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Stream Energy Focused on Philanthropy than Ever with the Launch of Stream Cares

Natural disasters, climate change, poverty, etc., are just but a few problems afflicting the world, and America is no exception. While governments grapple with such issues, it is becoming apparent that input from businesses and even individuals go a long way in assisting authorities to alleviate human suffering. Stream Energy’s philanthropic efforts demonstrate a company determined to make society conducive to everyone.

Stream Energy targets homeless people, the less fortunate veterans and their families. The Dallas-based firm, in collaboration with other like-minded firms, organizes fun activities for the homeless children of Dallas. Such events in addition to making the children feel loved are essential in extending both monetary support and basic needs to the less fortunate. The less fortunate Dallas-area veterans have a reason to smile as Stream Energy occasionally sponsors fun days for them and their families.

Hurricanes are not new to America, especially Texas. In fact, the state suffered one of its deadliest hurricanes in 2017—Hurricane Harvey. The state is home to thousands of Stream Energy’s clients and business associates. It made sense for the company, therefore, to be actively involved in both healing and rebuilding efforts meant to restore the Greater Houston area to its former state. Stream Energy started by donating $25,000 to the American Red Cross. The company then announced it was accepting donations on behalf of Red Cross and finally announced it would forgive its clients in the affected areas who would service their utility bills late than expected. The efforts portrayed Stream as an understanding partner, sticking with its clients through thick and thin.

Stream Energy announced the launch of Stream Cares, an entity that will be responsible for the firm’s philanthropic giving. The body is likely to consolidate Stream’s charitable activities, and America is yet to witness a more vibrant stream, regarding philanthropy.

More About Stream

The company was established in 2005 as a retail electricity firm. Its business model follows that of multi-level marketing firms, but Stream’s reward system is ingenious. The firm’s energy, wireless, protective, and home services are available in seven U.S states. As it embraces corporate social responsibility, Stream is likely to exponentially grow as Americans tend to associate more with charitable brands.


The Success of Advertising Industry in Brazil

Advertising in Brazil has evolved into a complex form of marketing, with literally thousands of different ways that companies use to send a message to the consumer. If you didn’t know, Brazil enjoys an international reputation for producing some of the most creative advertisements. Ask any professional in the world Brazil they will tell you that they associate Brazil with innovative print ads, digital ads and commercials.

The country’s creative revolution started in the late 1980s. Today, they have different styles of creative advertising. You will find Brazilians admiring and liking different styles of advertising especially when they are entertaining. Unlike in the United States, their various styles of advertising are accepted and tolerated. The country has created an environment in which their advertising stars are respected people.

Unlike other countries that restrict places of Advertising, in Brazil advertising is everywhere. You will find advertisements on billboards, television, newspapers and magazines, electronic media and in the streets. Sporting events are extremely popular, and along with soap operas provide some of the most desired platforms for advertising.
Producers of adverts, as well as the models who appear in these adverts, have achieved celebrity status. You will find some of the most read gossip magazines reporting on the private lives of advertising models or producers, adding to their celebrity status. Advertising in Brazil has left a bad experience to some people. For example, in 2002, a well-known advertising executive was kidnapped and held for two months. The regard people have towards advertising, its public acceptance, and the celebrity status advertising models enjoy provides a good setting for Brazilian advertising agenda.

Nowadays Brazilian advertisement agencies include two major types. The first category comprises of several well-known multi-agencies whose strong presence in Brazil has been felt by many people. The second category comprises of a small number of extraordinary successful agencies. Some of these small agencies grew up in the last two decades, and they enjoy a good reputation as some of the most creative agencies in Brazil.

One of the leading Brazilian advertising agencies that we can’t go without mentioning is the Heads Propaganda. This agency is one of the Brazilian largest advertising agencies having been the business for over 25 years. The brain behind Heads Propaganda is a Brazilian gentleman by the name Claudio Loureiro. This guy is known for his exploits and success in advertising and businessman. Claudio Loureiro has remained active in trying to come up with new advertising innovations. He is a strong believer in different advertising styles as a cornerstone for continued business growth.

America’s Unemployment Rate is on the Decline

During the years of the one of the worst recessions in American history, the unemployment rate skyrocketed. However, the economy has slowly been on the mend in recent years and a report recently released by the Department of Labor shows the lowest unemployment rate in seven years currently standing at 5.4 percent in April. Additionally, the job market is remaining stable (finger crossed).

Christian Broda knows there are still many battles to be won in the fight against unemployment, with joblessness being a concern for wide range of age groups and circumstances. However, young adults remain the most underemployed and unemployed group in the nation, even those who hold college degrees. Also, employees who earn minimum wage are still pushing for higher wages claiming their paychecks do not offer enough support to make end meets, while also demanding more benefits such as increased insurance packages and paid time off.

While the low unemployment rates are extremely encouraging, it doesn’t mean there still isn’t work to do. We must figure out how to provide jobs to college graduates and raise minimum wage in order to completely heal our fragmented economy. A process that will likely take years, even decades, to come to fruition. Both employees and employers must work together, along with local and federal governments, to produce the type of economic environment Americans deserve.

Android Urinates Over Google on Google Maps

Various users spotted an Easter egg on Google maps recently. It can be found just around Madison Street Capital, where the image of the Android bot pissing on Apple’s logo can be clearly seen. The bizarre picture is actually visible on the basic terrain. Google maps is largely editable but in order for the basic terrain to be edited, some advanced rights are required from Google. However, this image is not the only odd thing on the map. A bit to the east of the Android-Apple image lies another one that questions the review policy of Google.

The big question is – is Google responsible for this? Why have these pictures not been spotted and removed by Google even after the news has broken out? Google has, so far, not commented on the picture.

An important point people should remember is that Google maps is being edited regularly. There is something you don’t see on the map and you know it exists – perhaps something close to your house like a cafe or a library. So, you add the marker on Google maps and later, Google reviews the addition and okays it. After this approval, the marker would now be visible on the map. This could explain both the images, especially the second one.

Both the app and desktop versions of Google maps include the image but when satellite mode is chosen, the image disappears.

Is Biotechnology Booming?

As reported from The Wall Street Journal

Biotechnology is responsible for many innovations and cures for the use of the public. However, the business aspect of this industry is often overlooked which allows poor decisions to pervade the plans of many investors.
The biotech industry has gained more advanced companies other than older biotech companies such as Genentech and Amgen. These companies are rooted in the less explored but highly promising areas of biotechnology while still competing in the more commonly studied fields of the industry. Since 1983 the biotech industries have made many improvements in many less studied areas including cancer. The biotech industry has also seen the slow emergence of other fields including neuroscience. Scientists in these fields have been working to develop more effective ways of studying these dynamics and recording relevant data.

Despite these advancements the FDA still faces budgeting issues which many scientists believe impedes scientific progression. This information was reported recently in the wall street journal along with the news of several biotech companies changing their bases of operation. Experts have explained that these types of companies thrive in environments such as cities due to the higher rates of both company recruitment and support.

A few months ago I did a profile on biotech entrepreneur Mark Ahn. The  twenty year veteran known for being a entrepreneur,executive, and consultant in the biopharmaceutical industry. Along with his colleagues, Mark Ahn recently gave his own advice on why many budding biotech startup strategies seem to fail. Mark Ahn explained that many investors fail by investing either in the wrong product too early or the wrong company producing the product. However, Ahn explains that investing in high level research teams can assist in selecting the right products to invest in.

The biopharmaceutical industry is highly regulated and usually new products require extensively consistent funding from outside companies. This means that the companies involved can have a large degree of control over the outcome of these product’s success. the companies you that you choose to invest with can negatively or positively impact your rate of return. Investing in several small productions during their beginning phase usually becomes the most pragmatic solution. Ahn also warns against allowing current industry trends to distract from individual long term business goals. Promising innovations along with promises of success have lead many investors off their respective financial paths. Mark Ahn stresses the importance of having a solid long term plan and proper support to find success in the biotechnology industry.

No Mention of Federal Loans

The White House is looking for ways to help people who can’t afford to pay back their student loans file for bankruptcy in the same way they might deal with credit card debt. Yet, the potential new policy would only address loans owned by private companies and not ones owned by the federal government.

The White House is ignoring the many borrowers who, after an identity theft situation, severe medical issue and/or other big negative life event, can’t afford to pay back their loans — people who have also used up all of the assistance that is available for providing them with more time to do so.

Between credit card and student loan debt, many Americans are barely getting by in the post-Great-Recession economy. Some critics of a bankruptcy plan argue that former students who can’t pay their loans would learn fiscally unsound behaviors. Others have tried to say that these former students are deadbeats or that they should have to return their college diplomas because they did not pay for them. Advogando reports these critics fail to recognize that severe negative life events can often completely destroy a person’s finances whether they are a recent student or someone who finished college more than a decade ago.

What is needed is a case-by-case review of every borrower’s personal situation. There also needs to be more controls over the third-party companies that manage federal student loans.

Christopher Cowdray: Luxury Hotel Manager Extraordinaire

Imagine lounging in exotic luxury complete with exquisite fine dining, indulgent spa treatments and service with a smile at your beckoning call, for a boarding experience like no other, and you share Christopher Cowdray’s, CEO of Dorchester Collection, vision. Under his guidance, the award winning international hotel manager and his team have created the ultimate hotel management company, consisting of 10 hotels in the Americas and Europe. The infamous Dorchester Collection is highly esteemed in both the hotel and travel industry.

The Dorchester collection is coined as the most beautiful collection of luxury hotels in the world. This prestigious, world renowned collection includes The Beverly Hills Hotel, Hotel Bel-Air, Hotel Principe di Savoia in Milan, Hotel Eden in Rome, The Dorchester and 45 Park Lane in London and Le Meurice and Hotel Plaza Athenee in Paris. The Dorchester Collection boasts a refined atmosphere of fine dining derived from native cuisine and exceptional spa services with top-notch providers like La Prarie and Dior as well as a strong attention to detail and authentic flair. Each hotel is uniquely designed so that the personality of each individual structure promotes the energy of the city in which it is located.

Dorchester Collection consistently ranks on Elite Travelers 101 Top Suites list and has earned multiple awards including the Lifetime Achievement Award at the European Hospitality Awards, a prestigious honor awarded by a panel of esteemed judges from the hospitality sector, for service to the hotel community and their body of work. When it comes to success, Christopher Cowdray credits his team’s devotion to providing exquisite service, which includes a highly trained staff, personalized service, customer recognition and modern technology, along with an innate ability to blend textures, styles and decor into one luxurious environment.

Christopher Cowdray is a graduate of the Columbia Business School Executive Program, and has been the general manager of The Dorchester Collection since 2007. His extensive background in international hotel management stems from his life in Zimbabwe as well as over 25 years experience managing international luxury hotels across various continents including Asia, Africa, Australia, London and the Middle East. His multicultural background has given him the privilege of understanding the impact that differences have when doing business around the world, which gives him an edge over the competition.

Today, Mr. Cowdray continues to manage Dorchester Collection and is also the honorary Professor at Thames Valley University, fellow of The Hotel Catering Institute Management Association, Master inholder, and past Chairman of the British Hospitality Association.

Poverty Increasing As Programs Are Depleted


Poverty is an issue that has eluded a solution since the inception of man on this planet. Some principalities are trying to eradicate the issue, but seem to be making the ‘war on poverty’ as successful as some of the recent military actions in the Middle East.

One such place is North Carolina. This state has long been known for a civil approach to helping and dealing with the poor people that are located there. In recent years though, it seems that the very structures and programs that have been set up to aid the poor, are actually doing more to harm them than help them.

Taxes are being cut in the state, but only if the person is considered in the upper percentiles of the income brackets. According to this article from dealbroker.com that Fersen Lambranho forwarded me, the taxes on the middle class and poor have being exponentially increasing, making their buying power almost non-existent. The same is true of the social programs. Cuts have been made to welfare, as well as social security recipients.

The one place where it seemed logical to go if one was poor because aid was out there for te, is now the one place where many poor are trying hard to escape from. Employment rates are down, minimum wage is insufficient to pay rents and feed a family, and programs are being squeezed out in favor of big business and higher income earners. The war on poverty appears to have taken on a whole new life in North Carolina

USW Strike Causes Increase in Oil Barrel Prices

Many American’s have enjoyed the declining gas prices being almost cut in half over the past several months, thanks in part to OPEC’s refusal to cut production despite the demand for the product being reduced. However, the United Steel Workers union obviously has a different plan than the oil companies they work for as they have walked out on strike. Workers claimed poor health and safety conditions, too low of wages, and a poor attitude towards the communities that serve as homes to the refineries as the reasons behind their dispute. Meanwhile attempts of the companies to engage the unions who organized the strike have been unsuccessful signifying that the workers are looking to make the loss of production hurt the companies.

What is significant is that this strike is not the first since oil production began. It is however, the largest strike since 1980 when the world was attempting to overcome the oil embargo caused by a crisis with Iran and the overthrow of the Shah. But just as back then, the loss of production has made the price increase and it is not the company who will suffer for the loss of production but the consumer at the pump. By losing 10% of the US oil refining capacity it has made oil rise by a little over $2 per barrel. Lee Slaughter agrees that at first this may not seem significant, but the longer this strike continues the higher the costs will go up and therefore will make prices at the pump go up as well.

BRL Trust Financial Services Based In Brazil Trusted Worldwide

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Building a business protecting and guiding the interest of others is a testimonial in itself of the excellence of BRL Trust Investment services. BRL Trust takes care of all funds administration activities and provides a “hands on” approach to get the greatest return for its customers. The total transparency by which BRL Trust operate allows customers and investors to know how their investment or funds are being taken care of and how BRL Trust has leveraged its knowledge and skills in their best interest.

BRL Trust offer exceptional financial services by giving their customers’ account their best efforts through their financial experts, who have experience and talent at getting the highest return on investments. Whether a private individual customer or investor, a corporation investor or capital investment group, BRL Trust gives their customers the attention and expertise that resulted in the growth and expansion of their services. They offer innovative fiduciary services, guarantee safe and reliable investments, funds administration and management to maintain up to date reporting on all accounts, and investment solutions to meet the needs of their investors. Customers can feel safe that they are in the hands of a world leader of investment and financial services.

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