6 Dec
2016

Trans fats are something we’ve heard about for years and it’s been surrounded by much controversy. The good news is; the government is stepping in to relieve the public of the harmful effects of trans fats in the food. According to a story covered by NBC news the goal is to remove nearly all trans fats out of the public food arena and, reduce coronary heart disease. This means less fatal heart attacks every year. This is big news for the US. The US is one of the largest consumers of trans fats in the world and, most people are unaware of how much they consume per year.

What are trans fats?

For those who are a bit confused about what trans fats are we’ll give you the explanation used in the NBC story. Trans fats are turned into solids from liquid oils when they are hydrogenated. The issue is, people mistake this as a healthy substitute for butter or lard when in fact it’s just as harmful if not worse. So, the positive point is, we now know better and someone is out there working for the public in this arena.

According to the FDA’s Dr. Susan Mayne, ”what is good for extending shelf-life is not what’s good for extending human life.” That is a great way of putting it, right to the point and, very true.
So what’s the change?

There will be a lot more changes on the horizon but, one of the most important changes is, the food producers will have to ask the FDA for permission to use trans fats. Margaret Hamburg, former FDA Commissioner played an integral role in the initiative.

Who’s responsible for starting this long awaited action?

The non-profit Center for Science in the Public Interest is the organization that sued and forced the FDA to move on this issue. This is a victory for the public who are consuming foods each day especially is the underprivileged sector. Cheaper foods are typically riddled with trans fats because they keep food longer.

28 Nov
2016

Miami is well known for its beaches,clubs, George Lindemann, and music. Unless one lives there or is a frequent visitor,they do not know about the popular art scene. While there are currently no publicly owned art collections, there are private collectors who choose to share their collections with the public. These collectors have brought attention to appreciation for modern day art. Contemporary artists also receive more recognition this way. The most successful of collectors showcase their pieces during the Miami’s annual Art Basel. Art brings many different people together and celebrities that have been seen at the event include everyone from Rose McGowan to Sylvester Stallone and Kanye West.

The showcases would not be possible without the private collectors. One of the most successful of collectors is billionaire Martin Margulies. His warehouse contains such pieces as sculptures and installation work. He has made a living from being a property developer and doesn’t feel the desire to sell any of the artwork he has accumulated over the last thirty years.

The Rubell Family have been in business since 1964 but did not open their Miami warehouse until 1994. Their collection today features pieces by such artists as Jeff Koons and Jean-Michel Basquiat.

Norman and Irma Braman are known for their collection of classic American artwork. The couple recently decided to fully fund the construction of the Institute of Contemporary Art in Miami. The Braman’s have invested much of their fortune in art.

Those are just a few of the art collectors known for bringing attention to the art scene in Miami. When residents are not at the beach or partying, they should visit one of the privately owned collections opened to the public. They never know what they may discover when admiring. Art should be an essential to anyone’s home, whether classic or contemporary. There is always a place for art.

22 Nov
2016

A commencement speech affirms your graduation into the new world. Attending college is a thirst for knowledge and each year, a commencement speaker reminds you that your thirst for knowledge doesn’t have to stop with your graduation. Your hard work and dedication should guide you to help reach your dreams and goals. Speakers encourage graduates to take their commencement into the future and never stop learning. You’ll new embark a journey into a world outside of college that thrives on your ability to keep learning and be willing to grow. Some of the most prominent graduation speakers this year include:

President Barack Obama
The 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama, gave a historical commencement speech at Howard University this year. As the leader of this country, he went on to encourage the future leaders of tomorrow. He was very personal with the audience ensuring them that he knew it took a long hard road to get there. He affirmed how college has allowed some to gain lifelong friends and others to discover what they are truly made of. As a strong believer in the progress of humankind he encouraged the new graduates to do the same. In addition, President Obama encouraged them to embark on their special responsibilities and to seek the spirit of achievement. He received a well-deserved standing ovation for his commencement speech.

Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba
United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ambassador to the United States, Yousef Al Otaiba gave a heartfelt speech at the New York University’s Abu Dhabi campus. Stressing the importance of uniting the United States and the UAE his speech further reinforced his efforts to improve the bond between the two countries. The ambassador was selected to his stance on the value of openness. Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba’s speech encouraged graduates to embark on the new world with peace, diversity, and tolerance for all people.

Larry Ellison
Founder of the Oracle, Larry Ellison, gave a moving commencement speech at the University of Southern California. In his speech, he advised the 2016 graduates to pursue their dreams. He offered up advice that he learned from Steve Jobs who was a good friend of his for over 30 years. Larry Ellison also encouraged the graduates to be committed to the improvement of the lives of others throughout their work after graduating. He noted achievements throughout life are as valuable as academic success.

28 Sep
2016

Most people are fully aware of that the FDA started trying to eliminate potentially harmful trans fats from foods many years ago. The idea was to eventually eliminate them entirely, but that is something that is taking much longer than anticipated to achieve. In fact, for a very long while it seemed as though nothing more was going to be done with it and that the individual foods that had previously had trans fats removed would be the only ones that would undergo those changes. However, the FDA is now moving to completely banish all trans fats from food sold in the United States.

Why is this important? Essentially, there has been a lot of research done over the past several years that suggests that trans fats are more harmful to an individual’s physical well-being than other ingredients. The problem is, trans fats were initially in just about everything that was purchased from a store that was not homemade. As a result, everything from potato chips to cinnamon rolls to butter and even vegetable oil contained trans fats. This meant that wide sweeping changes had to occur and in turn, this meant that a lot of money was likely to be spent in an attempt to rid products of trans fats.

Perhaps that is one reason why the initial efforts took so long to occur. However, as more research has been developed and that initial wave of foods was produced without trans fats, it became more obvious that individuals would continue to buy products even when trans fats were no longer included. The initiative was pushed along by former FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg. Initially, there was some pushback on the part of consumers because the absence of trans fat sometimes changed the texture or the appearance of foods, ever so slightly. What consumers were really afraid of was that it was going to change the taste or make the product more expensive. However, that has really not been the case so there is not near as much push back as there once was. In fact, consumers are now far more interested in consuming healthier products than they are with appearance or texture.

All of this makes it easier to get rid of trans fats in their entirety. Therefore, consumers can expect this particular item on the ingredients list to go away completely in the relatively near future. Like anything else, it takes a certain amount of time for the changes to be complete. With that being said, the FDA is already well on its way to making this a reality.

6 Sep
2016

Following a substantial donation, the Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami Health System (UHealth) recently honored the Soffer Family. The charitable gift, given to the Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute at the University of Miami make research, education, and clinical care possible. To honor the Soffer Family, the Clinical Research Center has been renamed the Don Soffer Clinical Research Center. Don Soffer was joined by his children, Jeffrey and Jackie Soffer at the ground breaking. This name change marks the possibilities that are now possible through the gift, and recognize the incredible community that has formed around the Miller School of Medicine.

Founded six years ago, the Miller School of Medicine is just one part of the UHealth System, but the ability to educate is vital to the University. Present at the celebration were current and past students, faculty, and community leaders, all there to support the university and the new goals it has set with the funds that were made.

In addition to supporting new research happening at the research center, the money donated will also go to building a new center of education that will complete the campus’ medical center. This medical education building broke ground on the same day as the renaming celebration and puts the University of Miami and the Miller School of Medicine at the forefront of medical education.

School leaders noted that having access to, and being able to provide students, doctors, and patients with access to, education resources, research facilities, and areas to practice care make for a fully sustainable health center. It also makes the university a healthy competitor among health centers and educational institutions.

Drawings of the new building to come were part of the unveiling, and on hand for guests to view. New technology, access to more medical resources, and a new auditorium are the most prominent features to be added to campus within this new space. The Soffer family gave $25M to the Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute earlier this year, in what is the largest donation the Institute has received. The majority of the funds will go to continuing stem cell research already being conducted, as well as funding new research. Stem cell research is important to creating therapies in the fields of aging, sports injuries, and cardiology, which doctors at UHealth specialize in.

28 Jul
2016

Miami is one of the most notable destinations for its sparkling waterfront real estate, star studded beaches, fine dining, luxury shopping, flourishing nightlife, and world renowned private art collections thanks to famed Miami art collectors like Martin Z. Marquiles of the Marguiles Collection at the Warehouse, Donald and Mera Rubell of the Rubell Family Collection and Rosa and George Lindemann, which serves as an extension of their home and proudly features a budding collection of international contemporary art.

To become an art collector in Miami requires just a few good skills like an innate ability to discern whether to purchase a work of art as well as the ability to purchase individual pieces in such a way that they create a meaningful grouping, and of course, the knowledge of where to purchase art.

Miami is home to a number of esteemed art fairs, galleries and exhibitions where collectors can purchase the art of their choice including contemporary works, traditional fine art, sculptures, glass art, paintings, fine art photography, prints and more. Some of the most notable places in Miami to buy art include:

Art Basel Miami Beach

Art Basel Miami Beach, Miami’s annual, week-long international art fair, brings together top gallerists, dealers, collectors, curators, art lovers and artists from all over, transforming Miami into the largest art market in North America. The fair features modern and contemporary art in 500,000 square feet of exhibition space, showcasing more than 250 galleries from 31 countries inside the Miami Beach Convention Center and takes place each early December.

Miami Design District

Miami Design District is home to some of the finest museums, showrooms and galleries including The Haitian Heritage Museum, Opera Gallery, Markowicz Fine Art, Institute of Contemporary Art Miami, The de la Cruz Collection Contemporary Art Space and more. Check back often for current exhibits, artists and features on display.

Art Miami

Art Miami, notable for its superior quality, remarkable variety and modish gallery-like furnishings, begins the opening day of Art Week. During this time, thousands of curators, artists, dealers and collectors flood the Miami scene. Art Miami features the best in contemporary and modern art from more than 125 art galleries and is considered the “can’t miss” event for serious collectors, museum directors and curators.

FAAM-Fine Art Auctions Miami

FAAM, located in the Miami Design District, is the leading fine art auction house in Miami. Established by a team of globally trained experts and auctioneer Art

14 Jul
2016

The best weddings are a result of teamwork between the couple, the wedding party and the service provider. As the man, you want to choose groomsmen who will be committed and willing to sacrifice their time to help in the wedding planning. On the side of the groomsmen, it takes great sacrifice to always appear in the meetings, chipping in in terms of time, money and ideas. For this great sacrifice, awarding them a small gift basket after the wedding is the least you can do. Here are some creative ideas for gift baskets for the groomsmen

Super Car Vouchers

Almost every man fantasizes of driving a super car, even for an hour. Giving your groomsmen vouchers for rental super cars is the best way to go. This gift will show that you appreciate their effort. They are bound never to forget the feeling. There are many luxury car rental companies who offer these services, as well as racetracks that organize events.

Hunting Gifts

Hunting is a manly affair where men friends get to bond. This gift shows your groomsmen that you would like to stay connected with them. Put some hunting gear in the gift baskets and then plan the trip. You can also include some camping necessities from a site like REI.

Chocolates

Gifting your groomsmen with a box of quality chocolate is very thoughtful . Everyone loves chocolate. They make a perfect gift, especially, on a day when your groomsmen are so exhausted. Help your groomsmen revitalize after the long day. You could even splurge a little and get some fancy chocolate from Mast Brothers.

Cigar Collection

Giving your groomsmen some cigars is a great gift. Make a collection of some of the premium and super premium brands and pack them in humidors. This is one gift that your groomsmen will definitely enjoy. Check out

Game Night Gifts

This is the perfect gift to show your groomsmen that you appreciate them and that you would like to continue hanging out. A few items that you could include: poker cards & chips, chess boards, scrabble etc. The items to include in this gift will depend on what your friends like. They will get to enjoy this gift, and enjoy it with you.

Personalized Liquor Accessories

This will come in handy when they are holding parties or going on road trips. Take time to choose some classy glasses or leather engraved flasks. Have each of them engraved with the name of the groomsman it is meant for. They will feel that you had each of them in mind when planning the perfect gift to award them.

 

7 Jul
2016

Americans are realizing how unhealthy we have become and we are ready to do something about it. Part of being healthier means eating healthier. Naturally, though, we still love our sweetness. How do we get the good stuff in without sacrificing taste? We Juice! Research firm Mintel notes that the juicing industry has risen 120% from 2010 to 2015. This is a result of needing the quickness of a fast food restaurant but the taste of something much better.

Beyond taste, there are health benefits from juicing. Getting a juice off the shelf might not be the best solution but fresh juices contain all the benefit from the fruits and vegetables that went into the recipe. It even pulls nutrients out that are hard to get to when eating the fruit or vegetable by removing the insoluble fiber allowing for increased absorption of enzymes. The concern maybe all the sugar that juice has in it, yet that depends on what the person is drinking. Going 80% vegetables and 20% fruit will eliminate a lot of the sugar. Where can we find great juicing places around the United States? Here are three great options.

OnJuice Bar in Miami, Florida has a store right in Aventura Mall. Overseen by Jackie Soffer, Aventura Mall is one of the largest shopping centers in the United States. Each of their 16.9-ounce bottles contains up to two pounds’ worth of fruits or vegetables. If you live in the Miami area, they also deliver. If you do not, they deliver overnight via Fed Ex. It comes in a thermal tote in order to keep the juice cold and as fresh as possible!

24 Jun
2016

An executive position can’t be vacant for long. The job is simply too important to just wait for the right person to see an ad and apply. Not to mention the fact that many applicants are sometimes inexperienced in the field they are applying for. These are just some of the worries that good staffing firms like Executive Search, Recruiting and Staffing Firms, or DC Recruiters, can take care of.

The following are a few tips that can help companies find the right executive recruitment team.

Tips to Find the Right Executive Recruitment Team

The first thing you should find out is how the recruitment team searches for a candidate. There are two basic ways to conduct a search; one is to simply post a few ads on a job board that is specific to a company’s business and the other is to actively recruit. Obviously, a company will do better with a recruitment team that actively searches for viable candidates.

Gary Burnison for example, as an active recruiter will identify viable candidates by assessing their talents and matching them with a company’s needs. The recruiter will then approach or contact the executive and present them with the offer.

It is important to find a recruitment firm that gives the company direct access to the recruiter that will be handling the case. This is important to ensure that the recruiter understands the needs of the client throughout the entire process. The company should also be able to produce the kind of experience or credentials that makes the recruiter ideal for the company who is hiring the firm. This means that the recruiter should have some link to the company’s specific business.

Another important aspect to consider is how long they take to fill a position. This is something that a recruitment firm should be able to produce since they probably have already filled many positions for other DC companies before. Of course, this does not mean that the recruitment firm will fill the position overnight, but having an estimate should make it easier to compare with other possible recruitment firms. Another important question to consider is the recruitment firm’s retention rate. This rate highlights just how many executives stayed in their positions over a 12-month period versus how many did not work out.

It is clear to see just how important it is to ask the right questions when hiring a recruitment firm to ensure that the position is filled quickly and by the right person.

16 Jun
2016

Miami, the bustling hot city of Florida is a mecca of culture for those who know where to look. Some of the biggest art collectors like Lindemann reside there and thankfully put their prizes on display for the pleasure of the viewing public.

The De la Cruz Contemporary Art Space
Carlos and Rosa De la Cruz host their completely free contemporary art display in the De la Cruz Contemporary art space, which houses a vast collection of works by artists such as Aaron Curry, Kathryn Andrews and Jim Hodges. The De la Cruzes have also opened their home to the public by appointment, where patrons can see their behind-the-scenes private collection.

Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation
The CIFO is a non-profit organization started by Ella Cisneros-Fontanals, which helps fledgling artists pursue their careers in the contemporary arts. They make grants and financing available to those who apply and the space also holds the Cisneros-Fontanals private collection of modern art, available to the public.

The Craig Robins Collection at Dacra
An office building in the design district is home to this famous collection that permanently features artists like Richard Tuttle and John Baldessari. Over 200 works of art are on display, mostly built around Mexican, German, Chinese and American contributing artists. This collection is a real treat that shouldn’t be missed.

The Rubell Family
Much like CIFO, the Rubell Family has provided a double whammy of an art collection in combination with a school of sorts that helps young artists. The private collection includes works by the artists Taft Green, Patrick Hill, Evan Holloway, David Ireland, Alice Könitz, Lisa Lapinski, Charles Long, Jason Meadows, Jeff Ono, Robert Overby, Torbjörn Vejvi, Nicolau Vergueiro, and John Williams, among others. The foundation has recently received a large influx of art from Boston as well.

The Marguiles Collection
Martin Marguiles has amassed a large collection in the Wynwood art district. His large display space, called “The Warehouse”, contains videos, photography and sculpture, collected since the 1990’s. His permanent installations are guaranteed to awe and inspire any art lover.

These are just a few of the more well-known art collectors of Miami, and only in the contemporary art scene. There are hundreds of other collectors that specialize in different time periods and movements. All in all, Miami is an art lover’s dream.