Russian Officials Ban The Charitable Works Of George Soros

The billionaire investment expert George Soros has become one of the world’s most recognizable philanthropists on after the establishment of a number of foundations designed to complete educational and legal work for those in need. The Website of George Soros details the work he has completed to establish a large group of charitable foundations and the difficult life he led during World War II. A major obstacle to the work of two of the foundations established by George Soros with news that Russian officials have placed an operating ban on their work for security reasons.

The Russian ban comes after George Soros had become vocal in his backing of a package of aid for the country of the Ukraine that would total more than $50 billion, according to CNBC. The threat of Russian aggression against members of the European Union has been a subject Soros has been particularly vocal about, which may have influenced the decision to ban the charitable work of the Open Society Foundations and a linked charitable group. The news comes as something of a shock to the leaders of the charities after they had previously been praised by Russian leaders for the good works completed over the more than 30 years the foundation has been in place.

George Soros has made a large amount of his fortune from a hedge fund established soon after the arrival of the Holocaust survivor in the U.S. following his education in London. The ban comes after around 53 books linked to George Soros and his democracy based foundation were burned by Russian students following his public stance on the Ukraine, CNBC reports. Philanthropy now plays an important part in the life of George Soros after he began his charitable foundations in the late 1970s when his hedge fund reached a $100 million value.

Over the course of the last few years George Soros has been seeking to extend the work of his democracy backing foundations, but issues regarding democracy have become important to the people of Russia. Soros believes the threat to European and global peace presented by Russia has the ability to cause the collapse of the entire European Union. George Soros has been seeking to publicize the problems facing the continent of Europe and feels the future of the continent could be affected by the economic and political situation in the Ukraine, which has been in a state of flux since the invasion of areas by Russian forces.

About CCMP Capital And Its President’s Sad Demise

CCMP Capital is a global private equity firm according to patch that has so far invested not less than $16 billion in growth equity and buyout transactions since it was started in 1984. The company makes full use of its operating resources as well as deep industry knowledge to invest in the industries sector, healthcare, chemicals and consumer areas of the economy. Through very professional management, the company has managed to emerge as the most respected and it has created a very powerful model that companies that want serious and professional investment partners rely on.

CCMP Capital operates in the North American and European regions. In normal circumstances, the company invests between $100 million to $500 million of equity per transaction to companies that are between $250 million to $2 billion in size. On top of that, the company also helps partner companies by enabling management buyouts as well as corporate carve-outs. It is also widely respected because it helps businesses grow and also because it makes equal all over-levered capital structures.

During the investment process, CCMP Capital ensures that it works very closely with the management of the companies it is investing in to ensure that the process is smooth. Working together with the management also goes a long way in making sure that the shared vision of the business is achieved. By working together with the management of the partner company, it is also able to define the most crucial value drivers the company needs.

All CCMP portfolio companies benefit a lot from the partnership because of its wide operating resources. The resources are made up of partners who operate full-time and who have an average of not less than 30 years experience. The firm’s approach to operational enhancement ensures that its portfolio companies achieve greater value in a shorter duration of time.

Its operating professionals apply the most practical strategies so as to be able to come up with positive results in the different industry vectors. They also improve asset utilization so as to be able to increase cash flow.

Until his sad demise, Wall street’s Stephen Murray was CCMP’s Chief Executive Officer and President. He was a graduate of Economics from the Boston College and also a Master’s degree holder in Business Administration from the Business school of Columbia.

Before joining CCMP, he had managed to work in very many other different companies in different positions and was known and respected for his passion, hard work and perfection. In the last couple of years, he was also serving in different company boards. Steve Murray did not shy away from supporting the less privileged in society through philanthropy. Friends and colleagues describe him as a jovial person at work but very serious when matters related to delivering good results are concerned.

Securus Releases THREADS 3.1 to Corrections Departments

Just a few weeks prior to adding Vice President John Bell to their senior management team, Securus announced it’s latest release of its large data analytical tool. THREADS 3.1, Securus’ cornerstone product for Investigative Services , is now available to various law enforcement and corrections agencies across North America. The latest release includes several upgrades which makes THREADS easier to use and improves system performance. Anyone can register for these services online.

Migrating the platform to HTML5 from Silverlite, the 3.1 release includes streamlined integration between other Securus products like its Secure Call Platform (SCP) used for recording and monitoring inmate phone calls. While keeping its powerful analytical tools intact THREADS 3.1 adds faster record loading, improved search functions, and an overall smoother user experience. The upgrade also includes faster navigation and the elimination of several antiquated features. The result is a redesigned interface with improved performance and better features, making for a more proactive tool for intelligence and investigations.

Suspicious inmate call patterns and associations can be easily identified, with context-sensitive reporting performed in real-time scenarios. THREADS 3.1 easily flags questionable inmate communication and fraternization events, while providing focused leads to the investigator in a software environment which requires little to no training. They have also integrated their video visitation software into THREADS, making it easier to search and monitor any inmate communications through this platform. The software has had great reviews so far and seems to be benefitting everyone from law officials to inmates and their families. To sweeten the deal, Securus plans to update all of its existing customers for free.

Securus is headquartered in Dallas, Texas and supports over 3,450 public safety, law enforcement and corrections agencies nationwide. As well, Securus provides communications to over 1 million inmates in North America alone. Securus has recently expanded their team to keep up with the demands of the business. By presenting its SCP capabilities bundled with THREADS 3.1 technology, Securus plans to connect and monitor more inmates each year while providing real-time reporting of questionable and suspicious communications to law enforcement and investigative agencies.

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Igor Cornelsen: Brazilian Banking Tips

Surprise Turnaround in 2014

According to Igor Cornelsen on tumblr, no one expected to see Itau Unibanco (ITUB) and Banco Bradesco (BBD) to do well amidst the troubled Brazilian Economy at year end 2014. In the third quarter of 2014, both Itau Unibanco and Banco Bradesco saw their shares rose. They also reported an increase in profit. Banco Bradesco’s profit grew by 36% and Itau Unibanco’s by 28%.

How Did They Do It?

People wondered how Brazil’s two top private banks were able to weather the storm. Igor Cornelsen said that knowing how the market operates helps, and also learning from past experience during those troubled times. Moreover, the top two banks only pass out loans to customers with excellent credit, which helps to cut unnecessary costs making the banks more secure. People with sub-par credit were forced to rely on public banks.

What is the Attraction?

Brazil boasts a tremendous amount of natural resources, and the population is increasing. With such an increase, there is a high demand to develop infrastructure. Brazil is among one of the world’s top food producers.

What to Do Before Investing

Igor Cornelsen has prepared a little cheat sheet for investors to follow. Currently, Brazil is seen as the largest economy in South America. First, Banco Itau has increased its profits since merging with Unibanco in 2008. Other successful banks include Banco Bradesco, Caixa Economica Federal, HSBC, and others.

Secondly, Joaquim Levy, the new finance minister, is seen as hope for the banking economy. He has earned a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, and he has worked for the IMF. He knows how to create policies and how to work with the private sector. Levy is fairly new, but people are still hopeful given his background.

Thirdly, keep an eye on China. Both Brazil and China are wrapped up in trade agreements. If China has a healthy economy, it means that Brazil will see a price increase in their raw materials. On the downside on, China is an enormous competition for Brazil when it comes to exporting industrialized goods to other Latin American countries. Knowing how a country’s trading partner operates will help in making critical investment decisions.

Finally, Brazil’s currency is overvalued making the exporting of industrialized goods lose its competitive edge. It has also created an account deficit. To make up for the loss, Brazil’s Central Bank had to sell dollar swaps in the local market. As a result, the currency is still overvalued.


Nowadays, finding that special one is easy. You just go online and search them. But is it as easy as it sounds? One of the easiest ways to find that special someone is through Skout. It is a platform created in 2007 that has grown to became one of the largest platforms. It has over 500 million users spread across 180 countries and is available in 14 languages. Every day an astounding 10 million logging into this app.


Skout is a creation of Christian and Sesars. Christian is the CEO while Sesar is the COO. The two have steered the company the last few years, and it recently announced it was now a profitable venture after its many fund raising campaigns. Skout has other of shoots including Nixter and Fuse.


Skout has a new feature called Skout travel. It allows one to tour virtually different cities with a friend in that town. It has already been used by more than 10 million people and has seen some increase in tourism in some Asians countries.


Skout is just one in a pool dating apps available. It belongs to a category called the meeting and chatting apps. Other apps include Tinder that allows one to swipe right for the one you don’t like and left for ones you like. Tinder just like Skout is location based and can be filtered to your needs. Omegle, on the other hand, allows one to video chat with a stranger anywhere on earth and Meet me prides itself ability to connect people.


Messaging apps have also exploded. They are some of the most used by today’s teens. WhatsApp is the best example of this class. It today has over 1 billion users. It is restricted to +16 but has no way of enforcing its standards. Kik Messenger is a mere messenger that has an in-app purchase for one to chat with many people. Oovo is a free video, voice and messaging app.


Microblogging apps and sites include Instagram and Tumblr. Instagram allows one to post pics and videos. A well-placed hashtag with location set will increase the likes as it is visible by many people.


Twitter is a microblog too. It allows you to post 140 character words that are instantly tweeted. You can follow your friends and retweet their posts. It’s hard to delete such post once they are gone. Vine allows one to post 6-second looping videos. They are mostly witty and creative.


Another category of apps involve those with time coded messages. They will auto delete after a set time. Burn note, snap chart, Whisper and Yik Yak, belong to this category.

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Want to dress like a true Steelers fan? Easy! They now have a brand new fashion site!

What do you think about when you hear the name Pittsburgh? Sports, that’s right. And if you walk down the legendary Strip District, you will get to see an endless number of people wearing jerseys from their all time favorite teams. If the Penguins and the Pirates have dozens of thousands of fans, it is the Steelers who definitely won the heart of all the Pittsburghers. In 2015, the Steelers decided to treat their fans with something special, a new fashion line, easy to purchase online through their new website Every Steelers fan can now purchase very varied items of clothing, from cute black pants to men shirts, from hoodies and dresses to extra soft scarves and fun hats. It’s never been easier to find the perfect gift! The magic person behind the launch of this new Facebook website? Susan McGalla, an accomplished businesswoman and a Pittsburgher herself. If she held successfully in her career many prestigious positions, she is mostly famous for being the former president of American Eagles Outfitters Inc. in the beginning of the years 2000. In 2009, she left the company but only to become a private consultant, specialized in retail, financial investments and strategic plannings. As an extremely well respected member of the community, Susan McGalla was also part of the board at the University of Pittsburgh for several years. Susan McGalla is now using all her expertise and dedication to foster and grow the iconic Steelers brand. She is not only responsible for giving the fans a brand new wardrobe. She is also the person who had the idea to make the shop easy to use and easy to explore, no matter what type of electronic device is used. She also approached brands as famous and glamorous as Nike Golf or Victoria’s Secret to create special products designed for all the Steelers fans. Susan McGalla’s new approach to social media and her desire to make the brand more fun and accessible is also one of her many assets.

Men Are Turning Into Fashion Shoppers

The days when men would come to work with a plaid shirt and a pair of gaudy striped pants are gone. Well, not really. A subtle plaid shirt and mini striped pants could be considered a fashion statement by certain men these days. Men are taking risks when it comes to dressing in the 21st century, and women across the country are saying, “It’s about time.” Modern men have turned into clothes horses and fashion mavens, and the clothing and accessory industry is working overtime to please them.

The question on everyone’s mind is what happened? When did men wake up and start understanding that what you wear is an expression of creativity? The answer is men are finally able to shop without the hassle. They shop on the Internet because there is no wait, no lines, and online stores are open 24 hours a day. Men can express themselves without someone looking over their shoulder and telling them their color choices don’t fit their personality. Men are free to be men in any way they choose, and their choices have changed the direction of men’s fashions.

There was a time when men wouldn’t shop for shoes unless the soles on the one pair of shoes they wore were splitting at the toe or coming apart at the heel, but those days are gone. Companies like Paul Evans Footwear are giving men the chance to pick quality leather footwear that speaks to them. The New York-based designers at Paul Evans have developed a line of men’s fashion forward looks that can’t be found anywhere else. Men can find their size, their color and their style with a few clicks of a mouse.

Paul Evans Footwear is designed using the finest calfskin and side leathers available. Each shoe is handcrafted in Italy. The Italian factory takes extra care and produces each pair of shoes just like the old days. Paul Evans Footwear is all about quality, not quantity, so every shoe is different. Men pick what they want from a compact collection that contains every look in men’s fashion. Style, color, and size are never out of stock because Paul Evans Footwear makes what is ordered. There is no mass production line that produces shoe lemmings that reek with sameness.

A recent article published by explains how and why men are shopping in the 21st century. The tide has changed for men. They want to express their creativity, but they want to do that on their terms, not at the mercy of brick and mortar stores.