Former Chief of Staff Antônio Palocci gets 12-year jail sentence

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Antônio Palocci, a former Finance Minister and Chief of Staff under the administration of the Workers’ Party (PT), was sentenced to 12 years, two months and 20 days in prison for bribery and money laundering in one of the court cases filed against him as part of the Car Wash corruption investigation. In the ruling, handed down by lower court Federal Judge Sérgio Moro today (June 26), he was also sentenced to a $242,000 fine.

Moro upheld charges filed by the Federal Prosecution Service (MPF) that Palocci received kickbacks to favor Odebrecht construction company in a bidding process for a contract to build oil drilling rigs between Sete Brasil company and the Enseada do Paraguaçu shipyard. According to the judge, another nineteen counts of money laundering are related to attempts to cover up and transfer the money mainly to the Workers’ Party (PT).

“The money was paid as a compensation for unreported services received in connection with election campaigns, which is equivalent to fraudulent campaign accounting practices. That it was tainted with the proceeds of electoral fraud was the most reprehensible aspect of the Petrobras corruption scandal,” the judge said in his ruling.

Moro also ruled Palocci was “highly” culpable of wrongdoing because he committed it while in office as Chief of Staff. “One who holds cabinet office takes on high responsibility, and as such, incurs equally high culpability if they commit a crime.”

The judge also ordered Antonio Palocci to serve his sentence in prison. The possibility of obtaining a partial imprisonment benefit was made conditional upon his returning about $3 million he received in bribes.

Other convictions

Another 14 defendants in the same case were also convicted by Judge Moro, including former Odebrecht CEO Marcelo Odebrecht, charged with one count of corruption and 19 counts of money laundering. Because he signed a plea bargaining deal, his original sentence, which was similar to Palocci’s, was lowered to 10 years’ imprisonment.Sete Brasil’s executive João Ferraz and former Workers’ Party treasurer João Vaccari Neto were convicted of accepting bribes.

With 19 counts of money laundering, Moro convicted five former Odebrecht executives: Hilberto Mascarenhas Filho, Fernando Migliaccio da Silva, Luiz Eduardo Soares, Olívio Rodrigues Júnior, and Marcelo Rodrigues. The Workers’ Party presidential campaign marketers João Santana and Mônica Moura were also convicted on the same charges.

 

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Digital schoolbook for people with disabilities

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The Rural Federal University of Rio de Janeiro(UFRRJ) is working on a project to adapt traditional textbooks for schoolchildren with blindness, deafness, intellectual disabilities and autism based on an initiative conducted by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and NGO Movimento Down, created in 2014. A digital book is being developed by researchers at the UFRRJ’s Special and Inclusive Education Observatory (ObEE).

The university has an interdisciplinary team with education and technology researchers from a range of academic institutions across the state, including the Rio de Janeiro State University (UERJ), Colégio Pedro II, and the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio).

 The Observatory is training 200 teachers who work in special education in eight municipalities in the Baixada Fluminense region of Rio’s metropolitan area. Some teachers will be chosen for classes attended by children with blindness, deafness, autism, and intellectual disabilities. “We need to go to schools and put them to use in real-life classroom situations to validate our project,” said Márcia Pletsch, who coordinates the ObEE’s research group.

 According to her, this is a groundbreaking project that, if validated, could be replicated anywhere in the world, with support from the United Nations.

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Public debt increases to $975.6 billion

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Brazil’s Federal Public Debt—which includes the domestic and external debt—rose 0.26% from $972.95 billion in April to $975.6 billion in May, the National Treasury Secretariat reported today (June 26).

 Domestic Federal Public Debt, which is the part of the country’s public debt that can be paid in reais, increased 0.22% in the period, going from $936.6 billion to $938.7 billion.

 As for the Foreign Federal Public Debt, the money raised from the international market, there was a 1.31% increase from the balance reported in April, closing out May at $36.8 billion. The increase was mainly due to the real depreciation against the main currencies in which the external debt is denominated, says the Treasury report.

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“Why do we have to die for a territory that is ours?”

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The Guarani-Kaiowa indigenous peoples in Mato Grosso do Sul do not let their guard down in their struggle to obtain recognition and territorial demarcation of their ancestral lands. 

In the Brazil of scandals and corrupt politicians, the landed oligarchy has taken over and is dismantling the judicial apparatus that had given recognition to the rights of the indigenous populations, beginning with land rights.

The incidents involving the Guarani-Kaiowa peoples from the state of Mato Grosso do Sul, in the southwestern area of the country, are only a few of the many possible examples.

Eight indigenous reserves were created in Mato Grosso do Sul between 1915 and 1928 that covered a total of 17,975 Ha. The most important (and also more problematic) of these reserves is Dourados, established in 1917. Dourados covers 3,600 Ha that are now home to15,000 inhabitants belonging to two ethnic groups (Guaraní and Terena).

The total area encompassing these eight reserves is minimal compared to any of the dozens of farms for sale at the moment in that state. For instance, in a random pick of three estates from a quick internet search we found that their areas cover 22,410, 28,000 and 41,000 Ha, all of which include the enormous houses of the owners,  baryards with cows and horses, huge grazing areas or monoculture plantations, roads and streams or ponds.

According to the Indigenous Peoples of Brazil Program, run by the nongovernmental Socio-Environmental Institute (ISA), “from 1920 on, and more intensively  since 1960, started a systematic and effective colonization of the Guarani territories, giving start to a methodic process of expropriation of their lands by the white settlers”. With the creation of indigenous peoples reserves by the then Indian Protection Service (SPI)  in Mato Grosso do Sul, the thinking spread that the estates occupied by white colonizers and claimed by the indigenous peoples had never belonged to the latter, as the true lands belonging to the indigenous peoples were the reserves.

Mato Grosso do Sul is a clear example of the criminalization project against the indigenous peoples and their allies, started in the last few years by the owners, the dominant political establishment, and the mass media. Data from August 2016 coming from the Indigenous Missionary Council (CIMI), part of the Catholic Church, indicate that besides the reserves, there are 96 indigenous territories in Mato Grosso do Sul, but in reality the indigenous peoples live confined in reserves or small plots of land, when they are not settled along highways. Tired of waiting for their rights to be heard, many groups have taken their own initiatives with the so called “retaking”, or the recovery or reconquest of their lands.

Murders and suicides
Against the indigenous resistance and initiative, violence and hate towards these peoples have increased. There have now been dozens of attacks perpetrated by paramilitary squads paid by big landowners and in complicity with authorities. According to the CIMI, 426 indigenous people were killed in Mato Grosso do Sul between 2003 and 2015, 36 in 2015 alone. And in places where direct violence has not reached yet, suicides have: 752 occurred between 2000 and2015, with 45 in 2015 alone.

The CIMI has experienced first-hand what it means to fight for indigenous rights and against the system that denies them. The Legislative Assembly of  Mato Grosso do Sul created a Parliamentary Investigative Commission (CPI) in 2015 to bring charges against the CIMI, including their main representatives, President Msgr. Roque Paloschi and the Executive Secretary Cleber César Buzatto.

In the 222 pages of the final report from the CPI on the CIMI, presented in May 2016, the words are strong: “It causes indignation, bewilderment and revulsion the fact that an entity linked to the Catholic Church has caused so much harm”, and also that there are strong indications of the “participation of the CIMI in inciting violence and the invasion of public property” by indigenous people.

Large landowners and politicians have not stopped there; they also have replicated the strategy in the federal Chamber of Deputies, by creating an investigative commission on two governmental entities, the National Indian Foundation (FUNAI) and the National Institute of Colonization and Agrarian Reform (INCRA), asking that a judicial process be brought against dozens of native leaders and anthropologists that defend the demarcation of indigenous territories.

The offensive taken against the indigenous people by the government of President Michel Temer seems unstoppable.  Army General Franklimberg Ribeiro de Freitas was named head of  FUNAI on May 9. The Articulation of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (APIB),  which brings together organizations defenders of the rights of indigenous populations, has denounced an unacceptable militarization of the governmental organization with the aim of expanding the agricultural borders and business projects into indigenous lands. These lands run the risk of  being redimensioned or eliminated if the  proposed amendment Nº 215 to the Constitution presented in 2012 is approved, which seeks to transfer the  prerogative to delimit the indigenous territories to the National Congress, transforming a native right into a mere object of negotiation.

Demarcation just on paper
Ládio Veron (Ava Taperendi in indigenous language), a 50 year-old school teacher is a Chief of the Guaraní-Kaiowá community of the Takuara indigenous territory, in the municipality of Juti, which covers an area of 9,700 Ha. In some areas it overlaps agricultural farms, in particular with the Brasília do Sul estate dedicated mainly to soy production.

Between January 11 and 13, 2003, hacienda owner Jacinto Honório da Silva and some of his workers stormed Takuara. Later, a group of hired guns arrived and attacked the community. Chief Marcos Veron, 72, was involved in the fight that ensued and later died in the hospital as a consequence of serious injuries. Marcos was the father of Ládio, who in the fight for territorial rights also lost some of his brothers and other relatives. “Why do we have to die for a territory that is ours?,” he questions.

After years of demands and occupations, Takuara today has gotten over the long and complex process of juridical recognition and is, for all intents and purposes, an indigenous property territory. However, it has not yet been given back. On the contrary, the judges of  Mato Grosso do Sul constantly issue eviction notices. “The FUNAI does not have the power to proceed with the demarcation of our territories. We ask for a change. We ask to have some of our representatives in it. We have indigenous people who are prepared to do this,” Veron explains.

“We are some 70 families in Takuara who occupy no more than 90 Ha of territory”, he says. “But we have to tolerate that hundreds of trucks loaded with soybean pass through our village”.

The prevalent feeling towards the indigenous populations is recalled by missionary Egon Heck: “The claim made by former Governor (of Mato Grosso do Sul) André Puccinelli (2007-2014) that ‘it is a crime to provide a span of productive land to the natives’ is revealing.”

The powerful Federation of Agriculture and Livestock of Mato Grosso do Sul State (FAMASUL) is accused of promoting the use of armed militia against the indigenous communities in the state.

The consensus among big rural producers and the politicians who represent them is that agribusiness and development cannot stop because of territorial claims from indigenous populations and, even less so, because of the indigenous worldvision, considered to be a group of abstract or implausible concepts. It does not matter if these rights are embodied in the Constitution of 1988 and if agribusiness enriches a small minority and destroys the common good as is the natural environment.

 

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Low turnout in non-binding referendum

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Barely 23 percent of the electorate turned out to vote to decide on independence, statehood, or to remain a US commonwealth. 

Barely 23 percent of the electorate turned out to vote to decide on independence, statehood, or to remain a US commonwealth. Barely 23 percent of the electorate turned out to vote to decide on independence, statehood, or to remain a US commonwealth.

Some 500,000 citizens, of the 2.2 million who registered, voted in the non-binding referendum on the legal status of Puerto Rico on June 11. The ballot, titled “Plebiscite for the immediate decolonization of Puerto Rico,” offered the options of Statehood (to become the 51st state of the United States), Free Association/Independence, and Current Territorial Status (Commonwealth).

The statehood option, or annexation, was chosen by 97.2 percent of the voters, according to the State Elections Commission, while independence received 1.5 percent of the vote, and to maintain a commonwealth status got 1.3 percent.

Governor Ricardo Rosselló, in favor of statehood, said that the results are a call to “put an end to a colonial relationship with the United States.”

It is on us now to take the results to Washington with the force represented by the observance of a democratic process,” he said.

Although Rosselló considered the voting a triumph, according to the opposition it was a defeat taking into account the low turnout of the population.

Héctor Ferrer, president of the Popular Democratic Party (PPD), in favor of maintaining the Commonwealth status, said that the voters “went out, went to the beach, to the river. They did not pay attention [to the call to vote]. The real losers were statehood and Rosselló.

For María de Lourdes Santiago, vice-president of the Puerto Rican Independence Party, the referendum was “a resounding failure for the colonial option.”

This is the fifth time that a referendum has been called on the legal status of the island. The previous took place in 1967, 1993, 1998 and 2012.

Although the media highlighted the victory of statehood, the truth is that after having been voted on by a low number of the electorate and because of its non-binding nature, it could suffer the same fate as the previous referendums in which this same option came on top, and was met with the indifference of the US Congress, responsible for providing the final approval.

Unpayable debt
The voting took place a few weeks after Rosselló declared the island in bankrupt in order to restructure the debt that totals US$74 billion and that represents 70 percent of its gross domestic product.

In 2015 Puerto Rico declared moratorium on their debt. Then Governor Alejandro García Padilla (2013-2017) admitted that “the public debt, considering the level of current economic activity, is unpayable.  But also, the amount of the debt prevents us from coming out of the cycle of recession and shrinkage.”

Puerto Rico, as a commonwealth, does not enjoy the same benefits as the other states of the United States, such as declaring themselves in bankrupt and obtaining legal protection from their creditors and allowing them to restructure their debts. Puerto Rico cannot take unilateral decisions; it can only use the merchant marine to transport products to and from the island; and it cannot establish bilateral relations with other countries.

Former President Barack Obama (2009-2017) signed the Puerto Rico Oversight Management and Economic Stability Act or PROMESA Law on June 30, 2016, providing the legal framework for the island to achieve fiscal responsibility and access to the capital market.

However, agreements were not reached with creditors and on May 3, Rosselló invoked Title III included in the PROMESA Law, which allows for the restructuring of the debt with protective measures similar to those made available to other US states, such as declaring bankruptcy, stopping lawsuits, and letting the courts make decisions regarding the payments.

“After lengthy goodwill conversations and the opening by the government of Puerto Rico of their financial books and records to creditors, there has not been enough progress in negotiations so Title III of the PROMESA Law makes it possible to present to a special court the restructuring of the public debt of Puerto Rico,” the governor said.

Currently, 45 percent of the 3.5 million island population is living in poverty and the unemployment rate has reached 12 percent, twice the US average, and in addition to this, there is an increasing exodus of qualified workforce to other US territories. —Latinamerica Press.

 

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Police intercepts plane with 500 kg cocaine

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A twin engine aircraft carrying 500 kilos of cocaine was intercepted by a Brazilian Air Force (FAB) A-29 Super Tucano in Goiás state, Central-West region, on Sunday (June 25), as part of Operation Ostium, a joint crackdown on crossborder crime carried out by the FAB, Federal Police and public security agencies. 

According to a statement from Brazil’s Air Force, the plane took off from Itamarati Norte ranch in Campo Novo do Parecis, Mato Grosso, bound for Santo Antonio Leverger, Mato Grosso. The FAB pilot ordered a route change and a compulsory landing at Aragarças airdrome in Goiás. The intercepted aircraft followed the instructions from the air defense at first, but instead of landing at the airdrome as indicated, it swooped. The FAB pilot again ordered it to change route and land, but the airplane did not respond and was held as hostile.

The FAB A-29 fired a warning shot to force the pilot of the intercepted aircraft to comply with Air Defense orders, and again ordered a compulsory landing. The twin engine plane still did not respond, landing in the rural area of Jussara, Goiás. A State Military Police helicopter was sent to search the area.

The Federal Police and the FAB have not disclosed the name of the pilot.

The plane will be taken to the Goiás Military Police in Jussara, and the seized drug will be sent to Federal Police in Goiânia.

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Venezuela Showcases Universal Health Care

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While “universal health care” sounds wonderful and is often promoted as a goal for the U.S., the recent results in Venezuela, previously the richest country in Latin America, are a cautionary tale, writes Lawrence Huntoon, M.D., Ph.D., in the summer issue of the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons. 

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has been quoted as saying: “I doubt there is anywhere in the world, with the exception of Cuba, with a better health system than this one. “But when patients go to the hospital, they are expected to bring their own medicine and medical supplies, Dr. Huntoon notes. Many essential medicines are available only on the black market. Elevators and air conditioning often don’t work, and water supply may be intermittent. Still worse, hospitals may have no food for starving babies.

The consequences of these shortages created by socialist policies are dire,” Dr. Huntoon writes. “The maternal mortality rate in 2016 was 130.7 per 100,000 births. The infant mortality rate in 2016 was 18.61 deaths per 1,000 live births,” a sharp increase from previous years. “Many patients who have treatable conditions die. Patients also die while waiting for surgery.”

Venezuela has refused humanitarian aid, denying the existence of a crisis. “Socialists never admit when socialism fails,” writes Dr. Huntoon.

Socialists always try to defy human nature and basic economic principles in imposing supposed beneficent policies, Dr. Huntoon observes. “The ‘beneficiaries’ of egalitarian socialist policies are always the ones who suffer, while the socialist elites live a life of wealth and comfort.”

The Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons is published by the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS), a national organization representing physicians in all specialties since 1943.

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A Preferred Resource for 35 Years

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As an active producer with Underwriting Specialists, clients can enjoy several advantages of developing a productive relationship with the firm’s team. From industry experience to product knowledge and more, the team is poised to support its clients’ success.

For more than 35 years and counting, Underwriting Specialists Inc. has experienced and conformed to vast changes throughout the insurance industry, and has provided producers with valuable guidance and sound product solutions for their clients. With its years of expertise, producers can feel comfortable with our team behind them.

“Our team is ready to get to work!” explains Richard ‘Rick’ Silva, President and Partner of the firm. “We are committed and strive to deliver the best service for our producers each and every day. From facilitating the licensing process for producers, to initiating product quotes and illustrations for clients, and supporting producers throughout the client sale process, our team is prepared to service the various case requirements of our hardworking agents.

“We realize every client is a bit different and may require alternative product solutions to fit their individual circumstances. At Underwriting Specialists, we work closely with our producers to understand their client’s requirements and identify the proper product solutions to meet their needs. From a standard term policy to a more complicated requirement, we invite our producers to inquire
with us, so that we can provide direction to the best available product options.”

In addition to its sound team of professionals, the firm has also developed and maintain key strategic partnerships with top-notch organizations whose expertise enables Underwriting Specialists to expand and deliver even more product solutions.

Rick himself has more than 40 years of experience in the Insurance and Financial Services Industry. He began his career in Met Life’s Management Development Program for returning Vietnam Era Vets. He successfully opened his own Agency and built it into a leading production organization with both American National & New England Life. After selling the Agency to a major Investment Company, Rick moved into Corporate Management.

Over the next 25 years he successfully ran sales, marketing & distribution divisions of major carriers such as Chubb, Jefferson Pilot, Provident Mutual & Nationwide Financial. Rick opened a private practice in 2005 and quickly built a successful venture through multiple relationships with Attorneys and Accountants. In addition he was able to secure major endorsements from a number of Professional Business Associations in the Golf, Hotel, Restaurant & Small Business industries.

Rick’s extensive experience working with both traditional and alternative distribution organizations such as CPA firms, Wire-houses, Major Producer Groups, and Industry Leading Producers has led him to redesign and restructure Underwriting Specialists’ forward-thinking strategy into a 21st Century production organization that will be unique in its market approach, and in the opportunities it will bring to its valued Affiliates.

Rick holds his Series 7 license with Innovation Partners LLC, and is licensed in all Insurance related disciplines in eight states. He is the recipient of numerous production and leadership awards, both Industry and company – wise, and is the founding Partner of the Financial Services Marketing Association.

Rick has a CLU designation, and holds a Master of Science Degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Organizational Dynamics. He served in Vietnam and the DMZ in Korea as a Recon Scout. He is a published Author of numerous articles both business and non-business. He is a founding member of the FC Delco Soccer Organization a nationally recognized youth sports organization, and holds a National Coaching license.

Rick lives in Blue Bell Country Club with his wife Eileen who between them, have five children and six grandchildren.


Company: Underwriting Specialists
Name: Richard ‘Rick’ Silva
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.undspec.com
Address: 600 W. Germantown Pike, Suite 400 Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462

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A Pragmatic Approach

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Pragmatic Marketing provides practical, actionable training. The Firm has recently received Corporate America’s ‘Training Best Practices and Organizational Success’. We interviewed Sarah Mitchell, Marketing Project Manager, to learn how Pragmatic’s Training Best Practices positively impact customers’ businesses.

Courses “We are very honoured to have received this Training Best Practices and Organizational Success’ award” Courses “We are very honoured to have received this Training Best Practices and Organizational Success’ award” 

Sarah explains Pragmatic Marketing’s product and strategic marketing courses are designed to help customers develop the products your clients want and effective marketing strategies to reach them. The entire curriculum is based around our Pragmatic Marketing Framework, a proven, actionable blueprint that’s underpinned companies’ success for more than 20 years. 

All of our courses provide realworld insights, actionable best practices and proven tools to maximize results. Our flexible curriculum enables customers to select the most relevant courses for them and to develop their skill set as and when they need to over time. 

• Foundations: Principles of Pragmatic Marketing Course: This one-day training course for your entire organization serves as a prerequisite for all the other courses. The course emphasizes the necessity of understanding your market and using that context to guide decisions, prioritize projects and drive results. Attendees leave with an improved ability to balance strategic and tactical tasks better. They also develop a common language and a clear understanding of roles and responsibilities to align teams, along with practical techniques that allow you to identify the entire market, listen to it and plan marketing strategies that minimize risks and optimize results.

• Focus: Strategic Product Planning Course: This course focuses on different aspects of product strategy. Key components include learning how to use market data to identify and evaluate different product opportunities. The course also teaches how to develop the right product marketing strategies. Attendees learn how to spot where your company’s strengths intersect with what the market values, how to build viable business plans that demonstrate a sizable, potentially profitable market exists and to tailor your marketing accordingly to different audiences.

• Build: Create Remarkable Products Course: Having a plan is not the same as having a product. Build teaches you to prioritize requirements and plan releases based on market facts. It shows how to provide an understanding of who the users are and what they’re trying to accomplish, so that product and development teams deliver products that win in the market Improve the handoff between departments. Clarify the lines so product management can focus on what needs to be built and development can focus on how to build it. Build targeted solutions. Use context from the market—who you’re building for and what problems you’re solving—to create innovative products. Prioritize based on impact. Focus on the products and features that will have the biggest impact in the market by ranking requirements objectively using market data. Implement a universal approach. Use a consistent approach for all of your teams, regardless of location or methodology (Waterfall, Agile, hybrid, etc.).

• Market: Resonate with Buyers Course: Marketing is not a collection of tactics; it is a strategic role that directly influences revenue growth, customer retention and awareness. Market teaches you how to build buyer expertise and use that information to create marketing plans that get results. It shows you how to align your marketing strategy with the goals of your whole organization and effectively measure and report the impact of your programs on the bottom line. Prioritize based on impact. Gain a thorough understanding of your buyers and how they like to buy to identify and prioritize the right strategies. Build credibility. Gain approval and funding for your marketing plans by showing how they align the goals of the company with the buying process of the market. Measure results. Demonstrate the effect your marketing plans are having by connecting them to the metrics that matter most. Who is this course for? Individuals responsible for go-to-market strategies. (If you are responsible for—or contribute to—marketing plans, this definitely means you.) What are the prerequisites for Market? Foundations is a prerequisite for this course.

• Executive Briefing course: Being market-driven isn’t just a product strategy; it is a corporate strategy. This interactive, half-day workshop provides executive teams with an understanding of what it means to be tuned in to the market and why companies that are tuned in are 30 percent more profitable. Implement Real Change. We don’t just tell you that being market-focused is important. We provide a clear, proven blueprint to get there, the Pragmatic Marketing Framework, as well as real-world examples of how it has been implemented successfully. Increase Your Impact in the Market. Companies are constantly balancing the need to improve today’s product offerings with the need to create the product of the future. Knowing how and where to focus resources for maximum return is critical. Stop the Finger Pointing. Learn how to get the entire team on the same page, and clearly define roles and responsibilities to eliminate infighting and improve efficiencies. Who is this workshop for? Executive and leadership teams. What is the price? Executive Briefing is held onsite only. Contact our sales team for pricing and availability. 

Team expertise We provide practical, actionable training that can be implemented the day you get back to the office. We also provide templates and tools to support your new outside-in approach. All of which means you can start making an impact on your business and your products immediately.
Since 1993, our team has trained more than 100,000 product management and marketing attendees at 8,000 companies on six continents. (We’re waiting for your call, Antarctica.) We have created a growing international community of strategic product management and marketing professionals that are changing the way companies bring successful products to market.

Our courses are developed and taught by individuals who have led the product management and marketing groups at many of today’s leading technology companies. Our instructors have all implemented the Pragmatic Marketing principles in their own careers. They don’t teach from theory. They teach from experience and with a clear passion for the material.

Pragmatic Marketing instructors are sought the world over for their thought leadership in the product management and marketing spaces. They’ve presented at many industry events, written articles and even published their own books. We have also been honored eight times by Inc. magazine as one of the fastest-growing private companies in America (2000, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2016), and in 2008 we were named a Comerica Bank AZ Company to Watch. We are a trusted training partner.

Customer Satisfaction More than 90% of attendees rate the courses as essential or very useful to their careers, leaving the training with unbridled enthusiasm about their jobs and the impact they can have on their companies. Their enthusiasm and success is why 80% of our new business is word-of-mouth referrals from satisfied customers.

Company: Pragmatic Marketing
Name: Sarah Mitchell
Email: [email protected]
Web Address: www.pragmaticmarketing.com
Address: 8910 E. Raintree Dr., Scottsdale, AZ 85260, Arizona, USA
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The Best Care Available

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Delta Hospice is a Joint Commission accredited hospice care provider with facilities in Chino and Temecula, California. Close to its location, the hospice is able to serve the hospice care needs of patients and families in the areas of Los Angeles County, Orange County, Riverside County and San Bernardino County. CEO, Vivian Obiamalu, talks to us about the hospice and what it has to offer.

Delta Hospice focuses on providing quality individualized physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual care to its patients. The organisation adopts a familyoriented approach in developing a care plan that meets the needs of its patients and their families.

Vivian Obiamalu, chief executive officer of Delta Hospice, tells us more about the firm and the care it offers.

“For years in the practice, we’ve gained a deep understanding of what a family needs – not just the patient – during the onset of a debilitating and life-limiting illness,” she explains. “Though most of the medical care will be focused on physical needs such as pain management, there is also a great need for emotional support. We offer care and compassion for the entire household with the hope to make the end-of-life journey of your loved one easier to bear.

“Beginning hospice care can be an overwhelming experience, but our clinical and non-clinical staff members are here to make the patient’s journey peaceful. We do this by providing excellent physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual care to all of our patients. We do this by maintaining diverse and educated staff members: physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, licensed vocational nurses, social workers, chaplains, and certified home health aides.”

From Delta, patients can expect quality health care services with prompt responses. The team is an interdisciplinary group, consisting of the patient’s personal physician, a Medical Director and a highly-trained and motivated team of skilled nurses. Home health aides, social workers, dieticians, chaplains and other counselors, volunteers, speech, physical and occupational therapists also provide services on Delta’s behalf.

The hospice also offers durable power of attorney for health care. Everyone has the right to plan and make their own health care decisions. A durable power of attorney is an “advance directive” to caregivers, ensuring that a patient’s wishes are executed in the event he/she becomes too sick to communicate them.

As a recipient of federal financial assistance, Delta Hospice will not exclude, deny benefits to, or otherwise discriminate against any person on the grounds of race, color, or national origin or on the basis of disability or age in admission to, participation in or receipt of the services and benefits under any of its programs and activities.

This statement is in accordance with the provisions of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and the Regulations of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued pursuant to these statutes at the Title 45 Code of Federal Regulations Parts 80, 84 and 91.

“Our mission at Delta Hospice is clear,” states Vivian. “We will not rest until we have given our best; we believe that each person’s life is a remarkable journey; we believe that each moment and phase of every life should be lived in utmost dignity; we believe that life should be unrestricted by avoidable pain discomfort; we believe in striving to provide our patient’s with the necessary care to ensure that they live every minute of their remarkable journey in a dignified and pain-free manner; we believe that spiritual upliftment is a necessary component of all phases of life.

We aim to provide spiritual upliftment to our clients through the provision of chaplains of various religious persuasions, who are always available to minister to the spiritual needs of our clients; we will care for physical and emotional symptoms that cause pain, discomfort and distress; and we consult with the patient’s physician to make sure medication, therapies and procedures are designed to achieve the goals outlined in the patient’s care plan.”

Delta Hospice is committed to providing quality care that is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and 365 days a year.

“We want to ensure that our patients transition comfortably and with dignity. We believe in setting a high standard that exceeds the expectations of our patients. Our goal is to assist patients, families and caregivers in various ways to decrease anxiety and increase the patient’s quality of life by managing pain and controlling additional symptoms.

“As a patient, family member or caregiver your questions should never go unanswered. Never hesitate to let us know how we are doing. We will send out a Perception of Care Survey through the mail and periodically make phone calls to ensure that excellent care is being provided. Our Home Chart and Hospice Resource Guide are available for you to review anytime. We encourage you to review your Home Chart and discuss any comments or concerns with our staff members.
“We understand that patients have a choice and we choose to be the best. Thank you for choosing Delta Hospice. We consider it a privilege to be a part of your journey.”

Company: Delta Hospice
Contact: Vivian Obiamalu
Website: www.deltahospiceca.com
Address: 14726 Ramona Avenue, Suite 200 Chino, CA 91710

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