By Dialogo June 20, 2013 Panama’s police destroyed a coca plantation and a cocaine lab in the Colombian border jungle area of Darién, on June 18, Panamá’s Minister of Security José Raúl Mulino said. An anonymous SENAFRONT source told AFP, “4,495 coca plants were destroyed in almost two hectares located in the community of Chucurtí.” It is also estimated that 80% of the cocaine that enters the North American country comes through Central and South America. In the past 13 years, the Panamanian government has confiscated a total of 319 tons of drugs. The highest quantities of drugs were confiscated in 2009 and 2010, with 54 tons each year. “Back from the Colombian border. Great bi-national day against drug trafficking. A hectare of coca crops and a lab destroyed by SENAFRONT (National Border Service),” Mulino posted on his Twitter account. The UN estimates the amount of cocaine sales worldwide at $85 billion, of which $35 billion correspond to the United States. Panamá believes that drug trafficking through their national waters has decreased due to heavier law enforcement presence and as an effect of ‘Operation Martillo,’ a multinational counter drug effort launched in January 2012 by the United States, Central America, and some European countries. According to the Organization of American States (OAS), 45% of cocaine users, 50% of heroine and opiate users and 25% of marihuana users in the world live in the United States. The agents also destroyed a lab “with all the necessary equipment to process coca paste and transform it into cocaine in an operation where no one was arrested,” the source added. In 2012, Panamá’s authorities seized about 35 tons of drugs, while in 2011 they seized 39 tons, according to official records. Tens of thousands of people die in Latin America yearly due to drug-related violence.
2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Paul AblackAs a veteran of the Business Intelligence (BI) industry, which is now being eclipsed by Big Data and Analytics, I have witnessed many organizations looking for the “perfect BI software”.For at least a decade now, BI software companies have been striving for leadership in the coveted Gartner Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence. The Magic Quadrant evaluates BI software vendors on two dimensions: (1) Completeness of Vision and (2) Ability To Execute. While these two dimensions do provide very good insight into the capabilities of each vendor’s product offering, they don’t tell the whole story.Many IT departments over the years that have gone through the process of acquiring expensive BI software because they were led to believe by the BI vendors that the software was a “Silver Bullet”. Rather than making reporting & analytics easy and accessible across the enterprise, the promise of the Silver Bullet never materialized and it was often relegated to the class of “Failed IT Implementations”.If you have been charged with the responsibility for choosing the right Reporting/Analytics (R/A) software for your credit union, here are three key factors that must be considered before making a purchasing decision and setting expectations within your credit union. continue reading »