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Dr. Oz CES Digital Health Speaker

Dr. Oz
Las Vegas – Dr. Mehmet Cengiz Oz known as Dr. Oz to the world was a headline speaker at the Digital Health conference at the CES show.  The topic of “Confronting the Sleep Epidemic Head-On” released the largest study ever done at the CES conference in Las Vegas. 


Over 20,000 participants encompassing 1.5 million nights of sleep were involved in the study that was developed by ResMed and “The Dr. Oz Show.”  New insight from this study showed that 79% of people get less than the recommended seven hours of sleep.  America’s SleepScore was 77 out of 100 and that 30% have a SleepScore of 55 or less.  Many statistics that were unveiled at the CES show were discussed with Dr. Oz at the head of a panel of Doctors and researchers.


Dr. Oz has become a household name for “The Dr. Oz Show” and is strongly known in the field of heart surgery, advocate of health care policy as well as a Professor of Surgery at Columbia University.  Dr. Oz has authored a large number of publications that are published throughout the world.  He has undergraduate degree from Harvard University and MD from University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine as well as MBA at Wharton Business School.

Mark Fields, Ford President and CEO - Leaders in Technology Dinner at CES 2017

Mark Fields, Ford President and CEO
Las Vegas – Mark Fields, Ford President and CEO presented the strong innovative plans that Ford has projected by 2021.  Ford Smart Mobility plan will boost the company to the next level with autonomous vehicles with extensive connectivity and mobility.  Mark Fields said “ ...ultimately, we are going to change the way the world moves just as our founder Henry Ford did 111 years ago.”


Mobility experiments have been launched in 25 global locations.  These locations include eight in North America, nine in Europe and Africa, as well as others in Asia and South America.  Vehicles for the future will be able to communicate with one another to help in control of traffic congestion, safety features, monitoring of air quality and many other challenges that will face the increasing population of the world.  Ford showcased the SYNC 3 technology with all the new entertainment and communication system with driver commands.


The Leaders in Technology (LIT) dinner was attended by 590 influential leaders in the industry, executive-level government and policy makers.  Gary Shapiro is President and CEO of the Consumer Technology Association (CTA). Dinner sponsored by Deloitte.


Westminster Kennel Club
New York, NY
More than 3,200 dogs, including 90 Golden Retrievers, will descend on Manhattan during Westminster Week 2017. Appearing at the 141st Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, on February 13-14, will be 2,798 dogs and 87 junior handlers. The 4th Annual Masters Agility Championship at Westminster on February 11, 330 dogs followed by 23 dogs at the 2nd Annual Masters Obedience Championship at Westminster on Feb. 13.
Most entered among the 200 breeds and varieties at the dog show are the Golden Retrievers (65), followed by Labrador Retrievers (46) French Bulldogs (46), Whippets (45), Yorkshire Terriers (38), and Australian Shepherds (38). These breeds are joined by three debut breeds at Westminster - the Sloughi (3), Pumi (7) and American Hairless Terrier (14). Golden Retrievers (8) are the largest obedience competition entry and the fourth most-entered breed (17) in Agility behind Border Collies (53), Shetland Sheepdogs (42) and Papillons (21).  New Yorkers entered the most dogs (260) at the dog show. But New Jersey dogs (94) top the agility competition as well as the obedience competition (4) and are the fourth most entered (188) at the dog show. The farthest dog show competitor entered hails from China.

On Saturday, February 11, the Meet & Compete event featuring the 8th AKC Meet the Breeds® and the Masters Agility Championship at Westminster will be held. This joint effort between The Westminster Kennel Club and the American Kennel Club provides an opportunity for people to interact with more than 100 breeds and learn about responsible dog ownership. New in 2017, AKC Meet the Breeds is bringing cats to the dog show.  Televised since 1948, Westminster will once again be America's most watched live broadcast of a dog show. New this year, dog lovers can tune into FS1 for live Group and Best in Show coverage Monday and Tuesday night from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET at Madison Square Garden and Nat Geo WILD for selected live breed coverage Monday and Tuesday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. from Piers 92/94. For information on tickets, broadcast schedule, and live streaming video visit westminsterkennelclub.org. All Westminster Week events are presented by Purina Pro Plan.

Times Square New Year’s Eve 2017

New York - Times Square was filled with approximately two million revelers.  A large presence of security was throughout the celebration with all New York City departments involved in some way to maintain safety for all that came out.  Mariah Carey was the headliner and held her head up high even with all the malfunctions that occurred when trying to perform.  Carey summed it up with “I’m trying to be a good sport.”  Performers that were on stage for “Rockin Eve” include Gloria Estefan, Joe Jonas with DNCE, country singer Thomas Rhett and many others.  The other performances went throughout the evening without an issue as the countdown proceeded to welcome in the New Year.


Times Square was kept at a high level of protection with 7000 police, heavy weapon officers and aerial coverage.  65 Sanitation trucks were filled with sand and lined the perimeter plus 100 blocker vehicles.  Video monitors were in place throughout Times Square as the Waterford Crystal Ball dropped at midnight.  The Ball for 2017 New Year’s Eve was signifying the gift of kindness with 288 new crystals weighing nearly six tons, 32,000 LED lights for glowing.  The descent was 141 feet and this all began back with the first drop in 1907.  By 8 a.m. the area was cleaned up with over 44 tons of debris.

84th Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting

  NYC – The rain and heavy mist did not hold back thousands from viewing the lighting of the 84th Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting.  New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Tishman Speyer CEO Rob Speyer,Tishman Speyer Chairman Jerry Speyer, Alec Baldwin and Kate McKinnon hit the button to light the tree at 8:55 P.M.  The tradition for 84 years signifying the start of the holiday season in New York City.


The 94-foot Norway Spruce tree was lit with more than 50,000 multi-colored, LEDs on approximately 5 miles of wire.  The Spruce came from Oneonta, New York and was donated by Angie and Graig Eichler. 2016 marks the 13th year the Swarovski Star will adorn the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree.


Hosts were Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker and Hoda Koth.  Performers included Dolly Parton, Garth Brooks & Trisha Yearwood, Neil Diamond, The Roots featuring Anthony Hamilton & The Hamiltones, Josh Groban, Sarah McLachlan, Jordan Smith, Pentatonix, Tori Kelly, and The Radio City Rockettes

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade celebrates 90 Years

NYC – The parade route was lined with over 2.5 million viewers ranging from wide-eyed children to adults embracing the nostalgic iconic Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade that has been signified for the last 90 years.  During World War II there was a break in accumulative straight lineage number of years when material products were hard to acquire and then began counting again after that period. 


2016 parade encompassed 16 character balloons, 27 novelty/ornament balloons, over a thousand clowns, 26 floats, 16 marching bands and more made the complete 2.5-mile route. 


Extra security was visibly present with more than 80 sand-filled sanitation trucks blocking intersections, added helicopters, bomb-sniffing dogs and officers with assault rifles. A successful parade was completed with Santa wishing everyone a Happy Holiday.

The Albuquerque International Balloon – let the games begin

Albuquerque, New Mexico – The green light was given for the balloons that were entered in the competition to drive off the field to an exterior location and get ready for the final radio transmission to go.  Gauging the upper level wind direction to approach the competition field is something that pilots can only anticipate from the ground.  Once the pilots are up in the air there is the continual movement of an up and down pattern to reach the field and hover over the target.  If the pilot is not able to reach the field target he or she will proceed to continue in flight to reach the precision of a beautiful flight and a safe landing.


Frank Hunter flew “Aimless Drifter” with perfection and just edged north of the Albuquerque field target.  The “box” that Albuquerque is known for was rather soft pushing a lot of the balloons to the north of the competition drop.  Hunter achieved a flawless landing on side of a main road close to the Tram exit.  Flight and landing were perfect on what turned out to be a beautiful day.  The crew that consisted of Frank Hunter’s friends and family arrived within moments of the landing.  Packing up the balloon Hunter and the crew headed back to the field to set up grilling and share food and time with numerous other pilots that flew in the morning.  Robert Browman and Nicole from the Albuquerque Journal were in the area and covered the precise landing of Pilot Frank Hunter. Check out their video.

Fargo AirSho featuring Blue Angels

Fargo, ND - The Blue Angels gave an unbelievable performance as they are noted for to a record-breaking crowd.  Weather was hot by the end show on Sunday without a cloud in the sky.  History was made this year when the Blue Angels took flight with the first time having a woman in the cockpit.  U.S. Marine Corps Captain Katie Higgins was the first female pilot in a 69-year history. 
The U.S. Navy Blue Angels flew Boeing F/A 18 Hornet fighter jets.  The Blue Angels are the national first oldest flight team and world wide the second oldest flight team.

Albuquerque Balloon Ascension and Competition

Albuquerque, New Mexico – Monday was the third day that the International Balloon Fiesta gave a go to the mass ascension.  The sky was cloudy but the winds were right to be given the green light to ascend.  Cliff Keller was the pilot of balloon “Lily” and lifted off on the second wave thinking at first the flight might be short but lasted way over an hour with a great landing that encompassed his thirty plus years of experience and teamwork with his wife Jude.  The Chase Crew was made of members that have been with the Keller's for years creating lasting friendships and trust.


Rolling Stones at TCF Bank Stadium “Satisfaction”

Minneapolis, MN - Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones rocked the TCF Bank Stadium with over 50,000 fans.  The rain stopped minutes before the Rolling Stones took the stage and fans stood throughout the two hour plus concert absorbing music that the band has been performing over 53 years.  Mick Jagger remains strong with his iconic dance form that everyone has become accustomed to seeing along with playing the harmonica to “Midnight Rambler.” 


New York Spring Spectacular 2015

Donald & Melania Trump
  New York City - The Red Carpet was lined with celebrities before Radio City Music Hall opened up a seven-week performance.  New York Spring Spectacular takes audiences on a whirlwind adventure across New York City while telling an inspiring and hopeful narrative about New Yorkers who change each other’s lives in unexpectedly wonderful ways. 
Tony Award-winner Laura Benanti, Emmy Award-winner and current pro on Dancing With the Stars, Derek Hough; Lenny Wolpe; Jared Grimes and the Rockettes will be joined by co-creative directors Diane Paulus and Randy Weiner on the red carpet.

Moondance jammin Country Fest weekend

Justin Moore
Walker, MN – A temperamental weather pattern gave way to a large double rainbow over the main arena as Moondance jammin Country Fest was in full swing with a packed arena of fans.  Friday went off like clockwork with the well-defined organization that Moondance has been noted for.  Entertainers began with Dallas Smith, Jon Pardi, Rodney Atkins and Justin Moore.  Saturday will be filled with performances by Lost Highway, Sarah Darling, Joe Nichols and Hunter Hayes.

Obama in New York Fundraising

New York – President Obama landed in New York on Air Force One and was immediately greeted by a small group of people before boarding Marine One to attend two fundraisers.  Along the route Obama made a brief stop at a Gap store to shop for his wife, Michelle and daughters Malia and Sasha.  Gap Inc. is a business that responded to Obama’s request at the State of the Union address to increase wages.


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