Norman Steisel Deputy Mayor has a versatile and dynamic background. Before becoming First Deputy Mayor of NYC from 1990-1994, Mr. Steisel was involved in government work as he reigned as the Sanitation Commissioner. While he was at this position he ended up serving the longest term for that office.

In 1986, Norman Steisel Deputy Mayor left city government to join pursue a career in investment banking. While working as an investor, Mr. Steisel advised on matters ranging from waste disposal, water treatment, air pollution, and debt insurance. The signs were pointing him back to city government once more and he went back to office.

However, after Norman Steisel Deputy Mayor served his term, he went on to work as a consultant on a variety of “green” projects, and continued his work in water treatment and waste management.

Shasta Pools in the news

January 20, 2009

I’ve been hearing so much about Shasta Pools in the news lately. I was familiar with the pool design company since I visited my friend’s house in Arizona. She had a pool party to celebrate her new home attribute. I had no idea that pools could be so artistically unique. And as it was told to me, the usually dreadful process of having your backyard torn up and reconstructed was a breeze.

So when I read about the latest trend with Shasta Pools, it caught my attention. Malls throughout Arizona are incorporating the one-of-a-kind designs into the structure of their new developments.

The water experience provides a playful splash pad that is illuminated by colorful lights and large jets give children streams of water to play. This splash pool design is also available for the backyard. Shasta Pools has yet again proved to be the forward-thinking pool design company. Even if just for splashing around.

It’s no secret that health insurance is a hot topic right now. And with the high prices of current providers, it’s important to do the research and find the right company for you. After helping my parents check and cross-check health insurance companies, we found one that might be the right choice: United American Insurance Company.

A large and reputable provider, United American Insurance Company, has been around for a long time. Since 1947 to be exact. And since the founding of UAIC, it has grown to reach 49 states. It also grown to be recognized a top-notch provider with impressive customer service.

The main reason United Health Insurance Company is appealing to our particular needs is that they specialize in senior health plans. So even if shopping around for health insurance is a bit unexciting, it is an important to decision for you and your family. And it is important to find the right provider.

Dr. Paul Offit’s Vaccine

January 19, 2009

Paul Offit, author of Vaccinated: One Man’s Quest to Defeat the World’s Deadliest Diseases (HarperCollins, 2007) has been interested in medicine as far back as when he was five years old. He was sent to the polio ward in his local hospital to recover from a surgery to correct his clubfoot. It was here that Dr. Offit came to be inspired to be a renown vaccine expert.

Eventually, Dr. Paul Offit would develop the rotavirus vaccine. Rotavirus is a highly contagious infection that nearly every child has experienced by the age of five. The symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea and eventually lead to dehydration. It is certainly not pleasant.

The vaccine that Dr. Paul Offit offers protection from the virus, and is becoming available in developing countries.

I love everything about the sport tennis: watching it, the style of it, the history of it . . . playing it. I add the last with hesitation because as much as I do enjoying playing tennis, I am not-s0-good at tennis. So, while perusing the Internet, I found some advice on preparing for a match from from tennis enthusiast, Nachshon Draiman.

Nachshon Draiman reminds us to remember to that tennis is a mental game and to prepare before even stepping onto the court. One key element is to know your opponent. Get know their strengths weaknesses and how to match it with your own abilities.

It’s also important to ask yourself two questions, according to Nachshon Draiman, when preparing to beat an opponent. The first is: What do I want to happen? And, the second: What do I have to avoid?

Realizing that I have to use my mental strength as equally as my physical strengths may just be what I need to get my head properly in the game.

The very idea of jazz impresses and intrigues me: the elements of improvisation, poly-rhythms, and blue and swing notes. It’s an extremely complicated art form, and yet so seamlessly effortless to listen to. Mohammed Babandgida writes that, “Jazz is the American genre of music which originated in the 20th century in African American communities in the south.”

Mohammed Babangida then comments on the ambiguous deviation of the term jazz–which is thought to be originally slang.

Today, jazz influences are noticed in funk and hip-hop. But the most notable jazz musicians, according to Mohammaed Babangida include Charles Mingus, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Kid Ory, and Lionel Hampton.

Check out these jazz greats!

As the United States is relatively a “new” country, compared to other country’s around the world, I find it interesting to discover how certain influences wove their way into our modern music genres. Joseph Odindo, an African music enthusiast, contributes African slaves as bringing Western civilizations genres such as Jazz, blues, salsa, and rumba!

Joseph Odindo notes that as Africans become prominent around the world–due to slavery–the music that they brought with them became recognized and interspersed into the already existing music traditions. We can hear this influence still today, and even see the instruments.

Moreover, in some regions, Joseph Odindo recognizes Caribbean and Latin American music genres such as rumba and salsa as being reminiscent of traditional African dance.

Dr. Paul Offit’s fifth book

December 23, 2008

It’s hard to believe that Dr. Paul Offit has had the time to write another book. As a young medical student Paul Offit was drawn to challenges. He eventually found his niche in the medical world in the department of infectious disease and vaccines. Thirty years later, Dr. Offit is the Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases and Director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. In addition, Dr. Paul Offit is also a professor, and has published over 130 medical and scientific papers on his work.

In addition, Dr. Paul Offit is the co-inventor of a rota-virus vaccine. For all of these achievements, Dr. Offit has received numerous awards and recognitions for his contribution to the medical world.

In his fifth and latest book, Autism’s False Prophets: Bad Science, Risky Medicine, and the Search for a cure, Dr. Offit explores the science behind the autism in children. For more about Dr. Paul Offit‘s work, check out his book reviews online.

Being a New Yorker, I can vouch for the convenience Amos Tamam has provided for citizens of the five Burroughs.

I know many like me  who has opted for a taxi ride, instead of subway ride, in the wee hours of the morning, and its raining. And, after several minutes of standing in the pouring rain, an open cab finally agrees to take you to Brooklyn. So, there you are. You’re sitting in the back of a cab… without any cash.

Amos Tamam developed a device that allows taxi riders to pay for their fare with a credit card using wireless technology. So smart. This means passengers don’t have to worry about carrying around loads of cash, but either do cab drivers. The entire system is safer, and much more efficient.

I’ve heard that Amos Tamam is still at work creating new technology for taxi cabs in New York City, Philadelphia, and eventually, cities everywhere.

Shasta Pools make it their business to create pools as unique and one-of-a-kind as their clients. I’ve never encountered another pool like the one of my friend’s, in Arizona. The design was innovative and fit perfectly into her small backyard. It didn’t look cramped or overcrowded, but instead was nestled naturally and beautifully, making the most of the cozy space.

When first deciding to build a pool, much should be considered: the design that will be best for your yard space, the financial comfort level, and personal style. It’s also important to think about how your pool will be used. Do you have kids? Will you be entertaining?

Shasta Pools work with their clients to discover the answer to all of these elements. And, they will keep an open communication with you throughout the pool building process, which is comforting when taking upon a daunting exploration.

If you’re looking into buying a pool, check out the Shasta Pools website to discover their skillful designs and to schedule a free consultation.