Usually when inmates in correctional facilities have had special requests to make, they would need to make a trip to the office or have the guards bring their paperwork to the proper authorities. Watch more on youtube.com. But now Securus Technologies with their communication platform ConnectUs, are digitizing prisoner request forms to make the process easier, and save on money and resources. Prison guards have been able to focus more time on securing and monitoring the facilities, and inmates can simply electronically enter in the data on the forms they need, and it will be processed immediately. The automated request forms are just one way that Securus has worked to change prison communications.
Using specialized IT and networking infrastructure, they’ve built robust platforms that cover all aspects of the telecom systems from phone lines to surveillance systems. Recently Securus acquired J-Pay, a service that allows for financial transactions like depositing funds, buying mp3s, or even registering for classes. Securus has also received accreditation from the Better Business Bureau for outstanding customer service.
One way that Securus has changed the way inmates communicate with their families is through their phone services like AdvanceConnect and Direct Bill. These plans given inmates families options to prepay for phone calls received from correctional facilities, and make the billing process affordable and easy to use. Instead of having to potentially travel a long way to see them, or wait in line to only be able to visit for a limited time, Securus now has video visitation that can be done online using a webcam in the comforts of home, where inmates can see what’s happening in the home and share moments like birthdays and holidays.
Some of the beauty products that have become popular over the years are pretty strange. Though the Australian beauty blogger, Wengie, understands just how odd some of these products are, she attempts to find the silver lining of everything. Peel off lip tattoos, for example, have been making waves within the industry since they surfaced. Despite their zany characteristics, Wengie highlights that they are practical for when you simply do not feel like removing your lipstick at the end of the day. In an attempt to make her own, viewers were able to share a few laughs with their favorite online personality and learn a thing or two about homemade cosmetics.
She started by taking a small mason jar, non-toxic white glue, and two shades of food coloring. After deciding to use blue and red in the hopes to get a gorgeous burgundy color, she got to work in crafting this homemade lip tattoo.
Next, she placed ten drops of red coloring into the jar and followed it with one drop of blue. Using a brush, she mixed it until it was perfectly blended.
The entertaining portion of the video ensued when Wengie began applying the strange mixture on half of her lip. Cautioning viewers to neatly apply this in fear that they might turn their skin red, she finished the application. Using the store bought mixture, she then applied it to the other half of her mouth.
After allowing both sides to dry, whimsical Wengie began peeling it off. Both sides were easily removed, which honestly surprised the blogger. To finish this tutorial, Wengie showed viewers that the homemade mixture remains in a liquid state overnight, but she does encourage keeping it covered before additional uses.
A few decades ago, you would have passed for a fool for having encouraged the study of risk and compliance. The nature and practice of business back then did not command respect for the role. Fast forward to the 21st century, risk and compliance officers have become cornerstones of multinational and growing enterprises.
Risk and compliance officers are expected to think outside the box and sit on a pedestal from which he can see what’s going on within and without the organization. In other terms, the officer relies on the broad
perspective and bigger picture. Their job is to strategize ways
forward in achieving organizational goals and objectives. More so,
they are tasked with identifying, anticipating, mitigating and
preventing external and internal forces that may interfere with the
running or even the existence of their company.
In the public sector, risk and compliance officers keep a vigilant eye on industry players. Firms and employees in an economic sector are expected to adhere to strict codes of conduct and service. Their duties,
therefore, keep expanding and covering all angles that might be the
source of trouble for a firm. Helane Morrison, a high-ranking
compliance officer, has been one of the professionals pleading with
risk and compliance officers to seek more responsibilities at their
Helane’s spent most of her career in San Francisco. Her popularity stems from her dedication to the profession and flawless work while working with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. This regulatory body targets financial market traders and investment bankers. Ms. Morrison spent over a decade at the firm, starting out as an
administrator and finally rising the ranks and serving as it’s regional director.
If you look at the practice of risk and compliance of past decades and now, there’s a huge gap in difference. Today, a risk and compliance officer operate with the highest level of decision making and influence within the
organization. Helane Morrison personifies the broadening role of a
risk and compliance officer. A renown investment bank in San
Francisco, Hall Capital, makes use of her talents in various capacities. She is a managing partner, firm lawyer and the risk and compliance officer.
Helane’s career success can be attributed to her rich academic background. She has two degrees, the first in Journalism and the other in Law. She is an alumni of the University of California- Berkeley School of Law.
Kyle Bass founder of Hayman Capital Management based out of Dallas TX, is a hedge fund manger who is infamously known for correctly predicting the 2008 subprime mortgage crisis. Bass made a fortune betting against these subprime securities and was featured on Bloomberg TV and profiled in an article written by D. Magazine. Not too long after he would lose his good judgment and what seemed to be the “Midas touch”.
In an recent article found on Useful Stooges, it’s said that Kyle Bass has been making “bad call after bad call”. This article goes on to explain his publicly announced bad decisions which would not come to fruition. He stated year after year the crash of Japan’s economy and most recently China. These economies are still holding strong.
Furthermore, he sided with Cristina Fernández de Kirchner of Argentina, whose country defaulted on it’s sovereign debt twice within 13 years. He goes on record as calling Singer & Co. “immoral” when New York judge Thomas Griesa ruled that Argentina couldn’t just pay back creditors who settled for reduced amounts.
The bad decisions don’t just stop there. In order to make good on his investment, Bass would go on TV defending General Motors, stating that fatalities caused by GM’s known faulty power steering systems and non-deploying airbags was the fault of the passengers themselves, for not wearing seatbelts or being drunk!
Bass seems to have a love for money that fuels his decisions, which in turn, places a black mark on his company as well as his trustworthiness as a hedge fund manager. This money lust has taken Bass to start the CFAD Coalition For Affordable Drugs organization, and under this banner, he chooses certain pharmaceutical firms, short-sells their stocks, then challenges one or more of their patents. Bass rakes in the dough while the pharmaceutical’s prices go up.
This last pharmaceutical scheme has come up to the PTAB (Patent Trial and Appeals Board) who has denied Bass’s first 2 patent challenges. Kyle Bass’s actions prove the old proverb, “for the love of money is the root of all evil”.
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