Archives: April 2016

Yeonmi Park Looks To Tell Her Story Of Defection To The World

The story of North Korea and the problems the country has faced under the rule of Communist leaders is one that has rarely been told from the inside the country’s borders; however, 22 year old Yeonmi Park is leading the fight against North Korean censorship by telling her own story of defection in a new memoir. Amazon’s hottest selling book right now, “In Order To Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey To Freedom” tells the truth of what life is really like living in various classes of North Korean society, and the problems faced by those who look to escape to democracy.
Yeonmi ‘s story has been told on a number of occasions, but retains its ability to shock by revealing the lies told through North Korean propaganda and the abuse suffered at the hands of people traffickers. Yeonmi Park has become a well known figure for those who are part of the human rights movement and to the wider public who have seen her appearances on various news and talk shows, Reason reports.

The story of Yeonmi Park which she has shared on the, has stood up to the most rigorous checks after members of the North Korean regime looked to discredit her without success. The family of Yeonmi Park began in a position of power as members of the government elite, but fell from grace when the patriarch of the family used the black market to provide food for his starving children. Despite facing the most dangerous form of brainwashing, Yeonmi Park and her mother found themselves destitute and made the dangerous decision to trust their lives to human traffickers in a bid to find freedom and happiness in South Korea.

Park’s mother was forced to make the most difficult decisions imaginable to protect her daughter on the journey through China to the democratic South. Yeonmi Park would see her own fathers attempts to join his family on the journey to freedom end with his death from untreated cancer. The strength to continue with her journey and help those who remain trapped in North Korea has driven Yeonmi Park to defy those who seek to silence her.

Securus Technologies Enhances Telecommunication in Correctional Facilities

Based in Dallas, Texas, Securus Technologies is a company that specializes in telecommunication solutions for clients in the criminal justice system. This business primarily serves correctional facilities throughout the United States and Canada. Securus Technologies provides online video conferencing and inmate phone calls services to such institutions in North America. 

Securus works directly with more than 3,400 entities in law enforcement. This company also delivers reliable telecommunication access to over 1.2 million inmates. To accommodate the needs of such a growing client base, Securus Technologies has opened a technology center in Carrollton just outside of Dallas. This 10,500-square-foot building is specifically designated for storing and displaying new hardware and software that is developed by Securus Technologies. Clients from the criminal justice industry are invited to visit the technology center and learn more about the latest solutions that are exclusively available only from Securus Technologies. 

Securus Technologies has done a survey on the use of the latest technology and patented products in the criminal justice network of the U.S.A. Among all of the correctional facilities that were interviewed, 56 percent acknowledged plans to update their Information Technology infrastructure. Additionally, 15 percent of the interviewed subjects expressed a strong desire to reduce operational costs. 

Richard A. Smith, the Chief Executive Officer of Securus Technologies, recognizes that most of clients operate on tight budgets. Therefore, there’s always pressure for correctional facilities to find affordable yet reliable telecommunication solutions. The CEO of the company is confident that his company has the right IT solutions that can automate the logistical aspects of running correctional facilities. Besides reducing costs for jails and prisons, web conferencing is a service that can drastically improve inmate communication between them and their friends and loved ones. Securus Technologies also believes that the use of tablets will also benefit both inmates and their facilities. 

Dick DeVos Is A Multi-talented Businessman

Entrepreneur, billionaire and professional sailor Dick DeVos and his Volpe team scored two major victories at the Melges 32 Bluewater Series. The epic battle that featured eight strong teams from the United States, Italy and Canada, was hosted by the Lauderdale Yacht Club. Argo and Team Hydra placed second and third respectively. DeVos attributed the win to his team’s strong tenacity and leadership from team tactician Mark Mendelblatt. “This was a tremendous win for our team. We are very fortunate to have a great group of kids.” DeVos also gave props to the other competitors, including Team Hydra, who won a share of the title after winning the 2016 Lauderdale Cup Corinthian Championship.

Dick DeVos knows a great deal about winning. He learned a lot from his father, Amway founder Richard DeVos. The former Amway president now spends much of his time heading the Orlando Magic NBA team, which his father acquired in 1991 and Dick founded The Windquest Group. The DeVos family run one of the largest charitable foundations in the United States. The Michigan native is a huge supporter of education and school choice.

DeVos has given hundreds of millions to many educational initiatives in Michigan. He has also helped with the revitalization of the Grand Rapids area and awarded over 4,000 scholarships through his Education Freedom Fund. A political conservative, DeVos has helped shape many Republican agendas in his state. Aside from sailing competively, DeVos also holds a pilot’s license.

He and his wife, Betsy, have been married for 35 years. Their wealth is derived from being heir to the Amway Corporation which Dick’s father, Richard DeVos co-founded with the Van Andel family.

Find Dick DeVos on LinkedIn to learn more about his career.

Is Wen By Chaz Right For You?

Website Guthy-Renker believes in the saying, “being beautiful comes with a price”. I don’t know who came up with that concept first but it tends to hold true. In order to truly be beautiful in the sight of ourselves and others we must be willing to pay for it. That price can either be tied to a dollar amount or by a risk but it still comes with a price.

Bustle recently posted an article which was all over facebook by now, writted by a beauty blogger who was willing to take the ultimate risk on one of a woman’s most prized treasures, her hair. The blogger had heard both good and bad things about Wen hair and wanted to give it a try herself.

For exactly one week this beauty blogger used WEN Hair as directed. If you are not privileged to know what Chaz by Wen is it is an all in one hair care system dedicated to all types of hair. The product boasts that is a hair care product any woman would be proud to use.

If you are interested in learning more about this beauty blogger’s hair care challenge check out her article over at Bustle and decide for yourself if the Amazon available Wen hair product is right for you.


How to Look Stylish Like Marilyn Monroe

It is a given that Marilyn Monroe is a fashion icon. It’s not just her pretty looks, cute make up and romantic hair. It’s her clothes too. And if you want to be as stylish and sexy as Marilyn Monroe, there are only a few things you need to do to follow her fashion on

1. Cinch that waist.

First thing’s first. Marilyn did have a pretty tiny waist, but she wasn’t a tiny woman overall. She was actually quite curvy, and this is especially true if you compare her measurements to today’s standards. She just made herself look small by cinching her waist with belts, high waisted pants and A-line dresses that came in around the belly button area. Do this and you will have that tiny waist just like Marilyn even if the rest of you isn’t so tiny.

2. Stick with the basics.

Marilyn would wear prints sometimes, but in general, she stuck to basic solid colors. Don’t get crazy with accessories. Marilyn rarely wore excessive jewelry or accessories. She liked solid colored sweaters with basic slacks or a one colored dress with some small earrings. Keep your outfits basic and you will tune in to her style.

3. Pick and choose your trends.

We may not know it today, but there were even some crazy trends in Marilyn’s day. You should definitely stay up to date on the newest styles by keeping an eye on excellent fashion sites such as just, but don’t succumb to all of the trends that you see on other sites. Not every trend is going to stick, and you should only wear what appeals to you.

Moreover, make sure you are choosing styles that are timeless. This is something Marilyn always paid attention to, and you should also. always has the most timeless clothes and accessories to choose from, and you can even get outfit ideas if you’re having trouble picking something for your style and body type.

4. Go for heels whenever you can.

Finally, Marilyn wore flat shoes sometimes, but you can almost always see her in heels. Choose a go-to comfy pair, and pair them with everything you wear.

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North Korea’s Defector, Yeonmi Park, Tells Her Story

“we all have our own deserts. They may not be the same as my desert, but we all have to cross them to find a purpose in life and be free.”

Yeonmi Park, In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom

In her autobiography, In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom, Yeonmi Park tells her story of escaping the confinement and starvation of North Korea. Park and her mother left when she was thirteen to begin their journey across China’s deserts towards freedom. Before long they were kidnapped by Chinese brokers and sold into sexual slavery. Park’s innocence of the world indoctrinated by North Korth was quickly shattered by rape, suicidal thoughts, and physical abuse.

The Reason’s blog interviewed Yeonmi Park and discover why her story is now questioned after the 2015 release of the book. As a vocal human rights activist, Park has been targeted by the North Korean government for how she portrays the country. The attacks have concentrated on her story line inconsistencies compared to her life story.

Initially, Park did not release information about her rapes and abuse. Names and times were altered in her book to protect identities. Protecting her family still in North Korea is understandably necessary. The true point of her story is to bring awareness to the plight of North Korean citizens, as well as to hopefully find her sister. Park’s sister also defected from North Korea but has never been found after she went to China. Her father made it across the South Korean border. He passed away within only a few months.

The people Yeonmi Park has and will inspire is her victory, and cannot be defeated by North Korean propaganda. Her bravery is her resilience. Just as she continued through the Chinese deserts and forced marriages. Just as she learned to carry on with no food and only her mother by her side, Parks will continue to fight for the people of North Korea. Her truth cannot be silenced. The people of North Korea will not be forever silenced.