Occupied States of America

Events such as 911, school shootings, and the Ferguson affair, have the police believing they are the military. The 1033 program has granted police access to military style weapons. 21 states have primary offense seat belt laws and only one state, New Hampshire, has no adult seat belt law.This shocked Sergio Lins Andrade, but that information usually gets swept under the rug since the state is not all that populated.


Primary seat belt laws mean that a police officer can pull you over and ticket you just for not wearing a seat belt. Police officers pull a person over for a simple offense these days and it turns into a full fledged investigation with no probable cause. There have been thousands of complaints of law enforcement seizing cash with no charges ever being filed. A video of a 12 year old in Illinois being shot by a police officer seems to show the officer shooting the boy within seconds of the officer arriving. This all seems to point to a shift in the thinking of law enforcement from being a protect and serve entity, to one that is policing the citizens. The times have put law enforcement on edge and maybe some of the actions are simply a result of fear. This does not explain the reasoning behind the 1033 program or the Black Asphalt Intelligence, which seem to be taking a war to the American streets. Maybe it is time to refocus law enforcement and remind them it is the people they serve.

London’s Burlington Arcade Expands

Mayfair is a district of London, and is a commercial district for exclusive shopping and has wide range of five star hotels and restaurants.

The Burlington House is a famous building situated in Piccadilly in London. The Burlington Arcade is a covered shopping centre built next to the Burlington House. It has smart uniform shop fronts under a glazed roof.

The arcade is known for many things, but perhaps is best known for providing a wide range of clothing, accessory shops, footwear, jewellery and antique jewellery. Burlington Arcade was used as a location in films and dramas such as The Parent Trap, The Veiled Lady and Borgen. This arcade is said to have existed for 195 years from what Jared Haftel had said.

Burlington Arcade was started with seventy-two small two storey units. Gradually some of them are combined and currently there are forty shops. In 2010, the Burlington Arcade was bought for £104 million by US property group Thor Equities and Meyer Bergman.

The latest news about this arcade is that it is going to expand with five new Chanel stores. They are going to set a change to the arcade with unique collection of stores for swimwear, watches, perfume, cashmere and millinery.

The shops for cashmere and millinery will be opened this month, and another three followed suit. London is a busy area where people can find big brands in big locations, and small brands in small locations.

Sam Tabar: Experience Pays Dividends

Some things we know about commodity purchases make sense, for instance, that they require a lot of research and careful decision-making. Nobody can deny the spell cast by commodities when knowledge is limited to demand and potential market behavior. Knowledge of the quality of management behind the commodities draws smart investors to Sam Tabar. Sam is a prominent New York-based attorney and financial strategist who in 2014 served as Managing Director and Co-Head of Business Development at Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP in New York. Sam is an attorney who meets the demands of investing with remarkable success.

From Oxford to Japan
Few people start so auspiciously as Sam, but as you can see on his LinkedIn, Sam has made big strides to get where he is. He graduated from Oxford in 2000 and went on to Columbia Law School, where he graduated in 2001. He got his start lawyering as an associate with the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slater, Meagher & Flom LLP. There he counseled clients on hedge fund formation, investment management agreements, private placement memoranda, side letters, employment issues and regulatory and compliance issues.

In 2004, Sam quit the law and entered the world of high finance. He moved to the SPARX Group/PMA Investment Advisers, working in Tokyo, Hong Kong, London and New York as Managing Director and Co-Head of Business Development. There he managed global marketing and investor relations for a billion dollar hedge fund while simultaneously designing and executing a strategic marketing plan for SPARX that targeted institutional investors, large family offices and ultra-rich clients. He also brought over 2000 potential qualified investors and developed over 400 additional investor introductions. He also helped the firm raise over a billion dollars in assets and worked closely with senior partners and management on growing the business.

Capital Strategy in Asia
In 2010, he took a position at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in Hong Kong and New York as a Director, Head of Capital Strategy in the Asia Pacific region. He counseled the firm’s hedge fund clients and provided introductions to institutional investors he targeted, including endowments, foundations, pensions, funds and large family offices. He also assisted and managed the capital allocations cycle between fund managers and investors. While at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Sam developed contacts with over 1,249 institutional investors. In September 2012, Sam left to accept the role as Director of Adanac LLC, BVI. He invested in start-ups with new companies like Thinx and Verboten.

In the fall of 2013, he joined Schulte Roth & Zapel LLP as a senior associate practicing law again. He provided counsel on fund formation and structure, investment management agreements, private placement memoranda, side letters, employment issues, and regulatory and compliance issues until he left the firm in March 2014.

As somebody said, research is the name of the game in commodities. Sam’s focus on how markets perform historically comes from experience, and he takes the process seriously. The investment pays off. Poorly managed funds are a threat to return on investment, and without understanding how the funds are managed, investors can act poorly and often with bad results.

Life with Sam
Sam’s work has taken him across the globe and his knowledge of the French language is complimented by his conversational Japanese. What does Sam do when he’s not catering to hedge funds? Traveling and tweeting about traveling. His business travels have given him the bug to see the world. He also enjoys managing events. It brings out his kindness and he gets great satisfaction from successfully handling an important day in the life of a corporation or a family, as in a wedding event. He is also a huge dog lover and often posts videos of them together on YouTube.