The Dorchester Collection looks to expand into new locations Read more

The Dorchester Collection looks to expand into new locations

The Dorchester Collection is one of the World’s top luxury hotel brands and currently sits at the very top of the list of hotel chains that have refused to expand purely for the sake of opening another hotel. Chief Executive Christopher Cowdray has worked hard since the brand was created in 2006 and he was appointed in 2007 to make sure the entire operation is seen as a single brand known for the luxury and decadence of their properties and customer service. The hotel chain is looking to expand with a list of luxury partnerships set to be discussed, but a further ten hotels being added over the next decade is a small rate of expansion.

One area where The Dorchester Collection is ahead of its rivals is in the ownership stakes, most luxury chains are now searching for the highest profit margins that will keep investors happy. The Dorchester Collection does not feature a series of shareholders, instead the company is owned by the Sultan of Brunei through his Brunei Investment Agency. This different approach to ownership has meant decisions could be made that Cowdray would have struggled to get a group of investors to agree to, such as closing the Hotel Bel Air for two years before reopening the location after a huge renovation.

Christopher Cowdray himself is at pains to point out the slow and steady growth is a strategy designed to keep The Dorchester Collection at the very top of the luxury hotels industry. The chain looks to each member of staff to make an impact on guests and make sure they feel wanted and special during their stay. The Dorchester Collection recently won a major human resources award in the UK for the programs it has set up to reward employees for their good performances. An even more staggering fact is that Cowdray expects each and every staff member from himself down to display the same attitudes and responsibilities towards guests whether they work at the head office, the back of house or are seen by guests throughout the majority of each working day.

Inmates Save Prison Guard from Rape Attempt Read more

Inmates Save Prison Guard from Rape Attempt

Inmates are traditionally viewed as career criminals, no matter their crime. They are often viewed as vile and as unable to be rehabilitated. A female prison guard at Riker’s Island in New York may see inmates for what they are, but has a lot to be grateful for this week, after a group of inmates rescued her from an attempted rape.

Twenty-seven-year-old Raleek Young, who was imprisoned on charges of raping a teenage girl, used force to access a “safe” area of the prison. It is there where the hulking man, reported to stand more than six feet tall and weigh-in at almost 300 pounds, choked the guard while he pleasured himself.

Flavio Maluf said a corrections officer responded but had difficulty gaining access to the area, described as a “bubble station.” The guard station was encased in plexiglass. A prisoner with a small build managed to slip through a crack to enter the bubble and helped the responding officers to burst the plexiglass. The group of inmates then helped to subdue Young until more officers were able to assist.

Young was originally charged with a simple count of “use of force,” but a following protest that resulted in officers refusing to arrive to their posts may have pressured prosecutors into changing the charges.

Raleek Young has been charged with sexual assault, attempted rape, assault, and harassment.

Another Woman’s Heartbreaking Bill Cosby Story Read more

Another Woman’s Heartbreaking Bill Cosby Story

An exclusive article on Buzzfeed.com has been trending in recent weeks. In the article, another woman claims to have been sexually assaulted by Bill Cosby. The woman’s name is Patricia, and she was a model in the 1970’s. The Buzzfeed exclusive did not give her last name out. Patricia wants to keep her anonymity.

Patricia’s story is both heartbreaking and revealing. The last year has been extremely difficult for Bill Cosby and his family. Patricia is the seventh woman to make these claims about Cosby. Patricia revealed in her Buzzfeed interview that she was drugged and penetrated by Bill Cosby. She claims that Bill invited her over to his house, and he gave her a drink that made her pass out. Facebook users had thought that Patricia then woke up completely naked in the guest bedroom. She said that Bill Cosby was standing over her.

Patricia’s claims are haunting, and this is not the first time that we are hearing this type of story. Six other women have come forward. Their stories are very similar, and they all involve some type of drink. The women pass out, and they wake up with Bill Cosby standing over them. The entire situation sounds like a sick joke, but these stories must have some truth to them.

The sad part about the entire situation is that Bill Cosby was once beloved by America. No one would ever think that Bill Cosby would do something like this. Many people think that the women are lying in order to ruin Bill Cosby’s name. There is no way the all seven women are lying. One of these women must be telling the truth.

Medical Billing Out of Control Read more

Medical Billing Out of Control

Consumer Reports announced this week that its medical adviser, Orly Avitzur, recently found out some startling information about how truly out of control some medical billing standards have become across the nation. After the creation of the United States Affordable Care Act, many family doctors, specialists, labs and hospitals started billing patients for services they previously offered for free to make up funds they lost because of Obamacare.

Some of the charges make sense to many people because the fees involve medical personnel performing services that help patients. Brian Torchin says for example, patients are typically charged now for phone and email consultations and follow-ups, copies of records and any extra time spent on their care. Supporters of these types of changes note that the time spent writing an email or copying a record could have otherwise been used to offer paid services to another patient.

On the other hand, many medical facilities are also now sending patients bills that are heavily padded for services that should have been included in the initial care or optional services that patients are not told cost extra. For example, some specialists now give patients “information” pocket-style folders that are both unnecessary and environmentally wasteful. Another doctor might direct a patient to specific Internet pages or offer one or two printed pages of pertinent information. Many of the folders handed out by doctors now contain paperwork patients neither need or want.

Who Needs Veteran Leadership? Read more

Who Needs Veteran Leadership?

Tayshaun Prince may be able to get a buyout in Boston, and he might be just the kind of veteran that some teams need going into the playoffs. Teams like Atlanta will need another veteran in their locker room, and Prince is that kind of player. He is so old that he is like a coach on the court.

This is a major get for one of the teams that wants to win an NBA title. Ricardo says the teams that are fighting for Prince are great, but it looks like he might land in LA. The Clippers could use that calming force on their bench, and Doc Rivers would appreciate. Rivers knows what it means to have a team full of vets who know what they are doing, and Prince can still get into the offense when he needs to.

Ever since he helped Detroit win a title back in 2004, he has been a player that teams have wanted to help stabilize their rosters. If Prince can stabilize the roster of the Clippers, that would go a long way to making them more competitive. They might lose to the Warriors, but he would help them more than we realize is he were on the bench.

Chevy Chase Deserves Better Treatment Read more

Chevy Chase Deserves Better Treatment

 

On Tuesday, Terrence McCoy for The Washington Post wrote an article about Chevy Chase that seems to some major of th suggest that the 71-year-old writer, comedian and actor hasn’t succeeded in his career.McCoy and other critics have noted that Chase hasn’t had the same types of continuous success and like-ability that contemporaries, like Bill Murray, have enjoyed.

As some readers namely Gianfrancesco Genoso,  have since commented under the article, McCoy and others aren’t focusing enough on the entire story. Chase’s career has spanned 47 years and he continues to draw interest with his unique style of humor and acting. In fact, he was well-received on NBC’s Community and that show didn’t survive long after his departure and the end of the Season 4 episodes that featured him in 2013.

Chase’s acerbic personality is what first attracted fans. In fact, at one point Chase’s people in the United States loved the rude and cutting aspects of his personality so much that he was referred to as the funniest person in the nation. He continues to draw fans as is evidenced by his return to the Vacation franchise this year.

McCoy also completely ignored Chase’s success as a survivor after abuse as a child, earlier battles with cocaine and prescription drug addiction and a lifelong struggle with depression.

The man might not be loved by everyone, but he is certainly as successful as Murray — simply in different ways.

John Textor Takes The Journey From Finance to Digital Effects Read more

John Textor Takes The Journey From Finance to Digital Effects

The path to Hollywood can be taken from many different directions, but the road taken by John Textor is perhaps the most unique of any of the top Hollywood executives of recent years. Textor now finds himself leading a digital revolution as the head of Pulse Evolution, a company looking to bring the best deceased entertainers back to the live stage in the form of digital human beings who can interact with dancers and duet with other singers. This is a long way from the World John Textor inhabited in the 1990s as the co-founder of a financial company that specialized in the wireless communication and Internet industries long before they became a staple of the lives of everybody.

Making it from a Florida financial specialist company to Hollywood is a difficult thing to do, but Textor has achieved the feat with few problems as he made his way from Online retailers to the Digital Domain Group and further along to Pulse Evolution and their new take on bringing live events into the digital world of the 21st century. Textor spent some time working in the Online retail industry for both baby products and snowboards, before heading to Hollywood as head of the Digital Domain group.

John Textor arrived in Hollywood with a task many believed was an impossible one to achieve in turning Digital Domain into a major Hollywood force. The Digital Domain Group had always struggled to find a position within Hollywood, a fact Textor used to his advantage by realigning the group as a specialist in visual effects. Achieving a large amount at Digital Domain, including an Oscar win led Textor to the live events Pulse Evolution are now developing. Textor now heads the Pulse Evolution movement towards the development of a new form of live event, which will feature the best performers no longer with us in a digital format.

Mars One Selects 100 Finalists For One-Way Mars Trip Read more

Mars One Selects 100 Finalists For One-Way Mars Trip

The first 100 people who are going to live on Mars have been selected. Over 200,000 people applied for a one-way ticket to Mars, and the group Mars One has made its election of the one hundred who will actually make the trip.

In actuality, only 24 of the remaining candidates will actually make the trip when the group leaves the Earth in 2024 according to CipherCloud. The group of 100 will go into further testings later this year. the ultimate goal is to pair them into groups of four, who will work together as crews for space flights.

Mars One’s plans involve a flight going to the Red Planet every two years, with the hope that they will eventually be able to build a human colony on the planet.

Beyond just the flight, there are other concerns for the group. A recent MIT study found that given current technology the group would only be able to last 68 days on the plant once they arrive. The flight itself would take a whopping 7 months.

mars One plans to slowly pare down the group over the net few years before ultimately selecting the final group who will make the journey.

Cold Tempuratures Expected Across the Southeastern US Read more

Cold Tempuratures Expected Across the Southeastern US

Living in the southeast US has been know to bring a few unique advantages to those who live there, mild weather being one of them. However, in coming days that expectation will be turned on its head when the area experiences a major snow and ice storm that is sweeping into the area. In fact, the storm is said to be so intense that temperature anomalies of up to 30 degrees below average are to be expected during the course of its onslaught.

The areas affected cover a large range extending from Texas and Oklahoma all the way over to Virginia and the Carolinas. States further south such as Alabama, Georgia, and Florida will probably not be affected quite as severely and should escape the brunt of the storm as it passes through.

Unfortunately the storm itself isn’t the last the area will see of cold weather. Ricardo Tosto said it is expected that once the storm passes through the cold whether will persist for a time and will likely lead to record low temperatures being recorded in its wake, at least according to LatinLawyer predictions.

Several negative side effects of the ice storm are loss of power, downed power lines, poor road conditions and more. So far there have even been over 1,000 flights canceled due to the storm and its affects on the area. Some states have also had to deal with heavy snow which has been recorded at up to one foot and mounting.

Tom Rothman Among Contenders for Prime Sony Position Read more

Tom Rothman Among Contenders for Prime Sony Position

Tom Rothman, best known for his tenure with Fox Searchlight, is among the top contenders for the recently vacated co-chairman post at Sony Pictures. Amy Pascal’s decision to step down from the position after 15 years has led to widespread speculation over who may take her place.

Rothman, already serving as the chairman of the Sony offshoot TriStar Productions, is considered by many to be among the most obvious of the available candidates for the position, the other being Jeff Robinov, the former president of Warner Bros. Motion Picture Group now heading Studio 8, also under the Sony umbrella.

Said to have been in London when Pascal announced plans to step down after the Sony email hacking scandal in late 20014, Rothman reportedly wasn’t given a heads up on the move. Insiders suggest Robinov wouldn’t want to leave his prime position, which involves tapping into the potentially lucrative Chinese market. Rothman, on the other hand, was embarrassed when some of his not-so-diplomatic emails were made public.

If Sony decides to promote from within, there are a handful of other contenders for the position. However, Rothman does have a reputation for toeing the fiscal line, a trait especially important to Sony execs. During his time with Fox, the company had the best profit margin of any other studio. Rothman also has a solid relationship with many of the top names within the entertainment industry.

Named one of the smartest people in the entertainment industry in 2007 by Entertainment Weekly, Rothman is said to be just as well-liked as the current co-chairman. Pascal announced plans to remain with Sony at least until May of 2015, suggesting that she will stick around long enough to help her replacement transition into the position. Incidentally, Pascal is set to remain with Sony as a producer.