The Cartels’ Fondness for the Internet

first_imgBy Dialogo June 01, 2012 Drug-trafficking cartels are increasingly using internet technology to improve their communication, evade law-enforcement operations, and recruit young people, but their tracks on the net could be used to combat them, officials responsible for the fight against drugs said at a meeting in Cancún, Mexico. Groups such as the Los Zetas cartel, made up of military personnel who deserted to work with drug traffickers, and the Pacific organization, led by Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, considered the most powerful Mexican drug boss, habitually turn to social networks, and not only in order to frighten their enemies with videos of executions, a common practice in recent years. Young people between 14 and 20 years old arrested in the United States have admitted that they were contacted on social networks such as Facebook and Twitter by Los Zetas liaisons, who then involved them in activities such as transporting contraband across the border or even working as gunmen. A report by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) indicated in late 2011 that the cartels also “spy on their members on social networks, in order to obtain information,” about family members, for example, that they can use in case of desertion. Groups such as Los Zetas also retain the services of hackers, who can access the addresses, telephone numbers, and even bank statements or credit-card statements of possible victims of extortion or kidnapping, the same document maintains. The report was among the texts analyzed by experts from 20 countries who gathered in the Mexican beach resort of Cancún to begin designing a hemispheric strategy targeting organized crime that was mandated by the recent Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, and is supposed to be ready by the end of the year. One of the aims of that strategy is to find mechanisms for filtering crime-related information that can be obtained on the internet, and making it useful for designing operations. “Greater collaboration in the area of real-time information exchange is necessary in order to carry out more effective operations,” General Oscar Naranjo of the Colombian Police stressed in Cancún. After more than 34 years of activity, including resounding blows struck against his country’s cartels, Naranjo – who will retire this month in order to take a post as an advisor to the Mexican government – said that just as criminals take advantage of technology, the authorities should do the same. In 2011, the Mexican Navy dismantled a communications network maintained by Los Zetas in the Mexican port of Veracruz that enabled them to connect their cells on land with vessels transporting contraband cocaine. An example of the way in which the authorities could make use of information obtained in cyberspace is geo-tagging, which makes it possible to use photos or data obtained from mobile phones or computers to locate criminals. The U.S. consulting firm Southern Pulse developed an interactive map, with changing information, showing gangs linked to drug trafficking in the Mexican city of Monterrey, their areas of activity, and possible mobilizations. Introducing a report about Mexico this week, Southern Pulse’s director warned that just as there is a “connection between organized crime and local hacker cells,” governments should have “an organized and secure approach” to accessing information available in cyberspace.last_img read more

QPR urged to comply with FFP rules

first_img Press Association The London club have vowed to fight any fine, which could be around £40million, but if QPR are relegated from the Premier League their very future could be under threat. QPR are expected to have made losses of around £60m last season, when they were promoted from the Championship, which would incur a fine of £40m from the Football League. Harvey insisted the Football League’s rules still applied to the club even if they had been promoted, and said it was theoretically possible they could be refused entry back into the second tier if they did not comply with a December 1 deadline to submit accounts or pay any fine. Asked if exclusion was the ‘nuclear option’, Harvey, speaking at the Soccerex conference in Manchester, said: “Theoretically that is the position, but I would hope there would be resolution long before that option even had to be considered. “We are satisfied we still have the ability under our regulations to charge them for a breach of our rules whilst they were in membership. “The one thing for certain is that most clubs [in the Premier League] will become a Football League club again. “Now QPR will of course be hoping it does not happen for some considerable number of seasons. But the chances are they will need to return to the Football League fold at some point in the future. Certainly, three of the current 20 clubs that are in the Premier League will be in the Football League next season.” Clubs who were in the Championship last season have until December 1 to submit their accounts for last season, with the Football League announcing any action a month later. Clubs who breach the rules – and have losses greater than £8m – and are still in the Championship or League One will have a transfer embargo imposed at least for the January window. Katrien Meire, chief executive of Charlton, said it was vital for the FFP rules that QPR were forced to comply. QPR risk being refused entry back into the Championship if the club refuse to comply with a huge expected fine for breaching financial fair play rules, Football League chief executive Shaun Harvey has warned. She told Press Association Sport: “It’s going to be a legal battle, which nobody is looking for. The Premier League together with the Football League should enforce this. “Everything at UEFA level was enforced, so if this will fail in the English competition then why would the other Championship clubs comply?” Asked if QPR should be excluded for refusing to comply, she said: “You can ban them but that might be worse from a legal perspective. I think they should deduct money from the parachute payments.” All money from FFP fines will go to charity after the Premier League blocked a move to redistribute it among the rest of the Championship. Harvey added: “It was the intention that those clubs that didn’t breach the regulations would share the fines but that principle did not find favour with the Premier League, which was disappointing because that was what the 24 member clubs wanted, but they agreed that the money would be distributed instead to charity.” In May, QPR chairman Tony Fernandes said the club would fight any fine. He said then: “”Will we fight the fine? What do you think? After all we’ve been through, it’s my middle name – ‘Fight It’ Fernandes. “My view has been consistent, that it is very unfair for a club that has been relegated as the wage difference ­between the Premier League and ­Championship is impossible. There should be a time period for clubs to rectify their salaries. “If we were in the Championship in two years with that wage bill it wouldn’t be right. I’m in favour of FFP but it is unfair for a club coming down.” QPR recorded losses of £65.4m during the 2012/13 season and are expected to have lost a similar figure last season. last_img read more

Racing Results

first_imgTrack: Good Weather: FineRace 1 1200 M (Purse $800,000) NB/IMP 2-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT1. #5 WESTERN WARRIOR RHalledeen 53.0 6/5 114.00 97.002. #3 NIGHT LIGHT JErwin 52.5 5/1 3 92.003. #4 ROCKDALE AChatrie 52.0 5/1 Neck 298.004. #2 EMPRESS CHEYENNE MWard4 49.0 30/1 81/25. #6 BOSS IZZY DAThomas 53.0 42/1 2Final Time : 1:13.1 Splits : 23.0, 46.0, ,Winner : 2yo b colt – WESTERN CLASSIC out of LITTLERICHGIRL byTrainer : WILLIAMS,FITZNAHUM Owner : GOLDEN STABLESBred by MARK & SUSAN WATESQuinella : (3,5) $338.00 Exacta : (5-3) $502.00Superfecta : (5-3-4-2) $1,902.00Race 2 1100 M (Purse $560,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($350,0-$300,0)/NB5YO(NW3)1. #7 FIFTYONESTORM BebHarvey2 53.0 *3/22. #1 TWO STEPS UP SMuir 53.0 14/1 Head3. #2 FRANKENSTORM RHalledeen 54.0 12/1 Head4. #4 TRADITIONAL STORM AntThomas4 50.0 8/1 3/4Final Time : 1:07.3 Splits : 23.1, 46.4, ,Winner : 5yo b filly – STORM CRAFT out of SHE’S A GEM by MARKET RALLYTrainer : DARBY (SR),ROBERT A Owner : CLIFTON L MCLISHBred by ALLAN L. FLOWERSQuinella : (1,7) $692.00 Exacta : (7-1) $861.00D/E : (5-7) $351.00Superfecta : (7-1-2-4) $8,413.00Race 3 1400 M (Purse $560,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE IV(NW3)1. #2 DASH BOARD RLunan 54.0 *1/12. #11 SCAR JInnis3 53.0 3/1 103. #4 SONG BIRD WHenry 51.0 37/1 41/43. #7 TASHIE BABY HPottinger2 52.0 24/1 Sh.HeadFinal Time : 1:11.4 Splits : 23.2, 46.2, ,Winner : 4yo filly – DEPUTY’S REPORT out of GRAND PRIX byTrainer : CHUNG,TENSANG Owner : GEORGE W MILESBred by GEORGE MILESQuinella : (2,11) $208.00 Exacta : (2-11) $472.00D/E : (7-2) $290.00Superfecta : (2-11-4-7) $3,716.00 (2-11-7-4) $3,304.00Rolling Triple : (5-7-2) $1,206.00Race 4 1100 M (Purse $500,000) NB4-Y-O & UP MAIDEN CONDITION RACE1. #10 WALTZING MATILDA MWard4 48.0 *6/52. #9 JASSUR HPottinger2 52.0 7/2 13/43. #6 BREEZY PParchment 53.0 10/1 51/24. #5 GOFORHOME BebHarvey2 53.0 5/2 Sh.Head5. #4 WISE JOHNNY ASybble 53.0 99/1 31/2Final Time : 1:09.0 Splits : 23.3, 48.0, ,Winner : 4yo b filly – STORM CRAFT out of TENSION by SPLINTER REDTrainer : CHUNG,TENSANG Owner : GEORGE W MILESBred by GEORGE MILESQuinella : (9,10) $444.00 Exacta : (10-9) $1,001.00D/E : (2-10) $297.00Trifecta : (10-9-6) $2,743.00Hi-5 carry-over : $61,194.25Rolling Triple : (7-2-10) $947.00Race 5 1000 M (S) (Purse $620,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($550,0-$500,0)/NB4YO-NW41. #6 SCOOP JORDYNE BebHarvey2 53.0 *4/52. #9 DRIPPING IN GOLD AChatrie 53.0 8/1 23. #1 GOLD MEMBER RLahoe 56.0 16/1 11/44. #10 ELVIRA AntThomas4 50.0 7/1 21/2Final Time : 0:59.1 Splits : 22.2, 45.3, ,Winner : 7yo b horse – BURNING MARQUE out of ONE ONE NINE by THE MEDICTrainer : CHARLTON,PAUL A Owner : VEN DEEZLEBred by DAVID ECCLESTONQuinella : (6,9) $684.00 Exacta : (6-9) $829.00D/E : (10-6) $308.00 (10-4) $93.00Superfecta : (6-9-1-10) $12,092.00Rolling Triple : (2-10-6) $1,636.00Race 6 1000 M (S) (Purse $530,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2)1. #6 RED EAGLE RMcNaughton 53.5 8/12. #8 GENUINE ARTICLE RPaige 54.0 7/1 33. #10 GANJA MAN PParchment 54.0 9/2 23/44. #7 PARTY CITY RLahoe 53.0 27/1 11/45. #11 QUICK CHIC PFrancis 52.0 5/1 13/46. #1 I’MNOTFINE HPottinger2 51.5 8/1 NeckFinal Time : 1:00.3 Splits : 23.0, 46.3, ,Winner : 4yo ch colt – BURNING MARQUE out of JAMAICAN DREAM by SOUTHERN HALOTrainer : POWELL,MORRIS Y Owner : MORRIS Y POWELLBred by PETER ASHER, RICHARD AZAN & IAN PARSARDQuinella : (6,8) $2,641.00 Exacta : (6-8) $9,662.00D/E : (6-6) $478.00Trifecta : (6-8-10) $6,126.00Hit-6 carry-over : $19,691.75Rolling Triple : (10-4,6,11-6) $2,469.00Race 7 1500 M (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT1. #3 STRAIGHTFROMUHEART 53.0 6/1 368.00 117.002. #7 CORALANDO ISpence 54.0 *3/5 23/4 62.003. #4 LATE N DRAFTY DDawkins2 51.0 15/1 Sh.Head 108.004. #2 PHOTOGENIC PFrancis 52.0 7/1 31/25. #13 LEEKOUT OWalker 54.0 8/5 23/46. #11 HEY CHAMP LSteadman2 53.0 40/1Final Time : 1:33.3 Splits : 24.1, 47.1, 1:12.4,Winner : 3yo b filly – LIQUIDITY out of HEART THROB by SIR LAL BAHADURTrainer : TULLOCH,CONROY D Owner : EWART E BROWNBred by Y.S. (1955) LTD.Quinella : (3,7) $441.00 Exacta : (3-7) $1,661.00D/E : (6-3) $5,479.00 (6-9) $103.00Trifecta : (3-7-4) $4,401.00Hi-5 : (3-7-4-2-13) $56,558.00Rolling Triple : (6-6-3) $29,138.00Super-6 : (7-2-10-4,6,11-6-3) $94,664.20Race 8 1000 M (R) (Purse $768,000) NB3YO(NW2)/IMP3YO&UP(MDN)-REST.ALL.II1. #7 SUPER COP JErwin 53.0 22/1 1180.00 356.002. #11 FLYING MACHINE HPottinger2 51.0 99/1 3/4 1207.003. #8 PROUD PRESIDENT BebHarvey2 52.5 5/1 11/4 141.004. #2 MISS MYRTLE RMcNaughton 52.5 6/1 1/25. #9 LUNAR ROCKET RHalledeen 53.0 *1/5 3/4Final Time : 1:00.1 Splits : 23.1, 46.3, ,Winner : 3yo ch colt – SEEKING THE GLORY out of AHWHOFAH by ROYAL MINISTERTrainer : DACOSTA,WAYNE A Owner : WINSTON A KONGBred by WINSTON A. KONGQuinella : (7,11) $10,701.00 Exacta : (7-11) $30,122.00D/E : (3-7) $25,474.00 (3-1) $912.00Trifecta : (7-11-8) $26,203.00Hi-5 carry-over : $29,302.00Rolling Triple : (6-3-7) $122,009.00Race 9 1500 M (Purse $500,000) 3YO&UP CLM($180,0)-NOT EARNED $120,0 SINCE JULY 15.1. #6 DIRECTOR DALEY JJackson 55.0 3/1 206.002. #5 COSEQUIN DenBrown 54.0 99/1 31/43. #3 SNEAK PEEK OEdwards3 50.0 2/1 Nose4. #8 CODED SECRET AChatrie 52.0 5/15. #1 CAUSE FOR CONCERN OWalker 53.0 13/1Final Time : 1:38.1 Splits : 24.2, 48.0, 1:15.2,Winner : 3yo b colt – FILM DIRECTOR out of THE FLYING BRIDE by EXOTIC TRAVELERTrainer : TODD,STEVEN M Owner : RICHARD P TODDBred by LORENZO B. ROBINSONQuinella : (5,6) $75,083.00 Exacta : (6-5) $18,953.00D/E : (7-6) $10,077.00Trifecta : (6-5-3) $27,005.00Hi-5 carry-over : $128,345.75Rolling Triple : (3-7-6) $195,804.00Pick-4 : Carry-over : $461,630.00Super-6 : (10-4,6,11-6-3-7-6) $15,193.60 (5/6) Carry-over : $911,620.12Pick-9 : (5-7-2-10-4,6,11-6-3-7-6) $7,228.00 (7/9) $151.00 (6/9) Carry-over : $1,864,048.20PlacePot 8 : Carry-over : $236,310.00last_img read more

Getting the Most Out of the SFR Space

first_imgGetting the Most Out of the SFR Space November 3, 2016 555 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Technology Single Family Rental Market technology 2016-11-03 Seth Welborncenter_img By Kendall BaerIndustry leaders discussed how to maximize efficiency and profits when managing and rehabilitating single-family rental properties at the Single Family Rental Summit’s second day, Thursday. Greg Rand, CEO of OwnAmerica, said that he hoped attendees were able to come together to continue to grow their businesses and learn from each others’ experiences.”This is a pilgrimage those in the SFR industry should make every year. Someone has finally created a home for them and their business type,” said Rand. “These are people that have been basically ignored by the residential real estate business and the conferences they can go to that are designed for investors are usually get rich quick schemes. But this conference is a legitimate business conference for serious rental property investors.”Speakers focused their discussion on management and rehabilitating properties in their portfolio not just to effectively manage maintenance and costs but to also improve upon the entire rental experience, for not just the investors and tenants but everyone involved in the SFR industry.When asked what investors should take away from the discussions in order to best manage rehab costs, Sam Tucci, VP Business Operations for U.S. Best Repair Services said, “There are times when we can’t do our job as contractors unless we have utilities on at a property, so to avoid unnecessary charges, property owners should be sure to turn on the utilities on site.”Speakers also emphasized the value of technology when it comes to managing not only properties but attracting tenants and retaining them. Technology in the SFR space can be used to a variety of ways including setting investors’ properties apart from the competition. Even more specifically, mobile technology is shrinking the world and making scatter site operations, renovations, and management possible.”Managing single-family at scale is possible but only if you enable your operation with mobile technology. It is a big part of successfully running and managing portfolios that are quite large,” said Doug Brien, Co-CEO for MYND. “Without this technology, if you are away from your computer you would have the ability to get the information that you needed to make decisions while you are at the property and you wouldn’t have an efficient means to put data into the system based on whatever you are doing at the property. Whether it’s doing a scope or going and collecting rent, it is having that information in real-time that makes it all possible.”While the single-family rental market continues to redefine its borders, navigating this complex and dynamic terrain takes careful planning and strategic partnerships. The Single-Family Rental Summit provided an important conduit for SFR leaders to have conversations that will continue to push the industry forward for years to come. Sharelast_img read more