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Van Morrison Settles Dustup with PR Exec Over Alleged ‘Love Child’

Van MorrisonThis morning we learned that the just-resolved defamation dispute between FleishmanHillard EMEA regional president John Saunders and Irish pop singer Van Morrison had more twists than the singer’s own epic “Madame George.” (Though, to be fair, that song only had one.)

Way back in 2009, Van Morrison’s official site posted the announcement that “Gigi and Van Morrison are proud to announce the birth of their first born son, George Ivan Morrison III,” and entertainment news sources attributed the statement to the singer himself. The problem? The baby’s mother was not his wife, former Miss Ireland Michelle Rocca.

The singer claimed the announcement was a hoax, and Saunders — who had worked with Rocca in the past — went on the radio proclaiming the story to be false and claiming that Morrison did not know Gigi.

It’s not clear whether Saunders was paid to give these interviews, but it is clear that Van Morrison did indeed know Gigi.

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Querétaro Business Summit and Growing Business in Mexico

The 12th edition of the Mexico Business Summit was recently held in Querétaro from October 26 to the 28, 2014. This year was the third time that the summit had taken place in the state, after being moved to Guadalajara in 2013. The theme of this year’s summit was “Tapping into Mexico’s New Sources of Growth.”

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Obama Accuses the Press of Spreading Cynicism

obama cynicsPresident Obama is a paradox, if you ask anyone in the national media. The man rose to fame with eloquence, realism, and tangibility. He quickly became a darling of the media — someone who cherished candor and transparency.

In what seemed like moments after he took office, Obama had the White House website updated with his version of “No New Taxes”: Under the headline Change has come to WhiteHouse.govthe administration claimed it would be “the most transparent ever.”

This week at a DNC shindig, he seemed determined to prove that the relationship between his administration and “the media” is not quite as chummy as some continue to assume.

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The Changing Face of Plastic Surgery

Cosmetic surgery may be changing the faces of Americans now more than ever, but the faces that are being changed are markedly different than the stereotypical affluent, Caucasian female that are more commonly thought of as driving the plastic surgery industry. Strax Rejuvenation, a Florida based elective surgery practice, concurs, citing an exponential ten-year increase in male patients, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT ), and minority patients.

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How the ICHF Is Trying To Fight Global Youth Heart Problems

That heart disease is a global problem that affects people of all ages is something Dr. Mark Plunkett, a pediatric heart surgeon, and the International Children’s Health Foundation (ICHF), know all too well. Congenital heart disease, also known as congenital heart defects, occur in 1 percent of the world’s population.
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CEO Benny Klepach Helps Open School in Saint- Marc Haiti

Philanthropists like Benny Klepach have a firm memory of January 12, 2010. That day over four years ago initially seemed like any other. But once the reports started pouring in of a devastating earthquake in Haiti, the world would never be the same. Haiti faced devastation that rocked the world – and created a worldwide response to the disaster.

Looking back four years removed, the world rushed to aid Haiti in whatever ways they could. From rescue supplies to volunteerism, the world helped the country get back on its feet. But the devastation has continued to have a terrible effect on the country. And Haiti is far from any sort of full recovery. Read more

The Gap Faces Unreasonable Backlash for Featuring a Thin Model in a Tweet

Fashion’s body image issue is back in the news.

The Gap faced a barrage of criticism for the tweet above featuring what People magazine is calling an “ultra-thin model.” In response, people posted things like, “In what world do people look like this? Perhaps you could select models who represent regular gals & not a skeletor ghost” and “Looks like she needs a hamburger and some sunlight.”

The Gap immediately issued a statement via Edie Kissko, a company spokesperson: “Our intentions have always been to celebrate diversity in our marketing and champion people for who they are. Upon reflection, we understand the sensitivity surround this photograph. Customer feedback is important to us and we think this is a valuable conversation to learn from.”

The statement doesn’t really say anything; it’s not an apology and doesn’t dig too deeply to explain the photo. And that’s fine. In this case, the backlash was unreasonable.

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Amazon Goes ‘Orwellian,’ Fails Literature 101

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In case you missed it, Amazon is currently going through something of a rough patch.

The company recently started very public fights with Hachette, Disney and some of the world’s most popular novelists in an attempt to drive down prices on books and DVDs — all while warning investors that it lost $126 million in the second quarter alone and that its total 2014 losses could be close to one billion dollars.

Its latest offense, however, is a classic in the annals of corporate messaging obfuscation.

In short, the company truly earned the grossly overused label “Orwellian” for misquoting (who else but) George Orwell himself.

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How Global Discovery Vacations Can Make You Follow Through

The current state of vacation time in the US is troubling to the employees of Global Discovery Vacations: MarketWatch recently reported the results of a survey of American workers that shows that people just aren’t taking the time off that they’ve earned and deserve. According to the study, which was conducted by Harris Interactive for Glassdoor, the average employee takes slightly more than half of the vacation time allowed to him or her.

While a number of factors play a part in people not taking the time off they deserve, what’s clear is that most people should be taking some time off. There are a number of ways you can make sure you actually use your vacation days this year, instead of giving up that paid time off.

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September 11: How The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (of Australia) Forgot

never_forget“Never Forget.”

It was the rallying cry heard ’round the world following that fateful day of Sept. 11, 2001–and it’s still a very sensitive topic for many in the United States and beyond.

Paramount Pictures Australia came a little too close to that memory for comfort in promoting its upcoming film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles–and had to issue a quick apology after social media took notice.

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