Monthly Archives: October 2016

Ben Stiller Shares Prostate Cancer Diagnosis

Last week, 50-year-old actor Ben Stiller shared on “The Howard Stern Show” that he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer two years ago according to a story posted on US Magazine Online.


On Stern’s Sirius XM radio show, Stiller told the host that the diagnosis was completely unexpected but luckily his doctor was able to detect the cancer early. He was diagnosed using a prostate-specific antigen test (PSA test) which is a blood test used to screen for prostate cancer. Stiller talks about how lucky he was that his doctor decided to give him that PSA test at 48-years-old. The American Cancer Society recommends that the PSA test be done at regular intervals for men starting when they are 50-years-old. He also had no symptoms, or any other reason to suspect that he may have prostate cancer. If he had waited until the baseline age of 50, then it is possible that he would have had a tumor and a much more serious situation than the one he was facing at 48-years-old.


After further testing, Stiller had a surgery called a laparoscopic radical prostatectomy to remove any cancerous tissue. Two years later and he is now cancer free. While speaking to Stern, Stiller urges others to seriously consider getting the PSA test saying that the test had saved his life. He urges that the best way to beat cancer is to detect it early.

What’s Kelly Clarkson Been Up to?

Kelly Clarkson: A name everybody knows, but that they have not brushed up on in a while. For over a decade, Kelly has been a household name and one of America’s sweethearts. From her killer voice to her incredible views on life and body image, Miss Independent has changed over the years, but not for the worst. Recently, Clarkson wrote a children’s book, an action that was more than deserving of an interview and information you never knew you needed to know about this icon.


Why Did She Write a Kid’s Book?


Truthfully, Clarkson did not want to write a children’s book. These are stories that she has told her children, specifically her daughter, River Rose. When adults listened closely to the stories, they told Kelly she should write a book because they were so good.


What Was Her Favorite Book as a Child?


Matilda because she said it changed her life.


What Adult Stories Does She Like?


She is a huge Game of Thrones fan, believe it or not. When asked who her favorite character is, she proudly stated the Dragon Queen, Daenerys.


What Does She Watch on Television?


After a bit of a chuckle, Clarkson stated that she has four children and no time to watch TV.


How Does She Balance Fame with Motherhood?


Quite honestly, Kelly does not care about being famous and she proudly admits that.


Would She Ever Perform on Broadway?


With pride and excitement in her eyes, she swooned at the thought of the opportunity to do so.

Joe Jonas Reveals Personal Information on Reddit Interview

Singer Joe Jonas recently participated in a question and answer style interview on the popular social site Reddit called an AMA which stands for Ask Me Anything. Users are encouraged to post questions to the celebrity guest and the guest gets to choose what they answer. An article posted on the Daily Mail has pulled out some of the juicier bits from Jonas’s AMA.


In answering fan questions, 27-year-old Jonas admitted to having two celebrity man crushes- one on current Bond actor Daniel Craig and the other on Matthew McConaughey. He said that throughout his life he has had several birthday cakes that have featured Daniel Craig on them. One of them featured the iconic photo of Craig coming out of the water in the film “Casino Royale”. Of his crush on McConaughey, Jonas called him “the man”. More recently he has added Ken Bone to his list of man crushes, pending who he votes for of course.


In a juicier bit of his AMA, Jonas answered questions about his sexual past. He shared that he lost his virginity to a “girl named Ashley”. As quick Google search, or any Joe Jonas fan, can tell you that in 2010 he was dating “Twilight” star Ashley Greene. He went on to say that at the time it was his first real relationship at 20-years-old. He was living with band mate Jack at the time and ransacked his room to find a condom. When he got home and found his room demolished, he thought he had been robbed.

Danny DeVito May Leave “Its Always Sunny” in a Few Seasons

According to an article posted on, there is a rumor that actor Danny DeVito may be leaving the cult-hit show “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” after the next two seasons are over. While this has yet to be officially confirmed, the rumor is based off of a comment that DeVito made during an interview with the “Metro”. During the interview he said, “I have a couple of seasons left on the TV series It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia”. It would come as no surprise if he were to start slowing down, considering the craziness his character is known for and that DeVito is pushing past 70-years-old now.


The sitcom, which airs on FX and FXX, just wrapped up filming their 11th season however they still have three more seasons already commissioned. The show began in 2005 and featured actors Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, Kaitlin Olson, and Rob McElhenney as friends who run the South Philadelphia bar Paddy’s Pub. After season one, producers wanted a bigger name brought onto the show and DeVito was added to the line up as Frank Reynolds, father to characters Dennis and Dee Reynolds (Howerton and Olson).


DeVito’s character is known for his crazy story lines throughout the seasons and DeVito has been known to never say no to the writers when asked to take on any amount of madness they want to throw his way. In addition to being a part of the “Sunny” cast, DeVito also has several movies coming out over the next year and is in the process of filming one as well.

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Hires Amazon search VP, Brian Pinkerton as their technical lead

Facebook’s Chief Executive Officer, Mark Zuckerberg and his spouse, Dr. Priscilla Chan have promised to donate 99 percent of their wealth to support one of their first philanthropic initiative: cure all disease, a charity focused at using technology to create social change.


Created in honor of their daughter, Maxima, the initiative would be dedicated to three major goals: bringing engineers and scientist together, building technology, and encouraging more public and private funding of scientific research around the globe. According to Zuckerberg, the tools build by the CZI initiative could boost scientific research and technological advancement over the coming decades, for instance, in building sophisticated artificial intelligence software to boost understanding of various brain functionalities and in bloodstream monitoring for easy detection of diseases.


To ensure the initiative’s success, Zuckerberg and Chan have brought leaders and professionals whose expertise they highly value to take the enormous risks of advancing the new corporation’s issues. Recently, they hired a technical lead for the CZI initiative: Amazon search executive, Brian Pinkerton as their new chief technology officer (CTO).


This means that Pinkerton will lead the corporation’s tech team, which he believes will quickly grow into a “couple hundred professionals” over the coming few years. For 4 years running, Pinkerton has successfully managed A9, Amazon’s department that’s handles the firm’s text and visual search features. One of the important things that drew Pinkerton to CZI was the fact that he would be working on issues and projects that most tech firms haven’t ventured into or thought about.

Fashion and Technology are Naturals Together

Two things almost guaranteed to change daily are the fashion and technology industries. Christopher Burch believes that looking into the past and comparing it to the present highlights what’s waiting for us in the future, and he’s right. What started out as the boom box in the 70s ended up as iPods in this century. Music is fashionable, and technology has always found a way to integrate itself with current trends. Now that technology as found its way into the clothing industry, it really makes a person wonder what could be next to grab our attention.

As chairman of Burch Creative Capital, Christopher Burch is an active investor in many businesses and is co-founder of the fashionable clothing brand, Tory Burch. Burch believes in the power of branding and puts his intelligent edge to good use in the marketing of not only clothing but financial services, hospitality, consumer products, and technology as well. Right now the heat is on fashion and technology…seeing where this trend leads is going to be interesting.

After nearly 4 decades of entrepreneurial and investment activities Christopher Burch has been involved in the development of over 50 different companies. His grasp of the consumer psyche combined with solid experience and excellent business instincts has allowed Burch to add more than one famous name to his portfolio. ED by Ellen DeGeneres, Cocoon9, Nihiwatu, Jawbone, and Voss water are just a few of the brands that place their trust in Burch.

Imagine a “drink-making dress,” the DareDroid, or Pseudomorphs, a “self-painting dress,” and that is today’s reality. There are so many unusual ways technology is being used to liven up the fashion industry keeping track of them all would be difficult but at least a few more of the most unique ones need to be mentioned here. How about clothing designed to capture the kinetic energy created by movement and then used to power an mp3, or shoes that can charge a cell phone while in motion? What’s next, slacks able to keep track of calories and tell you when it’s time to walk away from the food?

Clay Siegall- Co-founder of Seattle Genetics

Clay Siegell, Ph.D. is the President, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Seattle Genetics- a company he co-founded in 1998. Dr. Siegall received his Ph.D. in Genetics from the University of George Washington and a B.SC. in Zoology from Maryland University. He is a scientist by training with a focus on targeted cancer therapies. Before Seattle Genetics, Dr. Siegall worked with the National Institute of Health and the National Cancer Institute from 1988 to 1991 and Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharmaceutical Research Institute between 1991 and 1997. He is also a Board member of Alder Biopharmaceuticals- a private biotechnology company. He holds 15 patents and has authored more than 70 publications.

About Seattle Genetics

Seattle Genetics was built on a foundation of rigorous research and drug invention practices, scientific innovation as well as the passion for helping patients. Dr. Siegel has led the company to its present position as a leader in inventing antibody-drug conjugates [ADCs] for cancer treatment. Under his management, Seattle Genetics has managed to enter into many strategic licenses for its anti-drug conjugates technology, including with AbbVie, Genentech[Roche], Pfizer and GlaxoSmithKline, which have brought in more than $300 million. Across collaborator and internal programs, more than 20 ADCs are currently using Seattle technology in clinical development. Dr. Siegel has also influenced the company’s capital-raising activities, obtaining more than $675 million from private and public financings, including Seattle Genetics’ initial public offer in 2001.

Seattle Genetics is fast-growing, and it is trying to enlarge its drug scope with new medicines and widen the use of the initial ones. The company also plans to embark on another hiring spree. These moves point to the company’s aggressive nature and underscore its role as the center for cancer research.

The company is testing its only commercialized drug- Adcetris, in numerous cancer-treatment scenarios. Currently, it is being tried out in over 70 trials against different types of lymphomas.

The company also intends to get another drug, known as 33A, into Phase 3 of this year’s clinical trials. The drug will be used for the treatment of acute myeloid leukemia. Also, Seattle Genetics has two drugs that treat bladder cancer and one drug for breast cancer.

England Goes For Tuesday’s World Cup Qualifier without Wayne Rooney

England captain Wayne Rooney has admitted that he is going through what he terms as a “difficult period” after being left out of theWorld Cup qualifier on Tuesday against Slovenia. Rooney has not started in the last three matches for Manchester United and was booed by a section of the crowd at Wembley during their win on Saturday over Malta.


Gareth Southgate, the England Interim Manager has made it known that the decision was not reflective of Rooney’s form, but a tactical one. The Manchester player retain the team captaincy but on Tuesday, Jordan Henderson, the Liverpool midfielder/Captain will be the on-field skipper. The 30-year-old Rooney has said he feels “no embarrassment” for having to sit on the bench.


Sterling Record


For Manchester United, this season, Wayne Rooney has largely being playing in an advanced midfield role, but deeper for the national team. Rooney is England’s most-capped male outfield player and record scorer, with 117 appearances and 53 goals. Over his past 10 appearances, Rooney has executed the 2nd most number of passes than any England player second only to Jordan Henderson (628). Dier has 545 passes.


This season, he has netted just once for club and country in 12 games.


The Future


Rooney has insisted that despite being dropped for the very first time in his career, he will not at this time contemplate retirement from international football. He also insists that being dropped by the national coach for the Tuesday World Cup Qualifier has not altered his plan of retiring from international football in 2018 after the World Cup in Russia.


Chris Sutton, former England striker believes that Rooney has displayed a lot of class and it may not be that easy for the current captain to take being axed from the first team. Sutton feels that Rooney has taken the matter very gracefully.


According to the England Captain, it’s normal that a time comes when somebody’s name misses from the team sheet, something he has experienced in the past. As Wayne Rooney prepares for his place as a substitute on Tuesday, he has vowed to fight back into the first team.


Rooney has also praised Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson, 26, who will be captain for the Tuesday’s duel and who also succeeded Steven Gerrard as the captain for Liverpool FC.

New Zealand’s Tax Transparency Model

Recent media coverage about New Zealand’s foreign tax trusts makes it sound as if it is a tax haven. However, OECD maintains that New Zealand is not a tax haven, never has, and is unlikely to feature on it. Tax havens impose only nominal taxes, lack transparency, and their tax procedures inhibit the exchange of information with other governments. As such, New Zealand does not qualify on any of the grounds above. Furthermore, their private banking industry is not secretive as perceived. New Zealand featured on OECD’S white list of the countries that complied with the internationally agreed tax standard.

Over the years, New Zealand has been handling foreign tax trusts with transparency. Therefore, New Zealand’s tax system allows other government to access relevant information. The new tax rule in New Zealand was introduced by Michael Cullen in 2006 after extensive consultation. Under this regime, trustees of a foreign trust are required to submit IR607 form and comply with the New Zealand’s tax authority. These financial records include trust deeds, details of trust’s assets and liabilities, distribution and settlement details, and the amount of money spent and received by the trustee. Notably, all records must be recorded in English and kept in New Zealand. Failure to comply with the requirements attracts hefty penalties.

About Cone Marshall

Cone Marshall is a New Zealand’s leading global-scale Trust, Estate, and Tax Law Firm. Located in Auckland, Cone Marshall Law Firm was founded in 1999 by Geoffrey Cone and Karen Marshall. Before joining Cone Marshall, Karen Marshall worked in London’s Commercial Litigation department for ten years. As an advisor to statutory trustee companies, Karen Marshall has an extensive experience in managing trusts. Conversely, Geoffrey Cone is described as one of New Zealand’s top tax lawyers in a NZ article written May 2016.

In an article posted on Twitter, Google+ and Facebook, Mr. Cone discredits the notion that New Zealand’s tax transparency model was somehow a tax haven and with a secretive private banking industry. Instead, Cone pointed out that New Zealand subscribed to the principals embodied in the gold standard for transparency. Explaining why New Zealand’s foreign trusts have increased, Mr. Cone said that New Zealand is internationally recognized as a safe country with a well-structured judiciary and substantial legal and professional infrastructure. New Zealand’s reputation as a safe place for investment has led to the increased foreign trusts.

Sam Tabar Joins FullCycle Energy Fund to serve as its Chief Operating Officer


Sam Tabar is a highly skilled attorney and financial advisor. He acceded to the FullCycle Energy Fund in 2015, and he has been serving as its Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Tabar is responsible for providing oversight of the fund management policy of the company. He is devoted to fulfilling the mission of the business, which is to end the use of fuels that harm the environment and to advocate for the use of clean fuels that are also cheaper.


In his finance career, Sam Tabar has worked for various companies such as the Merrill Lynch of the Bank of America and he headed its capital strategy. His major role at the firm was to facilitate meetings between fund administrator and organizational investors who were mainly endowments, pensions, funds of funds, foundations and family offices. Another company that Mr. Tabar worked for is the Sparx Group (PMA). He served as the co-head of marketing, and his primary responsibility was to manage the aspects of its global marketing effort.


Sam has also worked as an attorney in law firms such as the prestigious Schulte, Roth & Zabel as well as the Skadden, Arps, Meagher, Slate & Flom. He is a holder of a bachelor’s degree in arts from the Oxford University, and he also studied at the Columbia Law School, where he was awarded master’s degree in law. Mr. Sam Tabar was an editor of the Columbia Business Journal when he was in law school. He has also been investing in various new ventures such as the SheThinx and Tribute. SheThix is an organization that primarily takes care of the needs of women from impoverished areas by catering for their hygiene.


FullCycle Energy Fund was started in 2013, and the primary aim of the organization is to support and run various programs that are dedicated to changing how people associate with waste. It assists developments that generate clean energy from environmental waste. Green fuel is precious, and it can be consumed in any part of the world. FullCycle Energy Fund has been investing in established retrofit plants that create clean energy that is also relatively cheap. Find Sam’s bio page here, or follow him for yourself on Twitter.