Best Hotels for Business Traveler

Hotel Travel + Leisure magazine recently compiled list of the best hotel chains for travelers. Amenities, location, and quality of service were all factors.

Ritz-Carlton

The Ritz-Carlton has long been known as one of the most elite hotel chains in America. Now, its 86 different properties offer the benefits of the Marriott rewards program along with business friendly smartphone apps.

The Luxury Collection By Starwood

Starwood’s most prestigious hotel collection has recently expanded with 15 new locations in business districts in the Ukraine, China, and New Mexico.

Kimpton Karma

This group of small boutique hotels has one of the best loyalty programs in the industry. Business travelers enjoy free Wi-Fi at check-in just for signing up. Personal touches and ample room space also land to the business-friendliness of the hotel chain.

Waldorf-Astoria

World-renowned for its luxury amenities in business-class services, the Waldorf Astoria and Hilton worldwide have put new business traveler accommodations in Beijing, Dubai, Jerusalem, and Amsterdam.

Fairmont

Founded in San Francisco, the Fairmont brand is best known throughout Canada for its exceptional accommodations. The hotel group is now available with convenient locations for the Asia-bound business traveler.

For Season

The four seasons brand is perhaps best for business travelers needing to relax after a long day. The hotel is known for its spa services.

Grand Hyatt

Grand in both name and amenities, this super star hotel chain offers plenty for business travelers. From high-speed Internet to ample meeting facilities, the grand Hyatt delivers exceptional service from its established locations as well as its new strategically placed buildings in China and the Bahamas.

JW Marriott

JW Marriott hotels are world renowned for their architectural excellence, large and comfortable accommodations, and unrivaled event space. The company has held events for Christie’s and Art Basel.

Omni

Based in Dallas, Texas, Omni resorts has locations in Nashville, look Costa, and Homestead, all located within bustling business districts.

InterContinental

Known for its exceptional cuisine and concierge services, the Intercontinental hotel group offers free iPad guides for travelers along with comfortable lodging and outstanding business services.

Google Users Search for “Robin Williams,” “World Cup” in 2014

Google recently presented their annual report of the leading search terms of 2014, with the results showing a diverse number of interest among Internet users over the last 12 months.

Overall, the top trending term was “Robin Williams,” the popular, award-winning actor and comedian who passed away on August 11. Finishing in the runner-up position was “World Cup,” a tribute to the international

soccer tournament held every four years in locations around the world. This year’s edition took place in Brazil between June 12 – July 13.

After “Robin Williams” and “World Cup” came “Ebola,” the rare and deadly disease that gained global attention towards the latter part of the year.

Along with the list of the most popular search terms, Google shared its countdown of the top YouTube videos. It comes as no surprise that the winning clip featured an animal. In the number-one entry, a dog dressed up in a spider costume incited laughter among YouTube users worldwide.

Google has emerged as the most significant search engine in the world. In the United States, the company currently holds a 67 percent share of the online audience. By comparison, Microsoft Bing has garnered a mere 20 percent share. All statistics are courtesy of ComScore, a technology firm that offers statistics for a wide range of industries and companies.

Top Trending Searches (United States)

1st Place – Robin Williams

2nd Place – World Cup

3rd Place – Ebola

4th Place – Malaysia Airlines

5th Place – Flappy Bird

6th Place – ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

7th Place – ISIS

8th Place – Ferguson

9th Place – Frozen

10th Place – Ukraine

Top Trending “What is…?” Questions (United States):

1st Place – “….Ebola?”

2nd Place – “….ALS?”

3rd Place – “….ISIS?”

4th Place – “….Bitcoin?”

5th Place – “….Asphyxia?”

6th Place – “….Gamergate?”

7th Place – “….WhatsApp?”

8th Place – “….MERS?”

9th Place – “….Hamas?”

10th Place – “….Airdrop?”

Ford Motor Company Revs Up with New and Improved 2015 Transit

Ford

Ford Motor Company is planning to hire at least 12,000 employees by the close of 2015, with nearly half of these employees expected to serve on the assembly team for the 2015 Ford Transit. This marks the first time the Ford Transit has been manufactured and sold in the United States.

Sold regularly as a cargo van, the Ford Transit is also available as a pickup truck, cutaway van chassis, minibus or passenger van. The Transit is a complex vehicle that offers consumers a choice of two wheelbases, three roof heights, three body lengths and diesel or gasoline engines. It is being created with new and improved paint and body shops and assembly lines. Additionally, Ford has invested more than $1.1 billion to increase production of the company’s full-size F-150 pickups and commercial vans.

In 2014, Ford had stated a goal of hiring 5,000 salaried and hourly employees in the United States. Kansas City currently includes nearly 5,000 hourly workers on three separate crews – the last of which was created in the summer of 2013. Extra workers have been hired for plants at Michigan Assembly and Flat Rock, as well as Lima and Louisville, Ohio. Approximately 300 more jobs are expected at the engine plant in Cleveland.Ford recently paid out over $500 million to cover service, recall and warranty costs for vehicles.

By the end of 2015, Ford plans to open two additional manufacturing facilities in Asia and one in South America. The company will sell the stripped chassis and the E-series cutaway and is working with fleet customers to prepare for an upcoming switch from the E-series to the Transit.

 

 

Marla Ahlgrimm on the Prevention of Falling

Marla Ahlgrimm National Falls Prevention Awareness Day is observed each September to encourage safety and security in the home, notes pharmacist Marla Ahlgrimm. As a women’s health leader, Marla Ahlgrimm has analyzed the subject and learned a great deal about alleviating potential risks. Here, Marla Ahlgrimm shares her knowledge about preventing falls with the ZRYLW readership.

ZRYLW: Hello and welcome!

Marla Ahlgrimm: Good morning – how have you been?

ZRYLW: Just fine, thank you. It’s wonderful to speak with you about National Falls Prevention Awareness Day.

Marla Ahlgrimm: It’s an important cause.

ZRYLW: How many people suffer falls each year?

Marla Ahlgrimm: According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, up to 30 percent of people who fall suffer injuries such as head traumas, hip fractures and lacerations.

ZRYLW: That’s troubling.

Marla Ahlgrimm: It’s an issue, too, that we need to examine even for those who are not in the senior demographic.

ZRYLW: In general, what’s the first step in avoiding a fall?

Marla Ahlgrimm: Consulting with a physician is always an intelligent choice. By reviewing medications and nutritional supplements, a physician can help with fall prevention.

ZRYLW: Is there certain information that the physician may require during this appointment?

Marla Ahlgrimm: It can be a great benefit to keep track of instances of falls or near-falls.

ZRYLW: Could your health conditions cause a fall?

Marla Ahlgrimm: Oh, certainly. In fact, some ear and eye disorders increase a person’s risk as a result of compromised balance.

ZRYLW: What specific symptoms should be of concern to the individual?

Marla Ahlgrimm: Some people feel shortness of breath, numbness, joint pain or dizziness when they walk.

ZRYLW: As one method of fall prevention, would it be wise to select a particular brand or type of shoes?

Marla Ahlgrimm: Shoes with slick soles, floppy slippers and high heels can make a person fall, slip or stumble.

ZRYLW: What’s the best choice: Nike, Adidas….?

Marla Ahlgrimm: The brand name does not matter in the long run, but make sure to select a pair of shoes that are comfortable.

ZRYLW: What about socks?

Marla Ahlgrimm: Wear sturdy, properly fitting shoes instead of walking around in socks or slippers.

ZRYLW: What other suggestions might the doctor provide?

Marla Ahlgrimm: With a doctor’s permission, try activities like swimming, tai chi, water aerobics, or walking. Building an exercise routine can improve flexibility, coordination, balance and strength.

ZRYLW: How else can a person improve their health?

Marla Ahlgrimm: Some men and women opt for a physical therapist who can develop an exercise program designed to improve their muscle strength and cardiovascular fitness.

ZRYLW: Thanks so much for your insight on this subject!

Marla Ahlgrimm: You’re quite welcome!

Currently residing in Madison, Wisconsin, Marla Ahlgrimm has traveled the country as a guest speaker on women’s health issues. Marla Ahlgrimm is the author of two popular books on hormone replacement therapy (HRT).

Firehouse Subs, Qdoba Among America’s Favorite Restaurants in Terms of Dining Satisfaction

Sub-Sandwiches According to a recent study, Firehouse Subs scores high marks among American consumers.

Market Force Information surveyed 6,100 consumers for a research study that examined the leading restaurants in four major food categories: chicken, sandwiches, Mexican and pizza. Participants were asked to share their satisfaction rates of recent dining experiences, as well as the likelihood of their referrals to friends and family members.

The results were compiled and the researchers calculated a Composite Loyalty Score that expressed the overall satisfaction for today’s consumers. In the category for sandwiches, Firehouse Subs scored the highest loyalty score (68 percent), trumping Panera Bread (62 percent). Jimmy John’s finished in third place at 54 percent.

Qdoba Mexican Grill won the Mexican category and Papa Murphy’s finished first in the pizza category. Qdoba surpassed Chipotle Mexican Grill, 65 percent to 63 percent. The leaders were followed by Moe’s Southwest Grill, Del Taco, Taco John’s and Taco Bell. Papa Murphy’s stood tall followed by Pizza Ranch, Papa John’s, CiCi’s, Domino’s, Pizza Hut, Little Caesar’s and Sbarro.

Respondents ranked their satisfaction on seven attributes: fast service, value, healthy food, quality food, friendly service, atmosphere and accommodating children.

Firehouse Subs has recently introduced a number of menu changes, including the addition of low-fat menu items under 500 calories. Co-founders Robin Sorensen and Chris Sorensen have also created lighter takes on old favorites such as the Hook and Ladder Light. Capitalizing on the latest food trends, the Sriracha Beef is another new feature.

The authors of the study reported that Firehouse Subs emerged at the top of the list due to its impressive line of specialty hot sandwiches, as well as its support of public safety causes and organizations. Firehouse owns and operates over 750 restaurants throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

GE Pro Elite Team Offers Insight into Emerging Contaminants in Water

In this interview with ZRYLW, the GE Pro Elite team warns U.S. residents about the presence of emerging contaminants in their water supply. A customer service representative with the GE Pro Elite team explains why emerging contaminants may be hazardous to the health of people and the environment as a whole.

ZRYLW: Hello and welcome!

GE Pro Elite Team: Good morning, and thank you for having me. It’s such a great opportunity to be here and share with your readership.

ZRYLW: To describe in further detail, which contaminants are typically considered to be in the category of “emerging contaminants”?

GE Pro Elite Team: Some of the most common contaminants in this day and age include personal care products and pharmaceuticals, as well as endocrine disrupting compounds.

ZRYLW: What other items may be of concern?

GE Pro Elite: Fragrances, cosmetics and soaps may also be present in the water supply.

ZRYLW: Why are these particular contaminants a major problem in today’s world?

GE Pro Elite Team: In many cases, they are undetectable.

ZRYLW: Who is providing regulatory oversight of these issues?

GE Pro Elite Team: The Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, is working diligently to improve its comprehension of a number of different contaminants.

ZRYLW: Can  you give me some examples?

GE Pro Elite Team: Absolutely! These targeted contaminants include EDCs, PCPs, pharmaceuticals and perchlorate.

ZRYLW: Are there any other organizations taking up this cause?

GE Pro Elite Team: Actually, yes! A number of advocacy agencies and government groups have conducted research studies and surveys that examine the water supply in many communities and determine if contaminants are present.

ZRYLW: Should I be concerned?

GE Pro Elite Team: With major advances in health research and testing, professional experts are learning a great deal about drinking water and its potential dangers.

ZRYLW: How can I know for certain if contaminants are present in my water supply?

GE Pro Elite Team: It requires the help of professionals to determine what issues may have arisen. That’s why we designed the GE Pro Elite.

ZRYLW: Is there a way for homeowners to prevent contaminants in their homes?

GE Pro Elite Team: In order to feel confident and relaxed about the level of protection in their homes, people should consider the GE Pro Elite as a certified and tested system that overcomes any emerging threats.

ZRYLW: Can people take care of these potentially harmful substances all by themselves?

GE Pro Elite Team: At this time, home testing is not available. Only local professionals and state laboratories have the ability to examine and define these contaminants.

ZRYLW: We’re glad to have you present this information.

GE Pro Elite Team: You’re welcome. Enjoy your day!

By contacting the GE Pro Elite team today, consumers are ensuring that their loved ones are safe and protected from the hazardous materials that may be present in their drinking water. The GE Pro Elite team is eager to educate communities about their water treatment system and its extensive list of benefits.

US Coal Imports Surge in 2014

US coal mining companies have recently seen a major decrease in production; Colombian coal cheaper, high quality.

Coal imports to North America, and specifically the United States, have risen dramatically even as Central Appalachia has seen a number of mines close.

The reason: price. Costs to transport coal from Central Appalachia is 173% more expensive than to import

from Colombia – a country where coal is cheap to acquire and can be shipped in higher quantities.  Research firm IHS Energy calculates that the average load of coal from the US costs $26 per ton to ship while Colombian coal averages just $15/ton. Lower labor costs also contribute to the disparity in price. Colombian coal is, on average, $4 cheaper per ton than US product.

China, the largest coal importer in the world, has seen a weaker demand in coal use this year. Europe’s declining imports have also added to the depressed coal prices.

The first six months of 2014 saw a surge of coal imports. The US bought more than 5.4 metric tons between January and June which is a 44% increase from the same period in 2013. Only one-third of this was purchased domestically. Colombian coal companies ramped up production by 24% to meet the increased demand.

The US Energy Information Administration predicts that US coal consumption will rise to 862 tons by the end of the year. The expected increase is directly related to a frigid start to the year when power companies used more coal to produce electricity than expected.

Birmingham, Alabama-based Drummond Co. anticipates that its two Colombian mines will produce nearly 30 tons of coal this year. The company refused to comment on the fundamental cause of the ramped up production but said that reflected a 19% production increase.

US coal producers are working toward creating competitive pricing as the year progresses. Rail company CSX has announced plans to increase its fleet to over 4,700 locomotives by year’s end and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp. will add 5,000 new cars.

 

Interview with Berni Fried – The Wide Range of Drug Treatment Options

Addiction is a devastating disease that affects the behavior and function of the human brain, according to therapist Berni Fried. In her professional experience, Berni Fried has found that individuals who abuse alcohol or drugs consistently are at risk for relapse. In a recent conversation with the staff at ZRYLW, Berni Fried discusses treatment procedures and their success rates.

ZRYLW: Thank you for taking a few moments to talk this morning.

Berni Fried: It’s wonderful to be here and I appreciate you for having me.
ZRYLW: In your professional career, what have you observed about the drug treatment as a whole?

Berni Fried: Above all else, treatment must be available to anyone who needs it.

ZRYLW: Why is this so important?

Berni Fried: Drug-addicted people often have a sense of discomfort about submitting to a treatment program.

ZRYLW: That seems reasonable…

Berni Fried: When you are talking about drug and alcohol abuse, treatment at an early stage increases the potential for positive outcomes.

ZRYLW: What issues should be addressed during these first treatment sessions?

Berni Fried: Effective treatment addresses a number of medical, legal, psychological, physiological, vocational and social problems.

ZRYLW: Do these treatment sessions change depending on the client?

Berni Fried: Yes, it’s necessary to tailor the specific treatment to account for the client’s ethnicity, gender, culture and age.

ZRYLW: What treatment components are required?

Berni Fried: A patient may need family therapy, medical services, parent instruction, rehabilitation, legal services, social services and medication, among other forms of treatment.

ZRYLW: How long do these recovery efforts usually take?

Berni Fried: For a majority of clients, a consistent approach is critical to meeting their needs.

ZRYLW: What other aspects of the client’s profile must be analyzed?

Berni Fried: Many drug-addicted individuals are struggling with mental disorders as well. This is referred to by mental health professionals as a “dual diagnosis.”

ZRYLW: How should the therapist approach treatment for clients with a dual diagnosis?

Berni Fried: It used to be thought that the alcohol or chemical addiction must be addressed before treating the mental health issue. But professional opinions have changed on that matter. Now, most agree that when a mental health disorder and addiction is diagnosed at the same time, they should be addressed in tandem.

ZRYLW: What elements may be introduced to assist these efforts?

Berni Fried: Incentive strategies and motivational enhancement can help to improve treatment engagement.

ZRYLW: Some examples might be….

Berni Fried: Enticements or sanctions from friends and family members have been shown to increase retention rates, treatment entry and the success of a drug treatment program.

ZRYLW: It all boils down to constant surveillance, though.

Berni Fried: In treatment, drug use needs to be monitored at all times.

ZRYLW: Why?

Berni Fried: Lapses are a regular occurrence – even in treatment, believe it or not.

ZRYLW: How does treatment assist in this process?

Berni Fried: For clients, knowing that their activity is monitored may help them to curb the desire to abuse drugs.

ZRYLW: Thank you for your continued support of this community.

Berni Fried: It’s truly an honor to serve in this role and I appreciate our community partners for their efforts.

Berni Fried is currently working on her next project, a treatment center based in the L.A. area that offers a unique source of inspiration, knowledge and comfort for recovering addicts.

Sophia Wong of YOR Health Urges Consumers to Monitor Nutritional Intake

Sophia Wong YOR Health

Sophia Wong of YOR Health notes that a polluted environment causes tremendous strain on the human body. Along with poor diet and irregular exercise habits, consumers of all ages are struggling to stay healthy. Here, Sophia Wong of YOR Health tells ZRYLW how some of the world’s most troubling issues affect health and wellness.

ZRYLW: Hello again!

Sophia Wong, YOR Health: Hi – it’s been a while, hasn’t it?

ZRYLW: It has. We’re here to talk today about how your company is changing the face of the nutrition industry.

Sophia Wong, YOR Health: Yes- we are very passionate about this topic. So many people around the world are feeling tired and stressed from the daily pressures in their lives.

ZRYLW: How has your company become such a major advocate for today’s consumer?

Sophia Wong, YOR Health: Our supportive atmosphere is second to none.

ZRYLW: What issues are of greatest concern for your company these days?

Sophia Wong, YOR Health: Over the past century, our world has experienced a 72 percent loss of minerals in soil.

ZRYLW: What other factors contribute to ongoing health problems for our world?

Sophia Wong, YOR Health: In 1900, the world’s population was just over 1.6 billion. Now, it’s over 7 billion.

ZRYLW: Can food manufacturers keep up the pace?

Sophia Wong, YOR Health: It’s a nearly impossible task.

ZRYLW: Which components of their operations have been adjusted to meet modern standards?

Sophia Wong, YOR Health: Quality is often compromised in favor of convenience.

ZRYLW: How do these new trends affect current production standards?

Sophia Wong, YOR Health: Well, in a way there is a simple answer: Mineral-deficient foods are the result of mineral-deficient soil.

ZRYLW: What are your Customers saying about their current lifestyles?

Sophia Wong, YOR Health: Many of our Customers have complained about general tiredness and lack of energy.

ZRYLW: Why do you belive they are they so fatigued?

Sophia Wong, YOR Health: Today’s consumers are, for the most part, malnourished or poorly nourished.

ZRYLW: What are the consequences of this problem?

Sophia Wong, YOR Health: Depriving the human body of nutrients, vitamins and minerals creates a great deal of physical and psychological stress.

ZRYLW: How so…?

Sophia Wong, YOR Health: The body’s organs are depleted and unable to work at their normal function.

ZRYLW: So in what ways does the body compensate?

Sophia Wong, YOR Health: The body produces adrenaline and cortisol – stress hormones – to cope with the burden.

ZRYLW: That’s quite remarkable….I was not aware.

Sophia Wong, YOR Health: With all the emotional, physical, environmental and mental stressors in our world, it’s necessary to have good nutrition at all times. Our company allows people to do just that.

ZRYLW: This has been incredibly beneficial for our readers – and myself as well. Thank you!

Sophia Wong, YOR Health: You’re quite welcome!

Sophia Wong and YOR Health maintain focus and commitment at all stages of the development process in order to ensure the quality of the company’s products.

C. Frederick Wehba Examines America’s Tradition of Charitable Giving

C. Frederick Wehba

Businessman and community service leader C. Frederick Wehba understands the challenges for charities and philanthropic organizations relying on the donations of the American public. With the U.S. economy in a holding pattern, C. Frederick Wehba has witnessed a hesitance on the part of many people to make donations, for fear of compromising their own personal financial situations. Here, C. Frederick Wehba shares about his own experiences with assisting the community.

ZRYLW: It’s so nice to talk with you once again, Mr. Wehba.

C. Frederick Wehba: I’m grateful to be here and share my story.

ZRYLW: As an active member of your community, how do you see the future of philanthropy?

C. Frederick Wehba: As the U.S. economy shows signs of improvement, the hope is that Americans will experience an increased desire to give to charities.

ZRYLW: What are the most prevalent reasons why citizens are deciding not to donate to charities right now?

C. Frederick Wehba: Due to the unemployment rate and resulting financial hardships, it’s only natural that charitable donations would shrink.

ZRYLW: How much do Americans donate to charity?

C. Frederick Wehba: In each of the last few years, the total exceeded $214 billion.

ZRYLW: From where were these statistics drawn?

C. Frederick Wehba: Tax records of the Internal Revenue Service are used to formulate the data.

ZRYLW: Are these tax records public knowledge?

C. Frederick Wehba: The IRS offers general information to the public each year that describes how much money has been given to charity.

ZRYLW: Is the financial information of individual households protected?

C. Frederick Wehba: Yes, absolutely. The data concerning individuals or families is protected for the safety of all Americans.

ZRYLW: From your perspective, what is the common thread among people who do choose to be philanthropic?

C. Frederick Wehba: Whether or not they feel personally connected to a specific organization or cause, they find tremendous benefits in giving donations.

ZRYLW: Why do you feel that citizens are more likely to give back to the community?

C. Frederick Wehba: Donating time and money often makes people feel a greater sense of purpose.

ZRYLW: What about yourself? Is there a particular reason for your own community service?

C. Frederick Wehba: It’s fair to say that I’m primarily guided by my religious beliefs.

ZRYLW: In summary, how can U.S. charities get back on the right track?

C. Frederick Wehba: It’s time to reframe the conversation and get to the heart of what truly matters.

ZRYLW: And that is…?

C. Frederick Wehba: For the generations of tomorrow, our efforts today are going to make a considerable difference in their well being. It’s important to keep our children’s and grandchildren’s futures in mind.

ZRYLW: Thanks for joining us today, and being such an inspiration!

C. Frederick Wehba: All credit goes to my family members and friends, who have encouraged me with every step. But you are certainly welcome, and thank you for having me.

Whether he’s supporting the Boy Scouts of America or one of his community’s local churches, C. Frederick Wehba is always eager to be involved in local development initiatives. C. Frederick Wehba believes that volunteerism has defined the United States and given rise to some of the greatest achievements in our society.