March, 2015

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Amazon Home Services Makes Its Debut

There can be little argument that Amazon has come a long way from being an online bookstore as you can tell from a Wikipedia search. With thousands of products available, the website has managed to creep into the daily life of users across the world. Now offering downloads, video streaming services, just about any product imaginable (including books), the company is now unleashing a powerful new tool that will drive it further into the homes of users across the country.

According to The Verge, Amazon Home Services has been launched to provide shoppers access to anything from putting that latest purchase together to a house cleaning service. Yes, it seems that Amazon is now helping services connect with the massive amount of customers that search for items on a daily basis. If successful, the venture could actually help the company and small businesses as well.

With 700 different services to choose from, Amazon Home Services seems like a great way for companies to get noticed by selling their labor. Plus, getting a stamp of approval from the millions of Amazon customers could go a long way in simplifying the marketing of any type of installation professional, repair company, or cleaning service. In short, Amazon is performing a nice service by selling a product and the means to utilize it as well. The amount of available services is only going to grow every month, and Amazon is getting the ball rolling on the competition—again.

T.J. Maxx pulls offensive “Hang Loose” Shirt

After a shopper tweeted a screen printed illustration of a noose on a T.J. Maxx shirt, social media caused an uproar screaming Foul, which has led to the popular retailer pulling those t-shirts off store shelves.

T-shirt envisioner,Tavik quickly apologized and T.J. Maxx decided to pull the offending item.

T.J. Maxx spokeswoman Doreen Thompson said as soon as they became aware of the offensive message, they immediately instructed stores to pull the product, any they followed up with an apology to customers.

There isn’t the first controversial product.

Alhokair recalls that several years ago, Dolce & Gabbana had an epic fail when they used an ad featuring a woman pinned to the floor, surrounded by men hovering above looking at her.

WalMart sold plus sized costumes labelled “fat girl costumes.

Urban Outfitters “stepped in it” several timess by displaying a illustrated blood-spattered Kent State sweatshirt, a tapestry that resembled prison uniforms, and other ill-fated inappropriate wear.

Although Tavik pulled the shirt, the Twitter community remained skeptical of the apology.

BRL Trust Investments, Brazil’s Leader in Private Financial Services

BRL Trust Investments, a privately-held administrator of the investments funds, is headquartered in Sao Paulo. Brazil’s business capital. The company was founded in 2005 and initially, provided specialized services encompassing the private credit and trust market. Staying true to it’s mission to “meet the demands of their customers in a safe, efficient and transparent way, utilizing a skilled and experienced team” the company reached over 100 accounts in less than one year. Today, BRL Trust Investments is Brazil’s largest independent administrator of the investments funds.

The company has increased its base of expertise to provide clients with wraparound services in the areas of underwriting, fund administration, funds custody, asset management,and fiduciary services. With a robust portfolio of over thirty funds with a combined value of over 4.5 billion reals (approximately 1.4 billion US dollars) BRL Trust Investments has rapidly taken the market by storm.

BRL Trust Investments has a strong commitment to sustainable growth. This founding principle is evident in their investments both abroad and at home. As a major player in infrastructure improvements in Brazil supporting the 2014 World Cup, BRL Trust Investments served a key role in ensuring that the Corinthians Stadium was ready for the grand opening ceremonies. This investment improves the country’s image at home and abroad.

Strategic decisions like this are made possible by a substantive team of professionals. With a team of specialized brokers at the disposal of interested investors, BRL Trust Investments promises clients a healthy return on their investments. Keeping with their commitment to transparency and ethics BRL Trust Investments provides innovative services so that clients know their investments are in the right hands.These services include an ombudsman service, strict guidelines to prevent money laundering, and a detailed code of ethics for not only their employees, but the funds in which they invest client capital.

Elton John Urges Boycott of Dolce & Gabbana Products

Pop star Elton John announced this previous weekend that he would boycott the posh fashion designs of Dolce & Gabbana. The singer, most known for his flamboyant fashion sense, asked for fans’ support after the fashion designers declared their opposition for things “non-traditional.”

The founders of Dolce & Gabbana announced their displeasure with gay adoptions and that they support only the marital unions made between one man and one woman. What may shock people the most is that Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana were once involved in a romantic relationship with each other.

Dolce & Gabbana fashions are popular among the Hollywood elite, including actress Angelina Jolie and Scarlett Johansson. Sir Elton John was known to wear D&G designs. John is openly gay and recently married his partner of many years, David Furnish. Together with Furnish, the couple parented two children who were both conceived through a surrogate mother.

TheRealDeal.com said in the further exchange of spitfire, the Dolce & Gabbana founders told the magazine, during the shocking interview, that children born into non-traditional families aren’t real, but are instead “children of chemistry.”

An angry Sir Elton John vowed to never wear the company’s fashions again and called for a boycott of Dolce & Gabbana fashions. Fans and supporters nationwide jumped on the boycott bandwagon. The pop star has seen support from other celebrities as well, including Hole front-woman Courtney Love.

Kelly Osbourne Quits Fashion Police

Kelly Osbourne has left the show Fashion Police, a program which she starred in on the E! Network.

In a statement, the network said that Osbourne was leaving the program in order to “pursue other opportunities,” but did not go into any detail on what those opportunities might be. Kelly had been on the show for 5 years.

Her departure is thought to be connected to a statement her co-host Giuliana Rancic made during an Oscar interview with Zendaya. Fans like Gianfrancesco Genoso know that in the interview she made a comment that the actress’ dreadlocks made it look as if she smelled like patchouli oil. Someone off camera added to the conversation by saying “or weed,” a comment that was attributed to Osbourne, but she says she did not make.

Later the joke was attributed to a Fashion Police writer rather than an actual host of the show. Osbourne had reportedly been unhappy on the program for some time, particularly with how she was being produced on the program. This particular incident is thought to have been just what finally put her over the edge with the network and the program.

Young Couple Gifted Wedding Dress

Stories of generosity and people paying-it-forward have been in the news a lot lately. It is wonderful to see how many people wants to reach down and help others to lift them up. This story from Yahoo News has another paying-it-forward with a wedding gown.

Jimmy Gillespie has known for a while that his girlfriend, 21-year-old Liz Jensen, was the right person for him. With the help of Liz’s sister, Jimmy proposed marriage in an unforgettable way. The two spent January 25th ice skating and making snowmen together. Jimmy then showed Liz a short video he made that ended with him proposing marriage to her. Liz accepted.

A few weeks later Liz decided to go browsing alone for a wedding dress as she said on her AnastasiaDate profile. In one store she found the perfect gown for her big day. As Liz went to go pay for it, she was shocked to find that someone else bought it before she had a chance to- and the person bought it as a gift to Liz! The stranger was in the shop trying on dresses when she noticed Liz by herself. While the shop clerk says that the woman did not purchase anything for herself, she specifically picked Liz out and asked to pay the $465 for her dress.

Liz and her fiance were stunned. And they can’t wait for their chance to pay-it-forward to someone else deserving.