What Does Betsy DeVos Bring to the Department of Education?

A discussion about Betsy DeVos, the newly appointed Secretary of Education, would change wildly based on who you had it with. If you talked to longtime friends and community acquaintances, then they would say that Betsy DeVos is a gentle figure who is pragmatic, kind and generous. If you talked to political opponents who now have to square off against Betsy DeVos over any number of issues, well, the description would be quite different. However, the common thread between these two descriptions is simple: Betsy DeVos is a devout believer in her role as Secretary of Education and she is willing to go to battle in order to pursue what she values most for the good of the country.


Betsy DeVos comes from a small community in Holland, Michigan. DeVos was born and raised in a Dutch community with a heavy Christian presence and it is no surprise that Ms. DeVos has kept those values close to heart. She would go on to attend Calvin College where she would plant the seeds of becoming the political fighter that she is today. At Calvin College, DeVos would meet her future husband — Dick DeVos — while also laying the groundwork for becoming the chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party. Despite being relatively off of the national political radar, Betsy DeVos has spent years honing her edge.


Still, despite her strong track record there are going to be those that doubt DeVos’ ability at such a prominent position in the federal government. The question we should be asking ourselves is this, how will Betsy DeVos handle the doubt? So far, she has shouldered the burden by turning into the political bulldog that Republicans have always wanted. DeVos may be seen as meek and courteous during a sit-down lunch, but when it comes time to fight for political changes then all bets are off. Mike Cox, a former attorney general, said of DeVos, ” “In Michigan politics, she instilled fear in a lot of people.”


While Ms. DeVos gets targeted for her lack of connections to public schooling, a realm that her position puts her in charge of, DeVos continues to plug away at her work. DeVos came right into the office and scheduled a meeting with prominent leaders at various teachers unions and she was largely rebuffed. Still, Randi Weingarten accepted the invitation and quickly found out that Betsy DeVos is for real. Weingarten says of Betsy DeVos, “She’s completely ideologically focused.”


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Daniel Taub – article recap

After British MP, George Galloway declared the city of Bradford as an “Israel free zone” among other very controversial statements during a speech, the Israel ambassador to Britain, Daniel Taub decided to pay a visit to the city to address the issues. There were so many pleas and invitations for the Israeli ambassador to come and set things straight within their community. During the visit, Daniel Taub will partake in many meetings with the community’s councilors, faith leaders and other significant groups. For safety precautions, his arranged visit was accompanied by very tight security.


Upon first notice, Daniel Taub realized that Bradford as a whole, was a city marked with mixed attitudes and emotions about the recent controversial event. George Galloway’s ramblings that Israeli goods and services, Israeli academics entering colleges and schools and their tourism were unwanted in the city. Even during his short time there, he felt that the real voice of Bradford was not from what he had heard from the mouth of George Galloway, the people there were actually very inclusive towards other groups. This was great news to hear for the Iraeli ambassador, he is of course an advocate for people of all faiths and backgrounds to “live, work and cooperate together.”


Daniel Taub was born in 1962 and raised in the United Kingdom. He has been the Israeli ambassador for Britain for four consecutive years, he resigned from the position in 2015. Before his tenure as ambassador, Taub served in the Israel Defense Forces as a combat medic as well as the IDF’s international law division’s reserve officer in 1989. During the year of 1991, Daniel Taub worked for the Israeli Foreign Ministry. He is an expert in his field regarding the intricacies of international law, counter-terrorism and the laws of war. He graduated from University College in Oxford, University College, London and the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government. During January 2013, he won the UK’s Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Honouree award for his non-profit support of young entrepreneurs and startups. Daniel Taub is currently married and shares six children with his wife, Zehava Taub. Learn more: https://soundcloud.com/danieltaub



The Real Threat Of Inmate Phone Calls

The threat that an inmate poses to the outside world may seem incredibly limited. We all tend to feel pretty secure when it comes to inmates because we figure that they are locked up and can pose no danger to us. Robert Johnson would tell you that this is not the truth at all. He has personally been damaged by someone who was behind bars at the time.


Johnson was a corrections officer for some time in South Carolina. He had done that job for about fifteen years. During many points in that tenure, he would take away contraband materials from entering the prison. It is an important job for someone to do, and that is exactly what Johnson was responsible for. One of the things that he took away from inmates was a package that they believed had $50,000 worth of material in it. When a gang in the prison got word that the package had been taken away, they sought their revenge on him by ordering a hit.


It would usually be extremely difficult for them to do this obviously since all of their phone calls are monitored. However, these particular inmates had managed to sneak an illegal cell phone into the prison. By doing so, they made it a lot easier on themselves to order the hit that they wanted on Johnson. It all happened one night while the corrections officer was at home with his family. An intruder came in and shot him multiple times. It was very likely that Johnson could have died as a result of the attack.


These are the kind of stories that ought to terrify anyone, and they certain get the attention of companies like Securus Technologies. They work on developing communications technologies that can work within in the prisons. That is technology that keeps inmate phone calls safe and monitored as they should be.


Many states and prisons have teamed up with Securus to make their facilities a lot safer. They use the tools that Securus provides to prevent cell phones from making their way into the prisons in the first place. They also make sure that when calls do go out as a result of illegal cell phones that they are noted immediately and therefore it makes it a lot easier to figure out where those phones have come from, and how to get them back out of the prisons where they belong.


It is a long journey towards a system that has absolutely no phones in prisons. People are always going to try to sneak in materials that they are not supposed to have. Still, there is hope that fewer people will have to put up with this in the future.

The Human Rights Violations In Venezuela Are Increasing, According To Bradesco’s New Chairman Luiz Carlos Trabuco

Venezuela is under the control of former Hugo Chavez protégé, Nicolas Maduro, but Maduro is not Chavez. Chavez tried to help the people of his country. Maduro is trying to destroy the country by making it a military and dictator hybrid. Mr. Maduro is expelling diplomats from several countries because nations around the world see the damage and suffering, and they want Maduro to stop. Brazil is one of the countries that is opposing Maduro’s political reign. Maduro thinks Brazil’s president is a fool. So, Brazil’s ambassador to Venezuela was just thrown out of the country, and Maduro is doing the same thing to Canada and other countries who oppose his governing tactics.

The big banks stopped supporting Maduro’s government months ago, so Bradesco’s CEO and Chairman Luiz Carlos Trabuco knows how dire the situation is in Venezuela. Bradesco doesn’t have bank branches in Venezuela, but the country was part of the South American trade partnership before Maduro dismantled the government and then rebuilt it in his image.

Brazilian President Michel Temer just sent Venezuela’s ambassador home to even the score, so all exterior political and financial negotiations are off the table, according to Trabuco. Mr. Trabuco is not losing any sleep over not having bank representation in Venezuela, but he has an enormous amount of empathy for the people of Venezuela.

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Luiz Carlos Trabuco is an empathetic bank executive. For the past eight years, Trabuco has given the people of Brazil new banking opportunities. Several Bradesco social and environmental programs are helping Brazilians deal with the difficult and outdated government programs that hinder personal growth in Brazil. The list of social projects and new online banking platforms that offer Brazilians a modern way to save and to grow personal wealth gave people around the country hope while the recession tore them apart. Trabuco is not a financial expert by design. He is a student of philosophy and psychology as well as a seasoned bank manager that has only had one employer for the last 48 years.

Trabuco went through the Bradesco’s training program in 1969. He won the admiration of founder of Amador Aguiar. Lázaro de Mello Brandão, the famous Brazilian banker and the CEO of the bank at the time, took Trabuco under his wing. In 1984, Trabuco won VP status, and in 2003, Brandão asked him to take over as president of the bank’s insurance division. While Trabuco was in the insurance business, Bradesco’s profits hit an all-time high, thanks, in part, to Trabuco’s contributions. In 2009, Brandão brought Trabuco back to the bank as president. Mr. Trabuco didn’t disappoint his mentor. Bradesco’s stock is one of the hottest stocks on the market, and the bank continues to expand under his leadership. Bradesco now has branches in the U.S., Britain, Grand Cayman, Argentina and in Germany.

Lázaro de Mello Brandão is turning the Chairmanship over to Trabuco and both men, as well as the other five members of the Board of Directors, are searching for a new CEO. At 68, Trabuco is not eligible to be CEO. The bank put an age cap on the CEO position. But Mr. Trabuco will still be responsible for the growth and profitability of the bank going forward. There are seven candidates for the CEO position and they are all current Bradesco executives according to folha.uol.com.br. The New CEO will take over at the March 2018 shareholders meeting. The seven candidates are Mauricio Machado de Minas, Alexandre da Silva Glüher, Octavio de Lazari, Andre Cano, Josué Augusto Pancini, Domingos Figueiredo Abreu, and Marcelo Noronha.

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