Drug Traffickers Utilize GPS Enabled Satellite Buoys to Locate Cocaine Shipments

first_imgDrug traffickers moving shipments from South America via maritime routes through Central America and Mexico are constantly changing strategies to avoid detection and seizure. In a recent article, Costa Rican web daily CR Hoy reported on a new tactic that allows traffickers to leave cocaine shipments at high-sea attached to GPS-enabled radio or satellite buoys. Radio buoys are similar to satellite buoys in the sense that they are small and shaped for discretion. However, they are different than satellite buoys in the sense that they rely on VHF or UHF radios for data transmission although many have internal GPS receivers. They are programmed to emit a radio signal at a particular frequency which can be picked up by a vessel’s computer or radio direction finder indicating either direction or direction and distance to the radio beacon. Newer models allow complete monitoring of devices up to 50 miles and are able to transmit encrypted radio messages. According to Colombian newspaper El Tiempo, satellite and radio buoys are most commonly used along the Pacific coast and were likely adapted for drug trafficking purposes by the Úsuga Clan and the Daniel Aldana FARC Front,. Cocaine shipments utilizing this tactic generally depart from Tumaco, Colombia and head up the coast to Costa Rica and Mexico, an idea evidenced by the fact that Colombian authorities alone seized more than 2 metric tons along this sole route during the first three months of 2015. Colombian newspaper El Espectador supported this idea by reporting on a case off the coast of Panama in December 2014 in which traffickers cut the cords holding shipments to three separate buoys and fled after they noticed patrols in the area. In total, 60 kilograms of cocaine were seized during this operation although some media sources noted that single shipments may exceed 650 kilograms. Once activated, the radio buoy will emit an intermittent flash every second. Furthermore, it will transmit the GPS location of the device every 15 minutes. Overall, buoy tactics represent a frustrating phenomenon for authorities as they are difficult to detect, but Martín Arias, Director of the Costa Rican Coast Guard, told La Prensa Libre newspaper that recent international cooperation between Costa Rica, Colombia, and the United States has been effective in thwarting at least three satellite and radio buoy shipments. He further indicated that the buoy tactic is no longer as surprising as it was six months ago and that new technology is helping authorities more effectively target and locate shipments floating in the sea. If that is the case, it may only be a matter of time before traffickers must again go back to the drawing board, but up until now it has been very successful. The drug packages themselves are protected in impermeable sacks and are tracked via individual GPS locators that connect directly to mobile phones or computers which further facilitates the management of shipments. Messages can be sent to and from the buoys in as little as 30 seconds using the satellite network associated with the buoy. Coverage within these networks is global and allows the shipment controller to watch movement from hundreds or thousands of miles away. El Universo also pointed out that the GPS monitors can function for multiple days as they are equipped with photocells that utilize solar power to charge. In terms of color and size, satellite buoys are usually blue in color and level-shaped, which impedes radar detection. They also come equipped with signal encryption software which prevents data decoding and hence seizure of shipments. A radio buoy was placed in the middle of the packages and after about two hours, the tape that held the entire shipment together disintegrated and the packages were released into open water at which time the buoy started transmitting a signal indicating that it was time for pick-up. Although it was not specified in this source, it is likely the signal was transmitted to one or more fishing vessels in the area and that the packages picked up were subsequently delivered to distinct geographic locations. Satellite and Radio Buoy Routes First, they were adapted from the fishing industry into a tactic that effectively uses international waters as a storage facility for large-scale drug shipments. Once at high-sea, the buoys are barely visible as the models used are designed to blend into the natural landscape. center_img Freddy Ramos, the Deputy Director of the National Drug Police in Ecuador, laid out the strategy associated with satellite buoys in an interview with Ecuavisa, an Ecuadorean news site. He indicated that “maritime vessels, which may be fishing boats or fast-boats leave from shore without any type of drug shipment. They tell port authorities that they are conducting a fishing trip and provide information regarding crew members and the date of return. Drug transport vessels then drop shipments in opportune locations and turn on the GPS locators. These packages are tracked remotely via the Internet, and the coordinates are provided to empty vessels so that they can be picked up.” Ramos further noted that there have recently been more instances involving satellite buoys than radio buoys which may highlight a possible preference for the satellite method. 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Good work and more so when it’s teamwork I think the information is fine Fight against drug traffickers because they are all over. Let’s move forward SECURITY FORCES OF PANAMA AND USA I think drug trafficking is international and I believe that one of the solutions would be to first fight the accomplices to drug traffickers who are the police themselves embedded in the police forces at every level who receive the information so that they don’t get captured. How joyful What’s going on with “El Chapo”? The news ably targets local and international authorities. I think this information is very important. very good Good.Magnificent, good job This is a problem that is not easy to fight because there are security people who have partnered with these people who traffic everything, all over the world. The talk of the town is that that drug business is truly expanding without an end, and it won’t ever end. Never. Excellent article We can’t deal with drug traffickers because the police in stockade are accomplices to the drug traffickers Excellent job eradicating the scourge of the gangs. All force against youth crime, drug trafficking and other things is good because individuals find security in the state protecting them. Lots of luck. This hour’s news is interesting Sun. Dec. 27, 2015 marvelous what a great comment They have to be fought, not commented on how clever or ingenious they are It’s very good they use technology to put an end to smuggling that drug, which is bringing humanity to an end I think that if we, the civilians, collaborate with the government, crime can be reduced all over the country Human values have been lost to children and youth, that is why all over the world we need to change those evil ideals which torment humanity. I am aware that drug trafficking is being fought, but that is not all. We have to control the users, because they are the ones who keep the traffickers’ economy going. What they are doing for humanity is very important I find it surprising Radio Buoys Third, the chance of losing drug shipments at high-sea is minimal as both methods use GPS technology to track the whereabouts of floating packages. Furthermore, the impermeable material used to hold packages together is designed to float and resist humidity which provides an added protection measure. Ecuavisa reported that radio buoys were first detected in their AO in February 2015. During an interview with Ecuadorean prosecutor Danny Vizueta of the Special Unit for Transnational Crime, in this particular case, cocaine packages were submerged 8 meters below water at high sea. Satellite buoys have been used in the fishing industry for positioning and tracking purposes for years, but represent a new technology for drug traffickers. When used for this purpose, Mexican newspaper El Universo indicated that a satellite buoy is tied to drug shipments wrapped in fishing net and dropped at high sea where they remain anchored until they can be picked up and moved to land. When comparing the two technologies, it becomes apparent that the satellite buoys have some advantages over the radio buoy, which is likely why authorities are reporting increased use of satellite devices. Some of these advantages include global tracking from remote locations and rapid transmission of data. However, it is important to note that both technologies are unique for at least three separate reasons. This tactic is unique because it effectively mitigates risk and turns the ocean into a veritable storage unit for traffickers with little to no risk of loss or arrest of personnel. Radio and satellite buoys were first noted by Colombian authorities in late 2014, but Central American authorities have indicated the tactic has moved into their area of operations (AO) in recent months. Second, using buoys mitigates risk of seizure as the packages can be left floating for extra time or abandoned if authorities are detected in the area. last_img read more

Northwestern looks to knock off No. 24 Wisconsin

first_img March 3, 2020 ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com Northwestern looks to knock off No. 24 Wisconsin Associated Press center_img SQUAD LEADERSHIP: The Wildcats are led by Miller Kopp and Pat Spencer. Kopp is averaging 13.3 points while Spencer is putting up 10.6 points per contest. The Badgers have been led by Nate Reuvers and D’Mitrik Trice. Reuvers has averaged 13 points, 4.4 rebounds and two blocks while Trice has put up 10.1 points, four rebounds and 4.2 assists per contest.CREATING OFFENSE: Trice has either made or assisted on 42 percent of all Wisconsin field goals over the last three games. The senior guard has 13 field goals and 19 assists in those games.WINNING WHEN: Wisconsin is a perfect 12-0 when the team makes 10 or more 3-pointers. The Badgers are 7-10 when the team hits fewer than 10 threes.STREAK STATS: Wisconsin has won its last seven home games, scoring an average of 70.1 points while giving up 63.9.DID YOU KNOW: The Northwestern offense has recorded a turnover on only 15.8 percent of its possessions, which is the 19th-lowest rate in the nation. The Wisconsin defense has forced opposing teams to turn the ball over on just 17.1 percent of all possessions (ranked 301st among Division I teams). Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNorthwestern (7-21, 2-16) vs. No. 24 Wisconsin (19-10, 12-6)Kohl Center, Madison, Wisconsin; Wednesday, 9 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: No. 24 Wisconsin looks to give Northwestern its 15th straight loss against ranked opponents. Northwestern’s last win vs a ranked opponent came against the then-No. 20 Michigan Wolverines 61-52 on Feb. 6, 2018. Wisconsin has moved up to No. 24 in the latest AP rankings following wins over Michigan and Minnesota last week.last_img read more

VET to Train ‘Disadvantaged’ Youth

first_imgLewis Togba Sr., former journalist, founder and Board chairman of a local not-for-profit organization Versatile Trust (VET), has commenced a project that will train “disadvantaged” youth to acquire skills that will impact their lives.Mr. Togba told reporters at a news conference yesterday in Paynesville, outside Monrovia, that Liberia as a developing country has lots of challenges, including the training of unskilled youth to understand life’s necessities inclusive of education, health and infrastructure.This, according to Mr. Togba, draws the attention of VET to buttress government’s efforts in molding the minds of  “vulnerable” youth.“VET has done extensive survey and therefore seen the need to buttress government’s drive, to develop the minds of some of the young people from the streets, who are vulnerable,” Togba said.He said the core value of VET is to engage in sustainable training programs to develop the minds of unskilled young Liberians  through the hosting of seminars, hands-on  training to include event planning, fashion designing, tailoring, decoration, graphic arts, driving and computer education.To achieve this objective, Mr. Togba said members of VET will get involved with community health awareness through clean-up campaigns to ensure clean environments.VET, he said, will also buttress government’s effort to develop the minds of those youth who are in the streets and  do not have the opportunity to acquire formal education, “but we will encourage them to re-enroll into a learning institution, just to obtain some basic training to enable them become useful citizens.”The program is an open opportunity to unskilled young Liberians who find it difficult to expand their vision, thus leading them into activities that do not honor societal norms.“As such, VET sees the need to help impact the lives of  vulnerable Liberians through training, with focus on capacity building in different disciplines,” Mr. Togba said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

QPR man unsure of future

first_imgOut-of-favour QPR striker Rob Hulse says he has not been told whether he will be made available for transfer before the new season starts.Hulse, whose Rangers contract has another year to run, was left out of the pre-season tour of Asia and has dropped further down the pecking order of forwards at Loftus Road.But the 32-year-old has been given no formal indication of the club’s plans for him.He said: “Obviously when you’re not included [in the Asia tour] it’s pretty clear that you’re not part of things.“But the club have said nothing to me and I’m just focusing on getting fit for the start of the season and seeing what happens.“To be honest I’ve not thought too much about my future. My priority is to get a decent pre-season and then take it from there.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Bruce believes loss of key duo will cost Aston Villa a play-off spot

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesAston Villa boss Steve Bruce believes the absence of Jonathan Kodjia and Mile Jedinak in January has cost his side a shot at the play-offs.Kodjia scored the only goal as Villa beat QPR on Tuesday night, his seventh in as many games, while midfielder Jedinak helped anchor his side to their fifth consecutive home clean sheet.But Ivorian Kodjia was away at the Africa Cup of Nations at the start of the year, while Jedinak then missed a clutch of matches through injury.In that six-week period where they did not play together, Villa picked up just one point in seven games and are currently nine off the play-off places.“We’ve probably given ourselves too much to do,” Bruce said.“It’s just a shame about that awful run we had when we were without Kodjia and Jedinak. There’s the common denominator.“There’s a huge emphasis on Jon, and that tremendous bit of quality has won us the match“And big boy Jedinak has been one of the big keys for us, in terms of the way he leads the team, the way he protects his centre-backs.“It’s just a shame that we’re not four or five points closer.”Bruce, labelled a “world-class manager” by opposite number Ian Holloway after the game, admitted his side had made hard work of beating QPR, who dominated the ball in the second half.He said: “They had good possession QPR and made it difficult for us. When you don’t get the second one you become edgy and every time you give the ball away, the crowd becomes edgy.“The whole thing then turns into one of them awkward evenings which for me should have been a bit more comfortable. We had enough chances to get the second.”   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Southern rust confirmed in Ohio corn

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest After being a suspected issue due to the unusual late spring and early summer weather and Tropical Storm Cindy moving through the area back in June, southern rust was confirmed late last week in several counties in central and southern Ohio.Evan Delk, a CCA with Integrated Ag Services sent samples he thought were suspect to Ohio State professor in the Department of Plant Pathology, Pierce Paul, who later confirmed those samples to be southern rust.Southern rust found in Clark Co, Ohio. Courtesy of Evan Delk, Integrated Ag. ServicesSouthern Corn Rust is a fungal disease that generally affects corn after silking. Weather conditions can have a significant affect on when southern rust develops and how far and quickly the disease spreads.According to Stewart Seeds, southern rust has the potential to cause yield loss due to its ability to develop and spread rapidly. The effect of the disease on corn plant health and yield depends on time of infection. Plants infected early in the season may develop significant damage to leaf tissue. Heavy infections of southern rust can lead to early senescence and can limit the ability of the plant to produce carbohydrates for grain fill. This leads to stalk cannibalization and may predispose the plant to stalk lodging, stalk rots, and reduced grain quality.Southern rust found in Clark Co, Ohio. Courtesy of Evan Delk, Integrated Ag. ServicesIf southern rust is identified, growers in the region should first focus their scouting efforts on irrigated, late-planted fields or low-lying fields, such as river bottoms, that are prone to moist conditions. Irrigated or river bottom fields are more likely to have the high humidity required by southern rust to infect corn. Late-planted fields are at risk for developing more severe infections of southern rust because young leaves are more susceptible than older leaves. When scouting for southern rust, determine the growth stage and yield potential to help evaluate whether or not fungicide applications are an economically feasible option.last_img read more

5 Reasons You Should Consider Volunteering at Film Festivals

first_imgInterested in screening your films at film festivals? Here are five reasons why you should consider volunteering before you start making submissions.When you look at the huge number of submissions and all the competition to get into major film festivals, the odds of getting your project in can seem nearly impossible. However, if you’re eager enough, one great way to really learn how to get into your ideal film festival is simply to volunteer.Volunteering is much less competitive, and it can be a good way to make connections, see some great films and panels, and even support the filmmaking community.Let’s look at five of the best reasons to volunteer at film festivals — and how to maximize your time and personal investment.1. Free AccessWhile film festivals are forces of good for filmmakers and film fans alike, one downside is that they can become pretty pricey to attend. Your major festivals like Sundance and SXSW can cost upwards of $1,000 if you’re looking for a full badge or pass. So, if for no other reason, you should consider volunteering to get into festivals for free. Yes, you have to work, but many festivals reward their volunteers with passes that they can use on off days — or other opportunities to check out screenings, panels, and events.2. Get to Know the Programming StaffImage via Life and Times.Having covered festivals for several years (and even having been lucky enough to attend as a filmmaker), I will tell you that it’s the best way to meet the staff, programmers, and founders — or organizers. Festivals are really immersive environments, and you can easily find yourself spending 16-hour days with the same people over the course of a weekend — or sometimes a full week. It’s in those times that you can really get to know the key people involved and understand how they work.3. See the Movies (And What Makes Them Successful)If there’s one piece of advice that I would share with anyone trying to get a film into a film festival, it’s that it’s important to match the right film with the right festival. There are more film festivals in the world today than at any point in the past, and new ones are springing up by the week. Chances are there is a sub-genre, niche, or local festival that is the best fit for you — you just have to do the legwork to find it.Volunteering at festivals is great because it gives you a glimpse into what types of films a given festival shows (features, shorts, or other episodic/series). From there, you can tell if your projects are a good fit — or if you need to look for recommendations for other places more in line with your brand.Here’s an in-depth report on what types of movies get into SXSW (including genres and the cameras they used).4. Make Friends and ConnectionsImage via Jacob Lund.Having volunteered at festivals in the past, I would absolutely say it’s a great way to make new friends and connections — especially if you’ve just moved to a new town or university (as I had). Festivals are usually a good mix of locals and traveling filmmakers, so it’s easy to find people intermingling and introducing themselves as everyone gets to know one another.5. Move Up Next YearWithout stats or figures on this, I still feel safe saying that just about everyone who works in any capacity with a film festival started as a volunteer. Whether it was part time or helping out in some small capacity, everyone has to start somewhere. I’ve seen volunteers become programmers and even festival directors in under five years. It’s about showing up, having a good attitude, and coming back year after year. Once you’re a part of the system — and enjoying your time — volunteering can quickly turn into a bigger role, if not a full-time career.Cover image by Nick Starichenko.For more film festival insights and filmmaking advice, check out some of these articles.10 Things to Know Before Screening at Film FestivalsWhy Independent Film Festivals Matter Now More Than EverThe 10 Best Film Festivals For Up-And-Coming FilmmakersWhat to Include When Submitting Your Film to FestivalsAre Film Festivals Worth the Money?last_img read more

Will Getting Dugg on Digg.com Improve Your Grades?

first_img Originally published Jun 7, 2007 5:30:00 PM, updated March 21 2013 So, back to the original question: Does getting a bunch of articles on the digg front page improve your grade? The answer is: Yes, but not directly. Since this is a new feature, it is not incorporated into the algorithm that calculates the final grade yet. We may change this later. Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Digg.com is a social content site. Users submit articles that they like and find interesting and other users can then “digg” these articles. With enough diggs, an article can make it to the front page of digg.com (and as a result, a lot of server-crushing traffic ensues). Here’s the information we currently grab and show: Last night, a new feature was added to Website Grader 3. How many of these articles made it to the digg popular page?last_img read more

Doing a Website Redesign with Search Engine Optimization in Mind

first_imgSo, you’re doing a website redesign ?”Why?” is the question I always ask. Unfortunately, I usually get the wrong answer. However, if you’re doing a website redesign in order to increase traffic and generate more leads and sales from your internet marketing activities , than you should continue reading.Free Workbook: How to Plan a Successful Website RedesignThe other day I argued that most web design firms don’t design and develop websites with business goals in mind . The biggest area where these firms *generally* lack know-how is how to do a website redesign with SEO in mind. If done wrong, here’s what happens:You could lose your rank for keywords you are already ranking for. Whether you’ve put much effort into SEO already or not, most websites generate a good portion of their traffic from their organic search listings. Don’t screw it up.You could be rewriting content for no strategic reason. If you have an existing website, chances are that you’re *almost* ranking for at least a handful of relevant keywords. When you’re rewriting content, you should find out what those keywords are and then use them to guide your content creation.You could lose the value of your inbound links. Existing links from other sites usually point to different pages on your site. They drive direct traffic and support your SEO. Make sure you map and redirect old pages to new ones.You could do a lot of things that need to be redone again. SEO affects how you organize the pages on your site, your navigation, the words you use to name your pages and many more things that are more expensive and time consuming to change after you build your site.  So, if you’re a marketing manager or a business owner relaunching your website, it’s important for you to understand this process. Since this process requires thorough keyword research and since keyword research requires knowledge of the business, this should be a very collaborative process.The company you hire should have these skills and collaborate with you, or you should find someone that will.As I mentioned in my last post, there are parts of your internet marketing strategy where you need to be intimately involved . This is one of them.   Topics: Originally published May 7, 2008 8:15:00 AM, updated July 28 2017 Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Website Redesignlast_img read more

3 Secrets to Addictive Digital Platforms

first_imgTechCrunch Disrupt , CEO, DailyBooth , a conference that gathers web innovators in social media, mobile devices, and smart applications, hosted a compelling panel about the shift from traditional print to online media. and learn how to manage your company brand effectively using social media. Video: How to Use Social Media to Manage Your Company Brand Online Here are 3 key secrets revealed about addictive digital platforms: GE has always been known as one of the traditional marketing giants that garners the use of customary marketing techniques. However, Judy Hu, GE’s Global Executive Director for Advertising and Branding, explains that using social media can help “extend the brand and make it iconic. [GE] wants to build their brand and get their key message across to everyone.” Digital platforms can help small and large businesses alike expand their company to different demographics and distinguish their corporate image. Download the free video , CEO, Chatroulette , Global Executive Director, GE 3. Digital platforms cultivate brand building. GE’s crowd-sourcing effort 1. Users define content creation 2. Visual content is universal. The grounds of the discussion revolved around the transformation from conventional methods of reaching consumers to modern platforms that actually interact with users. Gone are the days where static media effectively delivered messages to consumers. Social media sites have dominated the playing field, where consumers choose what they want to view and who they want to engage with. Digital platforms such as YouTube and DailyBooth make it super-easy to upload videos and pictures and share them with friends. These can soon become addictive and viral as people consume content and pass it along further. Businesses can take advantage of this by opening up content creation to users, such as Brian Pokorny . , Founder, 4chan Brian Pokorny Christopher Poole content consumption. explains that “…you can talk in different ways through just visual imagery. Text is less of the focus now with both videos and photos, which can transcend languages, borders, and cultures.” Three of the panelists founded sites where visual imagery was dominant, and demonstrated the effectiveness of such sites in reducing boundaries in today’s global marketplace. Learn how to use social media to manage your company brand. Andrey Ternovskiy and Judy Hu Originally published May 25, 2010 7:33:00 PM, updated March 21 2013 Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more