December 17, 2017

A Play Date with Katy Perry

Katy PerryKaty Perry's songs have sold more than 32 million downloads. Her success is built on playful flirtation which she calls "the art of the tease". Perry is unstoppable with a runaway summer hit of California Girls, and Teenage Dream which went straight to Number One. She was then asked to make an appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman.

She was greeted at the studio by hundreds of fans and paparazzi. Perry has become the most talked-about and photographed pop star on the planet.

Her recent duet with Elmo was bumped from Sesame Street when fans object to her excessive cleavage.

Asked if she was nervous, "No" she replies. "It's Cool". Asked if she likes to create waves sometimes. "Of course, I do. I'm from California."

Perry started singing at nine as a gospel singer. Her church bought her first guitar for her 13th birthday. Her parents, are born-again evangelical pastors. She was signed to a Nashville gospel lave and released her first album in 2001 under the name "Katy Hudson". She was signed and dropped by 2 labels.

Capitol picked her up, changed her name to Katy Perry and released "I Kissed a Girl" in 2008 which spent 7 weeks at Number One. She insists there's more to being a pop star than a change of dress or hair. It has to spawn from talent.

Just like meeting British comedian and actor Russell Brand who is now Perry's fiancee. They've become the the hot couple of the tabloids. Perry likes to create fireworks. Katy's career shows no sign of losing it's spark.

Jade from China

Jade BoatCreamy white stones of semi translucent jade tumble down from the mountains of Tibet to southern Xinjiang. Chinese buyers began arriving here in the early 1990s. Khotan is mad about jade when traders from ancient Rome and Constantinople traveled their way to Xi'an via the Silk Road.

The finest jade has become more valuable than gold fetching $3,000 an ounce- a tenfold increase from a decade ago and has turned Khotan cotton farmers into jade tycoons.

The region is convulsed by ethnic strife and the manna has enriched both the Khotan's native Uighurs (Turkic-speaking Islams) and Han Chinese. Tourists flock the jade bazaar to by miniature buddhist figurines, stalking tigers and overpriced rocks.

In 1600 BC the Shang dynasty royals slept on jade pillows, signed edicts with jade chops and interred their loved ones in jade-like frocks. Contemporary Chinese say that it has medicinal and even magical powers. Jade provides the link between physical and spiritual worlds bolstered by the jade's tendency to change color when worn on the body.


Big Splash

Job Thinking"Avoid the tendency to make big decisions before you really know what you're talking about" is Richard R. Buery Jr's advice. Chief Executive of New York's Children's Aid Society, Richard answered a few questions in an interview with Adam Bryant.

The first time he was somebody's boss was at a summer camp for kids in a housing project in Roxbury, Boston. He was in charge but not responsible for their careers. College and high school students were working for modest wages and Mr. Buery Jr had to create a plan and be accountable.

"It was a great experience. I love getting people excited about an idea. That's really what it's about." He had to convince parents to take care of their kids and potential employees that this would be a great way to make Type A Harvard kids do good things with their summer.

The lesson learnt was that there is nothing that's not possible, but you need confidence and support from mentors. Partners and mentors need to be just as committed to a successful outcome. The importance is experiencing the challenge. My strategy for finding mentors is asking interesting people whom I admire to have lunch, ask them some questions and for feedback. Most important at Children's Aid is to be clear and concise in communication.

Growing up in a community where most aren't doing well, and to have the opportunity to do well yourself somehow has an effect on you. It's a sense of anger and outrage and wanting to do something to channel the unfairness into action.

Take time to learn and listen before making a big splash to prove your worth. Pay attention to everything that matters, be a good person and train people well. One of the reasons I want to be an entrepreneur is I didn't want to have any more bad bosses. People should be honored for the work they do, treat each other well and be valued.

When recruiting people I look for those who are equally ambitious, driven and angry, who don't like the way the world works and want to make a fundamental change about it. Skills are important too, but you can't teach passion. I need people who are comfortable and clear about achieving impact in a results-driven environment. I also look for people who have had personal and professional adventures and tried different things. That's what makes a good employee, a good leader, and a good colleague.

Richard's advice to new grads is to try crazy things, explore what they love and find their passion. Don't worry about a career plan. "It's worked so far for me"

Jennifer Lopez’s American Idol Judging Deal Almost Complete

Jennifer LopezJennifer Lopez is reportedly in the final stages of negotiating a deal to appear as judge on American Idol's next season show and could be inked as early as next week. Lopez would fill one of the open seats left by Ellen Degeneres and Simon Cowell.

Producers of the show consider the singer to be one of the best mentors to appear on the program and is a huge American Idol fan while Degeneres was reportedly criticized for her lack of music critiquing skills.

A big name such as Jennifer Lopez is an effort to revitalize the show which has been losing ratings in the last few seasons. However, a report from People magazine states Lopez's demands got out of hand and the network had had enough.

Facebook Murder List

Gun MurderA mysterious name list surfaced on Facebook carrying 69 names of people from Puerto Asis, Columbia who were warned to leave town or face execution.Three teens on the list have been murdered in ten days. What was first thought to be a joke is now being taken very seriously by the police who are now holding special security meetings after a second list was posted.

Puerto Asis is a town with ties to criminal gangs known as Los Rastrojos and a Marxist guerrilla group called the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia and panic is spreading. Some parents have already taken precaution by sending their kids, whose names are on the list, out of town.

Panic is spreading as the town anxiously awaits while Facebook, once a website for social networking, has turned into every parent's worst nightmare.

Plus Size Women Can Be Goegeous and Will Spend Anything To Look Great!

HairThe reasons for the lack of availability of beautiful clothes for the plus sizes is more than just a lack of designers – mostly it is about the lack of vision of the shops who just do not get it. This has resulted in a massive change in the way plus sized ladies shop. No longer wanting to be insulted in a store 'we do not have anything in your (huge) size' scenario – they are finding the Internet more exciting. So the stores are going to have to make a major move if they are going to get into this very lucrative and neglected market. For most of them it is already too late because the culture of shopping on-line in the convenience of your own home or office is now much easier than trudging through shops only to be disappointed at not finding something special that fits your individual shape.

Stylecache is a new resource for plus size women to find fashion forward stylish apparel. I am now on a mission to pursue manufacturers and up & coming designers/students to start designing the pieces this audience wants so much!

Two Attorneys Elected to Ropers Majeski Kohn & Bentley’s Partnership in Los Angeles and New York

Business MenTWO ATTORNEYS ELECTED TO ROPERS MAJESKI KOHN & BENTLEY'S PARTNERSHIP IN LOS ANGELES / NEW YORK, NY Aug. 5, 2010 – Ropers Majeski Kohn & Bentley (RMKB), a multi-service law firm offering litigation and transactional services nationally and internationally, elected Eric Weissman and Saundra Wootton to partner, effective Aug. 1.  Weissman and Wootton practice in the firm's New York and Los Angeles offices, respectively.  The election of these two attorneys raises the total number of partners practicing throughout RMKB's national offices to 65.

"Eric and Saundra have made significant contributions to our firm and have demonstrated the leadership, skill, commitment and professionalism that it takes to become partner," said Rick Wilson, firmwide managing partner.  "We welcome them to the partnership and look forward to their continued growth and success."

Weissman represents domestic and international clients in insurance disputes and complex commercial litigation.  He advises insurers in connection with financial institution bonds, commercial crime bonds, professional and general liability policies, including D&O liability.  Additionally, Weissman has significant experience representing real estate developers in disputes with general and trade contractors, architects, purchasers and commercial tenants.  Weissman received his J.D. from New York Law School in 2002 and his B.S. from Indiana University in 1992.

A member of the firm's complex business litigation practice, Wootton has extensive civil litigation experience in the areas of business disputes, professional liability, construction defect, and product and premises liability.  Additionally, she has handled claims involving contract, employment disputes, negligent and intentional misrepresentation, interference with prospective economic advantage, unfair competition, defamation, environmental, and anti-trust matters.  Wootton provides legal advice and litigation services to individuals, businesses and governmental entities and has represented clients in numerous high-profile, complex cases.  Wootton received her J.D. from Southwestern University School of Law in 2002 and her B.A. from the University of California, San Diego in 1998.

About Ropers Majeski Kohn & Bentley

Based in Redwood City, Calif., Ropers Majeski Kohn & Bentley conducts a multi-service practice offering litigation and transactional services to domestic and international businesses and individuals.  The firm's practice areas include appellate; corporate law and business litigation; banking and consumer credit; construction; real estate; employment; environmental; professional liability; intellectual property; insurance coverage, bad faith and regulatory matters; fidelity and surety; product liability; asset protection, estate planning and tax.

Handsome and Smart – James Badge Dale is Summer’s Most Eligible Bachelor

Love HeartNew York, NY-James Badge Dale has had a busy two years. From playing an intense role as Jack Bauer on 24 to starring as an introverted analyst on AMC's newest hit series Rubicon, Dale is on his way to stardom. In a recent phone interview with USA Today, Dale opened up about his professional life and the way he has chosen his career path.

His career began when he was still in elementary school, when casting directors for Lord of the Flies stuck their heads in his fourth grade classroom asking for volunteers to audition. After some persuasion from his parents, Grover Dale and the late Anita Morris, were reluctant to making him into a child actor being actors themselves. After landing the role, Dale couldn't get acting out of his system, to an extent. An also avid Hockey player, Dale kept up a good balance in his life acting in school plays and playing hockey.

After graduating from college Dale started to find theater work until landing a role in HBO's The Pacific. Once that took off, he also had a recurring role on the hit show 24 as Jack Bauer who saved the world every week.