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

White hat hackers can help in the fight against cyber attacks

first_imgIn today’s complex digital world, so often subject to fraud and security breaches, it can be fairly said that “It takes a hacker to catch a hacker.” In this case, a hacker wearing a white hat.“White hat hackers” or “ethical hackers” are technology good guys, who, according to www. techopedia.com, “Use their skills to improve security by exposing vulnerabilities before malicious hackers (known as black hat hackers) can detect and exploit them.”Before we go any further about white hat hackers, though, why are there so many black hat hackers? According to a July 30, 2016, story on MSN.com, a San Francisco-based white hat hacker named Billy Rios said there were three reasons for malicious hacking:It’s easier than ever to hack into networks, especially smaller companies and institutions with limited security resources, and added to that the habit of many to put their personal information on their social media sites.There are more ways than ever to make money off of pilfered data.Hackers often operate “off source,” far away from the reach of authorities, and so it is very difficult to caught them.This backdrop makes arguments in favor of using a white hat hacker all the more compelling.White hat hackers can be valuable as consultants to a credit union CIO or CTO in planning effective security strategies and methodologies, identifying and eliminating vulnerabilities, and lending knowledgeable input during vendor selection. They can function as advisors to credit union Boards of Directors, to help them understand the climate and issues of cyber security today.Hackers can offer you a competitive advantage, by providing a unique perspective on technology. The nature of their profession gives them thorough understanding of computer networks. In addition, hackers have a working knowledge of the “darknet,” where much of the hacker mayhem is created and distributed. But it is also a place where ethical hackers can find information that helps them and their clients create state-of-the-art system security.As reported by Bloomberg, the work of white hat hackers has “Led to some of the most significant advances in securing the online world. Their findings have reshaped the way e-mail accounts, credit card numbers, and even ATMs and medical devices are protected from cyber-criminals.”Interview With the HackerAn interesting story on this topic appeared last year in Credit Union Times (“Ethical Hacking and Credit Unions”). Reporter Candice Reed interviewed Elliott Frantz, Founder and CEO of Virtue Security, New York, N.Y. The story quoted the Federal Financial Institution Examination Council (FFIEC) Examination Handbook: “High-risk systems should be subject to an independent diagnostic test at least once per year. Additionally, firewall policies and other policies addressing access control between the financial institution’s network and other networks should be audited and verified.”In other words, put your security system under stress testing.Frantz, who said he has worked with a number of east coast credit unions, stated “We do penetration testing of applications and network infrastructure. We assume the role of an attacker in many different situations, whether it is a remote attacker or an insider threat. While this testing is done in a controlled manner, our goal is always to gain…information that we shouldn’t.”He added: “Credit unions have a slightly different risk profile than most financial organizations. Smaller credit unions often have to rely heavily on vendors to provide online services to customers. While this makes it easy to provide customers with online banking applications, it can be difficult to obtain security assurance when dealing with third parties….Some of the biggest threats to credit unions are only themselves. Many operate with very limited budgets for security.”Finding an Ethical HackerWhere do you find an ethical hacker?As with any search for special knowledge and/or expertise, speak to your data security colleagues who have had prior experience with an ethical hacker. Seek out recommendations from those you know and trust.And, there is a way to do due diligence to confirm personal recommendations.Believe it or not, there are professional organizations dedicated to credentialing this type of service. One such organization is the EC-Council (International Council of E-Commerce Consultants), a leading cyber security certification body. EC-Council’s training programs include Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator (C|HFI), Certified Security Analyst (ECSA), and License Penetration Testing (Practical).Another example is (ISC)2, an international nonprofit membership association focused on a safe and secure cyber world. It is best known for its Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification, and includes a membership of more than 115,000 certified cyber, information, software and infrastructure security professionals.Although this might sound overly simple, make sure your white hat candidate can translate hacker tech lingo into clear English that everyone from top management down will understand – the essential skill of any consultant. This, in combination with their technical skills, can make an (ethical) hacker a key resource in protecting yourself against the most determined cyberattacks. 35SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Terrence Griffin Terrence Griffin is Chief Information Officer of CO-OP Financial Services, a financial technology provider to credit unions based in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. (www.co-opfs.org). He can be reached at … Web: www.co-opfs.org Detailslast_img read more

QPR boss Redknapp insists Mackie was injured for City clash

first_imgHarry Redknapp insisted Jamie Mackie was absent for QPR’s goalless draw with Manchester City because he has a back injury.There are doubts about the forward’s future at Loftus Road as Redknapp looks to revamp his squad ahead of Thursday’s transfer deadline.But the Rangers boss, who named two goalkeepers – Robert Green and Brian Murphy – among his substitutes, was adamant that Mackie was not fit enough to play.DJ Campbell, meanwhile, missed the match for family reasons.Mackie was not in the R’s squad.And a number of the club’s youngsters featured in an Under-21 game earlier in the day.“He [Mackie] is injured. He did his back. He collided with the goalkeeper in training. He did his back and couldn’t move,” said Redknapp.“We had two keepers on the bench because we had no-one else,” he added.Redknapp praised his players for their battling performance against the champions, who dominated much of the game.City were denied by a combination of determined Rangers defending and important saves from keeper Julio Cesar.“It was another solid performance and another clean sheet – another big point for us,” Redknapp declared.“I’m happy with a point against the champions. We defended well and hit them on the couter-attack a couple of times and had a good chance with Adel Taarabt.“Everyone did their job and you can’t ask for more – and that’s off the back of the games against Chelsea, Tottenham and West Ham. We’re in good form at the moment.“Cesar’s world class. You only have to look at his record. He’s won everything and is an amazing keeper.”Ryan Nelsen was given a hero’s send-off by fans – and his team-mates, who formed a guard of honour as he left the pitch – after what is expected to be his final appearance for the club before leaving for Toronto.Redknapp claimed he is “struggling” to get a centre-back in to replace him but then said: “I’m sure we’ll find someone.”Meanwhile, Redknapp says he is unsure whether QPR will be able to push through a deal to take Peter Crouch back to the club.See also:Rangers secure deserved point against CityQPR v Man City player 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Loggers getting ready for 2018 season

first_imgThe defending Big 5 Conference champion Eureka High began on-field practice earlier this week and head coach Jason White said he expects his Loggers to “be in the mix” when it comes time to crown a conference champion in October. Eureka amassed an 11-1 record overall – including a 4-0 sweep of the Big 5 – in 2017. The Loggers won a North Coast Section playoff game before losing to Rancho Cotate 38-35 in the second round.The Loggers open up their 2018 season on August 17 on the road at James …last_img

Why Kevin Durant leaving the Warriors excites Draymond Green

first_imgIn some ways, Draymond Green is pleased Kevin Durant left the Warriors for Brooklyn via free agency this summer.He’s happy for Durant, still a good friend, who got to exercise his right to decide where he wanted to play basketball. And, more oddly, Green is actually thrilled about the Warriors being an underdog again after a five-year stay as the NBA’s overwhelming favorites.Speaking with ESPN’s Rachel Nichols in a wide-ranging interview Wednesday, Green talked about how Durant’s decision …last_img

Proof of Life in Martian Meteorite Alleged – Again

first_imgSome Aussies are trying to scoop the Mars prize, it seems from a headline in the down-under Daily Telegraph.  While two American rovers are busily sniffing about for evidence of water (as a prerequisite for life) on opposite sides of the surface of Mars, the Australians are saying, “No worries, mate,” they already found Martian life, right here on Earth.  (Initial results of the search for water from Spirit in Gusev Crater, by the way, appear negative; scientists announced today that Mossbauer spectrometer data from the rock “Adirondack” show a strong signature of olivine.  This mineral, characteristic of volcanic basalt lava, could not endure much weathering by water.  Stay tuned.)    The Martian meteorite story has been a teeter-totter since its flamboyant announcement to the world press in 1996.  Just when everyone had pretty much concluded it was a dead rock (see 03/18/2002), the Australian team of Tony Taylor and J.C. Barry has announced in the Journal of Microscopy1 that they have found “conclusive proof” the magnetite structures in Martian meteorite ALH 84001 were formed by living bacteria.  The story gets stranger.  According to a report in the English edition of the Islamic news service Aljazeera, the credit for the discovery seems to go to Tony’s dog, Tamarind.    Apparently, the dog, trained to sniff sewage, found in some Queensland mud a type of earthly bacteria that produces structures identical to those in the Martian meteorite.  The structures matched according to 11 criteria they used.  The photo caption says, therefore, “Australian dog: been there, done that.”  There’s another strange twist.    Since the meteorite is supposed to be 4 billion years old, it predates the assumed date for the origin of life on earth.  That can only mean one thing.  Life on earth came from Mars.    The bacteria still might be on Mars, but the Aussies suspect it would be deep down where the rovers couldn’t find it.  Aljazeera seems pleased at the American defeat: “Two US-backed rovers are now exploring the red planet and transmitting unprecedented images of the barren landscape, but may achieve little else.”1A. P. Taylor and J. C. Barry, “Magnetosomal matrix: ultrafine structure may template biomineralization of megnetosomes,” Journal of Microscopy 213:2 (Feb 2004), p. 80, doi:10.1111/j.1365-2828.2004.01287.x.Evolutionists are funny because they are so serious.  Dog discovers origin of life.  Americans lose spirit over lost opportunity to be first.  Muslims snicker, “G’day, mate.”(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Gecko Gripper Picks Up Anything

first_imgThe gecko gripper is just one of many exciting developments in the field of biomimetics: the imitation of nature’s designs.Watch this video clip at PhysOrg: a new gripping device can pick up anything from a basketball to a water bottle without squeezing it. It relies on Van der Waals atomic forces, just like the spatulae on gecko toes. Think of the applications for this surprising substance. “Using a glove with this material, a child could palm a basketball, but could still toss an air-filled balloon without having it stick. It’s super-grippy, but not sticky at all.”Living cells have molecular pumps that are inspiring work at Northwestern University. PhysOrg reports on the first artificial molecular pump inspired by nature.Is hemp good for anything beyond altering people’s consciousness? It could join wheat straw as an ingredient in the rapidly expanding field of “bio-based materials,” the “construction industry’s best-kept secret,” PhysOrg reports.“Auxetic materials” is a new term for new lifelike materials that get fatter when stretched and thinner when compressed—opposite most artificial materials. Inspired by seashells, these materials “are inspiring a new wave of safety gear in sport” (PhysOrg).Got teeth? If you’d like to keep them, be glad that researchers are on the verge of creating “Revolutionary therapeutic dental adhesives with the aptitude to remineralize the resin-dentine bonding interface through biomimetic processes,” Science Daily reports happily.  This won’t just fill teeth; it will rebuild them. Medical Xpress adds that the “natural reparative capacity of teeth” is being elucidated at a Paris university.Spider silk has long been a biomimetic favorite. How about the web structure itself? Nature reports that MIT’s wizards have 3-D printed a web out of resin that “could be used in applications such as reinforcing industrial materials.” Lab tests showed that “they could strengthen the web by adjusting the diameter of the threads radiating out from the middle, and that of the threads that spiral around the web.” How did spiders figure that out?As for spider silk itself, despair not: Science Daily brings good news from MIT: “After years of research decoding the complex structure and production of spider silk, researchers have now succeeded in producing samples of this exceptionally strong and resilient material in the laboratory. The new development could lead to a variety of biomedical materials — from sutures to scaffolding for organ replacements — made from synthesized silk with properties specifically tuned for their intended uses.” No spiders were needed for the simulation.Robotics is a major field that relies on biomimetics. Some recent examples:Nature writes about Europeans building “Robots that can adapt like animals” including responding to injuries. “Experiments reveal successful adaptations for a legged robot injured in five different ways, including damaged, broken, and missing legs, and for a robotic arm with joints broken in 14 different ways. This new algorithm will enable more robust, effective, autonomous robots, and may shed light on the principles that animals use to adapt to injury.“Science Daily writes about robots that master skills by trial and error, “using a process that more closely approximates the way humans learn, marking a major milestone in the field of artificial intelligence.”Humans are at the frontier of cyber-physical systems, PhysOrg says. Researchers got a $8.75 million grant, part of which is for developing “microrobots with synthetic cells to perform functions that may one day lead to tissue and organ re-generation.”Nature published a Review article about the status of “probabilistic machine learning and artificial intelligence.”Christoph Adami, one of the promoters of computer evolution models, is working on robots, too. Nature reports that he is using “evolutionary algorithms” to create robots with instincts. Like the ID community keeps pointing out, though, the researcher is sneaking information into the algorithm. Dembski has proved that no evolutionary algorithm is superior to blind chance unless extra information is intelligently supplied (Law of Conservation of Information; see latest explanation in his new book Being as Communion).Evolution is to biomimetics as fly is to ointment. Keep out, Darwin; your age has passed. It’s the information age now.Young people need inspiration to get into science. Biomimetics is a golden pathway into a new scientific age of inspiration, understanding, and wealth, yielding practical applications that can help the whole world. (Visited 22 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Money Monday

first_imgBy Barbara O’NeillWhat can Personal Finance Management Staff tell a service member who asks, “What is the fastest way to build good credit?”The most important way to build good credit is to consistently pay bills on time. One late payment can decrease a person’s score by 40 points. Also, advise service members to have different kinds of credit: for example,unsecured credit such as revolving credit (e.g., a major credit card) or a student loan, and secured credit such as an installment loan (car loan or mortgage). They should also keep their balances low (less than half of the total credit line), pay off debt rather than move it between cards, limit the number of credit accounts, and build savings.  For information about credit reports and scores, click here.Browse more military personal finance webinars and articles by experts.Follow Dr. O’Neill on Twitter!This post was published on the Military Families Learning Network Blog on November 11, 2013.last_img read more

Solving the Wrong Problem and Subtracting Value

first_img Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Now The chain restaurant specializing in ribs in my neighborhood was struggling. Their business wasn’t doing well, the quality of experience started to decline, and the restaurant started to look shabby. In an attempt to increase the restaurant’s poor profitability, the owner switched to a new meat supplier. This meat supplier was cheaper, and that lower price point meant that there would be more profit.But the meat was inferior. It was of very poor quality. First, there was very little meat to speak of. Worse, the bones were thin and translucent. I only know what happened here because the manager told me the story—before the restaurant closed forever.By changing the meat supplier in an attempt to control costs, the owner made a bad experience worse.Solving the Wrong ProblemThe owner tried to solve the wrong problem. He believed his restaurant was struggling to make a profit because their costs were too high. The answer to that challenge was to lower his costs. But this wasn’t the problem. The real problem was that he was creating too little value.If you aren’t making enough money, cutting costs isn’t the answer (unless you are profligate). By cutting costs and lessening the experience, you only exacerbate your problems.The right way to grow your business and your profits is to create more value. The greater the value you create, the more attractive is your offer to your customers and prospects.last_img read more

HC raps police for ‘brutality’ in tempo incident

first_imgVideo clips of policemen dragging and assaulting a 15-year-old boy and his father, a tempo driver, in broad daylight in north-west Delhi’s Mukherjee Nagar drew the ire of the Delhi High Court, which described them as evidence of “police brutality”.“Why was the boy dragged along the street in broad daylight,” asked a Bench of Justices Jayant Nath and Najmi Waziri after watching video footage of the Sunday incident, which has since snowballed into a political issue.“How can you [Delhi police counsel] standing for the State justify the action of the five police officers who ran after a 15-year-old boy who had been trying to take his father away,” the Bench asked.“If this is not evidence of police brutality then what more do you need? This is a case of extensive disquiet in society. How can any uniformed force do this? This would scare the citizens,” the Bench added. Independent report The court also called for an independent report on the incident from an officer of the rank of Joint Commissioner of Police within a week.The Delhi police’s counsel submitted that cross FIRs have been lodged on the complaints of the two sides and the case transferred to the Crime Branch for a detailed investigation. The counsel further said that three officers involved in the incident have been suspended. To this, the Bench said, “There are eight to nine police personnel who can be clearly seen [in the videos]… Identify the five officers who dragged the boy along the street, all the while pelting him with sticks, and those who assaulted the father.”The High Court also issued notices to the police, the Centre and the city government on a petition filed in public interest seeking a CBI probe into the incident. It posted the matter for further hearing on July 2.One of the petitioners, advocate Seema Singhal, has sought framing of appropriate guidelines for police reforms to prevent such “violent acts of police brutality and excessive force”.“A service gun was pointed towards the minor boy by these policemen threatening him with dire consequences,” her petition stated, adding that “the atrocities committed by the police amount to violation of Section 4 of the Model Code of Conduct for the police”.last_img read more