Politicians Ask FCC About Erroneous Telecommunication Billing and Related Investigatory Powers

Cable, phone and Internet subscribers have been complaining about questionable billing practices by their telecommunication services providers for years. On Wednesday, February 3, six senators from the U.S. Democratic Party sent a letter to Chairman Tom Wheeler at the Federal Communications Commission finally asking about the telecommunications oversight and regulations agency’s role in dealing with these claims.

As pointed out by a few sleuths at the Laidlaw & Company forum on Wall Street Oasis, senators Ron Wyden, Al Franken, Bernard Sanders, Edward J. Markey, Jeffrey A. Merkley and Elizabeth Warren, the FCC received a high number of complaints in 2015 about errors in service provider billing. Television-related billing complaints took up more than 38 percent of all complaints to the FCC. Internet-related billing complaints were more than 30 percent. In many cases, complaints were about “accidental” instances of over-billing, continued billing after a customer ended a service and/or returned rental equipment, rental billing for customer-owned equipment and repeat calls to fix billing errors months after initial complaints. Comcast was mentioned specifically in all examples. In a statement released to the press after the letter was published, Comcast explained that it’s attempting to fix its customer service to reduce billing errors.

The senators also mentioned that a lack of competition in various geographic areas has forced many customers to continue getting critical services like phone and Internet from companies that have repeatedly failed them. Wheeler has yet to respond to either the senators’ letter or Comcast’s statements.

Managing Image in the Digital Era

Reputation can make or break a business in the modern age. A study conducted by the World Economic Forum determined that more than 25% of market value can be directly tied to the reputation of corresponding businesses. Yet industry surveys suggest that businesses over all are not equipped to contend with risks to their reputation, including online review management, allowing businesses to control ratings and reviews from customers on external sites.

Considering that roughly half of the world’s population is connected to the Internet in some fashion, and the number is increasing all the time, brand recognition and exposure isn’t an option but a necessity for healthy growth.

With online reputation such an important contributor to positive growth and stability, you’d think that more businesses would take advantage of global trends and exploit the avenues of social media to track and monitor opinion while maintaining business privacy for the purposes of analytical processing and strategy. But it’s not realistic to expect a sole entity to do it all, and to manage a business’ reputation online there are professionals who can help.

Firms like Status Labs work regularly in the realm of online reputation management. The strategies deployed in favor of their clients works to bolster positive public opinion of a business, individual or organization. By managing positive feedback, reviews and media circulation, a strong support system could be put in place to influence potential buyers of products or investors looking to build relations in a particular market.

Enabling clients to reach and engage their prospective audiences, increasing sales and strengthening interaction, while managing their reputation, Status Labs helps businesses tailor their image to better their performance online. This effective public relations strategy helps expose companies to previously untapped markets, allowing for ambitious goals to be met.

Based in Austin, Texas, and operating out of New York and São Paulo, Brazil, Status Labs has lent their expertise in public relations and management to more than 1,500 clients stationed in over 35 countries. Among them are prolific public figures and Fortune 100 brands, taking advantage of Status’ services to reach global acclaim.

Marcio Alaor, The Influential Vice President Of Banco, BMG Group

Marcio Alaor is the vice president of one of the leading banks in Brazil, Banco BMG. The bank has over eighty percent dominance in Brazil with over three thousand point of sales and over five thousand agents in the region the bank specializes in affordable credit to Brazilians. The bank was founded in the 1930s as Land credit bank which helped peasant farmers in financing heavy commercial trucks and small cars. BMG has grown to become one of the most reputable commercial banks under the leadership of Marcio Alaor and Ricardo Guimaraes as the president and CEO of BMG. As a general overseer of the company’s operations, he has earned accolades such as the best top entrepreneur in Brazil in the financial matters sometimes back among other awards.


Marcio Alaor has a record of being the first business executive to be born in San Antonio de Monte. He is endeared to people of Brazil because of his generous nature of assisting the local people and companies. His enthusiasm for giving back to the society. He is a pioneer of various rural development projects, especially in agriculture. He is an inspiration to many students, farmers, and investors who seek consultancy from him while making possible decisions. Despite the fact that Brazil has unfavorable climate and limited space for agriculture, Marcio has turned things around, and the region is becoming one of the largest producers of milk in a province.


His experience of ten years in BGM has made him a crucial resource for achieving goals of the bank and in promoting the bank’s operations and investment strategies. His economic analysis prowess has also been recognized by investors. His speculations are second to none when it comes to matters stock market. In a recent automobile stock market hitches, Marcio unmasked the situation and as an economic analyst, he preferred taking a risk in automobile stocks. http://exame.abril.com.br/negocios/dino/noticias/executivo-do-bmg-marcio-alaor-analisa-desempenho-de-montadoras-na-bolsa.shtml


Marcio also believes in economies that embrace manufacturing and mining. In an example of the Australian economy in 2008. During this year, there was the major economic crisis that was felt global. However, Australia was the only country that showed economic stability. Australia mainly deals with exporting consumer products rather than relying on domestic consumption or imports. It balance of payment remained stable. It exports products such as aluminum, iron wheat among others. http://exame.abril.com.br/negocios/dino/noticias/marcio-alaor-do-bmg-explica-por-que-a-economia-da-australia-e-uma-excecao-a-crise-mundial.shtml


Under his tenure and as the leader of business operations, BMG has intentions to partner with Itau. The partnership is aimed at increasing the bank’s portfolio on payroll loans. According to Marcio, Itau provides options that showed an excellent future revenue with fewer costs incurred. Both banks have a significant payroll loans client base and hence can do a profitable business.

Brazilian Bank Ricardo Guimarães Thinks Brazil’s Biggest Export Customer’s Currency Devaluation Will Hurt The China’s Economy in 2016

China’s weak economy is the culprit that sent Brazil into the worst recession in more than 100 years. Slower Chinese demand for Brazilian products has impacted Brazilian exports, and the country can’t seem to get its exporting mojo back. Ricardo Guimarães, the President of BMG Bank, sat down for an interview with Portal.Comunique and told the interviewer that the China situation isn’t going to get any better in 2016.

Mr. Guimarães believes the Chinese yuan is going to lose value against the dollar and that will hurt Chinese consumers. Guimarães said China exports figure may improve, but their import needs will be less than they were in 2015, and that’s bad news for Brazil.

Brazil’s economy is at a crossroads, according to Mr. Guimarães. The government will have to inject money into the Brazilian economy by way of consumers if they want the country to shake off the two-year-old recession that is plaguing the country. Guimarães wants the government to invest in small businesses and middle-class consumers the same way he invested in Brazilian soccer clubs. BMG Bank’s soccer investments have made the bank one of the most profitable banks in Brazil.

The website newspaper R7.com confirmed the fact that BMG Bank is the leader in soccer sponsorships, and Ricardo Guimarães is one of the most respected figures in the soccer world. But Guimarães is also respected in the financial world as well. Mr. Guimarães is one of the bankers that is not only a local banker that made it big, but a wealthy entrepreneur that has interests in mining, cattle, and commodities.

The city of Belo Horizonte showed Ricardo how respected he is when city officials honored him with the Diploma of Merit for his relentless service to the city and his contributions to soccer. A Blog.Dino.com.br article mentioned the Guimarães family contributions to Belo Horizonte which date back to the 1930s. Ricardo’s grandfather Antonio set the bar high for his son Flavio and grandson Ricardo, but both men have exceeded that bar in banking as well as in other endeavors.

Brazil is getting ready for the Summer Olympics, and the country is trying to go on without China’s business. Guimarães believes 2016 will be the year that Brazil shows the world how resilient the country is. The history of Brazil is filled with economic highs and lows and Ricardo says this economic slump is just that. Ricardo said if BMG Bank can break out of banking herd and perform as good as or better than the top five banks, then Brazil can do the same thing on the world’s global market.

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Calls For Muslim Ban Criticized By Philanthropist George Soros

The global economy and future of the continent of Europe are hanging by a thread, according to the billionaire hedge fund manager and philanthropist George Soros. In an interview published by Forbes the billionaire credited with breaking the Bank of England in 1992 reveals his unhappiness with the words of Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump following his call for a travel ban in the U.S. for those of the Muslim faith. George Soros believes the words of New York based real estate mogul Trump are dangerous in completing the work of ISIS and other terrorist groups for them.

George Soros is in a strong position to discuss the ideology of Donald Trump and his supporters after spending time as a refugee following his survival of the Holocaust during World War II. In 1979 Soros established the Open Society Foundations, which his Website reveals is dedicated to bringing democracy and education to the people of the world. Soros explained his belief that the words of Donald Trump would only assist the terrorist groups he fears in recruiting new members with ease.

The rise of ISIS has been a subject of major concern for George Soros as he looked to the future of the European Union and saw many areas of concern for the future. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been an individual George Soros has saved much of his criticism for because of her approach to the Syrian migrant crisis currently dividing opinion across the continent. George Soros was supportive of Merkel in her initial response to the refugee crisis, but now feels stronger leadership is needed to secure the future of the European Union.

In the interview Soros revealed his belief that stronger border controls being introduced across Europe would see the beginning of the breakup of the European Union. Coupling the migrant crisis with a loss of faith in the Euro zone caused by the economic crisis seen in Greece and growing in Ukraine would see the European Union face its biggest challenges in its history. Soros believes the loss of the British referendum on remaining in the European Union would result in the death of the continent wide community and cause major losses in the global economy.

Entrepreneurship in Brazil According to Ricardo Guimarães

Employment opportunities are scarce in Brazil because of the existing crisis being witnessed currently in the country as reported by Ricardo Guimarães, a Brazilian entrepreneur who serves as the President of Banco BMG. The labor market in the country does not offer adequate opportunities to many candidates who are less experienced, or where organizations are facing reduction in the rate of hiring employees. For these reason, a large number of people have decided they should work on their own, more so starting businesses. According to Ricardo Guimarães, more Brazilians have embraced entrepreneurship because of lack of opportunities.
Additionally, entrepreneurship seems to provide solutions to their problems. The President of BMG says that Global Entrepreneurship Index research 2016 revealed that Brazil has a promising future in entrepreneurship category, showing significant improvement as compared to past years. Ricardo Guimarães of BMG cites research as a way of proving the potential of entrepreneurial practice in developing Brazil. In his views, Ricardo Guimarães believes Brazil has positive outlook based on analysis and also in comparison to other Latin American nations. Brazil scooped three positions although 15 other countries are ahead of it like Chile, Columbia, Uruguay as well as Argentina. Ricardo Guimarães, President of Banco BMG, said Brazil is exposed to some shortcomings in comparison with other countries, like unwilling to expand and innovate within the entity.
Ricardo Guimarães of BMG noted the need of investing in projects as a way of contributing to the exposure of entrepreneurial skills and talents, because there is inadequacy of skilled labor in Brazil. The executive of Banco BMG also cited the potential of the country in developing new technology as another factor playing critical role to influence entrepreneurial profile. He further stressed that Brazil lacks notable competitiveness in relation to nations that are enjoying the same socio-economic level.
The executive of Banco BMG says that global services provided by small and medium entities in Brazil have not helped the situation at all. In fact, Brazilian entrepreneurs were ranked among the worst investors operating in foreign markets, as published in the Global Entrepreneurship Week, says Ricardo Guimarães. The executive cites the import culture developed in Brazil as the major reason for this because the exchange is in its favor, but he says things have changed hence the need to consider another approach away from the one which has been used for a long time.
In his conclusion, Ricardo Guimarães of BMG said that several barriers must be broken by those hoping to be Brazilian future entrepreneurs. Some obstacles he cited include lack of professional qualification, the government failing to invest and bureaucracy. Indeed, the government has to play its role of assisting entrepreneurs who wants to achieve big dreams in their career.

Keith Mann Encourages Police

Keith Mann recently brought the entire 54th Street precinct police department lunch. After visiting with his uncle who is a detective on Staten Island, he realized that the morale within the police department was declining because of recent protests against the officers. Mann found this unacceptable because he realizes that citizens rely on the police to enter into situations when others might run away. While many citizens wonder what they can do, Keith Mann figured this simple act of kindness might help raise morale. Keith feels that more citizens should find ways to show the police that they have their support.

Keith Mann is the managing director of Dynamics Executive Search helping alternative investment arena find highly qualified candidates for their businesses. For over 15 years, Dynamics Executive Search has provided qualified candidates to these businesses that are often ignored by other search companies. They now maintain one of the largest databases of qualified individuals in the United States. In the process, Keith Mann has been very generous with his money using it to support many organizations in town.
Keith Mann is also a large supporter of Uncommon Schools. This organization operates charter schools in Massachusetts, New York, and New Jersey. In New York City, this organization teaches 5,900 students at 21 charter schools. Students at these schools scored 21 percent higher on standardized tests than their counterparts in the public school system in math. One of the ways that Keith Mann helps support these students is giving scholarships to students after they graduate from the Uncommon Charter High School.
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New Jersey’s Avi Weisfogel Helps Operation Smile

Operation Smile is a famous nonprofit organization known for their philanthropic work with children who have been afflicted with cleft lip of palate as well as other facial malformations and deformities. With the aid of surgeons, Operation Smile has provided free surgeries in parts of the world where medical infrastructures are lacking in the expertise or funding to assist suffering children and young people. In order to carry this out, medical professionals and assistants volunteer their time to ensure that unfortunate persons could have a chance at a healthy life. That they need funding in the form of a GoFundMe campaign is both a sign of the times and the indication that even skilled people with the best of intentions can’t do it all on their own.

At the head of the crowd-sourced campaign is Dr. Avi Weisfogel, who has pledged every dollar donated to his campaign will go directly to fund the work of Operation Smile during their medical excursions around the world.

Dr. Avi, a Rutgers graduate, obtained his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from New York University College of Dentistry and began his career in the field of dentistry at Old Bridge Dental Care where he handled patients and administrated the business of this healthcare office. For several years, thanks to the dedication of his team and concern for patients and service, they were acknowledged as Top Dentist. Personally, Avi isn’t short of accolades for his work in cosmetic surgery and implants.

Unconventional paths are not mysterious to Avi, which makes his outreach to Operation Smile seem most logical. After his time in a traditional setting in dentistry, Avi was ready to reach out to different specializations. With rudimentary oral care behind him, he now owns and operates Dental Sleep Masters in New Jersey. Along with Dr Glassman, he assists patients and instructs other healthcare providers how to deal with issues of sleep apnea with oral medical devices and accessories. By adapting his nontraditional career path and accompanying education, Avi has become a leading expert in the field of sleep disorders, treatment, and the effect they can have on a patient’s oral health. Understanding the many ways in which oral health can be compromised and the importance of addressing these issues in those who do not have access to regular oral care or a dentist has driven him to assist Operation Smile with his GoFundMe campaign.

The Expansion of Organo Gold

The coffee industry is a growing industry that has been an exponential growth pattern ever since became an important aspect of culture. What makes coffee a special product is the fact that it can be manipulated in multiple ways and have different natural flavors. Coffee is something that can be sold any where whether it be in a popular franchise or in a small local coffee shop or grocery store. Coffee is a universally loved product that offers both much needed calories as well as a special boost of energy that is need in order to complete a hard day of work.

One coffee brand in particular that has been recently making exponential growth is a brand name known as Organo Gold. Organo Gold was founded by the award winning Bernardo Chua who has extensive knowledge in the business industry and has utilized his experience and knowledge in order to further grow the business. Organo Gold is a company that was founded in 2008 on the basis of providing hot beverage drinkers with a healthy product that is also delicious.  In fact, Bernardo has commented on his Facebook, and frequently tweets about the necessity of a healthy drink that provides all the necessary benefits, but that’s also great tasting.

What makes Organo Gold a unique product is the fact that Organo Gold has a secret ingredient that is delicious as well as healthy for the body. This particular secret ingredient is called Ganoderma and is a fungus that has been used for medicinal purposes in Eastern medicine. Health advocate Bernardo Chua has been able to create a new way for Ganoderma to be naturally processed and transformed into a powdery substance that can be easily combined with a number of Organo Gold’s products. These certain products include hot cocoa, tea, as well as coffee.

Organo Gold’s use of Ganoderma has extended the company to now proudly announce that they are the first North American company to have organic Ganoderma plantations that are cared for by experts. The care that goes into taking care of the Ganoderma is a testament to the high quality product that Organo Gold offers.

What makes Organo Gold a special company is that the overall mission is to not only offer a world class product, but to also educate individuals on the importance of healthy living. Organo Gold is currently sold in over 35 different countries with even more future plans for expansion. Organo Gold offers a job to anyone who is in need of extra cash or who wants to be their own boss. The only requirement to work for Organo Gold is to love the product.

Koch Takes Liberal Stance on Prisons

Charles Koch, the current chairman of Koch Industries, has always supported conservative Republican candidates, but that doesn’t mean that he doesn’t hold some liberal views of his own.

Many people acknowledge the waste, inefficiencies, and injustices present in the current justice system but don’t fully understand the ramifications of the strict criminal laws that are put in place. The United States has the second highest number of people in prison in the world behind only China which has a population five times the size of the United States. The population in prison is disproportionately poor, as was noted by a spokes for Charles Koch in an interview with Newsweek and the cost of incarcerating these individuals is staggering. Each year, $80 billion spent on just the process of keeping people in prison, and this figure does not include the costs associated with the criminal justice system of trying, investigating, and the lost economic output from the imprisonment of these people.

Charles Koch is long been associated with the Republican party and other conservative groups as his beliefs are centered on the importance of having a smaller and leaner government that does not harm individual freedoms. Republicans are often considered to be tough on crime and have heavily pursued the war on drugs which have contributed to the high incarceration rate in the country. Despite Koch being affiliated with the Republican Party, he differs on the best causes and solutions for the prison problem.

Namely, Koch indicated that the cost of keeping such a high number of people in prison is three to four times as high as the amount of money that is currently being spent on education. Since most people in prison have lower amounts of education, increasing the education level by investing in schools will help to lower the overall cost of the criminal justice system and save money.

When thought of this way, Koch’s beliefs which are often associated with liberal belief systems are actually conservative in theory. These proposed prison reforms, on which Koch has actually been supportive of the moves made by Democratic President Barack Obama, show that Koch is taking a fuller and more holistic view of the problems that the United States is facing, rather than blindly adhering himself to one party’s mantra. Perhaps Koch’s beliefs are more liberal than one would have guessed from the stream of political contributions that he has made through his Super PACs.

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