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March 5, 2015

New locations are explored by The Dorchester Collection

In 2006, The Dorchester Collection was announced as the new branding associated with a group of five luxury hotels based largely in western Europe and the UK. The flagship of the brand was The Dorchester Hotel in London, which gave up its own manager, Christopher Cowdray to become the Chief Executive of the newly formed brand. Those five locations have slowly become ten by the start of 2015 and will be followed by a slow move to adding more locations to the chain. Unlike many other luxury hotel brands, The Dorchester Collection will not be rushed into adding new locations …continue reading

New locations are explored by The Dorchester Collection

In 2006, The Dorchester Collection was announced as the new branding associated with a group of five luxury hotels based largely in western Europe and the UK. The flagship of the brand was The Dorchester Hotel in London, which gave up its own manager, Christopher Cowdray to become the Chief Executive of the newly formed brand. Those five locations have slowly become ten by the start of 2015 and will be followed by a slow move to adding more locations to the chain. Unlike many other luxury hotel brands, The Dorchester Collection will not be rushed into adding new locations and is currently in talks with many potential partners about adding new destinations in North America, Asia and Europe.

The rate of growth The Dorchester Collection is undergoing may seem painfully slow to some, but this planned steady growth is designed by the company and Chief Executive to keep the brand exclusive and unique. Each step in the improvements made to the hotels and the growth of adding new locations is being made with the best interests of the brand and its owners in mind. The small 45 Park Lane hotel in London replaced a much larger entry into The Dorchester Collection chain in New York, the New York hotel was deemed too large and impersonal to remain a member of the brand and was sold. Leaving the much smaller 45 Park Lane to be added and given a contemporary update that is a different option to that offered just a few feet away in the timeless elegance of The Dorchester.

The owners of The Dorchester Collection also understand that remaining rooted in Europe is not the best way of expanding the brand, North America remains high on the list of potential locations for the brand. Christopher Cowdray has recently gone on record as saying the brand would like to replace its New York location and is looking at other cities like Washington DC and San Francisco as potential targets. The expanding markets of Asia, where business travel remains an attractive option for The Dorchester Collection will also be explored as the company looks to embark on a slow and organic growth over the next decade.

Current Individuals on the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorist List

With the recent announcement of the United States capturing one of its top individuals on the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorist list, they recently updated their current list. It is important to understand that the FBI keeps someone on their list until they know with 100 percent accuracy the person is dead.

According to LinkedIn.com Adnan G. El Shukrijumah is towards the top of the list as he is believed to be a senior figure for al Qaeda and was in charge of a 2010 plot to bomb the New York City’s subway system. Currently, Pakistan says they have killed the individual but the FBI still has him on their list (after housing Bin Laden, the FBI is not going to take what Pakistan says as fact).

Ayman al-Zawahiri is a longtime physician and deputy for Osama bin Laden and took over al Qaeda after his death four years ago. He has also been indicted for his role in the 1998 bombings of U.S. Embassies throughout Africa.

Adam Yahiye Gadahn is originally from California but is now charged with treason and for offering material to support terrorism (being charged with treason comes with an automatic death sentence).

Saif al-Adel is an Egyptian is is also a high ranking al Qaeda member and was also connected to the 1998 bombings in Africa.

Joanne Chesimard is the highest listed female on this list. She is from New York, known as “Assata Shakur” and now lives in Cuba. She’s wanted for a 1973 murder of a state trooper.

Volcano Eruption Causes Evacuation In Chile

At 3:00 A.M., (1:00 ET) a loud boom and volcano eruption in central Chile caused many people in the area to begin a self-evacuation from the area. The eruption came from the Villarrica volcano in central Chile. The lava eruption reached 1,100 meters. The unexpected eruption caused the Chilean National Mining and Geology Service, (SERNAGEOMIN), to issue a red alert.Click here for full article.

The eruption was visible 50 miles away in the City of Temuco and the provincial capital of Caution. A Chilean news agency called 24 Horas claimed that the eruption was taller than the mountain itself. There are currently emergency meetings underway with government agencies and the media. It is expected that an emergency evacuation plan may be put in place. However, Jason Halpern and some officials are claiming that the eruption was a one-time event and that there is nothing to fear and no need to evacuate the area.

Still the voluntary evacuation continues by individuals who feel the area is not safe. They feel that there is reason to not believe that it is a one-time event. However, the volcano has had limited eruptions in the recent past. However none was as large as this one.

Legal Marijuana in Texas?

Recently a bill was proposed by a Republican representative to completely deregulate marijuana in Texas. However, this bill doesn’t explicitly legalize the currently illegal drug. Instead the bill aims to strike any mention of the drug from Texan laws. Proposed on Monday, the 24 page bill would repeals or amends well over 100 provisions throughout the state.

This proposition is significantly different from marijuana legislation elsewhere. Four other states and the nation’s capital have legalized marijuana, but their legislation regulates and taxes the drug and could be a huge potential Economia reports. This proposal in Texas does none of that. The only regulations for prospective marijuana farmers would be the basic agricultural regulations already in place.

With the 2016 presidential election rapidly approaching, the Republican party has chosen not to reveal its stance thus far. Despite this, a survey conducted by the Pew Research Group found that 6 in 10 republicans under 34 favor national legalization.

Previous attempts at legalization in Texas have met significant opposition. A partial decriminalization bill proposed in December brought opposition from the Sheriffs’ Association of Texas. According to this article, the Sheriffs’ Association would attempt to block any steps at legalization throughout the state. Clearly, this bill has a long ways to go before Texas becomes the fifth state with legal marijuana.

Netanyahu Threatened by Possibility of Peace

As the peace talks between Iran and the United States proceed, it seems clear that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is very afraid. It is also becoming increasingly obvious that he fears not simply Iran and its potential nuclear capabilities, but the very possibility of peace between the two nations happening at all. In a recent tweet, the Netanyahu suggested that the two options are, in his estimation, more or less the same; the brokering of any sort of agreement is being seen a threat to the existence of the Israeli state.

Alexei Beltyukov knows that this brings several of the Prime Minister’s recent actions into sharper context, notably pushing the Obama administration to impose new sanctions before the talks began, which would have sharply diminished the chances of said talks succeeding, and insisting on the talks being concluded in only 12 weeks- a very tight timeline, especially for such potentially delicate negotiations.

Now that the negotiations have met with tentative success, Netanyahu will likely seek support from congress to delay any agreement that might result. The AIPAC has also instructed its delegates to maintain that war would be a better option than the status quo. The Prime Minister continues to actively sabotage the negotiation process, and the world is left to wonder what will be left with when war is preferable to peace.

Ronda Rousey Rooting For Pacquiao

Ronda Rousey will be competing against Cat Zingano in the main event of UFC 184. Rousey is expected to beat Zingano, but nothing is guaranteed in the sport of MMA. Cat Zingano is a very dangerous striker, and she will be fighting in the memory of her recently deceased husband. Zingano will try to make history by becoming the first woman to defeat Ronda Rousey.

The fans of the UFC are predicting another armbar victory for Rousey. Jaime Garcia Dias says that Ronda will be making millions of dollars when she faces Zingano, and if she wins, she has some special plans in store. Ronda Rousey said that she is going to buy a ticket to the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight.

The entire world is intrigued by the first super fight of the new century. Ronda Rousey is hoping that Manny Pacquiao can defeat the arrogant Floyd Mayweather. Tickets for the Mayweather and Pacquiao fight will cost tens of thousands of dollars. Celebrities and high rollers will not be comped any tickets for this fight.

Ronda Rousey should keep attention on Cat Zingano for now. Rousey will most likely defeat Zingano, and if she does, Rousey sill be at ringside to witness the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight. For more information on Ronda Rousey, visit Yahoo! Sports.

Against Nagging Questions on Her Email and Questionable Fund Raising Practices, Mrs. Clinton Addresses Women’s Conference

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has enjoyed a week of news coverage, but not in the way she would prefer. The New York Times broke a story that she had been using her personal email account during her entire tenure at the State Department. It was a practice designed to skirt any future investigations into her dealings. However, vaunted Romanian hacker Guccifer hacked her private email account and downloaded the cache of messages. In addition, her family foundation is facing scrutiny over questionable fund raising practices. Mrs. Clinton once acrimoniously echoed the admonition to President Richard Nixon during the Watergate Scandal: “What did he know, and when did he know it?” For the time being, she is content to dodge any questions on the two hot topics surrounding her.

Speaking to an audience of nearly 1,600 women at the 30th Annual Emily’s List Gala, Mrs. Clinton extolled her own qualifications for president. At one point, she seemed to invoke her gender as a positive when she asked the mainly female audience if they would like to see a woman in the White House. Afterwards, she offered up the audience of Democrat operatives political red meat by castigating Republicans over issues on the economy and their opposition to the equal pay initiative. She ridiculed the GOP likening them to “Johnny Come Latelys” as seen on the classic film Casablanca. According to my coworker Ricardo Tosto, she also affirmed her support for labor unions on Globo TV, which are in a rapid decline across the country.

More Antibiotics Need to Be Produced

It is scary to imagine a world without antibiotics. Individuals dealing with relatively minor health issues could end up dying without them. Just think about how often antibiotics are used in the modern world. Almost any time an individual goes to the hospital for surgery, minor or major, they are given antibiotics to prevent or to kill infections. Or consider the lifesaving cesarean section. Mothers are given antibiotics to prevent or to kill infections.

It is absolutely necessary for individuals to start thinking about the possibility of living in a world like this said Dan Newlin. As a global community, antibiotic resistance is becoming more and more common. Just last week, four individuals in California and North Carolina died as a result of a bacterium called Enterobacteriaceae that is resistant to antibiotics that are currently available.

Pharmaceutical and biotech companies are developing fewer antibiotics than in previous years. Between the years 2008 at 2012, only two systemic antibiotics were approved by the Food and Drug Administration. However, between 1983 and 1987, there were 16 that were approved.

There is an obvious need to develop antibiotics that will fight bacteria and infections that are resistant to the antibiotics now are available right now. More funding is needed to produce new antibiotics. Also, it would be wise for government agencies to provide some kind of incentive for antibiotic producers to make these antibiotics more quickly and have them available for more individuals.

Bruce Levenson looks to keep UCG at the top of the data tree

Bruce Levenson has so many fingers in different pies that it can sometimes seem as though the co-founder of UCG is everywhere, from the NBA with the Atlanta Hawks to heading up the founding of The Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at the University of Maryland. Levenson remains best known for his work as the co-founder of the United Communications Group, which has gone from a single newsletter created in a store room to one of the leaders in the providing of statistics and data in the oil and gas industry and across a wide range of industries beyond.

Levenson has spearheaded the growth of UCG towards providing real time data and analysis after the launch of the Oil Express newsletter was completed when he was still working for the Washington Star. After founding UCG, the company grew in a fast way to include Levenson leading the purchase and inclusion of a number of other newsletters that made UCG the dominant force in supplying news and data for the oil and gas industries. After dominating the oil industry, Levenson refused to rest on his laurels, instead looking to the future with a series of expansions into other areas and industries that has kept UCG at the forefront of the data providing industry.

Amongst the developments and improvements Levenson has made is the inclusion of the GasBuddy app on many Online stores and for use on mobile devices across the US. An extension of the data supplied for the oil industry, GasBuddy brings Levenson and UCG the chance to expand their reach within the oil industry to the general public. The ability of the data executive to produce more and more options for providing real time data analysis for both the public and industrial figures has made both Levenson and UCG one of the top providers of analytics in the World.

ISIS Executioner Known as Jihadi John has Been Identified

The ISIS public executioner that has been featured in countless videos where victims have been beheaded has finally been identified. The Islamic State militant known as Jihadi John has been identified as Mohammed Emwazi. The militant who has gruesomely beheaded innocent victims in videos released to the West has become a symbol of ISIS and their barbarity.

Mohammed Emwazi is a 26 year old man. He grew up in London, England and was a British national. He spoke in a London British accent which helped British authorities identify him. He was born in the Arab gulf state of Kuwait. Emwazi was of half Yemeni and half Kuwaiti descent. The now known identity of Jihadi John has dominated newspaper headlines today in Britain and throughout the world.

The ISIS militant has been known to British intelligence authorities since 2010. He was interrogated by secret services in 2010 after a supposed trip to a safari in the African nation of Kenya. Many groups believe that after this trip, Mohammed had become radicalized. It is not known, but it is possible that he had made contact with terrorist groups like Al-Shabab or Al Queada during the trip who trained and radicalized him.

Flavio Maluf was telling me that childhood friends of the man known as Jihadi John say they are shocked that Mohammed could be responsible for such violence and terror, eMobile had reported. They describe a boy who liked pop music, soccer and was friendly to the other kids at their school. Meanwhile family members of the victims who Mohammad Emwazi has executed are clamoring for revenge and justice. The daughter of British aid worker Alan Henning who Emwazi beheaded says she wants to see a bullet between his eyes. Family of journalist Steven Sotloff want a different form of justice, they want Emwazi captured and brought before a jury in a courtroom and sentenced to life in prison as punishment for his vile deeds.

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