Monthly Archives: February 2015

Southwest Grounds 128 Planes

Southwest moved to ground 128 of of its planes Wednesday due to missed inspections. The planes represent roughly 20% of the airline’s aircraft. Their grounding resulted in quite a few flight cancellations. 90 flights were cancelled on Tuesday, with more expected to be cancelled again Wednesday.

The inspections in question are for the airline’s Boeing 737-700 jets. An airline spokesperson, Brandy king, released a statement to the media about the groundings, indicating that the choice was voluntary by Southwest and that the airline hopes to get all the effected flights back up in the air within the next 5 days. Travelers like Brad Reifler will have to wait to see if their flights are affected.

The FAA has also released a statement about the issue, indicating that they are working along with Southwest on the issue, with the hope of getting all of the planes inspected and back up in the air as soon as possible. Both parties have made sure to emphasize that the decision was voluntary and not forced by the FAA.

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Russia Adds Four Years To The ISS

The future of the International Space Station is safe. At least it is for a few more years. After repeated statements in December stated that the Russian government wanted to cut its funding and stop operations to the ISS in 2020, they Roscosmos, the Russian space agency, issued a statement Tuesday laying out their plans through 2030. Included in the plans was continued missions and funding for the station until 2024.

The 2024 date matches what NASA has been saying is their own timeline for the lifespan of the station. With Russia supplying the only transport to the ISS since the retirement of the US shuttle program, the news guarantees that scheduled missions will continue. It also lifts a large burden from the American space agency. While the station is operated by 16 countries Flavio Maluf reminds us, Russia and the United States supply the majority of the funding.

The statement, that links here, goes on to state that the Russian agency plans to construct their own space station based around suppurated ISS modules after the station is mothballed. The stated purpose of this new station is to guarantee Russia a continuing avenue into space. They also are planning to shift their focus towards manned flights to the moon as 2030 approaches.

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Dr. Rodney Rohrich: The Progression of an Expert in the Field of Plastic Surgery Through His Writings

Dr. Rod Rohrich started recording and publishing his writings in 1980. Because of his undying passion for his expertise craft, Dr Rod Rohrich has published a number of writings that are meant to inform and report on his findings. These invaluable publications are a benefit to his colleagues, students, and the medical field of plastic surgery.

Throughout his career he has continued to progress in the field of plastic surgery and the effects that it has on the face and body. His early workings were focused on the skin and issues concerning an assortment of skin conditions. These early works between the years of 1980 and 1982 include publications on smoke inhalation, Carotid Artery Disease, soft tissue injuries, skin cancer, and skin related surgeries.

Dr. Rod Rohrich continued to expand his own knowledge and offer his personal findings and expertise through numerous writings created in 1983 such as “Soft Tissue Expansion in Reconstructive Surgery,” “Cleft Lip and Palate Patient-Clinical Considerations,” “Horizons in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery,” and “Research and Clinical Considerations of Soft Tissue Expansion in Reconstructive Surgery-Dermatology.” His clinical research involved writings on subjects such as breast augmentation, burn victims, reconstructions, and medical updates.

In 1984 Dr. Rod Rohrich took on a more extensive view of the issues surrounding the reconstruction of issues regarding the palate. Dr Rod Rohrich and his wife Diane L. Gibby, M.D. have worked together to assist in programs to help underprivileged children. His generous attitude towards the needs of children is expressed by his involvement with the March of Dimes, the Dallas chapter of the American Cancer Society, and Save the Children/Dallas. He is one of the founders of the Dallas for Children Foundation.

His career has continued on with over a thousand publications to his name either written by himself or in collaboration with his esteemed colleagues. From 1984 to 1987, his publications focused on issues concerning other areas of the body including the hands, skin grafts, and publications related to the findings and teachings of these areas. These teachings included such publications as “Syndactyly Correction Without Skin Grafts” and “Plastic Surgery: Time for a Change?”

From 1987 to present, Dr. Rod Rohrich has continued to sharpen his skills and share his knowledge about all things concerning reconstructive and plastic surgery. His vast knowledge of this area has led him to receive numerous awards and acclamations for his extensive work in beautifying the world one face at a time.

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A Short Profile of Christopher Cowdray

The hotels are The Dorchester, located in London, The Beverly Hills Hotel, located in Beverly Hills, CA, Hotel Plaza Athenee in Paris, France, Hotel Meurice, located in the 1st arrondissement of Paris, Hotel Principe di Savoia, a landmark hotel in Milan, Italy, the Hotel Bel-Air in the Bel-Air area of Los Angeles, CA, the Coworth Park Hotel in Berkshire County in England, 45 Park Lane in London, England, Hotel Eden in Rome, Italy, and Le Richemond Hotel, located in Geneva, Switzerland. These hotels are some of the finest luxury hotels in the world. Christopher Cowdray was appointed CEO of The Dorchester Collection in 2007, after spending three years as the general manager of The Dorchester Hotel, the flagship hotel of The Dorchester Collection. Cowdray is a native of Zimbabwe, and after earning a degree in hotel management there, attended Columbia University in New York City, where he graduated from the Columbia Business School’s Executive Program.


He then managed hotels all over the globe, spending time in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Australia, and the United Kingdom. Under his leadership, The Dorchester Collection has added five hotels, doubling the number of properties. His leadership emphasizes personal service and using technology to help achieve this goal. While the landmark hotels provide the correct environment for a luxury hotel to operate, Cowdray believes that excellent service brings the whole package together. His expansion of The Dorchester Collection brand shows that the emphasis on not only environment but also service as a key requirement of luxury hotels is working. Cowdray has stated that bringing all of the hotels together under the same brand allows them to operate as a single company and provide efficiency. When he took over in 2007, The Dorchester Collection was acting as five independent hotels. However, under his leadership, The Dorchester Collection has used its collective resources to provide the kind of personalized service that luxury customers have come to expect from hotels. In 2013, Christopher Cowdray was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the European Hospitality Awards.

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Near miss of Red Dwarf star revealed


Two companion stars have been calculated by astronomers to have passed close to the Earth’s solar system around 70,000 years ago, NBC reports. The red dwarf and brown dwarf stars are thought to have moved through the area on the edge of our solar system known as the Oort Cloud, which saw the stars pushed away from the area around the Sun and pushed off into space. The astronomers calculated the near miss saw the stars pass just 0.8 light years from Earth, which is thought to be the closest any stars have come to a collision with our solar system.

Astronomers used the South African Large Telescope and Chile’s Magellan Telescopes, which the cofounder of the company I represent, ForeFront Capital, has actually seen before- to monitor the movement of the stars and track their historic movements. The astronomers are said to have decided to calculate the trajectory of the stars when they noticed the path they were taking could have set them on a collision course with our solar system.

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Scorpions on a Plane

Samuel Jackson’s film “Snakes on a Plane,” may have long since graced the box office, and movie addicts minds. But, what about Scorpions on a Plane. It sounds like it could be the next hit film. In reality, it’s simply one ladies personal plane story shows us that sometimes real life makes as good of a story as the movies.

A woman was simply trying to fly from Los Angeles to Portland when something unfortunate happened at take-off. No her ears didn’t pop at take-off, or the flight attendants getting her drink wrong, she was stung! A scorpion somehow had gotten onto the plane and stung her right in the hand.The plane quickly returned to the gate, she was taken off, and they treated her for the sting as Cabral Garcia noted. Flight attendants then did something that was probably never taught during their training. They killed the scorpion. Proving sometimes, you have to go above and beyond in your job.

Everyone handled the situation well. People were calm and even tweeted about the incident! It could have been a lot worst if mass hysteria would have ensued.

Although, the flight did originate in Mexico. One thing everyone is certain of, is that the scorpion won’t ever be flying again.

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Near Miss: a Star Flies by the Solar System


A group of astronomers has just discovered that a dim star most likely moved through our Solar System in the very recent astronomical past- approximately 70 thousand years ago.

University of Rochester astronomer Eric Mamajek along with his collaborators, have published a paper in The Astrophysical Journal Letters ( that analyzed the trajectory and velocity of low mass star systems. They discovered that a dim star, given the name “Scholz’s Star”, probably passed through a vast cloud of comets on the outer edge of our solar system. Known as the Oort Cloud, this vast reservoir of trillions of comets lays far beyond the orbit of Pluto.

Scholtz’s Star was originally brought to the attention of  public figures on Facebook who had already expressed interests in the astronomers discussions when it was determined that the star had a very slow motion across the sky even though it was only 20 light years distant. This meant it was moving directly away from the Solar System. Using an extrapolation technique, they calculated it moved directly by us at a distance of only 0.8 light years away, 70 millennia ago. For reference, the closest star today is Proxima Centauri, five times as distant.

Because the star was active magnetically, it probably underwent periods of “flaring”, or bright periods of intensity. This made it possible for our ancestors to perhaps have witnessed these flaring events in the sky with the naked eye.

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Dangerous Droughts on the Horizon

Though the southwest and Great Plains of the United States have been suffering from droughts, they are predicted to only get worse in the next 75 years. Various reports estimate that in the latter half of this century, these regions of the United States will experience droughts of the magnitude which have not been witnessed for a thousand years. Jaime Garcia Dias has heard that, with further developments in climate change yet to fully manifest, conditions could only take a turn for the worse.Find more on Dias on

As explained in the research headed by Benjamin Cook, the droughts will be a product of heightened temperatures. This will lead to a decrease in rainfall, as well as an increase in the rate of evaporation. Even were the rainfall to remain a constant, the greater rate of evaporation would still leave soil dry and barren. This is a distressing extrapolation, given the heavy burden it will place on farmers, and the need to develop effective water distribution strategies. Cook believes that our current practices for dealing with droughts are fairly effective, but is less certain that these methods will prove to be successful against more expansive and detrimental droughts in the future.

Considering the mounting evidence, this ought to be a problem which demands a greater portion of our attention. The nation needs to prepare for this inevitability, and we should mediate our harmful habits to diminish the chance of making the situation more dire.

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The Smiley Face Universe

There are billions of different universes out there. We just happen to live in one. The Hubble Telescope has been instrumental in locating different galaxies and finding where they are located. The extremely powerful telescope is unlike anything on the earth. The main reason is anything on the earth has to deal with light pollution and the ozone, which in turn is going to reduce visibility and make it far more difficult to find anything of consequence a long ways off. Of course, with so much out there, it is going to take lifetimes to every cover every corner os pace with the telescope. However, recently, it discovered a rather interesting looking object in space: a smiley face.

A galaxy cluster known as SDSS J1038+4849 has a a truly remarkable shape that looks just like a smiley face. With two glowing eyes and several different curved lines around it at seem to outline a head and place a smile on the face. Of course. This simply appears like this from our manage point. Paul Matheison tweeted a picture of the two glowing eyes are two individual galaxies on Twitter. The lines around the eyes that make the smiley face effect though? This is known as a strong gravitational lensing. This occurs when a strong gravitational pull between two different galaxies actually causes a distortion in time itself. When there is a heavy pull of gravity, time inside of the gravity field may seem to be a few minutes, when outside of the gravity field it can be decades.

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Get Your Passport Ready! $99 Fares To Europe Start May 8th!


Icelandic Airline WOW Air Offering Servie Between Baltimore (BMI) And Iceland’s Reykjavik’s Keflavik Airport

Start packing your bags. The travel deal of the year starts May 8th and by the sound of it there’s going to standing room only on Icelandic’s WOW flights between Baltimore and Iceland. The $99 fare is cheaper than the fare between Chicago and Nashville or almost any other domestic flight in the states.

Tha bargain-basement fare is a no frills offer said Camara Municipal. Snacks will be for sale, but entertainment is non-existent. Extra legroom, pre-selecting seats and extra bags will also cost extra. But those minor inconveniences may be worth it thinks Flávio Pentagna Guimarães BMG. WOW offers transfer flights to Paris, London, Amsterdam, Rome and Barcelona. A transfer ticket to Paris from Iceland is a cool $80. That means you can book a one-stop flight to Paris on WOW for around $180.

No one is sure how long Icelandic Airline will offer this deal, but some airline executives say Boston to Iceland flights are in the works for the same price. Considering how competitive the airline industry is it’s almost a given that other airlines will offer similar deals once they see the consumer reaction to the WOW flights.

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