Monthly Archives: March 2015

The Incredibles Are Coming Back!

Since 2004, both children and adults have been eagerly awaiting a sequel to the hit Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Pictures 3-D action and adventure film The Incredibles. Well, the wait is over!

In a Disney shareholder’s meeting this month, Bob Iger, the CEO and chairman of Disney, confirmed that The Incredibles 2 is in the works. So far, it is estimated that the release will be some time next summer. Many film critics have noticed that with a 12 year wait, a lot of young adults and teenagers who enjoyed the first film may find themselves enjoying the sequel with their own children.

The supposed plot of the sequel will involve Bob and Helen Incredible coming out of the semi-retirement in which they have been raising Jack-Jack while allowing Violet and Dash to take the reins as superheroes. Marc Sparks feels it is believed that Jack-Jack has difficulty controlling his powers and will become mentored by a villain who realizes that Jack-Jack’s control only comes when he is angry or behaving in an evil, villainous fashion.

Whether this plot is the real deal remains to be seen. If this story is what fans should expect, it will explore many themes including the emotional and life toll that comes from children who take the places of their parents, parents who “return to work” and the role of nature versus nurture.

The Mystery of a Missing Taiwanese Squid Boat Deepens

This month, the mystery of what happened to a 700 tonne missing Taiwanese squid boat with a crew of 49 deepened. Her Captain last contacted his company at 3 a.m. on the morning of February 26th. He reported that the boat was taking on water; however, he did not issue a Mayday distress call and apparently left no GPS coordinates. The Hsiang Fu Chun today remains missing somewhere in the South Atlantic, about 1700 miles off the Falkland Islands.

The Taiwanese government has requested assistance from both the British government and the Argentinian government in locating the vessel. Many people in Taiwan speculate the power failed and the craft is adrift in the South Atlantic. Timber Creek Capital reports that there is also speculation the crew perhaps hijacked the vessel.

The 28 year old ship carried a captain from Taiwan, two other Taiwanese crew members, two crew members from Vietnam, 13 Filipinos, 21 Indonesians and 11 Chinese. It was one of approximately 100 squid fishing boats from Taiwan that annually sail into the South Atlantic to troll the waters for squid.

A spokesman for the Taiwanese Fisheries Agency, Hung Hong-yen noted: “We still don’t know where the ship is and what happened to it.” He added that locating the vessel right now “is like searching for a needle in the ocean.” The ship vanished in a remote area of the South Atlantic, 11 hours from land via airplane.

The Best Chilled Wines

The experts at Antique Wine Company are highly trained, so they know the proper serving temperatures for a variety of wines. This is important because the temperature can affect the smell and taste of wine. When wine is served cold, it is less alcoholic; however, the wine’s actual flavors are more bold. Warm wine has a strong alcohol flavor, which is why most people overly chilled their wine before they have dinner.

Red Wine Temperature Guide

AWC employees teach clients about the intensity and weight of wine. Some wines have a thick texture, and some beverages are less intense and lighter. If a red wine is stored in a cabinet at room temperature, it must be refrigerated for 45 minutes until it is slightly cool.

The Best Chilled Red Wines

Lambruscos are light sparkling wines that are manufactured in Italy. Winemakers make the wine from Lambrusco grapes. The beverage is produced after yeast eats the grape juice. The wine is bubbly because carbon dioxide is produced during the fermentation process.

Beaujolais Wine

Beaujolais wine is made from a Gamay grape, which is found in France. Because the grape is unique, it produces the lightest red wine. Beaujolais wines are usually seen in grocery stores shortly before Thanksgiving. However, Antique Wine Company employees provide this wine to consumers throughout the year.

Pinot Noir Wine

A Pinot Noir is one of the most popular wines in the world. It is a light, complex wine, but it has a very delicious flavor. Because the manufacturing process is lengthy, the cost of a Pinot Noir is slightly expensive. However, some stores sell the wine for less than $15.

These wines and many other great wines are available at Antique Wine Company. Contact a specialist today to learn more about the benefit of drinking chilled wines.

Antoich University Professor Wants to Reunite with Peace Corps Volunteer After 31 years

The Peace Corp was established by President Kennedy on March 1, 1961 as a volunteer program to help people in underprivileged countries. Dr. Jean Kayira, PhD grew up in the underprivileged country of Malawi.She met Michael Smyser who was a Peace Corp volunteer in the early 1980s. He taught Dr. Kayira mathematics during the years 1982 to 1984. She owes her whole life to him because she would not have continued her education and earned her PhD if not for Smyser. Kayira is associated with AUNE’s environmental studies, which is associated with the Peace Corps. During Peace Corps Week, Kayira would like to reconnect with Michael Smyser. The Manchester, Ink Link, was able to locate the former Peace Corps volunteer on the internet with a request from Kayira. Michael Smyser is employed at the University of Washington’s Epidemiology Department located in Seattle.
Dan Newlin has read that Schooling for Dr. Kayira was taught in English and Chichewa languates because it was mandatory. She met Mr. Mike Smyser in the 9th and 10th grades; he was her Latin and Math teacher. Kayira said that he was her favorite teacher because he explained the lessons in a very clear style and helped her to believe she was a smart person and could succeed if she applied herself. Smyser’s inspiration led to Kayira enrolling in the University of Malawi, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Education Science.

Latest Clinton Scandals Leave Her Candidacy Weakend

The much talked about Hillary Clinton juggernaut has suffered a blow from two scandals that have broken out in recent days. At this point, neither scandal appears close to being resolved. Newspaper reporters are investing illegal foreign donations to her family’s foundation during her tenure as Secretary of State. Some political pundits speculate the donations were tantamount to foreign countries buying access to her forthcoming presidency.

Yet it appears that it is the email scandal that has weakened her candidacy the most. On Tuesday, the Rep. Trey Gowdy, chairman of the House select committee on Benghazi, told reporters that the committee was unaware the private emails existed. Jason Halpern said this glaring omission would require further investigation into Benghazi. Accordingly, Rep. Gowdy said he would be requesting all emails from Mrs. Clinton’s personal accounts from the State Department. Only after it became apparent the emails would not be able to remain private, Mrs. Clinton tweeted that she was the one in favor of making them public.

If Mrs. Clinton thought the tweet would demonstrate transparency, she was mistaken. While she previously turned over 55,000 personal emails to the State Department, it has been learned that her aides decided which emails to turn over and which to keep private. Presumably, this would suggest that the presumptive Democrat nominee is not as interested in transparency as she is in merely appearing to be transparent. As a result, her candidacy has weakened which may give occasion for others to challenge her for the Democrat party’s nomination.

Investment in people pays off for The Dorchester Collection

The small, but growing luxury hotel chain of The Dorchester Collection has seen its decision to invest in its staff as the main selling point of its brand pay off with a number of awards at the annual HR Excellence Awards. The chain is owned by the Brunei Investment Agency and headed by CEO Christopher Cowdray and has worked hard since forming the brand in 2006 to create an overall identity that can be seen across the existing ten hotels managed by the company. Innovation has been the main keyword for the company, with The Dorchester Collection growing at a small rate and even selling off hotels that do not fit in with the future vision of the brand.

At a time when the leisure industry is embarking on a rebirth that sees many of its top chains opening masses of hotels and employing staff at a high rate, The Dorchester Collection is looking to create a company that is known for its excellent customer service. At the 2014 HR Awards in London, The Dorchester Collection was rewarded with the prestigious HR Gold Award and praised for its strategy of training and rewarding its staff members of around 3,500. This strategy back up the claims made by CEO Cowdray in claiming the brand would be judged on its performance in customer service and not in the number of flags they raise around the World.

In 2006, when The Dorchester Collection was founded the chain consisted of just five hotels, although these were some of the most luxurious and prestigious in the World. By 2015 the number of hotels had risen to just ten and features hotels in some of the best known cities in North America and Europe. Although growth ha been slow, the approach is designed to keep the brand exclusive and known for its high level of customer service and innovation. A series of new locations have been identified for new hotels, including those in Asia and major US cities, such as San Francisco, New York and Washington DC.

 

Florida Jury Says Not Guilty in Felony Case of Man Growing Marijuana

In an unprecedented verdict in the state of Florida, a marijuana grower was acquitted by a jury on the grounds that it was medically necessary. The jury, consisting of four women and 2 men, took under an hour to decide on the not guilty verdict.

It all began in response to a tip that pot was being grown at a Hollywood, FL home, and detectives raided the home of 50-year old Jesse Teplicki. When they arrived at this home, Teplicki did not try to lie or hide the fact that he was growing the illegal plant. Even as he faced the jury, he admitted to having smoked a joint before coming to court in order to curb his nausea and boost his appetite, symptoms he has suffered for decades due to his anorexia.

Teplicki faced up to five years in prison for the felony offence he was charged of two years ago, and with tears in his eyes, he told three of jurors, “You saved my life.” Teplicki was offered several plea deals which he turned down before facing trail. He continued to maintain that he used the plant solely for medicine that he required in order to perform daily tasks that were hindered by the severe conditions he suffered due to the anorexia he has experienced since he was nine years old.

Teplicki’s defense lawyer, Michael C. Minardi, said “Hopefully prosecutors heed the decision and are less likely to prosecute this kind of case in the future.” Now that a jury has spoken in this criminal case, the next problem Teplicki faces is being able to continue to grow pot without the fear of future prosecution stated Reuters.com. A civil action may be on the horizon to protect his rights that a jury has decided on.

Dallas Nurse Who Survived Ebola Is Suing Her Employer

With the way our tort system works in America, allowing people to sue over everything and anything, it was bound to happen. Now, Flavio Maluf says that Nina Pham, who continues to receive a paycheck from the Dallas hospital she worked at as a nurse even though she has not returned to her duties since contracting and overcoming the Ebola virus, is suing her employer. Citing that the facility she worked at neglected to provide a safe working environment during the time Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S., was being cared for at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital.

While under no pressure to do so, Pham and other hospital employees saw to the needs of Duncan while he suffered from the deadly virus, as the duties of their professions call for. Having to mop floors with bleach and dealing with hazardous waste, Pham said “It was very physically and emotionally draining.” She also expressed her displeasure with the fact that judgments on how to keep themselves safe from the virus while treating the patient were left up to the doctors and nurses stating, “The only thing I knew about Ebola, I learned in nursing school.” Well, it’s a darn good thing all the doctors and nurses were required to go to school in order to work in the health care field, don’t you think?

The reason Pham says she is suing the hospital, is to illustrate that those working for big corporations cannot be neglected. She also feels that the hospital is not adequately taking care of her and believed “that they would have my back.” She’s still receiving pay from her employer without having returned to work, and $27,000 was spent on caring for her dog, yes her dog, while she was receiving treatment. Now, she wants more. She wants it all and a free ride on top of it. Ridiculous!

Many States Consider Bills To Tighten Vaccination Requirements

 

In the wake of the Disneyland measles outbreak, at least 14 states are considering tightening their immunization requirements to make it harder for parents to get certain types of exemptions.

In Minnesota, a pro-immunization group called the Immunization Action Coalition has been working on a bill that would require parents seeking a personal-belief exemption to get a signature from a doctor verifying that they have been given information about the pros and cons of vaccines. They would also need to get the exemption renewed when the child enters seventh grade.

Legislators in Washington, Maine and California have introduced bills removing the “philosophical exemption” from vaccinating. Vermont, Texas, Rhode Island, Oregon, Oklahoma and Maryland all have bills that would do away with religious exemptions. Illinois and New Mexico would require people seeking a religious exemption to get an official like a priest or rabbi to validate that the objection is truly consistent with a given religion. Vermont has another bill that would require people working at schools to be vaccinated unless they have a medical condition making vaccination impossible.

California and Michigan already require exemptions to be signed by health officials. Arizona has a bill that would require schools to post vaccination rates on their websites. Missouri has a bill requiring principals to notify parents of any unvaccinated children in the school.

Ricardo Tosto commented on whoswholegal.com that this is really a sticky situation since some consider “forced vaccinations” an assault on human rights, others believe that allowing too many exemptions lessens herd immunity and endangers people who can’t be vaccinated, like infants and people with compromised immune systems.

Christopher Cowdray and Dorchester Collection

Christopher Cowdray is the CEO of the Dorchester Collection of luxury hotels. A native of Zimbabwe, He became the CEO of Dorchester Collection in 2007 after 30 years of experience managing luxury hotels. Since becoming CEO, he has expanded the number of Dorchester hotels and integrated their functioning while simultaneously retaining their individual charms. Cowdray was responsible for adding both the Hotel Bel Air and the New York Palace Hotel to the collection.

He earned a degree from Columbia University and is now a highly regarded figure in the luxury hotel industry. In 2013, he was awarded a lifetime achievement award by the European Hospitality Awards.

Dorchester Collection

The Dorchester Collection of hotels was founded in 1996 and is owned by the Brunei Investment Agency. The original hotel in the collection is the Dorchester in London. The collection expanded over the years and is now comprised of ten hotels in London, Berkshire, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Paris, Geneva, Milan and Rome. All hotels in the collection are very high end luxury hotels.

Philosophies and Policies of Luxury Hotel Management

Cowdray follows a policy of having each hotel in the collection under his management have a distinct style and character. All of the Dorchester collection hotels are different but also the same in that they provide the highest level of service.

He believes that employee satisfaction is extremely important to staff going out of their way to provide the best hotel service. He has spoken with pride of the 90% satisfaction rate on employee surveys, one of the highest in the industries. His philosophy is basically that treating employees like family will result in them treating guests like family.

Cowdray believes that because the Dorchester Collection is owned by the Brunei Investment Agency and not traded on the stock exchange, he is better able to implement changes that will lead to the a better guest experience all around.

Cowdray has worked extensively to provide Dorchester guests with the latest technology at the lowest price. Providing high speed Internet for the varying needs of all guests has been one challenge he has met. A popular implementation he made was having iPads made available in hotel rooms to replace the traditional print lists of calling codes, international numbers, etc.

In conclusion, Cowdray is an expert at creating a hotel experience which satisfies the diverse needs of luxury travelers.