers for the purchase of premises. It provides mortgages to both the public for the purchase of houses and businesses for the purchase of warehouses.
3. Nexbank also offers institutional services to corporate businesses. Such services include: mergers, acquisitions, corporate debt funding etc.

Squaw Valley Has Issued An Official Statement On The Quality Of Its Water

Squaw Valley Ski Resort has issued a statement on the water quality in Upper Mountain. The extended statement was drafted in response to the news made earlier this week concerning the quality of water in the region. According to the new reports, E. coli and coliform bacteria had been detected in the drinking water at the resort’s upper mountain.
The first concern about water quality in the area was reported on November 8. The information was reported to the Place County Department of Environmental health. Analysis of the water confirmed the potential health issue.
This confirmation prompted Squaw Valley to sprint into action. Experts were invited to treat the water. Later, the water started showing signs of improving. According to the most recent data, the levels of E. coli in three out of the four wells serving the upper mountain are showing low levels of coliform. E. Coli bacteria present in the wells have been destroyed. The director of Placer County Environmental Health, Wesley Nicks, confirmed this information. He acknowledged the same while speaking to the Sierra Sun on Tuesday.
Due to the water quality problems, restaurants at Upper Mountain were closed. The hotels will remain closed until the water sources have been declared free of any potential health hazard. Despite the closure of restaurants, skiers have been allowed to continue enjoying the resources provided by the Olympic Valley. However, these skiers are not allowed to drink water from the area until the problem is solved. Currently, no health issues have been reported in the area, and resort owners hope that it will remain that way.
The statement issued by Squaw Valley, one of the largest ski resorts in the region, pointed out the causes of the problem as well as how the authorities were going to handle it. The statement was issued on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 8 pm.
According to the statement, in October, Placer County experienced heavy rainstorms, which caused the problem. The heavy rains resulted in an unusual amount of surface runoff water in the region. Several water systems were flooded. This flooding resulted in the contamination of the water sources with E. coli and coliform bacteria. At Squaw Valley, the affected water systems were at High Camp and Gold Coast. The resort confirmed that at no point did the public have access to the water contained in the affected wells.
Since Squaw Valley routinely conducts tests on its water sources, especially after heavy rains, it was easy to detect the potential health issues. The resort began immediate consultation with experts on the way forward. From the advice of these experts, the resort has been able to follow the right steps to clean its water. Although the levels of bacteria have reduced, the business is continuing with the treatment. Squaw Valley has assured its customers that it will not be using water from the affected wells until the health officials and other experts have certified the water to be fit for human consumption. The company values the safety of its customers. This way, it is taking this issue seriously.
This information was originally mentioned on Sierra sun as outlined in this link

Markus Rothkranz Video Round Up

Amazing Raw Vegan Pancake Recipe

Markus Rothkranz, a health guru, looks to change the world one person at a time. Rothkranz and Cara Brotman are continuously bringing new vegan recipes to the viewers on his Youtube channel. He recently uploaded a video of Cara introducing her “Amazing Raw Vegan Pancake Recipe”, where she uses coconut as one of her many ingredients. In the video, Cara uses a blender and a food dehydrator.

First off, Cara mixes her ground flax seed cookies, coconut, banana, nut milk, MarkusSweet Sweetener, and vanilla extract together in the blender. Once the pancake batter was mixed, she threw a handful of chopped walnuts on top and poured the batter to make two pancakes. She said that if you wanted to, you could add a layer of frozen blueberries on the top. She put the batter in the dehydrator for a few hours and flipped them over about halfway through the process to ensure both sides were evenly done. When the pancakes came out of the dehydrator they were brown – from the oxidation of the bananas but looked super delicious.

After the pancakes were taken out of the dehydrator, Cara put a layer of her Whip Cream on the tops of the pancakes. She then stacked them on top of each other and added her toppings with a drizzle of maple syrup. She suggests that you can use strawberries, cacao nibs, pomegranate seeds, and mint leaves for toppings. Don’t forget the maple syrup, Cara said that they wouldn’t be pancakes without it. This is a great choice for a healthy breakfast, and the best part is that you can double the recipe – if needed

Standing vs Sitting: Sitting is the New Smoking

If you have an inclination to save your life, and the lives of those you know, watch this video: It’s true that sitting is the new smoking, and it’s been proven, as Markus proves, that sitting down is making us very sick, and killing us.

We need to stretch our muscles to live. It’s important to get a variety of different movements into our days, and sitting down (everywhere from office to dinner to bar to after dinner in the chair) is making us sick. It cuts off circulation, makes us swell, and makes us feel like we have very little energy. In short, we’re getting sick.

If you want to break out of this routine, you can buy a standing desk. Markus has one, and he sometimes uses his bicycle or treadmill in front of it. You can also make sure to take a break every hour or so, stretching or doing squats for about five minutes. You’re sure to love the feeling of happiness this brings to your health.

As you can see from the video, sitting all day and evening is one of the worst things you can do for yourself. If you aim to improve, think about all the things you can do instead of watch TV or rest in the evening: cleaning house, gardening, walking, running, or even just taking a walk with your dog or partner in your neighborhood. What are you waiting for? Your life is in the balance, and you surely don’t want to watch it fade by.

What you probably don’t know about Vitamin B12- Markus Rothkranz

Markus Rothkranz is a lifestyle guru and a motivational speaker. One of his videos is of him talking about vitamin B12. He discusses things that people may not have known about it.

He starts off by saying how there is a lot of hype, fear and paranoia about vitamin B12 and how people freak out when they find out they have a B12 deficiency. According to Rothkranz, people shouldn’t be paranoid about getting a blood test that says they are low in B12 because it doesn’t actually mean anything. He goes on to say Serum B12 levels don’t reflect true levels of the vitamin due to where they are stored, which is mostly in the liver.

Rothkranz mentions how vegans and vegetarians need to supplement the vitamin because they don’t consume meat, but then he points out how more than half of meat eaters have a B12 deficiency.

The guru continues to discuss how B12 is pretty much bacteria poop and how people would just uproot a carrot, brush it off and then consume it if they were in the natural world. The carrot would be covered with microscopic organisms and there would still be a little bit of dirt on it. He added that humans’ gut bacteria produces a little bit of B12.

He provides tips on how to rebuild stomach acid by eating things such as lemon, sea salt and apple cider. He also recommends taking B-complex vitamins and zinc with meals. Alkaline water is not recommended because Rothkranz says it plays a role in weakening stomach acid.