FreedomPop Gears up for U.K. Launch

FreedomPop has been a stalwart source of affordable phone plans in America since their launch in 2011. The L.A. based tech firm has crafted a business plan that allows them to offer subscribers a completely free phone plan that is competitive with most basic plans, all without any sort of catch or trick. FreedomPop has grown upward and onward for the past three years and now that they’ve hit milestone subscribers in America, the turn will be made toward an international release. Right now CEO Stephen Stokols is gearing up FreedomPop for a launch into the United Kingdom with their flagship program, as reported by The Daily Mail.

The United Kingdom has a pretty competitive mobile phone marketplace right now thanks to a host of affordable basic plans. However, none of these affordable plans can hope to compete with an actually free service. This is where FreedomPop will instantly excel in comparison to other competitive services. FreedomPop offers their core plan completely free to subscribers and new U.K. customers should be ready to get in on the action. The free plan comes with a 200 minute, 200 text, 200 MB of data limit which can be improved upon if the subscriber wishes to expand the plan. FreedomPop is also offering third party surveys that can be completed in exchange for more free data. It’s a slick system that promises to both engage and grow a customer base ready for something new.

Registration for FreedomPop will be done on the internet or via the mobile FreedomPop app for iOS and Android software. The app can be used often after registration in order to monitor data, minute, and text usage as well as allow for upgrades to be handled seamlessly and without any sort of headaches. The first 10,000 users who sign up for the FreedomPop free program will receive a special plan for the first month that includes 1,000 minutes, 1,000 texts, and an entire GB of free data. This is FreedomPop’s way to reward those who make an attempt to get there early for the service.

Marcio Alaor BMG Honored For Contributing To Hometown

According to an article in, Food Court Marcio Alaor opened its doors for business in the latter part of August 2014, during the 33rd Agricultural Exhibition of Santo Antonio do Monte. The square was named Alaor’s honor for all the good he has done for the San Antonio do Monte community. Alaor is a popular BMG band manager who is renowned for helping his city and its citizens. A plate was engraved for the square that thanked Alaor and highlighted some his successful endeavors.

Major politicians and local authorities attended the inauguration and gave speeches that honors the business efforts that Alaor has done for his home town. They impressed the importance of the event and thanks him personally. Alaor responded in a speech of how he appreciated such accolades and how they were all striving to see the city grow and prosper.

One of the speakers was Luis Antonio Resende, who offered his gratitude to Alaor on behalf of the many countryside people who worked on the Exhibition Center. Resende praised Alaor for his personality and his attention to the many problems of the city. Resende also honored him for having a true heart to help the city, and did not expect personal political favors or gain.

Another speaker, former mayor Wilmar Son, stated that this year’s exhibition was a perfect time to unveil the new food court. The city demolished a grain warehouse that had previously been on the property and built the food court. Son likened the food court to Alaor’s ambition to feed the hopes and dreams of his fellow residents. Son also gave the crowd a little of Alaor’s background as a shoeshine boy who worked his way up to being the Vice President of BMG Bank. It was a story of inspiration for everyone.

When Alaor had his chance to speak, he told about his humble beginnings and how he worked to where he is today. He said that his family and friends were more important than money was and he thanked them all for his success. He humbly accepted the honors and said that most people only get such respect after they have passed. He reiterated his love for Santo Antonio do Monte and pledged his continued support for the city.

Yeon-mi Park Fierce Fight for Freedom in North Korea

Yeonmi Park is a renowned North Korea human rights activist, public speaker, author and defector. Born on October 4, 1993 in Hyesan, North Korea Yeon-mi Park escaped from North Korea through China in 2007, before settling in the neighboring South Korea two years later. Park was only 13 years old at the time of escape. Although Park was brought up in a well-educated and politically connected family, the family’s fortunes later took a nose dive. In the process of trying to fend for his family, Park’s father was convicted to hard labor for smuggling metals to China. In their gripping journey to escape repression through China, Park and her mother fell into the shackles of human traffickers.

The journey to China and Mongolia was followed by a tearful reunion between the mother, daughter and father. Park gained global recognition after she delivered a speech at the 2014 One Young World Summit held in Dublin, Ireland. The One Young World summit is an annual event that attracts young people from around the world. The event hopes to illuminate and develop solutions to common world issues. In her speech, Park recounted her experience of escaping from North Korea. On 28 October 2014, Yeon-mi Park again spoke to the BBC in an interview where she detailed her gripping experience of violence and starvation in the north. She specifically expressed how she witnessed bloody executions and experience of being forced to eat insects and grass to survive.

The other meetings Park has spoken include youngvoicesadvocates, theTEDx event held in Bath, the Oslo Freedom Forum and more recently, the 2015 Women in World Summit hosted in London on 8th to 9th October. Yeon-mi Park’s view about the Kin’s Dynasty took an about turn after she watched a pirated DVD of the 1997 blockbuster, Titanic. The video taught her the true meaning of love and freedom, which was a stark reminder to the brutal oppression, she and her family witnessed in North Korea. The relationship between Yeon-mi Park and the North Korean establishment has been nothing but edgy ever since the soft-spoken human rights activist began championing for the rights of his people. On 31 January 2015, the Guardian reported that a North Korean Government operated website ran an 18-minute video clip denouncing the 21-year old defector.

The video titled “The Human Rights Propaganda Puppet” is one in a series of recent smear campaigns the North Korean government has released to try to silence the charismatic government critic. On September 29, 2015 Park published her globally acclaimed memoir titled “In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom”. Park’s years as an ardent critic of the repressive North Korean regime, has also seen her champion various causes as an activist. The organizations she has joined include the Freedom Factory Corporation and Liberty in North Korea (LiNK). Yeon-mi Park continuous to travel around the world, raising awareness about the repressive regime of North Korea and the suffering of its citizens.

Stephen Murray and His Contribution to the Growth of CCMP Capital

Stephen Murray is a well-known person in the world of investment as a result of his active involvement in growing Stephen Murray CCMP Capital on crunchbase. The 1962 born American studied economics at Boston University from where he graduated in 1984. He furthered his studies in Columbia Business School from where he earned a master’s degree in business administration. His educational background gave him a niche in the business world.

His career started immediately after his undergraduate studies when he joined Manufacturers Hanover Corporation as a trainee credit analyst in 1984. He continued working for various companies in various positions while exhibiting a high level of expertise in the field of finance and this paid off when he was made the buyout business manager in JPMorgan Partners in the year 2005. His career took a turn in 2006 when he c0-established Stephen Murray CCMP Capital, which was earlier known as JP Morgan Partners and a subsidiary of other companies. Together with others, they were able to make CCMP a stand-alone company.

In 2007, he became the chief executive officer at the company succeeding Jeff Walker. He greatly influenced the success of the company through securing major deals in buyout and equity transactions. His commitment and hard work saw the company start various ventures such as Aramark Company. The company also secured various deals through bids winning over other well established firms such as TPG Capital and Blackstone Group LP. The financial position of the company rose during the tenure of Murray as the chief executive officer where the company raised 3.6 billion funds and also invested more than $100 million.

Murray stepped down as the CEO of CCMP Capital about a month ago citing health problems. His roles were taken over by Mr. Greg Brenneman who is the chairman of the company. Mr. Murray passed on 12th March, 2015 a month after resigning from his position in CCMP. He died at the age of 52 leaving behind his wife and four children.

He was well known for his philanthropic behavior through various donations made to charities and trusts. He was a member in the drive Make a Wish Foundation of Metro New York where he actively gave contributions. He also supported other foundations through contributions such as the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County.

Murray also served in various boards where he gave advice on business and investment. He served in boards of companies such as Aramark, AMC Entertainment, Pinnacle Foods and Generac Power Systems among others.

Highland Capital Management: Living Up To Its Traits

Highland Capital Management promotes itself as being “experienced, disciplined, and bold.” Those are certainly three very important traits a financial management and advisement firm to embody. Anyone hoping to experience financial gain through an affiliation with a firm that does possess these three attributes and at significant levels.

Highland Capital Management provides valuable services, in particular, to those who are interested in credit strategies. The strategies that the firm focuses vary in many different subcategories. One subcategory is distressed private equity. Needless to say, anyone or any company that is dealing with distressed financial assets is going to want to work with a firm with personnel highly experienced in addressing such matters.

Jim Dondero, the co-founder and president of Highland Capital Management, embodies the high level of experience offered by the firm. He is a “hands on” executive and oversees many critical operations. His own personal experience in credit markets is vast. Not very many people on linkedin can boast of three decades of credit market experience. James Dondero can. As such, he remains vital to the overall growing success of the company.

The boldness of the company is on display in the $21 billion in assets the company manages. These assets are spread across the globe and managed from various offices. While Highland Capital Management is founded and located in Texas, the company has offices in Brazil, Korea, and Singapore. One could even say this growth is reflective of the third trait, discipline. Growing to lofty heights in the credit management world is not achieved overnight.

Through making extensive management and investment decisions over time, Highland Capital Management has built upon prior accomplishments to rise to its current status. All of the firms many achievements occurred over the course of 20 years. Look for the next 20 years of the firm to be just as impressive.

The host of high-profile clients the firm handles is likely to grow as well. Those with significant assets – be they private individuals, corporations, or even public entities – should consider contacting the firm for assistance and advice. Likely, Highland Capital Management will be able to be of help.

Skout and then get back in the game.

I have to admit, my world had gotten smaller as I got older. I lost many of my friends throughout the years from various ailments that they could not overcome. Some of these friends I had for thirty years or more before their untimely passing. In school, we were always the popular group, but life happens, and people move on. However, I really was not the move on type. I loved my friends, and I am sorely missing them. Life to me just is not fun at this stage. I never imagined my life without them, so now I have no plans that I feel are worth pursuing without them. I am not upset with this, and in some ways, I relish the thought of starting over, but this is a new world and adapting to the way that people meet these days is hard for me. I have had one relationship since my wife died, and it was not very fulfilling at all.

I waited until I felt the tug of loneliness before I dated again after my wife’s passing, so it took me almost five years after she was gone to enter that relationship. However, I found that I was dating a person that I barely knew. It was like going through the motions because I was lonely and not because I was genuinely interested in that person. This relationship lasted a while because both of us were lonely, and I did appreciate the company, but the relationship ended because of this lack of commonality. It was a shame for me because I felt that if we had time to get to know each other without having to pretend that we were happy in a relationship, we had a real chance of making it as a couple. It was just awkward with both of us being out of relationships for so long that it was bound to not work. I know it would have worked out because we are still good friends, I just wished that the friendship part would have come first.

One of my last remaining good buddies found a perfect match for himself. She is a very dynamic person, so I understand why he is so happy. Women always loved Jeff, so I thought that it was just him being himself, but after we talked, I understood differently. Jeff had actually met his wonderful companion via a digital app, Skout. I had been keeping away from dating sites due to the crazy reports that I was receiving from acquaintances that utilized dating sites. Additionally, most of these guys were petty and crass, so I figured that if they could find dates via these sites that I should not bother because the type of women that would accept these guys are certainly not my type. However, Jeff was talking about the Skout dating app. It is completely different because it has a great social media component, and people are delignated by peer groups. I dove right in.

Handybook For Future Cleaning

While the old way of getting things done around the house used to be the hard way or the highway, the future looks bright thanks to a brand new app and a tremendous new system. Introducing Handy, the cutting edge technology and design that allows users to find home services by simply touching their fingers to their phones. The future is now and there’s no other way to put it. Handybook is here and now.

When you think about all of the popular apps on the market that are sweeping the nation, from Facebook to Uber and a million and one other things in between, there’s no shortage to the number of applications that can connect people across a number of platforms. Handy on recode allows consumers and homeowners to find the exact type of people that they are looking for; contractors, cleaners, and general help.

There are currently some alternatives on the market, however they aren’t exactly direct competitors. They aren’t exactly in the same market as well when you picture it. There are definitely some similar solutions when you think about something like craigslist, however, you also have no idea who you are contacting and who you are giving your private information out to. You don’t know their qualifications, experience, or any other sort of background information about them either. Do you really want a stranger coming into your home, possibly when you aren’t there around your valuables and your family?

Handybook takes care of this entire process by allowing you to feel safe and secure in your own home. All of the potential contractors and representatives of Handybook are screened ahead of time, and there is a fairly hefty rejection rate. In other words, only the best of the best are able to be employed by Handybook. You can be sure that you are only getting qualified and experienced professionals with a brand and a name that you can trust.

The other way you could be thinking about trusting someone would be to say you could simply go after a professional cleaner or a cleaning service. They may have a top quality staff and no one will doubt their experience, but that might be something you will pay for with your wallet.

No-one is doubting the ability to get quality service these days, but the need for competitive service around your home is truly one that can’t sacrifice your budget. Enter Handybook, the top service that not only allows the screening to happen before a contractor sets foot in your house, but also allows the competitive marketplace to work as well. In short, you can have a plethora of home help at your fingertips, and the competition continues to allow the pricing to drive itself down. After all, if those contractors continue to get better and compete for your services, then you truly will have top quality talent looking for the opportunity to work.

In short, Handybook is helping markets to become more and more competitive all of the tme. Try Handybook today so that you can get the best services for the right prices.

Learn More About the Achievements of James Dondero

Jim Dondero is the president and the co-founder of Highland Capital Management Company. He currently stays in Dallas, TX. James has a lot of experience in the equity and credit market, and he focuses mainly on the high yielding and the distressed method of investments. Highland Capital Management, which was started in 1993, has been the market leader in the growth of Collateralized Loan Obligation market and also in the development of solutions that are credit-oriented. The firm is known to provide solutions that are consumed by the retail and the institutional investors worldwide. Some of the products that are provided by the company include the hedge funds, mutual funds, institutional separate accounts, CLOs, ETFs, and REITs.

Mr. Dondero currently serves as the chairman of CCS Medical, Cornerstone Healthcare, and Nexbank according to his profile on He also works as the board member of MGM Studios and the American Banknote. He has been very active in Philanthropic activities, and he has been able to support various initiatives in the education sector, public policy, and veteran affairs. Before he joined Highland Capital Management, he worked as the chief investment officer at the GIC where he built the additional branch of Protective Life from the beginning. This led to the firm achieving a new height of $2B between 1989 and the year 1993. He has also worked as the Corporate Bond Analyst and also the Portfolio Manager at the American Express.

Mr. Dondero started his memorable career while working as an analyst in a training program owned by Morgan Guaranty. He worked hard in College to attain the highest honors from the University of Virginia. He has also graduated from the Mcintire School of Commerce with majors in finance and accounting. Mr. Dondero is a Certified Management Accountant who has earned the right to make use of the title of Chartered Financial Analyst. In February 2015, he was named the Senior Portfolio Manager of Highland Capital Management Company, and he was to be in charge of the company’s Energy MLP Fund. The fund’s principal function is to offer the investors with up to date income and capital appreciation by concentrating the investment in large and Master Limited Partnerships owned by the local energy companies.

Highland is known to be one of the largest alternative asset managers. The firm specializes in various investment portfolios like the real estate, natural resources, emerging markets, separate accounts, and long only funds. Highland has clients from diversified fields such as foundations, public pension plans, corporations, endowments, financial institutions, individuals with high net worth, and governments. Although the company has its headquarters in Texas, it has affiliate offices in Sao Paolo, New York, Seoul, and Singapore. Mr. Dondero ensures that the firm’s operational and strategic investment initiatives are well executed. He has also previously served as the Portfolio Manager of NexPoint Credit Strategies Fund.

Facts You Probably Did Not Know About Ken Griffin

Ken Griffin is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Citadel, a financial institution dealing with asset management as well as providing liquidity in the American capital markets. His company also provides technology solutions for matters related to investment management technology. He was born in 1968 in Daytona, Florida and has from very humble beginnings managed to become one of the most respected hedge-fund managers of all times. In March 2015, his company was estimated to be worth $25 billion spread in investment capital.

Ken Griffin started the companyon  in his Harvard dorm and through his brilliance and sacrifice, it has managed to be ranked among the most successful and largest hedge-funds in the world. In 2012, he was identified by Forbes as one of the highest earning fund managers. His estimated net worth was $6.5 billion as of May 2015.

His generosity is also rare. In 2014, he made a personal donation of $150 million to Harvard University, and it made history as being the largest gift to be ever made by an individual to the institution. All his total donations to different organizations when combined have totaled over $500 million.

As a freshman in 1986, he started getting intrigued by the financial markets after coming across an article in the Forbes Magazine. When he was in second year, he made his debut in hedge fund management and mainly focused on bond arbitrages that were convertible. His first fund managed to get capital from family and friends to a tune of $265,000.

His was very serious and eager to make money, and even went to the extent of installing a satellite link on his dorm so as to be able to get market data that was real time. True to his expectations, the satellite link helped him evade the 1987 stock market crash and instead made money out of it. After being successful in his first hedge fund, he launched the second one and between the two of them, he was managing slightly over $1 million.

He graduated from Harvard in 1988 and proceeded to become a much better hedge fund manager. Frank Meyer, an investor from Glenwood Capital, noticed his incredible abilities and gave him $1 million to invest. To his utter shock, Griffin exceeded his expectations and was able to make more than seventy percent of the initial investment.

Two years later, he founded Citadel with a $4.6 million capital. Eight years down the line, the company had managed to grow to more than a hundred employees and more than $1 billion in capital. Being in the industry for more than twenty years, he has appeared in many magazines and publications as being among the most influential people in the world of finance. He is also a very active voice in all matters related to market structure and financial regulations and has testified in many government inquiries. He is also involved in philanthropic matters and is an ardent art lover who is known to collect the most rare and expensive art pieces.

North Korean Defector Yeonmi Park Faces a Bright New Future

Life has not been kind to Yeonmi Park, the 21-year-old defector from North Korea who is currently attending Dongguk University in Seoul, South Korea. As a child, she lived in North Korea and witnessed unthinkable atrocities, including brainwashing, extreme censorship and horrific executions. The government has almost complete control over everything that the citizens do, and Park yearns to change that situation. Now that she has escaped the misery of her past, she believes that the best way to do that is through awareness and education. By sharing her experiences, she can help ensure that those who are currently stuck in oppressive systems will find a way to escape or to change the system from the inside.

Park was only 13 years old when she and her mother bravely made their way into China, managing to get passed the guards poised to kill anyone attempting to cross the border. Unfortunately, their reward for this heroism was another form of oppression. Shortly after their arrival, the two of them were attacked, and Park was threatened with rape. Her mother offered herself up to be raped in her daughter’s place, and this was the beginning of two very traumatic years for them.

The mother and daughter were sold into slavery as part of China’s thriving human trafficking trade. These slaves are forced into hard labor, sexual exploitation and other terrible forms of captivity. Park eventually found herself as the mistress of a man who agreed to buy her parents, bringing the family back together. After her father died, she and her mother plotted another escape, and they trekked across the Gobi desert to land in Mongolia, a torturous journey that tested their reserves of strength and endurance. Park emerged from the ordeal with serious mental and emotional scars, and it took several years before she was able to recover her most painful memories.

Now, though, Park is thriving. She is incredibly intelligent and well-spoken, and people are listening. She appears frequently on TV both in South Korea and in other countries, sharing her personal experiences with the evils of totalitarianism and human trafficking. As an ambassador for Teach North Korean Refugees and a volunteer for the activist organization NUAH, she works tirelessly to create reform from the bottom up and to help those who have left North Korea to revel in their freedom as they begin to embrace their new lives.

Park is a gifted speaker who is fluent in Korean, Chinese and English. This makes it easier to connect not only with those in her own country but with people all over the world. She hopes to reach even more people with the memoir that she is writing about her life. It is her fervent wish that more and more people like her will begin to find the courage to speak out. Despite all of the horrors that she has undergone, Park shines with an optimism that can bring true inspiration to those who have given up hope for their freedom.