How has Success Academy addressed and solved typical public school problems

When Success Academy was founded over 11 years ago, one of the things the fledgling charter school network wanted to do was avoid the typical public school problems. After all, why run charter schools that are plagued by low attendance, a high drop out rate, violence in the classroom and a drug problem?


In the time since, not only has Success Academy avoided the typical public school problems most New York schools seem to have, it has also made a name for itself as the organization that runs some of the best schools in the state.


How has it done that? With a mixture of strict discipline and the insistence that learning is fun.


How has discipline solved public school problems? — Success Academy runs their schools with an emphasis on strict discipline.


What that means is lateness is not tolerated, a strict dress code is in effect at all times, and students are expected to work hard, and be polite. Should they decide they do not want to adhere to the rules, there are severe consequences.


Students should feel like learning is fun — While going to a school with such strict rules may seem terrible to some, Success Academy students do not seem to mind it. That is mainly because, while there may be strict rules in place, being in the classroom and learning is actually fun.


Success Academy’s teachers teach for just over an hour a day, so students do not have time to get bored.


After the formal instruction, students at all levels are then put into groups and projects are worked on with their classmates. These projects teach critical thinking skills, teach problem solving and have students learning skills that will be beneficial for them throughout their lives.


While English, math and science are the subjects that are stressed, each one is taught in an atmosphere of fun, and the projects the students work on are innovative and interesting.


With this mixture of expected behaviors and an insistence on learning in a fun environment, Success Academy is able to help create some of the best students in New York state both test score-wise and in their ambitions.

Cotemar, the Face of Oil Evolution in Mexico

Recap on Silent Oil Revolution in Mexico

In recent times, Mexico has seen the emergence of many successful oil companies that are making a new name in the renewed energy industry. Some of the companies include; Cotemar, Renaissance Oil, Nuvoil, Diarqco, Sierra Oil, Petroleum.


However, the companies face a challenge of making their investment more profitable. Especially those companies that won the first round of tenders. A few of these companies are battling land issues as in the case of Cotemar. The land issues emerged from the previous operators. Some of these companies have to deal with the issue of organized crimes and theft of their infrastructure. This can be quite demoralizing but the companies continue to stand strong.


Cotemar History and Values

Cotemar was established in 1979. The company was able to acquire its first rig in 1985. The company then increased its hold in the market in 1996. In 2012, the company collaborated with COSCO. Through this collaboration, the company was able to build semi-submersible specialized cranes. It has grown over the years and in 2015, Cotemar launched the semi-submersible rigs. This gave the company a name in the petroleum business. In 2016, one of its subsidiaries got a contract for Moloacan tender in Veracruz.


Cotemar is fully Mexican and has over 38 years of experience which makes it a highly competent company. In order to get to where it is today, Cotemar has implemented some values that have helped it succeed. The company stands on three very important values; trustworthiness, client satisfaction, and dependability. Through these values, it has been able to maintain a strong stand in the society.


Services offered by Cotemar

The company’s main services are towards the gas and oil industry. The services offered include; processing oil, offshore maintenance, and transportation, food and accommodation services and transport of huge structures. The company’s services extend to engineering and maintenance of oil related mechanisms. Over the years, it continues to broaden the services it offers. They have accomplished this through the adoption of process equipment, as well as a good work team. This has assisted it to increase its performance in the industry.


The future of Cotemar and other Oil Companies

Although these companies continue to face a constant threat, they have proven resilient in the market. They are making a big change in the Mexican oil industry.


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Securus customers rave about new video visitation systems

As long as the criminal justice system has existed within the United States, there has been a debate about what the correct role of that system should be. Some maintain the proper role of the criminal justice system is to provide punishment, a means of retribution for crimes that prisoners have committed against society.


But others view the proper function of the correction system as a means of rehabilitating prisoners, so that they may one day be re-released into society. This latter view has become predominant, with most penologists, politicians and even citizens at large advocating the rehabilitation and eventual reentry of prisoners back into society, in a productive role.


One of the Technologies Securus has contributed to this effort is its video visitation technology. This novel system allows inmates face-to-face communication with their loved ones and family members while incarcerated. Through Securus’ proprietary VoIP-based technology, it has dramatically lowered costs, enabling inmates to say an almost constant contact with loved ones. Criminologists agree that this is a crucial step in the resocialization of inmates, who often fall into the pattern of only socializing with other convicted felons. Without proper communication with law-abiding citizens on the outside, most inmates will eventually become what is known in the business as institutionalized. They will essentially be unable to function outside of the structure of the prison environment.


Securus’ video visitation technology allows for nearly daily contact with law-abiding, pro-social individuals on the outside of prison. This not only gives inmates hope, through staying in contact and maintaining meaningful relationships with those who filled their lives while they were on the outside, but it also allows inmates to fulfill their basic social needs without resorting to associating with convicted, violent criminals.


It is through innovations like these that Securus Technologies is making a real difference in the nation’s penal institutions.

Jason Halpern’s Success in Commercial and Residential Real Estate Projects

Jason Halpern is an individual who has made a fortune in the real estate development sector. He is the founder of JMH Development, which is a company that has completed several construction projects in different U.S cities. Halpern serves as the firm’s managing director and is the overall head of all its undertakings. The family of the real estate developer has been active in the sector for about five decades. His father was the founder of Halpern Enterprise, which became Jason’s first employer. JM Development has specialized in constructing both commercial and residential property.

Jason Halpern: Property Developer

JMH Development has to date overseen projects that are worth more than $500 million. Most of the properties that the firm has completed are located in New York City and Westchester County. The company has specialized in renovating old buildings in different cities to transform them into luxurious apartments and top notch commercial spaces. The buildings that JMH Development reconstructs are historical, and therefore, Jason consults the community before the company begins its projects.


Daniel de la Vega, Aviv Siso, Laura Garcia, Louis Buckworth, Thomas Juul Hansen and Jason Halpern

Mr. Halpern has led the company in renovating an abandoned warehouse that was located in 184 Kent. The building was reconstructed to become highly luxurious apartments that have more than 340 units. The houses were leased out while others were sold. Another major project that has been completed by the firm in Brooklyn is the Townhouses of Cobble Hill. The company completed nine luxurious townhouses that it added to its list of high-quality homes.


Jason Halpern with Model, Milana and Richard

Jason has also made a great impact on the community through his philanthropic undertakings. He has been a sponsor of Joel A. Halpern Trauma Center, which a healthcare provider that has been established at Westchester Medical Center. The facility has been rated as a Level I trauma center. It has the best medical equipment and has employed excellent medical professionals. The medical services that are offered at the facility include emergency neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, open-heart surgery, and fixing broken limbs. JMH Development has also worked nonprofit organization to provide clean water to the people of Nepal and Egypt. The company donates $20,000 for every contract that it signs in the Three Hundred Collins residential development that being constructed in Miami.

How CTRMA is Meeting the Growing Needs of Infrastructure in Texas

CTRMA (Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority) is in the process of building up to three connector bridges at 290 Toll Road and 130 (TxDOT’s toll road) intersections. The added infrastructure is one of the agency’s strategies to meet the increased demand of traveling drivers and to provide safe connection between the two roads. Mike Heiligenstein, CTRMA’s Executive Director regularly attends panel discussions to discuss the future of transportation needs and it’s challenges. In January 2014, he was interviewed by Business Journals and elaborated on SH (State Highway) 130 and two consecutive decreased toll roads’ credit ratings by Moody.



The first question Business Journals asked Mike Heiligenstein is why drivers weren’t using 130 which connects near San Antonio, and its low revenue, in 2013. He responded saying local and regional traffic is 85 percent traveling from San Antonio to Austin, which isn’t through traffic. Heiligenstein explained that there are other solutions beside moving vehicles, such as, changing traffic behavior and adding capacity. For as the low financial performance and credit ratings of the toll roads, including SH 130, he said is caused by a weak economy and higher prices for gas. Mike ended the interview providing solutions for toll roads to reduce the conditions of roads and to resolve deterioration problems, in Eagle Ford Shale.



One solution is to start charging trucks traveling on country roads by setting up a toll tag system. Mike Heiligenstein recommended another solution to create a type of zone, in which, production is applied to a tax increment financing instrument. At the time, Texas Department of Commerce was obtaining access to funding for counties that didn’t have the financial resources to do it on their own. Since 290 Toll Road was opened, in 2014 to present, drivers have increased drastically, causing traffic congestion on toll roads, 290 and 130. The direct connector bridges to both facilities will relieve traffic stress by giving drivers a connection that flows freely and make capacity on the frontage road intersection.



CTRMA was formed as an independent governmental agency, in 2002, with the mission of improving the transportation system, in Travis and Williamson counties. On year later, the agency elected Mike Heiligenstein to serve as Executive Director to run day-to-day operations and lead the agency’s team. The connector bridges project is only one of various projects CTRMA is in the process of working on to improve transportation in Austin and nearby areas.


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