Securus Technologies may have finally solved the contraband cellphone problem

The role that cellular communications have played over the last 30-plus years in shaping the U.S. economy and growing the nation’s productivity and wealth can hardly be overstated. Cellular technology has made it possible for people to communicate and work in ways that had never before even been imagined. But they have also presented a unique set of problems. This has been especially true in the U.S. prison industry.

 

The first cellphones started coming on the scene, en masse, in the mid-1980s. These first cellphones were almost exclusively installed in cars because their components were extremely bulky. This was partially due to the larger size of first-generation electronics. But it was also due to the fact that early cellphones were as much as 1,000 times more powerful than today’s phones. This was simply due to the fact that there were far fewer towers. Amazingly, some of the first analogue car phones had reception quality and range that was not too much worse than that of the average cellphone in 2010.

 

However, by the mid-90s, the proliferation of cellular networks and towers and the rapid miniaturization of the now all-digital phones meant that the average size of a cellphone had shrunk considerably. The 90s saw the advent of the famous flip phones, the first cellphones that could easily fit in a user’s pocket. By 1999, highly effective cellular telephones were being produced that were small enough to be concealed almost anywhere.

 

Good news for business, bad news for prisons

 

In 1995, cellphones were still a convincing status symbol, used by the highly successful and elite public officials like detectives. But by 2005, they were prolific, with almost all American families having at least one cellphone. This proliferation was great for the U.S. economy as a whole. But it would quickly prove disastrous for U.S. prisons.

 

Cellphone soon flooded the country’s jails and prisons, fetching prices of up to $300 per phone. This influx of illegal cellphones, which could now be used effectively in almost any U.S. prison due to improved cellular networks, undermined the security of prisons and allowed prisoners privileges to which they were not entitled. But the real problem these phones posed was giving dangerous gang leaders the ability to communicate orders easily and effectively, without limitation, to soldiers on the outside.

 

Cellphones allowed these gangs to conduct drug deals, intimidate or assassinate witnesses and even order hits on guards and other law enforcement personnel. These phones therefore posed an existential threat to the safety of institutions and the public. Something needed to be done.

 

Then, in 2016, Securus Technologies unveiled its Wireless Containment System, a technology capable of completely blocking all illegal cellular calls placed from within a prison. Today, the WCS is rapidly spreading, finally marking an end to the epidemic of illegal cell phones.

Hussain Sajwani Says His Catering Business Must Always Have A Special Place In Company Legacy

Hussain Sajwani is an Arabian real estate investor and hedge fund manager who has had some of the world’s most exotic hotels and resort homes built. He’s the founder and Chairman of DAMAC Properties based in Dubai, UAE and he’s formed some major partnerships throughout his career including with current US President Donald Trump. But what he still values highly is how his business roots got started in catering food across the world. While his catering business was just a step towards what he’s doing now, Sajwani has considered it an honor to serve some of clients he has in that business including the US Military during Desert Storm in the Gulf War. He even has a commemorative plaque that he keeps in his headquarters and even still has catering services among his other property functions that he says are highly important to delivering first class experience.

 

Before becoming the DAMAC owner, Hussain Sajwani worked for a major oil drilling and refinery company in Abu Dhabi known as ADNOC where he served as their contracts manager. He completed his bachelor’s degree at the University of Washington and setup his catering business during this time. Sajwani became interested in real estate because both residential and commercial properties in the UAE were booming in the early 1990s, and he saw an opportunity to expand on the success of his catering services. He formally established DAMAC in 2002 though he had acquired Anwar Ceramic Tiles and started DICO Investments several years earlier. The first world class hotel property completion was Marina Terrace, and this was later followed by Versace-designed DAMAC Tower.

 

Hussain Sajwani first met Donald Trump around the time he broke into real estate, but the first big joint investment between the two men was the resort at the Tiger Woods golf course in 2011. Five years later not long after Trump had announced his bid for the US presidency, Sajwani helped complete the Trump World Golf Club. Sajwani considers himself to be a real close friend of the president and his family, and he’s visited him both at Trump Tower and Mar a Lago. He hopes that even though Trump is now focused in being America’s Commander-in-Chief, that his sons Eric and Donald Jr. will continue working on new deals between their organization and DAMAC.

 

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Dr. Saad Saad, the Pediatrician with a Heart of Gold

Dr. Saad Saad grew up in Kuwait after they moved from Palestine where he was born. He comes from a family of eight children who are all well-educated. He decided to pursue a career in medicine when he joined Cairo University for his degree in medicine. His internship and residency were done in England and the U.S. respectively. The success that was instilled in Dr. Saad as a child did not stop with him, he passed it down to his children. He had 4 children who are equally as learned.

 

Dr. Saad Saad specializes in pediatric surgeries and has come up with various ways of performing these surgeries. He has over four decades of experience in pediatric surgeries and has performed various procedures on children. He has also gone an extra mile in volunteering his services to children who can’t afford to pay for medical care in Jerusalem. He worked for various hospitals including K Hovnanian Children Hospital where he served different positions.

 

Dr. Saad was not passionate about medicine at first until he realized he really enjoyed staying indoors when it was unbearably hot in Kuwait. When he moved to the United States, Dr. H Biemann Othersen mentored him and taught him treasured lessons on how to be a good pediatric. He learned the importance of overlooking things like race and abilities and be motivated in working hard in making people better. Dr. Saad is enthusiastic about the new developments in the treatment of diseases that are life threatening such as cancer.

 

Dr. Saad Saad takes his time doing research and coming up with new ways to help people. His strong organization skills have gone a long way in making him achieve his goals and do more. He is a strong believer in following one’s dreams until they are achieved. Dr. Saad also insists on the importance of preparation before surgeries to make the best out of it. Coming from a poor background, he understands that determination is a key factor for success. He currently practices in the United States and is still affiliated with a lot of hospitals. His specialization is in surgery and has made it possible for a lot of people to access medical care by broadening his covers.

 

Dr. Saad has left a lot to be emulated by the people he has interacted with. He believes that everyone should be treated equally as no one special in the eyes of God. Having been brought up in a humble background, he still believes that humility and kindness should be shown to everyone. He lives by example through practicing this in his area of work. He continues to consult and mentor various doctors with the same principles.  Learn more: https://www.doximity.com/pub/saad-saad-md

The Philanthropy Of CEO Tony Petrello

Even though he runs one of the biggest companies in the American oil and gas industry most people don’t have any idea who Tony Petrello is. This is because he’s humble and doesn’t seek the limelight like some of his contemporaries do. He is the chief executive officer of Nabors Industries, Ltd, a firm operationally based in Houston, Texas. His company is part of the S&P 500 and earned $2.564 billion in 2017 with $503 million of that as profit.

Tony Petrello is also a big philanthropist. A recent example of this took place after Hurricane Harvey went through the Houston area, flooding and damaging many homes. Many people lost everything and had no access to basics like clean water, food, and clothing. After the coast was clear Tony Petrello let everyone at Nabors Industries know they could help out their fellow citizens instead of going in to work and they would be paid for it. As a consequence employees of the company fanned out across the greater Houston area getting basics to people in need.

The employees of Nabor Industries also raised almost $175,000 to help those in need, named the Nabors Disaster Relief Fund. Out of his own pocket Tony Petrello matched the funds and the money was used to help people recover. He also had the kitchen facilities in his company’s headquarters open up for area residents so that they could get hot food three times a day.

In 1997, Tony’s and his wife, Cynthia, had a baby daughter. She was very premature and as a result she wasn’t able to get enough oxygen to her brain. She had a series of operations but ended up with cerebral palsy. Due to this everyday things like eating are a challenge for her to master. By going through this experience they realized that little was being done in the way of research to help children like their daughter, Carena.

Tony and Cynthia decided to agents of change in regards to childhood neurological conditions. They gave $7 million to Texas Children’s Hospitals research team. He also went out on lunches with business associates on a regular basis to get more money raised to support this type of research. As a consequence Texas Children’s Hospital has become a focal point of childhood neurological diseases research into both the causes of these as well as how to help those who live with it.

Tony is graduate of Yale University with degree in Mathematics and Harvard University with degree in Law. He worked for so many years as attorney and managing partner in a firm in US. He is the current CEO of Nabors Industries.

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