Friday, September 18. 2015
To achieve success, one of the most important aspects for anyone to have is an ability to think independently. Having a willingness to step away from established methods and try something new indicates an open mind, a desire to try new things, and a vision that others can't match. These words perfectly describe Brad Reifler, who has been one of the most dynamic and innovative entrepreneurs and investors in the world for over 30 years.
As the founder and CEO of such companies as Reifler Trading Company, Pali Capital, and Forefront Capital Management, Brad had demonstrated all of these traits and many more. Using his passion for research and desire to be the best, Brad developed cutting-edge strategies that would eventually take his companies to the top of the financial industry. By working closely with his sales teams and consulting with executives from leading Fortune 500 companies and world-renowned economists, Brad has been able to see his companies accomplish things few companies ever have. Whether it was building Reifler Trading Company into one of the world's largest futures operations companies or seeing his sales team at Pali earn more than $1 billion in commission income over his 13 years as CEO, Brad has shown time and time again that his financial knowledge is quite vast and in many ways ahead of his time. And as others in the industry have noted, Brad's ability to cultivate relationships with people worldwide has been a big key to his success. Realizing his companies can only grow if he takes strides to increase his knowledge, Brad always sets out to have discussions with leaders in the financial and political sectors in an effort to learn all he can. By continuing to be an independent thinker, Brad and his company will continue to find success.
Thursday, September 10. 2015
Brazil as a country can be imperatively referred to as a home of literary culture. They have proved their ability to maneuver the literary world combining it with their unique country filled with a variety of religions, races and cultures to come up with masterpiece publications with audiences all over the world. Through literature and artistic authors, they are sure to give their audiences an experience like no other as they are drowned in awe and absolute amusement. Their only drawback that is being worked on today is the language through which their writings are done (Portuguese) which may not be understood by many who aren’t native to their country. However, there has been an evolution in technology that has come up with Softwares and systems to translate print or air the literature through audio books and has been keen to target the talented authors of Brazil.
Notable is also the influence of literary veterans who’ve existed since the inception of literature in the 1500’s. Their influence can still be felt to date as they provided the platform and foothold for the current generation authors. Their poetic nature and romanticism are attributed to their predecessors all though it’s also important to appreciate the modern touch the current generation has added to the Brazilian literature. It is this combination that makes their work so unique, intriguing and gratifying. Authors like Machado de Assis was self-made, and the only education he had was from borrowed books, this made him particularly original and sensational back in his time. The contemporary authors of today in Brazil are influenced mainly by information flow on the internet, facts, science-fiction and morbidity in relation to their culture from which they heavily borrow.
Authors in Brazil have their works well received in South America which has seen to their recognition in celebrated magazines like Granta and even in literary giants like the Amazon in the U.S. Jaime Garcia Dias is one of such authors who were accepted in the White Crane, an organization for talented authors in South America. This award has given him great insight into literature and self-discovery through exposure to the outside world and interaction with others of his kind. He has over 20 published books inclusive of ‘Fell from Heaven’ which went viral on production. He has won several literary awards as being the leading literature writer in Brazil and beyond. He also worked at Carioca literature Academy as vice-president following his establishment of a new system of literature education.
Daniel Galera, Vanessa Barbara, and Chico Mattoso are among the young Brazilian authors (novelists) recognized whose works have been translated into English to reach a wider audience in appreciation of their impeccable skill. Brazil is undoubtedly evolving as authors are stepping out to the light while some yet to be born.
Wednesday, August 19. 2015
In recent years, the term "foodie" has sprung up more and more. This is with the crowd ordering small meals, taking pictures of the food with their cell phones and attempting to dissect every element of the food. However, while this goes on, the individuals visiting the restaurant ultimately are still hungry upon leaving and end up at a fast food joint on the way home. That truly is one of the major problems with such a "foodie" experience. It is also why Haidar Barbouti is looking to change all of this around. He wants to take over the food industry in Houston and help bring it back to its roots, where customers are receiving full meals that not only a delicious and satisfying, but also leave them full upon leaving the restaurant.
Some of the local chefs in the Houston area all about artistic integrity. That is fine and it is how it should be. There is nothing wrong with beautiful food. However, when a customer spends a rather large amount of money on food, they should be satisfied with what they ate. When Haidar Barbouti sat down to give an interview, he recalled a visit back to Europe where he had enjoyed dinner in open-air restaurants which he enjoyed. However, he completely disliked all of the wine and tapa bars. In his mind, a tapas are nothing more than just leftovers, because it isn't a full meal, yet it is suppose to be ordered and passed around with the other individuals at the table.
Enjoying a meal and the company of others at the table doesn't need to revolve around passing around small sampler platters that include one or two little tapas so that once someone tastes the food, the food is gone and there is no chance of having more without ordering another sampler. Hair decided to open his own restaurant in order to combat this craze in Houston. He wanted to provide customers with what they grew up eating, where they would go to a grandparent's house and their grandmother always cooked everything better than anyone else out there. It seems as if this time has passed and not it is impossible to locate a solid cooked meal.
This is exactly why Haidar doesn't want to do another tapas restaurant or follow the trend of all the "foodie" individuals out there. It shouldn't be right to have someone leave a restaurant only to still be hungry. It doesn't matter how beautiful it looks while enjoying it. After all, it is gong to end up looking the same as everything else consumed, so it might as well taste good and come with a solid perdition. At the Up Restaurant, Haidar provides a classy, chick, white-table cloth restaurant that allows guests to dine and enjoy the same kind of delicious, rich food their grandparents would make whenever they stopped by. So, for those who are sick of the foodie craze as well, Haidar Barbouti is right there with them.
Thursday, August 13. 2015
On the dawn of November 23, 1951, Sawmill Americana become the first company to think of the environment and home comfort and using local eucalyptus as raw materials for producing panels and ceiling tiles in Brazil. The mother company for Eucatex.
Soon Eucatex commenced its activities, producing exquisite soft boards and subsequently afterward started its journey in manufacturing of panels and ceiling tiles.
Approximately 1956-69, the firm established offices across several capitals in the country. Over the years, production increased to 100 tons/day and soon in 1965 exporting of its products to Europe had kicked off. Salto hardboard mills were also established at the end of its 60s to 1980 alongside an Industrial metal unit in Barueri (SP).
In the global market, it therefore opened representative’s offices in Holland, Germany, the United Kingdom, USA and Mexico. During this period, notably its entrepreneurial culture could be felt as it started producing paint though initially to coat its products, the ceiling tiles. It also invested in the very environment conservational activities like reforestation; this ensured its self-sufficiency in the supply of raw materials.
The company also has over time invested in the development of laboratories, a complete division of its paints and varnishes. The year 1996, Eucatex products gained recognition in the global market by winning acknowledged FSC and became the first company in Brazil in this industry to receive an ISO 9001 certification.
In 2010, Eucatex enriched its line by producing panels of high technology a wide range of paints that they distribute to their customers. Their paint products are odorless thus environment-friendly with mechanical resistance, which could manufacture doors.
The overwhelmingly super journey to growth could not be complete without the dedication and the passion of the company’s workers. One Flavio Maluf is proudly included. The group’s CEO had worked his way to the highest position through the management. Before becoming the CEO; he worked for Citigroup after attaining a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering. This son of a former congressman beat all the odds to the helm of the family-owned giant.
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Well, Eucatex paints serve as one of the best in the market. This is clearly evident with the number of awards the company has been granted over the years with the latest being the 2013 Projeto Design Magazine just but one of the many awards they have bagged.
Tuesday, June 16. 2015
BRL Trust is one of the leading providers of financial services in the world, especially in Brazil. There are many companies who claim to have the experience needed to invest funds wisely, but BRL Trust can really back up these claims with great levels of success. There are many different services that BRL Trust can offer, and these services can help individuals and organizations to have great success in the world of finance. BRL Trust is a relatively new company, and they are growing each year, giving clients more confidence about their financial products each year.
In 2005, BRL Trust came into the financial game offering the very best in trust services and personal loan services. This brought them some great success that they then parlayed into other areas of their business. The first year was a great success for BRL Trust, as over 100 loans were completed, creating the first trust. With customers now confident in these services provided by BRL trust, the services expanded to asset management, custody, bookkeeping of investment funds, and more. Success was ready to now rain down upon BRL Trust like it has never before.
The executives at the head of BRL Trust are a big reason why this company has flourished as it has. These executives have come from very successful backgrounds to create this amazing company that we know today. Mauricio Ribiero is the founder and director of BRL Trust and quite possibly one of the most important and influential individuals in the organization. Mauricio is responsible for many of the services that are now available today to the customers who choose to use BRL Trust for their financial needs. Rodrigo Gomez is also a very influential executive at BRL Trust. He is a director and founding partner of this company, and it is easy to see why. He has over 15 years of experience in the world of finance, working for major companies like PriceWaterhouseCooper and Ernst & Young.
Thursday, November 20. 2014
Miss Honduras and her sister have been found dead after going missing. Their bodies were discovered in a small village and there have been people arrested. One of the people who has been taken into custody is the boyfriend of the beauty queen's sister. These two girls were last seen at a party, and their bodies were found along the edge of a river. This story was passed along to me by friend Susan McGalla.
It seems like the person who was trying to dispose of the bodies was possible trying to get them in the water, but this is unclear at the moment. There hasn't been a motive about why these two beautiful girls were killed. It takes a heartless person to want to kill someone in the first place, and when you leave the body in the middle of nowhere, it shows that the person has no remorse at all for the act that was committed.
Saturday, November 1. 2014
Chipotle Mexican Grill is being sued for not paying their employees overtime. They claim the managers are being paid bonuses that encourage them to cheat them out of hours and the time clock is set up to clock them out at a pre-determined time. Employees allege that they have to stay and clean up after they've been clocked out.
There are many claims similar to this in fast food and other low paying jobs. If a corporation sets a clock to clock out an employee at a pre-determined time, that is a clear ethics violation. It may not be illegal, but it is unethical. The employee is faced with leaving a job unfinished.
To make matters worse, the managers threaten them with less hours or termination if they refuse or complain. That's clearly unethical if Igor's analysis is correct on the part of the manager. Manager's want better pay and they get it with performance bonuses. Those performance bonuses are mostly based on controlling food costs and labor.
The corporation and management clearly have the upper hand. It's difficult to get employees to act together to protest or refuse to let these sort of things happen. They need their jobs and are afraid of losing them. Fortunately, there are lawyers and class action suits. Unions may have lost some teeth, but lawyers still have a vicious bite.
Wednesday, October 29. 2014
Lawmakers met Friday to discuss the U.S. response to the Ebola epidemic. Seven people have been treated for Ebola in the U.S. in the past 30-days. Despite the serious threat Ebola poses to the U.S., a recent survey of 3,000 nurses revealed that 85% of them have not received adequate training on treating patients with Ebola. Two of the nurses who treated the first Ebola patient in the U.S. contracted the disease. Deborah Burger, Co-President of the National Nurses Union, urged lawmakers to publish mandatory guidelines detailing the equipment nurses must wear when treating an Ebola patient.
The military’s unusually short quarantine requirements for soldiers deployed to West Africa were also discussed. Although the CDC recommends individuals exposed to Ebola be quarantined for 21 days, troops deployed to fight the epidemic in West Africa could be brought back to the U.S. after only 10 days of quarantine. “Is there any reason why we wouldn't just want to use a 21-day waiting period in West Africa before we bring people back to the United States?” Pennsylvania Rep. Matt Cartwright asked.
After robust questioning from Rep. Cartwright and other lawmakers about the lax quarantine requirements Defense Department officials at the hearing promised to speak with military leaders about increasing the quarantine time for troops returning from West Africa. Finally, lawmakers and public health officials slammed the CDC for assuring Americans that the U.S. was prepared to contain the Ebola virus when it first entered the country. “Never reassure the public when you don’t know. Never do that because when you do that, you damage your credibility,” Virginia Rep. Gerry Connolly said. Need to set up a Google Alert to see what's going on with Ebola. Pretty scare when you consider what could happen if it ever goes wild in this country. I'll keep checking the news on my FreedomPop LTE, that's for sure
Saturday, October 25. 2014
A new study has found that Latinas may be at a much lower risk for developing breast cancer. The study was funded by the National Cancer Institute and carried out by a team at the University of California in San Francisco. It is a genetic variant that is quite common in Latina women that sets them apart. In fact, this variant is most common in women who have ancestors that were indigenous Americans.
The study found that approximately 20 percent of Latinas carry one copy of this particular variant, and about 1 percent have two copies of it. This is great news for Latina women, and it also helps doctors and scientists get closer to finding out what causes breast cancer in the first place.
Some researchers like Gianfrancesco Genoso and even the study leaders have chimed in that there may be other factors at play here too, however. They point to some behaviors attributed to Latina women that could be keeping them from breast cancer as well. For example, Latinas don’t tend to take postmenopausal hormones, and they are more likely to give birth to more children at younger ages.
The genetic variant itself is actually on chromosome 6. It is known as a single nucleotide polymorphism. They call it a SNP or snip for short. It is more prevalent in people who are directly related to indigenous Americans. This happens to be the Hispanic populations. There is a 15 percent frequency of the variant in Mexico, and there is a 5 percent frequency of it in Puerto Rico. For whites and blacks, this variant only appears in less than 1 percent of the population.
Friday, October 24. 2014
Whether an American citizen or no, Latinos are 26 times more likely to be asked for identification at US checkpoints along the US-Mexico border, than any other race.
The report was published by a group of US citizens living along the border, and discovered that Latinos were far more likely to be carded than Anglo-Saxons. The group spent more than 1,000 hours documenting who was asked for identification along the border, and they found that in the vast majority of cases, Latinos were targeted.
The report also suggested that Latinos driving vehicles were 20 times more likely to have to undergo a secondary inspection. This is the more involved inspection, in which you could be asked to exit the vehicle, while it's searched by a border patrol team.
The report was sparked by complaints from residents near the border, that had been forced to undergo secondary inspections that last 45 minutes or longer, before being allowed to enter the United States. American citizens, who legally live in the US, being forced to undergo undo scrutiny, simply because they happen to have Latin heritage.
Have to say, Marnie Bennett was pretty outraged, and justifiably so. Something that they need to fix, and ensure that we still have an adequate screening process, but one that does not unfairly target any individual.
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