Medical Tourism

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Tourism is sometimes more than just for pleasure. In fact, thousands of U.S. citizens are crossing the border to Mexico or as the video shows, they are going to even more exotic places in search of more affordable medical care. Questions: 1. What types of procedures are people going to Mexicali to receive? 2. According… Read more »

Japanese Whistleblower Wins in the End

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Masaharu Hamada, a good salesman with experience in the U.S., was demoted by Olympus Corp. as reprisal for relaying supplier complaints to management regarding corrupt business practices. But he fought back and Japan’s Supreme Court ruled in favor of the whistleblower for the first time. This case highlights the harsh treatment that outspoken employees have… Read more »

Saving Money in the Court System Leads to Problems

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According to Lisa Borden, an attorney in Birmingham, Alabama, many towns are so economically strapped, that the pressure is growing on courts to bring in more money rather than mete out justice. In this article, examples highlight aggressive tactics used by for-profit probation companies that promise revenue to the towns, while failing to offer constitutional… Read more »

Security for the Super Rich

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Dan Clark has been Warren Buffett’s bodyguard for almost two decades. Since Clark has cultivated his security skills, he has started a security company that now employs 150 guards and he has safeguarded others like Sarah Palin, George Clooney, Barack Obama, and the Iraqi Judge who oversaw the trial of Saddam Hussein, when they visited… Read more »

Would you like to know what everyone in your company makes?

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Boulder-based Namasté Solar, a Solar panel installation company, may be on the cutting edge of business practices by letting employees know what their co-workers are being paid. In addition to bi-annual retreats and a voting system for employees that counts the opinion of nearly everyone in the company, each employee receives equal bonuses. Questions: 1…. Read more »

Patagonia: A Vision for Sustainability

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Patagonia started out as a small company that made tools for climbers. The company’s worldwide business still embraces Alpinism remains at its heart, making clothes for climbing – as well as for skiing, snowboarding, surfing, fly fishing, paddling and trail running. True to its love for nature, the company’s founder, Yvon Chouinard, launched the company… Read more »

The Price of Transparency in Hospitals

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One of the biggest problems today is that consumers have no way of figuring out how much a particular health care service costs. Unfortunately, a recent Arizona bill to encourage hospitals and doctors to become more transparent about the prices they charge for services was just killed by the state legislature. The bill would have… Read more »

Double Jeopardy Foreclosures – BEWARE!

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Foreclosure has been a terrible tragedy for many Americans during this economic downturn. The only ray of light for some is that once a foreclosure is settled, there is some relief from no longer being in debt. However, Heritage Pacific Financial of Plano Texas company has been one company that continues to victimize people with… Read more »

Brazil’s Technology Expansion

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The depreciation of the Brazilian real, which is the worst-performing major currency this year, may be helping reignite economic growth in Brazil after a “weak” first quarter of 2012. Economic growth in Brazil, the world’s sixth biggest economy, has been recovering more slowly than anticipated even as the government steps up interest rate cuts and… Read more »

Remember Driver’s Ed? Things have Changed!

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Mercedes-Benz has long been at the forefront of creating safer cars and now they are aiming to create safer drivers. In December 2011, the company opened the its first driving school in the U.S. called Mercedes-Benz Driving Academy. Mercedes has three more in Europe). This school is located on Third Street in downtown Los Angeles…. Read more »