Sustainability is Key at the UAE Embassy

With the devastation that scientists predict will come as a result of man-made climate change, the need for sustainable buildings for the future is at an all-time high. One country, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has set a positive example by redesigning their embassy in Washington, D.C.

The embassy was given the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold award by the US Green Building Council. It has also been awarded Energy Star certification by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The modifications that the UAE has made to its facility will reduce its carbon emissions by 400 tons of CO2 per year. The UAE’s dedication to sustainability is shown in their goal to diversify the economy of their country, with an emphasis on Abu Dhabi, the UAE capital, and make it a leader in the growing new sector of alternative energy production.

While happy with their accomplishment spokesmen for the embassy remain humble and grateful towards all of the people who made the awards possible. Yousef Al Otaiba, an ambassador for the UAE, was quoted as saying “Thanks to the dedication of the UAE Embassy employees that led and supported the retrofit the UAE Embassy now stands as one of the most sustainable buildings in the United States.”

Thankfully the UAE is not the only embassy in D.C. to get involved in becoming eco-friendlier. The D.C. Greening Embassies Forum has recently been formed to encourage other countries to reduce carbon emissions and make their embassies more sustainable. Their goal is to make the District of Columbia the greenest city on the planet. Some notable countries who are getting behind the green energy movement with regards to retrofitting their embassies are the Netherlands and Finland. The Finnish embassy received LEED Gold certification in 2010. The Dutch embassy received LEED Silver certification in 2012. There were also a total of 47 different countries who came together to sign the Neighbors in Sustainability pledge, which is a promise by the nation’s embassies to reduce waste, save energy, reduce fossil fuel emissions, and teach their employees conservation techniques.

With the UAE stepping up to become a leader in adopting green technologies it is their hope that the word will take notice and do their part to adopt the clean energy that we can all be proud to use.

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5 Startups to Keep on your Radar in 2017

Say Goodbye to 2016 and Welcome these Five Startups in 2017
What will the year 2017 bring? If you’re interested in business and technology you think about new companies coming into the market with products that could blow your mind. There are many lists, and many startups, but these five caught my attention because of their innovation and my personal interests.

1. Magic Leap

Much has been written about Magic Leap. In their own words: “to…rethink the relationship technology has with people.” Who can’t be excited about that? This year is the year most people expect that CEO Rony Abovitz and his team will move away from marketing hype and deliver something tangible that people can use. By describing their technology as “magic in your hands” they have set themselves a very high bar to clear.

2. Undercover Colors

If you are at a bar, Undercover Colors is asking you to dip your fingernails into your drink and then take a close look at them. Why?-for safety of course. Two years in the making, their wearable nail technology to detect date rape drugs in drinks seem to be ready for prime time. Their tagline is “Power At Your Fingertips” and it makes a lot of sense in today’s world. This one comes from North Carolina State University’s Centennial Campus laboratory. Started by engineering students, the company has been able to raise $5.5 million to turn prototypes into reality.

3. Nomiku

Who doesn’t like to eat delicious food in their own home? Nomiku has created a Wi-Fi connected sous vide device that allows anybody to cook like a professional chef. A mobile app controls the device to automate the cooking process. Chefs love to hear about other chefs and learn new recipes so the app also connects to a community to share instructions for cooking that delicious meal.


The Internet of Things(IoT) grows every day. Some say it’s the driver of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. IFTTT has been adding third-party integrations-applets-to allow things like your car, refrigerator, Amazon Echo, messaging apps, cooking hardware, and Google Home to talk to each other and make things happen. You will no longer be bound to just one manufacturer’s offering.

5. Clarifai

Face recognition, health diagnostics, games, and chess have become associated with artificial intelligence and it would not be surprising if more applications are found for this technology. Clarifai has the brainpower to do it. Started by Matt Zeiler, a former Google Brain intern, and expert in machine learning, it develops tools for integrating visual recognition services into other apps.

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Supporting Those Who Care for Our Heroes

In a time of medical advancements, particularly on the battlefield, people living longer, and persistent, complex military conflicts around the world, a silent tribe of Americans is bearing the fallout. They are hidden heroes caring for those who have been the guardians of our nation and our freedom but are returning home with serious injuries.

More than 5.5 million people have been turned into the caretakers of our military and veterans who suffer physical, mental and emotional wounds. These military caregivers are spouses, parents and friends. Most are young women with small children.

In an effort to raise awareness of and increase resources for these hidden heroes, a new effort is underway, led by Sen. Elizabeth Dole and the Elizabeth Dole Foundation. The Hidden Heroes Campaign officially launched in late September to acknowledge the importance and complexities of being a military caregiver; to connect caregivers and create a network of support and information sharing; and to inform and engage communities, companies and individuals to join in the effort to support military caregivers.

The campaign’s website,, officially launched and which will provide a directory of resources, a national caregiver registry and a private community enabling the sharing of questions and advice among military caregivers.

The Hidden Heroes Campaign has already gained support from critical allies. Oscar winning actor Tom Hanks is chairing the campaign and is the face and voice of public service announcements.

Other early and prominent campaign supporters include newscaster Tom Brokaw, Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, United Arab Emirates Ambassador to the United States, Yousef Al Otaiba ( and Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald.

Key support also announced at the launch includes $1 million from Colonel Jennifer Pritzker, Army National Guard (Retired), and founder of the Pritzker Military Museum and Library, who will serve as campaign Vice Chairman; $1 million from the United Arab Emirates; and campaign sponsorship from USAA including providing financial education and advice for caretakers.

Comcast NBC Universal was named the official media partner and will leverage all of its communication channels. NBC Universal’s high profile newscasters—Matt Lauer and Tom Brokaw are personally supporting the campaign as Hidden Heroes Ambassadors.

The campaign has also led to the creation of Hidden Heroes Cities that commit to getting organized and helping caregivers access resources in their communities. San Diego was identified as the first Hidden Heroes City among an additional 50+ cities that have joined the campaign.

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Metropolitan Partnership Ltd. Proposes 33-Story Apartment and Office Building

Metropolitan Partnership Ltd. is planning to build a 33-story building, complete with an adjoining parking garage at the address of One Light Street in downtown Baltimore. Metropolitan submitted its proposal and met with the city’s design panel and architectural review board and later sat with the zoning council. At this stage, the details of the project have not been discussed but are being presented to the city for consideration.

What is known is that the plans call for a 404-foot tall building with both apartments and retail space, adding 10 additional floors to the plans it proposed for the site last year. It would hold 340 apartments, have 10 stories of office space, and host shopping outlets on its corners. It would sit on top of a parking garage holding 646 spaces. The proposal calls for two-story apartment building to be constructed on President Street.

Architectural firm Hord Coplan Macht expressed that the building would bring much needed vitality to the area and that it will serve as the impetus for further expansion of the district. Architect Lee Driskill expressed similar viewpoints to that of the company, saying that he believed that, “momentum that is growing here”. City leaders, along with Downtown Partnership, have backed the project, with Downtown Partnership saying it made supporting the project a priority.

Planning Director Thomas J. Stosur is excited about the project and expressed that the site is one which has presented challenges to those bringing forth building proposals. Mirecourt Associates Representative J. Joseph Clarke added that the property was purchased 25 years ago and that the intention has always been to build more offices. The site used to be home to the Southern Hotel, until it was torn down in the year 2000.

City officials view the merger with Metropolitan Partnership Ltd. as a clear sign that a new construction may finally fill the now vacant lot. Decades of discussion have taken place over potential projects for 1 Light Street, including with developer Madison Marquette. Metropolitan CEO Cary M. Euwer Jr. said that this project will be a further expansion of Baltimore’s financial district.

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Delectable Savory Chocolate Recipes from Top Chocolatiers Cookbooks

People love chocolate. The gift of a box of chocolates is seen as a sign of love. Chocolate can be addicting. There are a multitude of different types of chocolate bars and candies. Some people like sweet milk chocolate, others like dark chocolate or white chocolate. They are all delicious, and everyone has a favorite. As we age our individual tastes for chocolate change, they become more refined, and we seek out chocolates from chocolatiers, and we begin to appreciate chocolate like fine wines and gourmet sauces.
Since we all have individual tastes, and many of us like to cook, we thought why not look to the best for some savory chocolate recipes. These chefs’ cookbooks have their favorite recipes for appetizers, main courses, and soups, along with a number of desserts. Included below are their cookbooks and a few savory dishes included. Bon Appetit!

Wild Sweets Chocolate – This cookbook, written by renowned chocolatiers Dominique and Cindy Duby has hundreds of exotic recipes for someone who wants to experiment with chocolate. Some savory recipes included are:

  •  Braised short ribs in a choco-wine sauce
  •  BBQ pork with cocoa nibs
  •  Alow roasted salmon with a cocoa consomme.

Mast Brothers Family Cookbook – The writers of this book are two brothers from Brooklyn New York who became famous for both their love of chocolate and their  beards. This book has family recipes using chocolate for a variety of decadent dishes, both savory & sweet.  Some recipes include:

  • Spiced Cocoa Butternut Squash Soup
  • Cocoa Coq a Vin
  • Pan Seared Scallops w/ Cocoa Nibs

Last but not least we have the Theo Chocolate Cookbook, which has 75 sweet and savory recipes from a pair of Seattle chocolatiers. A few recipes of there’s include:

  • Cocoa Dukkah
  • Grilled Alaskan Spot Browns w/ Cocoa Nib and Almonds
  • Roasted Squash w/ Brown Butter Nibs

So now go into your kitchens and begin testing out some yummy savory chocolate recipes. Refined palates rejoice!


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How to Find Good Books to Read

There are so many books on the market, containing literature, that you will have a hard time finding something, unless you know exactly what you want to read. There are countless of authors, with many titles available and different genres.

Here are some ways to find something good to read.

Look Online

This is the most available resource for anyone who wants to find something to read. There are some dedicated sites that are actually real online communities where people share their opinion on books. You’ll find out that there are countless books with millions of literature lovers all around the world. For some of them, you have to sign up; after this, you will be able to see the reviews made by other people, the scores that are received by the books and so on. It will take you about 5 minutes into the site to find out something that you might like.

Nobel Prize Winner

You must have heard of this award. What you need to know is this: if one person has received the Nobel Prize for Literature, than this means that the person is really good at writing. There is an official list that is available online, with names for each author and the books that were written.

Books-transparentThe List

As people have loved literature for a long time, it was normal that there was also a list with the best books ever written. Called ‘The List’, it contains the best 100 books ever written – in all times, genres, styles, etc. You’ll be busy for a while, as it has great books.


There are plenty of books to choose from. They are catalogued and set apart based on genres, authors, styles, etc. You’ll find poetry, classic literature, novels and all that might get you interested.

Talk To the Staff

Those who work in a bookstore usually know what the best books to read are. If you have the courage to ask this question, you’ll see yourself facing another big list, as the people working there are also fans of literature.


It’s usually a great thing to have friends who read a lot, as you can ask them what to read next and also borrow books from them. It’s also good as you can go together while hunting for good books.

Take Classes

A class or a course in literature might help you more than you know. There are also online classes that are available for free in the online environment. It’s a great resource for new information in this field, but also you will know about new authors and other types of books, that you might not usually read.

The Library

If you don’t have a permit, it’s time you made one. There are millions of books waiting to be found by someone just like you. It’s never a waist of time, as this is one of the cheapest ways to gain access to information. You’ll find there anything that you can think of.

Book Fair

A book fair is the place where books are sold in an organized event. You won’t find these daily, but from time to time they are held locally or nationally. You will see conventions, meetings with authors, readings and so on. It’s a good place to start looking for new and interesting books, and for some of them you might get the chance to talk to its author.


The Book Is Better Than the Movie

Most of the movies you see are made after a book. Make a little research and find the book that represented the base of a film you have liked. After reading the book, sometimes you can discover that the movie was of a lower quality than the book.

Don’t be disappointed if you don’t know where to start. Come to us at The Foundary and we’ll learn together about literature!

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