I recently attended the annual dinner commemorating the World War II Battle of the Coral Sea. I occasionally contribute to the Observer, so I shared my experience of the evening with them.
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The black-tie event was held aboard the hangar deck of the U.S.S. Intrepid, an iconic New York City museum and a historic American vessel – but it certainly was not a New York, or even American, crowd. Among the few prominent New Yorkers present at the event were former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani; Rabbi Arthur Schneier of Park East Synagogue; and Marcus Moufarrige of Servcorp. Rupert Murdoch, News Corp founder and an Australian-born U.S. citizen, introduced the president.
During his speech, Donald Trump thanked US and Australian military heroes. He also thanked Australian Prime Minister Turnbull for reaffirming the alliance between the US and Australia. Trump and Turnbull met face-to-face for the first time at the gala.
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The death watch for American retail stores continues as shoppers are still choosing online over buying at branded department stores. The latest casualty is Bebe, which defined its brand as a “unique sophisticated and timelessly sexy” line of ladies clothing. Apparently, customers did not agree … at least not enough of them to keep the brick and mortar aspect of the brand afloat. According to reports in CNN, Bebe will close all its 168 brick and mortar shops in the United States and Canada. Continue Reading
US regulators advised Highland to pull and recall its teething tablets due to a “potentially toxic” level of herbs in the medicine. Standard Homeopathic Co. of Los Angeles, the company that makes the Highland brand teething tablet quickly complied with the request, issuing a recall of an unspecified quantity of the products. They also ceased manufacturing the product last fall, and now they have notified distributors to pull any products currently on the shelves. Continue Reading
Sometimes, when you’re the boss, you have to take the bullet, even if it’s not your fault. Such is the story of new Wells Fargo CEO Tim Sloan’s open letter on the pages of major newspapers, coast to coast. When a company makes a huge mistake, there are two big questions that immediately arise: “who will take responsibility?” and, “will consumers accept that?” Continue Reading
In the history of the space race, one “truth” has been constant: you can’t reuse a rocket. There’s currently a ton of “space junk” floating around out there and other materials came crashing back down to earth because the space-going nations of the world did not have the ability to bring it back down safely. Continue Reading
Growing up in the 70s and 80s, most American kids – and many of their parents – were big fans of CHiPs. The program followed the exploits of a pair of California Highway Patrol officers out to do good, help people, and generally look cool cruising on their motorcycles. The episodes were fun brain candy, a chance for the whole family to hang out and share some TV time. Continue Reading
Boston entrepreneur and philanthropist Daniel Palmier faces no shortage of challenges in his life, and doesn’t back down from any one of them. He’s managed to find a strong balance between his work life and his social life, by bringing his knowledge and skills together with members of his family to not only build business’ but to help local and global charities as well. Continue Reading
Look back at nearly every Summer Olympics in a generation. Who’s the hero for the United States? With the possible exception of the “Dream Team” basketball squad and swimmer Michael Phelps, it’s been the gymnastics team. USA Gymnastics not only maintains a massive national fan base, it dominates headlines during the Games and creates overnight sensation superstars, especially out of scrappy young women who captivate our senses and wow us with incredible athleticism and courage each and every Olympiad. Continue Reading
Uber had a great business plan that met a huge felt need, especially for younger urban dwellers who loved technology, didn’t have cars and were tired of having to depend on taxis for transportation. The app-based service has exploded in popularity in nearly every place it’s opened for business … and, in most of those places the company has had to fight for its business life. Continue Reading