Betsy DeVos Sets Stage for Changes at Department of Education

There is very little that you can say about the 2016 Presidential Election that hasn’t been said already. Chief among those statements has been the stance echoed by newly elected Donald Trump: change is coming and the swamp will be drained. No matter where you stand on President Trump’s controversial statements, his duty to elect figures to head major departments of government has gone on largely as expected. That is, except, for the role of Secretary of Education. When President Trump nominated Betsy DeVos to the position, the announcement was met by a resounding question mark. Who was Betsy DeVos? How did this political outsider get into such a prominent post in Washington? As it turns out, President Trump saw in Betsy DeVos something that others had been seeing for decades: that she was a political fighter ready to make her mark.


Betsy DeVos was born and raised in Holland, MI. In her small community of largely Dutch lineage, DeVos would begin to form into the person that she is today. DeVos would attend Calvin College and here she would hone in on her political savvy, becoming a prominent Republican on campus. DeVos’ primary claim to fame has been her belief in charter schools and her push for school-choice across the nation. Now, DeVos is put into a position where she can actually render a great change to the nation at large in this particular area.


If you ran into Betsy DeVos on the street, you would assume that she was just another polite person. However, beyond her polite demeanor is the heart of a bulldog. DeVos has gained a reputation behind the scenes as someone who is ready and willing to fight for what she believes in — even if it goes against what the Republican party may desire. In that way, DeVos has garnered respect from both sides of the aisle. Randi Weingarten, President of the American Federation of Teachers, said of DeVos; “There is a real tendency to underestimate her. SHe comes across as personable, plain-spoken, but she is dangerous.”


As the Secretary of education, Betsy DeVos will be charged with stumping for policies she believes in while simultaneously handling her relationship the GOP with grace and tact. Mike Cox, a former state attorney general, says, “In Michigan politics, she instilled fear in a lot of people and it’s not just because she’s a billionaire.” Cox only seems to be echoing what the rest of Washington is quickly learning, that Betsy DeVos is someone to be reckoned with.


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Omar Boraie Brought Back the Younglings

With the way that America is currently going, I would not be surprised if we saw an uprising like the French Revolution soon. Anger is growing against the upper-class elite as they hoard all the wealth for themselves. While I can say that this is true of many of them, it is not applicable to Omar Boraie.

Omar Boraie is the man the rest of the 1% should want to be like. He is kind, generous, and good-hearted. He has committed his life to helping New Brunswick, New Jersey thrive. He has been able to help this city reach new heights but focusing on four key areas; bringing families to the community, securing jobs, bringing in new professionals, and growing the vital middle-class.

He ventured forth and began bringing back the families by focusing on making New Brunswick a place they wanted to raise kids. He started many non-profits to make this place better for parents and kids. One of the most well-known ones is his summer of movie nights. The New Jersey Stage published an article describing this event in detail. It began as one movie for one night. Over time, it evolved to encompass the entire summer. This wonderful event occurs for seven movies for seven weeks. Just this last year, 7,500 families were blessed by this event. For more details visit Bloomberg.

Omar Boraie has spent the better part of forty years helping the city to secure jobs in the area. Prior to this time, jobs have been leaving New Brunswick at an alarming rate. Omar Boraie was able to sit down with the corporate giants of the area and convince them to keep factories in New Brunswick. One of these corporate giants was none other than Johnson & Johnson. Once they decided to stay, it was easy sailing from there.

Omar Boraie also worked tirelessly to bring middle-class professionals back to the city. He knew that unless New Brunswick became competitive in the real estate market there was no way families would come. His goal was to build upper-class real estate that he could sell at middle-class prices. This allowed upstart young professionals to secure office space that would normally be out of their practice’s league. Check out their website to see more.

In addition to this, Omar Boraie built several condo style homes that would appeal to young families. Again, by making it like an apartment complex, the homes became more affordable and young families return.

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Daniel Taub Proves George Galloway Wrong By Visiting The City Of Bradford

Daniel Taub, the Israeli Ambassador to Britain, recently went to the city of Bradford after George Galloway, Bradford West MP, made some questionable statements referring to his city as a zone free of Israelis. Taub revealed that he was in Bradford because some of the community members of the city had invited him there, and he planned on meeting with spiritual leaders, councilors, and others while there. His invitation came directly because of Galloway’s inflammatory remarks, and Mr. Taub said that his experience in Bradford was a much different from the one that Galloway supposed it to be. Instead of finding fear and separation, he discovered a city of inclusion.


The police in Britain have already began to investigate Galloway because of his hateful remarks, which disturbed many people who posted about it on social media. In part of his vitriol-laced speech, he commented that Bradford didn’t want services from Israel, goods, or any academics from Israel to attend the college or university in the city. He went even farther and claimed that the city didn’t even want tourists from Israel to come to Bradford and then referred to Israel as savage and barbarous.


Daniel Taub commented that it is best to focus on the future rather than reliving the past. The problem is that people like Galloway do exist, and he is known to have strong anti-Semitic leanings. This was apparent when he hastily left a debate, simply, because he discovered the person he was debating was an Israeli. On top of this, Galloway has commented in public about his belief of strange conspiracy theories that suppose that Israel is at fault for problems in the Ukraine as well as chemical weapons that Al-Qaeda had in its possession.


Daniel Taub’s visit to Bradford has increased the dialogue between Israelis and other citizens who live there. He was happy to oblige the many people who made a clear statement of their disagreement with Galloway by inviting him. When asked, Daniel Taub commented that he did not see George Galloway as the true voice for the city. Taub went on to point out the fact that Israel and Bradford have a long history of working together.


Daniel Taub is the Ambassador of Israel to the court of St. James, and during his time as Ambassador the cooperation and trade between the two countries has reached heights never seen before. Mr. Taub hopes that the strong bond between the two countries will continue. Learn more:





Former Correctional Officer and Securus Technologies Fight to Erradicate Cellphones from Correctional Facilities

Television is awash with programs about life in prisons and other types of correctional institutions. If a person takes a glance at any one of these shows, he or she is apt to begin to get an understanding of the problem of illegal cellphones among the offender population in correctional institutions.


The problems persists on the local, state, and federal level, in all types of institutions, from jails to even more secure prisons. The stark reality is that illegal cellphones in correctional facilities can have significantly negative consequences. Indeed, the presence of cellphones in correctional facilities presents one of the most significant security risks at these institutions.


The danger of illegal cellphones in prisons is not confined to correctional facilities. The dangers associated with inmates have possession of illegal cellphones extends to the general public.


The story of former Florida correctional officer Robert Johnson underscores the serious threat to institutional security and public safety that occurs when incarcerated individuals have access to illegal cellphones.


Robert Johnson was at work at the institution where he served as a correctional officer. The day was largely uneventful until he came upon a box containing contraband. An inmate, or group of inmates, was attempting to have the box brought into the institution. The contraband in the box had an estimated value of about $50,000. This event occurred about seven years ago.


In the immediate aftermath of Johnson preventing the introduction of the valuable contraband into the Florida correctional institution, the inmate behind the operation was enraged. The inmate determined that he would exact revenge on Johnson.


The inmate possessed an illegal cellphone, a device that he previously had smuggled into the correctional institution. With the cellphone, the inmate was able to plan a hit on Johnson.


Early one morning, the inmate’s associated broke into Johnson’s home. He shot the correctional officer multiple times.


Despite early fears that he would not survive the shooting, Johnson lived. He has not made it his life mission to eradicate cellphones from correctional institutions.


Securus Technologies is also involved in the effort to eradicate cellphones from correctional institutions. Securus Technologies is the industry leader in North America when it comes to technological solutions to enhance correctional institution security. A newer technology from Securus Technologies is its Wireless Containment System, WCS.


WCS works to prevent the introduction of cellphones into correctional facilities. WCS is also designed to identify and eliminate cellphones that somehow made their way into correctional institutions. This technology joins other solutions from Securus Technologies designed to enhance institutional security.


In implementing WCS, Securus Technologies kept track of the number of illegal inmate communications prevented. Over a one year period of time, at eight institutions, Securus Technologies prevented a remarkable 1.7 million illegal communications involving incarcerated offenders.


Luiz Carlos Trabuco’s Rise Through The Ranks At Banco Bradesco

Banco Bradesco is one of the leading players in the Brazilian financial industry. Founded in 1943, Banco Bradesco has since grown to become the second-largest private lender in the country, largely due to the high caliber of leadership it has had over the years. The bank’s leadership culture is best embodied by its current president, Luiz Carlos Trabuco.


Now the bank’s president, it would be difficult for anyone to believe that Luiz Carlos Trabuco was once a clerk at Bradesco. In fact, when he first joined the bank in 1969, he was only aged 18. At the time he had virtually no experience in banking or an educational background in a finance-related field. However, by the time he was 33, he had already risen to become the department head of the marketing department. His time in the position coincided with a great modernization drive at the bank. He ensured that the changes got public recognition by mending the bank’s relationship with the media. Quite the innovative marketer, he was retained in the position for eight years before again being promoted.

Close to decades later, Luiz Carlos Trabuco had again risen to become the president of Banco Bradesco’s largest subsidiary, Bradesco Seguros. Within his first year of appointment to the position, he was named the insurance personality of the year. Despite being new to the industry, the accolade was well deserved owing to his aggressive efforts to expand the company’s broker network early on. Four years later, he was again the recipient of the same accolade. This time, it was in recognition of his efforts to expand the insurance industry in Brazil and advance its legitimacy as a tool to improve public welfare. By the time he left the company in 2009, its market share had grown by two percentage points to a dominant 25 percent. Its value had also doubled, and its contribution to the Bradesco Group’s total revenue stood at a respectable 35 percent.


Fourth Banco Bradesco President

Following the six highly successful years at Bradesco Seguros, Luiz Carlos Trabuco was appointed to succeed Marcio Cypriano and become the fourth president at the bank in 2009. Unfortunately, the year of his appointment coincided with a tumulus period for the Brazilian economy. Like many other developed economies, Brazil was also caught up by the effects of the global economic crisis of 2008/2009. That, however, did not stop Luiz Carlos Trabuco from launching an ambitious organic expansion drive that aimed at adding over 200 offices to the bank’s extensive branch network in 2009 alone. Banco Bradesco continued expanding through this organic approach and managed to remain profitable even during the crippling Brazilian economic depression of 2015.

The $5.2 Billion Acquisition

Owing to the economic troubles that plagued Brazil in the first few years of his tenure as Bradesco president, there were no viable acquisition opportunities for the bank. That, however, changed in 2015 when British multinational, HSBC intimated that it would be selling its Brazilian operation according to With the assistance of bank chairman Lazaro Brandao, Luiz Carlos Trabuco quickly and shrewdly negotiated a deal to acquire the mid-tier bank. The deal was pegged at a considerable $5.2 billion, making it the largest financial deal in the Brazilian private sector for the year. Luiz Carlos Trabuco equated the expansion gains made through the deal to six years of organic growth. It also drew Banco Bradesco a lot closer towards overtaking its largest competitor among private lenders, Itau Unibanco. For his role in engineering the multibillion-dollar deal, Luiz Carlos Trabuco was named the entrepreneur of the year in 2015 by the respected publication, Money magazine.

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