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first_imgBy Gonzalo Silva Infante/Diálogo December 04, 2017 Nice blog. I would like to share it with my friends. I hope you will continue your works like this. Keep up the excellent work. You have a magical talent of holding readers mind. It is something special which cant be given to everyone. Keep it safe 🙂 In just two operations, the Peruvian Navy (MGP, per its Spanish acronym) intercepted 971 kilograms of cocaine along the country’s coast. In the last months of 2017, MGP helped seize more than two tons of cocaine. On the night of September 30th, 2017, MGP found 700 packets of drugs in Los Órganos Beach, in the northern department of Piura. According to MGP, the maritime patrol ship BAP Río Cañete pursued a vessel that approached the beach and then fled when it noticed the patrols. The authorities seized 850 kilograms of cocaine wrapped in packets the size of bricks and placed in 20 black polyethylene bags buried in the sand. According to the authorities, the drugs came from the Apurímac, Ene, and Mantaro Rivers Valley (VRAEM, per its Spanish acronym) and were on their way to the United States or Europe through Ecuador. The authorities work under the premise that the merchandise could belong to a Mexican cartel, as the packets, worth about $25,000 on the international market, had the logos “Speedy Gonzales” and “Kuka.” During the operation, authorities arrested one person and seized a pickup truck and a recreational boat. The Counter Narcotics Executive Directorate (DIREJANDRO, per its Spanish acronym) of the National Police of Peru (PNP, per its Spanish acronym), with the support of MGP led the seizure. “When we have such information [about drug trafficking], we work together,” Peruvian Navy Captain Bruno Fatur Díaz, MGP commander of Coast Guard Operations, told Diálogo. “They [PNP] can give us information about our area of jurisdiction, and we can also gather data that’s reported to their area of intelligence.” Strike in Ilo In mid-September, MGP seized 121 cocaine packets aboard a Maltese vessel. The Dimitris C, a cargo ship moored at the port of Ilo, on Peru’s southern coast, hailed from Iquique, Chile, and was due to continue its voyage to the port of Guayaquil, Ecuador. “There was a tip, something suspicious was unloaded by some of the crew,” said MGP Commander Augusto Alzamora Olivari. “Although there were no specifics—it wasn’t exactly seen—the captain of the [Maltese flag] ship reported that there was something unusual going on in his vessel.” Based on that information, calls were made to the Attorney General, Customs, PNP, and others who worked with MGP. The ship search took 12 hours. At the end, authorities found three canvas bags and a briefcase containing 121 kilograms of cocaine. “We divided into two search groups,” Cmdr. Alzamora explained. “We took orders from the attorney general and worked in two teams with 15 people. One team remained on land so that no one could board, and the other carried out the inspection.” Intelligence and perseverance The mountainous jungle of VRAEM is the largest cocaine producing area in Peru, the world’s second leading cocaine producer. According to the National Commission for Development and Drug Free Living (DEVIDA, per its Spanish acronym), Peru’s antinarcotics organization, the region counts an estimated 55,000 hectares of coca plants. Drug traffickers continue to favor the maritime space to transport drugs. With a coastline of nearly 2,400 kilometers and dozens of ports, the threats to Peru’s coast are significant. An estimated 44 million tons of cargo passed through Peru’s public port terminals in 2016. Such high traffic makes it impossible to search each vessel. In addition, drug trafficking through ports increased due to criminal networks’ efforts to recruit port workers who help conceal and transport drugs. “When ships arrive, we do random inspections,” Cmdr. Alzamora explained. “Also, there are ships that stand by, waiting to see whether they want to unload drugs from the side of the ship instead of in port, because there are more controls in port—except when the staff has been compromised—but usually they try to unload it right off of the ship, at sea, to take it to another area.” MGP intercepts vessels at sea. “There [at sea] is where our guard ship operates, in addition to the personnel from headquarters who do random inspections,” Cmdr. Alzamora said. The intelligence work and cooperation among the various authorities involved in the war on drugs allows for the detection of vessels carrying illegal cargo and the fulfillment of their mission. “We don’t need any reward; it’s our job to combat these illegal activities in our jurisdiction,” Capt. Fatur concluded. “We do this as part of the government, together with all state institutions, as a single clenched fist.”last_img read more

first_img 32SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jesse Boyer Web: https://www.nihfcu.org Details As new technologies continue to change the face of financial services, mobile technology is bringing perhaps the biggest changes to date. Beyond transactions, it’s enhancing how we can communicate with consumers. That’s important because mobile has been passionately embraced by consumers – almost to the point of necessity.It isn’t news that Gen Y/Millennials heavily rely on their cell phones – some 85 percent of them, according to a new survey, “U.S. Smartphone Use in 2015,” by the Pew Research Center. But it may be surprising to learn that 64 percent of all American adults use smartphones today, with more than half using those phones for mobile banking. For adults 18-29, that number jumps to 70 percent. Other mobile devices, such as tablets, also are seeing tremendous user growth. In fact, Gartner Market Research predicts tablets will surpass desktop usage for the first time this year.For savvy credit unions, it’s obviously time to open the “mobile branch” and focus on a mobile banking strategy that not only provides transactional capabilities, but also integrates member communication and marketing capabilities. While it used to make sense to find alternatives to brick and mortar simply to keep down costs; now it’s about keeping up with what consumers want!Game On for MobileFinancial institutions that expand their mobile access points are seeing results. The Federal Reserve’s 2015 study on Consumers and Mobile Financial Services reports that nearly 40 percent of Americans with bank accounts have used their cell phones for mobile banking – a number that grows to 52 percent for smart phone users. Further, more than half of all Americans who use mobile banking receive transactional alerts and promotional offers from their institution. And another 26 percent say they wou8ld like to receive mobile offers.Like your physical branch, your mobile branch should be a communication channel. And just like branch connections strengthen member relations, so can permission-based, personalized messages. By communicating directly to members’ felt needs, your credit union continues to set itself apart in a financial services market crowded with competitors.Mobile PlaybookWhile many marketing skills are equally important in any delivery channel (e.g., knowing your target audience, pricing the product right, using clear and consistent messages), effective mobile promotion requires some new marketing steps. Consider these mobile-friendly tips:Collect contacts and customer permissions – To maximize the effectiveness of your mobile branch, make it a priority to collect mobile contact information, and add SMS/text to the form customers complete before receiving permission-based messages. Train front-line staff to encourage customers to share their mobile contacts, explaining the benefits of receiving messages customized to their needs. Then, stick to your word and only send what they want to see.Use responsive design – Given that mobile screens are smaller than traditional computer screens, adjust your formats to account for the differences so customers have a seamless experience across all devices. Copy that is too wide for a single screen, fonts that are too small, and images that have long download speeds work against your mobile marketing efforts.The same is true for operating systems and browsers. There are lots of mobile products on the market, and not every recipient uses the same format or has access to the same functionality. While iPhones are the market leader in the United States, a growing number of consumers use Android phones. Design your mobile messages to work with both types.Maximize technology – Choose your digital communications partner wisely, so you can go beyond creating mobile content that engages. Engaging a digital marketing partner to help integrate variable data fields allows for customized outbound promotional and educational campaigns. With the right expertise, you be done through data-mining programs and dynamic message tagging – offering far more than simply adding a first name to the salutation.Think beyond website banners and email – Use your imagination to consider the many options available for marketing via mobile – SMS/text, social media, videos (YouTube, Vine, etc.), digital brochures, mobile banking, geo-targeted offers and ads on third-party mobile apps.At DigitalMailer, we help clients learn more about their customers than ever before … and that means your campaigns will yield better results.Your marketing efforts are challenged by many competitors who want to grab consumers’ attention. But the channel that has everyone’s attention is mobile. Developing a mobile strategy is today’s best game in town.last_img read more

first_imgWellington Police notes for Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013: •3:38 a.m. Joseph a. Byers, 37, Wellington was arrested, charged and confined with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.•7:31 a.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 600 block E. Lincoln, Wellington.•11:03 a.m. Joshua R. Waddlington, 30, Wellington was arrested on a city of Wellington order of commitment.•12 p.m. Officers took a report of lost license plate in the area of 700 block N. West Road, Riverdale.•3:29 p.m. Tammy J. Hulett, 55, Anthony, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, transporting an open container and driving left of center.•Regina L. Bailey, WF, 52, Wellington was served a summons to appear for a charge of animal at large.•Justin R. Goans, 21, Wellington was served a summons to appear for charges of theft and criminal use of a financial card.last_img read more