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A Fan Created A Mashup Video Of The Beatles’ ‘A Hard Days Night’ Movie And A Korean Horror Film [Watch]

A Fan Created A Mashup Video Of The Beatles’ ‘A Hard Days Night’ Movie And A Korean Horror Film [Watch]

first_imgThe 1964 film, A Hard Day’s Night, was a brilliant portrayal of a pivotal moment in entertainment history. The semi-biographical film captured The Beatles in the initial years of “Beatlemania,” showing the then-crazy career schedule of which George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, and John Lennon were thrown into following their breakthrough in international success beginning the year prior.The film has since become a favorite of Beatles fans and rock scholars throughout the world over. It has also apparently caught the attention of skilled video editors, as someone with those abilities has created a mashup of the light-hearted 1964 movie with The Train To Busan, a relatively new Korean horror film which arrived in 2016 to modest success–7.5 out of 10 rating on IMDB, woo! The result of the mashup is anything but cheerful.The brief but brilliant trailer was created by someone who goes by the name S4RK, and features footage from both films with the shots from The Train To Busan being toned down to match A Hard Day’s Night‘s 1964 image quality and color scheme. The person who made this wisely used the opening scene from A Hard Days Night, where the fab four were chased through a train station by a herd of uncontrollable fans. Throw in some horror-based musical themes, and you’ve got what could be the next great thriller! Fans can watch the video below to decide for themselves.A Hard Day’s Nightmare – Parody Video Trailer[Video: S4RK]Speaking of Beatles movies, last week it was announced that Lord of the Rings genius director Peter Jackson would be at the helm of a forthcoming documentary film about the band’s final studio album, Let It Be. If Beatles fans really want a terrifying experience, they should catch Jackson’s film as soon as it becomes available, to see how dysfunctional and emotionally deteriorated the four members were by the time the 1960’s came to an end.[H/T NME]last_img read more

Indian College found?

Indian College found?

first_imgOn one of the last of days of digging in Harvard Yard this fall, archaeologists believe they finally found evidence linked to one of the University’s earliest buildings, the Indian College that stood on the site from 1655 to 1698.Archaeologists working in a chest-deep hole near Matthews Hall uncovered a narrow strip of dark earth in a lighter, orange-brown layer that marks natural soil. They believe that the dark earth is the bottom of an architectural trench most likely dug for the Indian College, built to house Native American students as part of the University’s original mandate to educate the youth of both European settlers and Native people. The find may fulfill the overarching goal of a series of digs in the Yard over the last four years.The digs have been conducted as part of a class, the “Archaeology of Harvard Yard,” offered every other autumn and led by William L. Fash, Howells Director of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology and Bowditch Professor of Central American and Mexican Archaeology and Ethnology.“We found what we were hoping we might find,” Fash said. “We believe it might be an original wall location for the Indian College.”The dark strip of earth is not much to look at, but to the trained eye it appears to be the remnants of a wall trench whose building materials — in this case stone ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­—­ were taken and used elsewhere. Though most of the original architectural materials are gone, archaeologists and students did find numerous pieces of stone, brick, and roof tile that they believe were either remnants from the original wall or debris used to fill in the trench once the original stones were gone.Finding the Indian College foundation may be the crowning achievement of years of work in the area, but it’s not the only significant discovery to emerge from the Yard’s soil. Earlier this semester, students displayed other treasures they found that help to illuminate early life at Harvard, including a slate pencil found by Winthrop House junior Daniel Balmori, who came across the pencil’s two halves on separate days of digging.The pencil, a slim two-inch-long piece of what may be compressed clay, would have been used on a personal slate that served as a scratch pad, for writing and erasing and writing again.The pencil was one of thousands of artifacts dug out of the ground by the 27 students in this fall’s class, which continued excavations begun in a summer class. Dating from the 1600s to the present, the artifacts include a piece of print type — the letter “o” —  that is likely from North America’s first printing press, which was housed in the Indian College. Other items include an intact musket ball that was never been fired, bits of brick, iron nails, many pieces of pottery of different sizes and color, glass, pipe stems, and oyster shells.Hope Mayo, the Philip Hofer Curator of Printing and Graphic Arts at the Houghton Library, plans to further investigate the print type, one of several pieces uncovered in the digs over the years, to see if she can match it to a book in the Houghton’s collection.The site was cordoned off from the rest of the Yard by an orange plastic construction fence for much of the semester. With the advent of cold weather, it has now been filled in.Though the digging has halted, the student work continues. In final projects for this semester and in laboratory work in an associated class next spring, students will clean, catalog, and analyze their finds, writing reports on their activities.After that, Fash said, those interested in learning more about Harvard’s early history will have to contain their enthusiasm until digging resumes when the class is next offered in the fall of 2011.“We’re just going to have to be patient, and it will build up a lot of excitement the next time we have the class,” Fash said.An exhibit at the Peabody Museum, “Digging Veritas: The Archaeology and History of the Indian College and Student Life at Colonial Harvard,” will remain on view through January 2011.last_img read more

MessageMe test on Oct. 7

MessageMe test on Oct. 7

first_imgOn Thursday (Oct. 7) the Harvard MessageMe emergency notification system will be tested. All MessageMe registered subscribers will receive a test message between noon and 1 p.m. The test message will be delivered as a text message, email, and/or voice mail message depending upon the delivery method selected by each subscriber.  No action will be required as a result of this test. Any and all emergency test messages can and should be deleted.For more information, to sign-up up for service or update your information, visit the MessageMe website.last_img read more

Diabetes 2 more common.

Diabetes 2 more common.

first_imgWhich Kind of Diabetes? Type 1: “If we can influence our children’s behavior, we can reduce the chance they’ll get type 2 diabetes,” Freeman said. “We owe it to our children to do our part.”More informationYou can find more on diabetes from these Web sites: In just the past 30 years, the percentage of children and teens who are overweight has more than doubled. A University of Georgia scientist said many overweight children are among a growing group with type 2 diabetes. “That’s an unusual type of diabetes for children to have,” said Janine Freeman, an Extension Service nutrition specialist with the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences. “Type 2 is usually associated with overweight adults.”Type 2 diabetes can be managed by healthy eating and regular physical activity, Freeman said. But it may require medication. Insulin treatment is used if other changes don’t bring the diabetes under control.More overweight kidsMost of the increase in overweight children has been since the late 1970s. It coincides with the rise of video and computer games and other computer uses.Freeman said children spend an average of almost three and a half hours every day watching television. “Television viewing plays a major role in how much — or how little — activity children get,” she said.That lack of physical activity is one of many reasons more children and teens are overweight.Another big reason is poor eating habits. More than 84 percent of children and teens eat too much fat. More than 91 percent eat too much saturated fat. Almost one-third of all children and teens eat less than one serving per day of a nonfried vegetable. “Since obesity is a big diabetes factor, we need to try to influence what children eat and how much activity they get,” Freeman said. “We know that in this age group, it’s sometimes hard to get children to do what’s best for their health.” The body becomes resistant to its own insulin. Occurs mostly in overweight adults. Can be managed by healthy eating and regular physical activity, but may require medication. Insulin treatment is used if these changes don’ot bring the diabetes under control. < http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/index.htm> < http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/diabetes.htm > < http://www.diabetes.org/ > Set a good example. Children look to their parents and adults close to them for examples in eating and physical activity habits. If you want the kids close to you to make healthy choices, you must also. Increase the entire family’s activity level. Make sure everyone has a balanced diet. Type 2: She said studies show minority children have a much higher risk of the disease than Caucasian children. Though scientists don’t know why, they believe it’s partly because resistance to insulin varies among races at different levels of obesity. Advice for preventionBut regardless of race, Freeman said staying healthy and within healthy weight ranges can reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes in children. To help, she offers this advice. Requires insulin by injection or infusion pump to treat. Limit television or computer time. Set an hour of play time for every half-hour in front of the TV, computer or video game set. Make sure outdoor play equipment is handy and safe. Keep all kinds of balls, safe bicycles or other sports gear ready. Notice which activities kids enjoy and encourage them to do them more. Try to find community activities or leagues where they can play with others. Playing with friends can also help build social and leadership skills. Play with them. Start family or neighborhood ball games. Go walking or biking together. “Children tend to be like their parents,” Freeman said. “Getting them to be more active may mean you need to be more active.” Skip the cookie, soft drink and chip aisles at the grocery store. Stock up on more healthful alternatives like fresh fruits and vegetables. Though fruit drinks are full of vitamins, they pack a lot of sugar and calories. Eat at home more. Freeman said it’s hard to avoid high-fat food if you eat at fast-food restaurants often. Serve lean meats and lots of fresh vegetables. Try to limit high-fat cooking, too. The pancreas stops producing insulin. Usually occurs in children and young adults who are not overweight. last_img read more

Georgia’s biofuel future

Georgia’s biofuel future

first_img* In 2011 ethanol reduced wholesale gasoline prices by an average of $1.09 per gallon.* Regular grade gasoline prices averaged $3.52 per gallon in 2011, but would have been closer to $4.60 per gallon without the inclusion of more than 13 billion gallons of lower-priced ethanol.* The average American household consumed 1,124 gallons of gasoline in 2011, meaning ethanol reduced average household spending at the pump by more than $1,200.* Since 2000 ethanol has kept gasoline prices an average of $0.29 per gallon cheaper than they otherwise would have been.* Based on the $0.29-per-gallon average annual savings, ethanol has helped save American drivers and the economy more than $477 billion in gasoline expenditures since 2000 – an average of $39.8 billion a year.Ethanol plants shutting downAs I write this, several corn ethanol plants in the Midwest are shutting down due to the high cost of corn. The one ethanol plant in south Georgia continues to operate under bankruptcy. Corn prices continue to rise as hot, dry conditions grip the Corn Belt. So even though using ethanol as a fuel has lots of economic advantages, producing ethanol from corn is not the long-term answer to our energy problems. Georgia’s biofuel future is dependent upon finding ways to use other feedstocks to make energy. One promising development came from Tulane University, which announced in the late summer of 2011 the discovery of a Clostridium-genus bacterium that can convert nearly any form of cellulose into isobutanol. Butanol has some advantages over ethanol. It better tolerates water contamination and is less corrosive than ethanol. It is more suitable for distribution through existing gasoline pipelines, but at around $4.00 per gallon, the prices for isobutanol far outstrip the $2.20 per gallon pricing for fuel ethanol. Some corn ethanol plants are looking at the option of converting to biobutanol production. DuPont and BP plan to make biobutanol the first product of their joint effort to develop, produce and market next-generation biofuels. In Europe the Swiss company Butalco is developing genetically modified yeasts for the production of biobutanol from cellulosic materials.Our bioenergy experts know a lot more than I do about these developments and trends, but from my perspective, UGA Extension needs to be prepared to help advise our growers and agribusinesses on how to best capitalize on this major change looming over the horizon. The biofuel era is coming to Georgia. A couple of years ago, I pushed to have a statewide University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agent training initiative on biofuels. Some may argue that this was premature given the fact that the biofuel industry in Georgia was in its infancy. But growers were, and still are, being tempted to get into the biomass production business, and I thought it was time that Cooperative Extension get prepared for the inevitable onslaught of questions that will come with this agricultural revolution. Once this train starts moving…I still believe the biofuel era is coming to Georgia. Currently, the risks and uncertainties of anything new are holding things back, but once this train starts moving, it’s going to be a fast one. Perhaps we’re still a breakthrough or two away from the start of this race, but progress is happening daily and entrepreneurs are working hard to be on the ground floor when biofuel production really starts to generate big money.Up to this point, ethanol production in the U.S. has been almost totally from corn. There are some major tradeoffs associated with that kind of biofuel production system. The real revolution won’t start until we can start making biofuels from waste products and nonfood/feed sources. Even so, peer-reviewed research has shown some pretty incredible economic advantages of using corn ethanol for fuel.Ethanol advantageslast_img read more

Olympics: Panama’s Saladino to jump far in London

Olympics: Panama’s Saladino to jump far in London

first_imgBy Dialogo July 20, 2012 PANAMA CITY, Panama – Of the seven members of Panama’s Olympic delegation, one really stands out: Irving Saladino. The 29-year-old long jumper will try to become just the third man – and the second since 1906 –in Olympic history to win consecutive gold medals, a feat accomplished by Americans Myer Prinstein (1904, 1906) and Carl Lewis (1984, 1988, 1992, 1996). But it won’t be easy for Saladino, the country’s first and only Olympic gold medalist who is in his final stages of training for the London Games after undergoing surgery to mend his left knee. Saladino, who will carry his country’s flag at the Opening Ceremony on July 27, first started feeling discomfort in his knee in 2005 but chose to play through the pain, though it hurt his performance. Saladino, who will be competing in his third Olympics after failing to reach the medal round in Athens in 2004, is focusing on sprinting and controlling the aerial part of his jump. “We want to return with the gold,” Saladino said during a recent interview with Infosurhoy.com. “We’ve worked really hard physically and mentally to win the gold despite my being injured and having a knee operation. We’ve made a superhuman effort and I feel physically fit and ready to give my all.” His goal is to surpass the 8.40 meter jump, a mark his trainer, Florencio Aguilar, considers the baseline for an Olympic contender. Saladino, who was introduced to the sport at age 11 by his older brother, David, more than met that challenge at the 2007 Long Jump World Championship in Osaka, Japan, where he leaped a distance of 8.57 meters. His most recent personal best was in Holland, at the 2008 Hengelo meet, where he jumped 8.73 meters. At the 2008 Olympics, he jumped 8.34 meters to top silver medalist Godfrey Mokoena of South Africa (8.24 meters) and Cuba’s Ibrahim Camejo (8.2 meters), as Saladino won his country’s first medal since 1948. Saladino hopes the London Games will mark a breakthrough for Panama, which will send two more athletes to London as it did to Beijing. “All of them have worked with great discipline to get the kind of scores that would earn them a place at the Olympics,” he said. “The most significant thing is that these athletes are coming to see how they need to rely on their own efforts because waiting around for the country’s sporting organizations won’t be enough. They’ve woken up and they really want to represent Panama by giving their very best.” Saladino’s respect extends beyond his fellow Panamanians. “Latin American athletes are heroes who must forge their own road in order to bring glory to their country since we don’t have the resources of the first world,” he added. “This fact, along with the medals, is what we display every time we go out to represent our country and our continent.”last_img read more

The Business of Drug Trafficking in Brazil’s Favelas

The Business of Drug Trafficking in Brazil’s Favelas

first_imgThe popular imagination normally takes a simplistic view of the “business” that controls more than 1,000 favelas in Rio de Janeiro. People normally presume that it is just young people carrying a bag of drugs in one hand and an AK-47 in the other. But it is not like that. Among the staff, it is common to find very well paid attorneys and/or legal advisors who work to impede arrests or make them difficult, guide depositions, or lead negotiations. They are normally persons with strategic connections who do not stay in the interior of the community, but they give out their cell phone numbers and make themselves available 24 hours a day. Oversight on the activities is performed by an accountant. It is not unusual to find specialized professionals with a university education in accounting or economics serving in this branch. An interesting quirk is that this segment does not usually use banks. They stockpile cash and precious metals in holes with false bottoms in strategic locations in the interior of the community under their command. Depending on the security and size of the favela, this activity could be concentrated at one or more facilities. When various types of drugs arrive in the communities, they are not ready to be sold. Prior to their arrival, they are transported in several forms, such as pressed and water-proof tablets. Stock oversight is also a highly sensitive activity. Just one tablet of PBC (cocaine paste) weighing a kilogram costs around US$1,500 in Rio de Janeiro, and the profit margin is about 900 percent. We also can identify persons working in the roles of social communications advisors or psychological operations. The goal is to gain the community’s support, recruit more people to work within the system, and demoralize the security forces and rival factions. These factions normally have institutional connections with other partners with whom they share a common interest, be it permanent or temporary. They generally prefer to remain discreet, sending more invoices and not calling the public’s attention to themselves, to keep the state from waging police operations against them to satisfy a public outcry. Partners in these connections can include the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), other crime factions (domestic or international), political parties, terrorist organizations, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). In general, they commonly have a rigid hierarchy, with well-defined leadership, and a great deal of respect for orders issued by leaders in prison. One example of this was when a wave of violent attacks was unleashed upon Rio de Janeiro in November 2010, culminating in the occupation of the Alemão Complex by the Brazilian Army. A very important figure in the staff is the person in charge of bribing government personnel who could cause trouble for the Firm. This delicate and quiet process usually occurs by offering personal favors and money to police, politicians, informants, court officials, and other members of the system. When these procedures do not work, they start to apply pressure through threats to the targeted persons themselves or their families, until they capitulate or resign their position. Another procedure used in some of the structures is installing kitchen equipment. Using that equipment, the employees do not need to leave the workplace for meals, which improves oversight. The production center usually employs a significant number of persons who are paid according to how much they produce. Many of them work with masks and gloves to prevent poisoning. The next stage is processing the drugs by diluting them, mixing them with other compounds, and packaging them according to the amount to be sold. The persons who work in this activity are chosen for their trustworthiness, and they are accustomed to being subjected to rigorous checks on entering and exiting the workplace. Outsourced activities The commander for this activity is a person who enjoys the “favela capo’s” absolute confidence. Normally, this “commander” plans escape routes from areas belonging to rival factions. In principle, a favela has two distinct systems that work hand in hand: Surveillance/Alert and Response Force. The names may vary, but this is the usual structure. This activity in support of the surveillance system is customarily the point of entry for recruits and the beginning of a career within the drug-trafficking structure. In fact, children begin as messengers or being responsible for recharging and delivering batteries for radios and smartphones. Only after they demonstrate efficiency and commitment will they be entrusted with other tasks in the surveillance structure. Most of them dream of trading in their radios for rifles. Therefore, some of these youth temporarily interrupt their “careers” to join the Armed Forces, with a view at receiving Military training and then joining the ranks of the armed units. There also are “well-heeled” men. These intermediaries are usually people who have privileged access to places frequented by those with a good deal of purchasing power but are not willing to travel to the favelas to buy their drugs. These sites can be high schools, universities, VIP box seats at large events, parties, luxury condominiums, and other, similar places. This propaganda war has even expanded to the Internet in a variety of ways, including social media. Videos glorifying drug trafficking are edited with sound tracks and images of police being shot, executions of traitors, and faction fraternizing while members are armed. An example of this is the “Iraque de Janeiro” series on YouTube, posted in 2011. Each “favela capo,” like the CEO of any other company, likes to surround himself with trusted persons who are competent in the performance of their duties. Drug trafficking in the favelas functions as a business school that regularly accepts “students” at 6 or 7 years old. Over the years, they work in different positions and gain a more comprehensive notion of the business. This trusted group usually functions as staff for the local leader. Conclusion The preoccupation with security is one of the most notable activities in the business and, normally, the “favela capo” delegates this responsibility to his most trusted associate. By Dialogo December 31, 2015 I have another conclusion with regard to the security horizon:The business of security in Rio de Janeiro has a pyramid structure, with a rigid hierarchy within several structures. To achieve higher efficiency, the organizations use several processes adapted from legal businesses with managerial methods specific to each organization. The recruiters find a universe of candidates full of human resources which are poor, in terrible condition and who operate within a space where ethics are relative, such that what matters is loyalty to the criminal faction or its leader. Very interesting article, which shows us Argentines the way, the consequences of erratic Argentine policies regarding preventing and repressing drug trafficking. Methods, efforts, equipment and above all awareness and motivation for its agencies and agents, in coordination with the Justice system, and international cooperation, above all with countries such as Brazil, who have taken to the fight seriously. For instance: Dr. Oscar Acevedo Crio, Inspector RAO, criminal lawyer. A curtain hiding the power of trafficking, breaking laws and defying society…read and see the power of trafficking and its evils…share to bear witness of your condemnation We have to intensify the fight against the production, distribution and use of drugs. If demand increases, fighting it gets ever more difficult. Therefore, the focus against drug addiction must be comprehensive. Decreasing trafficking and production must be carried out along with a reduction in drug use. As long as drug use continues, production and selling will continue. Of course, it’s not enough to reduce production and selling, but it is fundamental. In this sense, we have to carry out persuasive campaigns to promote contempt for drugs and for drug addicts, of course in addition to considering producers and traffickers the enemies of humankind, of youth and of the society at large. We have to make not taking drugs a worthy value. It more courageous and more manly to disdain drug use than to surrender to it. Using drugs is an act of moral and human cowardice. He who refuses to use is courageous, he who yields to temptation is cowardly. Even youthful values such as who is more macho and more masculine should be inverted. The drug user or the one who has the courage to reject them? Masculinity is much more vigorous when one is better able to reject the temptation of drugs. Using drugs is for cowards or homosexuals because they are unable to say NO to what is evil and cowardly about using drugs in order to feel courageous. A courageous man does not use drugs to court a girl nor to challenge an adversary. Drugs and courage are enemies. Great! Yes, this is what I wrote in this text and others. Search them. Thank you. Cheers! Basically, the soldiers’ work consists of protecting the favelas from invasion by rival factions and police operations. When they are unable to do this, they must be able to slow down the enemy so their leader and his staff can safely flee through escape routes that were identified and planned in advance. The spotters must sound the alarm in time for the Response Force to be effective. The graffiti on the community’s walls also reinforces the leaders’ popularity and indicates which criminal faction dominates that area at the time. The lack of government control over NGOs also provides a dangerous amount of influence and legitimizes activities and persons involved with crime and illegal activities. Sometimes, it even rises to the level of political connections and the election of drug trafficker’s allies. Dealing drugs To increase the community’s acceptance of the organization and to recruit volunteers, the organizations conduct narco-populist activities where the “favela capos” try to present themselves as community benefactors, distributing medicine, building materials, and food. *Commanded the pacification of the Rio de Janeiro favelas (2011-2012); Brazilian Army Special Forces; Master’s in Military Sciences. During the time I led the occupation of the Alemão and Penha favela complexes, I spent a lot of time studying the business of drug trafficking in Rio’s hillsides. In addition to my life as a native of Rio de Janeiro, I had my own, personal observations on the ground; I had read a wide range of scientific texts; and I interviewed subordinates, sociologists, local residents, police, informants, traffickers, ex-traffickers, and ex-convicts. My intent was to gain a better understanding of the dynamics of drug trafficking to combat it more successfully. Another activity is to sponsor funk dances and traditional parties, for holidays such as Christmas or Easter. At these events and within the communities, it is common to hear funk lyrics that glamorize drug trafficking and explicit sex. Normally, the organizations hire people to develop this musical genre, which has become like a calling card for several communities. It is also perfectly normal to find famous artists, athletes, bands, singers, and dance troupes participating in the festivities. The accountants also oversee other lucrative activities. One of the management processes they developed that most caught my attention was the diversification of drug traffickers’ sources of revenue. Providing gas, water, cable TV, and transportation (motorcycle taxi, vans, and delivery trucks) are often held as monopolies by the favela capos. When this is not the case, those who legally run such services periodically have to pay a tax so their business can operate. Naturally, the fee is compulsory. I remember having a few experiences where we asked outside companies to provide those services in the interior, and all of them said they were not allowed to conduct business in that area. This is one of the reasons that encourages rival criminal factions to invade and conquer a favela. In the same way, corrupt members of law enforcement take advantage of incursion operations to sack those treasures. This is one of the main reasons that criminal factions even have heavy weaponry – that is, to protect themselves from invasion. With smartphones, traffickers send text, voice, or image messages. Meanwhile, the use of multi-channel talk-about radios remains the most common method of communication because it is the cheapest – you only need to recharge the batteries. Soldiers for the traffickers enjoy a certain glamour within the community. The status symbol is the firearm, which is displayed ostentatiously on the street and at funk dances. The bigger the weapon’s caliber, the higher the position within the hierarchy. This position is normally achieved through friendship, trust, and services rendered to the structure. These criminals receive good wages, are feared, and besieged by a significant contingent of young ladies looking for gifts and status. This symbiosis ends up being one of the biggest incentives for recruitment for impoverished youth. The payments to members of this structure are usually a fixed amount and occur weekly. Production Center There is no pretension that our work is finished here; we must still help people realize more fully what is happening in this environment where we can only see the tip of the iceberg. During our research, we were able to identify several processes that, in order to maintain efficiency and continuity of operations, would need certain functioning structures. We can visualize structures including staff, security, logistics, outsourcing of services, and commercialization of drugs, among others. Staff Traditionally called the Firm, the buying and selling of drugs in the favelas is a business with a capital “B,” which in turn is part of something much larger than itself. The main organized crime factions in Rio de Janeiro have similar management systems; they seek to adapt the most successful processes from traditional companies; and – as much as they can – they exploit loopholes in the law and in the culture of society. They always seek efficiency. In some places, in order to increase productivity and reduce waste, each drug is assigned one day each week for processing. For example, on Mondays and Wednesdays, it is cocaine; on Tuesdays, it is marijuana; and so on. The most popular drugs are cocaine, marijuana, hashish and Ecstasy. Whenever possible, they avoid selling crack because the customers deteriorate too quickly. Area Security Command The more profitable the favela’s drug business, the larger the Firm’s structure. The management processes used by these structures usually operate similarly to those of rival criminal factions. The primary factors in deciding how to structure the business are often the favela’s geography and human element. Ordinarily, there is a “General Manager” for the area who appoints a manager for each drug. Each drug, in turn, has a vendor for each price point. For example, one person only sells 15 cocaine powder packages priced at 15 Brazilian reals (US$ 3.84) and someone else only sells 5 cocaine powder packages at 5 reals (US$ 1.28), and so on. There are rigorous controls, and the competition between vendors is fierce, because they all work on commission and submit their accounts regularly. This way, there may be more than one vendor and more than one drug assailing the addicts when they come to the points of sale. The number of points of sale also depends on the community’s size, geography, and security. Normally, surveillance is performed by unarmed children and adolescents positioned in locations with an advantageous view to supervise access to the community. They are known as “spotters” or “falcons,” depending on the place. Their methods of communications vary. To send a message or sound the alarm, they use older, rudimentary methods, such as messengers, flares, or colored kites launched into the sky. There are a variety of services that are necessary for the business to function well, but can be done by persons outside the organizational structure who are well paid for performing them. For example, people working at a point of drug sales with their manager, vendors, spotters, and soldiers working security all need logistical support. Food can be provided by the nearest restaurant/bar or by a local housewife, depending on what is convenient. Likewise, the scouting of restrooms to meet physiological demands may also be a paid service. There are other needs, too, like recharging radio and smartphone batteries. Transportation is another activity that can see motorcycle taxi drivers looking for clients at the entrance to the community, delivering drugs, delivering messages, or even transporting a member of the system. Normally, one of the larger and more profitable favelas under the crime faction’s control is adopted as a sort of headquarters and the other communities come to be seen as sort of franchises. In this scenario, weapons, drug caches, and the so-called “soldiers” for drug traffickers can be some of the assistance rendered between the participants or their partners (in the communities). The business of drug trafficking in the favelas has a pyramidal structure with a rigid hierarchy within various structures. To obtain greater efficiency, the organizations use various processes adapted from legal companies with forms of management that are specific to each organization. Recruiters find a candidate pool full of human resources that are impoverished, miserable, and that operate in an environment where ethics are relative, so that what matters is loyalty to the criminal faction or its leader. We can see that there is always some sort of purchases and acquisitions section, primarily for drugs and weapons. This is a logistical activity that is directly tied to overseeing the supply of drugs, weapons, and ammunition. Diversification of the acquisition processes and the supply sources are geared towards guaranteeing continuity of operations, given that the business involves an extremely high-risk activity. last_img read more

New panel gives advice to trial court staff attorneys

New panel gives advice to trial court staff attorneys

first_imgMark D. Killian Managing EditorA trial court staff attorney may participate in Law Week projects where the lawyer provides a general overview of the law, but may not provide specific answers to legal questions posed by members of the public.That’s the advice from the first opinion of the Florida Trial Court Staff Attorneys Association’s Ethics Advisory Committee. Opinion Number: 2001-01The FTCSAA was founded in 2000 for the purposes of promoting research and administrative efficiency for the benefit of the state court system and to provide a forum for members to meet and discuss procedures, policies, and solutions. Its Ethics Advisory Committee is charged with rendering advisory opinions to staff attorneys who interpret the application of the Code of Judicial Conduct, the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, and other relevant authorities. Its opinions are advisory only and the FTCSAA said in the event that a committee opinion conflicts with a policy or procedure instituted by the chief judge of the inquiring lawyer’s circuit, the chief judge is the final arbiter of all such staff attorney matters pursuant to F.S §43.26 and Florida Rule of Judicial Administration 2.050. Law Week A trial court staff attorney asked the panel if it was permissible for her to participate in a local bar’s Law Week project, which involves a panel of lawyers going into the alternative public school for young pregnant women and entertaining questions in a variety of legal areas.The panel said while Florida Rule of Judicial Administration 2.060(b) prohibits the practice of law by a trial court staff attorney, the Florida Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee has opined that a judge’s research aides are not prohibited by judicial canons in participating in the volunteer lawyers project, which is primarily a screening service for subsequent attorney referral and/or taking pro bono cases, where the aides are limited to conducting clinics and do not take any pro bono cases. The JEAC has also opined that a judge delivering lectures to the general public regarding an area of the law, as well as writing a purely informational newspaper column regarding legal issues, were permitted activities under Canons 4 and 5, as they were an activity to improve the law, the legal system, and the administration of justice.“This committee unanimously finds that this proposed activity is not prohibited by Florida Rule of Judicial Administration 2.060(b) or the Code of Judicial Conduct,” the FTCSAA panel said. “Further, this activity promotes the objectives placed upon lawyers, including trial court staff attorneys, by The Florida Bar.”The committee, however, cautions that staff attorneys should be careful to answer only general questions to avoid the suggestion that the staff attorney’s judge would rule a certain way. The panel also said if during the discussion the staff lawyer receives factually specific details regarding a case that will come before his judge, the staff attorney should disqualify himself from the matter, “as well as suggest to the judge presiding over the particular matter to also disqualify himself or herself in order to avoid the appearance of impropriety.”Another staff attorney said he also would like to participate in a Law Week project that involves volunteer lawyers setting up “shop” in a local mall for the purpose of answering questions posed by the patrons of the mall. The questions typically involve areas such as real estate, personal injury, landlord and tenant, etc. The lawyers are not permitted to recruit clients and are there simply to answer questions. If necessary, the lawyers refer people to the local bar association which, in turn, maintains a list of lawyers who are specialists in the various areas and are prepared to handle cases that may be referred.“A majority of this committee finds that this proposed activity is proscribed by Florida Rule of Judicial Administration 2.060(b) and the Code of Judicial Conduct,” the committee said. “Participation in the mall project would inevitably require the staff attorney to answer factually specific questions, i.e., to provide legal advice, regarding a matter that is likely to come before his or her judge(s).”The committee said such factually specific participation would interfere with the proper performance of judicial duties.“Due to the volume of cases filed in circuit courts, the staff attorney would be placing himself or herself in a position that has the potential for disqualification in numerous cases that may come before his or her judge(s), as well as creating an appearance of impropriety,” the panel said.For more information contact Beth Terry, senior judicial staff attorney and chair of the Florida Trial Court Staff Attorneys Association Ethics Advisory Committee, telephone (386) 239-7794; fax (386) 239-7833, or [email protected] circuit7.org. 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Compliance culture scoreboard: How does your credit union rate?

Compliance culture scoreboard: How does your credit union rate?

first_imgWhen regulators discuss the root causes of the problems in a financial institution’s Bank Secrecy Act and Anti-Money Laundering programs, invariably the cause that comes out at the top of their list is a weak culture of compliance. These points come from an advisory by FinCEN, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network.The regulatory agencies have found that poor BSA performance is as much about the culture of a financial institution as it is about the products, services, customers, and geographic location of the business. How does your compliance culture measure up? Give your financial institution an honest assessment of how well it measures up in each of the six areas below.Compliance Cuture ScoreboardRate your organization’s success in each category on a scale of 1-5, with 1 being strong and 5 being weak. continue reading » 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Charter review deserves time

Charter review deserves time

first_imgMayor Meg Kelly has formed a new Charter Review Commission comprised of the commissioners and deputies, to review the existing charter and propose improvements. Fortunately, the 2016-17 Charter Commission produced a compendium of recommendations in this direction (separate from the Council Manager proposal) that the new commission would do well to consider.Amending the existing charter was our hedge against the possibility that the council/manager proposal was defeated at the polls. So in this way, at least, the mayor’s initiative is in keeping with the former commission’s mandate. If the new commission’s proposal is on the November ballot, there will be plenty of time and space to comment.For now, advocates of charter change need to lower their voices so that the discussion can be heard how the commissioners want to change things. We also need to give Mayor Kelly the consideration due to anyone who enters a competitive election and ends up on top. The voters made their choice, and the outcome deserves its time on the stage.GORDON BOYDSaratoga SpringsThe writer was treasurer of the 2016-17 Charter Review Commission.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionLast November’s referendum on the Saratoga Springs City Charter produced an excruciatingly close result. The 10-vote margin against change, out of more than 9,000 cast has, if anything, amplified the voices on both sides who want the issue to be settled their way. As a member of the former Charter Review Commission and an activist in the Yes campaign, I think it is in everyone’s best interest at this point to lower the volume and give the community a breather.last_img read more