Judge Turns Nasty Into Nice

Orders of protection often involve what are known as no contact provisions, but when Daren Young violated a no contact order, his punishment was somewhat extraordinary. The presiding judge ordered Young to write 140 “nice” things about his former girlfriend, without repetition. As per the Associated Press, Judge Rhonda Loo told Young that “for every nasty thing you said about her, you’re going to say a nice thing.”

In Hawaii, orders of protection are enforceable for a year. They can also be extended, and violators can be prosecuted criminally.

Young already knew about how harsh the law can be when somebody threatens, harasses, intimidates or otherwise interferes with the civil liberties of another person. He spent 157 days in jail for calling and texting his victim more than 140 times in about three hours after a “no contact” order was entered against him by his ex-girlfriend. Part of that probation order likely requires Young to remain free from alcohol and drugs. Random testing is usually required.

The 140 “nice” things were just part of Young’s sentence. He was put on two years of probation, and he was fined $2,400. Young is also required to perform 240 hours of community service. He is still not allowed to directly or indirectly contact his former girlfriend, and if he is found to have done so, his probation can be revoked, and he can be sentenced to additional jail or even state prison time on top of the 157 days that he has already served.

The 140 “nice” things part of Young’s sentence falls into a gray are of Hawaii’s laws involving violations of orders of protection. Everything else appears to be within both those laws and Loo’s sentencing discretion. The sentence might be permitted by law, but the handwriting is already on the wall unless a timely appeal is filed.

Doe Deere Shows What It Takes To Standout In A Crowd

Instagram leader and creator of Lime Crime, Doe Deere knows how to stand out in the crowd. Today if you want to be stylish and noticed, you have to really make a statement and Doe Deere does that with her products.

Doe is much more than just a pretty face to look at. She has everything it takes to successful in the business. She has learned from an early age that she wanted to work in art but she never knew what type of art she would be creating.

Self-Made Magazine awarded Doe the Top Inspiring Female Entrepreneur for her line of cosmetics and revealed why she choose the brand of the cosmetics. For people who don’t know who Doe Deere is, she is a well-known makeup creator who has worked tirelessly to create a line of cosmetics that individuals who love bright colors could be proud of.

All of the cosmetics that Doe Deere and her company make are environmental friendly and animal cruelty free. The people who purchase her products are in love with the bright colors, the types of shimmer and shine found in the makeup and so much more.

Doe Deere grew up in Russia and when she was 17, Doe decided to make her way to New York. As she arrived in NYC, she learned that she wanted to do more than just makeup. Doe joined a band and quickly fell in love with her husband. The two of them met through the band and when she wanted to follow her dreams even further and head west to California, they uprooted and moved away.

Once the brand came out on the market and others noticed the products, Lime Crime became a top selling competitor in the cosmetic industry. The cosmetics that Doe manufactures is so bold that people who wear it, they want to grab everyone’s attention in the room when she walks in.

Not everyone has what it takes to pull off the bold look of Lime Crime. If you are someone who loves the warm colors and likes traditional makeup, Lime Crime is not the brand for you. If you want bold hair, bold eyes and a standout outfit, the brand is what you are looking for when deciding what to use for products. Learn more: https://www.crunchbase.com/person/doe-deere#/entity

When asked what led her to create the line of cosmetics, Doe spoke about the love she had very early on for hardcore colors and once she was old enough and knew what she had to do, she started the Lime Crime makeup line. Learn more: http://www.bizjournals.com/losangeles/potmsearch/detail/submission/6417482/Doe_Deere

Border Patrol Returns U.S. Citizen’s Truck After Civil Forfeiture

Gerardo Serrano was driving from the United States to Mexico to visit relatives in August of 2015, when he was detained by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) authorities who searched his vehicle. Serrano had a concealed carry permit, and he had forgotten about five bullets in the console of the truck he was driving. They turned up in the search of the vehicle, and authorities declared them to be “munitions of war.” Regardless of the fact that Serrano wasn’t charged with any criminal offenses, his $40,000 Ford pick up truck was immediately seized pursuant to federal civil forfeiture laws.

Federal law allows a civil forfeiture victim to seek the return of their property, but it involves tedious and expensive procedures. Most people simply don’t have the money to invoke their procedural rights, so the government keeps their property. Law enforcement then either uses the property for its own purposes, or it’s auctioned off. Serrano didn’t want either of those two things to happen, so he posted a $4,000 bond and waited for notice of when the forfeiture hearing would be held. He received no such notice, but he continued to make his loan and insurance payments on the truck for two years. In the interim, he contacted The Institute for Justice IJ, a libertarian civil liberties and public interest law firm that provides free legal representation to its clients. IJ saw a forfeiture abuse and contacted CBP.

Suddenly Serrano was notified that he could get his truck back and $4,000 back. It was washed and freshly waxed. The truck even had a new set of tires on it. Serrano probably wasn’t the only person that this happened to. During 2015, at the four U.S. border crossings in Texas, 525 vehicles had been taken from U.S. citizens and legal residents. Serrano’s story doesn’t end with the return of his truck and money. He’s now included as a plaintiff in a class action lawsuit against CBP.

Papadopoulos Indictment and Plea Perhaps Most Troubling for Trump Administration

On October 30, 2017, the first of three indictments were announced arising out of the Special Counsel investigating the allegations that Russia had meddled with the 2016 presidential elections. Indeed, of the three people whose indictments were announced, one person has already pleaded guilty. In reality, the case of George Papadopoulos may have the most significant and negative impact to the administration of Donald Trump, perhaps even the President himself.

Papadopoulos confessed to providing false information to federal investigators. Specifically, he admitted to lying about the timing of contacts between the Donald Trump presidential campaign and Russians with connections to the Kremlin. According to his indictment, Papadopoulos appears to be cooperating with the Special Counsel, providing inside information from the Trump campaign that may have a bearing on whether or not members of Trump’s inner circle were involved in collusive activity with individuals connected with the Russian government during the 2016 presidential campaign.

The White House, from the President to other members of his staff, maintain that the indictments do not support a contention that the Trump presidential campaign was involved in colluding with the Russians in 2016. Indeed, the President has taken a hardline approach to the indictments specifically, as well as the towards the Special Counsel. The President has gone so far as to lob personal attacks via Twitter at Papadopoulos.

In the aftermath of this first round of indictments, legal observers are debating whether or not more indictments are likely to be forthcoming. Overall, a majority of legal observers concluded that the trio of initial indictments represents the beginning of what will be a progress of future indictments.

The Special Counsel’s office has been mum about what is ahead in the future as far as additional indictments may be concerned. As of the day after the announcement of the initial indictments, there appear to be four sealed matters on the court’s docket, set between the indictments that have been unsealed. This has led people to speculate that at least four more indictments are in the offing.

Jeff Yastine’s Rich Legacy Of Financial Journalism

     Jeff Yastine serves as an Editorial Director of Banyan Hill Publishing. He has extensive experience in financial journalism. He joined the business publishing group in 2015. He also serves as the editor of Total Wealth Insider, a financial publication with a strong focus on alternative investment opportunities. He contributes to several journals at Banyan Hill. Some of these include Sovereign Investor Daily as well as Winning Investor Daily.

Jeff Yastine has had a sterling career as a financial journalist. He came to the spotlight as the anchor and Senior Correspondent for Nightly Business Report, a financial television program distributed to public television by the PBS network in the US and CNBC in Europe. The position earned him an Emmy nomination in 2007. The business award nomination recognized his contribution in creating awareness about the US’ underfunded public infrastructure.

The show also enabled him to interview world financial heavyweights such as Warren Buffet and Richard Branson among numerous others. He mastered his trade by working with the best in the industry. He spent more than fifteen years with the television network up to the end of 2010. He is proficient in a diverse range of sectors such as cybersecurity, retail, biopharmaceuticals, and the agricultural segment among others.

He is on record warning investors about the dot-com bubble years before it hit. Some of his notable assignments include covering BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill saga in 2010, Hurricane Katrina and the economic struggles it brought in 2005, the Panama Canal handover in 1999 and the effects of foreign investments in Cuba. In 2002, he won the Excellence in Financial Journalism Award, a recognition by the New York Society of Certified Public Accountants.

He also publishes his views on numerous online financial publications and blogs such as Seeking Alpha and TalkMarkets among multiple others. Before joining Banyan Hill Publishing, Jeff Yastine worked for Newsmax Media as the Director of Financial Newsletters. The firm publishes numerous digital journals and is based in Florida.

Just before this, he worked as an Editorial Director of The Oxford Club, a part of The Agora group of companies. He was responsible for two membership-based financial journals until 2013.

Jeff Yastine graduated from the University of Florida in 1986 with a degree in electronic journalism. He is a top-rated journalist and a captivating storyteller. He is at home giving business and financial analysis as well as economic trends through the eyes of the story-makers including regular folk, business leaders, and investors.


Securus Technologies joins fight against crime with hi-tech solutions

Many people not directly familiar with the U.S. prison system are surprised to learn the extent to which guards and prison administrators fight against crime on a daily basis. Even though the inmates are locked up most of the day, ongoing criminal activity is one of the most serious threats that penal institutions throughout the United States face.


One of the most serious threats that prisons face on a daily basis is that presented by illegal cellular devices. These means of communication, when placed in the wrong hands, could facilitate serious crimes. Illicit cell phones are often used by gangs to communicate with those on the outside, potentially enabling the introduction of contraband into the facility and even enabling crimes that take place on the outside of prison. There are many recorded instances of gang leaders ordering the murders of those on the outside, including witnesses and police officers, while they are incarcerated.


Because illegal cell phones pose such a dire risk to the safety of penal institutions across the United States, one company, Securus Technologies, has developed a system that enables the detection of any contraband cellular device inside of a prison. Called Stingray, this high-tech system is a direct adaptation of technologies that have been developed on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan by the U.S. Department of Defense. Initially used for targeting the communications devices and intercepting communications of enemy combatants, the Stingray system is now being used in the nation’s prisons to fight almost precisely the same problem.


So effective has the system proved to be that prisons where it has been deployed have reported that virtually all cellular devices not authorized by the prison itself have been completely eliminated. Prisons where the device has been deployed report that they are confiscating virtually no contraband cell phones during standard inmate detentions and searches.


Tony Petrello Blends Both Leadership and Charity Successfully

Anthony Petrello grew up in Newark where he lived for most of his childhood. He was an excellent math student and this earned him a scholarship to study mathematics related courses at Yale’s University alongside a mentor, Serge Lang. He later had a change of heart and joined Harvard School of Law for a Juris Doctor.

He started his career at Baker & McKenzie where he worked majorly for departments dealing with business and taxation law. Thereafter, he got the opportunity to serve at Nabor Industries as a corporate attorney and chief operating officer of the company. He later was promoted to a higher position of leadership as the president of the company. During his regime, he was committed to building the company and working towards its goals so as to ensure the success of its operations. By so doing, he helped the company acquire ownership of Grace Drilling law firm through excellent bidding of shares. In addition, the company also had another company, Superior Well Services under its wings and this took place years after the $32 million purchase of Grace Grilling.

In 2011, Tony Petrello was appointed the CEO of Nabor Industries and later nominated by the board and the company’s executive committee as their chairman. His leadership at Nabor’s Industries was all rounded and he ensured that the growth that the company experienced was proportional to all its departments. Even amidst competition that other companies posed against his company, he always worked tirelessly with an unwavering commitment to ensuring that the company’s name remains top notch.

Apart from business, Tony also gets involved in giving back to the society. One of his charitable works is his $5 million donation to Texas Children’s Hospital that is involved in pediatric an neurological research with hope of finding a cure for kids suffering from cerebral palsy and other neurological disorders. What really inspired him most was the fact that his only daughter also suffered the same condition at birth. This also attracted his wife into extending a helping hand to these helpless children. The money that the couple donated was used mostly in research which was most of the time spearheaded by Tony Petrello. Some of the money was used in building more facilities at Texas Children’s Hospital so as to accommodate as many kids who have the same condition.

With great achievements and the massive success of his company and great progress in generous giving towards saving lives of vulnerable children, Tony Petrello is the man that every society needs.

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New Dawn in the Mexico’s Energy Sector with Talos’ Zama Well

The Zama-1 Well signify a new dawn for the Mexico’s oil industry that has been under the monopoly of Petróleos Mexicanos (also known as Pemex) for close to 80 years. The oil well is located in the Sureste basin off the state of Tabasco. The Zama Well is a joint initiative of three companies; one Mexico’s firm (Sierra Oil & Gas) and two international companies (Premier Oil Plc. and Talos Energy LLC). The three firms commissioned the drilling of the well on May 21, 2017, and they were optimistic that the well would be ready for use in 90 days.

According to a statement issued by the UK based Premier Oil a week before the commissioning of the drilling process, the Zama Well is endowed with an approximated 100 million to 500 million of crude oil. Also, the company which owns 25 percent stake in the venture made it known that the well would cost it over $16 million.

Oil and the energy sector, in general, attract attention from investors and analysts alike because of the potential for massive profits. As soon as the three companies announced that they would drill the first non-Pemex well in 80 years, the news drew the attention of analysts such as Charlie Sharp and Elaine Reynolds among others. Reynolds of UK’s Edison Investment Research and Sharp of Canaccord Genuity shared similar sentiments; the well would alter the prospects of Mexico’s oil sector that has been ailing since 2007.

The other two companies bestowed on the Houston based Talos Energy the privilege of operating the Zama Well. Talos Energy owns a 35 percent stake in the venture. Talos Energy came to life in 2012 with interest to explore, develop, or acquire oil and gas properties in the Gulf Coast and the Gulf of Mexico.

Talos Energy is under the stewardship of the CEO Tim Duncan. As the head of the company, Duncan is interested in motivating employees through awarding them with equity regardless of their position in the company. In 2013, WorkplaceDynamics voted Talos the “Best Workplace among Local Small Businesses.” Also in the same year, the firm signaled an inorganic growth strategy by acquiring an oil and gas subsidiary of Helix Energy Solutions.

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Orange Coast College

Students from Orange Coast College recently had the opportunity to do something special. They were given the chance to experience something new, thanks to the individuals at DeNova homes. These students were allowed to spend time at DeNova Homes and to learn from those who work there. The students who spent time at DeNova Homes were allowed to tour some of the homes that this company has built. They were given the chance to learn more about each of the homes that they looked at, and they were given inspiration for their own futures. They had the opportunity to see what a great company is doing in their area.


Orange Coast College is located in Costa Mesa. This college is close to the beautiful beaches that Southern California has to offer. Those who attend the school have the chance to go and check out those beaches in their free time, and they always have a place where they can go to relax. Orange Coast College is one of the largest community colleges in the United States. This college has a lot going on, and it is able to help a number of students each year. This college is always looking to push its students forward in the best way possible. Learn more: https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/denova-homes-hosts-orange-coast-college-architecture-students-300544974.html


Those who attend Orange Coast College have the chance to take part in a number of different programs in order to get the kind of education that is right for their lives. Those who are a part of this school can receive the education that they are seeking through the training programs that it has available. Learn more: http://www.coastline.edu/myccc/


Dick DeVos proves that charter schools work where public schools fail

Throughout the United States, many people associate the name Dick DeVos with Republican politics. This is understandable. After having narrowly lost the 2006 gubernatorial race for the state of Michigan, DeVos’ brief but remarkable political career had become widely known to a large percentage of the American public.


Although DeVos was ultimately unsuccessful in his bid for governor, the extreme closeness of the race proved that his ideas and policies had broad popular appeal. After losing by just a couple of percentage points to the widely popular encumbent governor, Jennifer Granholm, DeVos decided that he would no longer engage in politics.


But the race was enough to generate huge amounts of publicity and forever cement his name in the public mind as a major player in the Republican Party. But recently, as part of the process for DeVos’ wife, Betsy DeVos, to be sworn in as the next Secretary of Education, the DeVos family was forced to reveal the entire extent of their charitable contributions over the last 20 years. To the surprise of many, it turned out that the DeVos family hardly engaged in political contributions at all.


Of the more than $150 million that the DeVos family has donated to charity, all money coming out of their own personal wealth, the vast majority of the donations were to charitable causes, particularly those involving the education of inner-city youth. Long a staunch advocate of charter schools, DeVos has done more than perhaps anyone else in the entire country when it comes to creating the types of charter schools that he believes will ultimately prove to be the next step in American education.


For example, DeVos was the founder of both West Michigan Aviation Academy and Detroit Charter School Company New Urban Learning School, two charter schools that have proven the concept and demonstrated beyond any doubt that the public school system in America’s inner cities is not only badly failing, it’s actively harming the most talented and brightest students in those environments.


The West Michigan Aviation Academy itself is a stark refutation of the common wisdom that public schools are the answer to educating America’s inner-city youth and other students coming from troubled or disadvantage environments. Taking almost half of its student body from the most disadvantaged demographics in the West Michigan area, the West Michigan Aviation Academy has proven that these students are capable of performing at the same level or even higher than many of those attending the most privileged school districts. With half of its student body Hispanic and black, the West Michigan Aviation Academy has shown that these students are capable of scoring in the 95th percentile on standardized tests for math, reading and science, an accomplishment virtually unheard of within the public school system itself.


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