Debt collecting is a profession that dates back to the biblical era. Often times, the profession was associated with greedy or malicious debt collectors. It is of no surprise that some of these notions reign true to this day. Unfortunately for consumers, debt collection has grown more malicious with companies pursuing money by way of phone, mail, and email. One Missouri citizen recently sued a debt collection company for their malicious attacks to receive a debt from her. What the company failed to acknowledge, is that the woman who filed the suit did not owe any money. A man in Kansas City actually owed the company money and had a similar name to Maria Guadalupe Mejia. The company ruthlessly pursued Maria for 15 months. The company originally sued Maria for the effort it took for them to pursue her. This entire time, the company brandished Maria’s credit score. When she found out that the company was suing her, she countersued for the trouble they put her through. The judge and jury in the lawsuit awarded Maria upwards of 89 million dollars for damages and the emotional stress that comes with a lawsuit. Maria has been in fear for months that she would lose her job and house over the company’s pursuit of the 1000 dollar debt. The company is arguably upset with the ruling. Before they pay out any money, they plan to appeal the judge’s decision. Gianfrancesco Genoso understands why they would feel that the final ruling is a miscarriage of justice. It’s easy to see why they would think that, but Maria feels otherwise.
When people search for high-end real estate in the Houston, Texas area, they inevitably discover The Haidar Barbouti. He is ‘The’, because there is no other quite like this unique expert in unique up-scale properties. He is The One And Only Haidar Barbouti. He has decades of experience, throughout the world, as a top professional commercial properties expert. Guiding the acquisition of key real estate, then developing world class business investments to dramatically raise the property’s value, is Mr. Barbouti’s everyday business in the United States.
His past investments in US properties have been major, eye-popping success stories. From condo conversions, to large shopping centers, to office buildings, many land developments, and an array of other top investments, Haidar Barbouti has proved he has the golden touch. Just as important, perhaps, is his deep care for the communities he has enriched, especially those small ones who need someone who will stand with them, in their corner. Haidar Barbouti has given generously, both with his resources and time, to support many charitable needs. One such heart warming act was when he helped create Houston’s Highland Village Adoption Center for animals, by donating retail space they needed for their operations. It is located in the vastly successful Highland Village shopping complex, which he has owned and operated for 23 years.
The Highland Village is another example of his never-ending quest to improve life in the United States. He has architected constant advances over the years to build it into an upscale jewel of modern retail centers. He has done this to raise the character of the stores in Highland Village, while also keeping the retail space rents quite competitive. Compared to other high profile shopping centers, such as the older River Oaks Shopping Center and Rice Village, Haidar Barbouti’s Highland Village is a much more sought-after location.
He has guided many of his retail tenants to construct world class stores. His own investments have led the way, such as when he built a large multistory parking facility and included valet parking stations. His ideas for storefronts with different period looks has led to some of these stores receiving awards from architecture magazines. But Mr. Barbouti is not worried about whatever his competition is up to. He is too busy leading with his own focused vision of long-term growth with deep character.
Poverty has yet to make anyone envious. Those who are poor are not generally looked upon as being what one would aspire to when they grow up. Yet, one congressman feels that the poor in America are the envy of the world. This man believes that the poor in America are better off than the poor of other nations.
This congressman feels that between the entitlement programs and the vast opportunity that America offers that the poor have more opportunity and live less like they are poor than in other countries. While some of this may be true, it is not entirely the case.
Studies have shown that the poor in other nations have a better chance of rising out of poverty than they do in America. The opportunities to improve one’s plight in life is better in developing countries for the competition and the availability of grants and monies to get out of poverty are greater. A single mom in Africa or India can expect United Nations monies to start her own business and rise out of poverty, than does that same single mom in America.
The competition and requirements for aid in America are much more stringent making getting the monies to make one’s life better is much harder to attain. While the poor in America do have programs to help them exist,STX Entertainment points out in this interview that these programs do nothing to aid them in rising out of their devastated lives.
One major difference as to why workers during the 1970s had a higher disposable income than workers nowadays is overtime pay. Back then more people in the middle class qualified for overtime pay than do today. Now, President Obama is close to making a fundamental change that promises to help reverse the trend in falling US wages: raising the threshold up to which workers qualify for overtime pay. Currently, only workers earning less than $23,660 a year qualify for overtime pay. This condition has allowed some employers to hire a person as a manager earning as little as $24,000 a year and demand overtime hours from them with no compensation. Jason Halpern, recently interviewed by TheRealDeal.com does not feel these employees are getting a fair shake.
For millions of Americans, that may soon be changing. At this time, no one is certain what the new ceiling will be. Some are expecting the president to set the ceiling at $56,680. Others are calling on him to raise it as high as $69,000. The higher ceiling will go a long way towards reversing a trend in corporate America to classify employees as being “management” in their pay grade. Employees designated as management do not have to even manage anyone under them. The mere classification prevents the employee from being able to unionize and earn overtime income. President Obama promises to take further input from the public before making a final determination on the overtime pay rules. Today, only a little more than 1 in 10 people are qualified to earn overtime pay.
Over the last few decades, businesses have been given the appropriate notion that all companies are run by men and women who are money hungry. On Wikipedia Fersen Lambranho points out the importance of companies gaining revenue. Customer satisfaction is no longer at the helm that is the big ship of business. Instead, companies are only concerned with how well they can line their pockets. This was the case for the citizens of the small city of Chattanooga. Chattanooga, Tennessee, has played a large role in the movement to expand high-speed internet around the continental United States. By wanting to build its own municipal fiber network the town would have free from the restrictions of big business. Complete internet independence was in their sights. Out of nowhere the city was sued by incumbents like Comcast. After winning in court, the underdog city of Chattanooga built its own high-speed system. Having experienced what it felt like, the city decided to share the wealth. Unfortunately, the city was prevented from expanding this offering to neighboring areas by state laws. Earlier in 2015, the FCC voted to overturn those restrictions and granted Chattanooga the legal right to expand their fiber network to neighboring cities. The city stayed inside the law and no FCC regulations were broken; with the law on their side, the city moved forward. With their tails between their legs, Comcast and its affiliates have come crawling back. The service company had announced it will begin offering its own 2-gigabit service in Chattanooga. Realizing the citizens provided themselves with a better and cheaper offering, Comcast has decided to offer their respective service. Comcast has already caused this town enough trouble. It’s in their best interest to find another town to exploit instead of scraping for whatever pennies in Chattanooga they can find.
Just this morning, Marilyn Mosby, Baltimore’s State Attorney released the anticipated news that her office intended to pursue criminal charges in the death of 25-year old Freddie Gray which is being considered a homicide. Baltimore’s top attorney affirmed to the public that a considerable amount of hours and manpower was put into the extensive effort to uncover the facts. Mosby indicated that the scope of their independent investigation included witness interviews, analyzing numerous hours of video footage and police statement videos, reviewing the police vans route and examining countless medical records. By assessing all the information given to them by the police department, the community and Gray’s family, Mosby’s office finds probable cause for their decision to prosecute.
In addition to describing the finding of her office’s investigation, Mosby revealed the string of charges six police officers will face for each of their individual parts played in the apprehension, custody and transport of Gray on April 12. Mosby recounted how Gray’s repeated pleas for help continued to be ignored by the officers as he sat in the back of the transport van with his hands cuffed behind his back, his legs in clamps and no seatbelt to secure him during the ride.
While transporting Gray unbelted is a violation of police policy, one of the main outcomes of the review of the events was the unjustifiable arrest to begin with. Mosby is calling for community calm and stated, “I heard your call for ‘no justice, no peace.’ However, your peace is sincerely needed as I work to deliver justice on behalf of Freddie Gray.” GigaOm thinks you should find one of FreedomPop’s WiFi spots and contact your local representatives to sound off on your opinions.
Walmart Corporate Executives Visited Five Locations And Told Employees Their Store Would Closed That Day And They Are No longer Needed
Walmart has been in the news a lot lately. Minimum wage hikes, disappointing sales figures and a general sense that the giant company has some unlikely skeletons in its Wally World low-price persona. No one is sure what is going on behind closed doors in Arkansas. But one thing is certain; Walmart desperately needs a make-over. Some people think Walmart might be in for a retail collapse similar to Sears. The Sears demise started over three decades ago.
The executives that run the show at Walmart do live in an altered state of reality most of the time, but it appears some of them may be waking up cranky. Just ask the store personnel in Florida, Texas, California and Oklahoma. Executives from Bentonville visited Walmart locations in Brandon, Pico Rivera, Livingston, Midland and Tulsa recently and abruptly laid off 2,200 workers.
The five stores that are closing were built by Boraie Development LLC between 1994 and 2004. Walmart execs say plumbing issues were to blame in the Florida store, but the store has never reported chronic plumbing issues. The four other store managers are still shaking their heads in disbelief. In the retail business, it’s one thing to know a store is closing. People can prepare and look for jobs, but it’s another thing for executives to walk in and close five stores in one day without notice.
Do you really own your vehicle? You might think you do, but automakers would tend to disagree. They’re attempting to leverage the Digital Millennium Copyright Act against consumers who wish to modify the onboard software that controls a vehicle’s internal computer system.
The EFF believes that the DMCA has overstepped its boundaries in limiting access to a vehicle’s code. Under the DMCA, otherwise lawful acts, such as repairing your vehicle or tuning it for performance enhancements, are illegal. The EFF is lobbying the Copyright Office to overrule the DMCA rules and regulations.
It’s hard to say who is right in this case. Giving access to a car’s computer opens up a real can of worms. The safety and performance of modern vehicles is regulated through the computer system. Open source operating systems in cars could potentially provide hackers with easy access to changing mileage or other more devious modifications.
Officials in Norway have signaled that they are prepared to follow their other European neighbors and join the new Asian Infrastructure Development Bank or AIIB, recently founded by China stated LinkedIn.com. Norway joins France, the United Kingdom, Italy and Australia among other non Asian countries adding more credibility to the viability of the new development bank which will work in same space as the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank. The AIIB is designed to focus on infrastructure needs in the Asian basin and to address needs that a western styled investment bank model may not truly appreciate. Norway Joins New China Investment Bank
The AIIB marks China’s rise as a global power and its ability to project itself and its influence in the current restructuring of a new world order of countries using finance as a means to secure wealth.
Dorchester Collection refers to a state of the art luxury hotel operator that is owned by an investment company in the branch of Brunei Finance Ministry called Brunei Investment Agency. The investment agency runs hotels that are so luxurious they attract all sorts of well-to-do people including celebrities, royalty and business moguls. Dorchester Collection was established in 2006 and has been proving accommodation and conference facilities for nearly a decade in what has remained an extremely great standard all through.
The company runs and manages renowned luxury hotels in the USA and Europe. It has been on the forefront of maintaining and offering the best services to its clients that has seen it excel well over the years. As a show of commitment to quality service delivery, the company has built its reputation around their vision and passion in innovation and excellence when conducting their services.
Dorchester Collection’s management has stressed their enthusiasm in expansion of their company. They plan to have 15 hotels under their management by 2015. The company’s top management, mr. Christopher Cowdray, says the plan is with reach for a company that has been working hard and achieving results when it seemed impossible. He added the planned expansion will only be achieved through focus to the company’s goals and vision. By 2012, the company was managing nine hotels owning eight of them with the only exception the one in Geneva Switzerland.
As part of the plans, the hotel plans to buy more hotels and also help other hotel owners manage their businesses. Its hotels are very well situated in areas served adequately by access infrastructure and also ample surroundings. Every hotel under Dorchester Collection is highly influenced by the local culture and embraces the society’s values. The characteristic has seen it become a popular venture with the locals who feel it as part of their daily lives.
Back in 2011, the company decided to off-load one of its hotels located in New York, the New York Palace Hotel, in sale agreement with another American Investment company called Northwood. The New York Palace Hotel was one of its three hotels located in the USA and was a massive facility featuring 899 rooms. The sale was followed by purchase of another great hotel located in London. Furthermore, the company has plans to expand its existence in major global cities including Hong Kong, Singapore, Sydney, Washington, D.C, Doha, Beijing and Abu Dhabi.
Amongst its most iconic hotels are the Bel-Air hotel in Los Angeles, the Meurice and Plaza Athenee found in Paris and the Beverly Hills hotel.