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The Danish Election Results Chart a New Path For Denmark

Late last week, Danish voters went to the polls to decide one of the closest races in recent memory. The central-conservative alliance led by Lars Lokke Rasmussen defeated the incumbent Social Democrats and Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt. She resigned in the wake of the results, after serving in office for four years.

Lars Lokke Rasmussen’s political party, Venstre, is expected to try and form a new coalition government. Venstre gained only 19.5% of the vote, and some of its leaders expressed dismay at this result, despite the defeat of the incumbent party. Mr. Rasmussen acknowledged:”Venstre has lost support, we haven’t had a very good election.”

Keith Mann knows that one of the most startling outcome of the election concerned the growing popularity of the Danish People’s Party, which gained significant support from elderly voters during the election. The Danish People’s Party (DPP) won nearly 21% of the vote, up from 12.3% during the previous national election. It won 90 seats in Parliament.

Kristian Thulesan Dahl became the leader of the DPP in 2012. His party advocates tighter restrictions on immigration, higher pay for pensioners, higher health care spending and a higher pension for low income workers.

Last year, Denmark accepted nearly 15,000 new immigrants as asylum seekers, twice the number accepted by the country in 2013. Many of the new arrivals came from the Middle East and Africa. Immigrations figured prominently as a campaign issue.

Families of Americans Held Captive in Iran Make a Last Ditch Plea to the House for Help

The families of Robert Levinson, Amir Hekmati, Jason Rezaian, and Saeed Abedini all share something in common: their loved ones are being held in Iranian prisons. Folks at The Aspire New Brunswick know that the charges against the Americans range from illegal preaching of Christianity to espionage. In all cases, the families of the loved ones say the charges are without merit. In all cases, the loved ones are believed to endure torture and other depravations in Iran’s penal system. At the same time, the families are frustrated with what they believe is a lack of support from President Obama and Secretary of State John F. Kerry, who served in Vietnam.

For his part, President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry say they are ever aware of the detained Americans. However, nothing in the looming nuclear framework deal being negotiated between the EU, Iran, and the United States is believed to require the release and safe return of the detainees. June 30 is the deadline to finalize the agreement. For this reason,the families of the hostages are on Capitol Hill this week to make their case before the US Congress. They are concerned that if the Obama administration does not press for the release of the detainees as a condition to getting sanctions lifted, their loved ones may never come home. The families all chronicle the hardships of being without their loved ones. Still, it is unclear whether the United States will use its considerable clout to force Iran’s hand. Critics fear that the US is making too many concessions to Iran in exchange for little more than promises to curtail its nuclear weapons program.

DEA Agents Walk Away from Serious Transgressions without Adequate Punishments

Yet another unconscionable act by DEA agents while under the supervision of Michele Leonhart has been brought to the attention of the Department of Justice. In 2012, the DEA raided the home of Daniel Chong’s friend while he was there visiting and smoking marijuana. Igor Cornelsen ( has read that the 23-year old University of California, San Diego engineering student was seized during the incursion and taken to a holding facility where he was told he would be questioned then released.

Unfortunately, sloppy mismanagement of the DEA’s incarceration procedures left Chong isolated in a dark, windowless holding cell for five days with no food or water, all the while, his hands were cuffed behind his back. Although Chong cried out for help before succumbing to dehydration, he was not discovered for five long days. Chong was in poor condition when eventually found, suffering from delirium and critical breathing and respiratory difficulties. The experience had him hospitalized for four more days and left him with a serious case of post-traumatic stress disorder.

While the actions of the three DEA agents in charge of Chong were reprehensible and a $4.1 million settlement was paid out as a result, those agents skated away with a mere slap on the wrist. Simple reprimands were issued, one agent was place on an unpaid five day suspension and the agent in charge was given only a seven day suspension. The DOJ has since stepped in to make improvements to the DEA’s disciplinary practices and Leonhart has stepped down from her position. Good riddance.

North American Spine is a Finalist

For those of you who don’t know, the Greater Dallas Business Ethics Awards is coming up soon. Guess what? North American Spine has become a finalist. That’s right, ladies and gentlemen. North American Spine has made it into the big leagues. Let’s recap this amazing accomplishment.

According to two of the sponsors, North American Spine has been nominated for a few specific reasons. They are committed to excellence. North American Spine is all about providing the best care for their patients. The patients come first and always will. This alone has qualified them for this amazing honor.

Another qualification involves facing the odds. North American Spine is all about facing the odds. North American has faced some amazing and difficult challenges over the years. Many of the challenges have come from their fierce competitors. North American has managed to rise above these challenges, while still putting their patients first. That is an amazing feat. Not many healthcare companies can do this. North American Spine has done this in spades.

North American is best known for helping patients out with their chronic back and neck pain. When patients come in to North American, many of them have tremendous back or neck pain. Some of it can be very difficult to deal with. This is not your normal everyday pain. Their physicians connect them with doctors who can do a procedure called Accurascope (click here for more information). The diagnostics they use increase the odds that the body will not be harmed. The nerve endings will be okay, even while removing the pain.

There have been over 800,000 success stories already. Much of the patient base have experienced an 82% success rate. This even involves patients who have tried everything in the past, and yet to find any relief.

This is a big deal. These reasons alone have qualified North American for this amazing award. Be sure to check out North American Spine’s feature on Good Morning Texas.

New Trends in Men’s Fashion for The 2015 Summer Season

There are many new trends that come around in the world of men’s fashion each year. These trends come and go, but in order to stay relevant in the world of fashion, individuals must pay attention to these trends. There are many new hot trends that are coming for the summer 2015 season as well. These trends are the newest hot sensations that will make a big impact in the world of fashion this year. When we look at the new trends, we will see that there are returning styles, and new ones that are being formed. 

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The first thing that we can really see in the summer of 2015 is the presence of very short shorts. This hasn’t often been a big trend in men’s fashion, but it is really making a big statement this summer. This is something that men may feel uncomfortable with in their wardrobe at first, but they will soon learn that this is a style that is very in right now. This style is something that male model Matt Landis is able to pull off very well. We can see that he is even able to pull it off with a more sophisticated collared shirt look. 

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We can also see that long sleeves are really in style right now. This is something that we have been seeing for while, but what is new is the style combination. Men wearing long sleeved shirts with short shorts is something that we haven’t often seen. This is something that is very new to men’s fashion, yet it is something that is really making a big wave in the world of men’s fashion. This is something that looks like it has really come to stay. We see that opened up button down long sleeved shirts are a great combination with short shorts as well. This is something that could easily be worn to a night gathering at a pool party. 

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The classic T-shirt look is something that has been hovering around the fashion world for quite some time. It looks like the fashion world is really embracing the retro T-shirt look this summer. This is a laid back and casual look that is really getting a lot of attention. This is an easy way for individuals to be very stylish without having to put in a huge effort. Retro T-shirts are poised to make a big splash in the world of men’s fashion this summer.

Keith Mann Backs Up The NYPD

The NYPD has been under fire for some time now. They have been under a rash of negative press. They have received some negative press as a result of events that have taken place in New York City. As a result, full protests broke out against the police force. Some say that these protests have gotten completely out of control and have caused the situation in the city to actually be worse than it would have otherwise if everyone had just remained calm.

The unfortunate part of this whole situation is that innocent people are getting caught up in the mix. There have been some injuries as a result of the protests, but there are also great police officers whose reputations have been tarnished as well.

But one New York  investor relations strategist wants to help turn that around. Keith Mann is the cofounder of Dynamics Search Partners, a New York-based firm that specializes in hedge fund investment options and private equity. Keith Mann and wife Keely Mann also have real estate market interest and have been successful in closing sales within the East Village.

According to this article about Keith Mann from, he has shown his support of the NYPD and their efforts by having lunch sent down to the 54th precinct for a second time. Mann realizes that if it were not for the tireless efforts of these individuals, there would be a lot more crime in the streets and a lot more social unrest in general.

Mann feels that the citizens should stand on the side of police and help them with the problems in the community. Currently, the way that he sees it is that a lot of the citizens are actually standing in the way of the police. They are making the situation worse in his view, and he believes this is the angle of the story that is not being covered enough by the media.


Australian Pineapple Growers Urge Restrictions on Imported Malaysian Pineapples

The global pineapple production agribusiness is presently undergoing significant changes. Growers in Australia urged the Australian government to restrict imports of pineapples to Australia from Malaysia, due to bio-security concerns. They worry that a plant disease that produces an internal rotting condition will spread to Australian pineapple farms. The disease is called Erwinia Chrysanthemi.

Many nations in the Pacific and southeast Asia export pineapple, a popular food item. Malaysia has recently ramped up its pineapple production, even while pineapple prices in some other countries, such as India are falling. For example, 450 hectares producing pineapple outside Endau-Rompin National Park will soon expand by an additional 1500 hectares, increasing the size of the pineapple crop produced by Malaysia’s Rompin Integrated Pineapple industries by a factor of four. Folks at Rocketfuel have heard the growers in the region hope to employ mechanized harvesting soon.

Australia presently permits pineapple imports from many countries, including Thailand, Sri Lanka, the Philippines and the Solomon Islands. Fresh decrowned pineapple from commercial growers in all those countries can be admitted, subject to current local restrictions.

Representatives from the growers recently met with officials from Australia’s Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry to express their concerns. Biosecurity scientists from the agency were instructed to investigate the issue further.

The Antique Wine Company Celebrates Rare Vintages

Prominent in a very exclusive arena, the field of rare wines, the well known Antique Wine Company works to share knowledge about fine vintages with the public. The subject of vineyards and exceptional lines of wine often arouses strong opinions; the Antique Wine Company celebrates the tasteful aspects of an historic, sophisticated tradition.

The Success of the Antique Wine Company

Founded by British wine sommelier Stephen Williams in 1989, the Antique Wine Company rapidly gained a reputation as a premier designer of collectible vintages. From its headquarters in Central London’s Marylebone District, the company maintains an exclusive collection of premiere vintages, wine gathered from many previous generations as well as current years.

Unlike many other beverages, wines often remain in storage for long periods of time. Exceptional years from prominent vineyards reportedly may appreciate in price over the course of time, as these vintages grow more difficult to locate. The Antique Wine Company gained success by selling the rarest types of fine spirits and by seeking to inform members of the public about these products.

Some Impressive Records

The Antique Wine Company maintains a Wine Academy to educate students about the subject of wine collection and fine wines. The company also often sends representatives to conferences and other public events involving the wine industry. A long tradition of locally significant vintages exists in many countries, including a number of European nations. Located in the United Kingdom, the Antique Wine Company enjoys proximity to many of the best vineyards in France, Germany, Italy and other European countries.

In recent years, the firm has sometimes set records during auctions of fines spirits. As a unique, special and highly collectible gift item, a rare vintage often commands attention in elite auction venues.


Given the firm’s success and the undeniable popularity of historic vintages among investors on a global scale, it seems likely that the Antique Wine Company will continue to make contributions to the field of rare wines for many years into the future.