Former NFL linebacker Emmanuel Acho on having difficult conversations about race in new series

first_imgJune 10, 2020 /Sports News – National Former NFL linebacker Emmanuel Acho on having difficult conversations about race in new series Beau Lund FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailGMABy HALEY YAMADA, ABC News(NEW YORK) — In the wake of George Floyd’s death and protests calling for racial justice, former NFL star Emmanuel Acho is tackling tough conversations about race in America off the field.The former Philadelphia Eagle-turned-broadcaster recently released a new YouTube series called “Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man.”“Welcome to the first of hopefully many episodes of ‘Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man,’” said Acho in his first video, which premiered last week.“White people have reached to me asking, ‘How can I help? How can I join in? How can I stand with you?’ So I’ve created this … because in order to stand with us and people that look like me, you have to be educated on issues that pertain to me.”Joining Acho for a conversation in the most recent episode was A-lister Matthew McConaughey. The pair talked about the uncomfortable issues of racial injustice.“I’m here … to learn, share, listen, understand. Here to discuss some common ground between us, but also (be) exposed (to) the differences between us,” McConaughey said. “I’m here to have conversation, hopefully promote more conversations, and, with the end goal being that we take the time we’re in now [to] constructively turn a page in history through some righteous and justifiable change.”About 22 million people saw Acho’s first episode of “Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man,” and, since its debut last night on Acho’s social media, more than 5 million have already seen the second video with McConaughey, according to Acho.Acho said the massive views mean “that hearts are open. Minds are ready to turn, lives are ready to be changed,” to GMA, on Wednesday.“Although it’s been far too long, at least the time appears to be on the horizon where we can see true change and the barrier, the racial divide between black people and white people, will no longer exist,” he added. “At least it won’t exist at the same potency in which it has existed before, so I’m so overjoyed.”As Acho and McConaughey continued, they touched on the importance of actually “living out” the lessons taught to children and the distinction between using the term “black” versus “African American.”“So it’s black, as opposed to African American when we’re referring to black people because, remember, not all black people are African Americans,” Acho pointed out on GMA. “Remember, black is just an adjective, culturally identifying to one’s skin color, very similar to white … The fact that so many of my white friends, brothers and sisters, are hesitant about using the word ‘black,’ imagine what that means subconsciously about how we felt about black people over the course of our lives.”“Imagine if we think that black is in some way, shape or form, a derogatory term. Imagine what that has told us. Imagine what is exuded and permeated in our mind of our society over the course of years,” he added.Acho said while listening to him facilitate these uncomfortable conversations is good, it’s not enough. “It has to be taken to action.”“What I mean by that is it’s not enough to now just allow certain racisms to exist. It’s not enough to just listen. My goal was to start a dialogue so that my white brothers and sisters can listen, but now they need to speak” against racism, he said.“I’m encouraged that our world will continue to coexist, but it starts with education and starts with exposure and continues as communication.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.center_img Written bylast_img read more

USS Independence Arrives at Naval Base San Diego

first_img View post tag: Naval View post tag: Independence View post tag: USS View post tag: San The littoral combat ship USS Independence (LCS 2) arrived at Naval Base San Diego May 2, completing the ship’s maiden voyage to her homeport.Independence, commissioned in 2010, is the first Independence-class ship to transit the Panama Canal, conduct a foreign port visit and arrive in San Diego.“It’s an honor to be the first-in-class to sail to our homeport of San Diego,” said Cmdr. Gerald R. Olin, commanding officer of Independence’s Gold Crew. “The crew and mine countermeasures detachment have worked hard, adapted to challenges and persevered through months away from home to get to this point. I’m proud to be with them on the pier today.”After two years of training off the coast of Florida, the ship’s transit from Mayport to San Diego marks the successful completion of testing the ability of the ship’s Mine Countermeasures (MCM) mission package, led by MCM Detachment 1, to detect, localize, and destroy mines in a tactical environment.“This on-hull period has been a challenging and learning experience for us all. The biggest reward for all the hard work is to finally be here in San Diego, our homeport,” said Fire Controlman 2nd Class Christopher Dotson. “Through thick and thin, family has been by our sides the entire time. This reward-being home-is for both the crew and our families.”The historic accomplishment of the 23-day transit, lead by the ship’s Gold Crew, was not lost in the excitement of being home.“This is a proud moment in my life because I feel like I have made history to be the first Independence-class ship to arrive here,” said Culinary Specialist 1st Class Tenica Nerestant. “And to be a culinary specialist on board, helping make my second family feel closer to home, that just makes it even better.”Upon arrival in San Diego, Gold Crew will begin the process of turnover with the ship’s Blue Crew, including a custody inspection of parts and an exchange of command.LCS is a fast, agile, networked surface combatant designed to operate in the near-shore environment, while capable of open-ocean tasking, and win against 21st-century coastal threats such as submarines, mines, and swarming small craft.LCS’ modular, focused-mission design provides combatant commanders the required warfighting capabilities and operational flexibility to ensure maritime dominance and access for the joint force.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, May 03, 2012; Image: navy View post tag: Navy Share this article View post tag: Diego USS Independence Arrives at Naval Base San Diego Training & Education View post tag: Arrives View post tag: News by topic May 3, 2012 View post tag: Base Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Independence Arrives at Naval Base San Diego last_img read more

Members Of Pearl Jam, Guns N’ Roses And Screaming Trees Form New Supergroup [Listen]

first_imgLevee Walkers, a new supergroup featuring Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready, Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan, and drummer Barrett Martin of Screaming Trees, has released two new singles “Freedom Song” and “Tears for the West”.  While all three musicians have known each other and played together over the years, this particular project was born out of the Mad Season reunion show – both McCready and Martin were in that group with Alice in Chains’ Layne Stayley – that took place in 2014 at Seattle’s Benoroya Hall.Both songs feature vocals from Killing Joke’s Jaz Coleman. Apparently, the band will be releasing more music with additional singers, saying that Coleman is one of only “a handful of select singers who will be putting words and voice to the music of the Levee Walkers. More walkers are coming, as they emerge from the shadows”. Check out “Freedom Song”:On the group’s Facebook page, they are described as, “a Seattle band to be sure, but their roots are firmly dug into the foundational music of blues, rock, and punk, reinterpreted through the filter of the Pacific Northwest. To become a Levee Walker you must have at least 25 years of musical experience, survived battles with the forces of darkness, and perhaps even kissed death on the cheek. More importantly, there must exist a deep reverence for the music of your comrades, and the commitment they made to this hardest of paths.” We are looking forward to more music from Levee Walkers.Check out their second single “Tears for the West” below:[via Consequence of Sound]last_img read more

Matching supply, demand

first_imgThere was a time when a laptop could weigh 10 pounds and still sell, a time when a cell phone was larger than a pocket, and a time when an iPod played only music.Today’s consumers expect mobile devices that are both smaller and more powerful. All the bells and whistles, however, suck up energy — and a phone that lasts only four hours because it’s also a GPS device is only so useful.To promote energy-efficient multitasking, Harvard graduate student Wonyoung Kim has developed and demonstrated a new device with the potential to reduce the power usage of modern processing chips.The advance could allow the creation of “smarter” smartphones, slimmer laptops, and more energy-friendly data centers.Kim’s on-chip, multicore voltage regulator (MCVR) addresses what amounts to a mismatch between power supply and demand.“If you’re listening to music on your MP3 player, you don’t need to send power to the image and graphics processors at the same time,” Kim says. “If you’re just looking at photos, you don’t need to power the audio processor or the HD video processor.“It’s like shutting off the lights when you leave the room.”Kim’s research in 2008 at Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) showed that fine-grain voltage control was a theoretical possibility. This month, he presented a paper at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ International Solid-State Circuits Conference showing that the MCVR could actually be implemented in hardware.Essentially a DC-DC converter, the MCVR can take a 2.4-volt input and scale it down to voltages ranging from 0.4 to 1.4V. Built for speed, it can increase or decrease the output by 1V in less than 20 nanoseconds.The MCVR also uses an algorithm to recognize parts of the processor that are not in use and cuts power to them, saving energy. Kim says it results in a longer battery life (or, in the case of stationary data centers, lower energy bills) while providing the same performance.The on-chip design means that the power supply can be managed not just for each processor chip, but also for each individual core on the chip. The short distance that signals then have to travel between the voltage regulator and the cores allows power scaling to happen quickly — in a matter of nanoseconds rather than microseconds — further improving efficiency.Kim has obtained a provisional patent for the MCVR with his Ph.D. co-advisers at SEAS, Gu-Yeon Wei, Gordon McKay Professor of Electrical Engineering, and David Brooks, Gordon McKay Professor of Computer Science, who are co-authors on the paper he presented this week.“Wonyoung Kim’s research takes an important step towards a higher level of integration for future chips,” says Wei. “Systems today rely on off-chip, board-level voltage regulators that are bulky and slow. Integrating the voltage regulator along with the IC chip to which it supplies power not only reduces broad-level size and cost, but also opens up exciting opportunities to improve energy efficiency.”Says Brooks: “Kim’s three-level design overcomes issues that hamper traditional buck and switch-capacitor converters by merging good attributes of both into a single structure. We believe research on integrated voltage regulators like Kim’s will be an essential component of future computing devices where energy-efficient performance and low cost are in demand.”Although Kim thinks that the greatest demand for the MCVR right now would be in the market for mobile phones, the device could also have applications in other computing scenarios. Used in laptops, the MCVR might reduce the heat output of the processor, which is currently one barrier to making slimmer notebooks. In stationary scenarios, the rising cost of powering servers of ever-increasing speed and capacity could be reduced.“This is a plug-and-play device in the sense that it can be easily incorporated into the design of processor chips,” says Kim. “Including the MCVR on a chip would add about 10 percent to the manufacturing cost, but with the potential for 20 percent or more in power savings.”The research was supported by the National Science Foundation’s Division of Computer and Network Systems and Division of Computing and Communication Foundations.last_img read more

Converged Infrastructure: The Emerging Imperative in IT

first_imgBy now IT professionals have seen enough trade shows, listened to enough vendor briefings and read enough product releases to understand the changing direction of the enterprise data center for enabling cloud environments.IT leaders have evolved from deciding “if” they’re adopting an internal cloud strategy, to “how” they’re deploying and operationalizing their own private cloud configurations. The evolution toward a more agile delivery model for IT services has led them to realize that the legacy “do it yourself” approach to infrastructure deployment is becoming marginalized.“It was fun while it lasted, but IT departments can no longer sustain the increasing demands of their users. They are struggling to stay relevant to their business constituents, while being consumed with managing day-to-day activities associated with maintaining individual infrastructure components.ShareMarket differentiation has become more reliant on time-to-market for new and creative application-enabled features and services. Administration of the bespoke infrastructure silos deployed through years of project-based application rollouts has also deferred the movement toward infrastructure convergence.That is, until now.Strategy conversations with IT leaders have been changing. More and more frequently I’m hearing the same comments from IT leaders:“IT Leader: Our CIO and line of business leaders are going outside IT to public cloud providers for applications, development and testing, because it’s faster and easier than waiting for us to provide an internal capability, but can lack the compliance and control organizations require. “We’d like to build our own cloud platform, but my IT staff doesn’t have the time and budget available. I’m not sure how we’ll reprioritize the workload to build our own infrastructure. We have a backlog of projects for my staff to complete. And we don’t have the training or skill sets to do this in a reasonable amount of time – along with everything else we have to do.ShareThis dilemma is not an uncommon one. What options are available to the IT leader looking to adopt an innovative approach to lead them out of this situation? What’s the next step?Enter converged infrastructureVCE Vblock Systems provide converged infrastructures that are pre-integrated, pre-tested and pre-validated using Cisco compute and networking, EMC storage and data protection, and VMware virtualization software, and are proven to expedite customer private cloud deployments. In fact, as a result of VCE’s manufacturing processes and deployment expertise, VCE can deliver a production-ready Vblock System from thefactory with a specific configuration within 45 days from order.  Following a fast (48-hour) deployment and installation cycle by VCE technicians, end users can quickly consume applications and services and reduce time to market.The Vblock System’s deterministic, tightly integrated architecture enables a highly reliable level of service and provides a streamlined approach to ongoing operations – this removes the time and resources required to stand up production-ready infrastructure while enabling IT to refocus their efforts on projects that drive business value and results. What used to take a dedicated support staff from various siloed infrastructure teams can now be managed with a Vblock System administrator, allowing the opportunity to optimize the operational expense associated with core infrastructure management.Results from industry surveys have shown a 30 to 50% reduction in operational expenditures associated with the ongoing management of a Vblock System over the “business as usual” approach required for separate server and storage implementations.[footnote]IDC White Paper: Convergence with Vblock Systems: A Value Measurement September 2013.[/footnote] The VCE release compatibility matrix (RCM) maintains tested and validated quality assurance, coupled with our world-class customer support service provides the emerging imperative of converged infrastructure to the enterprise.The evidence is in, the market has spoken and the results are documented. The key question becomes not if customers are moving to a converged infrastructure application platform, but how their converged infrastructure will evolve their organization, improve agility, simplify operations, reduce costs and elevate IT’s status within the enterprise.last_img read more

Survivors of sexual assault share experiences, describe aftermath of incident

first_imgAfter Maria, now a junior, was raped in a neighboring male dorm after winter break of her freshman year, simply walking out of her dorm became difficult. “He lived 20 yards away from me. I saw him all the time. All the time,” she said. “It was awful.” The first time she saw her perpetrator after he met her at a party, forced her onto a couch in his dorm room and had sex with her, she threw up “instantly.” After that, she had panic attacks every time she saw him. But for Maria, these physical symptoms would only be the beginning of a long battle with the legal system, the University and herself to regain her sense of justice, faith and self-worth. The Observer changed the names of sources in this article to protect the identity of victims of a crime. Maria reached out for help immediately — telling her friends and the Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP), obtaining a rape kit at the hospital and, ultimately, pressing charges. She took her perpetrator to court in St. Joseph County, but he was not charged. “They didn’t have enough evidence to prosecute him,” Maria said. “Basically, I didn’t have any bruises. I wasn’t beaten or anything like that.” The next step was to take it to the University’s Office of Residence Life and Housing (ORLH), which held a disciplinary hearing — the more formal and serious of meetings — for the male student. But the panel that heard his case did not find the student responsible for sexual misconduct, and he graduated with a degree from Notre Dame later that year, Maria said. Other survivors of sexual assault said they have questioned whether what happened to them can be considered sexual assault. Natalie, a junior, attended a University-sponsored event in South Dining Hall one night during her freshman year and went into the entrance of the dining hall to put her coat and scarf in a cubby. An acquaintance, who had previously asked for her number after class, approached Natalie. She said she did not know him well enough to remember his name at the time. “One second, I think I was just putting my stuff into the cubbies and the next second, he was just grabbing me and trying to fondle me and feel me up,” she said. He wrapped his arms around her, whispered into her ear and attempted to grab her breasts. Natalie tried to get out of the tight hold he had her in, but backed into a wall. Finally, the male student let her go and she immediately left the event. She did not report the incident to the University. “I was just really happy to leave. I didn’t really think what had happened to me was assault,” she said. “Later, I realized it was.” For Kristen, now a senior, the involvement of alcohol made it difficult to know whether she had consented to sex with a male student during her freshman year. She woke up one morning hanging off the side of her bed and had no idea how she had gotten there. When a friend asked her what boy had been in her bed the previous night, Kristen had no idea. She narrowed it down, and one male student admitted to having sex with her. “He then messaged me a couple hours later and said I had better go to Planned Parenthood and get plan B because he hadn’t used a condom,” she said. But it wasn’t until a friend bluntly told her she had been raped that she had the realization that literally stopped her dead in her tracks. “It’s a hard line to draw. What is rape and what is just drunk sex that is consensual?” Kristen said. “Looking back on it now, I realize that I had not [consented].” Kristen got a rape kit at the local hospital and reported it to NDSP. Eventually, though, she stopped the investigation so she could focus on her upcoming finals. She decided not to press charges and opted instead to file a no-contact order, which meant neither party could enter the other’s dorm, and they could not communicate at all. The decision to report the incident, and to what extent to pursue an investigation, was something each survivor battled with in the aftermath of the sexual assault. Maria went into the ORLH hearing knowing she would most likely not be successful, but went through the “long and painful process” because she wanted the administration to have written record of the incident. “I wanted the paperwork to pile up,” she said. “They’re not going to do anything to change if they don’t have the bureaucracy of paperwork piled up on their desks.” Maria said even if a student is not found guilty of sexual misconduct, the University should mandate some sort of counseling. “If you’re trying to protect the students, you have an obligation to protect the victim and the perpetrator,” she said. “It should be just as mandatory as the alcohol classes are for people who get drinking tickets.” Natalie sometimes regrets not reporting the male student who fondled her in the dining hall. Although she said the incident was not “that big of a deal,” she still sees the student in classes and the two share mutual friends. “That’s when I really regret it,” she said. “When I see him talking to one of my really good girl friends and see that he has interest in them.” Having mixed feelings about reporting the incident was only one of the long-term side effects these survivors of sexual assault experienced. After being raped, Maria lost faith — both in God and in the administration. “Having Notre Dame tell me that this didn’t happen was like being raped all over again,” Maria, who had always associated her faith in God with Notre Dame, said. “I couldn’t go to a Mass being said by a Notre Dame priest because I didn’t believe.” But she did find support in her rectress, resident assistant and the University Counseling Center. These aspects of the University have allowed her to maintain her love for Notre Dame. “It was hard for awhile, but I have re-fallen in love with it because it’s more than just the administration,” Maria said. “It’s the family, it’s the friendships, it’s the beauty of the campus.” Kristen said she felt fully supported by faculty and the administration, but often felt the student body chose to ignore that rape occurs at Notre Dame. “There is an apathy among Notre Dame students for this that just shakes me to my core,” she said. The University attempts to raise awareness about sexual assault through programs like “College Has Issues,” a seminar every student is required to attend as a freshman, but Kristen said it is difficult to understand until you have experienced it. “I very vividly remember sitting in ‘College Has Issues’ and making fun of what they said about consent,” she said. “Now I’m realizing how true it was.”last_img read more

Seniors presented with awards from Division of Student Affairs

first_imgAt the 32nd annual Student Leadership Awards Banquet on April 10, seven graduating seniors were recognized for their contributions to the campus community, a University press release on April 18 said.Flora Tang received the Rev. A. Leonard Collins, C.S.C. Award, which is given to a “senior who has made substantial personal efforts to advance the interests of students at Notre Dame,” the press release said. Tang received the award specifically for her work with Campus Ministry, where she served as a senior intern and co-led the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults program, the process for people looking to become Catholic, and founded a group for Chinese Catholic students on campus her junior year.“For me, what I love about Campus Ministry is more than just my job,” Tang said. “It’s just being with people in a very welcoming space and a very diverse environment and seeing how my own faith and my own diversity could bring hope to people who might not be included on this campus.”Tang said she feels blessed to have received the award.“I was on a school visit when I saw the email,” she said. “I moved a lot growing up, and I never really had a home home, like a place that I can call home even though I have different places I’ve lived at. Notre Dame has been the longest place I’ve ever been at, which is four years, so this place means a lot to me. Getting the award is a really beautiful reminder that this is home for me.”Gregory Jenn was awarded the Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C., Award to recognize his efforts toward promoting inclusion on campus, especially for Latino and Latina students and students who are undocumented, the press release said.“I got this overwhelming sense of excitement,” he said of the moment he received the award. “Everything that I did, I did because I wanted to or just because I enjoyed doing [it]. I never expected anything for what I was doing.”Jenn said he was involved with the Latino community on campus since his freshman year in a variety of roles, including being a member of Mariachi ND, the director of the Dia De Los Muertos altar and the president of Latino Student Alliance. He also served as the director for the St. Anthony’s Initiative for the Institute of Latino Studies, which invites high school students from St. Anthony’s to campus and pairs them with Notre Dame students.Majak Anyieth received the John W. Gardner Student Leadership Award, the press release said, which is given for “outstanding community service beyond the University community.”“In his time at Notre Dame, he founded the nonprofit organization Education bridge with the purpose of building schools in [his home country of] South Sudan and educating children in the hopes of becoming leaders and proponents of peace,” the press release said. “Last spring, the organization opened its first school and welcomed more than 200 students.”The Blessed Basil Moreau, C.S.C., Leadership Award was given to Liam Maher for “embodying Blessed Father Moreau’s vision of educating heart and mind,” the press release said.“I was really humbled because I didn’t think anything I had done was necessarily award-worthy or anything,” Maher said. “I was just doing what I always do.”Maher served in a variety of organizations, including the Folk Choir, where he was president, and PrismND where he was the spirituality commissioner.“I got to occupy this really unique intersectional space between really practicing my faith and really being a proponent for creating an inclusive society on campus and helping LGBTQ Catholics reconcile their identity with their faith,” he said. “It was really neat to get to do that work. I got to meet a lot of great people and have a lot of great conversations about it.”Chris Dethlefs, a four-year participant in the men’s boxing club, was recognized with the Ray Siegfried Award for Leadership Excellence, which is awarded to a senior who is devoted to the Catholic faith and athletics. The press release said Dethlefs raised over $17,000 through Bengal Bouts, a boxing tournament that raises money for the Holy Cross missions in Bangladesh.Dethlefs said he participated in an international summer service learning program to Bangladesh after his freshman year and served as a captain of Bengal Bouts for two years.“[Bengal Bouts is] a real brotherhood,” he said. “I met a lot of really amazing guys through it, and it’s an awesome way to learn an amazing sport. [It’s] highly competitive, takes a ton of training and work ethic and really forms you as a person I think, but also having it devoted to a mission that’s other centered is the biggest part of it for me.“Having experienced going to Bangladesh right after my freshman year and kind of getting a better appreciation for what the Bengal Bouts has been able to do over there has really inspired me to give my full heart and effort to the program ever since then.”Maxwell Ujdak received the Mike Russo Spirit Award for his work with the Notre Dame Band. The first student band manager to join the Irish Guard, Ujdak said he didn’t think about the influence he was having while going through his band experience.“Being able to [become a member of the Irish Guard] in the marching band without playing an instrument is pretty phenomenal, and I guess I never gauged the impact of that,” he said. “And then I got that award and it kind of put everything in perspective for me.”Selena Ponio received the Denny Moore Award for Excellence in Journalism for her work with journalism on and off campus, including writing for the The Observer and The South Bend Tribune and interning with CBS’ “60 Minutes.”Editor’s Note: Selena Ponio is former associate news editor for The Observer.Ponio said she felt more excited about the nomination than she did about receiving the award during the awards ceremony.“I was more so moved by the fact that one of my professors that I really looked up to and whose writing I tried to emulate in mine and use his own tips and styles and incorporate them into my writing … thought I was deserving enough to nominate me,” she said.As an intern with The South Bend Tribune the summer after her sophomore year, Ponio said she wrote a front-page column about the shooting in her hometown of Dallas in 2016, when five police officers were killed during a protest march.“I think that was something I wrote for the Tribune that mattered the most to me because it was my hometown,” she said. “ … It was the first time I that I was away from Dallas, so I felt very removed from this very important event that just happened, this tragic event in my hometown. The fact that the Tribune gave me this platform to channel my anger and sadness and being so far away from home during this important time was very rewarding and that they cared that I had something to say about that was kind of surreal.”Tags: division of student affairs, graduating seniors, senior awards, Student leadership awards banquetlast_img read more

Panama’s New SENAFRONT Commissioner Aims to Build on Agency’s Success

first_imgSENAFRONT has a strategy in place with Colombia in the event the Andean nation’s government signs a peace agreement with the FARC. Once the FARC demobilizes, it is very likely that drug trafficking will be spread among small groups, Hayer said. By Dialogo March 01, 2016 Hayer’s primary concern is addressing the new threats posed by the signing of the peace accords in Colombia and the use – though still on a small scale – of Panamanian territory for the illegal cultivation of coca, which is cocaine’s main ingredient. One of SENAFRONT’s successes has been Operation Candado , which Hayer, who took charge on February 15th and previously served as the agency’s deputy commissioner under Frank Ábrego, helped direct. The initiative resulted in the dismantling of camps that were used by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia’s (FARC) Ever Ortega Company, who is led by a guerrilla known as “Silver.” How SENAFRONT came to be In the 1990s, several FARC fronts entered into Panamanian territory and even carried out attacks on civilians. As a result, the Panamanian authorities created a strategy to ensure the safety of the residents of Darién, the province bordering the Colombian department of Chocó and home to the Darién Gap, one of the two remaining tropical rain forests in the Americas. One of SENAFRONT’s highest priorities continues to be fighting organized crime. “SENAFRONT’s success has come through constant patrols,” Hayer stated. “Before SENAFRONT, we only took care of the local populations; the guerrillas would come right up to the station and shoot at us. So we started to walk the trails, confiscating, destroying camps, and recovering our national territory.” Created in 2008, SENAFRONT oversees both of Panama’s land borders with Colombia and Costa Rica. After the fall of Manuel Antonio Noriega in 1989, the Armed Forces that operated around the Panama Canal operates were reorganized. A variety of their functions were passed on to civil institutions and the rest were assigned to four forces: the National Police, the National Air Service, the National Maritime Service, and the Institutional Protection Service. center_img Working in cooperation with partner nations’ security forces has been a key component of SENAFRONT’s strategy, and that aspect will continue, according to Hayer. He said he has an excellent relationship with Colombia’s Armed Forces, and Panama and Colombia will continue to work together to develop the best approaches to fight organized crime, drug trafficking, and other threats. Panama also will maintain its close relationship with the United States, which provides support, including training, to the Central American nation. Strategy against the FARC The new commissioner of Panama’s National Border Service (SENAFRONT), Cristian Hayer, is determined to build on the law enforcement agency’s successes in fighting organized crime, drug trafficking, and guerrilla groups. Consequently, it is essential to “maintain patrols along the border with Colombia to prevent our territory from being used for illicit activities,” he added. “We’re going to have a lot of small drug trafficking groups in operation, small drug lords. We are already taking action because we are going to minimize drug trafficking through Panama.” Narcotraffickers often use Panama as a transshipment point for cocaine and other drugs. The National Police maintained a zone throughout the area. In light of the incursions, the Panamanian government created an office to unify the efforts to protect Panamanians and their territory, which gave rise to the National Border Directorate, or DINAFRONT. Subsequently, the security institutions were reorganized and the government created SENAFRONT, which initially operated under the Ministry of Government and Justice, and later under the Ministry of Security, which continues to oversee it. Good article. The information is very interesting. We are Panamanians. It’s true, but not all of us are keen on exposing our lives. Your hard work is not easy. I pray to God to keep and protect you and defend you from the enemy each day. And may he walk before all as a powerful giant. As his word says. GOD BLESS YOU. Congratulations for your great work for that of Panama.last_img read more

What’s your ‘opening line’?

first_imgIn my travels throughout the U.S., I make it a habit to routinely stop into both banks and credit unions to see how their service and sales stack up.I visit under the guise that I’ve moved to the area and want to learn more about their financial services. Nine times out of 10, the representatives’ “opening line” consists of pulling out a brochure that outlines all of their products and services and then regaling me with the wonderfulness of everything they offer. Yawn.Recently, I went to a local bank in Houston expecting the same response. But the representative took a completely different approach, catching me completely off-guard. continue reading » 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img

Bay Shore Bank Robbery Ends in Police Chase, Woodbury Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Two accused Bay Shore bank robbery suspects who led police on a chase were arrested after crashing their getaway vehicle in Woodbury on Wednesday morning, prompting Syosset schools to be on lockout, authorities said.The armed suspects, Murray Hawkins and Kevin Highland, both of Queens, allegedly flashed a pistol when they robbed the Capital One Bank outside South Shore Mall on Sunrise Highway in Bay Shore at 9 a.m., authorities said. Following a police chase, the suspects crashed at the last exit of Route 135, where the expressway meets Jericho Turnpike in Woodbury.Hawkins and Highland were both charged with first-degree robbery. Highland was also charged in the armed robbery of a Capitol One bank in Babylon on Dec. 29. “We do not believe any shots were fired,” Suffolk County Police Deputy Tim Sini told reporters during a news conference.Police said two officers suffered minor injuries during the pursuit. One was arrested near the Eagle Rock apartment complex and the other was arrested while running across the expressway, police said. Out of precaution, authorities had searched the area for a third suspect, but only Hawkins and Highland are believed to be involved, police said. “At their request and as a precautionary measure, we have instituted lockout procedures at all of our school buildings,” the Syosset Central School District said in a statement on their website shortly before 10 a.m. “This means we will not allow any persons in or out of our buildings until the police have issued an all clear directive.”Police said the money bag was recovered from the 2015 Ford Escape used in the chase. Highland, who was behind the wheel of the vehicle, according to police, was also charged with unlawful fleeing a police officer. Both men will be arraigned Thursday at First District Court in Central Islip. This post was updated on Jan. 14 to include the identities of the alleged suspects and their charges. -With additional reporting by Timothy Bolgerlast_img read more