The Inter-American Development Bank is a multinational organization headquartered in Washington, D.C.. Recently, the organization held a special meeting in Mendoza, Argentina. Governors representing their nations have attended the event, and they exchanged ideas on how the organization could help the countries in North and South America to attain infrastructure development. Dyogo Oliveira is the representative from Brazil, who is also the country’s minister of planning. He was accompanied by Felipe Montoro Jens, a consultant hired by the Brazilian government to assist with the development of infrastructures around the country. Read more about Montoro Jens at mundodomarketing.com
According to Dyogo Oliveira, the increase in the number of private investments in Brazilian infrastructure projects is beneficial to the development of the country. More bridges, roads, and highways tend to increase the economic productivity of the nation. Dyogo Oliveira also stressed out that constructing more infrastructures would result in the region’s development, and it would also attract more investors to do business in Latin America. Felipe Montoro Jens relayed all of the information that he gathered from the meeting in Argentina to Brazilian officials, and he also stated that the IDB would be providing more funds to the country to realize their plans and projects.
Felipe Montoro Jens was hired by the Brazilian government to become their consultant because of his impressive background. He is known as one of the supporters of the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) programs in the country, and he also shared the benefits and importance of engaging in PPP projects. This year, Brazil is slated to construct more than 50 infrastructure projects, which will be built with the help coming from the private sector. Felipe Montoro Jens is also supervising the construction of tens of thousands of primary schools all throughout the city of Rio de Janeiro.
Felipe Montoro Jens stated that Latin America has been experiencing a construction boom due to the rising number of PPP projects in the region. More than a thousand PPP projects worth more than $300 billion has been constructed in recent years. He also reported that the IDB would be giving out more loans to the country to generate more construction projects.
ADAM MILSTEIN AND ANTI-SEMITISM
Adam Milstein is an Israeli born philanthropist and co-founder of the Israeli-American Council where he currently chairs its national expansion division. He is also co-founder and president of the Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation, (MFF) that seeks to empower people of Jewish origin. Besides being a philanthropist, Adam Milstein is also a successful entrepreneur specializing in real estate investment with Hager Pacific Properties where he is one of the managing partner.
As part of his crusade concerning the plight of the Jewish people, Adam Milstein utilizes article writing as one of his methods. His latest article dated February 7th, 2018 in the Jewish News Syndicate(JNS) touches on anti-Semitism and how its negative impact on the country of Israel where he speaks on how lately anti-Semitism has been made a cornerstone in the radicalization of Islam. Two groups that traditionally have very different principles unite with the common goal of stopping Western influence, the radical leftists and the radical Muslims. The former has no regard for the fact that the latter tries to portray Muslims as one group and ignores the existence of radicalized and non-radicalized factions in Islam. Their anti-Semitism agenda is rooted in the claim that Jewish people are the cause of all the problems in the Middle East and the world in general. He gives the example of Linda Sarsour as an example of this clashing ideology, where she was an organizer of the Women’s March in Washington, DC while at the same time supporting the abuse of women’s rights in Saudi Arabia. He also gives the example of Tufts University and New York University students that published guides that were profoundly anti-Semitic in bearing, openly accusing Israel of being a White Supremacist state.
Throughout the article, Adam Milstein highlights the influence of radical Islam in the demeaning of Israel and Jewish people. He tells of how Jewish people have been victims of the radicalization even dating back to the days of Adolf Hitler and the Jewish war. He concludes the article by warning that if this trend is allowed to continue especially in tertiary institutions, then the very future of the Jewish people is at stake.
A year ago, Hurrican Harvey dropped as much as 56 inches of rain in some parts of the Houston area and caused devasting flooding that resulted in the loss of both life and property. And while many companies watched helplessly as the horror unfolded, Stream energy went to work providing relief to victims of the disaster.
Stream Energy is a Dallas-based company that uses direct selling methods to provide customers with energy service. Corporate philanthropy is a way of life for Stream and the company began Stream Cares to make formal its intent to provide ongoing philanthropy in both the state of Texas and throughout the country.
The business model at Stream Energy is basic in format but quite effective. Stream pays associates to build up a network of customers by selling discounted energy plans directly to them. The company provides services to both residential and corporate customers. Stream Energy also offers other products including mobile cell phone plans.
Associates working with Stream are essentially independent entrepreneurs that are paid with commissions from any sales they make.
Another important philanthropical pursuit for Stream is the issue of homelessness. This is seen at both the corporate and employee levels of the company as both groups regular track the statistics surrounding the homeless situation in Dallas.
Stream Energy has partnered with Hope Supply Company to cover the costs of the Splash for Hope event which provided meals to more than 1,000 homeless children in the area of North Texas. The event also affords the children a chance to have fun at a local water park, and experience that for many of them is the first of its kind.
Another example of the culture of compassion that has been crafted at Stream is the response by the company to the 2016 crisis caused by a number of Tornados making their presence known in North Texas a day after Christmas. Stream Energy and their associates went to work immediately and raised thousands of dollars over the next few days for North Texas residents that suffered losses to their homes and businesses. Additionally, Stream matched all donations made by associates.