Flint Residents File Class Action Lawsuit Over Contaminated Water Supply

Residents of Flint, Michigan have filed a class action lawsuit against both the city and the state over the city’s contaminated water supply. The contamination began in 2014 when the city switched its water supply from Detroit to the Flint River.

Officials were alerted that problems existed in 2011 after a study of the Flint River was conducted. The water was found to contain corrosive elements and would need to undergo treatment before it could be used as the main water source. Government officials ignored the warning. The problem occurred when the corrosive water ran through the lead pipes that make up the majority of Flint’s water system, forcing lead into the water.

Despite Jon Urbana’s efforts to raise money for Earth Force, it seems that Flint hasn’t caught up to the message yet. Bloomberg believes the issue is making progress but as Urbana says, there’s a long way to go.

Residents began to flood authorities with reports of brown colored water. They also reported that the water had an odd taste and a foul odor. Children began to become ill. It was revealed that the tested children positive for lead poisoning.

After a period of playing the blame game, government officials finally pulled their heads out of their bums. Or maybe it’s the idea of potentially paying more to lose a lawsuit than it might cost to fix the city’s water problem. The city and state, in the meantime, have taken action to help Flint residents.

Residents, however, say that a simple water filter and a limited supply of bottled water is not enough.

“We need to bathe in safe, clean water,” one resident said. “We have to cook and clean, too, but we cannot do so in this contaminated water.”

Securus Staff’s Donations Break Records

Securus Technologies staff has been making many donations to different groups. Among the charity groups that they make donations to is United Way. They have made the announcement that have made a company record in their donations to the United Way 2015 campaign. Their associates have given as much as $345,763 to the charity campaign which is a lot greater than its original goal of 290,000. If there is one thing that Securus is good about besides technology solutions for civil and criminal justice, it is giving a lot of donations to charity groups such as United Way and pushing forward their campaign.

Among the different services that Securus technologies offers their clients is Video Visitation. They allow penitentiaries to give their incarcerated convicts the chance to communicate with their loved ones and see them. However, it does depend on the availability of the inmate communciation technology. Now, people have the choice of either visiting with their incarcerated loved ones in prison or talking with them from home. For one thing, there is the problem of having to drive all the way to jail in order to wait in long lines to finally visit with an inmate. You can register for video visitation software on their app for free. Their new technology has made it easy, but if you have any difficulties, you can always give Securus’ customer service department a call.

Other features that Securus has an inmate phone calls system. They also offer products for sale. People that are interested in setting up a service can just sign up for an account on their online page. They have a multitude of plans that they offer for clients. Among the accounts is AdvanceConnect, Direct Bill, traditional collect, inmate debit and plenty of other services that they offer for their clients. They also have a jail voicemail to set up so that the client could share important news without having to deal with limitations of jail. 

These innovative services that Securus offers have been so profitable that they have enabled Securus to make a lot of donations to United Way so that they can help improve the lives of others. United Way is involved in helping people make better lives by putting focus on their income, health and education. They also help strengthen families. The people of United Way are very passionate about improving communities. They do that by making investments in solutions that are focused on communities. They also welcome any contributions to their cause. They understand that every little bit of money helps when it comes to making changes in the community. 

Evolution of CCMP Capital under the Watchful Eye of Stephen Murray

Globalization has increased competition in the market. The ability of the people to access information through online platforms has resulted in the rise of varying forms of business. CCMP Capital is a private equity corporation reported by NY Post that has a large consumer base from different parts of the globe. The corporation was formed in 2006. It is based in New York. CCMP Capital has other offices in Woodlands, Texas, United Kingdom and London.

Since 1984, CCMP Capital Advisors has made investments worth over $16 billion in buyout transactions and growth equity operations. The corporation has been leveraging on the strengths of its expertise in varying industries and its proprietary operating resources. These combined strengths have helped the organization to zero in on four crucial area of the economy. These areas are the industrial sector, healthcare, consumer/retail and chemicals/energy sector.
Over the years, CCMP Capital has established itself as a world-class investment partner. This has been realized through the corporation’s active management techniques and its potent model of value creation. The organization prefers to work with upper middle market companies. CCMP has a large stake in each of the four sectors that it operates. Under its consumer/retail/service sector, CCMP zeroes in on direct marketing, specialty retail, service industries and consumer packaged goods. In its industrial sector, CCMP makes investments on chemicals, distribution, manufacturing and automotive divisions. In the energy sector, the corporation focuses on generation of power, renewable energy, service sectors as well as exploration and production. Under its healthcare wing, the investment firm focuses on medical devices sector, pharmaceuticals and services.

Wall Street’s Stephen Murray CCMP prefers to make investments in the United States, Latin America, Asia and Europe. The global private equity corporation makes investments of between $100 million and $500 million. This investment is made on companies that are valued between $500 million and $3 billion. The company has highly invested in its human resource. Its workers are highly trained professionals. The current president and CEO of CCMP Capital is Gregory Brenneman. Christopher Behrens, Jonathan Lynch, Kevin O’Brien and Alberto Delgado are managing directors and members of the Investment Committee.

Stephen Murray CCMP Capital played a pivotal role in the formation of CCMP. He is the former president and CEO of the company. Murray attended Boston College where he graduated with an economics degree in 1984. With zeal to pursue further education, Murray enrolled in Columbia Business School where he earned his postgraduate degree in business administration. Murray was part of the Manufacturers Hanover Corporation’s credit-analyst training program. Later, he joined MH Equity Corporation that underwent a series of mergers with different organizations to form Chase Capital Partners. At JP Morgan Partners, Murray was in charge of buyout business. Besides, Murray served on the board of The Vitamin Shoppe, Aramak, AMC Entertainment, Generac Power Systems, Cabela’s, Legacy Hospital Partners, Warner Chilcott and Pinnacle Foods.

The Significance of Automating Workforce in Production

The thought of automating workforce causes labor tensions in countries suffering from high rates of unemployment. The truth is that the benefits may include the creation of more employment opportunities for increased production. Mr. Flavio Maluf analyzes the significance of automating workforce in production. He states relevant facts in using technology to do the necessary production activities currently done by humans.

According to Flavio, an article published on a prominent new site quotes that in 2050, all work done by humans will be taken over by robots. The Softwear Automation Inc has set the trend for most of its works done by robots and few human supervisors. The robots have the ability to perform simple tasks like bolting and leaving the most complex to humans. The company uses robots in sewing, joining fabrics. The company notes that the automated system cannot produce the complete outfit by itself.  Flavio Maluf also says that this will happen in the future of the chemical industry as well.

Flavio emphasizes that the automation of workforce is still a way behind given the capabilities of the current technology. The need for workers also influences automation of workforce in countries facing labor shortages. It is however estimated that by 2030, the robots will have taken over a majority of the work currently done by humans. The machines will evolve in performing the basic automation tasks. Flavio notes that will technology advancement in artificial technology, robots will have the learning potential to copy the human actions and brains.

The markets currently have an extensive access to smart devices like smart phones and sensors. Video games programming and other electronic devices are available at cheap cost in many parts of the world. These devices are capable of increasing the processing capacity to significant pieces of information. The smart gadgets are the center of robots technology, and they are being embraced in factories and also in homes for doing routine chores.

Flavio Maluf has intense love and passion for technology. He is a professional mechanical engineer. Flavio is the president of Eucatex and Grand foods. He has embraced technology in the firms to increased production and lower cost. Flavio is a dedicated manager who has a strong commitment to supporting his customers and his team.

According to his bio Flavio joined Eucatex in 1987. From information in his LinkedIn account, Flavio used his experience gained from his stay in New York to improve the company. In 1997, he rose to the president of this giant company dealing with wood products. Flavio is also the president of Grand Foods. Both companies employ over two thousand employees in Brazil.

George Soros And His Open Society Foundation Banned In Russia

The Open Society Foundation is the brainchild of billionaire George Soros, and his foundation has worked around the world to help people who are in need. The foundation was working to educate students in Russia, but it was recently banned as part of a nationwide initiative by the Russian government. The foundation was deemed a security threat, and George Soros is forced to wage his war against injustice outside Russia. This article explains the reports that first came from CNBC, and the work done that is done by the foundation is explained in detail.

#1: What Is The Open Society Foundation?

The Open Society Foundation according to Fotune.com works around the world to educate people on democracy and its benefits. George has spent millions of dollars of his own money to help the foundation grow, and he has programs open around the world. The Open Society Foundation can be found anywhere there is injustice or persecution, and George works in countries where democracy is not the default form of government. Russia has had issues with democracy in the past, and George thought it best to continue to work with students in the country.

#2: Why Was The Foundation Banned?

A series of books aimed at helping students lean about democracy were found in a university, and Russian officials quickly removed the books. The books were burned at once, and the foundation was in the spotlight as it paid for the literature. The Russian government believes that the Open Society Foundation is a threat to their national security, but the truth is much more troubling.

#3: Russia Is Removing All Traces Of Democracy

Every chance Russia gets to remove democracy from its ranks is taken, and banning the Open Society Foundation was just one move the Russian government made. Other nonprofits were removed from the country at the same time, and George saw the immediate impact of these losses once Russia was left with less education. George plans to continue work with the foundation in other parts of the world, and he believes that Russia will accept the foundation again in the future.

#4: George Has Seen Similar Defeats

George has been an activist for most of his life, and he has seen similar defeats in other campaigns that he has started. George does not expect to be successful every time he does work with the Open Society Foundation, but he is especially saddened that the largest country in the world does not want its youth to be educated about democracy. The loss of the Open Society Foundation is a great blow for Russia in George’s mind.

The Open Society Foundation was kicked out of Russia over books it had provided to a university, and the foundation was called a security threat as it left the country. Russia is becoming more insular, and their policies are doing harm to millions. George Soros wanted to help as best he could with educational materials, but it appears that Russia fears the work done by the Open Society Foundation.

The Aggregate By Town Residential

The Aggregate is a market report that is created by Town Residential and published by Virtual Strategy Marketing. It is a report that talks about the real estate market and the way that it is changing from the different ways of housing. It is an in-depth report that is still easy for potential residents to understand. It talks about the prices of housing in NYC real estate, the new developments and the way that the market expected to change in the next few months. It is comprehensive in that it gives the people who are looking for homes an idea of the different options that are available.

One change that was published in The Aggregate is the cost of housing. Over the last quarter, housing has risen by around 6%. This rise has put somewhat of a crunch on the housing market and has caused people to not want to move into the city because they simply can no longer afford it. It is a major issue for the people who created new developments with a big expectancy of new residents in the city. It has created somewhat of a deficit in the way that housing options are filling up.

New developments are still being built, but they are not being moved into as quickly as they were in the past. The high prices have contributed to higher vacancies in these new homes and have caused the people who built them as well as the real estate market to begin to struggle. The new homes are sitting empty and are waiting for people to move into them. They are all excellently built homes with luxury options, but they cannot be purchased by anyone because the prices that they are set at are entirely too high for most people to purchase.

Town Residential is a real estate company that has seen it all when it comes to real estate options in New York City. They have seen the many changes in the way that the market works and they have managed to stay on top of these changes and continue providing their clients with the most luxury options for their New York City lifestyle. Town Residential has also gathered a large amount of information about the market on a quarterly basis and has published it for potential residents to see what is going on in New York City at the time.

The Revolution in How Men Are Dressing

Men are dressing better- they are concerned with how their shirts fit, and they are purchasing cool glasses. They are also matching the shoes with their belts, and joining “shave clubs”. With this said, there is no metro sexual, and the saying that normal men can’t dress well is no more, according to Mark Bollman, the founder of the retailer, Ball and Buck, located in Boston.

At one time, men were afraid of dressing well, but the Internet changed the shopping experience for men. There is no waiting, and no lines. According to the researcher, IBISWorld, there is more growth in menswear in e-commerce than any other category. Menswear sales have been around 16.7% annually for over five years now. Additionally, forecasts show that this will grow an additional 15% annually over the next five years.

The Internet made it possible, in that the traditional brick and mortars are not necessary for sales. This, in turn, lowers costs. Warby Parker is one of the first to take advantage of this trend for menswear. Others have followed, in selling a wider selection of products (a lot more than just glasses). Additionally, brands like Jack Erwin and Paul Evans are leading the e-commerce for men in high end shoes for a lower price. Even brands of suits, like Suit Supply and Indochino, offer a price range of $300 to $900. Prices can be even lower, such as $200, with better appearance than a JoS.

With Melwani being a third generation tailor of Versace, he grew up watching celebrities coming and going through the secret door of the Versace store in his Las Vegas hometown. After selling a jean company, Melwani wanted to use technology that would make it easier for men to dress. He told Business Insider that he likes the old saying, “keep it simple stupid”. It doesn’t have to cost much money to look great, unlike many people may think. The basics are all that’s needed in setting the wardrobe in the right direction. It could be a wonderful cotton blazer that coordinates with everything, a pair of desert boots, or a few pairs of tailed slacks, for instance. All it takes is to have simple, essential, and versatile pieces to dress smarter, according to Melwani.

Melwani’s company, Combat Gent, has men apparel that don’t cost a fortune because the company is vertically integrated, owning everything down to the sheep that provide the wool for suits. With his family connections, he can get the production of fabric from the same Italian mills that Versace used. Combat Gent also make a video introducing customers to the owner of the mills.

With the Paul Evans brands, it started in 2010, and it’s already becoming a popular, household name. This company is now known to be the most shipped men’s italian shoes packaging of Goldman Sachs. After being tired of the traditional retail experience, they decided to start their own company. They flew to Italy to know more about comfortable and stylish shoes that are made of the highest quality, so that they can be delivered right to the customer.

Paul Evans are mens’ shoes that are made from artisans from Naples, Italy. However, their shoes are not worth thousands of dollars. Their costs range are in the hundreds, without the compromising of quality.

International Philanthropy and Bruce Levenson

A philanthropic organization that has international impact isn’t something that arises overnight. Time Magazine’s Bruce Levenson has managed to help create such an organization. According to a recent PR Newswire article, Bruce and Karen Levenson were responsible for donating to The Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at the University of Maryland. These donations were in fact seed money, and though the Levensons continue to donate, these initial donations were probably the most integral. The Center began operations three years ago and is in continuous expansion. A dormitory has recently been added, and regularly funds are raised by a number of courses available at the center. In fact, every semester some ten thousand dollars are raised and distributed to nonprofit organizations which have been deemed properly worthy. Altogether, should the rate remain constant that’s twenty thousand dollars a year. Furthermore, The Center is responsible for sending undergraduate and graduate students as far afield as India in philanthropic pursuit. That’s quite impacting! This means not only are students that go through the center impacting their own local communities, and thus the nation, they’re also impacting the world. But such is precisely what both Karen and Bruce Levenson had in mind when they provided seed money for the center. Bruce has said it was his goal that all students should pass through the center and graduate “as an informed and motivated philanthropist”. To that end, Karen Levenson believes this philanthropic pursuit has been their “most profound” to date. Bruce Levenson is more better known as an owner of a prominent NBA team; so seeing him put his resources to philanthropic use is very encouraging. http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/undergrads-and-graduate-students-mastering-philanthropy-300038081.html