Business leads Bruce Levenson to community programs

UCG co founder Bruce Levenson is looking to bring the spirit of giving back to the community to the Washington DC area and Maryland as a whole with the introduction of a new center at the University of Maryland. The Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at the University of Maryland is dedicated to providing the best in training for undergraduates and graduates alike in the student body who hope to improve the lives of those in their community. Philanthropic programs have been close to the heart of Levenson and his family for many years, with their efforts bringing about change to the Washington DC area and the World in general.

The Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at the University of Maryland has been one of the biggest successes of the work of the Levenson family, with Bruce and wife Karen both heavily involved in the development of the center and its programs. The majority of the work of those attending the program is based around the Washington DC area, but a small number of programs also take the students at both undergraduate and graduate levels to far flung corners of the World, including Africa and India. Bruce Levenson has remained upbeat about the role the center plays in the community of Washington DC, which is already seeing a large number of graduates arriving in its not for profit sector because of the work of the center backed by Levenson and other donors.

Alongside the development of The Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at the University of Maryland, Levenson has also seen the US Holocaust Museum he helped fund go from strength to strength in the US capital. The Museum is dedicated to the survivors of the World War II Holocaust and features a series of outreach programs designed to provide young people in the Washington DC area and around the US with information and knowledge of how and why the events of World War II unfolded as they did.


Batman: Arkham Knight

Batman: Arkham Knight is one of the most highly anticipated games of 2015. Arkham Knight is the third game of the Arkham Batman series. The first two games were amazing, but Arkham Knight is expected to be something special. The Xbox One and the Playstation 4 allow the Batman series to reach new heights.

Fans like Marcio Alaor BMG have heard that Arkham Knight will take place one year after the Joker’s death. Gotham city is in a peaceful state, and the crime rate has dropped dramatically. Batman is a bit anxious as he is not used to the calm disposition of the city. The Joker was Batman’s arch rival, and there is nothing left for the caped crusader to face.

However, everything will change when the villainous scum of Gotham City unite. Batman will be forced to protect the city once more. Batman: Arkham Knight promises to be the largest game in the series. The game will also be the most violent. Batman: Arkham Knight will only be sold to mature audiences. This means that children and young teens will not be allowed to purchase the game without a consenting adult.

Batman: Arkham Knight will be released on June 22, 2015. For more information on Batman: Arkham Knight, visitGamerant.

Conan takes Late Night to Cuba

Late night talk show host Conan O’Brien seems to have pulled off a coup by taking his show to the Communist country of Cuba, CNN reports. Conan will be the first talk show host to film and broadcast footage from Cuba, a move made possible by the removal of some sanctions that have remained in place since 1962 because of the Communist leadership of the country. O’Brien spent the weekend prior to President’s Day in Cuba filming with a small crew as his show is not taped over the holiday weekend.

O’Brien has been one of the most flexible with his filming schedule and locations in recent years, with his show being filmed and broadcast from Ireland, Atlanta and a number of locations across the US. The Cuba filming is set to be the first of a number of US based productions to head to the country after President Obama relaxed a trade embargo after talks with President Raul Castro. The chat show host will broadcast a brief glimpse into the lives of the people of Cuba as part of his March 4 show on the TBS network, and investors are chomping at the bit to get in on the action.

Earning More Money by Squeezing in More Ads


Cable television networks are finding ways to squeeze in more ads between the airings of television shows. My friend Fersen Lambranho explained that they have done this because the more commercials they can air, the more money they can make. How have they done this?

One of the ways they have done this is by using compression technology to speed up television shows. This has been done to Seinfeld and Friends as well as the some movies. Some of the networks that have used this compression technology to speed up television shows are TNT, TBS, and TV Land.

A second way that they are trying to squeeze in more ads is by condensing the opening credits on television shows. For example, the introduction to the popular television show Law and Order used to be over a minute. Now it is 24 seconds.

Other networks are trying to squeeze in a more commercial time as well. For example, in 2014, the network A&E averaged at least three more minutes of commercials than they did in the previous year. The History Channel continues to squeeze in more ads as well. This year they averaged at least two more minutes of commercials.

Cable television networks may be earning more money from this, but they may end up damaging their relationship with the viewers and advertisers. Many individuals feel cheated watching a television show that they know was not originally written or shot in the way it is being shown by the network.

Should You Pay More for Gluten-Free Restaurant Food?

Those who are afflicted with Celiac disease, Chron’s or ulcerative colitis have a sensitivity to foods that contain gluten. Eating a flour-based product could cause them to suffer indescribable pain and/or other side effects in their digestive systems. One could see how that would limit the enjoyment of dining out with family and friends at a local restaurant.
P.F. Chang’s restaurant chain changed that by offering gluten-free menu items, like noodles and flour-less cake, much to the delight and influx of patrons who must adhere to a gluten-free diet.
Flavio Pentagna Guimaraes BMG has learned that the price point for these flour-less specialties is also more than the flour-filled counterparts, but patrons seemed happy to pay the extra amount so they could enjoy eating out again. More on Guimaraes can be found at
However, it seems that charging more for a gluten-free food than for a gluten-full food is illegal.
A Class Action Suit has been filed in California because the additional price charged for gluten-free food is discrimination and violates the Americans with Disability Act (ADA). Having a food allergy does not give a restaurant the right to charge the patron more for the food, and the ADA is taking P.F. Chang’s to court to prove it.

Jon’s Gracious and Timely Exit

Jon Stewart’s ability to make us see the humor in nastiness and stupidity is a gift that entertains and teaches. He not only pokes fun at political figures when their certainty is displaced and inappropriate, but he mocks the voters who support them. While we are laughing at Jon, we are becoming more thoughtful.

Almost 17 years of insightful humor 5 nights per week has had to be grueling at least some of the time. I remember watching episodes while waiting for my appointments at Amen Clinics and laughing and feeling real comfort thanks to Jon/ Those who follow The Daily Show have observed the barely noticeable “restlessness” as he puts it. Probably, he has stayed so long because he knows his ability to deliver insight and inspire more thought on important issues makes a difference. At least some of the American public has kept a certain level of awareness of the danger of public officials who act too quickly.

Jon’s devotion to teaching while amusing has produced an informed audience and gifted potential successors. The Daily Show will continue to power the American Liberal to restore sanity to the political machine.

Dr Rod Rohrich


For 35 years Dr Rod Rohrich has used plastic surgery to enrich lives. He began his career with a degree from Baylor Medical College and in the years since his graduation he has earned many prestigious positions. His research has changed safety standards for cosmetic surgeons everywhere.

Dr Rod Rohrich’s research has garnered him much acclaim. Media outlets from Texas Monthly to Oprah have publicized him and the achievements he continues to pursue in the medical field. Besides being listed as a top doctor in multiple magazines, he is praised for the great strides in research he has accomplished since his days at Baylor. Dr RodRohrich has a patent for a breast implant that he designed. He has developed several learning tools to teach new technology and his own findings to other cosmetic surgeons.

Dr Rod Rohrich is and has been president of several medical groups. The biggest one is The Rhinoplasty Society, which regulates all the training of aesthetic cosmetic surgeons in the US. He is also president of the American, Texas, and Dallas Societies of Plastic Surgeons. The Resident Review Committee for the American Board of Plastic Surgery gave him a chairman seat in honor of his progress. Dr Rohrich himself founded the Board for Governors under the National Endowment for Plastic Surgery.

Dr Rod Rohrich’s work and research is characterized by a knowledge of how aging works. He designs and adjusts surgeries with aging in mind so that each one has a more natural look. His reconstruction stands the test of time, moving with the body in the way that it normally would. This also helps him give patients a younger look without sacrificing dignity.

He works with all patients: cosmetic, reconstructive, rich, or poor. Dr Rod Rohrich believes wholeheartedly in equal patient care. He accepts most insurance so that everyone who needs his medical attention can get it. Dr Rohrich treats everyone the same no matter their background.

Dr Rod Rohrich also believes in giving back. He and his wife serve the Dallas for Children Foundation, the March of Dimes, and the American Cancer Society. The doctor has flown to third world countries to provide much needed care to underprivileged families. He taught the doctors there techniques to help severely burned or deformed children so that the community would be able to help itself in his absense. The best quality this man has is his ability to stay grounded throughout all this success.

New Leadership Might Change Spider-Man

With the change in leadership in Sony Pictures, there is talks of a possibility that Spider-Man might actually become part of the shared Marvel Cinematic Universe. Haidar Barbouti knows that there were talks that a summit was planned in January.  Find more on Barbouti at However, news of that has died down and there have been apparent plans for Sony to continue with the Spider-Man franchise with movies like Sinister Six and The Amazing Spider Man 3.

One of the potential plans for a possible inclusion of Spider-Man into the MCU included an introduction in Captain America: Civil War, and a much larger role in Avengers: Infinity War. While the new leadership does make things look somewhat bleak for Sony as of right now, there does seem to be some hope for everything to work out well for the web slinger. So as of right now, there is a back and forth on whether to continue the current franchise of The Amazing Spider-Man or start fresh with a new Spider-man in the Marvel Universe.

Johnny Football Is Going to Rehab!

It’s unfortunate for the state of Ohio and the city of Cleveland that their most interesting sport stories happen off of the field. Whether you were enamored by Josh Gordon’s repeated drug transgressions (and now one year banishment) or you’ve been following the moving media train wreck that is Johnny Manziel, the on field talent has been far removed from their fans minds. It seems that Manziel has realized this and has decided to take appropriate measures to remedy the situation. Over the past weekend Johnny ‘Football’ Manziel entered rehab.

According to Reuters, Manziel was expected to go in the first round this past draft but character questions and an NFL body transformation (or lack thereof) kept teams from grabbing him. The Heisman winning QB fell to the second round and into the arms of the Cleveland Browns. Most fans expected Manziel to take the field right away and get the chance to earn the job. Instead, Manziel got to play Clipboard Hero while Brian Hoyer floundered his way to a middling record. When ‘Football’ finally got the chance to check into the game the results were not encouraging.

Manziel came into his first game in relief and had some success as he ran for a score while completing 5 of 8 passes. His next game was his first NFL start against the Cincinnati Benga.s Manziel went 10-18 for 80 yards along with a few turn overs. Next week he would be injured against the Carolina Panthers in the first quarter.

Best of luck Johnny Football.

J.K. Simmons Coming Back as JJJ?

Is J.K. Simmons returning to his beloved role as J. Jonah Jameson in a new Spider-Man movie? No one knows for sure, but Mr. Simmons has alluded to his return to the role in an upcoming Spider-Man movie. Or is he going to return to his original role in the upcoming Sinister Six Spider-Man spinoff?

Fans like Haidar Barbouti are going to have to wait and see how these things turn out.Check out Barbouti on Even Sony is not totally sure what to do with any future Spider-Man installments. Returning Simmons to the role could prove to be a good move.

J. Jonah Jameson was a lot more antagonistic towards Spider-Man in the first few years of the comic book. Stan Lee and Steve Ditko made it clear in one issue the reason Jameson was on such a vendetta against the character was because he felt the self-less nature of Spider-Man served as a consistent reminder of Jameson’s selfish, ego driven persona. Spider-Man forced Jameson to confront his own inadequacies.

No, these themes were not fleshed out in the original Spider-Man trilogy but Jameson was presented as cantankerous and curmudgeonly. A character like that can end up being really annoying when played by an actor who doesn’t “get it” as far as the character is concerned.

Simmons turn in the role presented a cranky, but likeable, version of Jameson. Returning Simmons to the role would be a great help to any reboots of the Spider-Man franchise or spinoffs. Fans of the series definitely would see his presence as a nod to a return to the more appreciated first trilogy that brought the wall-crawler to the big screen.