José Manuel González, the Venezuelan agricultural entrepreneur, and former President of Fedecamaras in Caracas is on a mission to change the direction of the country. González is currently the Deputy to the National Assembly of the state of Guárico. Mr. González has been trying to turn the country around through a national agreement, but President Nicolas Maduro wants to do things his way. His way is to bring the people of Venezuela to their knees through food deprivation, land and business seizures, electricity shortages and high inflation. The country with the richest oil reserves in the world has no money, and all fingers are pointing to President Maduro as the source of this economic disaster. Venezuelans are living their worst nightmare, and they want it to stop, according to González.
One of the largest recall rallies in the history of Venezuela is underway. Millions of people filled the streets with signs that said, “We are going to bring down Maduro,” and “This government will fail.” Those messages and more like them popped up in cities across the country. The opposition Democratic coalition expected one million people to join the rally in Caracas, but according to the reports the total was much higher than that.
Maduro is calling the rally “a violent, fascist ambush,” Maduro ‘s henchmen have been rounding up activists for days, according to González. Maduro is telling his supporters that his quick response has stopped the rally from becoming violent. Maduro will do anything to stay in power, and that includes using tear gas on the protestors. Maduro used extra police to block the streets of Caracas, and there were roadblocks on most major routes into the capital from the surrounding provinces.
Jose Manuel González has been trying to find a political solution, but Maduro believes the rally is backed by the United States. No one is sure what will happen next in Venezuela, but according to some reports, the outside world is not going to get a realistic version because Maduro has expelled all the foreign reporters. Maduro was hand-picked by Hugo Chavez, but he has destroyed everything Chavez accomplished.
There are several despotic governments in this world that falsely claim to be socialist democracies. Thor Halvorssen calls these countries out directly, on their hypocrisy and level of oppression they levy against their own citizens. He says people in America correctly condemn the vicious, self-serving, tyrannical governments of Venezuela, North Korea, and some countries of Africa. However, he thinks they are mostly ignorant if Americans think all democratic socialism has proved evil. The countries that most Americans believe are socialist in structure cannot seem to see past that simple facade to the despot and his cronies pulling the levers behind the scenes. Those are not socialist governments at all, it turns out in the final analysis.
While he agrees that those countries must be reformed. They deny people there the most basic of human rights. While on a trip to South Korea, in the central city of Seoul, for a world conference on human rights, Halvorssen made clear his passionate stand for the oppressed peoples of the world. He was calling people all over the world during his days at the conference. Of course, many of those receiving these calls and texts in Europe and all of the Western Hemisphere were still in bed.
Thor Halvorssen is a tireless freedom fighter, in the fight that can actually change minds, in the press, television media, and with peaceful demonstrations. He points people to the freedom loving, but certainly socialist democratic countries of Northern Europe as examples of healthy governments. He has been trying hard and with valor to bring the kind of sane, representational, socialist democracy that is found in Sweden to his native Venezuela.
Halvorssen’s family is no stranger to the effects of a despotic, terrorizing central government. After a coupe, decades ago, the new Venezuelan government arrested, imprisoned, and tortured Thor’s father. It took a great deal of world wide humanitarian effort to secure his release. Later his mother was shot by a government goon squad while she was attending a peaceful meeting in public. She recovered, but of the 11 people shot, one did die.
Michael Zomber is a historian, writer and filmmaker who specializes in antique arms from the American Civil War and Japanese samurai era. He is also an active philanthropist who participates in organizations that promote peace. Over a span of four decades Michael has collected a number of antique arms and swords and studied them. With his knowledge he has spoken about his findings to a number of major media sources such as the History Channel. As well as being a collector of antique arms, he has also written a number of stories about the samurai era. Michael even made a film about one of his stories though his film company Renascent Films LLC.
During a span of forty years, Michael has collected a number of weapons such as antique guns from the American Civil War era. He would study these guns and learn more about them in terms of how they were built, how they work and their impact on the number of armed conflicts they were used in. By acquiring this knowledge he would then educate others by appearing on television. While he is very fond of antique arms he is also an avid collector of samurai swords. By studying samurai swords he has been able to use his knowledge to participate in storytelling. As a result he has gone on to complete a number of projects based on his interest in Japanese samurai swords
As well as studying weapons, Michael has written a number of stories. These stories are mainly about the samurai era in the form of screenplays and novels. In this screenplays Michael has devised a number of intriguing stories that depict the culture and armed conflicts of the samurai era. They are also depicted in a number of his novels as well. In the novels they are more detailed and provide more insight into this unique time period in world history. The stories that Michael has written would eventually be made into a documentary film. With this project Michael gives people a visual representation of what the samurai era was like in terms of armed conflict and culture.
The first article released by Securus highlights a 1998 report from the Louisiana Public Service Commission (LPSC), in which the LPSC finds that GTL was guilty of fraudulently altering telephone clocks to add extra seconds to calls, charging higher rates than the law permitted, and double-billing for calls, among other things. Securus acknowledges that these transgressions were committed 18 years ago, but makes the salient point that the Enron and Bernie Madoff scandals are also dated, and the passage of time has done nothing to reduce the seriousness of those matters. Today, no one would do business with Enron or Madoff.
That experience has allowed me to realize that inmates cannot be lumped into a category, labeled, and then left behind. Many inmates are good people who have made bad decisions. The families and friends who visit them and call them are their lifeline, and for a company defraud one of society’s most vulnerable populations by taking advantage of that lifeline is inexcusable. I am glad that Securus is taking steps to shine the light on GTL’s business practices. If you’d like more information on Securus Technologies, you can find it here and here.
James Dondero, president of Highland Capital Management, L.P., has joined forces with Linda Owen, Dallas civic leader, to provide strategic guidance to Highland’s philanthropic activities. James Dondero has over three decades of experience in the credit and equity markets. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Virginia with majors in Accounting and Finance. After graduation, he earned additional certifications: Certified Public Accountant, Certified Management Accountant and Chartered Financial Analyst. James and Mark Okada founded Highland Capital in 1993.
Linda Owen earned a BA in economics from the University of Texas at Austin and a JD degree from the University of Texas School of Law. Owen was a real estate associate with the law firm Wald, Harkrader & Ross before becoming involved with philanthropic organizations such as the Crystal Charity Ball, The Family Place and the Circuit Trail Company. Owen was president and CEO of The Real Estate Council and president and CEO of the Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation.
Highland Capital, L.P. is an SEC-registered investment advisor that is one of the most experienced global alternative credit managers, which, together with its affiliates, manages more than $17 billion of assets. Highland is active in supporting veterans’ causes, education, and health care in the Dallas community. It contributes more than $3 million annually to many charitable organizations through the Dallas Foundation, a public charity that works to improve lives in North Texas by bringing together donors and nonprofits. Owen will serve as Highland’s charitable giving manager in partnership with The Dallas Foundation. Dondero stated that they wanted a dedicated professional to make sure Highland’s contributions make the greatest impact. Owen is pleased to work with a firm that is committed to supporting the community.
The Dynamics Search Partner founder, Keith Mann has announced a partnership between Keith and Keely Mann Scholarship and Uncommon Schools. The scholarship is designed to recognize the next brand of ground-breaking business go-getters. It is an annual scholarship opportunity that focuses on individual graduating seniors by giving them a chance to further their studies. The goal is to affirm at least one of the seniors in the Uncommon Schools receives four years of college education.
It’s a non-profit charter management company based in New York. It deals with well-performing urban charter public schools where it identifies deserving students from poor backgrounds to pay their college fee. One of the counselors of the Uncommon Charter High Schools Mr. Joe Frick is ecstatic with the news of the scholarship program by Keely and Keith. Applicants for the scholarship must write a 1000-word essay detailing how attaining a college degree can help them to fulfill their professional ambitions.
Keith is a man with many hats; he is the founder of Dynamics Search Partners, an education advocate, and a philanthropist. He recognizes young leaders and hooks then up with companies that nurture them to success. His firm deals with hedge funds and alternative investment via the provision of alternative staffing needs, and executive search services for established equity institutions. In the hedge fund sector, Dynamics Search Partners ranks as the biggest staffer due to its capacity to fill more than 2000 client needs since its inception.
Keith Mann has played a key role in expanding the company beyond investment positions, having been in the executive search sector for more than 50 years. He is an expert of hiring, staffing strategy, and hedge fund compensation. In 2002, he established Alternative Investment Practice inside Dynamics Executive Search, after he had acknowledged the hedge-fund industry as a fast growing but untapped division. In 2006, Keith stretched out the practice into private equity before establishing Dynamics Search Partners in 2009 with a focus in alternative investment.
Throughout the 21st century, we have known a select group of persons whom have genuinely changed our world for the better. One of these persons is undoubtedly Eric Pulier.
Mr. Pulier was born and raised in Teaneck, New Jersey in the late 1960s. His interest for technology took off at an early age; he began programming computers while he was still in elementary school. By the time he was in high school, he had started his own computer programming company. His education continued at Harvard University in 1985 where he majored in English and American Literature while also attending classes at MIT for computer science and visual and environmental studies.
Pulier’s prestigious academic career and extensive work experience caught the eyes of both former President Bill Clinton and former Vice President Al Gore, who hired him to head their project titled “Bridge to the 21st Century.” This project, held in 1997 at the Mall in Washington D.C., was an exhibition-style event that showcased various exponential technologies and how these technologies may affect certain aspects of life in the future. Specific subjects such as health care, education, space exploration, and government were widely discussed during the event. An especially noted event that took place during the multi-day exhibition was a live-feed from a space shuttle in which Pulier provided dialogue between himself and the shuttle astronauts in real-time setting.
To this day, Mr. Pulier is credited with founding over fifteen companies, including Digital Evolution, US Interactive, Media Platform, and Akana. He also currently holds a chair on the innovation board for the X-Prize foundation, which is an organization dedicated to solving many of humanities greatest issues. It is certain that humanity will continue to benefit from Mr. Pulier’s continued ventures.
Diversant is a fully certified minority owned business empire. Diversant is the largest African-American owned IT staffing firm in all of United States. Diversant has a different way of doing IT staffing. All of their services and products are based on original best-in-practice methods. They use a consultative approach to engage the clients and they turn their clients into business partners. They are able to help solve their clients most difficult issues and they do more than just supply IT staff. They give their clients quality employees that know all the skills that they need to get the job done in the most efficient and practical way.
Diversant operates under a set of guiding principles and they strive to provide the best level of service to their customers and to their consultants. Diversant is a company that truly believes in the power of diversity. They focus on the satisfaction of their clients and all of their solutions and services are designed to accommodate the client needs.
The core values of Diversant are the following: respect for others, discipline, teamwork, ethical behavior, and professional development. Diversant strives for diversity in all of its forms, because they believe that diversity encourages creative thinking, fosters innovation, and it leads to more efficient problem-solving. For that reason, Diversant is a company that is powered by difference.
John Goullet is an original entrepreneur. John Goullet was able to spearhead many successful business ventures in the IT sector. Goullet began his career as an IT consultant, and later on he founded Info Technologies. Info Technologies was a staffing company that focused on providing IT solutions for Fortune 500 companies.