Europeans Complain about McDonald’s

McDonald’s is facing complaints from groups in Italy, Germany, and France about its allegedly anti-competitive policies related to franchising. These complaints ask national competition regulators to look into chain’s practices, reports.


The American fast-food chain has been accused of unfair franchising conditions and terms such as prices set for products sold at franchise units, which allegedly are higher than prices charged at company-owned units. This leads, the complaints state, to having franchisees charge higher prices than customers pay at outlets owned directly by McDonald’s.


So far, the French authorities have acknowledged that they received complaints but haven’t made any further comments. Meanwhile, the regulators in Italy and Germany haven’t responded yet.


More than 80 percent of all McDonald’s units are not owned directly by the company, instead they are franchised to private individuals and companies. So, any allegations that the franchisees are not treated fairly are of serious concern. McDonald’s has already responded. “Our franchisees set their own menu prices,” Terry Hickey, a spokesperson for the company claimed.


However, a large French consumer organization, Indecosa-CGT, claims that McDonald’s in France made franchisees charge higher prices. Meanwhile, several Italian consumer groups are withdrawing complaints made to the European Union, claiming the procedures are too slow. Instead, they’ll be proceeding with direct complaints to the Italian national competition regulators.


At the same time, other complaints involve claims of restrictions on suppliers, excessive rents for premises, and tying franchising deals with leases.


If found guilty of antitrust violations, the national competition authorities can fine a company as much as 10 percent of its global sales.


In 2016, McDonald’s Corporation had revenues exceeding $24 billion, with net profits of $4.6 billion. Its market capitalization exceeds $100 billion, placing it among the biggest companies in the world, and certainly one of the few dominant players in its industry.

Cassio Audi: An Investment Manager of Brazil’s Financial Market

Brazil has been dealing with a slow economy and weak markets. The environment in Brazil is failing. Therefore, new investors are being challenged at finding the best investment for the economic environment in Brazil. Financial officers are being added to the realm of business for Brazil, as more investments are used to attract investors. Cassio Audi is an example of one of these officers who has been working effortlessly. Cassio Audi has twenty three years of experience in the financial fields, and is able to handle all financial issues. He has experience with public and private companies, equity funds, and multi-billion organizations. He portrays many qualities to help improve the Brazilian Investment Management, as he is qualified in accounting and financial management. His education began with a BA from Pontifical Catholic University and holds a MBA from Sao Paulo University.

Financial markets from around the world, are at the core of the financial industry. The Brazilian Financial market has unique aspects that are different from other financial markets. The various financial markets are needed to work together to make these investments in Brazil, work through out the various markets of the area. In Brazil, the investment management firms can help investors in significant ways. Cassio Audi, a financial professional, has helped many investors to achieve return on their investments. He is capable of handling many investments to cover a wide range of investment fields, including Brazil, and other countries. The provision of the Brazilian Investment Management services are composed of asset selections, stock selection, and financial analysis. As the investments begin to grow, investment managers have millions of staff to help assist the investors and client. Cassio Audi is the financial manager and leader of all of these services. His success, has named him a prominent figure in Brazilian Investments Manager Markets.

Tammy Mazzocco and the Real Estate Story

Tammy Mazzocco is a residential real estate specialist in Pickerington, Ohio and the four surrounding counties. She has been with RE/MAX since 1999 and is well-known in the area for her expertise and success in the business. More details can be found on her Spokeo profile.

When she started out as a secretary for a local commercial real estate group, she didn’t have aspirations to go into a sales career in real estate, but as she held different supportive positions, she saw the income potential and reasoned that she could do this too.

When she first started out she was very shy and didn’t like to talk to prospective buyers about their finances. This is one area that a realtor needs to know about because it helps identify who is ready to invest in a home. A fellow agent told her just to start asking the right questions up front, no matter what people thought. So, she tried it, and it worked very well. She has never had that problem since.

Tammy Mazzocco gives lots of credit to her co-workers and management who helped her early career. Everyone needs a hand up at one time or another, and she appreciated it. The same holds true for the clients who come looking for homes. Tammy says that most of the time they feel like they are in a very vulnerable position as they are making the biggest financial decision of their lives and they are in unfamiliar territory,

Tammy is very respectful of their time and money that they are putting into their new home, and she tries to treat them just as she would like to be treated herself. When people know your sincerity and that you are trying to help, they also are more prepared to do business with you. For Tammy, this has paid off well, and she gets lots of referrals because of it.

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European Union Leader Falls Further From Reality

The European Union bureaucrats get more and more ridiculous by the day. The European Commission’s President, Jean-Claude Juncker, just attacked Donald Trump for promoting Brexit, and threatened to support Texan independence as a revenge, states CNBC article. And it wasn’t April Fool’s Day joke.


“The newly elected U.S. president was happy that Brexit was taking place and has asked other countries to do the same,” Juncker stated. “If he [Trump] goes on like that, I am going to promote the independence of Ohio and Austin, Texas,” he continued.


In the past, Juncker had served as a Prime Minister of Luxembourg, an ultra-tiny nation of around half a million people. After, he has joined the EU’s bureaucratic ranks and is among the permanent faces on the European political scene.


The European Union bureaucrats are known for creating excessive and often ridiculous policies. In fact, the regulatory burden, on top of migration, was a reason for Brexit. The United kingdom has just began its two-year journey through exit negotiations. Some say, Britain is likely to be punished to prevent other member states from leaving.


Among the latest announcements, is the European Union’s plan to crack down on toasters and hair-dryers as devices considered to be harmful to the environment. The European Union also recognizes snails as fish, and bans bananas that have abnormal curvatures.


What’s more, the EU prohibits recycling of teabags and makes it illegal for children under 8 to blow balloons. Meanwhile, the taxes in Europe are high, deficits rising, while youth unemployment is high. In some countries, such as Greece, Spain, and Italy, it exceeds 20 percent.


The EU officials are out of touch with reality, and Juncker is just another example of how ridiculous the EU has become. Soon, this structure may as well collapse. Other nations are already considering their own “Brexits.”


Betsy DeVos: Thinking Beyond Limits

I admire people who see problems as opportunities. When a person sees the educational system in America, they might at first see the problems. However, for some of us, on closer inspection those problems become opportunities! Betsy DeVos, the current Secretary of Education, is such a person. Her career is highlighted by major philanthropic works, limitless thinking, and fearless steps towards the educational reforms which she values.

Growing up in the home of a public school teacher mother must have started Betsy’s interest in education at a young age. After college, as a mother herself, Betsy and her husband Dick faced decisions about sending their children to school. The Potter’s House Christian School was the couple’s choice for their own children, but as they spent more time at the school they saw that many low income families who appreciated the great education provided by the school were stressed by the tuition costs. Dick and Betsy began an effort to support individual student’s tuition costs, and their work did not stop there. The Devoses went on to promote choice in education in many other ways. Read more on

Within her own home state, Michigan, Betsy became involved with politics surrounding educational reform. Soon she widened her scope beyond Michigan, and helped form the American Federation for Children, a charity which gives voice to children’s educational needs nation-wide.

Her activities as a philanthropist are just as bright as her activities on the educational reform front. She has served on many boards and gives generously to the causes and organizations which she supports. Once again, I am stunned by her alignment. She is a woman who walks the walk! She started out by serving on the board of two national charities: American Education Reform Council, and Children First America. She is now involved with Kids Hope USA, Mars Hill Bible Church, and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. She and her husband formed the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation.

Betsy DeVos fearlessly advocated for change in the educational system of America. I see new choices sprouting up for parent’s across the country, including digital options which are sure to grow in the coming years. It is no longer a given that your child must go to a specific school building due to where you live! Thanks to Betsy and others advocating for equal opportunity and greater freedom, more and more Americans can make choices about the education that their children receive. I appreciate the way her personal values, actions and career all align so well. What she wanted for her children, she wanted for the entire nation: a happy, nurturing school; an inspired place to learn.


Pullmantur Group Strengthens Cruise Routes For Spanish Speakers

To differentiate themselves in this competitive tourism market, the Pullmantur group boosts crossings for Spanish-speaking customers from Spain and Latin America


The golden rule of the cruise business is to specialize routes depending on the culture of the travelers to convert the ship’s stay into the customers’ home. The French want silence, good food, and hardly travel with children. Germans prefer entertainment activities, many attractions on ships, and frequent their breweries. Latinos often travel with family, especially on vacation; They like Mediterranean food and have free time on scheduled shore excursions.


Andres Molina, professor of the Master in Business and Maritime Law of Icade and independent consultant of passenger ships, explains that Spaniards travel well with people that share similar cultures, such as Italians, Brazilians, Mexicans, and other Latin Americans. Although the boat must be adapted to the customer of each country. The cruises are also specialized for different types of public. Gruppit Viajes has cruises for singles and Disney Cruise Line designs routes for children.


Responding to this reality, Pullmantur Cruceros has strengthened to be the Spanish-speaking operator, a language that dominates English in its four ships, designed for Latin Americans and with slight regional differences. Those dedicated to Spanish customers (on European routes, most of them depart from Spain) have Spanish food and customs schedules, a Mediterranean cuisine designed by Paco Roncero (cook with two Michelin stars) and two children’s areas with activities on each boat.


Pullmantur expanded European routes with a supply in the Canary Islands in 2016, which filled a boat throughout the season, and the success entrenched the idea of focusing on the Spanish-speaking market, leaving French, where it also operated. From this year, Pullmantur has a ship in the Caribbean and another in Spain throughout the year, and moves the other two from one region to another, according to the seasons. That means increasing 30% of the capacity in the Spanish market and 40% in Latin America.


The CEO Of Securus Technologies, Rick Smith, Discusses About The Future Of Inmate Communication

Rick Smith, the CEO of an inmate-technology company, Securus Technologies, outlined the possible changes that will be experienced in the inmate communication industry and security sector in the next ten years. Rick explained that the changes that have been experienced in the communication sector in the last 10 years will have an impact on the inmate communication industry in the near future. He said that Securus Technologies will start using existing products and develop new ones with the objective of enhancing communication in the correctional facilities. In the future, the company’s team shall focus on reducing pricing and developing innovative products for inmates. They are also planning to expand their services by incorporating video calling, enhancing access of its services by all inmates and improving educational opportunities for the incarcerated. Rick asserted that inmates would benefit from quick and high quality healthcare services and reduced/improved recidivism rates. He also pointed out that inmates would be able to communicate with their loved ones at any given time using multiple devices. Some of these gadgets will belong to Securus Technologies while others will be for the inmates.

Rick Smith said that inmates would soon be able to use their own devices to communicate with authorized parties. The communication will involve secure and recorded voice, text, video or email messages with instant funding of their accounts on a centralized platform of low rate per minute. The executive contended that the incarcerated will have access to databases that provide education, books, jobs, songs, legal resources, bail bondsmen and legal resources. Securus’ Wireless Containment Solution’s (WCS) bandwidth captures devices to ensure that inmates communicate with authorized people. Allowing inmates to use their own devices with their contact lists ensures easy access to important phone numbers and addresses that enable short term facilities to get them booked and bailed out within a short time. Rick said that while this process will enhance communication from different devices, Securus will closely monitor such communications to keep all parties safe. Read more articles at HealingMagic.Net

Since 2008, Rick has demonstrated visionary leadership at Securus Technologies. He has been able to enhance the company’s leadership status in the inmate communications industry. Securus Technologies provides technological communication solutions that improve safety for thousands of law enforcement officers and correctional institutions. His success at Securus is informed by his extensive experience in finance, information technology, operations management, telecommunications, and business development. Rick Smith holds an associate’s degree from the esteemed Rochester Institute of Technology. In addition, he has an undergraduate degree and a master’s degree in engineering from the celebrated State University of New York, and an MBA from the University of Rochester. Rick has worked for different companies, including Global Crossing North America Inc., Frontier Information Technologies, Midwest Telephone Operations, and Network Plant Operations. Previously, he worked for Eschelon as the chief financial officer and president. Owing to his success with the company, he was appointed to serve as its CEO in 2007. Under his leadership, Securus has invested over $600 million to various projects. Check this article at to know more about Rick Smith.

Muga Wines And The Expansion To New Markets

The Muga Group invests 2.5 million euros in making 2,500 barrels and advances an agreement to produce Ribeiro.


The wine group founded in 1932 tries to maintain the production of its wines at the same time as it tries to improve the business by expanding it to new markets.


It isn’t an easy task. The production is tremendously oscillating, from one million to two million bottles. With a turnover of between 18 and 22 million euros, depending on the aging, the shopping race that the group undertook in recent times to reach 250 hectares of vineyard (they acquired 42 in 2016) has led them to have 60% Of the grape production in their hands. The rest, coming from 150 hectares, are supplied by farmers in the area supervised by the group.


They compete as a medium-sized player in a sector dominated by brands that reach a 30-fold increase in their turnover. For example, it is the country’s first winegrowing group with sales of 690 million, followed by Felix Solís (Viña Albali) in second place with 214 million and a range of 32 references.


Muga wines, far from competing for volume, are at the top of the segment in terms of quality. 82% of the family business is in the references of red (aging, special selection reserve, Enea gran reserva, Torre Muga and Aro) and the rest in white, pink and to a lesser extent, in cava. Soon, Ribeiro wines, one of Galicia’s most powerful names, will be added to its catalog. They will do so thanks to a collaboration agreement with a local producer that could crystallize, in the future, into an acquisition.


The group exports half of its wine to more than 50 countries, most notably the United States, the United Kingdom or Canada. In addition, it is in Taiwan, China, Hong Kong or Thailand, more complicated markets (in China since the late 90’s) because wine culture, they explain, is not so widespread.


Copa Star Is The Most Luxurious Hospital In Brazil

The Copa Star hospital is a wonderful addition to the Figueiredo Magalhães street in Rio de Janeiro. It was a project started by Rede D’Or São Luiz. It is a hospital that combines world-class architecture with the latest technology. It is an environment that it tranquil and luxurious.

The hospital has a crack team of professionals that have service and hospitality in mind. The staff has strict guidelines including the clothes that they wear, permissible hairstyles and makeup that they may use. The staff was trained intensely through a variety of simulated medical emergencies. There are also professional chefs that are staffed to handle the patient’s meals. There are over 550 employees in total at the hospital. Visit the site Rede D’Or for more info.

The hospital will use the Smart Hospitality system in order to centralize all communication in the compound. The doctors will be able to directly communicate with patients or vice versa. Patients and visitors may connect to the network using a mobile phone or a provided iPad. The patient will also use the network to adjust lighting, adjust the bed, raise or lower the temperature, and it can be used to call a nurse. The patients’ records may also be accessed easily through the network system.

The hospital took great care into the quality of construction. The floors are made of either extra fine porcelain or vinyl blanket. Beige and woody tones are the primary color schemes throughout the hospital. The lighting of the room was implemented into the doors and walls instead of the ceiling. This concept of lighting allows variance to certain parts of the rooms. The walls of the hospital had also been treated to reduce noise and increase patient privacy.

Sculptures, tile panels, and paintings are dispersed throughout the hospital to give it a more warming environment. Many pieces of art throughout the hallways are creations of Yutaka Toyota.

The best restaurant available in Rio is right inside the Copa Star Hospital. The restaurant will feature dishes by celebrity chefs with a geat deal of diversity. Even the most expensive private hospitals in the world are known for bland food, so Hospital Copa Star aims to change that.

The cardiologist Dr. Jorge Moll is proud to announce that the hospital will be using automated robots to conduct complex surgeries. The quality of surgeries available at Copa Star was not available in Rio de Janeiro otherwise. Patients that need complex procedures had to travel to Sao Paulo in the past.

The Hospital Copa Star also has low energy consumption in mind. The ventilation system encourages cool air to enter and the expiration of hot air. This design reduces the need to power on the energy hogging HVAC system. The outdoor air is also healthier for the patients. Read more at about Copa Star.

What Is About To Happen With The Brexit Situation?

Anyone who has paid even the slightest attention to the news within the last year or so has surely heard the term “Brexit” thrown around often. One may wonder what the term means, what impact it will have on business, and why we should all be concerned with it.


Brexit is a slang term made up that means “the British exit from the European Union”. It was something that was put up to a vote in the summer of 2016. To the surprise of many, the vote passed and the British people decided that they did in fact want to leave the European Union and go about it on their own. This was despite the fact that leaders from all of the major political parties opposed this. In the end the vote to exit won by a narrow majority.


Following this vote the Prime Minister at the time was Conservative David Cameron. He stepped down from his role as Prime Minister largely because of the results of this vote. In his place the party put Conservative Teresa May in the Prime Minister’s seat. Given that she now runs the country, she is the one in charge of putting this British exit into motion.


Business Insider details how this process is going in terms of the actual implementation of the order. They say that the Prime Minister has signed something known as Article 50 which was a part of the formation of the European Union in the first place. It allows any country that wishes to leave the Union to do so. Theresa May has signed that order in accordance with the wishes of the British people.


Now that this has been set in motion it is a two year process to actually take the country out of the Union and negotiate a few topics that are important to this situation as well. For example, there is going to be some debate about how much money the United Kingdom will pay to the Union as a result of leaving. Given this, expect that it will still take some time before this story is completely hashed out. It’s impact on business will remain up in the air until such time that it can be completed.