President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe Attends an Expensive Birthday Party

 

The elderly President of Zimbabwe attended an expensive birthday bash conducted in his honor by private sponsors at a golf course near Victoria Falls said Brad Reifler. The picnic featured an elaborate birthday cake shaped in the form of a bust of Robert Mugabe, replete with fine details, such as glasses and clothing accessories. The event cost an estimated $1 million or more. Guests dined on elephant.

President Mugabe, who has ruled Zimbabwe continuously since 1980, attended the event flanked on one side by his wife, Grace, and on the other by his daughter, Bona. He donned a colorful floral necklace for the festive occasion. His daughter wore a dress with her father’s portrait imprinted on the front. After the speech, those in attendance listened to music and poetry praising their President.

He recently denied allegations his visits to Singapore were to obtain treatments for prostate cancer, insisting he is in good health. He told a television interviewer recently he would not designate a party official to follow in his footsteps: “I don’t choose my successor, never.”

The ruling ZANU-PF Party selected him, once again, as its leader last December. Robert Mugabe has been widely criticized for rigging elections.

Dr. Vietch Experiences Success and Challenges as Occidental College President

Jonathan Veitch received his bachelor’s degree from Stanford University before attending Harvard University, where he earned his master degree and his Ph.D. in the History of American Civilization. Dr. Veitch taught in the English department of the University of Wisconsin, Madison for four years and wrote the award-winning American Superrealism: Nathanael West and the Politics of Representation in the 1930s (University of Wisconsin Press, 1997). He went on to become an associate professor at The New School in New York City where he taught history and literature, and served as chair of humanities and associate provost.

 

In 2009, Dr. Veitch became president of Occidental College in Los Angeles, California, the fifth president in five years. Viewed as a stabilizing force in the college’s leadership, his first years focused on improved community relations, upgrade of campus facilities, and environmental programs. Under his direction, construction was completed on the Samuelson Alumni Center as well as the renovation and expansion of 98-year-old Swan Hall, a residence that serves over one-third of the faculty. Renovations of the historic Johnson Hall were also completed and it is now home to the new McKinnon Family Center for Politics and Global Affairs and the Johnson Student Center.
 

Despite the positive campus growth, Occidental College became the focus national scrutiny and public criticism over its handling of sexual assault claims. In a January, 2014 interview, Dr. Veitch admitted that the college did not adequately meet the needs of its students, in part due to misunderstanding when college personnel could and could not report to authorities. Internal and external reviews of campus policies and practices were conducted and several changes have occurred with regard to addressing sexual assault issues on campus. These include:

 

  • Expanded staffing to include a Title IX compliance officer and full-time victim’s advocate.
  • Expanded education from prevention-focused program for females to behavioral education for the male student body.
  • Improved support of victims to contact the police in cases of assault.
  • Revamped alcohol education to include a sexual awareness component.
    Veitch concluded his discussion of this issue by stating that he did not communicate his empathy and concerns for the student body as well as he should have. His goal is to have Occidental College be a safe and challenging educational environment for all students.

The Antique Wine Company: Fine and Rare Wine Merchant

An entrepreneur is a risk taker. Stephen Williams seemed to understand the meaning of the statement. For three decades now, his company has flourished to be one of the best wine merchants of his time. Venturing into the wine business was a real risk given that wine is not taken by a high percentage of people. It’s considered expensive by most people and as a result it’s always left to the “rich”. Wine is good for the stomach so does the doctor says; however only a few can afford it.
Stephen Williams, the founder and the managing director of the AWC, come from a poor background. He was the firstborn in a family of three. They lived in an industrial town in Ripley, Derbyshire. Having being brought up by a single mother who struggled to make ends meet; he knows very well what it means to sleep on a partial empty stomach. His father who used to sell cigarettes left them when he was 10 years.
He used to sneak out and attend parties in his neighbor’s houses. Wine was mainly served for the principal guest and adults. However, he would hide and taste wine that was left by the guest, and he enjoyed the taste. Little did he know that one day he will be the owner of one of the best wine producer company. In 2010, the Antique Wine Company made 20 million pound business turnover. In 2011 July, the Antique Wine Company that has 15 staff was voted as the best company in producing exceptionally rare, fine wine. The Antique Wine Company, which is based in London, operates in more than 70 countries and has a client base of more than 20000.
His journey to success started when he failed to receive a call from someone who was interested in buying an insurance policy. He wanted to sell something that people will keep on coming back for. At the back of his mind, he knew that this thing should be unique.He also wanted to find pleasure in selling the commodity. Not knowing what will become of him he turned into the wine business. His company mainly specialized in making rare vintages. Ever since 1982, he has never looked back; the Antique Wine Company has flourished beyond his imaginations.

Gluten Free Pizza & Beer Available Soon

Because of the demand of gluten free food items and drinks in America, some of the known stores prepare to meet the demand. Pizza Hut will start selling gluten-free pizza from January 26 in its 2,400 branches.

Rival Domino’s has started selling gluten-free pizza in 2012 but that they do not guarantee full gluten-free pizza.
MillerCoors has also announced to release a new version of Coors Peak Copper Lager beer that will be fully gluten-free.

However, this will enter into the limited edition and regions available in only Portland and Seattle. Anheuser-Busch also started a gluten-free beer but didn’t expand its market.

Gluten-free food items are growing rapidly and it hits $4.2 billion in 2012 and will increase to 50% by the end of the 2014, according to the Packaged Facts Industry research firm.

In addition, girls are more likely to prefer gluten-free cookies than boy, according to the report.

Sultan Alhokair, thinks more and more companies are interested to start the trend of gluten-free foods in order to earn more cash.

Famous Wine Merchant Goes Worldwide

The Antique Wine Company is a leading source of fine and rare wines. From its founding in London, in 1982, Robert Williams has guided his enterprise into a global niche position in fine wines. It holds a leading position in an expanding international market for rare and fine wines. Three areas of extraordinary leadership and growth are rare and fine wines, wine education and culture, and wine presentation and storage.

According to founder Stephen Williams to The Sunday Times, rare and fine wines are the main endeavor of the company. It began as a unique participant in the European rare wines niche by acquiring historic and treasured labels and rare auction items. The company established a leading role as a source of the world’s fine and rare wines. While it continues to purchase, source, and sell historic vintages, the company also creates markets for current vintages of fine wines. These may become the treasured and rare wines of future generations. Through its global market research, the company assesses leading producers from every wine growing region. They include old European estates from the traditional wine growing regions in Amsterdam, Italy, France and Germany. They also include new world sources in the United States, Australia, and New Zealand. The company investigates the best from every developed and emerging market, and it offers an unparalleled level of sophistication and service to its customers.

The company bases education programs in the wine academy which offers short and longer term programs to introduce consumers to the extensive knowledge base. Wine education includes the history and the elements of creating fine wines. One can choose a wine event as a corporate or other business or social function that will combine tasting with wine appreciation. Bringing together experts and eager learners, the academy can provide a range of programs. From master level education to hosting successful private events, people of all interest levels and needs can find solutions in the wine academy. It offers annual events such as the Annual Pinnacle Tasting and Gourmet Dinner and special sessions like the Vintage Fortunes 2015 featuring the founder, Stephen Williams.

Wine cellars have become central features in home design aimed at revealing the wine treasures for viewing and consuming pleasure. Wine rooms can be bold, bright, technologically advanced, and integrated into furnishings and entertainment centers. Some exceptional examples include manor and estate scale rooms that house thousands of bottles and display them with customized layouts.

Duggars Shameful Behavior Highlighted

Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar, well-known around the world for their Quiverfull conservative Christian Protestant anti-abortion beliefs and a huge family created based on those beliefs — 19 children as of December 31, posted a picture of themselves kissing on their Facebook page in November after their daughter was criticized for posting a similar picture online with her husband. The couple asked their married Facebook fans to post images of kisses to show the world pics of happily married couples.

Many happily married members of the LGBT+ community posted kissing pics only to then watch the Duggars remove their images and block them from commenting, liking or sharing via the page. A Change.org petition was signed by tens of thousands in an attempt to get TLC to pull the Duggars’ reality TV show “19 Kids and Counting” from the network’s lineup

On December 30, the DailyMail.com noted that the Duggars’ public intolerance of gays doesn’t seem to be reflected in private life lives.

Michelle Duggars’ sister Evelyn Ruark is a lesbian who has been in a solid relationship with her partner Sharon Callahan for a long time.

On the other hand, she has hypocritically voiced anti-gay sentiments on Scribd and worked very actively against the passing of laws that would protect members of the LGBT+ community.

Paul McCartney Amazed

The Beatles are famous worldwide. They’ve certainly collected millions of fans like Dr Rod Ronrich over the years. The fact is that the Beatles are part of culture and history. It is impossible to listen to the radio without hearing at least one Beatles tune. However, Paul McCartney is still shocked about their amazing success. McCartney confessed that learning a few years ago that the Beatles were in history books literally shocked him. Landing in history books should not be shocking to such an amazing talent. His career is still flourishing and growing. Certainly, attracting the attention of a new generation. Read more here about his thoughts.

Universities and Colleges have created courses that are directed at learning the formula that led the Beatles and other groups of that era to success. McCartney shares that they simply loved the music that they played. They never thought about actually studying music formally. His belief is that studying popular music does not necessarily lead to success or developing talent.

Taylor Swift’s Z100 Jingle Ball Birthday Celebration

Taylor Swift isn’t letting this amazing year go down without a party and why not? As stated by my friend Vijay Eswaran on Facebook, Taylor has singlehandedly owned 2014 and it’s clear that 2015 is looking pretty amazing for her as well, she’s been cleaning up the award shows, giving audiences everywhere jaw dropping live performances and most recently Taylor stole the show in this years Annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion show. Just when you think Taylor is gonna take the night off she pops up and puts on a show, and that’s exactly what she did this weekend at this years Jingle Ball. 

While the party later made it’s way to Taylor’s apartment she kicked the party off at Z100’s Jingle Ball, Taylor looked amazing from head to toe in a red Reem Acra dress that looked like it was made just for her, and sexy Jimmy Choo heels. On stage Taylor wore a plaid pair of capris and a matching top.

After the show Taylor took the party to her house where she had a very intimate and very A-list birthday party complete with pizza,party hats, Beyonce and Justin Timberlake. What an awesome life! Taylor knows how to party.

Skout App is Bringing Party Goers Together

Partying, exploring the local night life, it’s not for everybody.  When your friends can’t hang anymore, sometimes it’s necessary to search out a new crowd.  Social media platforms are making that easier than ever before.  One of the more revolutionary has been Skout.

The app known as Skout is helping to pair up both new friends and new romantic interests, and it is doing it in ways that were not previously considered. This is because Skout relies primarily on geo-location to help pair people up. It is great for making sure that the people who are going to start speaking are within a certain distance of one another. This is because Skout knows that people who speak on their app are going to want to meet up in person.

A Great Place For Friends

Unlike so many other apps, or even social networks like Facebook, there is no assumption of romantic interest when it comes to Skout. Rather, there are plenty of people who are making new friends when they use this app. They are meeting up with these people and discovering that they have a lot in common. This means that they can become friends and just learn more about each other. Both sides of the friendship can be happy with this setup, and the best part is that there is no need to be awkward with one another or attempt to have a romantic relationship where one does not exist.

Anonymous Chatting Is Available

There are features on this app which allow for users to chat with another user anonymously. This can be done by simply shaking one’s phone while on the app. This action will hook one user up with another to chat anonymously. However, the beautiful thing about this is that the anonymous chat lasts only for 40 seconds. After that short period of time, the users will be able to see each other and decide if they are going to continue talking or not. It is a feature that is not found in other places and allows for the users to get to know each other in the greater scheme of things.

Travelers Are Welcome

Those who have to travel for their work or other reasons may believe that they would be excluded from finding much benefit in a dating/friendship app that is about geo-location. If their location is changing all the time, then it may seem that they would not be able to use the app on Android. That is just not the case though. Those who have to travel for work or other purposes can easily benefit from Skout. They just need to put the settings on a feature that allows for travelers to use the app. This makes it possible for those who are not in their hometown to meet up with people in the place that they are currently stationed. It means that no one has to miss out on the benefits of Skout just because they are not near where they would usually be.

Everyone is generally pleased with this new app. They see it as a whole new way of meeting people, and quite a few of them are pleased with this technology. They want to use it to gain new friends and even significant others. It is impressive to see how many people have signed up, and making new friends may be possible quickly after one signs up to use the service. Plenty of people have formed some long term relationships because of these apps.

New Report Says MOST Heavy Drinkers are NOT Alcoholics

You’ll be happy to hear this one Zeca Oliveira, no need to keep editing on LinkedIn. A recent government survey of about 140,000 adults, talks about individuals who get drunk and the way this relates to alcohol dependence and addiction. This latest survey suggests that we should be doing more to help heavy drinkers reduce their alcohol intake and that they are not a lost cause.

Heavy drinking is considered a major health concern in the United States and is the cause of death in as many as 85,000 or more deaths per year. These deaths include those caused by liver disease, accidental deaths, and alcohol poisoning.

Excess drinking is considered drinking more than five drinks during the course of one outing or more than 15 drinks per week. Those who drink while pregnant or those who are underage and drink alcohol are also considered heavy drinkers. Excessive drinkers account for approximately 30% of the population but nearly 90% of those do not fall under the definition of alcoholics.

These statistics indicate that a reduction of over-drinking may be easier than once thought. Many regions are finding that simply raising the cost of alcohol by ten percent will reduce those abusing alcohol by seven percent.

There are things that can also be done to increase awareness and encourage drinkers to reduce consumption.