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Securus continues rolling out video visitation as crime within prisons falls

Posted on 29 November, 2017 in Video Visitation Tech

One of the most important innovations to hit the U.S. prison system over the last decade has been the advent of Securus’ video visitation system. As one of the leading innovators in U.S. prison technologies, Securus Technologies has been developing its video visitation platform over the last 10 years. The platform is now one of the most well-proven ways to keep inmates in touch with their loved ones and out of trouble within the institutions where they serve their time. In fact, in the majority of institutions where Securus video visitation has been installed, the number of infractions committed by inmates has dramatically dropped, leading many to conclude that the technology is a effective and low-cost form of crime prevention.


But preventing crime on the inside of prison is not the only thing that Securus video visitation does well. The platform has been able to generate hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue each year for the prisons in which Securus operates. On each video visitation call, anywhere from 30 to 90 percent of the money spent on the phone call goes directly back to the institution in which the phone system is housed. These forms of commissions are also applicable to video visitation calls. This means that the institutions where the wildly popular Securus video visitation platform has been rolled out are currently seeing dramatic increases to their general funds, enabling them to hire more guards and run tighter ships, keeping all inmates and guards safer.


But the Securus video visitation system has also been able to save the family members of inmates thousands of dollars per year. With the average outgoing video visitation call costing just $0.15 per minute, the price has been kept low enough that almost all inmates can afford to stay in contact with their loved ones on the outside. This has saved family members, who otherwise would have been forced to go to the prison in person, thousands of dollars each year.


OSI Group & Its Rise To The Top

Posted on 24 November, 2017 in Entrepreneur, OSI Group

There are numerous food suppliers around the world today, but none are more efficient than OSI Group. The Aurora-based company is one of the biggest private companies in the U.S. The company has been around since 1909 and as of today, it is still going strong. OSI Group is at the pinnacle of the industry as it’s setting newer trends. What is possible with this company? The answer is rather simple. OSI Group can handle all of its clients’ needs through processing, managing, distribution and development. It would be hard trying to find another similar organization with this much know-how.

Some of the biggest food processing and most popular names have been served by this company, which includes Starbucks, Subway, McDonald’s, Papa John’s Pizza and Pizza Hut. Though it’s headquartered in Aurora, Illinois, OSI Group has been located in many different areas throughout “Chicagoland.” This includes Oak Park and Maywood, Illinois. Under the name of Otto & Sons, the company opened its first high-volume meat plant in 1973. This specific location was in West Chicago. As you can see, OSI Group has been in numerous locations, and it has an abundance of plants. Growth and evolution is the name of the game and if you’re not evolving, you’ll get left behind. Forbes listed OSI as the 136th largest private company in 2011. This was based on its annual revenue of $3 billion. That’s right! As time went on, the company continued its growth and as of today, it has merged with many other food related businesses.

One of its biggest and best decisions was to acquire BAHO Foods, which is a prominent Dutch company that supplies meat and other food products. With this acquisition, OSI has been able to expand its range into 18 European countries. This untapped opportunity is blessing as it opens the doors up for even more growth in the future. What more can you say about this company? It does everything by the books, and it practices great ethics. OSI Group is changing the game on so many levels, and it will continue its dominance in the years to come.

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American Institute of Architects

Posted on 11 November, 2017 in Uncategorized

     It is a company in the United States. It has many architects who work together for it to be successful. The America Institute of Architects offers training and also talks to the public in general so that their organization can remain favorable to the eyes of the people. The leader is Robert Ivy who is also the CEO of the institution. Below is more information about the company.

History of the Company

It was started in New York City in 1857 by a particular group of architects who wanted to see into the excellence of architecture. They met again on February 23, 1857, and they agreed to welcome sixteen other famous architects. They then prepared a constitution and regulations on March 10, 1857, namely New York society of architects where later one of them recommended the name America Institute of Architects. They continued to meet till it was a big company. Today there is a building where architects meet to practice their talent every day.

How It Educates

The organization tries to achieve what people require by making it known to the public how the benefits of architecture and the advantages of designing. They also choose the architects with the best design, and they award them. They are also made known to the public. This way, the mood for competition comes in, and those who are interested in architecture work harder to emerge, winners, the next time.



The CEO Robert Ivy is the leader. Then, it is run by a board of directors and has more than two hundred employees who work every day in every week. Robert Ivy who is also their vice president makes sure that everything is in order, so the company continues growing high as the years pass. He is well known by the public because he describes architecture so well to people so that they understand it. He works very hard to make the company appear educative in the eyes of the people.

In conclusion, the America Institute of architects has tried its best to promote the talent of designers. The institution has worked for many years, and it is always educating the public on the importance of being an architect. It does this to ensure that those who are interested in designing do not give up but instead they get a chance to show how good they can be. It has helped many talented architects to exhibit their skills.


Sahm Adrangi Talks With a Former Hedge Fund Analyst

Posted on 09 November, 2017 in Founder, Investment Management

Sahm Adrangi wrote a heartfelt piece talking about an Ode to Those Who Wonder. Soon after Sahm published the publication, a former Wall Street bond trader who has turned to a credit analyst reached out to him. The two chatted over the weekend, and the analyst noted that he had been closely following Sahm Adrangi’s work on GNC.

The analyst is a hard-charging Penn State graduate. He landed an internship on the credit desk at Merrill Lynch in New York City through networking and sheer hustle. He has a way of clicking well with people and the surroundings, which together with his hard work enabled him to work for three more years at Merrill. He then parlayed his expertise into a credit trading task at a $3 billion hedge fund known as Longacre. It was a coincidence that his time at Longacre ended at the same time as Sahm’s. He then moved to the credit team for Paulson & Co, where he is making about $6 billion shorting mortgage bonds. He left Wall Street in 2015 after deciding to quit.

About Sahm

Sahm founded Kerrisdale Capital Management. He is also the chief investment officer who has been involved in various aspects of the company’s development since it was established in 2009. When developing the firm, Sahm only spent nothing more than one million dollars. However, the business has grown over the years and it currently, as of July 2017 manages about $150 million. Sahm is well-known for short selling and publishing research. He shares his views on stocks such as overhyped shorts and under-followed longs that most investors and the market at large misunderstand. Kerrisdale carries out research that aims at correcting the misconceptions about the fundamental business prospects of the companies.

Besides publishing research, Sahm is an activist in several investments. Sahm engaged with Lindsay Corporation management in 2013 to enhance the cash deployment and capital allocation policies of the company. Sahm began his financial career in credit at Deutsche Bank by carrying out leveraged and high-yield loan debt financing. He has also been a speaker at several conferences such as the Activist Investor conference, Value Investing conference, and distressed debt investing conference.

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Anthony Petrello philanthropic works

Posted on 07 November, 2017 in Business, Business Leaders

When Anthony Petrello welcomed his daughter Carena into this world, he never hoped that he would undergo through the challenges that he has seen. He hoped that his daughter would be a great person leading normal life like any other normal person today. However, this was not to be true. His daughter was born with a medical condition that has made his life hard and almost unbearable. Carena was born with a neurological disorder that prevented adequate transfer of blood into his brain. The result was that his brain was getting low amounts of oxygen that would not facilitate normal body operations. The problem, deteriorated later after she developed another condition known as Cerebral Palsy. This is a condition that has made her unable to make normal body motions such as chewing, walking and talking. This problem has saddened Anthony Petrello very much. He has been to all corners of the world trying to find a medical treatment that would work for his daughter. This has however failed to give any positive rewards as all the hospitals he has visited lack units that deal with neurological problems that affect children.

Surprised by the lack of medical facilities that would provide medical attention to his daughter, Anthony Petrello embarked on a process of finding a hospital in his neighborhood that would help him resolve this case. In his visits to various top medical facilities in the world, he realized that the problem lied in lack of medical research in this field of medicine. No medical facility has ever researched how such medical conditions deserve to be treated.

Anthony Petrello decided to initiate a research Centre that would deal with this problem once and for all. Petrello came up with a plan that would see him contribute funds that would support the operations of Neurological Research Centre. It is located in the Texas Children Hospital. Anthony Petrello Kickstarted his initiative with a contribution of $5 million that would be used to hire top medical doctors and surgeons who would conduct the necessary research.

Anthony Petrello hopes to see the suffering of the children suffering from these disorders alleviated. It has been painful to watch his daughter struggle to accomplish some basic tasks, and he would never hope for another child to go through the same experience. Anthony Petrello had promised to continue supporting the initiative until a point in time when a medical treatment id finally discovered.

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Hussain Sajwani’s Success in Business Relations

Posted on 31 October, 2017 in Business Leaders

Hussain Sajwani is the founder of DAMAC properties. Before founding this company, he engaged in expansion of property market in Dubai where he established many hotels to cater for the growing mass of people coming into Dubai for trade and business. He later embraced a market opportunity of creating DAMAC. DAMAC Properties is involved in property development that has partnered with other companies like The Trump Organization, Versace, and Fendi which are all forces directed to the creation of more fashion and lifestyle to the market.


Hussein Sajwani has maintained healthy business relationships with prominent people in the world of business. For instance, he has had good relations with President Donald Trump way before his election. Trump has on several occasions mentioned Sajwani’s family as amazing people. Through the relationship, they have worked on the Tiger Woods-designed golf course under the management of the Trump organization.


However, the Donald trump after being elected to the office chose to maintain a low profile in real estate development business which he left behind to his children to handle. His daughter Ivanka has therefore continued to keep close business deals with Hussain Sajwani.This interaction means that Trump’s relations with Sajwani family will, thus, remain strong as it was initially.


DAMAC Properties is a company with its headquarters in Dubai, the Middle East that was founded in 1976 to run real estate, engineering, construction & architecture developments. The company engages in all aspects that pertain to real estate developments by focusing on changes that technology brings forth. It also extends its expansions to food business which reflects the first activity that Hussain Sajwani engaged.


DAMAC Properties made immense efforts to provide food during the 1991 Iraq war to US militants. It catered to all Americans in the world together with other American companies like the Bechtel. The company also has practiced philanthropic deeds as a way of giving back to the society.


DAMAC owner gave out a donation to a campaign directed towards charitable events for the deprived children in the world. Hussain Sajwani gave out contribution to show support for the government efforts of improving standards of living around the globe. More than 50,000 children were meant to benefit from the money that this company contributed which was a massive support to the campaign.


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Former Ambassador Daniel Taub and His Tenure

Posted on 19 October, 2017 in Entrepreneur

The former Israeli ambassador to Britain is Mr. Daniel Taub hose tenure was highly successful. During the four years of which Mr. Daniel Taub was at the position, he helped bring about a vast number of positive changes and various improvements. Read more: Daniel Taub | About and  Daniel Taub | Wikipedia

Mr. Daniel Taub started his four years of tenure back in June 2011. Bt the end of that time, Mr. Daniel Taub had managed to strengthen the relations between the United Kingdom and Israel in many significant ways. The two countries are stronger bonds in terms of education and culture, as well as business and trade.

In fact, the trade between the two nations doubled, and more than three hundred Israeli enterprises opened offices in the United Kingdom. These achievements did not go unnoticed as Mr. Daniel Taub was repeatedly recognized for them during and after his tenure of four years.

Mr. Daniel Taub was born and raised in England where he was a part of an Israeli community. Over the course of his life, Mr. Daniel Taub became actively involved in community work. He later traveled to Israel where he occupied several positions. He was in the military and he then also worked in office.

One of his jobs was as a peace negotiator. Mr. Daniel Taub was recognized for his negotiation skills, and so he was one of the leading voices in the peace negotiations between Israel and Palestine. Mr. Daniel Taub worked together with a Palestinian counterpart. They had the assignment to travel to Northern Ireland where they would learn about peace and other cultural examples they could take back home.

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One of the many examples of Mr. Daniel Taub and his work towards strengthening the cultural connection is found in the situation in Bradford city. The city was proclaimed as an ”Israel-free zone” by one of the official George Galloway. He made some bold statements about Israeli people using words such as ”savages”, ”barbarous” and many others. Mr. Daniel Taub, however, was not phased by his outrageous speech as he had heard it all before at one point or another.

At a later point, Mr. Daniel Taub even visited the city of Bradford. He had received invitations from the church, the city hall, and several others. While many thought that the speech that George Galloway had mane also applied to the citizens of Bradford, Mr. Daniel Taub found out that the case was quite the opposite. The citizens were extremely welcoming.

The Equifax Security Breach and Freedom Debt Relief

Posted on 16 October, 2017 in Business

Earlier in the year, Equifax, which is one of the three U.S. credit monitoring bureaus was able to be hacked by hackers which left nearly half of the country exposed to theft since social security numbers addresses, birthdays and more personal information exposed in the process. This is the type of stuff that credit and loan decisions come from. There are ways for someone to protect themselves from situations like this, one of those is by registering for free credit monitoring and protection. For those who would like to sign up for this service, they have until November 21 to sign up for free credit monitoring and to be able to put a freeze on their Equifax report so that creditors would not be able to have access to it. Another way is by reviewing your credit report. By law each person is able to review a copy of each of the three major credit bureaus per year. Reviewing your accounts frequently is another effective way to help prevent theft and fraud because by doing this it will help someone notice if there are any unauthorized activity that shows up on their accounts. If a person does come across some suspicious activity on their accounts, reporting it immediately will help so that you have the ability to dispute the charges and so that you will be able to freeze or cancel the credit card immediately.

Freedom Debt Relief is a U.S. debt resolution company based out of San Mateo California. It is part of the Freedom Financial Network, which is also a financial service company headquartered in San Mateo. The company was founded in 2002 by Co-Founders and CEOs Brad Stroh and Andrew Housser who are both Stanford Graduate School of Business graduates. Freedom Financial Network negotiates for those who are in debt that are experiencing financial hardship while trying to help them avoid filing for bankruptcy. The company has enrolled over 400,000 clients since it began in 2002 and has reached the $7 billion mark for debts they have been able to resolve for their customers.Click here to watch video.

Jim Larkin: The Legendary Labor Organizer and Activist behind the Growth of Labor Activism in the Early 20th Century

Posted on 16 October, 2017 in Activism

The Irish Transport and General Workers’ Union (ITGWU) was inarguably the biggest labor activism organization in Europe in the early 20th century. Behind the success of this organization was a Liverpool-born labor activist by the name James Larkin.

He led ITGWU with courage and determination for seven years until it collapsed in 1914 in the wake of Dublin Lockout. In fear of being deported, he left Europe for the United States immediately the organization went down.

Jim’s Early Life

Jim was born in the year 1974 to Irish parents and started activism as young man. His parents were not well-off, and all they could afford is life in the slums of Liverpool. Due to the financial instability at his home, Jim was not privileged to acquire quality education and that basically sieved him out of the formal sector jobs.

Even with that disadvantage, he had to do something to support his family; he had to start doing any job that came his way as early as in his teenage years. Eventually, in the early 20th century, Jim landed a foreman job at the docks in Liverpool and later joined the National Union of Dock Laborers (NUDL).

The Irish Transport and General Workers’ Union

As a member of NUDL, Jim Larkin was always pushing for better remuneration and treatment of dock workers; he believed that workers deserved better than the employer was offering. Upon seeing the threat Larkin posed to them, the dock management in Liverpool made a decision to get him out of town. In 1907, Jim was transferred to Dublin.

At Dublin, Jim’s activism spirit became even more pronounced and before long, he established ITGWU. Read more: James Larkin | Biography

The organization received overwhelming reception and support from Irish workers who pledged their support. After sometime, the ITGWU metamorphosed into the Irish Labor Party that attracted a membership of more than 100,000 Irish workers.

Jim Larkin later organized for a mega strike that crippled operations in different sectors for a record eight months; no member of the Irish Labor Party was working for the entire period. At the end of it all, the workers were given improved working and remuneration terms by their respective employers.

Post World War I

Fast forward to the World War 1 of 1914 where Jim Larkin opposed and vowed to fight the British. He organized for a series of demonstrations to that effect and even sought for assistance from the United States.

One thing led to another and he was deported to his native country- Ireland. He continued with his activism until he died in 1947.

OSI Industries Embraces An Ambitious Global Expansion Strategy

Posted on 13 October, 2017 in Entrepreneur, OSI Group

In the past three years, OSI Industries has been busy working on a plan to expand into other markets and reinforce its presence in the local market. A lot of activities have graced this ambitious decision, and amid the activities have been acquisitions executed to take over other businesses both locally and in overseas markets. The top management of OSI Industries in its wisdom decided instead of coming up with new businesses entirely, they would expand by acquiring others that are already established then patching them up to perform better and become an authority in their local markets.

To start executing this plan, OSI Industries located expansion opportunities locally and the first to come their way was Tyson Foods, which the company bought at $7.4 million. Tyson Foods has been offering different products including beef items, pork items, vegetables, hot dogs, and bacon. OSI Industries acquired the company at a time its performance was not at its best, and immediately they embarked on a project to revive it, which seems to have started to flourish.

Entering Europe

The next project after dealing with local expansion is going to markets outside America. Europe was the starting point identified, and to get there OSI Industries acquired Flagship Europe, a company that offers several products including sauces and dressings, frozen poultry, sandwich fillings, marinades, and dips. This acquisition is believed to create a broader presence in Europe since Flagship Europe runs a number of subsidiaries. In addition to the acquisition of Flagship Europe, OSI Industries went for Baho Food, which also controls a number of subsidiaries in 18 European countries.

When OSI took over Baho, it also got the benefit of retaining the top management and its managing director as well as employees. The company has been working to reach its new targets of building a broader product portfolio that would also include reaching new customers. Most of the projects launched in the expansionary strategy are returning positive results and OSI Industries foresees a growth that will place the company in the map as a globally completive player in the food industry.

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Founded as a food processing company over a century ago, OSI Industries is now among the most established food processing and distribution companies in America and across the world. Its quest for a top status has seen the company embark on a project that is helping it grow into other markets.

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