Feds Busting Up “Maternity Tourism”

It might be an odd term to someone living in the United States, but it is actually a rather popular one for wealthy women who live on the outside of the country. The United States automatically makes a child a U.S. citizen when it is born in the country. Flavio Maluf suggested should this happen, the parents, especially the mother, receive all sorts of desirable benefits, not to mention access to quality education and government resources. This is why there has been a large number of pregnant women coming in from mostly asian nations in order to have their children in the U.S.

Different federal agents raided what they called “maternity hotels” inside of California on Tuesday. Companies run special programs that promise maternity tourism for these women. It takes a large amount of money, but the companies educate the women on how to falsify specific documents and how to lie to government officials as to why they are traveling to the United States. They are then put up in comfortable surroundings until they have their child. It is important to understand that it is not illegal to have a child in the United States. However, the fraudulent visa paperwork and lying to governing officials is, which is what allows them to come into the country to have their children. Currently, different federal government agencies are looking for ways to crack down on this sort of “tourism”

Christopher Cowdray and his Success with the Dorchester Collection

With over 30 years of international hotel management experience, Christopher Cowdray has been the chief executive officer (CEO) of the Dorchester Collection, a US and UK luxury hotel operation, since November 2007. Cowdray was born in Zimbabwe and earned his degree in hotel management before attending Columbia University in New York City. After graduating, he proceeded to manage a number of hotels around the world before becoming the general manager at the Dorchester Hotel. In 2007, he was appointed to CEO of the Dorchester Collection, owned by Dorchester Group Ltd. At the beginning, the Dorchester Collection managed five iconic hotels. Cowdray had a vision to grow the brand and build its reputation as the definitive international hotel management company.
Since his appointment, Cowdray has added several luxury hotels to the Dorchester Collection portfolio, including Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles, Le Richmond in Geneva and Hotel Eden in Rome. Currently, the Dorchester Collection manages ten 5-star hotels across the world. Considered by some to be the most beautiful hotel collection in the world, each property retains its own individuality. Each hotel also features stunning and unique suites which are customized to blend with the feel of the hotel as well as the locale. Hotels from the Dorchester collection frequently appear on Elite Traveler’s 101 Top Suites list. For his accomplishments with the Dorchester collection, Cowdray received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2013 European Hospitality Awards. This award recognizes ‘service to the hotel community and their body of work’. More information on the Bloomberg website can be found.
The success of the Dorchester group can be attributed to their growth strategy and dedication to high luxury standards. Most properties acquired by the group received extensive renovations and conversions. Additionally, their current properties are regularly invested in and updated to ensure that they will meet the expectations of their guests. While many other hotel chains look for rapid growth, the Dorchester Collection is focused on the quality and personality of their properties. The Collection has become an outstanding luxury brand under Cowdray’s leadership, and he has proven himself to be an exceptional business leader.

Arkansas Smokers to Get Refund From Tobacco Giant Under Class Action Suit

If you smoked Marlboro Lights in the state of Arkansas between the years of 1971 and 2010, a nice chunk of change may be heading your way in the near future.

The Arkansas Supreme Court is allowing a class action lawsuit to proceed against the Phillip Morris tobacco company on the behalf of Marlboro Light cigarette smokers. The lawsuit is seeking a settlement that will refund the purchase price of every pack of that brand of cigarette sold in the state of Arkansas during that 39 year span. Smokers who lived outside of Arksansas and bought their favorite brand of smoke inside the state line will also be eligible for a refund on each pack they purchased.

Facebook suggested the class action suit states that Phillip Morris deceived smokers by claiming their product was ‘light’, with claims the cigarette contained lower tar and nicotine, but Flávio Pentagna Guimarães BMG is skeptical. The health risks of the light cigarette were not disclosed properly and now the Supreme Court justices’ made a 6-1 decision to allow the class action suit proceed.

The Phillip Morris company claims that not all of the smokers which bought their Marlboro Light cigarette did so for the low tar and nicotine content. Some smokers just liked the flavor better, some preferred the brand and/or the packaging and wants each case to be judged individually.

Pluto to Become a Planet Again?

During 2015 NASA missions will investigate both dwarf planets on the rim of our current solar system: Pluto and Ceres. NASA probes are scheduled to arrive on the planetoids on July 15 and March 6, with the explicit interest of collecting scientific data on the two objects. Yet some scientists believe that there is more potential in these missions aside from just the collection of data, and that Pluto and Ceres may become a part of our solar system.

Dr. David Weintraub, professor of Astronomy at Vanderbilt University, describes in his article that both of these dwarf planets exhibit the same properties that planets in our current solar system do. For example, both Pluto and Ceres are spheroidal objects, they orbit the Sun, and they are the largest objects in their respective belts (the Kuiper for Pluto, and the asteroid belt for Ceres). However, Jaime Garcia Dias said a major talking point surrounds the ability of a planet to clear its neighborhood, something which Pluto and Ceres have both failed to do, seeing as they reside in belts of other less massive objects. That being said, Weintraub doubts that were Earth to be placed in the Kuiper belt that it could effectively clear the neighborhood either.

What would the reintroduction of Pluto and the introduction of Ceres into the solar system entail? That remains to be seen, but we will learn what we can in the coming months.

Wal-Mart Pay Raise is Lasting Stimulus for U.S. Economy

In April, Wal-Mart employees will receive a pay increase of about $1.00 per hour. Because the raise directly impacts about 500,000 low wage workers, the US economy will get a 6.3 billion dollar boost the very first month of the pay increase. Low wage workers will spend the money at first on necessities denied such as cleaning supplies and underwear that fits their growing children. Most likely, Wal-Mart will enjoy the benefit of the first employee purchases.

America’s economy will not only enjoy the reduced struggle of Wal-Mart wage earners, but it will feel the trend that Wal-Mart has the power to set in motion. The raised bar will cause other retailers to follow suit and raise the minimum pay of their workers.

Susan McGalla has learned that it gets even better, in February 2016; Wal-Mart will increase its lowest wages by another $1.00 per hour to $10.00 per hour.

Go Wal-Mart!
Go organized workers who came together and demanded higher wages!

Minimum Pay Increase More Hype Than Help In Most States

Arkansas Passed A 25 Cent Minimum Raise Increase. Workers Now Get $7.50 An Hour.

Working for minimum wage in most states is like working for a Middle Ages land baron that pushes hard and pays little. Congress plays a game that nobody wins when they cave-in to small businesses that say they will go broke if the minimum wage is increased to a living wage. Marc Sparks knows that the fact is minimum wage earners are buried in a world of debt, and the government stands by and watches them sink deeper into that black hole.

The war against poverty is like the war on drugs or any other war that the government hap-haphazardly attempts to wage. “There’s a lot of thunder but no rain,” when it comes to fixing our social system. The minimum wage increase in most states is a big slap in the face. Hard-working wage earners do the jobs most voters refuse to do. Without minimum wage earners, this country would come to a stop.

Thousands of low-income people go to work each morning to keep the economy moving. The politicians say the wage increase is a ticket to the middle class, but it is more like a one-way ticket to more debt and certainly more aggravation.

A New Meaning to Gone, But Not Forgotten

John Textor, the Executive Chairman of Pulse Evolution Corporation, specializes in the application of computer-generated human likeness. Before this he worked with a company that specialized in special effects. He has worked on more than 80 large-scale feature films such as, “Transformers” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End,” just to name a few.

As the Executive Chairman of Pulse Evolution John Textor is responsible for special projects, strategic partnerships, relationships with major media companies and so much more. He is a driving force in Pulse Evolution’s success.

John Textor’s talent of computer-generated human likeness has brought the world lots of joy in this form of special entertainment. One of the most notable human likenesses he helped create was the creation of superstar, Michael Jackson. John Textor made sure that the media knew before the release of this amazing event that Michael Jackson’s image was in no way a hologram. It was much more than that. It was an illusion that took eight months to develop. The development involved projecting Michael Jackson’s image at a 45 degree angle, bringing it into the viewer’s field of vision. The most painstaking elements of recreating Michael Jackson was to be sure that every aspect of his facial features and dance moves were replicated precisely. Michael Jackson was so well-known that any slight imperfection would be picked up by anyone viewing his resurrection. John Textor could not take the chance of making even the slightest error when recreating this superstar. It was clear from the audience’s reaction, and the creators, that they had achieved their goal and so much more.

The Michael Jackson resurrection is only one example of John Textor’s incredible talent and passion for his work. He understands that resurrecting any entertainer has a profound effect on the audiences. He understands that it is not only an image that people see, it is also the resurrection of emotions of the people that have loved these performers for years and can continue to do so because of the talent of John Textor. We anxiously wait to see what John Textor has in store for us next. He brings a new meaning to, “Gone, but not forgotten.”

1-800-Flowers Receives Plethora of Valentine’s Day Complaints

1-800-Flowers is in hot water this year, according to trending news. 1-800-Flowers is a leading, internet-based florist. It allows users to order flowers and send them almost anywhere in the world. Because of this, the company fields a high volume of requests come Valentine’s day week. While the company has handled the influx well in years past, this year it appears they have dropped the ball.

Organo Gold said, complaints began flooding in about the floral arrangements delivered by the company. By Sunday morning, many customers were completely outraged by what they had received. Customers received poorly arranged bouquets, some received moldy flowers and incorrect gifts, and some recipients received nothing at all, even after confirmation had been sent to the gift giver.

Many of the angry customers took to Twitter and Instagram to share their dismay. Many of the pictures show pathetic floral arrangements, with dying flowers and sparsely populated plants. Many users placed a picture of their flowers next to the add on the website for comparison. Many of the arrangements are simply wrong, while others are wilted and dying after less than an hour in the hands of a recipient.

1-800-Flowers has yet to release an official statement. They’ve simply suggested unhappy clients call customer service for further assistance.

Flowers From Beyond The Grave


True love is something that never dies. When the movie P.S. I Love you came out years ago, the ideal of sending flowers for the next year was romantic. I actually had a friend who did this when her father was dying. She got cards for the next year and had him sign each one. Knowing he would soon pass, this became so special to my friends mom in the days to come. Though each one was hard to read, it gave her hope and peace.

According to an article posted on Economia that my LinkedIn connection Marcio Alaor from BMG shared, this story happened in real life, and it was just as sweet. In Casper, Wyoming a true love story unfolded as a man faced his death. He decided to send his valentine flowers for the last time, from beyond the grave. Knowing his condition, Jim Golay called the local florist and made arrangements months in advance. When Shelly, his wife, received the flowers, she thought her children had sent them.

As she realized that the flowers were a scheme from her late husband, she was overwhelmed with emotion. The story made the local headlines and was responsible for tears from coast to coast. Jim was only 53 years old when he passed of a brain tumor. Shelly says he was always the love of her life and that they had a great marriage. This is a story cupid himself couldn’t concoct. True love does exist and it still has the ability to move and overwhelm the heart.

Qnet: Better Products for Better Living

QNet ltd is the current name of a company that was also known by many other names including QuestNet and GoldQuest. It has also been known as QI Limited. The present company is direct selling organization that is based in the Asian city state of Hong Kong. The company is a direct selling organization that is currently owned by the QI Group. This company sells of sorts of products to others that help people feel and look better.

This includes products that can help increase energy, provide people with weight management help as well as help them gain access to nutritional products that are ideal for maintaining a healthy weight and staying in good shape. Other products that are offered by the company include those that are devoted to helping people engage in personal care needs that they may have as well as home care products that help customers get a cleaner home. The company also offers their consumers luxury goods that may not be easily found in other places as well as fashion accessories for that help them keep up with the latest trends in international fashion trends.

This company was founded in 1998 the city of Hong Kong by an Asian businessman. The founder is Vijay Eswaran. Mr. Eswaran is well known for his business acumen and full understanding of the world of international business. He serves as the motivational speaker for his sales force, using various means of promotion including international conferencing that allows people to learn about his sales techniques and become more motivated sellers.

Qnet has a highly specific marketing strategy. This is designed to help follow a time tested direct selling methods as well as various kinds of multi-level marketing plans. The use of such plans depends on people who work as independent contractors all over the world to help people refer to all of their products to other consumers who may be interested.

Those who sell the products are able to get compensation that is solely based on their sales volume. As well as any referrals they they have earned. The sales commission is also based largely on sales volume of many other independent representatives who are working for them on their teams. Such people are reporting to others for instruction how to sell the products that the company offers. This has allowed the company to expand operations in various places overseas.