Dick DeVos helps grow Grand Rapids, Michigan, into one of the Midwest’s urban gems

Grand Rapids, Michigan, had a long history as a center of manufacturing and one of the Upper Midwest’s most thriving population centers. It has always been Michigan’s second city, maintaining more than a third of the population of Detroit right through the early 20th century.

 

The city began life as a timber town and quickly branched out into the manufacture of goods using the area’s bounteous timber supplies. This naturally led Grand Rapids to establish itself as one of the premier furniture manufacturing centers in the world, leading to it’s nickname: Furniture City. Even as the furniture industry began to decline through the middle of the 20th century, as the state’s once teeming forests were stripped, Grand Rapids was able to almost seamlessly transition to a center of automotive manufacturing, with many hub industries that supplied the Big Three automakers of Detroit.

 

Auto manufacturing and related industries continued to drive growth of the city through the 1950s. But as the auto manufacturing industry of the United States began to take an uncompetitive turn throughout the 70s, Grand Rapids’ manufacturing base began feeling the squeeze for the first time. Throughout the 1980s, many of the area’s residents lost their jobs, and the city’s urban core began to experience serious declines, with many vacancies appearing and entire blocks falling into dereliction.

 

Dick DeVos was just making a name for himself as one of the area’s leading businessmen during the 1980s. It was around this time, when DeVos was coming into his own as an executive with Amway and a top figure in a number of other Grand Rapids industries, that the Downtown district was on the cusp of going the same route as many other Michigan cities. DeVos was a seasoned urban planner. He had worked first-hand with the Detroit Public School System in an effort to boost the performance of that city’s failing schools. As a result, he had a realist’s knowledge of what happens when a city passes the point of no return, as Detroit had, and all of the remaining productive classes flee to the suburbs. DeVos knew that something needed to be done. Otherwise, Grand Rapids would almost certainly follow the path of other Michigan cities like Detroit, Flint and Battle Creek. The city’s urban center would be rendered uninhabitable and would spiral into a pit of criminality and vice.

 

DeVos had always been a man of action. He formed a group that he dubbed the Grand Action Committee, comprised of the area’s top business leaders, with DeVos serving as chairman. DeVos led by example. He ponied up tens of millions of dollars of his own money to invest in projects like the DeVos Place Convention Center and the Van Andel Arena. Both projects have brought in billions of dollars of additional revenues to the Downtown Grand Rapids area. DeVos and his Grand Action Committee were also instrumental in the creation of the Medical Mile, one of the most recognized medical corridors in the nation.

 

Today, thanks in large part to Dick DeVos, Grand Rapids frequently ranks among the top cities in the country in which to live, play and work.

 

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Dr. Saad Saad Explains Some Of His Life-Saving Medical Inventions

There is no question that doctor Saad Saad is a pioneer in many different life-saving medical inventions. He is constantly attempting to challenge the status quo, always looking at new ways to improve existing procedures and methods. A certain time ago, he realized he needed to develop some things that would go above and beyond just his ordinary medical practice. As a pediatrician, his goal was to develop some life-saving equipment so that is exactly what he did.

 

A New Catheter

 

Dr. Saad Saad’s first invention was the development of a new type of catheter. Originally, in order for catheters to be effective doctors, would have to know where they were located. For a permanent, surgically-implanted catheter, the only way to determine the location of the catheter on an ongoing basis would be to run x-rays a great deal of the time. Unfortunately for catheter patients, this meant exposing them to repeated bouts of radiation and increasing their chances of getting some sort of cancer. However, Dr. Saad Saad’s new catheter utilizes electromagnetic location information to help doctors locate the catheter without x-rays or bulky MRI machines. Learn more: https://doctor.webmd.com/doctor/saad-saad-md-3d5f8ce5-a764-4c86-b201-e50ec51cd7f2-overview

 

A New Endoscope

 

Dr. Saad also made an invention that improved the use of endoscopes. These instruments are often utilized by a doctor to look into the throat, windpipe, bladder, colon, or even the stomach during surgery. In a word, they are incredibly useful in helping a surgeon to get a visual picture of what is going on. However, here are liquids inside these organs that can fog up endoscopes and make it next to impossible for doctors to be able to see the current condition of the interior of the organ. Dr. Saad’s Improved endoscope machine addresses this very problem. Dr. Saad has developed a new endoscope that has a suction function, removing all of the liquids on the interior of the organ and helping doctors to still be able to see the current interior condition.

 

Dr. Saad Saad – Necessity Is The Mother Of Invention

 

When you ask Dr. Saad Saad why he has such a passion for inventing new medical equipment, he will simply tell you, “Necessity is the mother of invention.” In his pediatric practice at Eatontown, NJ, Dr. Saad has always been dedicated to going the extra mile to save the lives of his patients. Dr. Saad realizes that he can only win when he makes the job of his fellow doctors easier and also increases the chances of his patients living longer, healthier, and more productive lives.

 

President Trump will not Sign up New Applications for the DACA Program

People who are not familiar with immigration policy might not understand the importance of DACA. This is a piece of legislation that gives illegal immigrants who were minors before the year 2007, the right to stay within the United States. An illegal alien cannot participate within this program unless they were 16 years old (or younger) before the year 2007. Also, they cannot benefit from DACA if they have committed some type serious criminal offense in the country where they are leaving.

 

President Obama created this program as a means to help young illegal aliens who have adjusted to the American way of life. Remember, very few children cross the border on their own. There is a parent or some type of adult taking them from their homeland to make the journey into the U.S. Once the children arrive and start to make a new life; they have in a sense become an American.

 

The former Obama Administration also set this program into motion to extend the former DREAM ACT which was created in 2001. This legislation was only used once, and it was persistently rejected by Congress during that time. Remember that the DREAM ACT stood for the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors. This legislation would have helped illegal aliens who entered the country in 2001 to find permanent residency.

 

President Trump does not want to provide aliens (adults or their children) the right to stay in America. Even thought the DACA program extends an illegal alien’s right to stay in the U.S. for a 2-year time period; Trump and many Republicans do now want to offer this type of benefit for illegal aliens.

 

Keep in mind that many illegal aliens that were 16 and younger before 2007 are now between the ages of 11 and 37. Many of these younger Americans attend school, are employed and have a connection with American society. They contribute to their community and many of them have families of their own. They in fact have made the U.S. their home.

 

The Frontera Fund is a monetary endowment that was created by Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin. The fund was formed in 2007 and it is designed to support organizations that fight for the rights of immigrants and migrants. Civil Rights organizations also benefit from this fund as well. The Frontera Fund is now being used to support various legal organizations that fight to keep this legislation from destroying the lives of over 800,000 registered DACA members. The fund is also important for protecting illegal aliens who never received the benefit from DACA and could be deported at any moment.

 

Frontera Fund founders realize that immigrant people are constantly in danger of being exploited because of their legal status as citizens. The state of Arizona is a border state where immigration issue is extremely complicated. There are many Latino children whose lives will be ripped apart if their parents have to be deported because they no longer remain in the country.

 

There are other major problems to consider as well. President Trump will allow current members of DACA to renew for the program before the March 5, 2018 deadline. However, no new applications will be taken. Lacey and Larkin and their Frontera Fund will continue to fight to help illegal aliens to remain in the U.S. despite Trump’s persistence to remove them.

Securus Technologies Use Wireless Containment Systems to Stop Inmates from Making Cell Phone Calls

Securus Technologies is a leader in technology solutions for the criminal justice and public safety organizations in the United States. Securus Technologies has instituted the use of their wireless containment systems to eliminate inmates from successfully using contraband cell phones to promote crimes. In the recent past a cell phone was used to order a hit on a South Carolina corrections officer and a Georgia infant. In both cases an inmate or inmates were able to use a contraband cell phone to order the hits.

 

Most people are aware of the fact that prisoners are not allowed to own or use a cell phone while incarcerated. To get around these limits, inmates have enlisted family and friends to smuggle cell phones into the prisons. If found by prison officials, the cell phones are confiscated, but often not before they can be used. Securus Technologies found a way around searching for cell phones in the prison cells; instead they built a wireless containment system that stops calls emanating from inside the prison walls from making it outside to the networks if they haven’t been authorized.

 

The wireless containment system is essentially a network built inside the prison. Each cell phone call must be routed through that network before reaching an outside network or a network operated by AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, etc. When the wireless containment system fails to recognize a number, the call simply is not completed.

 

Robert Johnson is the contraband officer that stirred the ire of inmates to so much, that they ordered a hit on him. Early one morning, gunmen broke into his home while he was dressing for work and shot him six times in the mid-section. He was rushed to the hospital and after 23 surgeries and two resuscitations, he survived. When he started back to work, his aim was to put a stop to prisoners having access to cell phones while incarcerated. He spoke in congressional hearings and now he is a consultant with Securus Technologies, a company that has found a solution to the problem.

 

The incarcerated prisoners were so ruthless that they hired hit men to kill a nine month old baby, because he was the nephew of a wayward criminal cohort. The inmates were teaching him a lesson. The baby died in his mother’s arms on a Georgia street. The Securus Wireless Containment System prevents prisoners from successfully executing plans to harm other prisoners, prison guards and their families, witnesses, victims, friends, family and any others.

 

Inmates have found an effective way to continue their criminal activity from behind bars in prison. Securus Technologies has ensured that one of the highest threats to others has been eliminated. Prisons will no longer be able to complete cell phone calls from behind prison walls.