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Month: March 2018

Securus Technologies Develops a Drone Detection Technology for Correctional Facilities

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Securus Technologies has over the years set precedence in the use of technology in law enforcement and correctional facilities. The company’s success in the industry is evidenced by the large number of entities it serves. It is estimated that over one million inmates and more than 3500 agencies rely on its services. The widespread use is attributed to the Securus ability to provide tailor-made services and technological options for the different users.


Securus offers technology that has proven effective in payment services, communication, investigation, emergency response, and biometric analysis among others. I have validated this statement after reading testimonies from people who have used the services. With the use of the available technologies from Securus, agencies have been able to catch corrupt officers or even investigate cases of harassment. In most instances, correctional facilities have used Securus’ services to detect illegal activities and contraband goods in the hands of prisoners. In essence, Securus has played a vital role in enhancing security within and out of our jails and prisons.

I was fascinated by Securus’ innovation on the use of drone technology in combating threats emanating from prisons and jails. In fact, there have been cases where prisoners have sanctioned killing and maiming of corrections officers and other citizens at home. In essence, this active pilot program was created in response to increased use of drones to deliver illegal stuff to prisons. Some of the stuff includes weapons and cellphones, which pose a significant threat to other inmates, officers, and innocent citizens. The new program is an indication that Securus Technologies remains committed to the provision of practical solutions to emerging needs and threats.


Adequate tests have been carried out for over 18 months with the aim of assessing the effectiveness of the technology. The drone detection technology’s model is somehow similar to the Securus’ Wireless Containment Solution. The tests and useful insights from corrections officials have enabled the company design a better program. The latest results have proven that the technology can now be used to stop drones from reaching correctional facilities.


With such incredible innovations, it would not be surprising if Securus scooped any global awards. My belief was confirmed when the company won three awards at the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service, 2018. The awards were bestowed upon Securus for its excellent customer service. Indeed, customer needs are at the core of the company’s values and operations.


Explicitly, the three awards were given to Zelperita Jackson, who is the Customer Service Manager, the Corporate Escalations team, and The Video Visitation Team. Securus trounced over 2,500 individuals and entities from different industries and parts of the globe. The gala, which was attended by over 600 representatives from around the world, was held at in February at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

Delicate Hands for Delicate Children

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Even though Palestine was the place he was born, Dr. Saad Saad was raised in Kuwait. Having graduated with honors, he attended Cairo University of Medicine until 1971. He, then, came to the United States to complete his studies in surgery. He, also, spent time at the USA Board Certified in Pediatric Surgery. Currently retired, Dr. Saad Saad was a specialized surgeon at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Beach and Jersey Shore University Medical Center in New Jersey. When asked what advice he would give other, he stated, “If a poor Palestinian refugee can make it and be successful in American, you can too. Work hard and persevere!”


When in Kuwait and still in high school, Dr. Saad Saad made the decision to pick a profession where he could work indoors, unlike his older brothers who worked outside in construction. While attending his 3rd year as a medical student in Egypt, he bought a ticket to Beirut, Lebanon to take his ECFMG exam. This is what let him train further in the United States after he graduated. Dr. H Biemann Othersen was the pediatric surgeon that Dr. Saad Saad most admired and taught him the valuable lesson that all kids were equal and should be treated with the same kindness and concern.


Dr. Saad Saad has a technique when preparing for complicated tasks. He prefers no loud music, no personal talking in the operating room, and that he gets a good night’s rest as well as a good breakfast before any surgery. He, also, like to review the patient’s medical record, confirm what procedure is being done, and to review the steps involved in the procedure. This comes from his habit of being organized, which lets him be more efficient and not procrastinate any assignments he might have to do.


Research is something that Dr. Saad Saad takes very seriously and enjoys the new facts regarding advancements in genetics and DNA are allowing the medical field to create treatments that would have been impossible in the past, such as cancer. This is clearly noticeable considering the fact that on top of being a pediatric surgeon, he is a thoracic surgeon. He has treated several conditions such as: Choledochal Cyst, Chest Wall Deformity, Lymphadenopathy, and Pediatric Tumor. An additional specialty of his is Laparoscopic Surgery, surgery that is performed far from the actual surgical area through small incisions somewhere else in the body.


Although most people do not feel the same, Dr. Saad Saad believes that only God knows our fate. However, he additionally believes that achieving what you want to do is possible as long as you put the effort into getting there. A strong believer in Abraham Lincoln because of his views on how everyone is equal, Dr. Saad Saad stated, “We are all equal in the eyes of God. Through the eyes of a pediatric surgeon, I know that all people were created with the same heart, lungs, liver, intestines, and other organs, no matter that person’s race, color, or religion.” Learn more:

The RocketShip Education System Offers Students the Chance to Thrive

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In 2006, the Rocketship Public Schools were founded with a mission to offer students in low-income communities the chance to have a quality education. They are a non-profit organization with a network of public elementary charter schools headquartered in California. They believe in the three pillars of transformation that include personalized learning, talent development, and parent power. They focus on encouraging students to achieve better grades and remain motivated to further their education.

Additionally, Rocketship Public Schools are not like traditional schools and provide children with individualized attention. They offer tutoring, online educational programs and an authentic method of learning by innovative teachers. Their learning system consists of the four content blocks created by the school that are Humanities, STEM, Learning Lab and Enrichment. The teachers work with students and observe where they need additional assistance with learning. They offer a thorough education and offer music, nutrition, gardening, music, and art to children. They encourage a collaborative relationship between parents and teachers to guarantee that children receive the best education. The students have exceptional scores in mathematics with 90 percent achieving above average scores.

Rocketship Public Schools have an outstanding leadership team, and Preston Smith is the co-founder and CEO. He believes in the school’s methods and is a former teacher. He attended the University of North Carolina and received his bachelor’s in Latin American Studies. Then he attended San Jose University and obtained his master’s in educational leadership. Lynn Liao is the chief program officer for the school and manages staff and coordinates projects. She received her bachelor’s degree in political economy from the University of California, and her masters from Stanford University in business. Keysha Bailey is the chief financial officer and handles the finance and legal departments for the school. She received her bachelor’s in economics from Princeton University, and her master’s in finance from the University of Pennsylvania.

The Rocketship Schools have an excellent curriculum and teachers that care. They have the extraordinary leadership to promote success. They will continue to teach students how to pursue their goals and dreams.