By Juan Delgado/Diálogo June 01, 2020 Measures imposed by the Argentine government to stop the spread of the coronavirus, such as border closures and mandatory confinement, have affected organized crime networks operating in the region. However, there is evidence that transnational criminal groups are adapting.From late April to the first week of May, the Argentine Naval Prefecture and the National Gendarmerie reported seizing hundreds of thousands of packs of contraband cigarettes coming from Paraguay. Several local news outlets noted a boom in cigarette trafficking, as tobacco plants in Argentina discontinued their production when mandatory confinement began.According to InSight Crime, an international organization specializing in security threats in Latin America and the Caribbean, criminal gangs have adjusted their operations to respond to the Argentine cigarette shortage that the pandemic created. In a mid-May report, the organization said that the activity involves relatively low risks and huge profits.“When someone is caught smuggling drugs, they face around four years in prison, while cigarette smuggling might get them a few days behind bars and a fine,” an official from Formosa, a province bordering Paraguay and a point of entry for drugs and contraband in Argentina, told InSight Crime.Argentine Security Secretary Eduardo Villalba emphasized that cigarette smuggling has beset the country for several years, especially in coastal areas and on the borders with Paraguay and Brazil. However, “it has become more evident” during the coronavirus crisis, he told Diálogo.Another indication that criminals are adapting is the increase in clandestine border crossings between Paraguay and Argentina, said Carolina Sampó, a coordinator at the Center for Studies on Transnational Organized Crime at the National University of La Plata. National Gendarmerie units reported dismantling more than 60 clandestine border crossings between the two countries from mid-March to late April. Most of the clandestine bridges — precarious structures made of wooden planks — were found over the Pilcomayo River that separates the two countries in Formosa province, news portal Infobae reported.According to Martín Verrier, an organized crime expert and international relations professor at the University of Belgrano in Buenos Aires, criminal groups now face additional difficulties in moving illegal products, due to the more rigorous controls that authorities carry out.“COVID-19 has significantly reduced the intensity of the international and domestic trade, affecting the narcotrafficking logistics chain,” Verrier told Diálogo. Criminal gangs, however, seek to evade movement restrictions imposed to stop the spread of the coronavirus, such as by using means of transport that are exempt from government measures.For example, criminals have been using private taxis in the port city of Rosario to distribute cocaine, InSight Crime indicates. In mid-April, the police of El Chaco, a northeastern province, arrested three nurses carrying cocaine inside an ambulance. A few days earlier, the National Gendarmerie seized more than 260 kilograms of cocaine in two refrigerated trucks carrying meat in the city of Clorinda, in Formosa province.In its May 13 report How COVID-19 is Changing the World: A Statistical Perspective, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime says that the coronavirus has affected narcotrafficking globally, but points out that its impact is mainly linked to the way drug shipments typically cross borders. For example, international trafficking of heroin, which is mainly transported by land, has suffered more than cocaine trafficking, which relies more on sea routes, the report says.“Organized crime is always more agile and flexible than the governments themselves,” InSight Crime executive director Jeremy McDermott told BBC News. “They have the means to change their modus operandi quickly.”
The Creeslough Water Supply has been given the thumbs up by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), who have removed the supply from their Remedial Action List (RAL).Over 3,000 consumers use the Creeslough Water Supply, which had been identified as ‘at risk’ of failing to consistently supply safe, clean drinking water.Extensive investment and upgrade works were carried out by Irish Water working in partnership with Donegal Council to improve the supply. The latest report from the EPA shows that Irish Water has reduced the number of schemes on the RAL in Donegal from 11 to 4, since 2015.Works are continuing on the remaining four Donegal water supplies with a view to having them removed from the RAL as soon as possible. The water supplies currently on the RAL are Greencastle, Glenties, Milford and Letterkenny. All four water supplies are expected to be removed from the RAL in 2020. Creeslough water supply removed from EPA risk list was last modified: December 5th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Tags:#music#web 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Bill Tancer, Hitwise GM of Global Research recently wrote about MySpace’s departure as a top traffic generator for entertainment and music sites. Says Tancer, “MySpace was the most significant contributor of traffic to entertainment – multimedia sites providing over 35% of traffic to the category…that percentage now hovers below 10%.”And then on a related note, Wired’s Eliot Van Buskirk profiled SoundCloud as MySpace’s biggest music threat. While no one is arguing that MySpace has lost its grip as one of the leading music and entertainment destination traffic generators, I disagree with Van Buskirk’s choice in SoundCloud as the great equalizer. Due to the service’s ease-of-use and speed, SoundCloud is indeed one of the best file collaboration and music sharing sites. Quite simply, the site does everything right except help indie artists monetize. Meanwhile sites like Mix Match Music and Bandcamp provide solutions for bands to share AND monetize their products. In particular, Bandcamp’s execution is extremely elegant. As with MySpace, musicians upload their cover art, track listings, liner notes, lyrics and audio files. But Bandcamp adds four additional key features:1. File Conversions: The site converts a single uploaded file into eight different formats to meet device and music player requirements.2. Monetization: Bandcamp allows musicians to price their tracks and albums as they see fit. There is even the option to let fans decide prices on a sliding scale.3. Sharing Tools: The service provides embeddable player widgets for Facebook, MySpace and a variety of 3rd party blogs.4. Analytics: Perhaps most importantly, site analytics measure popular songs, track links and locate where files have been embedded. This means that musicians can search out their best advocates even if they’re miles (and sites) apart.While SoundCloud is definitely a fantastic tool for collaboration and remixing, it’s the storefront-style tools like Bandcamp that will either eat or be eaten by MySpace Music. We’ll just have to see where the major artists choose to flock in the coming months. CORRECTION: Earlier the writer described SoundCloud as a P2P site. SoundCloud is not structurally based on a peer-to-peer network of nodes. Instead the company considers itself a “Flickr for audio”. Related Posts 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout dana oshiro 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…
Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement After talking about the Nokia partnership with Marco Argenti, head of Nokia’s Developer Experience, and later apologizing for the issues with the first updates Microsoft rolled out this year, Joe Belfiore, Corporate Vice President and Director of Windows Phone Program Management, turned his attention to what’s in store for Windows Phone this fall: Mango.MultitaskingFor end users and developers alike, one of the most anticipated new features is the addition of multitasking, which, in Windows Phone 7, will allow both native apps and Web applications the ability to run in the background. It will also allow you to continue listening to streaming music within one application while working in another. File transfers and the ability to quickly swap between apps will be added, too.One notable new app that will be able to take advantage of multitasking is the popular music streaming app called Spotify, now confirmed to arrive on Windows Phone 7. Access to Hardware, Phone’s FeaturesWith Mango, developers will be able to build apps that take advantage of the phone’s hardware features, like the camera and the accelerometer, and will be able to more deeply integrate their apps with the phone, says Microsoft. That means that developers can take better advantage of features specific to the OS, like its “Metro” user interface controls and Live Tiles. The Tiles are one of Windows Phone 7’s standout features – the square boxes pinned to the homescreen are aggregators of real-time information from various sources, like messages, social networking updates, alerts and more. Developers will be able do more with tiles than before, even changing their color, if desired. New Tools, APIsDevelopers will have access to new tools, rolling out in May, that will offer new emulator capabilities, including accelerometer support via a 3D emulator, a location simulation for testing GPS-aware apps and more. Tags:#Microsoft#mobile#news#Nokia sarah perez This morning at Microsoft’s MIX ’11 conference in Las Vegas, the company confirmed the next version of its new Windows Phone mobile operating system – code-named “Mango” – will arrive this fall. The update will bring Microsoft’s OS more on par with its competitors by finally introducing multitasking capabilities, which allows applications to run in the background, while others run in the foreground.But multitasking is only one of many planned features coming in the Mango release. Also new is an updated version of Internet Explorer 9, programatic access to the phone’s camera and accelerometer so developers can build apps that utilize the device’s hardware, improved Marketplace search and filtering, additional language support and much more. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Yes, Angry Birds, TooMicrosoft again provided new numbers related to its ecosystem, making note of the 38,000 registered developers, 13,000 apps and 1.5 million downloads of its free developer tools. And it spoke of high-profile applications that are now planned to arrive on the platform, including Angry Birds, Skype, Spotify, Layar, Qantas, Amazon Shopping and Kik Messenger. Developers will also be able to access the phone’s contacts and calendar, in order to incorporate that data into their apps. In addition, there will be access to a local SQL database, which makes it easier to do many tasks- for example, search can now be added to an app with just one line of code. Network sockets support will arrive too, as was demoed in an IRC app, interestingly a homebrew (off-Market) creation.Front-End Updates: New Version of IE9, Better Marketplace SearchOn the front-end, the Web browser on the device, IE9, will be updated to a new version that’s based on the same code base as IE9 on the desktop. During a demonstration, Belfiore showed the new IE9 playing music from an HTML5-compatible website while he switched to another app.Also for end users is an improved Marketplace search experience. Whereas currently, apps, music and podcasts are returned in a combined fashion for any given search query, the update will allow for filtering. An app search would return just apps, for example. A podcast search, just podcasts. And so on. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts Image credits: Long Zheng, Flickr; @adamnathan, Twitter The Mango update provides access to over 1,500 APIs, said Belfiore, and brings several performance improvements, like smoother scrolling. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology
dan rowinski Tags:#Amazon#Carriers#free#smartphones Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Everybody loves a free gadget. Or at least a very cheap one. E-commerce king Amazon is well aware of this fact and according to a recent report, could launch its own smartphone for free to the public. A free smartphone? There has to be a catch. And of course there will be—if it ever happens at all, that is.See also: Amazon Reportedly Working On A 3D SmartphonePeople “familiar with Amazon’s effort” told tech reporters Amir Efrati and Jessica Lessin that Amazon has been mulling the idea of giving away its long-rumored smartphone. The general notion is that Amazon would make the phone available without a carrier contract for … nothing.Amazon has a long history of trying to undercut its competitors on price, often in hopes of convincing customers to buy more stuff from Amazon.com. But a straight up free smartphone would be extreme. Many Android smartphones are very cheap these days, but not many of them are sold for nothing.Efrati and Lessin hedge their bets quite a bit in the report, as their sources told them that the free strategy may never happen:The free strategy isn’t set in stone and depends on several factors, including Amazon’s ability to work out financial arrangements with hardware partners, said one of the people who is familiar with Amazon’s smartphone effort. This person and others expressed skepticism about Amazon’s ability to pull off a free device.Amazon, of course, would most likely give away a smartphone only after tying it to all of the company’s services. Want music? You have to get it from Amazon. Movies? Amazon’s Video On Demand. Books, TV shows, apps … Amazon has all those, too. A paid subscription to Amazon Prime (at $79 a year) might also be in order.Essentially, a free smartphone would mean selling your soul to Amazon.Amazon Has Gone Down This Road BeforeSee also: What The Kindle Fire Says About Amazon’s Rumored PhoneFor instance, look at Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablets. They are cheap (by comparison to other major tablet makers) and they are restrictive. If you want an app, you have to use the Amazon Appstore for Android. Want to get something from Google Play? Not going to happen. Amazon completely blocks the ability to access Google Play—even the Google Play website—through the Kindle Fire.The company makes its own browser, has its own cloud storage services and content. If Amazon is giving you a smartphone, you are basically consenting to do nothing but purchase anything and everything from Amazon.This might not be an entirely bad arrangement, especially if you buy most of your stuff through Amazon anyway. And Amazon could make it even sweeter.Right now, even if you get a cheap smartphone, you have to pay the gatekeepers: the cellular operators. That cabal includes the likes of AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint and many other second and third tier operators in the United States. One way or another, you have to pay for voice and data plans and texts. Often you are getting sucked into a two-year contract with these companies and the operators know exactly how to wrench every last cent out of their users. Amazon’s Secret Weapon: Free Data!But what if you didn’t need a contract? Or even to pay for data? Amazon might be able to pull that off.Amazon has kicked around the idea of becoming a MVNO, a mobile virtual network operator. A MVNO is an entity that basically resells service from one of the established cellular carriers. MVNOs are often independent SIM card sellers like Simple Mobile or H2O Wireless.Sometimes, though, MVNOs operate specifically to serve up limited connections that deliver a small amount of wireless data from one point to another. In this way, Amazon already kind of works like an MVNO. If you have a Kindle e-reader with cellular connectivity, you’ve experienced it already.Amazon has relationships with carriers across the world to provide data for users wanting to download books or newspapers on their Kindle readers (not the Kindle Fire tablets, though—just the e-ink variety). Users don’t pay for this service, and Amazon recoups the cost when a consumer buys a book on their Kindle. Amazon has already kicked around the idea of becoming a MVNO in markets like Japan.Theoretically, Amazon could extend this capability to a free smartphone. It would mean becoming a full blown MVNO, as opposed to just buying some carrier data capacity for e-books, and Amazon doesn’t really have much experience in that market.But, say you get a free Amazon smartphone that gives you free or very cheap data and voice service up to a certain point—say, 1GB per month. Wouldn’t that be an enticing deal? Amazon could pull it off and completely disrupt both the smartphone manufacturing industry and the carrier model in one blow. Amazon then recoups the cost when you buy anything with the device. It might be a far-fetched plan, but so is the idea of a free smartphone. Jeff Bezos’s company has shown that it is crazy enough, and ambitious enough, to try it. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology
About the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your say Leicester boss Puel to bench Vardy for Man City Cup clashby Chris Beattie10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City boss Claude Puel is set to omit Jamie Vardy from his line-up for their Carabao Cup quarterfinal tie with Mannchester City.Puel is planning to prioritise Saturday’s Premier League match at Chelsea by making a number of changes to his line-up on Tuesday, including starting Vardy on the bench, even though Leicester are three games from Wembley.Vardy, Leicester’s joint-top scorer with five Premier League goals, has been managing a groin problem but returned to fitness for Saturday’s match at Crystal Palace where he played the full 90 minutes against expectations, says the Daily Mail. Puel has been advised Vardy requires some recuperation and has decided to provide it for the visit of City.
CALGARY – Bell Media is laying off employees, including prominent on-air personalities, at radio and TV stations across Canada.However, the company won’t say how many, who or where.Unifor, the union representing on-air and broadcasting technicians at 17 CTV stations, estimates 50 jobs are being eliminated at Bell Media’s TV network alone in the latest round.It says CFTO sportscasters Joe Tilley and Lance Brown, along with on-air personalities such as BNN host Michael Kane and Ottawa CTV 2 hosts Melissa Lamb are among those affected. Unifor initially included former CTV Morning Live host Lianne Laing on the list but she later clarified that she left voluntarily.The union said the cuts mean the end of local sports broadcasts as of Dec. 27 at CTV’s flagship station CFTO in Toronto, a move it claims has already been made at CTV stations in Edmonton, Calgary, and Montreal.In an email sent Monday, Bell Media spokesman Matthew Garrow confirmed a union report that a number of employees were told last week their jobs would end due to a reorganization designed in part to address declines in advertising revenue.“Like other Canadian broadcasters, we are confronting rapid change in the media marketplace including new broadcast technologies and viewing options and fast-growing international competition,” he said.“As the media marketplace evolves, local radio and TV stations are facing significant declines in advertising, their only source of revenue. We need to reorganize and reduce costs to manage the impact.”Garrow said Bell is cutting its local sports presence but will continue to have sports in its local newscasts.“With respect to sports, I can confirm that we are phasing out specific sportscasts and anchors wholly dedicated to sports as an editorial decision to transition sports coverage in response to evolving viewer behaviour,” he said.Last January, Bell cited similar factors as it confirmed it was cutting an unspecified number of jobs at 24 of its locations across Canada.Howard Law, director of Unifor’s media sector, said the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission, the federal broadcasting regulator, must take partial blame for the cuts because it has been issuing five-year broadcast licence renewals without imposing strong conditions to ensure quality local news continues.“What the CRTC did not do, despite our urging, was to set regulations that enforced ‘quality’ over quantity, meaning that networks can continue to cut corners on staffing, actual news gathering, and allowing ‘talking heads’ current affairs shows to be called ‘news,’” he said in an email.Bell Media is a division of BCE Inc. (TSX:BCE), Canada’s largest telecommunications company. It owns 30 local television stations and 105 licensed radio stations.Many media companies across Canada have been cutting staff to deal with increasing competition in advertising markets.Early this year, Rogers Media moved to trim its workforce by four per cent or 200 jobs, in a bid to improve efficiency.Newspaper chain Postmedia laid off 90 employees in January as part of a plan to cut $80 million in costs by mid-2017.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said Lianne Laing was among those affected by the layoffs. Laing later clarified that she left voluntarily.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The parents of a Florida teenager killed when a Telsa sedan crashed and caught fire last year are suing the company, alleging that the battery pack on its Model S is defective and can erupt into intense fires.They allege in the lawsuit filed Tuesday in Broward County Circuit Court that the car’s battery was inadequately protected, making the vehicle defective.Their son, 18-year-old Edgar Monserratt (MAHN-sur-ott) Martinez, was a passenger in the May 2018 crash in Fort Lauderdale that also killed the driver, 18-year-old Barrett Riley.Messages were left Tuesday seeking comment from Palo Alto, California-based Tesla.Chicago attorney Philip Corboy Jr. says the Model S had inadequate measures to prevent and contain a fire after a crash.The Associated Press
Srinagar: There Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terrorists, involved in Friday’s attack on a police post here, have been arrested, police said here on Sunday.”We have arrested three persons so far in connection with the Chanapora attack case,” senior superintendent of police (SSP) of Srinagar Haseeb Mughal told reporters here. The SSP identified the arrested terrorists as Mushtaq, Junaid and Latief. Mughal said the three belonged to JeM and were involved in the attack on the Chanapora police post in which a sentry was injured. They had also made a failed attempt to snatch his rifle. “We collected the digital evidence and strengthened the intelligence grid after the attack. We focussed on the suspects already on our radar. We picked them up, questioned them and during questioning, one of them confessed and gave us further details about the group, he said. Giving details of the attack, the SSP said the three came to Chanapora on a motorcycle, but left it some distance away from the police post. One of them, named Junaid, went inside the police post with the excuse of tracking the status of passport verification. He checked the place and when he saw that the sentry there had no visible backup, he came out and told his accomplices that perhaps there is no backup for the sentry, so he (sentry) can be targeted. Then he came back to the post and was accompanied by another person named Mushtaq who was wearing a pheran and a helmet. When Mushtaq was asked to remove the pheran for undergoing search, he took out a pistol and fired on the sentry, the SSP said, adding the sentry was injured and is undergoing treatment at SKIMS Hospital at Soura. The senior police official said the terrorists also tried to snatch the rifle of the injured sentry but had to leave it because the gun was clamped with a chain to his belt. In the meantime, the other policemen fired and they fled from the spot, he said. He said police have recovered a Chinese pistol, two magazines and six live rounds from them. The motorcycle has also been recovered, he said, adding further investigations in the case were on. Mughal said Mushtaq, a postgraduate from Kashmir University, was in touch with a JeM cadre, named Sameer from Pulwama district of south Kashmir, and has been associated with the group for about a year. “Sameer and Mushtaq were classmates in KU. It was on Sameer’s direction that they tried to loot weapons in Srinagar, he said.
New Delhi: The Editors Guild has condemned several incidents of physical attack on journalists in Bengal during the fifth phase of polling and urged the Election Commission to take action against those who indulged in such acts. Physical attacks against journalists are always reprehensible but particularly so during elections as they undermine fair media scrutiny of an election, the Guild said in a statement. The Editors Guild said it condemns several incidents of physical attack on journalists in Bengal on May 6, during the fifth phase of polling. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaJournalists belonging to different media organisations including NewsX, ABP Ananda and Zee News were attacked, allegedly by workers of the Trinamool Congress (TMC), the statement said. The Guild urges the EC to initiate necessary action against those who indulged in physical violence against journalists and asks the Bengal government to ensure law and order in the state so that journalists are not attacked by political parties and they can perform their professional duties safely, it said.