Securus Technologies fights contraband cellular devices through hi-tech means

One of the most serious issues facing modern penal institutions is the threat of illegal cellular devices. Although most people may not fully appreciate the threat that these devices pose to carceral institutions, they’re often used by gangs and their leaders to perpetrate criminal acts, both inside and outside of the prison. Allowing dangerous gangs and hardened criminals access to these devices can easily undermine the safety and security of both the prison and the public-at-large.


One company, Securus Technologies, one of the largest security and communications companies in the country, has been making significant progress in the fight against illicit cellular devices in the nation’s prisons. Through its technology called Stingray, Securus has been able to develop a system that can not only detect all illegal cellular devices but can also intercept communications on them, giving officers a huge advantage in the fight against gang activity within prisons throughout the country.


In fact, prisons where the Stingray system has been deployed are reporting an almost complete elimination of all illegal cellular devices. This can be measured by the number of illegal devices confiscated by guards during routine raides of inmates’ quarters, which almost always will turn up significant numbers of illegal cellular devices. New devices are smuggled in by various means, including those coming to visit inmates and guards who are operating in concert with gangs and inmates, who sell the devices for cash and other bartering items or use them for crime.


The ability of prisons to successfully detect and intercept all illegal communications as well as the ability to confiscate the devices through the use of sophisticated localization equipment has given these prisons a huge edge in the fight against contraband cellular phone. This enormously popular technology is being deployed to more and more prisons across the United States, making it ever more difficult for gangs and other criminals to utilize contraband cell phones successfully.


Excellent and Extravagant, Twenty Three Layers Event Planning in NYC

When in New York City, clean, classy, organized and with a big splash of extravagance is the way Twenty Three Layers plans and executes every event.


In a city of almost nine million, who wants to be like all the others? Our amazing company of corporate event planners NYC will uniquely design your next event, corporate dinner or any other special celebration on your schedule. We will make sure every detail is perfect and that makes all the difference!


Twenty Three Layers has been providing extraordinary events and gatherings in NYC for over 15 years. Our talented designers will guide you through all the selections that make a fantastic event including the venue, entertainment, catering, floral design, branding, styling, production, catering, and even to the lighting and custom printing needed to set your affair over the top.


Foods and drinks are always the center stage, and our chefs will meet to discuss the exact specifications the host is looking for in table appearance, menus and specialty cocktails that will set your celebration apart.


Our chefs specialize in close collaboration for our client’s desires. This is where our experienced chefs and their creative flair make your corporate or personal gathering memorable.


Extravagant styling is second place to excellent catering, and it is our job to create an absolutely stunning atmosphere for your guests. Whether this is a business luncheon or a 25th wedding anniversary gala, it is our pleasure to coordinate and design an atmosphere that allows your guests to be their best. This is a unique goal for event planning companies NYC, but our time and attention is dedicated to coordinating color, design, and materials to create a unique environment in the selected venue.


If your event calls for entertainment, Twenty Three Layers offers incredible entertainment selections that will impress and delight your guests. Our entertainment services offer talented and accomplished musical acts and also interactive shows that will ensure your guests are talking about the event for weeks after. Our clients anticipate an optimum, up-to-date, detailed event, and Twenty Three Layers loves to meet those requirements.

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Luiz Carlos Trabuco Cappi Wants To Run The Largest Company In Brazil

Luiz Carlos Trabuco Cappi has experienced a personal rise almost as remarkable as that of the company he currently leads.

As CEO of Grupo Bradesco, the second-largest banking conglomerate in Brazil, with over 100,000 employees and more than 5,000 branches across Brazil, Trabuco has made it clear that he has one goal: to make Bradesco the undisputed champion of the Brazilian banking market.

Bradesco’s unstoppable rise

Bradesco has already had a taste of what being the largest bank in Brazil is like. Briefly, in the mid-2000s, the company became the largest in the country. But the merger of its main two rivals, Itau Bank and Unibanco, in 2009, meant that Bradesco was, once again, pushed back to second place. This was not the position that Trabuco Cappi, who took over at the helm that same year, had in mind for Bradesco’s future. He set about realigning the corporate machinery to pursue the singular goal of once again rising to the top.

But Luiz Carlos Trabuco Cappi took over precisely at a time when the Brazilian banking industry was becoming much tougher. As the country’s economy stagnated in the wake of the financial crisis, the vast organic growth that Bradesco had experienced in the 2000s seemed unlikely to continue into the future. What’s more, there were very few attractive acquisition prospects. Most had already been gobbled up by either Bradesco itself or its rivals. Opportunities for growth, therefore, appeared to be sparse.

But Trabuco Cappi is one of the most experienced and savvy bankers in the country. He knew that the prize for taking his firm to the top, especially after there were precious few ways in which any competitor could once again take back the top slot, even through mergers and acquisitions, was potentially enormous. In fact, with Bradesco’s many huge competitive advantages, such as already having large and successful business lines established in trading, financial planning and insurance, once the firm gained uncontested supremacy, the only thing it would really have to fear is government intervention in the form of antitrust actions.

Trabuco Cappi himself had gained a reputation as a formidable player in the banking space. Over a career of more than 45 years, the CEO had risen from the lowliest teller job at the bank all the way to its most exalted post. As he rose through the ranks, he converted every department he touched into enormously profitable businesses for his firm. Indeed, after spending his entire career, from his first job to the present, with Bradesco, Trabuco Cappi had become somewhat of a legend within the company.

It was because of his cultivation as a banker who could accomplish almost anything that few were really surprised when, in 2015, Bradesco announced that it had completed the purchase of all the assets of HSBC Brazil, one of the largest banks in the country, with more than 28,000 employees and nearly 2,000 branches. This was a huge coup for Trabuco Cappi and Bradesco, which had become the most important bank in Brazil, by many measures, in just one transaction. The deal was also the largest business transaction ever recorded in the country’s history. And it earned Trabuco Cappi the Isto E Dinheiro Entrepreneur of the Year Award for 2015.

Bradesco was now positioned to make a run for undisputed supremacy in the Brazilian financial space. With the most branches of any bank, the most money on deposit and the most money in outstanding loans, Bradesco is already the country’s banking leader in many categories. With over $400 million in assets, it trails just behind chief rival Itau Unibanco. But if its CEO’s track record is any guide, its rival had better watch out.

Trabuco Cappi has a well-earned reputation for setting goals and achieving them. Over the next few years, the inveterate banker will be interesting to watch. If he can propel Bradesco to genuine monopoly status, he will surely go down in history as one of the greatest Brazilian businessmen of all time.

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Market America Miami Hosts A Global Event For UnFranchise Entrepreneurs And Owners

Market America can be described as a platform that provides online marketing and shopping opportunities for millions of consumers throughout the globe. It was established in 1992 by JR Ridinger, alongside his wife Loren. It is based in various locations in the United States, as well as across the world. Market America Miami is one of the most common locations, and offers products such as auto care supplies, cleaning provisions, cosmetics, customized websites, dietary and weight management supplements, personal care products, and much more.


In early 2017, Market America Miami hosted a global event at the American Airlines Arena, featuring a star-studded guest line-up including Alejandro Sanz, Cliff Floyd, Daymond John, Fat Joe, La La Anthony, and Scottie Pippen. With over 25,000 entrepreneurs and UnFranchise Owners in attendance, the Market America Miami event was convened to celebrate the e-commerce giant’s Shopping Annuity program and the life-changing effect it brings about.


Through the program, Market America Miami is able to create revenue streams for its consumers, in accordance with its motto, “Convert Spending into Earning.” The primary objective of the firm is to transform the global economy by leveraging the collective buying power of different consumers into one that pays customers to shop. The Shopping Annuity program is designed to reward consumers for purchasing everyday products from SHOP.COM, Market America’s online platform.


Market America Miami is committed to developing a robust business model that acts as a preferable way to shop, using a One-to-One marketing system. Through the use of the firm’s UnFranchise business model, and multiple features from SHOP.COM, such as Cashback programs, ShopBuddy, Hot Deals, and the comparative shopping engine, Market America Miami provides consumers with an unmatchable online shopping experience.

Hussain Sajwani is the Icon of Real Estate in the Middle East

Hussain Sajwani is an imaginative and forward thinking business from Dubai who has been a major force behind the real estate explosion in the United Arab Emirate and Dubai. He originally thought it would be a bad idea for him to be a businessman when he was made to work long hours after school in his father’s clock shop.


His attitude changed however, when he found a way to buy large amounts of candy and resell it to his fellow students at school. He went on to graduate from the University of Washington in the United States with a degree in engineering. For a while he worked as an oil company executive, but then formed a catering company which supplied the bulk of the food for the US Army during the Gulf Wars.


When a statute was passed in the United Arab Emirate that allowed foreigners to take up permanent residence, Sajwani saw a golden opportunity. In 2002, he launched Damac Properties and his first real estate venture. Through skilled financing, sales, and promotion, he sold out his initial 38 story project, well before construction had even begun.


Sajwani has a flair for promotion and he will use any means to get the attention of buyers. He is well known for his earlier promotions such as offering a new Bently for each apartment owner. The Damac owner is credited for being one of the major influences for the real estate boom in Dubai and neighboring areas. His brilliant marketing insight and business acumen have been the key to his overall success.


Sajwani always pays cash for the land which establishes the permanency of his property position. Each property operates under a separate bank account which causes each property to stand on its own with no transferring of cash from one property to another. Cash reserves are put into place in case there is a downturn in the economy. That way funds are always available for construction.


The Hussain Sajwani family is very involved at different levels in the business as he has his eye on future generations playing key roles in the business as it grows and evolves.

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Mark Hutchinson a Man with a Plan

Meet lifelong learner, wildlife preserver and founder of Wild Ark, Mark Hutchinson. He has always had a love for wildlife and its preservation. Mark strongly believes that preservation of nature and wildlife is vital for all generations. Because of his beliefs, Mark has made it his life’s mission to educate others. Seeking to share his passion for nature through educating and exposing others to nature at its best. Learn more:


Mark holds a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Sidney, an MBA from INSEAD School of Business in France and is currently completing a Masters of Conservation Biology at Macquarie University. Mark shares his passion for nature and educating others with his family. Who can be found with him on many of his travels. Learn more:


Hutchinson has developed many entrepreneurial projects on the path to birthing his dream. He has never wavered from his ultimate goal of leaving the world in a better state for generations to come. He sees nature as a common denominator for all man-kind. He strongly believes that everyone should have a connection with nature. He continues to inspire others to find their connection with nature through personal discovery. His business ventures have all sought to do just that! Learn more:


In 2015, he made the major decision to leave corporate America and once again follow his lifelong dream of connecting man with nature and it’s wonders. His dedication and passion has lead him to invest his time and energy in inspiring others to protect our delicate ecosystems.


Mark’s first conservancy is located in the Kruger region of South Africa. He and his business partners Anton Lategan and Alex Van Den Heever continue to secure locations around the world. They each seek to develop ways to incorporate a digital consciousness that will involve others wanting to share in the preservation of man’s greatest resource. They offer training, wildlife tours, guides and a wealth of wonderful wildlife educational excursions.


Alfonso de Angoitia Noriega, Leader of The Giant Media Company

Over the last two decades, the background of media companies in Mexico has grown fast. Here is the history of the media giants found in Mexico City.

Groupo Televisa, S.A.B

Groupo Televisa, S.A.B is located in Mexico City, Mexico. It is the largest Spanish America company for multimedia mass media. It broadcasts television programs in the Spanish Language. The company is internationally known; it airs most if its tv programs in the U.S on a television network called Univision. Groupo Televisa, S.A.B. has a contract with Univision.

The company was established in 1995 and was first known as Telesistema Mexicano. Ernesto Barrientos Reyes, the O’Farril and Azcárraga families, are the owners of Groupo Televisa, S.A.B

Alfonso de Angoitia Noriega

Born in 1962, Alfonso de Angoitia is the Executive Vice President (EVP) from the year 2000. He is also a director of the same company. In April 1997, Alfonso de Angoitia Noriega joined the Televisa Board. From 2010, he is serving Univision Communications as a director.

Alfonso de Angoitia Noriega studied at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, where he got a degree in law. He was part of the American School Foundation (ASF), as a board of trustee member, for the five years that have past. For the last two years, he has been the Board’s President of Kardias Foundation.

MVS Comunicaciones

Founded in 1967, MVS Comunicaciones is a media group that has its headquarters located in Mexico City, Mexico. The company is the owns MVS Communications, MASTV, and 51 percent of Dish Mexico.

MVS Communications

MVS Communication includes MVS radio operator, MVS television operator, and DISH, which was founded in 2008 and has subscribers more than 3.1 million in the country.

TV Azteca

In Mexico, this company is one of the giants of the media industry; it takes the second position. It is the owner of Azteca Trece and Azteca 7 television networks. Azteca Trece Internacional, which is operated by TV Azteca is broadcasting in 13 nations in the South and Central America. TV Azteca is also the owner of Azteca Music; a recording company founded 21 years ago.

Dick DeVos’s Devotion to Positively Changing the Trajectory of Future Generations

Quality education is an important tool for positively changing the future of America. It equips the future generations with the right tools to have a go at the famed American Dream. At the core of giving future generations a good and fairer shot at a better life in the future is charitable organizations and donations by philanthropic individuals such as Richard “Dick” DeVos. Together with his family, Dick DeVos has donated millions of dollars towards better quality of life causes with education receiving significant focus. DeVos and his family have contributed up to $139 million to support various charitable activities making the family one of the top contributors to charitable causes. This is part of the combined $1.33 billion that his family has contributed to charitable activities over the years. Last year, the family contributed up to $11 million. This was double the amount the family contributed to support philanthropic activities the previous year.


 Dick DeVos and his family are committed to bringing reforms in the education sector in the United States. This has seen a significant portion of their charitable donations directed towards supporting organizations that are committed to this cause. The family’s commitment to provision of quality education has also seen it channel most of these funds towards financing the education of various needy students. He has partnered with his wife, Betsy DeVos, to overhaul the current public education system, which they believe is not effective due to its uniform approach. Their work has primarily been concentrated in Michigan where they have led efforts aimed at ensuring that children receive the best education marked by improved performance. It is a pro-choice ideology, which seeks to replace the current one-size-fits-all model with various options including charter schools.


Career and Personal History


Dick DeVos has dedicated his life and career to championing for causes that he believes will have greater positive impact to the society. He has extensive career as a company extensive working not only for his family-owned businesses but also in other organizations. In 1984, he joined Amway International, which was cofounded by his father, Rich DeVos. He served as the vice president of the organization for six years between 1984 and 1990. He was later appointed to serve as the company’s chief executive officer for nine years between 1993 and 2002.


For decades, Dick DeVos and his family has devoted their efforts towards changing not only the Michigan state laws but the country by extension. He has focused on key aspects of societal development including funding the building of hospitals and changing of state education and labor laws. He championed for the right-to-work policy, which has radically changed the labor industry in Michigan. The former Orlando Magic chief executive and Northwood University graduate has also vied for Michigan governorship twice while also donating significantly for the Republican Party’s candidates.

Kim Dao Discusses Her Leaving Japan

Kim Dao is a beauty/life YouTuber. She recently posted a new video explaining that she was leaving Japan. She mentioned how in a previous video she said she wanted to move to Japan for about a year because she have always wanted to live abroad.


In the video, Kim Dao talked about her new plan, which included going back to her home country of Australia ( Kim Dao continued to say she’s been stressed out and thought it would do her some good to be around her loved ones, including her boyfriend, friends and family.


Kim Dao discussed what her other travel plans are. She plans on going to both Korea and Europe. Kim Dao explained how she was actually invited to Korea by the Korean government. Eventually she does plan on going back to Australia for good.


She talked about meetups too. She said she would like to do some meetups while she is travelling. Also in the video, she talked about how scary it was when she thought about driving in Japan, but she did end up doing it and she loved it. Learn more:


Those who are interested in watching her video can watch it here. Don’t forget to watch her other videos too.


Sheldon Lavin: The Global Visionary

Mr. Sheldon Lavin is the 81 year old Chairman and CEO of OSI Group, LLC. Sheldon is also the current President of OSI International Foods Limited. Amongst many other titles, Sheldon was the director of the National Fish and Wildlife association and is the General Trustee of the Rush University Medical Center.

With over 43 years of experience, Sheldon has had a successful career with OSI. He joined the company in 1970 after arranging financing for Otto & Sons, OSI’s predecessor. As a successful investor and banking executive, Mr. Lavin had virtually no experience in the meat industry when he was approached to finance the then small and unknown firm. This is why he initially declined to work with them but later on agreed to come in only as a consultant.

In mid 1970’s he helped Otto & Sons arrange for financing to help them build a meat processing facility. This helped the company to grow substantially and was soon looking to expand internationally. As this was happening, Lavin became equal partners with the two son’s as Otto himself was retiring from the business. In the late 1970’s, Otto & Sons changed its name to OSI and soon Sheldon was working full time on special request from McDonald’s.

One of the two brother’s sought to retire and Mr. Lavin bought his stake and thus gained a 50% controlling interest in the company. A few years later, the remaining brother also retired leaving Sheldon with the 100% stake in the company. With Sheldon at the helm of OSI, the company has witnessed phenomenal international growth. The company has grown from burger meat supplier to a world wide food and food services supplier with 20,000 employees in 55 facilities across 16 countries.

OSI has received numerous awards under Sheldon’s leadership. These awards honor the company’s commitment to environmental management as well as health and safety risk management. Mr. Lavin is an active philanthropist. He has supported several different charities such as the United Negro College Fund, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Jewish United Fund and Ronald McDonald House Charities. He has been married for 55 years and has 3 children.

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