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Christopher Cowdray: Luxury Hotel Manager Extraordinaire

Imagine lounging in exotic luxury complete with exquisite fine dining, indulgent spa treatments and service with a smile at your beckoning call, for a boarding experience like no other, and you share Christopher Cowdray’s, CEO of Dorchester Collection, vision. Under his guidance, the award winning international hotel manager and his team have created the ultimate hotel management company, consisting of 10 hotels in the Americas and Europe. The infamous Dorchester Collection is highly esteemed in both the hotel and travel industry.

The Dorchester collection is coined as the most beautiful collection of luxury hotels in the world. This prestigious, world renowned collection includes The Beverly Hills Hotel, Hotel Bel-Air, Hotel Principe di Savoia in Milan, Hotel Eden in Rome, The Dorchester and 45 Park Lane in London and Le Meurice and Hotel Plaza Athenee in Paris. The Dorchester Collection boasts a refined atmosphere of fine dining derived from native cuisine and exceptional spa services with top-notch providers like La Prarie and Dior as well as a strong attention to detail and authentic flair. Each hotel is uniquely designed so that the personality of each individual structure promotes the energy of the city in which it is located.

Dorchester Collection consistently ranks on Elite Travelers 101 Top Suites list and has earned multiple awards including the Lifetime Achievement Award at the European Hospitality Awards, a prestigious honor awarded by a panel of esteemed judges from the hospitality sector, for service to the hotel community and their body of work. When it comes to success, Christopher Cowdray credits his team’s devotion to providing exquisite service, which includes a highly trained staff, personalized service, customer recognition and modern technology, along with an innate ability to blend textures, styles and decor into one luxurious environment.

Christopher Cowdray is a graduate of the Columbia Business School Executive Program, and has been the general manager of The Dorchester Collection since 2007. His extensive background in international hotel management stems from his life in Zimbabwe as well as over 25 years experience managing international luxury hotels across various continents including Asia, Africa, Australia, London and the Middle East. His multicultural background has given him the privilege of understanding the impact that differences have when doing business around the world, which gives him an edge over the competition.

Today, Mr. Cowdray continues to manage Dorchester Collection and is also the honorary Professor at Thames Valley University, fellow of The Hotel Catering Institute Management Association, Master inholder, and past Chairman of the British Hospitality Association.

Poverty Increasing As Programs Are Depleted


Poverty is an issue that has eluded a solution since the inception of man on this planet. Some principalities are trying to eradicate the issue, but seem to be making the ‘war on poverty’ as successful as some of the recent military actions in the Middle East.

One such place is North Carolina. This state has long been known for a civil approach to helping and dealing with the poor people that are located there. In recent years though, it seems that the very structures and programs that have been set up to aid the poor, are actually doing more to harm them than help them.

Taxes are being cut in the state, but only if the person is considered in the upper percentiles of the income brackets. According to this article from dealbroker.com that Fersen Lambranho forwarded me, the taxes on the middle class and poor have being exponentially increasing, making their buying power almost non-existent. The same is true of the social programs. Cuts have been made to welfare, as well as social security recipients.

The one place where it seemed logical to go if one was poor because aid was out there for te, is now the one place where many poor are trying hard to escape from. Employment rates are down, minimum wage is insufficient to pay rents and feed a family, and programs are being squeezed out in favor of big business and higher income earners. The war on poverty appears to have taken on a whole new life in North Carolina

Work More Than 25 hours at Staples and Face Termination


In an already difficult time for minimum wage earners, the office supply chain, Staples, has sent a memo to employees, forbidding all part time employees from working more than 25 hours per week, citing, “recent changes.” Some employees, like Fersen Lambranho,  scheduled to work a 25 hour week had worked more than this, prompting the company to send what can only be described as a reprimanding memo.

In bold was an entire sentence which read:

“It is your responsibility to manage your time.”

The memo continued in the diminutive tone, warning that going over will “result in documentation from the employee.” If you are wondering what that means, you aren’t alone. The memo continued, listing the consequences of going over which included a series of corporate punishment. The first infraction will result in the employees file being noted. After that, the employee may face termination. The offending employee will have their hours reduced from 25 per week so Staples can insure overages won’t occur.

Other reminders considered helpful was the cheery reminder that employees scheduled for 6 hour shifts to take their 30 minute, off the clock lunch break. The memo continued, reminding employees that because employees worked over, this resulted in a four million dollar penalty.

The author of the memo signed off, encouraging employees to come to the manager with any questions or concerns and a short sentence telling the employees how valued they are.

Navy Unveils Rail Gun


The Navy unveiled its newest weapon: the rail gun. Once relegated to the domain of science-fiction technology, the implementation of the rail gun signifies a substantial leap forward in the destructive power of the United States’ arsenal. The gun can fire a projectile to hit a targeted location up to 110 miles away, all the while, traveling at Mach 7 speeds. The projectile is not armed with any explosive power, nor would explosives prove necessary to achieve a desired level of destruction. Traveling at seven times the speed of sound is power enough to ensure successful results. Furthermore, the exclusion of gunpowder and explosive materials decreases safety hazards for rail gun crew members.

The rail gun, as my friend Dan Newlin explains, in addition to the surge in drone strike use, suggests an evolution in military tactics on behalf of the United States. Rather than putting the lives of soldiers at risk, engaging perceived enemies with long-range projectile weapons has emerged as a favored method of combat. Whether or not being removed from immediate action will facilitate a greater reliance on long-range weapons or military aggression on the whole remains to be seen, but is a progression which ought to be monitored with careful scrutiny. On the other hand, it is possible that the threat of such a powerful weapon will deter military conflict from coming to the fore altogether.

Live testing of the rail gun will commence in 2016.

Direct Sales Expands Into India, Small Companies Compete in a Tough Market

The push towards globalization is not something that is focused just entirely in the Western culture. Communication and global focused strategies are taken for granted in many countries, but this is certainly not the case with Qnet. The company was initially founded in 1998 in Hong Kong, but the company has broken new ground to expand into Malaysia and India, among other countries. The company is present in roughly 100 countries throughout North Africa, the Middle East, and South East Asia.

What makes this company such a successful juggernaut in the Eastern world? The company’s industry provides some indication. Qnet works in the area of direct sales. They sell products in many industries, including apparel, fashion, nutrition, weight management, and others. Notably, these industries are all mainstays in the middle class. This is a class of people gaining prominence in the developing world.

But whenever trailblazers attempt to do something big and expansive, others will argue against it. There are claims that Qnet is somehow cheating in their relationship with India retailers. Zaheer Merchant responded to these claims with blunt affirmations. We didn’t do any wrong. We are a genuine e-commerce company present in the Indian market for 13 years, with mega plans.

Merchant was transparent about the regulations in the India market. He goes on to state that Qnet uis facing additional scrutiny not necessarily present with other competitors. He hopes that legislation could be set in place that avoids baseless claims from holding back business relationships that are healthy and practical for the region.

The company has being doing business for 16 years in various countries, and their vast expansion in such a short frame of time has led people to question their sincerity. But 16 years after its inception is not that long of a time considering its direct competitors. The industry of direct sales is notoriously difficult to compete in. High turnover keeps employees throughout the entire hierarchy chain constantly revolving. Small product price changes can dramatically impact the payment to those facilitating the sales. It is a system that seems intensely vulnerable from the onset. But Qnet’s long term success is a testament to their motivated and driven approach.

Dr. Rod Rohrich Innovations in Plastic Surgery


Dr. Rod Rohrich is currently the Chairman and Professor of Plastic Surgery with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. Dr. Rod Rohrich has won the coveted Crystal Charity Ball distinguished chair award. He has also won the Betty and Warren Woodward award for plastic and reconstructive surgery. He is the Editor in Chief of plastic and reconstructive surgery for the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Dr Rod Rohrich career began at Baylor College of Medicine where he graduated with high honors. He performed his surgical residencies at The University of Michigan Medical Center. Followed by pediatric plastic surgery at the University of Oxford in England. Dr. Rohrich completed his fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. In 1986 he joined the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Centers Division of Plastic Surgery. In 1991 he took over as Chairman for the Department of Plastic Surgery at University of Texas Southwestern.

Dr. Rod Rohrich has contributed some informative and significant findings in the areas of cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. He has published several innovative articles on facial fracture repair, rhinoplasty, liposuction, fillers, patient safety, breast augmentation and medical education. He has chaired national and international symposiums and scientific presentations all regarding new techniques and innovations within plastic surgery. In 2005 he was named editor in chief of the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery journal where he has co-authored and estimated 300 publications, and written textbook chapters regarding plastic surgery.

Dr. Rod Rohrich has recently been selected by his peers as one of the best plastic surgeons in Dallas, Texas. Each year outstanding physicians are highlighted. He is also considered one of the top rhinoplasty surgeons in the Dallas area for his work on reconstruction. He has also recently spoken at the American Society of Plastic Surgeons meeting. Dr. Rohrich, lectured on the understanding and using facial fat compartments in fat grafting at the annual symposium. His lecture discussed facial rejuvenation techniques that will revolutionize the facelift procedures. As more knowledge is gained of the anatomical structure of fat compartments the plastic surgery industry will continue to develop and grow. Dr. Rohrich’s lecture included technical and practical information to help assist the surgeons in gaining a better understanding of the anatomical structure and how to use this knowledge successfully.

USW Strike Causes Increase in Oil Barrel Prices

Many American’s have enjoyed the declining gas prices being almost cut in half over the past several months, thanks in part to OPEC’s refusal to cut production despite the demand for the product being reduced. However, the United Steel Workers union obviously has a different plan than the oil companies they work for as they have walked out on strike. Workers claimed poor health and safety conditions, too low of wages, and a poor attitude towards the communities that serve as homes to the refineries as the reasons behind their dispute. Meanwhile attempts of the companies to engage the unions who organized the strike have been unsuccessful signifying that the workers are looking to make the loss of production hurt the companies.

What is significant is that this strike is not the first since oil production began. It is however, the largest strike since 1980 when the world was attempting to overcome the oil embargo caused by a crisis with Iran and the overthrow of the Shah. But just as back then, the loss of production has made the price increase and it is not the company who will suffer for the loss of production but the consumer at the pump. By losing 10% of the US oil refining capacity it has made oil rise by a little over $2 per barrel. Lee Slaughter agrees that at first this may not seem significant, but the longer this strike continues the higher the costs will go up and therefore will make prices at the pump go up as well.

BRL Trust Financial Services Based In Brazil Trusted Worldwide

BRL Trust Investment began in Brazil, providing trust services for private loans in 2005, and grew by providing customer services to its clients in many other areas. Their customers can also receive excellent services including Administration and Management of Investment Funds, Mergers and Acquisitions and Capital Markets. They now offer fiduciary services, funds management, funds custody, resource management and asset underwriting to foreign investors, individual customers, corporate customers, institutional investors, corporate investors, private customers and others who need the best financial services available all over the world. Customer centered services allow all customers to have the right financial services designed with their special needs in mind.

Building a business protecting and guiding the interest of others is a testimonial in itself of the excellence of BRL Trust Investment services. BRL Trust takes care of all funds administration activities and provides a “hands on” approach to get the greatest return for its customers. The total transparency by which BRL Trust operate allows customers and investors to know how their investment or funds are being taken care of and how BRL Trust has leveraged its knowledge and skills in their best interest.

BRL Trust offer exceptional financial services by giving their customers’ account their best efforts through their financial experts, who have experience and talent at getting the highest return on investments. Whether a private individual customer or investor, a corporation investor or capital investment group, BRL Trust gives their customers the attention and expertise that resulted in the growth and expansion of their services. They offer innovative fiduciary services, guarantee safe and reliable investments, funds administration and management to maintain up to date reporting on all accounts, and investment solutions to meet the needs of their investors. Customers can feel safe that they are in the hands of a world leader of investment and financial services.

Put your financial cares in the hands of a company who grew its financial services protecting the interest of others and receive the same attention and care for your accounts whether individual, investor, corporate or institutional. Let BRL take the work out of investing by using their expertise, knowledge and responsible manner of reporting that is transparent, honest and legal. BRL Trust Investment grew to being a worldwide entity with customers worldwide by being trustworthy. Have all of your financial needs met by trusting them too.

Browse job sites with FreedomPop unlimited wireless

Freelancers need internet. Duh. But we don’t exactly have unlimited funds to pay the big guy communications companies. That’s why FreedomPop is so great– they provide the wireless we desperately need at a price we can afford.

FreedomPop is a California based company founded in 2011. Its CEO is Stephan Stokols, who was formerly the CEO of the video-chat startup Woo Media. The company provides wireless Internet and mobile phone services and works with both Sprint and Clearwire. They also sell various devices, phones and tablets that work with their networks. The company is projected to be serving over one million customers at some point in 2015.

The company recently expanded its Wi-Fi network and is offering unlimited Wi-Fi service to customers for five dollars a month. There are ten million Wi-Fi hotspots in the network and this number is expected to grown to 25 million within three months. Users can get both free calls and texts while they are connected as well as simply use the Internet. The Photon mobile hotspot is another option for users who need Wi-Fi wherever they go.

Essentially, the plan is to allow users to call and text wherever they are in a compatible Wi-Fi hotspot. While there are not as many Wi-Fi hotspots as cell towers, prepaid users could still save a lot of money. The company estimates that many users could save around 40 dollars a month. While Scratch wireless and Republic wireless offer similar plans, but these plans are only available on Scratch and Republic phones.

FreedomPop continues to provide traditional LTE access to its customers along with Wi-Fi access. Android users will be the first to be able to access the new FreedomPop hotspots. An app that is available as a download on both iTunes and GooglePlay will also show them where the nearest hotspots are.

One feature that FreedomPop offers is allowing its users to be able to log into Wi-Fi networks without entering passwords and accepting terms. An app will do all of this automatically whenever a user enters a FreedomPop Wi-Fi hotspot.

Many of the new FreedomPop hotspots are at food-oriented businesses like McDonald’s, Burger King and Starbucks. For the time being, most of the new hotspots are located in metropolitan areas. Major retailers like Best Buy are also included.

FreedomPop appears poised to save quite a few people some money. Basically, their Wi-Fi hotspot plan is an attempt to offer wireless communication a little differently and at lower costs.

Low-Wage Really Get Buried In Major Snow Storms

Personal Days Are Not An Option For Some Hourly Employees

Major snowstorms and other natural weather occurrences do present challenges for everyone that experiences them. Schools and some businesses close and public transportation either runs late or not at all. It’s easy to forget about low-wage earners and their problems when you are trying to adjust to the inconveniences created by severe weather, but someone should.And that someone is Flavio Maluf who just posted on his jumbo.com page about this.

The latest weather debacle hit the Northeast corridor like a runaway freight train, and over 577,000 low-wage earners got buried in more debt. Most of those workers are home health aides, taxi drivers, fast-food cooks, grocery store stockers, maids, nannies and janitors. Most of, of them, lost needed income since only 20 percent of those workers had the luxury of paid sick leave.

Blizzards cause major social disruptions, and low-wage employees are hit the hardest. Amy Traub, an analyst at the think tank Demos, presented the issue this way: “There is no working from home if you’re a sales associate or if you’re a cashier. If they can’t get to work because of the weather, they miss a paycheck. There’s no recourse if [the boss] says, ‘Come here, or you’re fired,’ unless you have a union contract.”

Low-wage earners keep the economy running efficiently. Perhaps it’s time for lawmakers to give them what we all want. A chance to earn a living regardless of the weather.