Securus Technologies and Preventing Crimes in Prison

It might come as a surprise to some folks that crime inside the prison is on the rise. With all the technology at our fingertips, inmates are still able to get access to weapons and drugs, then put other inmates, visitors, and officers all at risk. As a corrections officer, my job is to try and reduce the incidents in the jail, and even with more manpower, things appeared to be getting out of hand.

 

When my superiors called me and my team in for a meeting to discuss the issue, we were informed that Securus Technologies was about to install their inmate call monitoring system throughout the jail. We were going to be trained on the LBS software immediately to see if we could get a hold of this problem fast. Our prison chose Securus Technologies because this Texas-based company of 1,000 employees are all committed to making this world a safer environment for all. The CEO, Rick Smith, has his system in over 2,600 prisons and we were about to be the next.

 

It wasn’t long after the entire call system was operational that my team took time off from cell searches and body searches of visitors to test drive the new monitoring system. That first week was really an eye-opening experience for us all. Once the inmate phone call monitoring system was activated, it caught specific chatter between inmates and their family talking about contraband.

 

One call revealed the location of a stash of drugs inmates were hiding. The next call exposed two inmates that were buying and using drugs in their cells. Our most productive call revealed a gang leader who was not only receiving drugs at the visitor center, but forcing lower-level gang members to sell those drugs to other inmates throughout our prison system.

 

Whitney Wolfe, Bumble BFF, And The Bumble Hive – What You Need To Know

You may have heard of Bumble the popular dating app founded by Whitney Wolfe but have you heard of Bumble BFF? Bumble BFF isn’t a dating app however it is a hot new extension to the Bumble app that aims to revolutionize the way you meet new people and make new friends!

When in BFF mode users in the Bumble app will see their potential love connections replaced by images of potential new BFFs of the same sex. To make a new friend all users have to do is both swipe right and initiate a conversation within 24 hours! This new feature is something users of Bumble have been asking for and many users already utilized the app to make new friends so it seems like a no-brainer!

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Expanding on both the Bumble and Bumble BFF experience, for one month Bumble has announced that they will be opening a pop-up spot in a brick and mortar establishment for BFF and dating meetups! The Bumble Hive will be open Thursday through Sunday from June 1st until June 25th at 158 Mercer Street in NYC. Aside from offering a place for friends or potential couples to meet up, there’ll be a series of events hosted by entities such as Drybar, Forbes, and the Bumble co-founder Whitney Wolfe herself in the space.

Born in Salt Lake City Utah, Whitney Wolfe is not only the founder and CEO of Bumble she is also the co-founder of the dating app Tinder. Whitney has received numerous awards and acknowledgments including being listed as a top Women in Tech by Elle Magazine and making the Forbes 30 under 30 list in 2017 for consumer tech.

Before becoming the founder of 2 top 10 dating apps Whitney Wolfe majored in International Studies at Southern Methodist University. Whitney has always been an entrepreneur. In fact, at the age of 19, she started and ran a company to benefit communities that were affected by the BP oil spill. Today, however, Whitney Wolfe is in the business of connecting people and bringing the world closer together one app at a time!

Kim Dao Takes Us Sightseeing in Osaka

On May 5,2017, Kim Dao started by showing us some Neko note that means cat’s paw. It resembles two cat’s paws put together like a wafer. The part of the paw near where the claws would be or the knuckle part of the human hand was lined with drops of pink icing. Neko no te looked more like a double cookie with crème in between than a bread. Kim Dao also showed us Sakura au pan bread that looked like a sugar cookie with a cherry on top.Learn more : http://myinterviews.com.au/kim-dao/

 

When she went out, Kim Dao stopped off for a chicken burger at an Osaka  KFC. She also purchased some curly fries that were more semi curly or wavy. Right after eating at KFC, Kim Dao went to see Osaka Castle that’s one Japan’s most important tourist attractions. Kim Dao snacked on a blueberry snow cone from one of the farmer’s market vendors.Learn more : http://www.yummyjapan.net/creator/kimdaovlog

 

After visiting the park area where the castle was, Kim Dao decided to visit the Osaka Aquarium(https://twitter.com/kimdaoblog?lang=en). She told us she would film outside the aquarium but not go inside because Kim Dao already had filmed footage of the aquarium previously. On the way to the aquarium, Kim Dao passed by some shops and a Ferris wheel. Outside the aquarium, they had fish flags hanging in the air by wires to simulate flying fish. The two wide windows of the aquarium looked like fish tanks with fish swimming. After filming the exterior of the aquarium. Kim went home.Learn more : http://www.kimdaoblog.com/

 

How did Avaaz become the world’s largest online activist network?

If you have been involved in any kind of online activism, you will probably have heard of Avaaz. Currently the world’s largest and some say most powerful activist network, Avaaz has almost 45 million members and adds hundreds of thousands more every month.

How did Avaaz become this big and this powerful? By using tactics its founder, Ricken Patel, learned while working for the International Crisis Group in Africa and Afghanistan and by volunteering for MoveOn.org.

Setting up teams on six continentsAvaaz set up small core teams of employees on each continent. These teams overseas local, national and international campaigns, organize demonstrations and media campaigns, and get local people involved.
Rather than stay in the U.S. where it is based, Avaaz went out to the world and asked the world to help.

Campaigns in 17 languagesAvaaz runs its campaigns in 17 languages, including English. That means there is almost always a language someone who wants to get involved will understand.

They work on any issue — Where many activist networks are single-issue oriented, Avaaz works on any issue whether it is human rights, animal rights, climate change, poverty, the environment or conflict.

This means there is always something a prospective member would be interested in getting involved in.

Avaaz involves its members — Rather than just deciding which issues will be targeted, Avaaz asks its members which issues it thinks are important.

When a new issue is being considered, the organization polls 10,000 randomly chosen members and asks them if they think it should be looked at or ignored. What those 10,000 members say goes.

The issue is then kicked off to the rest of Avaaz’s 44 million members, who already know a large group of their own voted on this, so they know it must be important.

For more information follow Avaaz on Twitter.