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

Jens Lehmann and Marc-Andre ter Stegen send messages to Bernd Leno after Arsenal’s defeat at Brighton

first_img Comment I am really sorry for #BerndLeno. He did great for #Arsenal and I hope his injury is not too bad and will recover soon.— Jens Lehmann (@jenslehmann) June 20, 2020 Jens Lehmann and Marc-Andre ter Stegen send messages to Bernd Leno after Arsenal’s defeat at Brighton Advertisement Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSunday 21 Jun 2020 10:03 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link478Shares Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta admitted he feared the worst regarding Leno’s injury when speaking to BT Sport after Saturday’s clash. ‘It doesn’t look good, but we don’t know anything yet,’ the Spaniard said. More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalAsked about the way his players surrounded Maupay after the final whistle, Arteta replied: ‘I don’t know. It’s too far from me. I haven’t seen the action. ‘I always believe players never mean to hurt anybody.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: ‘We need to be showing that fight!’ – Arsenal legend Ian Wright defends Matteo Guendouzi over Neal Maupay clashMORE: Rio Ferdinand slams Alexandre Lacazette and blames Arsenal striker for Brighton equaliser Leno was furious with Maupay as he was helped off the pitch (Picture: Getty)The 28-year-old shot-stopper vented his anger at Maupay as he was stretchered off the pitch and his Arsenal team-mates followed suit immediately after the final whistle, with Matteo Guendouzi grabbing the striker by the neck.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTArsenal are yet to reveal the severity of the injury but it’s expected Leno will be out for some time, meaning Emiliano Martinez – who came on to replace the Germany international on the south coast – looks set for an extended run in the side. Manchester United’s David De Gea put club differences to one side to send a message of support to the Arsenal ‘keeper after the match.And fellow countryman Marc-Andre ter Stegen, widely regarded to be the best goalkeeper on the planet, had some kind words for his Germany team-mate.‘I wish you a lot of strength and a good recovery! @berndleno1 💪👊,’ the Barcelona ace posted on Instagram. Former Arsenal star Jens Lehmann, who later worked as an assistant coach under Unai Emery, also passed on his support to his compatriot. ‘I am really sorry for Bernd Leno,’ the Arsenal ‘Invincible’ tweeted. ‘He did great for Arsenal and I hope his injury is not too bad and will recover soon.’ Bernd Leno is expected to be sidelined for some time after his injury at Brighton (Picture: Getty)The goalkeepers’ union came out in full force to support Bernd Leno after the German suffered a horrendous-looking injury during Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat to Brighton.Lewis Dunk’s scrambled effort with 15 minutes remaining cancelled out Nicolas Pepe’s superb earlier strike and Neal Maupay secured all three points for the hosts with a cool finish at the death.However, much of the post-match discussion centred around Maupay’s involvement in Leno’s injury towards the end of the first half after he nudged the Arsenal man in the air at an empty Amex Stadium.last_img read more

Carroll injury woe continues

first_img The 26-year-old has struggled for fitness ever since he moved to Upton Park, initially on loan, in the summer of 2012 and now requires surgery on a ligament injury suffered in Wednesday’s 0-0 draw at Southampton. The operation is likely to take place on Tuesday but the club confirmed the recovery period is likely to extend beyond the end of the current campaign. Andy Carroll’s recent injury nightmares show no sign of abating with the West Ham striker now expected to miss the remainder of the season with a knee problem. Speaking to the press on Friday morning before the full extent of the injury was known, Hammers boss Sam Allardyce was hopeful to have had the forward back in his squad inside two months. However, t he blow has only increased in size after the club announced the outcome of a meeting with a specialist, with Carroll now set for his second surgery of the season. “Andy Carroll will have surgery on his injured knee on Tuesday following assessment by a specialist on Friday afternoon,” a brief statement on West Ham’s official website read. “The England international injured his left knee during the second half of Wednesday night’s 0-0 Barclays Premier League draw at Southampton. The recovery phase is expected to keep Carroll out for the remainder of the 2014/15 season.” Allardyce confirmed that this is a new issue and has said Carroll must remain strong to overcome another spell on the sidelines: ” It is a completely new injury,” he explained. “We thought it might be a recurrence but we have analysed it, unfortunately it is a new one and looks more serious than the original one. “It is traumatic when someone is going through a period where you overcome one injury and another occurs. We thought we were there and then (he was injured against) Liverpool and now this one in a short period of time. “It is very depressing for Andy but he knows the process and he has to be strong to overcome this injury as quickly as possible.” The latest injury for Carroll comes following a history of fitness problems since he first moved to Upton Park, initially on a season-long loan from Liverpool, in 2012. No-one could have foreseen what would become a regular occurrence when Carroll was injured on his debut, missing a month with a hamstring issue. A twisted knee later in the year left him sidelined for two further months and then he suffered a serious heel injury on the final day of the season before he completed a permanent transfer in the summer of 2013. Despite becoming the Hammers’ record signing, Carroll missed seven months as he worked back to fitness – but his issues would return last summer when he required ankle surgery after suffering a problem before the opening pre-season game on a tour of New Zealand. Carroll returned in November and his latest setback comes after he had scored five goals in 16 appearances and leaves Allardyce with Carlton Cole, Enner Valencia and Diafra Sakho as his three available options in attack. But one piece of good news for the club came when the Football Association confirmed they had upheld an appeal against Adrian’s red card in the Southampton stalemate – with the Spaniard now available for Saturday’s FA Cup fifth-round tie at West Brom. However, the club now face a fresh battle after the FA confirmed they have been charged for failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion following referee Craig Pawson’s decision to show a red card to Adrian. The 28-year-old was dismissed by Pawson after he fell onto the loose ball outside of his penalty area under heavy pressure from Saints’ forward Sadio Mane, with Allardyce revealing after the game that the club would appeal immediately as he felt his goalkeeper had been fouled in the lead-up to the incident – something he reiterated during Friday’s press briefing. “Was it a goal-scoring opportunity? Clearly we don’t think it was,” said Allardyce. “As far as I am concerned, in the way we have looked at it, it’s a handball and you don’t get sent off for that. “You get sent off if it is denying a goal-scoring opportunity. And if you look at the situation, even though we think it was a foul, it wasn’t denying a goal-scoring opportunity.” And the club’s decision has since been vindicated, with an FA statement issued on Friday afternoon confirming the appeal had been upheld, whilst Adrian tweeted his pleasure with the decision to allow him to play at the Hawthorns: “Great work by the club winning the appeal against my red card on Wednesday game (sic). Ready for tomorrow,” he wrote. Press Associationlast_img read more

Ming’s dominance continues in Monterrey

first_imgOVERSEAS-based Guyanese,Calvin Ming showcased a brilliant display of race-craft to pick up back-to-back podium spots when the formula 4 NACAM Championship rolled into Monterrey, Mexico.Ming and his teammate Manuel Sulaiman were both quick in the practice sessions on Friday and Saturday morning, with Calvin setting the fastest times.However, on the last lap of Saturday’s practice session, Ming’s car developed an electrical problem causing the engine to shut down.He was unable to drive in the qualifying session, since the technicians had to replace the entire wire loom and some solenoids which took several hours, and was only completed just before the start of race #1.Speaking exclusively to Chronicle Sport, Ming said, “All in all, it was a good weekend. We showed we had the pace and we were able to pick up podium spots which is always what we are looking for. Big thanks to the RAM racing team.”Starting at the back of the pack due to not qualifying,he proceeded to charge through the field and by about midway through the 21st lap he took over the lead.He ultimately finished seven seconds ahead of his teammate Manuel around the 3.2 km ‘Autodromo de Monterrey’ circuit in the 30-minute affair.He returned to be the quickest on Sunday morning before the 50% inverted grid meant that he had to start fifth by virtue of finishing the earlier race in first.Ming carried Saturday’s momentum into Sunday by getting off to a good start and moving up to P2 by the end of the first lap. He encountered some difficulty with gear changing, but managed to hold on to finish the race in P2.Race-three was determined by the second fastest qualifying time and having not qualified, Ming again had to start at the back of the pack.Immediately after the race started the gear selection issue became a major problem causing him to return to the paddock at the end of lap #2.However, it could not be rectified, so the technician manually put it into fifth gear and sent him back out so that he could complete the race and pick up valuable points toward his championship, which he lead heading into the round.Ming returns to Miami tomorrow, before heading out on Wednesday to Indianapolis for the next round of the USF2000 series.last_img read more

GIMPA fitness and fun festival fixed for February 27

first_imgThe Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) will organize a health walk and aerobics session for students and authorities of the school later this month.The health exercise which is being put together by Goldstar Consult limited will see household names in the music industry such as Stonebwoy and award winning Kwaw Kese all present.The programme on February 27 is also to create awareness on the importance of regular exercises“Regular exercise is the way to go in life and I will encourage all the students and everybody to be part of this health venture,” said Prof.  Philip Duku Osei who is Vice Rector of GIMPA“This is good for everybody and that is why we have endorsed it, we are not just going to exercise but we are also going to have fun.” There will also be a health screening and sporting competitions between various schools on campus.“Some celebrities like Stonebowy and Kwaw Kese will join us on the day so it promises to be fun.”. Mr. Samuel Anim, CEO of Goldstar Consult limited and also a student at the institute also noted the importance of  this programme”As the saying goes, a healthy body is a healthy mind so obviously this is very important and we are all going to be part of it.””We all must come together on February 27 to exercise and have fun, there will be an aerobics session after the walk and that will be led by an expert in that area.” Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more