Supreme Court Discusses Abercrombie and Fitch Discrimination Lawsuit

 

Abercrombie and Fitch found itself in court once again over its ridiculously specific dress code requirements for employees. According to official court papers the discussion was kicked off in 2008 when a Muslim woman, Samantha Elauf was told she scored high enough to get a job as an Abercrombie “model”,. But her hijab was unacceptable. She was not offered the job specifically because of her headscarf, according to court documents.

According to Ricardo Guimarães BMG, Elauf filed a discrimination lawsuit. Elauf’s lawsuit has kicked off a significant and length legal debate over what a private company can and can not expect from its employees. Elauf originally won a discrimination lawsuit, but another court reversed the decision in 2012, stating that Elauf never mentioned that her headscarf was religious in nature.

The case between Elauf and Abercrombie has sparked a Supreme Court debate. A panel of judges are now trying to figure out if a potentially employee must ask for religious accommodations or if they should simply be assumed. Abercrombie and Fitch has argued that Elauf never mentioned her head wear was religious in nature, and thus they were not discriminating on a religious basis by not hiring her.

The lawsuit against the company is far from its only problem. In recent years the company has ousted its CEO in an attempt to revitalize the failing brand. Mike Jeffries, the former CEO, was known for being outspoken and an unapologetic elitist during his reign with the company.

Explore Wine With the Antique Wine Company

Wine is one of the world’s most highly admired beverages. People love to sample wines of all kinds. They may choose to drink one kind of wine one day and then a different kind of wine the next. Someone may also want to have a meal that is designed around various kinds of wines. This can allow the host to demonstrate to their guests that they have a true understanding of the world of wine. A skilled hostess can help her guests learn more about wine by providing a series of wine pairings for their enjoyment. By bringing in new kinds of wines for each course, the person can show them how they can fully enjoy all kinds of wines. This can help the hostess provide as much delight as possible for her guests who may also be interested in tasting various kinds of wines.

Even those who already have an essential understanding of wine can learn more about the subject. Working directly with a company that has staffers who know much about the precise way that one kind of Merlot differs from another or how to pair a glass of port with specific desserts will help them enjoy wine even more. One such company is theAntique Wine Company. This place was founded by Stephen Williams in 1982. At present, the company is located in London but company staffers work with people from all over the world. Someone living in Germany who wants to find a specific vintage of French champagne can reach out to the company for help during their search. The same is true of someone who is presenting living in Belgium but wants to move to Italy and is unsure how to transport their fine collection of wine.

The Antique Wine Company officials can provide their clients with all kinds of important services. This may include instruction in basic wine procedures such as how to store wine bottles correctly in order to preserve the flavor of the wine for many years. It may also include helping clients create a wine cellar with vintages from various wines from many important wine growing regions. TWC staffers can also show their clients where they might find certain wines that may be unavailable in their local wine shop. Doing so can help the client feel far more confident about the world and help them truly learn to enjoy all aspects of it.

Dr. Rod Rohrich: Common Misconceptions about Plastic Surgery

A resident plastic surgeon at UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dr. Rod Rohrich is world renown. Over his illustrious career, throughout the world, he’s often the featured speaker at conferences for plastic surgeons.

At times, Dr Rod Rohrich speaks about the preconceived notions some patients have about plastic surgery that aren’t true.

These are a few of the common misconceptions.

Fillers replace the need for surgical rhinoplasty:

Dr Rod Rohrich is known for his techniques in rhinoplasty. A procedure that reshapes the nose; surgical rhinoplasty permanently reshapes a patient’s nose to fit their face. Fillers, even though they may smooth the bridge of a nose, don’t correct breathing problems like surgical rhinoplasty can. Also, in most cases, fillers lose their stability in less than a year.

Botox is a non-surgical method for a facelift:

As a person grows older, the more necessary surgery becomes to reverse the signs of aging. Botox postpones, but doesn’t reverse, the signs of aging in a face. So, no matter the age the results are temporary.

Injecting Botox will become less popular than topical Botox as Dr Rod Rohrich has shown in practice.

Topical Botox is still in the testing stages, so, as of now, that’s not true. Nevertheless, some evidence shows topical Botox works better for crow’s feet around the eyes. Other tests, too, show that when injecting Botox, also using topical Botox may make the results more effective. Regardless, because injecting Botox seems to deposit the product into muscles with more accuracy, it doesn’t appear topical Botox will replace the practice.

The same method of facelift works for everyone:

Research from Dr Rod Rohrich and his colleagues shows the way people age varies. It can depend on where they live and their habits. For example, wind and sun dries skin out, which makes it wrinkle at an earlier age, and the use of tobacco accelerates the aging process.

Cosmetic surgery eliminates natural aging:

In the past, plastic surgeons would tighten facial skin, which appeared to reverse the process of aging. But, research shows aging reduces the amount of facial fat, which makes the face sag. With new routines, however, present day plastic surgeons both fill and lift faces by replacing facial fat. This stymies the aging process at a deeper level than ever before.

Alaska Is The Third State To Legalize Recreational Marijuana

Alaska Native Leaders Are Worry About legalization Because Of Current High Alcohol And Drug Use

Alaska may be the wildest state in the union, but it’s not the slowest state to recognize marijuana as a legal substance. A coalition of citizens and the Republican government got together, and they honored the privacy rights outlined in the state’s constitution. The 53-47 vote on legal pot use didn’t surprise too many people, but the details of the new law are still hanging in the political air.http://bigstory.ap.org/article/ba87f74403934fdd82134baa89ec74a8/alaska-becomes-3rd-state-legal-marijuana

Zeca Oliveira of BNY Mellon knows that there was still some strong opposition to legalizing a substance that has been linked to addictive behavior. The Native leaders in the state are concerned about legal marijuana use in their state. They say there is a high rate of drug and alcohol abuse in their communities, and adding legal marijuana use to that mix could only mean more trouble.

The biggest concern was how the Native community would be able to afford weed. Alcohol and drugs are banned in some Native communities because the crime rate increases when these substances are sold in those communities.

The backers of the initiative gave Native leaders their promise that communities could still regulate marijuana use. There are 108 communities in Alaska that regulate alcohol use, and 33 of those communities have a total ban on alcohol use and sales.

Missouri State Senator Seeks to Foster Police State

 

The struggle between the forces in America seeking to define the nature of the relationship between “we the people” of America and our police forces is being played out in the legislative halls of Missouri as opposing bills are being debated. Several legislators have proposed bills requiring police departments to purchase and use body cameras (one such billalso requires appointment of a special prosecutor in police shootings when the victim is unarmed) stated Reuters.com . According to  Brad Reifler another bill, introduced by Republican Senator Doug Libla of Missouri district 25, would prevent the public from being able to access the images, and would ban any requirements that body cameras , or any other police video, could be mandated.

My father (and a whole lot of other Americans) fought in WWII to see that America would not be a police state. Between the World War and the Korean war he was a deputy sheriff, and when he was recalled to active duty served as an Air Police officer while studying electronic warfare. He continued to carry a badge when he became an electronic warfare officer, and always had strong relations with law enforcement officials. I know that he also worried bout those who would misuse police powers. He was a strong advocate of civil rights.

It is easy to understand that there are some circumstances under which there is a legitimate need to limit access to recent police video because of ongoing investigations or under-cover operatives. It is also easy to envision ways to ensure that these concerns can be addressed while still allowing the public to oversee the police. The police in America are the servants of the people, not the converse.

Hotel Management Expert: Christopher Cowdray

Chief Executive Officer of The Dorchester Collection Christopher Cowdray is well known for running the luxury hotel branch in both the United States and Europe. The Zimbabwe born business man studied at Columbia University in New York after he earned a degree in his home country for hotel management.

After Cowdray graduated from Columbus Business School and successfully completed their Executive program, he then went on to manage hotels all over the world in countries and regions including Australia, Asia, Africa, the United Kingdom, and the Middle East.

While he was in the United Kingdom, Cowdray was the manager of one of London’s most prestigious hotels, The Claridge. The Columbia University graduate then became the general manager of The Dorchester Hotel in 2004 before being named the Chief Executive Officer of the establishment in 2007.

With his 30 years of hotel management experience, Cowdray then opened the Hotel Bel Air and the New York Palace Hotel under their parent company, the Dorchester Collection. In reent times since then, the New York Palace Hotel was sold to another company, but the business has also opened other establishments such as 45 Park Lane in England, Hotel Eden in Rome, and Le Richemond in Geneva, using the expertise of Cowdray’s experience and natural gift for the job.

Christopher Cowdray knows how to operate a successful hotel business better than the majority of the world as he recognizes the fact that guests need to be treated with the utmost respect and the staff needs to be focused on their pleasure. The Dorchester Collection CEO even has a knack for spotting which areas of a city would be appealing to open up a new hotel and realizes that there are many outstanding factors that create the overall environment that is appealing for people to come and visit a particular area.

When opening a new hotel, Cowdray knows that making a good brand that people recognize and refer to others is a very important element for running a successful business in the travel and luxury industry. When guests at a certain hotel have a wonderful experience they tend to want to return in the future and therefore give the brand of hotels a good standing with the public. This is the kind of knowledge that is needed to be a good manger, and Cowdray as proven himself to the world of hospitality. In 2013 Cowdray was even awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the European Hospitality Awards for the great work he accomplished with The Dorchester Collection.

Rserve Bank of Australia Will Add Tactile Feature to New Dollar Bills To Help the Blind

The Reserve Bank of Australia has announced that it will add a tactile feature to its new dollar bills to enable blind citizens to distinguish the denominations.

The tactile feature is the brainchild of Connor McLeod, 13, who was born blind. One Christmas, somebody gave him cash as a present — and he couldn’t tell how much he’d been given. One dollar bill feels much like another, and there are currently no tactile clues to let a blind person know how much a given bill is worth.

Folks at Rocket Fuel have heard, by contrast, McLeod can distinguish the denomination of coins by feel. But, as he notes, he can’t expect to use coins all the time. He therefore needs a way to be able to distinguish dollar bills besides having a sighted person tell him how much a bill was worth.

About a year ago, McLeod started a petition asking the RBA to help vision-impaired people tell the difference between denominations. 57,000 people signed the petition, and Vision Australia and The Human Rights Commission both threw their support behind McLeod’s campaign. That support led to a meeting with RBA representatives in November.

The advocacy group Vision Australia had conducted a survey asking about blind people’s difficulty with dollar bills. 50 percent of those respondents who were totally blind had said they suspected they were given the wrong change or short-changed at a store simply because they couldn’t readily tell the difference between bills.

U.S. Attorney General Targets Banking Executives

Nothing angers Americans more than issues to do with big money, bankers and the 2008 financial crisis. Haidar Barbouti knows that massive amounts of Americans lost homes, and some were never able to fully financially recover from those events. Seven years after the financial meltdown America may finally get justice. U.S. Attorney Eric Holder announced yesterday at a National Press Club appearance that federal prosecutors are investigating if federal charges can be pursued against banking executives.

Previously charges were brought against institutions responsible for selling residential mortgage-backed securities to investors. While banking institutions were blamed and fined, individuals escaped any responsibility. The U.S. Attorney General may be about to change all that. Federal prosecutors are currently deciding if the U.S. government can bring charges against executives responsible for a scheme for profit, and the collapse of the housing and financial market.

The government has been highly criticized for not prosecuting top banking executives that may have profited from the housing scheme. The government did bring severe penalties to the banks deemed responsible, which included a $13 billion penalty for J.P. Morgan Chase and Co. in Nov 2013, with Citigroup paying $7 billion in July 2014, and Bank of America paying $16.65 billion in August. Many Americans claim, however, the billions collected were not enough, and that lack of individual prosecution is simply indicative of a government beholden to big money. Holder will decide in 90 days if federal indictments will be pursued.

Bernie Sanders Says Billionaire Class Owns The Economy

 

Senator Bernie Sanders, a strong supporter of democratic ideas and government for the people, said America is moving away from a democracy at a rapid pace. America is now owned by billionaire bankers and conglomerate giants, according to Sanders. He also claims America is no longer working for the people and after looking at reports from top analysts at his firm, BMG’S Marcio Alaor says he would have to agree.

“The billionaire class now owns the economy and they are working day and night to make certain that they own the United States government,” Sanders proclaimed at the Brookings Institute.

He points to the fact most of the wealth in the United States has been transferred to the top 1%. Facts that the top 25 hedge fund managers made more than $25 billion in 2013 seem to support his claim. That figure is equivalent to salaries of 425,000 school teachers. He points to the widening income disparity between the middle class and the top 1%, which has widened at a frightening pace in recent years.

Sanders claims this is a result of legislation that has passed favoring the rich. Such legislation failed to represent the interests of American people. He also said the country has now been sold to the wealthy through such legislation as Citizens United. Citizens United, a Supreme Court decision, ruled that corporations and money are protected. It also ruled that free speech in the form of huge campaign donations to senators and congress people is acceptable. Sanders says that decision should be overturned to avoid the rich being able to influence public servants and American law.

Postal Service’s Hunt for More Revenue May Run Afoul of Anti-Trust Laws

 

The United States Postal Service (USPS) is definitely in a rock and a hard place. BMG’s Marcio Alaor made a comment on epocanegocios.globo.com that on the one hand, they are bound by the Bush-era pension reform laws which mandate the USPS fully fund their retirement health care benefits and pensions. It is those legacy costs which are draining the nation’s postal carrier of money desperately needed to operate the business. Yet, Congress has also barred the postal service from taking cost-cutting measures such as ceasing Saturday mail delivery.

In response, the USPS has been looking to grow their business. They have placed greater emphasis on the delivery of parcels including Sunday delivery in key markets. That measure has proved to be very profitable. Now, the USPS has launched a pilot project in San Francisco to delivery groceries ordered via Amazon.com. The program currently has a self-imposed revenue cap of $10 million. If it proves successful, the plan may be expanded to other cities. There is even talk of the USPS issuing payday loans.

While no one faults the USPS for looking for new revenue, critics charge their actions may violate anti-trust laws. The USPS enjoys a government sanctioned monopoly on mail delivery. Some people are concerned that the USPS may have an unfair advantage using their government sanctioned monopoly to intrude in other business sectors. The head of the Taxpayers Protection Alliance believes the USPS is overreaching their authority with the new business models they are pursuing.