Daniel Taub served as the ambassador of Israel to the United Kingdom, from June 2011 to September 2015. He was born in England but decided to go back to his home country later in his life. His first years in Israel were spent on joining the Israeli Army, where he held several positions. His superiors have noticed his skills in negotiating, so they enlisted him to become the chief negotiator of Israel on issues and concerns with Palestine. Daniel Taub would speak with his counterpart regarding the peace process between the two states, and they were also sent to Northern Ireland for seminars talking about the importance of peace treaties. The knowledge that Daniel Taub earned through his visits to Northern Ireland would be his key to becoming the next ambassador of his country to the United Kingdom.
Upon returning to the United Kingdom, Daniel Taub had to meet the Queen. They had small talks, and he explained to the Queen why he deserves the post. He thanked the Queen later on for confirming his application. Under his term as the Israeli diplomat, he focused on the bilateral trade between the two states. He encouraged Israelis to put up a business in the United Kingdom, and as a result, more than 300 entrepreneurs from Israel came to the most significant cities of the United Kingdom to put up their businesses. British business people, on the other hand, invested in Israel and opened up their companies in the country’s commercial capital, Tel Aviv. The bilateral trade between the two states is at an all-time high, reaching more than $5.5 billion. It signified a new age in the relationship between Israel and the United Kingdom, and the two states are looking forward to strengthening their economic ties.
Aside from improving the business relationship between the two states, Daniel Taub is also responsible for Israel’s intense focus on the cultural and educational exchange. During his term, many British students were sent to Israel to study the nation’s culture, and the same thing happens to Israeli students, who are sent to the United Kingdom to explore their culture. These exchanges are proven to be effective, as more British students now understand how the Israeli culture differs from other civilization in the Middle East. Daniel Taub had to leave his position in September 2015, making way for new ambassadors. However, his contribution to the strengthening of the relationship between the two states would be remembered for a long time. Learn more: http://www.hampsteadshul.org.uk/event/isaiah-berlin-lecture-2017-daniel-taub/
The role of private companies in the U.S. prison system has long been a source of heated debate. Many critics of the public-private system that has taken shape see no legitimate role for private industry operating within the nation’s carceral institutions. Yet there is incontrovertible evidence that many prison contractors have been directly responsible for major improvements in inmate quality of life, prison safety and even reductions in the recidivism rate.
One example is that of Securus Technologies, which is a major provider of inmate communications services throughout the U.S. prison system. Securus has spent billions of dollars over the last decade on wide-ranging research and development projects. It has developed such novel and highly popular technologies as its virtual visitation system, which has surpassed even traditional phone calls in popularity.
But one of the most novel technologies that the company has developed over the last few years is its Wireless Containment System. Derived from military technology developed by the Department of Defense for use in the theaters of Iraq and Afghanistan, the Wireless Containment System is a powerful tool in the fight against contraband cell phones in the nation’s prisons. It is able to detect and intercept any unauthorized cellular communications coming from within prison grounds. The WCS is able to effectively block 100-percent of illegal cellular calls, giving the user a message that the call was unable to be completed. It also gives officers the capability to locate, with pinpoint accuracy, any contraband cellular device that is turned on within its operating radius.
The Wireless Containment System has proven to be extremely effective. Early results indicate that the device is capable of virtually eliminating the usefulness of all unauthorized cellular devices within its range of operation. The system would never have been brought to fruition without the intensive research and development efforts of Securus, including the expenditure of tens of millions of dollars.
Today, Securus is beginning to distribute the Wireless Containment System to jails and prisons across the United States. Although the system has not been given the full go-ahead from the FCC, it has been deployed in some more remote locations throughout the country. So powerful is the WCS that the Federal Communications Commission has voiced concern about its ability to interfere with legitimate cellular traffic located outside of the prisons where it is deployed.
Securus has been able to demonstrate, however, that the system’s area of operation can be effectively contained to within only the area of the prison itself, sparing innocent civilians from having their ability to place calls blocked.
American families are watching Washington very closely right now and they’re not alone. With the tax bill vote now getting close to a final decision within the Senate, End Citizens United already began their stand against the bill, which they believe will have an effect on millions of middle class families. The bill shows key evidence to cut corporate taxes and leave average working Americans paying the price.
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End Citizens United President Tiffany Muller has stated unequivocally that the actions by House Republicans already proved to the PAC that Americans best interest will not be served by the time the bill reaches a final vote. End Citizens United believes the final vote will be a part of an already rigged political system.
Among those in agreement with tax bill are the Republican mega-donors who are making it widely known that their checks will seize if a bill is not completed and cut their taxes. Republicans are expected to not only meet that expectation, but also make it as seamless as possible for the donor class who put them in office for one reason only- reduce taxes on corporate and wealthy America.
“We need to elect members of Congress who will fight for reform…and get secret special interest money out of politics…” said Ms. Muller within her prepared statement after the House vote. End Citizens United firmly believes that the tax plan is just another snub to American families, while cutting corporate taxes widely benefits the wealthiest, of all who can afford to lessen their greed. In the end, the tax plan will do nothing more than raise taxes on those who are working the hardest to earn a living, but pay the most because of politicians who continue to vote in the favor of special interest groups rather than average middle class families.
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