Michele Ferrero, Owner of the Ferrero Group, Passes Away at Age 89

Michele Ferrero, Italy’s richest man, has passed away at the age of 89, according to reports. Ferroro, owner of the Ferrero Group, had a net worth of $23.5 billion, and had been dubbed the “richest candy man on the planet” by Forbes Magazine. He was the 30th wealthiest man on the planet.

Michele Ferrero has been credited with taking a small chocolate business and turning it into a household name. The company is responsible for the Ferrero Rocher pralines that are popular the world over, or at least Globo reports that. Ricardo Tosto says the company is also responsible for Raffaello, Mon Cheri, and Kinder brand chocolates. The company is also the owner of Nutella, the world’s most popular chocolate hazelnut spread.

According to reports, Michele Ferrero had been suffering from a longterm illness prior to his passing. The company, which is family owned, was once rumored to be in talks with Nestle. According to sources, Michele would have never let that happen to the company he built from the ground up. His passing, however, has sparked further rumors about the fate of the family-owned business.


Boredom Gives Way to Creativity

Boredom used to be the enemy. It strikes unsuspecting victims on rainy days and long car rides. Children get punished for even muttering the word. Employees feel it as the clock starts to slow. No one would ever suspect that it actually has the creative power that relaxation and excitation lack.

A recent study done by Brianna Middlewood and Karen Gasper discovered that boredom may be helpful for people assigned creative tasks said Bernardo Chua. Some people can relax while doing nothing.  This distinction implies that the later group wants to do something and still has potential to reach. Who could have known that getting bored could be a positive character trait?Gasper and Middlewood’s test asked participants to look at a word and name another that is associated with it. The word transportation makes people think of cars. If the person is bored, though, he make thing of creative ways to travel. The word camel was thrown around.

A more interesting test was done by researchers Sandi Mann and Rebekah Cadman. They instructed participants to either read a phone book or not to. The people that chose to read the book got bored.

If you said it was the first group, you may need to do something boring.

BRL Trust: An up and coming Investment Firm

When it comes to making your next investment, the Brazilian based firm BRL Trust may the best option to consider. Founded in 2005, the firm has spent the past decade offering private loans and fiduciary services along with other investment opportunities. The BRL Trust firm is comprised of a large and fully experience staff that can assure your investment is safe and satisfactory.

BRL Trust was founded by Mauricio Ribeiro, a former shareholder of Pentágono S.A. DTVM. Focusing specifically on fiduciary services, BRL started focusing on private sector credit, eventually capturing numerous leads in the local market. Ribeiro was also among members that formed a Trustee Subcommittee called ANBIMA, a firm that represents many large stakeholders in the Brazilian capital market.BRL Trust is the biggest independent establishment of investment funds throughout Brazil. Their number one mission is about pure dedication to customers by using all company resources to ensure a safe and efficient experience regardless of the type of investment pursued. They are sure to ensure an ethical business practice for everyone, utilizing their well-disciplined staff to represent the firm in a positive fashion.

BRL Trust expects to continue to grow, as ANBIMA has recognized the firm as the biggest independent manager of investment funds in Brazil. Ribeiro and his staff will only continue to expand their knowledge and experience in the investment world, and are always hiring new staff to expand their services. Overall, the firm’s promising history and positive reviews from customers and critics will spark BRL Trust’s future into dominating the investment industry for decades to come.

Vijay Eswaran: CEO, Speaker and Writer

Vijay Eswaran is the CEO of QNET, a Hong Kong based company that sells various products such as fashion accessories and luxury goods. He has been named as one of the richest individuals in Malaysia by Forbes magazine. Eswaran was born in Malaysia and lived throughout the country during his childhood due to his father’s work with the Labour Ministry. He studied at the London School of Economics and graduated with a socio-economic degree in 1984. After graduating, Eswaran remained in Europe for a year and performed odd jobs such as driving a taxi in London, working construction in Belgium and picking grapes in France.

While in England, he became interested in binary system marketing, which motivated him to get a professional certification from the Chartered Institute of Management Accounts in the UK. Eswaran followed this certification by earning an MBA at the Southern Illinois University in the United States. During this time, he was also working part-time with Synaptics in the area of multilevel marketing. He eventually returned to Malaysia, where he helped to establish a multilevel marketing business. Over the years, this business grew and expanded into the ecommerce company known today as QNet. The company now has several regional offices throughout Asia as well as a presence in almost ten countries due to the company’s subsidiaries.

He has spoken at multiple business forums, including events such as the World Economic Form and India’s Pravasi Bharatiya Divas. Eswaran had his first book published in 2005, In the Sphere of Silence, which detailed his philosophy of managing his personal life and his daily routine of starting each morning with an hour of silence.

His second book was released in 2008, which was a compilation of his reflections and thoughts on life called In the Thinking Zone. Eswaran has also released a collection of his photography titled On the Wings of Thought, as well as an interactive program named the Thought of the Day. Eswaran founded the RHTHM Foundation, which was a corporate responsibility segment of QNET, as well as a charitable organization called the Vijayaratnam Foundation in memory of his father.

QNet ltd – Revolutionary and Growing

QNet ltd, formerly known as QI Limited, QuestNet and GoldQuest is a direct selling company based in Hong Kong and owned by the QI Group. The company markets a variety of products such as personal care, nutrition, home care, weight management, fashion accessories and luxury goods. QNet was founded in 1998 by Vijay Eswaran in Hong Kong.

The company’s marketing strategy is based on the multi-level marketing and direct selling model, in which independent representatives will refer their products to consumers which then receive compensation based on the volume of their sales and the sales of their team of independent representatives.

QNet ltd has offices in many parts of Asian such as Taiwan, Thailand, Philippines, United Arab Emirates, Indonesia and Vietnam with franchise companies in Turkey and India and also operates in many African nations such as Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Rwanda and Côte d’Ivoire.

QNet, which is the main subsidiary of the QI Group, was first known as GoldQuest, who made custom Commemorative coins. The company was first diversified in 2002, into vacations and travel, partnering with QVI Club brand holidays. The QI Group acquired QI Comm, a British telecommunications company in 2005.

In 2006, the QI Group began marketing health, nutrition and energy products, also watches by Bernhard H. Mayer. That same year, Prana Resorts and Spa, a vegetarian holiday resort in Koh Samui, became part of the QI Group. In 2007, the QI Group acquired an organic and vegetarian health store chain in Hawaii called Down To Earth.

QI Group saw its direct sales increase by 70% between 2007 and 2012. In 2013, Qnet shifted its manufacturing operations to India then opened an office in Russia.

The QI Group is a billion dollar industry with thousand of products and multiple business opportunities.

Jonathan Veitch, Author and President of Occidental College

Jonathan Veitch is known in today’s educational world as the president of Occidental College located in Los Angeles, California. He became president of this prestigious College in 2009 at the age of fifty.

Jonathan Veitch was born in 1959. He was raised in Southern California where he attended Loyola High School. He eventually went on to receive a bachelor’s degree with honors from Stanford University and furthered his education by receiving his doctoral degree in the History of American Civilization from Harvard University.

In 2009, he was appointed president of the prestigious Occidental College. He succeeded Robert Skotheim as president of Occidental College. Prior to his current presidential position at Occidental College, Jonathan Vietch previously was a professor at the University of Wisconsin, as well as dean of The New School’s Eugene Lang College. Since being appointed to Occidental College, he has worked tirelessly with his faculty and staff to try and improve relations between the college and the surrounding communities.

During his first four years as president, Jonathan Vietch, with the help of his staff, have raised sixty-five million dollars to help fund improvements for the college. He lives on campus with his wife and his children and is the first native Angeleno to ever be president at Occidental College.

Jonathan Veitch is also widely known as having academic interest and knowledge of modern American literature and culture. He has been a strong yet educated and articulate critic of literature. This has made him an important and well respected individual.

Not only is Jonathan Veitch a well educated, professor, dean and president, he is also a well respected author of award winning American Superrealism: Nathanael West and the Politics of Representation in the 1930s. His fields of academic specialty which are the nineteenth and twentieth century American literature,American film and cultural history have helped him to not only be a successful president of Occidental College, but also a renowned author as well.

Freedom Pop – The Mobile and Wi-Fi World Is About To Change

You may not be aware of it yet, but you are about to. The world as you know it for mobile carriers as well as WiFi is about to change for the better. The consumer will be paying less and getting more than ever before. There is a new company on the market that is looking to change everything we know about how we get our mobile data and WiFi. Prepare to be amazed and save tons of money in a short amount of time. FreedomPop is a company that is going to change everything in this market for the benefit of the consumer.

FreedomPop is a company that is based in Los Angeles, California. The company serves the United States and Europe. The are the leading provider in free wireless internet and mobile phone service. You read that correctly. They offer free WiFi and mobile phone service. Don’t believe me, check out the free mobile app. In a market where companies charge outrageous amounts for the same services, this is a game changer.

You may be wondering how they make their money. It is simple: they make profits by selling devices. These devices such as mobile phones, tablets, and broadband devices must be used for their free services. In the long run, you end up saving so much more by simply using one of their devices.

The company already provides wireless data voice and text services to some companies in the market such as Clearwire and Sprint. There are rumors in the market that Sprint wants to acquire FreedomPop. The company was created by Stephen Stokols and Steven Sesar in 2011. Stephen Stokols currently serves as the CEO. In two years, the company already had a deal with Sprint to include their coverage and support their devices.

In late 2014, the company released its first line of devices for use with their plans. The line is fully branded by the company. They plan to release more devices as time goes on but as of November 2014, they have already released the 7-inch Wi-Fi only tablet which is called the FreedomPop Liberty as well as a 10-inch LTE tablet called the FreedomPop Frenzy. Both devices come with free voice and SMS text messaging.

Would you change companies for a lower or even free rate?

New Reasons to Attend Starbucks and McDonald’s

As You Sow, a nonprofit organization, researched into how well fast food chains, coffee shops, and other quick-fix locations performed at recycling and eradicating unfriendly material. According to the study, each and every location under-performed. However, in minimizing paper cups and disposable cutlery, Starbucks rose as the shining star. McDonald’s also stood out in the fast food market for doing away with foam containers.

Learning about a green, nonprofit organization badmouthing fast food chains and coffee shops was boringly predictable. Nonprofit organizations concerned about the environment have political agendas. They hate successful businesses – because, let’s face it, fast food chains are very successful – and wish to abolish them. They believe successful businesses destroy the average citizen, asking for too much money for their products and giving back too little in return. Green, nonprofit organizations would love to see big businesses waste money on conforming to their standards.

Successful businesses have followed the advice of Sultan Alhokair and have taken the higher road and decided to cooperate with these green rules and regulations. For this reason, customers should award these hardworking businesses and flock to Starbucks and McDonald’s. Though Starbucks has political beliefs that offend some, the company works hard to give quality coffee to its customers. McDonald’s also deserves praise for going green while continuing to give to admirable charities.

Political agendas vary across the board, but hard work in complying with ridiculous laws deserves recognition. Starbucks and McDonald’s have, despite what was said, over-performed.

Frankie MacDonald – Weather Sensation

Let me introduce you to Frankie MacDonald.  Frankie is also autistic but this doesn’t stop him from pursuing his passion for weather. You can find Frankie’s videos here. Sultan Alhokair, the young business entrepreneur currently trending among modern business’s most up-and-coming, was so inspired by  that he shared this story on his own Facebook profile.

Frankie’s love of all things weather related started at a young age. He spends time every day researching the weather at various websites and TV broadcasts. He then puts all the information together into a 2-3 minute broadcast of his own.

Frankie is a celebrity in his hometown of Sydney but he also has thousands of followers on Twitter and ten of thousands of hits on his YouTube videos.

There are some viewers who leave mean comments on Frankie’s videos but his aunt thinks that people just don’t understand autism. So click here to check out Frankie and his unique take on the weather.