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Thursday, January 19, 2017

MOVERS and SHAKERS: Dr. John Connolly, President & CEO of Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. publisher of America's Top Doctors® and Chairman of Castle Connolly Private Health Partners, LLC Our Coverage Sponsored by Hallak Cleaners the Couture Cleaner


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John J. Connolly, Ed.D., - the nation’s foremost expert on identifying top physicians, is the President & CEO of Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. publisher of America’s Top Doctors® and other consumer guides to help people find the best healthcare. He also serves as Chairman and CEO of Castle Connolly Private Health Partners LLC. And he is Vice Chairman of Castle Connolly LifestreamMD. He is also Vice-Chairman of Castle Connolly Graduate Medical Ltd., which publishes review manuals to assist resident physicians and fellows in preparing for their board exams and serves as Secretary of Medebound, LLC ., a company doing second medical opinions in China and is Secretary and a director of TopDoctors.es. which operates throughout Europe and South and Central America.

Dr. Connolly served as President of New York Medical College, the nation’s second largest private medical college, for more than ten years. He is a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine, a Fellow of the New York Academy of Sciences, a Director of the Northeast Business Group on Health, a member of the President’s Council of the United Hospital Fund, and a member of the Board of the American Swiss Foundation. 

Dr. Connolly has served as trustee of two hospitals and as Chairman of the Board of one. He is extensively involved in healthcare and community activities and has served on a number of voluntary and corporate boards including the Board of the American Lyme Disease Foundation, of which he is a founder and past chairman, and the Culinary Institute of America for over 20 years where he is now Chairman Emeritus. He also served as a director and Chairman of the Professional Examination Service and served as the Board of Advisors of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research. His current corporate board service includes: Air Methods Inc, and The Hudson Group. He formally served on the boards of Baker and Taylor, Morton’s of Chicago, Dearborn Risk Management, Perkins & Marie Callendar’s, Truck components Inc., the Delaware Mutual Funds, McCormick & Schmick’s, Charlie Browns Inc. and Alpha Gene Inc., where he served as Chairman. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Worcester State College, a Master’s degree from the University of Connecticut, and a Doctor of Education degree in College and University Administration from Teacher’s College, Columbia University and honorary doctorates from Mercy College, Worcester State University and Daemon College.

Over the years, Dr. Connolly has served on the boards and as an officer of numerous not-for-profit organizations including: President, Sullivan Country Association for Retarded Children; Director and Chairman United Way of Dutchess County; Director and Founding Chairman Dutchess County Industrial Development Agency. Director and Founder Dutchess County Economic Development Association; President, Westchester County Historical Society.

Professionally, he served as a director, and chairman, of the American Association of Community Colleges and was chosen as one of the “One Hundred Young Leaders in Higher Education” by Change magazine. He received the Marie Martin Award for Leadership in Community Colleges and was designated Man of the Year by the Dutchess County Legislation in 1978.

Dr. Connolly has appeared on or been interviewed by over 100 television and radio stations nationwide including “Good Morning America” (ABC-TV), “The Today Show” (NBC-TV),“20/20” (ABC-TV), “48 Hours” (CBS-TV), Fox Cable News, “Morning News” (CNN) and “Weekend Today in New York” (WNBC-TV). The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Daily News (New York), The Boston Herald and other newspapers, as well as many national and regional magazines, have featured Castle Connolly Guides and/or Dr. Connolly in stories. He is the author and/or editor of seven books.

His primary business activity centers on the mission of Castle Connolly medical Ltd. Which is to help people find the best healthcare by identifying top doctors. John K. Castle, Chairman of Castle Connolly and also Chairman of 
Castle Harlan Inc, a merchant banking firm, founded Castle Connolly in 1991.Through their books, magazine partnerships, website and employer services they have helped millions of people find Top Doctors and the best healthcare.   We are absolutely thrilled to present Dr. John Connolly as our latest Mover and Shaker! Peachy Deegan interviewed John for Whom You Know.

Peachy Deegan: How do you define a top physician? 
Dr. John Connolly: We identify a physician as a Castle Connolly Top Doctor based on nominations by other doctors and a thorough review of their education, training, hospital appointments, discipline and malpractice histories by our physician-led research team.

What should the world know about Castle Connolly? 
We are unique and the most trusted source for identifying top doctors in the nation. We have been doing this research for 25 years. Others claim to have similar research models, but none do. That is why over 40 regional magazines use our research for their Top Doctor articles.

What are the greatest challenges physicians face today and how can they overcome such obstacles?
Overwhelming paper work created by government regulation; reduced reimbursement for individual practitioners and small groups; the pressure to see too many patients; and “burn-out” created by all this. We need to pay primary care physicians better, give them more time with patients, reduce regulation and produce more physicians.

What are the biggest mistakes people make with their health and what should they do to improve their lives?
Not taking care of themselves and not having a relationship with a good primary care doctor.

What makes doctors in America better or not as good as doctors outside the United States?
The U.S. enjoys a high quality and standardized model of medical education enforced through a rigorous model of accreditation.

What medical schools produce the best doctors?
I cannot answer that. Some medical schools enjoy better reputations than others, but much of that is created by their research programs. All medical schools create excellent doctors and, occasionally, poor doctors.

If you were stranded on a desert island with five doctors, who would they be and why?
An internist (general care), a physiatrist ( muscle-rehab)), a psychiatrist (mental health); a pain management specialist; a neurologist (diagnosis).  Without sufficient facilities, any kind of surgery would be impossible.

What boards have you enjoyed serving on the most and how did you impact them?
Air Methods is a terrific company with a vital mission of saving lives through emergency medical transport by helicopter. The Hudson Group is another terrific company, one that is known as “the travelers best friend”. The Culinary Institute of America is the world’s leading culinary education college and has transformed dining in America. Of course all of our Castle Connolly companies, including TopDoctors.es in Europe and south and central America and our concierge medical company Castle Connolly Private Health Partners LLC are particularly close to my heart.

What makes a great CEO? 
Being smart; working hard; listening to other people; being a good leader.

What is your opinion on Obamacare as it is now?
Obamacare has a couple of good things—no denying coverage because of pre-existing conditions; covering children until 26--- but, for the most part , it is a regulatory and expensive mess which will have lasting negative impact. Coverage of the uninsured could have been achieved better and less expensively by having the Feds. Take over and expand Medicaid.

How do you think Obamacare should be reformed?
Unfortunately, some of the impact, such as most physicians now being employed by hospitals, cannot be reversed. Otherwise, I support what many call “Medicare or All”. It will be more expensive, but it will insure good coverage and care for all Americans.

Where in Ireland is your family from, have you been to Ireland, and how has your Irish heritage influenced your life?
Kilarney. I have been to Ireland a few times. The influences, if any, came from my family—hard working , intelligent people.

What or who has had the most influence on your pursuit of excellence?
 My partner, John K. Castle

What are you proudest of and why? 
Being one of the youngest college presidents in the nation at age 32.

What would you like to do professionally that you have not yet had the opportunity to do? Make our concierge medicine company a success. It is still a start-up.

What one word best describes you and why?
Hard working, because I have worked hard since I was ten years old.

What do you take your sense of identity from? 
My mother and father.

What is your favorite place to be in Manhattan? 
In my office, working with our team. 
And Ireland? 
On a golf course!

If you could hire anybody who would it be and why? 
My grandchildren. They are terrific!

What is your favorite drink? 
Wine

What is the funniest thing that has ever happened to you at a cocktail party?
My most embarrassing moment at a cocktail party occurred when I rushed out of one to catch a train. I had hung my coat at the end of the rack to I could grab it quickly. I did, but didn't realize until an hour later that it was not my coat and not my car keys in the pocket!

What is your favorite restaurant in Manhattan? 
Trattoria Del Arte. 
 And Ireland? 
Connolly’s Pub!

What is your favorite Manhattan book or character in Manhattan literature?
“The Island at the Center of the World”
 And Ireland? 
James Connolly

Who would you like to be for a day and why? 
The President of the U.S.A. –to make some changes.

If you could have anything in Manhattan named after you what would it be and why? 
Central Park. It will be there forever! 
 And Ireland? 
Phoenix Park. Same reason.

What has been your best Manhattan athletic experience? 
Playing hockey at Sky Rink with students from New Your Medical College. 
 And Ireland? 
Playing golf at Port Monarch.

What is your favorite thing to do in Manhattan that you can do nowhere else?
 View the rebirth of the World Trade Center site. 
 And Ireland? 
Kiss the Blarney Stone.

If you could have dinner with any person living or passed, who would it be and why? 
Jesus Christ—who else!!

What has been your best Manhattan art or music experience? 
“Jersey Boys”. 
 And Ireland? 
I have not had any in Ireland.

What do you personally do or what have you done to give back to the world?
For 25 years John Castle and I have helped people find the best health care by identifying top doctors. We were the first people to do that anywhere in the world. 

In Manhattan, what do you think is most underrated?
The people are much friendlier and helpful than most believe. 
And overrated in Manhattan?
You cannot overrate Manhattan. It is the center of the world! 
 And Ireland? 
It survived England!

Other than Movers and Shakers of course, what is your favorite WhomYouKnow.com​ column and what do you like about it?
I like the stories about Ed Koch. He was a terrific guy, real New York!

What else should Whom You Know readers know about you? 
I have a very beautiful wife. Most people forget me but remember her.

How would you like to be contacted by Whom You Know readers? jconnolly@castleconnolly.com

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Dianne and Elisabeth Winter 2017 Our Coverage Sponsored by Fresh Origins

From the Bay Scallop Pasta, above, to the Boneless Beef Short Rib, below, Dianne and Elisabeth continue to impress Manhattan tremendously
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We are proud to say that one of our friends is the creator of one of Manhattan's hot new restaurants, and with a strong second showing, Dianne and Elisabeth evidence that their commitment to quality and fine dining shine brightly on Tenth Avenue. 
They make it a perfect ten.
Dianne and Elisabeth earned their inaugural feature in September 2016:
We were thrilled to return and it is clear they are in it to win it.
Charlie Marshall with The Marshal first and Dianne and Elisabeth second (in the order of their opening) is setting the edible world of Manhattan on fire with his talent and earned a spot on our top restaurant list this month:
One of life's great pleasures is deciding what you are going to eat that Charlie creates, and the West Coast's loss was the East Coast's gain when Charlie moved to New York from Washington State
.  No one needs to tell him that he should change his menu because it is snowing out.  We've worked with him long enough now to be convinced he knows everything in culinary endeavors and we know we are the first to review Dianne and Elisabeth and we believe we were one of the first to review The Marshal.  His parents must be super proud as The Marshal is named for his dad and Dianne and Elisabeth is named for his mom.
We've had some very chilly days this winter, and nothing is better than hot soup on a cold day.  You will revel in the winter perfection of the Cream of Broccoli and Cheddar Soup embellished with swimming crostinis who do a perfect backfloat.  They were made on premises too.   Thick, warm, flavorful and ultimately comforting, this soup is a wonderful commencement to your Dianne and Elisabeth experience.
Burrata is fabulous any time of year, and Charlie makes us all proud to be AMERICAN because he sources his from the Hudson Valley.  It's not only the Italians who can make burrata!  However, the lovely drizzle of balsamic aged two years is from Modena.  Heirloom tomatoes in a variance of varieties, colors and sizes come to the burrata party that you want to celebrate.  We would be lying if we said we did not miss the peaches that came with it last time!  Obviously, we are pro-peach in an enormous way but sadly they are out of season.
The Hearts of Romaine Caesar salad is a modern classic and still, this has by far the most amazing crouton we've had in our lives.  Boston Lettuce, Cheese Cage, Reggiano and that Giant Buttered Crouton will meet your salad goals and your palate deliciousness desires.
The Bay Scallop Pasta is our single most favorite reason to go to Dianne and Elisabeth right this second!  We fell in love with the lightly seared bay scallops, which are the last word in seafood delicacy.  They team up with lobster cream sauce, buffalo milk spaccatelli pasta and parmesean to create a decadent dinner that calls your name loudly, in the nicest tone possible.
Pictures really do not do this dish justice.  It's absolutely delicious!  You must have it.
If you are in the mood for something to much on while you sip one of their stellar wines, we suggest the Roasted Cream Kale dip, another singular sensation.  Phillips farm kale, cream, parmesean, garlic and crostini make this a particularly warm and satisfying plate to crave with a texture contrast that is enticing with the dip to crostini.  If you are ordering takeout during a game, this is totally elevated game food.  Who needs wings and beer when you can have wine and this.
A sublime side that announces winter is the Harissa Roasted Cauliflower, a wonder of the garden that you should endeavor to meet.  Of course, Dianne and Elisabeth capture Charlie Marshall's farm-to-table philosophy.  It is highlighted with cumin which gives it flavor without making you a fire-breathing dragon from over-spiciness.  Toasted Caraway Cream is the perfect touch.
If you are Mr. or Ms. Carnivorous, you will be absolutely thrilled with the juicy tenderness found in the Boneless Beef Short Rib sourced from Arcadian Pastures or Fleishers Meat.  Joined by potatoes, carrots and brussels sprouts, this succulent beef rib rises to perfection with the perfect dollop of horseradish cream sauce.  
"The response to our opening has been great; we were hoping we'd be a great addition to the neighborhood and it appears that we are," says Owner and Executive Chef Charlie Marshall.  "We're proud to have a mixed clientele representative of the diversity of Hell's Kitchen as a neighborhood with our American shared plates and large plates."
Dianne and Elisabeth should be high on your list of where to eat now!  We look forward to telling you what they do next.
644 10th Avenue (between 45th and 46th Street)
New York, NY 10036
(917) 472-7808

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Salon Peachy: Mover and Shaker Julien Farel's Julien Farel Restore Salon and Spa Continues to Be Highly Recommended for Haircolor by Whom You Know! Bravo Julien and Advanced Colorist Lila Carlino Who Waved Her Wand and Turned Peachy Deegan Back to the Natural Brunette She is for 2017!

 It's not who you know, it's WHOM YOU KNOW and we are glad to know Mover and Shakers Julien and Suelyn, and we have known them for years.
Julien as a Mover and Shaker:
A new year is upon us, and Peachy felt as though it was time to return to her roots!
Drumroll please, she's no longer blonde!
Peachy and Lila.  Lila can do everything in haircolor.
We're getting ahead of ourselves but we are so happy with the final result.
And as you see no matter what color we are, Lila understands no red!
Stepping back, it's our personal opinion that your haircolor should complement your coloring, and what is natural often works quite well, with enhancement of course.  Also, blonde highlights do not look great when you are super pale in the dead of winter...so ta da!
"We're bringing Peachy back to her natural color!  What we're going to do is we're going to cover her grays and we're going to do a tint back, which is bringing her back to her natural color," says Lila.  "It's a number five Majirel by L'Oreal (shinier permanent color with less red) and we're going to leave some highlights around the face so she doesn't feel blue from the winter!"

We were thrilled to work with Advanced Colorist Lila Carlino again, and this time she proved that she can do even more than great blonde highlights, which we were always happy with.  We just wanted a change.  And after we had our hair washed, since Lila Carlino is super-detail-oriented, which is the most desirable quality you'd want in a colorist, she blew out a section in the front to check to see if our color goals were achieved.  Lila got it right the first time!  
Aizhan Sembayeva concluded our Julien Farel Restore Salon experience by blowing Peachy's hair out well.

"In 2017 definitely dark hair is always popular in the winter to match warmer clothing.  I see a lot of icy blondes this winter and a lot of Irish setter reds for redheads.  I like to do a little bit of all of them but I especially love the icy blondes, which is an ashy blonde with color tones.  It's like a platinum with a little bit of a grayish tone," Lila Carlino tells Whom You Know readers.

In the winter and dry weather, hair care should be approached differently.  Lila suggests, "In the winter you should definitely be conditioning with a more moisturizing conditioner and washing with a moisturizing shampoo.  In the cold weather, your hair gets dry and also from wearing scarves and heavy jackets your dry hair gets caught on clothing and cause breakage.  While you're in the shower, wash your hair first and then put the conditioner in for the remainder of your shower time so the steam and the hot water [seal in your look.]"

Whom You Know Highly Recommends Julien Farel's Lila for Haircolor!






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"GRAMMY® RED CARPET LIVE," HOSTED BY KEVIN FRAZIER AND NANCY O'DELL, TO BE BROADCAST SUNDAY, FEB. 12 ON CBS Special Will Give Viewers Exclusive Red Carpet Coverage Before Music's Biggest Night® Our Coverage Sponsored by Bergen Linen

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The Recording Academy® and CBS announced today that, for the second year in a row, CBS will air a live red carpet show prior to the GRAMMY Awards® broadcast. "GRAMMY® Red Carpet Live," a special hosted by Kevin Frazier and Nancy O'Dell, will give viewers an insiders' view of all the pre-show excitement, and highlight the fashion and glamour of this year's GRAMMY nominees, presenters, and performers. The star-studded affair will begin Sunday, Feb. 12 at 7:30 pm ET/4:30 pm PT on the CBS Television Network.

Frazier and O'Dell serve as co-hosts of "Entertainment Tonight," the No. 1 syndicated entertainment newsmagazine in the world.

The 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be broadcast live from the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, Sunday, Feb. 12 (5pm/8pm, live PT/ET) on the CBS Television Network. James Corden, the Emmy- and Tony Award-winning multifaceted host of CBS' "The Late Late Show With James Corden," will host, marking his first year as master of ceremonies. Preceding the 30-minute "GRAMMY Red Carpet Live" special, "60 Minutes" will air a special 30-minute edition (4– 4:30 pm PT / 7– 7:30 pm ET).

Previously announced GRAMMY performers include John Legend, Metallica, Carrie Underwood, and Keith Urban. Additional performers will be announced soon.

"GRAMMY Red Carpet Live" is produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures. Rac Clark is the executive producer and Ron Basile is the producer.

For the latest news and content, follow the GRAMMY conversation on social:

Twitter: @RecordingAcad
Instagram: @RecordingAcademy

About The Recording Academy
Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, songwriters, producers, engineers and recording professionals dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Recording Academy, please visit www.grammy.com. For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @RecordingAcad on Twitter, "like" Recording Academy/GRAMMYs on Facebook, and join The Recording Academy’s social communities on Google+, Instagram, Tumblr, and YouTube.

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Wyn Tote by Born in Britain Highly Recommended by Whom You Know! Take Care of Baby with Style.

Peachy Deegan may be born in the USA, but some of her ancestors were born in Britain!
Born in Britain is not only a great brand name, but also it has the style and substance to evidence its unsurpassed quality in Petite Peachy Couture.
Less is more, and you cannot go wrong with a classic basic black look!
You're not going to believe it, but this is in fact a baby bag.
Born in Britain made their Whom You Know debut earlier this week:
For those who like things a little bigger, the Wyn Tote creates a perfect minimal look, combining simplicity with practicality. This elegant and classic style will fit the bill whatever the occasion and this bag will raise to the occasion of even the most formal events when you have your mini-me that needs a change. Or any variance of a million things that can be solved with something carried in this bag!  
Made from 100% luxurious natural grain leather that ages beautifully over time, this style can comfortably hold life’s essentials whilst still allowing a discreet and fuss free nappy change.  What we like about this more than the first bag is it is more versatile in color and style and can be dressed up or down.  Black goes with everything, and it is easy to clean should you have an inevitable spill, and of course we suggest sending bags to be cleaned and restored at Hallak the Couture Cleaner!  This is a
 minimal style that can be carried on the shoulder or across the body if needed.

The Wyn Tote has received a prestigious award - Bronze at the Project Baby Awards 2016 in the Changing Bag Over £150.
The Wyn features our signature rear change compartment, which means that any nappy change will be a simple process. No need to look through the larger main compartment, all nappies, wipes, bags and the super comfy oversized change mat are stored in the rear zip pocket.

External Features Include: A full length outer slip pocket, gold tone hardware, detachable across body strap and discreet branding.

Internal Features Include: High quality grosgrain lining,

2 insulated bottle holders, 2 internal leather trimmed slip pockets, a Leather Key holder, Zip pocket and Mobile Phone pocket.

Signature Zip Around back section contains:

A Leather trimmed nappy pocket, Deep elasticated Pocket for gels/hand creams, a Leather trimmed nappy bag pocket, an elasticated wet wipe holder and an extra wide ‘pop off’ change mat.

Colours Available: Khaki/Tangerine lining, Mink/Duck Egg lining and Midnight Black/Duck Egg lining

Size
Length 34cm Width 14cm Height 27cm

Weight
1.28Kg





Born In Britain have drawn on their years of experience in creating fashion handbags for some of the biggest high street stores in the UK creating a stylish range of practical bags that fulfill the needs of the modern mother. 

Each bag contains all the essential features required for a day out with a placid newborn or a rampaging toddler whist remaining highly fashionable. 

All of the bags in the range feature the signature changing pocket at the rear which houses the over-sized changing mat, nappy pocket and wipe holder. 

The bags are large enough to hold all the baby equipment you would need but as the wipes, nappies and change mat are held in the rear pocket, the main compartment has plenty of room for drinks bottles, phone, car keys, iPad, laptop, kids toys, purse...Even with a bag full to the brim, nappy changes are made easy. Simply put the bag down, unzip the rear pocket, fold out the mat and put down the baby. Everything needed is at your fingertips without having to rummage through the main compartment. Winning several industry awards, The Charlton Hobo has been awarded a silver medal in the 2016 Junior Design Awards and also a Gold award in the Luxury Changing Bag category in the Best Baby and Toddler Gear 2016 awards. Both are voted for by industry journalists and bloggers as well as some celebrity parents, these awards are a fantastic mark of recognition for the hobo. 

The Wyn Tote has been awarded the Bronze medal in the Project Baby 2016 awards - Changing Bag Over £150 catagory. This award was judged by real mums and dads rather than industry journalists.

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Mover and Shaker Picture of the Week: Mover and Shaker Paul Binder Hosts the Living Landmark Gala

Paul as a Mover and Shaker:
The Gala he hosted:

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On Personality, by Mae West

"Personality is the glitter that sends your little gleam across the footlights and the orchestra pit into that big black space where the audience is."
-Mae West

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Champagne Wishes: Not long to go to #VinitalyUSA - San Francisco!

Vinitaly international is now ready to set off on a three month tour of the USA in the name of Italian wine.

First stop: San Francisco where the Ambassador of Italian wine will take part, for the second year, in Winter Fancy Food Show (WFFS) in San Francisco (January 22-24) as the co-protagonist of a project supported by the Italian Ministry of Economic Development (MISE) and organized by the Italian Trade Agency (ICE). The aim of this ongoing project is to develop the Italian agro-industrial sector in the United Stated through the involvement of three major Italian trade fairs: Fiere di Parma, Fiera di Milano and Veronafiere.
Alto Adige Wines

Throughout the event there will be a Vinitaly International Wine Bar, where members of trade and press will enjoy some of Alto Adige - Sudtirol’s best white and red wines. Around twenty different grape varieties grow in Alto Adige, on just an area of 5,300 hectares, providing an average annual yield of around 350,000 hectolitres (3.9 million cases) of wine”. This small province is capable of creating some of Italy's most unique Pinot Neros and dry Gewustraminers.

#VinitalyUSA will move on soon after to New York (February 5-6), Miami (February 8) and Houston (March 6)


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Registration Now Open for CES Asia 2017 Expanded show to feature new CES Asia Innovation Awards program highlighting outstanding tech breakthroughs

Registration is now open for the third annual CES Asia™, which returns to Shanghai, China June 7-9, 2017 with a larger footprint in the Shanghai New International Exhibition Centre (SNIEC). Owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)TMand co-produced by Shanghai Intex Exhibition Co., Ltd, CES Asia is the premier event for the consumer technology industry in Asia and only event that encompasses the entire consumer technology ecosystem. 

New for 2017, CES Asia is pleased to announce the launch of the CES Asia Innovation Awards. Modeled after the annual CES Innovation Awards, the program recognizes outstanding product design and engineering in brand-new consumer technology products across 19 award categories. CES Asia 2017 exhibitors may submit entry applications between February 6 and March 22, 2017. Entries will be reviewed by a panel of elite industry judges. More information about the CES Asia Innovation Awards can be found on CESAsia.com.

"The second annual CES Asia last May shattered all records set by the inaugural event, and we expect the 2017 edition to be even better, both in terms of size and range of innovation," said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CTA. "We recognize the important role the Asian market plays in the growth and vibrancy of the consumer tech industry and look forward to providing global and local tech leaders a platform to introduce their groundbreaking technologies to this market." 

CES Asia 2017 is set to span up to 45,000 gross square meters, up almost 24 percent over 2016. A total of 1,137 members of the media came to CES Asia in 2016 to cover the show's breakthroughs. CES Asia 2017 will welcome more than 30,000 attendees from over 80 countries, regions and territories. More, 450 innovative exhibiting companies are expected to unveil their latest products and technologies across 19 product categories, including new categories: augmented reality, drones, vehicle technology and virtual reality. 

From BMW's iFuture concept car to Intel/Lenovo's F2 Exercise Shoe, major products were introduced at CES Asia 2016. A sampling of innovative companies already set to exhibit include: Audio-Technica, Continental Automotive Holding, Digital China, Fossil, Garmin, Gibson Brands, Haier, Huawei, Intel, LeEco, Monster, NavInfo, Onkyo, OtterBox, Pioneer, Scosche, Suning, United States Postal Service, UPS, Voxx, Wacom and Yuneec. A complete list of exhibiting companies will be posted on CESAsia.com in the coming weeks. 

For more information about CES Asia 2017 or to register, visit CESAsia.com.

For questions about exhibiting at CES Asia, contact Brian Moon at bmoon@cta.tech or +1 703-907-4351.

Note to Editors: Journalists traveling from outside of China will require a J-1 or J-2 visa


About CES Asia:
Owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)TM and co-produced by Shanghai Intex Exhibition Co., Ltd (Shanghai Intex), CES Asia is the premier event for the consumer technology industry, showcasing the full breadth and depth of the innovation value-chain in the Asian marketplace. Key global businesses come to this new event to grow and reinforce their brand by showcasing the latest products and technologies to consumer tech industry executives, foreign buyers, international media and a limited number of consumers from China. Attendees have exclusive access to some of the largest brands from China and around the world, while celebrating the innovation that defines the consumer technology sector.

About Consumer Technology Association:
Consumer Technology Association (CTA)TM is the trade association representing the $292 billion U.S. consumer technology industry, which supports more than 15 million U.S. jobs. More than 2,200 companies - 80 percent are small businesses and startups; others are among the world's best known brands - enjoy the benefits of CTA membership including policy advocacy, market research, technical education, industry promotion, standards development and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CTA also owns and produces CES® - the world's gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. Profits from CES are reinvested into CTA's industry services.

About Shanghai Intex:
Shanghai Intex Exhibition Co., Ltd was originally the exhibition organizing business of Shanghai Intex, a pioneering exhibition organizer established in 1995. Shanghai Intex is jointly overseen by the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) Shanghai and PNO Exhibition Investment (Dubai) Limited. Starting in 1998, Shanghai Intex has organized over 100 trade shows and conferences with a sum total exhibition space in excess of 2 million sqm. Shanghai Intex is comprised of professional teams with a wealth of experience in organizing major international events, covering the creative industry, healthcare, lifestyle, advanced manufacturing and consumer electronics.

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2017: The Year Of The America’s Cup


2017 is the year of the 35th America’s Cup. That might not be an official designation, but for anyone involved in sailing, fans of sport, or all those who love a classic story, 2017 is going to be the year of the greatest America’s Cup yet.

The America’s Cup has it all. 165 years of history, intrigue, passion, determination, winners and losers, the highest of highs, the lowest of lows, and at the end of it all, one team will lift the oldest trophy in international sport. To achieve that, they will have raced the fastest boats in America’s Cup history, America’s Cup Class (ACC) boats capable of up to 90kmh, on a stadium style racecourse on the beautiful waters of Bermuda’s Great Sound, and they will have beaten the best the world can throw at them.

Last time out, in San Francisco 2013, it went down to the wire. In fact, that does not even come close to describing how the 34th America’s Cup concluded – it was, many say, the greatest comeback in sports history, ORACLE TEAM USA fighting back against Emirates Team New Zealand from 8-1 down, finally winning 9-8 and retaining the trophy they won in 2010.

In 2017, only a very brave person could confidently predict who will win the 35th America’s Cup. Throughout the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series, every team won races, and it was only at the final event, in Fukuoka, Japan, that Land Rover BAR clinched the overall series title. They were pushed all the way by ORACLE TEAM USA, Emirates Team New Zealand, Artemis Racing, SoftBank Team Japan and Groupama Team France, and each team has a strong chance of lifting the Auld Mug in June 2017. 

The racing will make the 35th America’s Cup truly spectacular, but the stage on which the action will unfold is truly breathtaking. Bermuda is a jewel in the Atlantic, with warm, flat waters providing the perfect stage for the racing, and consistent winds promising incredible action throughout May and June. Away from the races, Bermuda is gearing up for one of the biggest parties it will ever host, and anyone coming into the island to take in the spectacle will love every second.

The countdown continues to May 26th, when it all starts with ORACLE TEAM USA taking on Groupama Team France in the opening race of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers. Set your watches, book your flights, do whatever you can to be part of the greatest race on water. It is going to be magical!


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Amazon Announces Ninth Fulfillment Center in Texas; New Robotics Site Will Create 1,000-Plus Full-Time Jobs

Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced plans to open its ninth Texas fulfillment center in Coppell. Amazon currently employs more than 10,000 full-time associates at its seven currently operating fulfillment centers across the state and plans to create 1,000 more full-time positions at its third Coppell facility.

Elsewhere in the Lone Star State, Amazon currently operates fulfillment centers in Coppell(two facilities), Haslet, Dallas, Fort Worth, Schertz and San Marcos with a facility currently under construction in Houston. Amazon also has sortation centers in Irving, San Antonioand Houston.

"This building will be a new addition to the Amazon Robotics fulfillment network, which already has a robust presence in the metroplex," said Akash Chauhan, Amazon's vice president of North American Operations. "Because of our ability to have more inventory on-hand and increased speed of fulfillment, we are able to better meet customer demand and create thousands of associate roles, which receive competitive wages and benefits. We are proud of our ability to create jobs, spur innovation and provide excellent Prime service to members."

Amazon employees at the one million-square-foot Coppell fulfillment center will pick, pack and ship smaller customer items, such as books, electronics and toys. Amazon's first Coppell fulfillment center began fulfilling customer orders in 2013 and its second facility launched during the 2016 holiday shopping season.

"Amazon's continuing growth and job creation in Dallas County is a testament to the dedicated workforce and healthy business environment here in the region," said Dallas County Commissioner Mike Cantrell.

"When I toured the first Coppell fulfillment center two years ago," said Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, "I was impressed by just how quickly the company was growing and the number of jobs it could create. Here we are in 2017, and Amazon employs thousands of full-time employees in Dallas County alone."

"We are so excited to see the Amazon team grow by the thousands here in Coppell," said Coppell Mayor Karen Hunt. "To have a company that provides good compensation and furthering education tuition to its employees flourish in our city is a point of pride at Coppell City Hall."

Full-time employees at Amazon receive competitive hourly wages and a comprehensive benefits package, including healthcare, 401(k) and company stock awards, starting on day one. Amazon also offers regular full-time employees maternity and parental leave benefits and access to innovative programs like Career Choice, where it will pre-pay up to 95 percent of tuition for courses related to in-demand fields, regardless of whether the skills are relevant to a career at Amazon. Since the program's launch, over 9,000 employees have pursued degrees in game design and visual communications, nursing, IT programming, and radiology, to name a few.

To learn more about working at an Amazon fulfillment center, visit www.amazondelivers.jobs.

The project is being developed jointly by Hillwood Investment Properties and Perot Development Company.

About Amazon
Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about.

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2017 is the year of the 35th America’s Cup. The oldest trophy in international sport and a competition that will see six teams fighting it out on Bermuda’s Great Sound for the ultimate prize in sailing, and, arguably, the hardest trophy to win in sport.

Over 2015 and 2016 the teams battled tooth and nail around the world in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series, finally won at the last round in Fukuoka, Japan by the British Land Rover BAR team. Throughout the series, all the teams were racing AC45F boats, foiling catamarans described by Emirates Team New Zealand Skipper Glenn Ashby as “brutal”.

As mighty as the AC45Fs are, they are the precursor to what comes next in 2017 – the frankly astounding America’s Cup Class boats, known as ACC boats, carbon-fibre, hydrofoiling catamarans capable of up to 90kmh and sailed by a crew of six.

This is the heart of the America’s Cup. Teams designing and building their own boats within a set of rules that presents scope for individual design genius, but creates a relatively level playing field that maximizes the competition between all the teams. 

So far, as of date of this publication, none of the teams’ ACC boats have seen the light of day, but glimpses have been given as to what lies ahead. All the teams, whether in Bermuda, France, the UK or Bermuda, have been testing interim versions of the race boats they will campaign in 2017, AC45s with parts from their ACC boats added so they can be tried and tested, adopted or dumped as performance data dictates. These test platforms have been variously referred to as AC45T (turbo) boats, AC45S (surrogate) boats, or, simply, test boats, but from early 2017 the teams’ focus will be 100% on their ACC boats as they perfect systems and designs for the real action in May and June 2017.

One major difference between the ACC boats and the AC45Fs is how they are powered. Both boats need grinders on board to turn over the winches that operate systems. For the uninitiated, grinders are the muscle on board the boats, supremely powerful athletes capable of sustained bursts of energy that is used to operate sails or lift daggerboards. Well, that was until the ACC boats came along….

Now, a grinder’s role is to build up hydraulic reserves that are used by the Skipper to operate the primary systems on board a boat. In short, the grinders are the engines of the boat, so their ability to generate power will directly influence the boat speed, and speed gives the tacticians on board what they crave, the power to make decisions and act on them faster and more effectively than the competition.

This change in how race boats are operated is monumental. It is helping to increase the speed of the boats exponentially, hand in hand with vastly more intelligent understanding of hydrodynamics and the optimal use of foils, boat aerodynamics and a whole world of science that is translated into pure sporting heaven for the fans. 

The teams will start to launch their boats in early 2017, and they will be out on the water testing them as much as they can, every single day if possible, between launch date and the start of racing in Bermuda on May 26th 2017.

The boats are going to be spectacular. The racing will be awesome. The athletes will be supreme, and the eyes of the world will be watching. Now comes the era of the ACC boat, and fast may its reign be!

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The first round of performers for the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards® telecast has been announced and includes 10-time GRAMMY winner John Legend, eight-time GRAMMY-winning band Metallica, and seven-time GRAMMY winner and current nominee Carrie Underwood with four-time GRAMMY winner and current two-time nominee Keith Urban. Award-winning television personality and performer James Corden is set to host Music's Biggest Night® for the first time. Taking place at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be broadcast live in HDTV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network, Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. Additional performers will be announced shortly.

Metallica's James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich are nominated for Best Rock Song ("Hardwired").

Underwood is nominated for Best Country Solo Performance ("Church Bells").

Four-time GRAMMY winner Urban is up for Best Country Album (Ripcord) and Best Country Solo Performance ("Blue Ain't Your Color").

The 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards are produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures for The Recording Academy. Ken Ehrlich is executive producer, Louis J. Horvitz is director, Ben Winston is a producer, and David Wild and Ehrlich are the writers.

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About The Recording Academy
Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, songwriters, producers, engineers and recording professionals dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Recording Academy, please visit www.grammy.com. For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @RecordingAcad on Twitter, "like" Recording Academy/GRAMMYs on Facebook, and join The Recording Academy’s social communities on Google+, Instagram, Tumblr, and YouTube.


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