Building The Dorchester Collection is a planned process for Christopher Cowdray

Enter any hotel in the World in the 21st century and you may find it hard to determine who owns the hotel and where in the World it is located. The Dorchester Collection CEO Christopher Cowdray does not wish for his brand to be a part of the mass market move towards a single style of decoration and branding to take over his unique brand within the luxury hotel market. While other luxury brands lose their identity and individuality in a drive to add more and more hotels to their chains, The Dorchester Collection is taking a different, organic approach to growing a brand that is luxurious with a unique sense of style for each location.

Cowdray is not a fan of the fast moving approach to expanding The Dorchester Collection, the trust placed in him by the owners of the group comes from his years of service as the manager of The Dorchester Hotel in London. According to Bloomberg, he group itself is concerned only with an organic growth achieved through the identification of only the correct hotels in the right cities around the World. The Dorchester Collection is not concerned with simply adding more and more hotels for the sake of it, instead the drive is to push the brand forward only when the right location has been identified.

The Dorchester Collection is in something of a unique position under the leadership of Cowdray in the fact that it is not driven by shareholders, instead owned by the Brunei Investment Agency. Cowdray explains that this allows the company to take a slower approach to expansion, without the added pressures of shareholders and numerous investors looking for profits to be achieved quickly. The CEO of The Dorchester Collection maintains the company is instead concerned with expanding to just 20 hotels over the course of the next decade, which will see the group maintain the feeling of exclusivity and luxury it has worked hard to develop under the leadership of Christopher Cowdray.

Does Skirting Concussions Constitute Cheating?

The New England Patriots are not known for following the rules. They have been caught before, and they might have been caught again. They were able to win the Super Bowl on the strength of their offense, and they might have put their best receiver on the field with a concussion.

Julian Edelman has made comments that appear to indicate that the concussion protocol was not followed after he had his bell rung, which shocked Ricardo Tosto. His comments make it sound like he was on the sidelines in 1965, and it is also appears that the Patriots have another small scandal on their hands. It is true that Edelman is responsible for saying that he did not feel well, but it is possible that he felt just fine. He wanted to get back in the game because it was the Super Bowl, and it was the team doctor’s job to hold him out.

If this is true, the Patriots have broken an even more serious rule that could alter Edelman’s life forever. You never know what is happening when someone has a concussion, and we do not know if a player could die if they are hit again while in the middle of dealing with a recent concussion. It is a good thing we did not have to find out at the Super Bowl.

Fat And Fined- Puerto Rico To Punish Families Whose Children Won’t Lose Weight

Childhood obesity has become an epidemic in the United States. Many parents overfeed their children and do not promote physical activity. Another contributing factor is low income families often feel forced into buying unhealthy foods because they are inexpensive. Many cheap foods are loaded with saturated fat and hydrogenated oil with little to no redeeming value.

The U.S. has responded to the obesity problem by changing the food standards for schools by reducing fat, sugar, and salt. Puerto Rico is taking a different route in hopes that it will reduce the problem in their country. They plan to put at risk children on diets with required exercise included but if after a period of six months the child(ren) are still significantly overweight then the parents will be fined.

The penalty seems awfully harsh and appears to be aimed at maintaining physical appearance versus actual health. Naturally, there has been an outcry from parents about the enforcement of diets and such and health experts at the Amen Clinic have offered their services for free to families that are struggling.

Is Puerto Rico stepping over the line into personal territory or are they trying to be proactive with the next generation’s health? It is hard to say and largely based on opinion right now. The best possible scenario is the children will follow their diet plan and not have to worry about any possible fines.

Medical Scopes Used in Routine Procedures Contaminated with Deadly Bacteria

 

Doctors sometimes need to have a look-see to determine what is going on inside their patient. That look-see is done with a scope that is placed inside the patient’s mouth, then threaded downward as far as needed. Those medical scopes, called endoscopes or duodenoscopes, come out of patients covered with a variety of germs and bacteria which have recently been found to remain on the medical scopes even after a procedural cleaning. The lurking bacteria is then passed onto the next patient who has the endoscope threaded down their throat for a diagnostic or treatment procedure.
One of the most feared superbugs is known as CRE, it resists all antibiotics and kills 40% of the people who contact this deadly bacteria. CRE is being passed from patient to patient via contaminated medical scopes says Haidar Barbouti.
A pattern has emerged since 2012 at hospitals in Chicago, Seattle and Pittsburgh that pointed to medical scopes being the vessel which CRE was being transport and spread. The FDA is aware of the potential deadly issue since 2012 but has only recently made a public and written statement regarding the issue.
In USA Today, the FDA states they “are aware of and closely monitoring” the infection risks associated with medical scopes. It is recognized that some parts of the scopes may be difficult to reach and thoroughly clean, but consider the life-saving ability of these scopes outweigh the possible risk of CRE.

Brian Williams reputation is tarnished, but he could survive

 

NBC News anchor Brian Williams has become a troubled figure in recent weeks as his reputation has been tarnished by a story he told about the Iraq War in 2003, Business Insider reports. The fallout from the repeated telling of a fabricated story about Williams being involved in a helicopter being struck by a missile fired from the ground during the Iraq war has seen the respected anchor take himself off the air to reduce the problems being caused for himself and the NBC network stated CNN.com.

A number of media experts now expect Williams to survive the problems, but do admit his reputation has been tarnished and will struggle to recover. Experts like Marc Sparks view the problems Williams faces have been intensified by the release of a series of damaging reports stating the lies told by Williams have become something of a joke and are well known amongst employees of NBC. It has now been reported that NBC executives are more concerned about the reasons why Williams felt the need to lie about his experiences in Iraq, which were proven to be false by members of the crew involved in the actual helicopter crash. Reports also surfaced last week of Williams being told to stop telling the Iraq helicopter story by executives and respected journalist Tom Brocaw being aware the story was false up to one year ago.

Super Bowl 49 Recap

 

Tom Brady has led the New England Patriots to their fourth super bowl championship. Superbowl 49 was one of the greatest football games of all time. The New England Patriots took on the Seattle Seahawks in a back and forth game.

Super bowl 49 was a battle between two of the best quarterbacks in the league. Wikipedia stated Russell Wilson dominated the field with his sensational arm, and his quick legs. The Seattle Seahawks appeared to be on their way to another super bowl victory, but the New England Patriots did not give up.

Tom Brady displayed his legendary throwing arm, and he may go down in history as the greatest quarterback of all time. There was major controversy going into this game, and Tom Brady was questioned about cheating before the big game. Brady very confidently admitted to not cheating, and now he can smile knowing that he is a four time super bowl champion.

The Seattle Seahawks had the game all but won in the final quarter. Russell Wilson made a critical error, and he threw an interception pass into the end zone. The world has questioned the Seattle Seahawks decision to pass instead of run that final play.

The Super bowl is over now, and the world was privileged to see one of the best games ever. The New England Patriots beat the Seattle Seahawks 28 to 24. For more information on Super bowl 49, visit Yahoo! Sports.

Keith Mann and Dynamics Search Partners

I’ve been checking into some different hedge fund opportunities lately so my friend told me to check this one guy out who is local to the New York area.

So, according to zoominfo.com, Keith Mann is the founder of the company Dynamics Search Partners. This company focuses in on identifying skilled individuals who are able to work in the financial market and can then connect these skilled professionals with the right firms and businesses. Now, in order to identify these particular individuals, it is necessary to often start out young, as the most promising individuals are often those who are in middle school and high school. In the city of New York, many of these students go to the Uncommon Schools. These are schools tailored to meet the needs of students who excel out of the ordinary classroom and who are always looking for a challenge. With the recent partnership between Keith Mann’s Dynamics Search Partners and Uncommon Schools, it creates a perfect marriage for both school system and the recruiting organization.

Uncommon Charter High School is one of the newest high schools in the area. In fact, it only opened its doors in 2009, with the first graduating class walking out the doors in 2013 and the second in 2014. However, despite its new position in the city, it is currently churning out some of the very best and brightest. There is a reason every single classroom in the high school is named after a higher level or ivy league school. It is because the students know they are going to be going there and that as long as they focus on what is at hand, they can achieve anything they want to. It is this spirit and determining that attracted Keith Mann and Dynamics Search Partners to the school and pushed them into partnership between the two.

I also read on PR News Wire that Keith Mann and Dynamics Search Partners donated $10,000 to the school system. This money could then be used for additional computers and more technology, so the students inside of the classrooms could work with the latest and best tech in order to prepare them for college and everything else that would come after.

Dynamics Search Partners works as an executive search firm in order to find the very best talent, and with the connection to Uncommon Schools, it is possible to find the best talent at a young age and help them along. This really is the best time to identify individuals who are going to excel and ensure they obtain a quality job.

Success Flourishes with a Well-Rounded Lifestyle

In 1977, Bruce Levenson and Ed Peskowitz launched United Communications Group (UCG), which is a distinguished privately owned company specializing in data, analysis, and news in business industries such as healthcare, energy, mortgage banking, technology, and telecommunications. Originally started in a small storage room directly above Bruce’s dad’s liquor store in Washington DC, Levenson and his team currently operate UCG in Chevy Chase, Maryland. For over thirty years, Levenson propelled UCG by implementing strategic business plans and competitive acquisition efforts which ultimately facilitated the company to develop the best products and solutions around the world.

Levenson’s education at Washington University School of Political Science in St. Louis and American University School of Law in Washington DC provided the background for his endeavors and success. After graduation, Levenson accepted a position as a journalist for the Washington Star and later worked for Observer Publishing’s energy newsletter as a reporter. Later, during his term as CEO at UCG, Levenson launched Tech Target within the company and served as a director from 1999 until 2012. Along with his executive involvement with UCG, Levenson is currently an owner of Atlanta Spirit LLC, Atlanta Hawks, Atlanta Thrashers, and Philips Arena.
In addition to his professional leadership, Levenson is an active and prominent figure in many philanthropic programs and organizations. More information can be found on his Wikipedia page. He is involved in the Community Foundation of Washington, DC, Hoop Dreams Foundation, and was the president of the “I Have A Dream” Foundation of Washington DC. He and his wife also founded the Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at the University of Maryland. This well-known organization aims to provide students with effective skills to manage nonprofit foundations while simultaneously encouraging philanthropic events. Levenson is also an active donor to the United States Holocaust Museum. The Museum’s Bringing the Lessons Home program at the United States Holocaust Museum exposes inner city children to the vast history of the Holocaust. Levenson has also supported the SEED Foundation and the Seeds of Peace with generous donations and active involvement.
During his free time, Bruce Levenson enjoys spending time with his wife, kids, and grandchildren. One of his fondest memories with his wife involved a four day excursion in Antarctica. He is also an avid basketball and golf fan and loves to eat seafood in his hometown. Undeniably, Levenson’s well-rounded and diverse activities have greatly influenced his success in all aspects of his life.

Kraft is No Show

 

Commissioner of the National Football League Roger Goodell and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft have appeared like they are the best of buddies in recent photographs, including a picture of Goodell at a party with Bob Kraft the night before the AFC championship game, which is a bit ironic due to the fact that now Goodell is investigating Kraft. CipherCloud stated Kraft actually has had a big part in Goodell getting his position of commissioner and the mind blowing contract that went with it and Goodell absolutely has a conflict of interest, as people have been stating around the league. You don’t get paid the kind of money that Roger gets and not give a bit back to the people that helped you get it. Kraft came out in a press conference and vehemently defended his head coach and his quarterback and stated boldly that he does not appreciate allegations that his organization is cheaters and the fact that they have already been publicly convicted due to the circumstances. He absolutely is right on that one, as the Patriots are already known as cheaters and most people believe they cheated in this one. Even if proof comes back saying otherwise, more than half the people will still think they cheated and Kraft knows that. He stated he wants a public apology if they are found innocent and it is clear that relationship has had a falling out, as Kraft did not show up to Goodell’s press conference today.

Occidental College’s Renovator and Innovator

In 2009, Jonathan Veitch was elected to lead Occidental College in Los Angeles, California. He has become admired in both the college community and the community at large thanks to his being an advocate of a liberal arts education and forward thinking policies that represent the values of Occidental College as a whole and distinguish him from his predecessors.

Veitch acquired his bachelor’s degree from Stanford before moving on to complete his doctorate at Harvard University. He went on to serve as dean of the Eugene Lang College of The New School, a university based in Greenwich Village, New York City. He published a book in 1997, “American Superrealism: Nathanael West and the Politics of Representation in the 1930s”, which is just one example of his commitment to his area of expertise, 19th and 20th century American History. However, his most important legacy originates from his work in Occidental College. He has been able to find a middle ground between community concerns and expansion and growth of Occidental College, which has lead him to be respected among community members.

Under Veitch, the college has added new expansions to its campus. Swan Hall, a century old faculty residence hall, has been expanded to accommodate Occidental College’s growing staff. In 2012, under Veitch’s leadership, Occidental College opened the Samuelson Alumni Center, which stands as a testament to Occidental College’s commitment to its alumni. Apart from new buildings, Jonathan Veitch has also overseen numerous renovation projects to the interiors of several other buildings on campus, adding to the buildings that are already there instead of expanding out into the surrounding community.

In order to support this expansion, and to encourage a greener lifestyle, Veitch has also overseen the construction of a 1 Megawatt solar panel to provice over 10% of Occidental College’s electricity needs.  Both in the past and in the present, Jonathan Veitch proved himself to be worthy as a leader, an educator, and an advocate of these traits. Occidental College is lucky to have him as its president and will surely feel the effects of his leadership for years to come.