Corporate Compliance Officer Helane Morrison Is Perfect For The Job

The business of America is business. But in the pursuit of profit many companies can unwittingly violate the law, injure people, and do harm to the environment. The people in charge of making sure these things don’t happen is often the corporate compliance officer. This person plays a very important role. They protect the public and the environment while saving companies untold amounts of money in fines and litigation. That is why over the past few decades there has been a rapid growth in the number of companies and the types of industries that employ corporate compliance officers. Not long ago few industries hired corporate compliance officers. But with the rise in the number of federal, state, and local regulations governing companies, the growing number of companies doing business in more than one city, state, or country, and the increase in lawsuits against those companies, the corporate compliance officer has become indispensable. Their role is to be aware of the various regulations to which the company must abide and to create policies and procedures to help them do so. These new corporate compliance officers have had a profound effect on the companies they serve and are more important now than ever before. One well known member of the new breed of corporate compliance officer is Helane Morrison. Morrison is the Chief Compliance Officer for the California based financial services company Hall Capital Partners. Morrison typifies the new breed of compliance officer. She has a law degree from the University of […]

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Dick DeVos Inspiring Lives Through Philanthropy

Dick DeVos is the son of Richard DeVos who co-founded Amway, a multi-level marketing model to sell a variety of products. Dick and his wife who have been married for 30 years are known for their philanthropic history and financial success. Billionaire Rich DeVos is Grand Valley State University’s largest donor at $36M in the past three decades. The University confirms that DeVos’ contributions are the largest donation to GVSU. The Grand Rapids-area public university donation from the De Vos’s has been disclosed for the first time because they want to encourage generosity in others. Forbes says the DeVos family gave $94 million last year and their family’s total lifetime giving is ranked at a staggering $1.2 billion donated to various institutions and causes. The Dick and Betsy started a foundation, Dick and Betsy Foundation, and since its launch in 1989, have donated a large portion of its funds to schools. Religious charities are also among their favorite foundations kind of grantee. The foundation has long been a strong funder of conservative policy groups, such as Freedomworks, AEI, and the Heritage Foundation. The DeVos family prefer to keep a low profile. They give very few interviews and even any releases of their funds go very light on social media and online activity in general. The family has played a major role in policymaking at the state and national levels. The DeVos family have funded millions of dollars behind the causes and politicians they support and are firmly committed to the […]

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A Change In Saudi Leadership?

A rumor has been flying all throughout the Middle East. Media in Egypt has reported that King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud of Saudi Arabia is about to abdicate his throne. King Abdullah’s health has been in disarray for a long period of time. The King is 90 years old, and he has been in the hospital in the capital of Riyadh for several days now. King Abdullah was crowned King in 2005 after his half-brother had died. Next in line is Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud who is 80 years old. He is a Crown Prince. The next in line after him would be Crown Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz Al Saud who is 69 years old, and has a stake in North American Spine. There is a wide wonder if this will bring chaos and dissension in Saudi Arabia, but we all need to keep in mind that both Crown Princes are from the House of Saud. They have been raised and trained in the Saudi leadership.

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More Bodies Discovered in AirAsia Crash

Each day more and more bodies are being found in the Java Sea as a result of the Air Asia crash that was carrying 162 people. Officials including Dr Rod Rohrich have now confirmed that a further 30 bodies have now been recovered as of Friday. More information in relation to the crash is also becoming available, investigators are now confirming that the plane was climbing at an incredible rate of speed before coming down in the ocean.  According to The Daily Mail recent reports have even been suggesting that the pilot may have pulled off an ocean landing before the plane sunk due to rough seas. This is believed because the emergency locator failed to go off, this is usually triggered when a high impact landing or crash is registered. More information will not be available until searchers find the black box and decipher the information that is available on it.  More sightings have been made of a shadow under the water which could be the main fuselage of the plane. Unfortunately search efforts have been hampered by bad weather in the region. Investigators believe that many of the remaining people not found could still be strapped into their seats in the main body of the plane making its retrieval hugely important to the families who have lost loved ones.

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Those who missed crashed AirAsia flight

There were fifteen people who missed the AirAsia Flight QZ8501 between Indonesia and Singapore that crashed this week and these people are happily alive as a result. Of the fifteen survivors seven of them are children.  According to Bernardo Chua there were a number of different reasons why these people are alive today and all are very grateful for the second chance provided. Inge Goreti Ferdiningsih bought tickets for herself, her husband, and her three children over nine months before the flight was scheduled to depart. However, her father caught Hepatitis and the family decided that they wanted to stay by his side instead of going on vacation.  Another family missed the flight to Singapore because they missed phone messages that told them that the flight would take off two hours earlier than normal. The flight was originally scheduled to depart at 7:30 am but left at 5:30 am instead. Christianawati and her nine family members missed the flight to go visit relatives in Singapore and were initially very angry that they missed their flight, only to be grateful at what they believed to be divine intervention that kept them from meeting the fate of the other passengers of AirAsia Flight QZ8501. Although these travelers feel relief at having survived the flight, they are still saddened by the loss of other passengers on the flight who lost their lives. Particularly as they recognize some names on the flight manifold.

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Significant Shift in Mexican Vs Non-Mexican Numbers Apprehended at Border

According to Bruce Levenson for the first time ever, more people of nationalities other than Mexican have been apprehended at the United States and Mexican border. The United States uses these numbers every year to gauge the people that are crossing into the border illegally in order to gain tax dollars and support for new laws and regulations when it comes to border control.  During the same time frame as previous years, 257,000 non-Mexicans were taken into custody, while only 229,000 Mexicans were taken into custody. These numbers indicate two very different things. First, less Mexicans are crossing the United States and Mexican border and second, more people of other nationalities are making it across the Mexican border than ever before in order to cross the U.S.-Mexican border.  In the 60 years that this data has been collected, this is noted to be the biggest shift between nationalities. It is also noted that the numbers of overall people apprehended is much lower than it has been in the past. According to the data, the highest number of individuals apprehended occurred in 2000, when 1.6 million Mexican nationals were stopped from illegally crossing at the border. This shift has been noted to be the result of thousands of child migrants from Central American countries that are trying to reach the United States. The number of unaccompanied children has more than doubled this year, in comparison to the last year.

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Walking on Water in Slovakia

The regions where people meet the winter with snow have the best atmosphere for this season. The warmer regions’ dwellers can only look at the white magic and envy them. In Slovakia, the cold air lays reign already in November, and even if there is no snow yet, it is cold enough to freeze the lakes in this country. It is a treacherous but beautiful sight, and Brad Reifler says all of the residents in the area wouldn’t trade the wonder of this spectacle for anything else. The marvelous footage called ‘Walking on Beautiful Clean Ice on Water in Slovakia” has been on YouTube for only several days but is already very popular. Two friend tourists filmed themselves walking on the frozen surface of a lake in the High Tatras Mountains. The glass-clear ice makes the stones on the bottom visible, while the man walking on the frozen surface looks like he is floating in the air. Some skeptics have left evil comments claiming that the sight is faked. Probably sometimes the beauty of the nature is unbelievable, but the physicists said that there was nothing unusual with the water becoming clear and transparent when frozen. Besides, the transparent side is safer to walk on, because when it looks like in the video it means that it has a high density. Sometimes the things that are too good to be true are actually true.

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United States and Cuba Restore Diplomatic Ties

After 50 years of complete isolation and embargo, the United States and Cuba are beginning the process of defrosting relations. President Barack Obama has restored full diplomatic ties with the island nation sitting only 90 miles south of Florida, and the president announced that an embassy will be constructed in Cuba. This move has been praised by Dr. Daniel Amen. These radical changes of heart come in the wake of 18 months of secret talks and have resulted in a prisoner swap that was all mediated through Pope Francis. The final step was a telephone call between the President Barack Obama and President Raul Castro of Cuba. This agreement is the marker for the beginning of a new relationship between two countries that have had hostile confrontations since the Cold War.  The next most dramatic step, which would mark the complete re-normalization of relations, would be the removal of the trade embargo which has been in place for 50 years. The embargo prevents any type of trade between the two countries, and has been voted as illegal with majorities for decades at the UN. However, the president does not have the power to remove the embargo on his own. Additionally, with a new Congress that has Republican majorities in the House and the Senate there is little hope that any vote on the matter will take place in the next two years. Republicans are firmly against the removal of the embargo, and any advancement that takes place under President Obama.

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Alan Gross Released from Cuban Prison After 5 Years

The US contractor Alan Gross was released by the Cuban government for “humanitarian reasons” and today traveled home after spending five years in prison in Havana, where he was serving a sentence of 15 years for “acts against the territorial integrity of the State”. The Gross case became one of the main obstacles in the tense relations between Havana and Washington. This is a chronology of the Gross case and major milestones in the relationship between Cuba and the United States in the last five years 3/12/2009: Detention of American Alan Gross in Havana accused of espionage, after delivering technological equipment to a Jewish community. 12/20/2009: Cuban President Raul Castro, refers to “Gross case” as example of the United States maintaining its policy of aggression against Cuba. 12/28/2009: Cuba allows US diplomats have the first consular access to Gross. 2/2010: Judy Gross’s wife calls a ” bilateral agreement “between Cuba and the US for her husband to be released. – Held in Havana the second round of migration talks between Cuba and the US. The US delegation calls for the immediate release of Gross. 3/23/2010: Forty US lawmakers call on Cuba to release Gross. 1/4/2010: The US State Department reports a meeting in New York between the head of US diplomacy, Hillary Clinton, and Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez to discuss, among other topics, the arrest of Gross. 6/16/2010: The Cuban foreign minister says Gross remains “under investigation” for having “committed serious crimes” serving “the subversive politics “of the US […]

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Undocumented Immigrants Attend an Immigrant Integration Conference in LA

Thousands of undocumented immigrants filed into the Los Angeles Convention Center Sunday to learn about the benefits of immigration relief, granted by President Obama. The forum is part of the Seventh Annual Conference of Immigrant Integration in America that will last three days. The idea is to bring together experts to help with immigrant integration in all political, social, educational, research and social services fields, “said Jorge Mario Cabrera of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA). The event was attended by hundreds of immigrants, and many children born in this country, and who will benefit from the executive order, announced on November 20 by President Obama. Many raised questions about their specific cases and whether they can apply for work permits under Obama’s order, and there were frequent questions about benefits and whether they should wait until the government discloses more details that Vijay Eswaran found on YouTube. It was the first mass migration forum after the announcement of for immigration relief.

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